Our Board


Executive Directors


Mark Dorman, Chief Executive Officer

Mark Dorman, was appointed SThree CEO in March 2019, joining the business from McGraw Hill Education, where he was President of Higher Education, International and Professional.

Prior to McGraw Hill, Mark worked at Wolters Kluwer where he was initially Vice President of their Legal Markets Group before becoming CEO of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.

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Alex Smith, Chief Financial Officer

Alex Smith joined SThree in May 2008, having held a number of senior financial and operational roles in the leisure and retail sectors. He previously held the position of Integration Finance Director at TUI Travel PLC and he was Finance Director of First Choice's UK mainstream business.

Prior to these positions he was Managing Director of WH Smith's Travel Retail business and held senior financial roles at Travelodge and Forte PLC. Alex has a degree in Economics from Durham University and is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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Justin Hughes, Chief Operating Officer

Justin Hughes joined SThree in 1994, as a trainee recruitment consultant at Progressive. Making dynamic progress to Sales Director and ultimately to Managing Director of Progressive in 2007, he was the strategic driving force behind Progressive's international and global growth, as well as overseeing the business' diversification into new market sectors, notably Oil and Gas.

Appointed to the SThree board in June 2012, Justin was responsible for realising SThree's strategic growth plans across Asia Pacific and MENA. In 2017, Justin was appointed to the new role of Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the global operations strategy. He holds an Honours Degree in Economics and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at Columbia University, New York.

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Non-Executive Directors


James Bilefield, Chairman

James Bilefield was appointed to the SThree Board as Non-Executive Director and member of the Remuneration, Audit and Nomination Committee on 1 October 2017, and as Chairman on 26 April 2018. He joined the Board of Stagecoach Group plc on 1 February 2016, where he currently serves on the Remuneration and Nomination Committees. Other appointments include Cruise.co (Chairman), McKinsey & Company (Senior Advisor), Advent International (Industry Advisor) and Teach First (Trustee).

James has an international track record of successfully leading growing digital businesses. He managed the digital transformation of media group, Condé Nast, across 27 countries, scaled Skype’s global operations as part of its founding management team and held senior management roles at Yahoo! during its major growth phase. Formerly CEO of global advertising technology company, OpenX, he also co-founded the UK local information business, UpMyStreet, following an investment banking career at JP Morgan Chase.

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Anne Fahy, Non-Executive Director

Anne Fahy was appointed to the SThree Board, the Nomination Committee and as Chair of the Audit Committees in October 2015. Anne is also Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Interserve, the international support services and construction company. Prior to joining SThree, Anne was Chief Financial Officer of BP’s Aviation Fuels business. During her 27 years at BP, Anne has gained extensive experience of global business, developing markets, risk management, internal control, compliance and strategy development in BP’s aviation, petrochemicals, trading and retail sectors. Anne is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, having worked at KPMG in Ireland and Australia prior to joining BP in 1988.

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Barrie Brien, Non-Executive Director

Barrie Brien was appointed to the SThree Board as a Non-Executive Director and member of the Remuneration, Audit and Nomination Committees, on 11 September 2017. Barrie was most recently Group Chief Executive of Creston plc (a media and marketing communications group) stepping down in April 2017 following its sale and de-listing. Barrie was also Chief Operating and Financial Officer of Creston plc from 2004 to 2014 and was extensively involved in the growth of the group with its buy and build strategy. Barrie currently sits on the Professional Business Services (PBS) Council, which advises government on key issues facing the professions. Prior to Creston plc, Barrie was previously Chief Operating and Financial Officer for EMEA at Lowe and Draft Worldwide, having joined Lowe & Partners in 1998 as Chief Financial Officer for Lowe UK; and spent six years at Saatchi & Saatchi, where he held senior positions across Europe and North America. In addition to the extensive public company experience, including M&A, fund raisings and investor relations, Barrie has spent thirty years working in global creative, digital, marketing and media companies advising clients across multiple industries on their marketing and communications.

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Denise Collis, Non-Executive Director

Denise Collis was appointed to the SThree Board, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee on 1st July 2016, Chair of the Remuneration Committee on 1st September 2016 and Senior Independent Director (SID) on 1st October 2018. Denise is also a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Connect Group PLC, the specialist distribution company. Other appointments include Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Advisory Council at the British Heart Foundation; Vice Chair to the International Advisory Board to Leeds University Business School, and a member of the Advisory Board to the University of Exeter Business school. Prior this, Denise was the Group HR Director for 3i Group PLC, and most recently Chief People Officer for Bupa. She has extensive international Human Resources and executive committee experience, and has also held senior roles in EY, Standard Chartered PLC and HSBC. Denise is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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Executive Committee members


Dave Rees, Chief Sales Officer

David joined SThree in 1998 as a trainee with Progressive London and quickly progressed to running their Scottish office. In 2002, he joined Real and was appointed Director in 2006 where he was responsible for setting up Real Pharma globally. In 2012 David became Managing Director for the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and joined the SThree Exec Committee. In 2015 he was promoted to Senior Managing Director of Europe and in 2017, he was appointed to the new role of Chief Sales Officer, responsible for the global growth strategy.

David studied History at Swansea University and Business Administration at Lampeter and Glamorgan University. He also completed the Leadership Development Programme at Henley Business School.

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Steve Hornbuckle, Group Company Secretary

Steve Hornbuckle joined the Group as Company Secretary in October 2006 and taking charge of IR matters in 2011. Steve has over twenty five years' company secretarial experience, having held senior positions within a variety of listed companies, including Intertek Group plc, BPB plc, Kidde plc, Railtrack Group plc, London and Manchester Group plc and English China Clays plc.

Steve is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries ('ICSA'), sits on the ICSA Company Secretaries' Forum and Investor Relations Society Policy Committee and was voted Company Secretary of the Year in 2011.

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