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.

Mark Dorman, CEO SThree

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 global growth, as well as overseeing the business’ diversification into new market sectors, notably Pharmaceuticals, Oil & Gas.

An SThree Main Board appointee since June 2012, Justin is currently Chief Operating Officer, charged with driving the sustainable growth of the business through effective operations and customer service. 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 succeeded Clay Brendish as Chairman in April 2018, having previously been Chairman Designate and Senior Independent Director, from first joining 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 spent over 20 years building successful digital and multichannel businesses around the world. As an executive 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, and the Remuneration Committee on 26 April 2018. Anne is also Non Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Interserve, the international support services and construction company, Nyrstar, a global multi-metals business, with a market leading position in zinc and lead, and Coats plc, a global industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business. She is also a Trustee of Save the Children.

Prior to joining SThree, Anne was Chief Financial Officer of BP’s Aviation Fuels business. During her 27 years at BP, Anne 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, Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committee on 11 September 2017. Barrie is the former 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.

In addition to the extensive public company experience, including M&A, fundraisings and investor relations, Barrie has spent 30 years in global media, digital and marketing communication companies, advised clients across multiple industries and has held senior Board positions in Europe and North America. Barrie currently sits on a portfolio of public and private Boards as either Non Executive Chair or Director advising on their growth strategies, and is a member of the Professional Business Services Council, advising the Government on key issues facing the UK’s service professions.

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Denise Collis, Non-Executive Director

Denise Collis was appointed to the SThree Board, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee on 1 July 2016, and the Audit Committee on 26 April 2018. Denise was further appointed as Chair of the Remuneration Committee on 1 September 2016 and Senior Independent Director (‘SID’) on 1 October 2018.

Denise is 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 of 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. With effect from 1 December 2018, Denise Collis was appointed as Employee Engagement NED.

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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, taking charge of Investor Relations matters in 2011 and was appointed Legal Director in 2013. Steve has significant 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’) and sits on the ICSA Company Secretaries’ Forum and Investor Relations Society Policy Committee.

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