SThree PLC Board and Executive team
Gary Elden OBE, Chief Executive Officer
Gary Elden OBE, was appointed to the Board in July 2008, having been with the Group since 1990, when he joined Computer Futures. He has held a number of senior positions, including that of founding Managing Director of Huxley Associates.
In his role as Chief Strategy Officer, he had responsibility for the expansion of the Group's international operations and non-ICT disciplines. In June 2012, he was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and took over from Russell Clements as Chief Executive Officer on 1 January, 2013.
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.
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.
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.
Natasha Clarke, Managing Partner, Chief People Officer
Natasha started her career at SThree with Progressive in 1994. In 1997, she was the founding Managing Director of Pathway (now part of Real Staffing Group) and she headed up expansion into the Middle East, Brazil and Russia. Natasha is currently responsible for the implementation of the global corporate strategy, HR and learning and performance. She has been an executive board member for the last 10 years. Natasha has been recognised as leading the way, on the inclusion and progress of women in the workplace by winning the Champion Award at the Opportunity Now Excellence in Practice Awards 2014.
SThree has also been the only staffing company to be awarded a place in the Times Top 50 Employers of Women, 2014 and 2015.Natasha is currently the Chair of Women in Recruitment and a trustee of The Opera Global Youth Foundation; previously she was an APSCO Executive Member (Association of Professional Staffing Companies). In October 2016, she also joined the Board of Leeds University Business School’s International Advisory Board. Natasha has a Degree in Management Studies from Leeds University.
Steve Hornbuckle, Group Company Secretary and Legal Director
Steve Hornbuckle joined the Group as Company Secretary in October 2006, taking charge of IR matters in 2011 and was appointed Legal Director in 2013. 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.
Clay Brendish, Chairman
Clay Brendish, CBE joined the SThree Board in May 2010 as Non-Executive Chairman. Clay is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Anite plc and a Director of the Test and Itchen Association Limited. In December 2012, Clay was appointed a Trustee of the Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust. Clay resigned as a Trustee of Economist Newspapers Ltd and as a Member of the Administrative Board of the Elster Group SE in mid 2012, whilst he also resigned as a Non-Executive Director of the BT Board in August 2011.
In May 2001, Clay retired as Deputy Chairman of CMG plc, a European ICT company that was established in 1964. Clay's appointment as Deputy Chairman followed CMG's merger with Admiral plc in June 2000. Prior to the merger Clay was Executive Chairman of Admiral plc which he co-founded in 1979. Admiral plc employed over 2500 people in 8 countries.
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.
James Bilefield, Non-Executive Director
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. 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.
James will succeed Clay Brendish as Chairman on conclusion of the Company’s AGM in April 2018.
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.
James will succeed Clay Brendish as Chairman on conclusion of the Company’s AGM in April 2018.
Denise Collis, Non-Executive Director
Denise Collis was appointed to the SThree Board, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee on 1st July 2016, and became Chair of the Remuneration Committee on 1st September 2016. 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.
Lance Fisher, Managing Partner, Chief Information Officer
Lance Fisher is our Global CIO based at our head office in London. Lance is responsible for developing and delivering SThree IT strategy in line with its corporate objectives. Lance manages a group of highly qualified, experienced and motivated IT professionals that support every aspect of the company's business initiatives.
Lance joined SThree in December 2010. He brings valuable experience to Sthree, having managed successful international IT teams and implemented key strategic global IT initiatives in his past roles. His most recent roles have included: CIO of Europe and Asia for ICAP plc, a leading derivatives and securities money broker. And CIO of the FTSE group a leading index company. Lance holds an MBA from Warwick University.
Michelle Cullen, Managing Partner, Finance Operations and Corporate Services
Michelle was educated in Belfast and spent nine years at Unilever before joining SThree as Office and Property Manager on the 1st July 1996. During this time, Michelle assisted the Group in its expansion by establishing the Group’s administration structure and taking charge of new office openings. During Michelle’s tenure-ship she was routinely selected for promotions due to her ability to create operations improvements at SThree, she has managed the Property and Finance Operations growth to support the SThree global network and has successfully worked her way from Office and Property Manager, to Director and now Managing Partner.
Michelle remains responsible for SThree’s property portfolio, along with managing the Group’s Finance Operations function, covering Accounts Receivable, Trade and Non Trade Payrolls, Sales Support, HR Operations and Benefits, and our Corporate Social Responsibility strategy. Michelle is a believer in open and transparent communications among employees, she has created an environment that facilitates year-on-year improvement in SThree’s Global Finance Operation Functions with top-notch staff motivated to outperform competing companies.
Mike Walker, Managing Partner, UK and Ireland
Mike joined Huxley Associates as a trainee in 1997 and set up his first regional office in 2001 in Birmingham. He saw the opportunity to diversify in Engineering which was the Group's second major diversification from its traditional ICT market. He was appointed Director in 2005 and continued to help the Company diversify into new areas such as Oil and Gas, Power Renewables and Sales . In 2012 he was made Managing Director of Energy and Natural Resources and joined the SThree Executive Committee. Mike studied English Literature at Hull University and completed the Leadership Development programme at Henley Business School.
Kurt Schreurs, Managing Director, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and France
Kurt joined Computer Futures in Belgium as a trainee in 1999 and went on to set up and develop SThree businesses in the IT, Finance and Accounting, Engineering, Banking and Pharmaceutical sectors. He was appointed Director in 2009 and was made responsible for opening and developing offices in Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. In 2015, he was promoted to Managing Director of Benelux and France, and appointed to the Executive Board. Kurt studied Public Administration at the University of Gent in Belgium and completed the Leadership Development Programme at Henley Business School.
Morgan Kavanagh, Executive Vice President, Americas
Morgan joined Huxley Associates as a trainee in 1998 and set up SThree’s first non-IT recruitment brand in 2000. He was SThree’s top biller globally in both 2001 and 2002 and was appointed Director in 2004. In 2006 he set up SThree’s US business which was SThree’s first venture outside of Europe and achieved $220m revenue in 2015. In 2014, he was appointed Executive Vice-President and joined the SThree Executive Committee. Morgan studied English Literature at Nottingham University and completed the Leadership Development Programme at Henley Business School.
Scott Fulton, Executive Vice President, Americas
Scott joined Huxley Associates as a trainee in 1998 and went on to set up numerous SThree regional offices, including Reading, Amsterdam and San Francisco. He was appointed Director in 2005, and in 2010 was the key driver in changing the business model in the US to stimulate huge growth in contract in the Americas across IT, Energy and Life Sciences. In 2015, he was promoted to President of Computer Futures Americas. Scott studied Marketing Management at Lancaster University and completed the Leadership Development Programme at Henley Business School.
Matt McManus, Executive Vice President, Commercial Operations
Matt joined the company in 1996 and has been with SThree for 21 years having started his career as a recruitment consultant at Progressive in London. Matt set up and ran numerous offices in the UK before overseeing Progressives UK business for 4 years before being asked to go to Singapore to grow SThree’s operations in APAC. He spent 8 years in Asia Pacific and during this time set up offices in Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore and grew the business in the region to 250 staff at its peak. In 2016 he moved to Houston to Join the America’s business as President of the Progressive brand in the USA and the Executive Vice President of Operations for the US business. Matt studied Sports Science at Surrey University and completed the Leadership Development Programme at Henley Business School.
Garreth Hayes, Managing Partner, Global Marketing
Garreth joined SThree in July 2014 as Director of Global Marketing and is responsible for marketing and communication across all of SThree’s brands. He also oversees the Company’s customer experience and innovation programmes. He was appointed as Managing Partner, Global Marketing in 2015.
Garreth has held marketing roles in a range of industries, including leading the international marketing departments at Polar, a maker of wearable sports technology, and Logitech, a leading consumer electronics accessory company. He lived and worked outside of the UK for over a decade before returning to the UK to join SThree. He began his career in PR in the Pharmaceutical industry. Garreth studied Law at Oxford University.
Sanjiy Sood, Managing Partner, Banking and FinanceSanjiy joined Huxley Associates as a trainee in 1999 and he has been key to strategically rolling out the Huxley brand globally. He was appointed Director in 2008 and promoted to Managing Partner of Banking and Finance for the UK and Europe in 2015. Sanjiy studied Psychology at York University and completed the Leadership Development Programme at Henley Business School.
Timo Lehne, Managing Director, Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH)
Timo Lehne joined SThree in 2004 with Progressive in Munich before moving on to Dusseldorf, and establishing that location as one of the top three revenue generators for SThree globally. For the last three years, Timo has had full responsibility for DACH contract and has also driven a lot of the operational changes which have set the region up for strong growth over the next 5 years. In 2017, Timo was appointed Managing Director of DACH. Timo studied Economics in The Netherlands and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from HAN University.