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Chris Jackson Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

Founding Director

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Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

Founding Director

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About Chris…

Chris graduated from Brunel University with a 2:1 degree in Business Studies and subsequently joined a large IT recruitment organisation based in London in 1994. Having established himself as a Resourcer, he soon worked his way up the career path to achieve outstanding performances year in year out (this included placing over 250 candidates with one International organisation). Having ultimately progressed to Associate Director level, Chris decided after 13 years service to follow his dream and set up Understanding Recruitment. As well as running the business, Chris is now back to a "hands on" delivery role. Outside the world of recruitment, Chris has run 3 London Marathons and is now training for his 4th.

Dale Swords Dale Swords

Dale Swords

Founding Director

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Dale Swords

Dale Swords

Founding Director

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About Dale…

Dale has over 12 years recruitment industry experience and after successfully achieving his 2:1 Degree he joined one of the UK's most successful recruitment firms as Graduate Trainee where he successfully developed his career over 8 years before establishing Understanding Recruitment with Chris. Dale has built a successful track record within the industry for delivering a high quality service to his customers. His passion to provide a personalised and high quality of service is at the very core of Understanding Recruitment and along with his enthusiasm, focus and experience he is able to adapt to different recruitment projects to help companies and candidates alike achieve their recruitment goals. Dale thrives on building strong relationships with people on both a professional and personal level. In his spare time Dale can be found at the gym, playing football or taking in a round of golf.

Miles Hunt Miles Hunt

Miles Hunt

Non-Executive Director

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Miles Hunt

Miles Hunt

Non-Executive Director

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About Miles…

Miles brings over 20 years of international recruitment, talent management and entrepreneurial experience. He has taken companies from start up to IPO in a career covering numerous countries and economies. Miles brings invaluable advice and guidance to our business and is a sounding board for our strategic plans as we grow.

Suzy Bolton Suzy Bolton

Suzy Bolton

Financial Director

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Suzy Bolton

Suzy Bolton

Financial Director

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About Suzy…

Suzy started with Understanding as the Financial Controller in May 2013 before taking on the role of Financial Director in January 2015. Suzy was previously the Head of Corporate Finance for Nuffield Health, the largest not for profit healthcare provider in the UK. Suzy has worked within Finance for 15 years, the last 5 of which were at divisional board level, she therefore brings with her a great breadth of both commercial and financial knowledge. Outside of work, Suzy is a proficient pianist, who enjoys spending time with her young family and eating out.

Sam McBroom Sam McBroom

Sam McBroom

Head of Java

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Sam McBroom

Sam McBroom

Head of Java

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About Sam…

Sam joined the Understanding team in 2009 and rapidly moved through the ranks into a managerial position. Sam is passionate about delivering an outstanding client/candidate experience and works particularly closely with locally based companies as well as the London Start-Up community. Sam is a passionate sportsman, in particular a keen rugby player having previously played to a very high level. He too demonstrates Mourinho-like tactical expertise when player-managing the Understanding Cougars football team.

James Mills James Mills

James Mills

Head of .NET

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James Mills

Head of .NET

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About James…

James joined Understanding in 2008 following a strong background in both IT and Engineering Recruitment. James has brought a strong quality driven approach and strives to understand what makes his clients and candidates tick to be able to deliver the best level of service possible. He continues to build and develop a team as well as a strong client base across all industries and disciplines. Being born in Swindon he is a keen fan of "The Magnificent" Swindon Town Football Club and considers Derren Brown as a personal mentor!

Tom Rankin Tom Rankin

Tom Rankin

Head of Data & Digital – NFP

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Tom Rankin

Tom Rankin

Head of Data & Digital – NFP

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About Tom…

Tom joined Understanding Recruitment in 2012 following a desire to work in a fast paced, sales focussed business environment following his studies. Since joining he has become a specialist Database Recruiter that thrives exclusively on anything database related. Tom combines his natural ability to communicate as well as his studies to establish himself as an effective Database Recruiter. He likes socialising, golf and just can't keep his jokes to himself.

Tom Parker Tom Parker

Tom Parker

Head of Dev Ops & Cloud

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Tom Parker

Tom Parker

Head of Dev Ops & Cloud

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About Tom…

Tom Graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a 1st Class Honours Degree and immediately joined the Understanding Recruitment Team. Since joining in 2009 Tom has maintained a hands on delivery role whilst progressing through to management. Tom is a specialist technical recruitment partner to the publishing industry and has built a network of high calibre candidates within Computational Linguistics, Text Mining and Natural Language Processing. Outside of work Tom participates in a range of sports and does his best to keep the understanding football team afloat.

Ellen McElholme Ellen McElholm

Ellen McElholm

Contracts Consultant

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Ellen McElholm

Ellen McElholm

Contracts Consultant

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About Ellen…

Ellen joined Understanding in April 2017. As a fully qualified Beauty Therapist, Ellen successful ran several large spas within Central London whilst working with some of the most renowned global beauty brands. Ellen transitioned into working in recruitment and brings business development and client engagement experience with her to the Contracts team. Ellen’s aim is to work towards setting up a contract division whilst helping to build and scale teams for her clients.

Alexandra Martuccio Alexandra Martuccio

Alexandra Martuccio

Contracts Consultant

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Alexandra Martuccio

Alexandra Martuccio

Contracts Consultant

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About Alex…

Alex joined Understanding Recruitment in March 2016. Before then she was a professional dancer dancing in different countries such as America (with the New York City Rockettes) and France (being lead choreographer and dancer). From there she moved onto teaching kids working for a variety of different dance schools. She then thought about changing careers and that is when she found Understanding Recruitment and has never looked back.

Mat Ferdenzi Mat Ferdenzi

Mat Ferdenzi

Machine Learning and AI Consultant

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Mat Ferdenzi

Mat Ferdenzi

Machine Learning and AI Consultant

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About Mat…

Mat became part of the Understanding team in 2015. Prior to joining the team in 2010, Mat had completed his performing arts degree (2:1) at Bath Spa University had been working as an actor since - working in film, TV and internationally touring a variety of shows. During the last year of his career, Mat had been acting in schools and facilitating workshops for up to two hundred students at time; an environment where thinking-on-your-feet was truly essential. Mat hopes to take his well-crafted personal skills and natural sales ability into the recruitment sector in effort to forge a fruitful and lasting career.

James Hunt James Hunt

James Hunt

FinTech Consultant

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James Hunt

James Hunt

FinTech Consultant

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About James…

Following his A-Levels at Richard Hale School James went into Hospitality and has transferred his customer service skills into recruitment. He likes to give a personable service to both clients and candidates. He has a drive and determination to succeed at whatever he does and enjoys the fast paced sales environment that recruitment offers. Outside of work James is a fitness enthusiast who loves going to the gym, playing football (and most other sports) and socialising with friends and family. He is a lifelong fan of Man United and his sporting idol is Rafael Nadal.

Jack Read Jack Read

Jack Read

FinTech Consultant

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Jack Read

Jack Read

FinTech Consultant

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About Jack…

Jack joined Understanding Recruitment in August 2016 after spending 3 years as a Financial Associate based in Ware. His background is in sport and in his spare time he plays Semi Professional football and enjoys playing Cricket and Golf. Jack is looking to bring his sporting drive and ability to work under pressure in the world of recruitment!

Alex Bloisi Alex Bloisi

Alex Bloisi

Java Consultant

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Alex Bloisi

Alex Bloisi

Java Consultant

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About Alex…

Alex joined the team in June 2017. Prior to that he studied History at the University of Nottingham - alongside this he played rugby semi-professionally and also for the University where he was voted ‘University Rugby Player of the Year’. After this he went on to complete a Masters in Political Theory at the University of Exeter. Alex is looking to bring his work ethic and competitive edge to the recruitment environment.

Oscar Gibbon Oscar Gibbon

Oscar Gibbon

FinTech Resourcer

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Oscar Gibbon

Oscar Gibbon

FinTech Resourcer

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About Oscar…

Oscar Joined Understanding in February 2017 after finishing his season abroad, playing football in Portugal. Oscar has over 18 months’ recruitment experience working in Finance and IT, specifically Salesforce. His background is predominately football focussed and he has played professionally in Spain, Ireland and Portugal. Oscar is now looking to apply his drive and focus into the world of recruitment here at UR!

Euan McGonagle Euan McGonagle

Euan McGonagle

FinTech Resourcer

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Euan McGonagle

Euan McGonagle

FinTech Resourcer

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About Euan…

Bio coming soon…

Hannah Beach Hannah Beach

Hannah Beach

Machine Learning and AI Resourcer

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Hannah Beach

Hannah Beach

Machine Learning and AI Resourcer

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About Hannah…

Hannah joined understanding recruitment in November 2016. Hannah joined the Java team after graduating this year from the University of Hertfordshire with a 2:1 (hons) in History. Whilst studying for her degree she held the position of Vice President of the Drama society and was a member of the Rugby team. Away from work, she enjoys reading and seeing friends.

Anna Heneghan anna-heneghan

Anna Heneghan

Machine Learning and AI Resourcer

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Anna Heneghan

Machine Learning and AI Resourcer

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About Anna…

Coming soon…

John Thistlethwaite John Thistlethwaite

John Thistlethwaite

Python Consultant

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John Thistlethwaite

John Thistlethwaite

Python Consultant

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About John…

John joined Understanding Recruitment at the turn of 2017, having prised himself away from his beloved north, for sunnier climes of St Albans. John previously worked in Oil & Gas recruitment and is now taking his 6 years’ experience into the ever-emerging Python market. John is a keen sportsman, having played a good level at Cricket, Rugby and Ten-Pin Bowling and now taking his competitive nature in to the world of IT recruitment to deliver the best solutions and form long lasting relationships across London and the Home Counties.

Ashley Frith Ashley Frith

Ashley Frith

.Net Consultant

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Ashley Frith

Ashley Frith

.Net Consultant

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About Ashley…

After moving away from Hong Kong, Ashley is fresh out of a MSc in International Marketing from the University of Brighton, following a 2.1 degree in Psychology from the University of Chichester. In his spare time Ashley enjoys playing rugby, cooking and eating out. Ashley is looking at bringing his competitive attitude and resilience to drive his career in recruitment within the .NET team.

Duane Wilson Clarke Duane Wilson Clarke

Duane Wilson-Clarke

.Net Consultant

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Duane Wilson-Clarke

Duane Wilson-Clarke

.Net Consultant

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About Duane…

Duane has many years of experience working at the top end of hospitality in a busy and customer facing environment. He decided to move into recruitment so he could continue to provide people with an excellent service and leave clients and customers with a great experience. Outside of work Duane spends most of his time reading comic books and watching films. He’s also a huge Manchester United fan!

Dani Unsworth dani-unsworth

Dani Unsworth

.NET Resourcer

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Dani Unsworth

.NET Resourcer

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About Dani…

Dani joined Understanding Recruitment in August 2017 after graduating from the University of Hertfordshire with a 1st in Business Studies. During her placement year she worked within the University’s Careers and Employment Department, where she identified her interest and skill for recruitment. Dani aims to provide an excellent service to both candidates and clients, by using a high level of attention to detail and effective communication within this competitive industry. Outside of work Dani has a love for travelling, so far Australia, New Zealand and America have been ticked off her bucket list.

Sam Sullivan Sam Sullivan

Sam Sullivan

Mobile & Web Consultant

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Sam Sullivan

Sam Sullivan

Mobile & Web Consultant

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About Sam…

Sam moved over from the Republic of Ireland two years ago. Sam has many years of experience working in a very busy customer facing environment. He decided to move in recruitment so he could thrive in delivering excellent service and to leave both customers and clients with a memorable experience. He joined Understanding in October 2016 and has quickly developed an enthusiasm for the recruitment industry. Sam spends his spare time swimming and travelling.

Emily Pennock Emily-Pennock

Emily Pennock

Mobile & Web Consultant

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Emily Pennock

Mobile & Web Consultant

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About Emily…

Emily graduated from Cardiff University in 2015 with a 2:1 in LLB Law and started her career on a retail management graduate scheme with Sainsburys. Emily loved the pace of retail and decided to utilise the people skills she had developed and apply them to a career in recruitment. Joining Understanding in June 2017 Emily sits on the mobile and web team. In her spare time, she attempts to go to the gym and cook. Emily also enjoys going for dinners and socialising.

Daniel Nightingalee Daniel Nightingale

Daniel Nightingale

Digital Consultant – NFP

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Daniel Nightingale

Daniel Nightingale

Digital Consultant – NFP

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About Daniel…

Dan joined Understanding Recruitment in April 2016 after spending 2 years managing an operations team based in Central London. His background is in sport and graduated from The University of Hertfordshire with a degree in Sports Therapy, he used the qualification to set up his own therapy practice. In his spare time, he is the head of a medical team working for a semi professional football club and enjoys playing cricket. Dan is looking to bring his management skills and ability to work under pressure into the world of recruitment!

Harry Sansom Harry Sansom

Harry Sansom

Data Resourcer – NFP

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Harry Sansom

Data Resourcer – NFP

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About Harry…

Harry joined Understanding Recruitment in August 2017 after spending three years at Oxford Brookes Studying Sports Coaching and PE. With a background in sports and coaching, Harry is also a Watford season ticket holder, as well as a keen golfer and cricketer. As the newest member to the Charity (Not For Profit) team he is eager to make a name for himself in the industry.

Nicola Field Nicola Field

Nicola Field

Senior Corporate Account Manager

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Nicola Field

Nicola Field

Senior Corporate Account Manager

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About Nicola…

Nicola joined Understanding Recruitment in 2011 after graduating with a 2.1 in Publishing and Media. Since then Nicola has established herself as an Account Manager & Team Leader within the Corporate Solutions Team. She is a dedicated point of contact to both clients & candidates, ensuring that the recruitment life-cycle runs as smoothly as possible whilst continuously providing the highest quality of service. Nicola is also responsible for managing other members of the team and successfully supports the Trainee’s to get their recruitment careers up and running. Outside of work she enjoys keeping fit, travelling to different countries, and socialising with friends and family!

Jack Lawrence Jack Lawrence

Jack Lawrence

Corporate Account Manager

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Jack Lawrence

Jack Lawrence

Corporate Account Manager

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About Jack…

Jack joined Understanding Recruitment in September 2014 after graduating from the University of Bedfordshire with a 2:1 in Sport and Community Leadership. Jack has previously worked as a personal trainer and life skills coach so was able to bring his excellent communicational skills here to Understanding Recruitment. Jack enjoys the fast paced style of recruitment and enjoys building strong relationships with his clients and candidates. Outside of work Jack enjoys travelling, socialising with friends and playing sport; he particularly enjoys football and long distance running.

Sophie Newton Sophie Newton

Sophie Newton

Corporate Resourcer

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Sophie Newton

Sophie Newton

Corporate Resourcer

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About Sophie…

Sophie joined Understanding Recruitment after a 6 year career in Beauty Retail Management. After gaining extensive knowledge of the industry, vital customer service skills and management experience, Sophie decided she wanted to utilise her skills with a career at Understanding Recruitment. She also had a semi-professional dance career in her teens and gained some great experiences. Away from work Sophie loves the gym, going out for dinner with friends and loves going to the theatre.

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Derius Brown

Corporate Account Manager

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Derius Brown

Corporate Account Manager

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About Derius…

Derius joined the company at the end of May and is excited to start his journey at Understanding. After previously working in Finance recruitment for a year and a half, Derius wanted a new challenge and felt that Understanding Recruitment was the perfect place to do that. He has a drive and determination to help others, as well as succeed and progress in his role. Derius is a keen gym enthusiast with a great passion for football, having played from the age of 5

Ryan Magee Ryan-Magee

Ryan Magee

Corporate Account Manager

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Ryan Magee

Corporate Account Manager

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About Ryan…

Ryan graduated with a 2:1 in History and German from the University of Nottingham in 2014 and went straight into recruitment, spending just over 2 years with Brook Street before deciding to take a 4 month sabbatical to travel around South-East Asia. Missing the variety, fast-pace and client interaction, he returned to the industry with Understanding in June 2017. In his spare time Ryan is a keen sportsman, playing cricket and football on a weekly basis in addition to be an avid gym-goer. He also has a great passion for music, regularly attending live events and festivals.

Zak Forbes Zak-Forbes

Zak Forbes

Corporate Account Manager

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Zak Forbes

Corporate Account Manager

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About Zak…

Zak recently joined Understanding Recruitment after gaining over 4 years’ experience in the IT Sector. Zak wanted a fresh challenge and a place to further his career and felt that Understanding would be the ideal place to do this. He has an in-depth knowledge of all things IT related and enjoys the buzz of assisting candidates and clients find their perfect role or employee. Zak spends time out of work keeping fit at Crossfit or at Selhurst Park watching Crystal Palace.

Arron Ramsay Arron Ramsay

Arron Ramsay

Corporate Account Manager

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Arron Ramsay

Arron Ramsay

Corporate Account Manager

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About Arron…

Bio coming soon…

Victoria Ellis Victoria Ellis

Victoria Ellis

Head of Marketing & Engagement

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Victoria Ellis

Victoria Ellis

Head of Marketing & Engagement

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About Victoria…

Victoria joined Understanding as the Head of Marketing & Client/Candidate Engagement in January 2017, following a short stint with an industry competitor where she got to grips with the IT and Technology Sector. Victoria was previously Head of Business Development and Marketing at St. James’s Place Wealth Management, one of the UKs largest Financial Advice organisations, a FTSE 100 company with over £75bn of client funds under management where. Victoria has worked within Marketing and Client Services for 10 years, the last 5 of which were at senior management/board level, she brings with her a great breadth of both commercial and strategic marketing knowledge. Outside of work Victoria is a keen horse rider, who enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Emily Thomas Emily Thomas

Emily Thomas

Head of Internal Recruitment

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Emily Thomas

Emily Thomas

Head of Internal Recruitment

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About Emily…

Emily joined Understanding recruitment in June 2016 as our internal recruiter. Emily was previously a successful consultant within the Education sector for 3 years. She very much enjoys meeting new people as part of her role and is hoping to help lots of consultants develop and grow throughout their successful career here with us. Outside of work Emily enjoys a spot of retail therapy, taking her dog on long walks and spending time with her friends and family.

Nicola Brown Nicola Brown

Nicola Brown

Office Manager

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Nicola Brown

Nicola Brown

Office Manager

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About Nicola…

Nicola joined the team as Office Manager in 2014, having spent over 9 years in Property Fund Management in London, working closely with the Board Directors and managing the support platform. Prior to that, Nicola worked for a company services provider and an international law firm in Company Secretarial roles in London, Bristol and the British Virgin Islands. Nicola is accustomed to working in a fast paced environment and brings a wealth of transferrable skills and knowledge from her previous roles. Outside of work, Nicola enjoys spending time with her young family, travelling and eating out.

Mollie Redmond Mollie Redmond

Mollie Redmond

Assistant Accountant

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Mollie Redmond

Mollie Redmond

Assistant Accountant

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About Mollie…

After completing her A-Levels in Literature, Media and Psychology and spending over two years in the Customer Service industry picking up good people and communication skills, Mollie became an apprentice for Understanding Recruitment. Mollie enjoys the fast-paced environment recruitment has to offer and strives to give a high quality, personalised level of service to all clients and candidates alike. Mollie is a known lover of fiction books and doodling, and when she has touched down in the real world, enjoys socialising with friends and family!

Paul Marks Paul Marks

Paul Marks

Digital Marketing Executive

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Paul Marks

Paul Marks

Digital Marketing Executive

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About Paul…

Paul joined Understanding Recruitment in June 2016 after 6 years working in London as a digital marketing executive for a music publisher. As well as a keen interest in social media, graphic design and SEO his creative mind also extends as far as music production. He claimed the number 1 spot in EDM Ranks ‘Top 100 EDM Artists 2015’ (Electronic Dance Music).

He enjoys to keep fit with basketball, football and gym and has travelled to lots of amazing locations around the world with more waiting to be ticked off his list.

Lisa Booth Lisa Booth

Lisa Booth

Compliance Manager

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Lisa Booth

Lisa Booth

Compliance Manager

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About Lisa…

Lisa joined Understanding Recruitment at the start of 2017 as our Contracts and Compliance Manager. Lisa graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a 1st Class Honours degree in Law in 2013. Prior to joining us, Lisa spent a year in an IT Recruitment role so has brought with her a great understanding of the industry and sector. Lisa enjoys building strong relationships with our Contractors and getting to grips with the complexity of Employment Legislation. Outside of work Lisa enjoys travelling, playing netball and socialising with friends.

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