- Diversity & Inclusion
Over 90% of our senior management have spent their entire career with us. They know where we’ve come from and where we’re going.
Our Board Directors have many years’ experience in a wide variety of different sectors, both in the UK and internationally.
Chief Executive Officer, from 1 January 2013
Gary Elden 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.
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 & Wales.
Steve Quinn was appointed to the Board in June 2012. He joined Progressive as a Trainee Recruiter in 1996.
Moving quickly into management, he established the contract division of Real in 1999, becoming MD of Real in 2006. Steve's strategy for growth enabled Real to grow into a global brand and he led our move into the Life Sciences Sector, founding the Real Pharma brand in 2007.
In 2009 he led the merger of four brands to form the Real Staffing Group. Steve has served as MD of the UK & Ireland and EMEA before becoming COO in 2012. As COO, Steve led the Connect program which delivered a support services infrastructure for our growth in the Americas and APAC.
He is now based in New York as Regional CEO and is leading SThree's growth in the Americas. Steve has a degree in Economic History from Queens University Belfast and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at Columbia University, New York. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from Nottingham.
CEO, Asia Pacific and MENA
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 is currently based in Hong Kong, from where he is responsible for realising SThree's strategic growth plans across Asia Pacific and MENA. He holds an Honours Degree in Economics and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at Columbia University, New York.
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 & 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, 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.
Non Executive Director (Senior Independent Non Executive Director)
Tony Ward, OBE was appointed to the SThree Board in August 2006 and to the SThree Remuneration and Nomination Committees in October 2006.
Tony currently chairs the Remuneration Committee and has over thirty years experience in a variety of senior executive roles with blue chip companies, including BAA plc, Kingfisher plc and Grand Metropolitan Group plc. He joined BAA in 1997 as Group HR Director and was Services Director from 1999 until March 2007, being responsible for activities including IT, Security, Rail and Airside Operations. Tony was a board director of BAA plc between November 1999 and July 2006. Tony is a Non Executive Director of OCS Group Limited, an advisor to Board Advisory Partners, a Consumers' Association Council Member, a Which? Board Member, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development,a former Deputy Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, and a graduate of the University of Leeds.
Paul Bowtell was appointed to the SThree Board and as Chairman of the SThree Audit Committee in November 2007 and Nomination Committee in April 2008.
He is currently a Non Executive Director of Capita plc and Chief Financial Officer of Gala Coral Group Limited. Paul has extensive experience gained from senior finance roles in a variety of companies including most recently as Chief Financial Officer of TUI Travel PLC, but also with First Choice Holidays PLC and British Gas, a subsidiary of Centrica plc, where he was appointed Finance Director in 2002. Prior to that, Paul was with WH Smith plc, where he held a number of corporate centre roles before becoming Finance Director of the UK Retail business, as well as senior tax roles at Forte and Arthur Andersen. Paul is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Alicja Lesniak was appointed to the SThree Board in May 2006, to the SThree Audit Committee in July 2006, the Remuneration Committee in February 2008 and the Nomination Committee in April 2008.
Alicja is currently a Non Executive Director of Channel 4 and Next Fifteen Communications Group plc and was, until 30 September 2009, CFO of Aegis plc and has over thirty years experience in fast moving service businesses, in the latter twenty years holding senior financial and managerial roles within the advertising/media sector, including seven years with BBDO Worldwide, latterly as Chief Financial Officer for BBDO EMEA, and seven years at WPP Group plc, where she held positions as Chief Financial Officer for Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide and Managing Director of J Walter Thompson in the UK. Prior to joining the advertising sector she held senior management positions with Arthur Andersen & Co, having originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant with them in 1976. Alicja is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and holds a degree in Mathematics from Imperial College.
Nadhim Zahawi, MP was appointed to the SThree Board and to the Remuneration and Audit Committees in May 2008.
Nadhim is the former CEO and co-founder of YouGov plc, a leading international online market research agency and became MP for Stratford on Avon in May 2010. He is a member of the Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee of the House of Commons and has recently been promoted to the No.10 Policy Board. He is the author of Masters of Nothing - The crash and how it will happen again unless we understand human nature. He is a member of the Policy and Advocacy Board of the International Rescue Committee and is a trustee of UpRising. He was previously European marketing director at Smith & Brooks, with responsibility for marketing brands such as Warner Bros, Disney and Barbie. Nadhim is a patron of Peace One Day and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from UCL.
Managing Partner, Strategic Capability and Organisational Development
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 our first office in the Middle East in 2008.
Natasha is responsible for implementing our global expansion strategy and between 2008 and 2011, she sat on the Association of Professional Staffing Companies.
Natasha has a Degree in Management Studies from Leeds University and has two children.
Managing Partner, Group IT
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.
Managing Director SThree DACH region
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.
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.
Managing Partner, SThree UK and Ireland
Michael began his career at Huxley Associates in 1997, shortly after the business was formed. He became a director in 2000 and Managing Director of Huxley in 2005. He joined the SThree Executive Committee at that time.
Michael is a graduate of Essex University and London Law School. He is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at Columbia University, New York.
Managing Partner, Energy and Natural Resources
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 it's traditional I CT 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 S T hree Executive Committee.
Mike Studied English Literature at Hull University and completed the Leadership Development programme at Henley Business School.
SThree is the parent company for our organically grown recruitment brands, specialising in ICT, Engineering & Energy, Life Sciences, Banking and Accountancy & Finance.
As a leading player in the field of specialist recruitment, SThree offers investors the opportunity to buy into a large-scale business with robust credentials.