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Ricky MartinManaging DirectorConnect with me on Linkedin
Ricky graduated as a Biochemist from Cardiff University in 2006 which subsequently fuelled his passion for a career in the Life Sciences sector. He spent over a decade recruiting exclusively for the sciences before setting up Hyper Recruitment Solutions (in 2012) with the mission to help people and change lives through healthcare and / or new technologies.

He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chair of the UK Life Sciences committee for the REC, sharing best practice and helping to raise the standards in the industry.

 Interesting fact: Prior to setting up HRS was the UK Heavyweight and UK Tag Team Champion for professional wrestling and received an offer to try out for the big leagues in the US for WWE. Following my success in wrestling I was approached to take part in BBC1’s action game show, Total Wipeout which I won in 2009.
Eve HegartyPrincipal Recruitment ConsultantConnect with me on Linkedin
Eve specialises in life sciences recruitment at HRS. She moved into recruitment after spending six years working within the Life Sciences industry so has a sound knowledge and understanding of the sector and its requirements.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
I really enjoy working at HRS. I feel the business’s key values match my own when it comes to placing the right scientists into the right jobs having been a job seeker in the life sciences industry previously. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: Olly Murs came to my house and sang for me!
Andrew DavisAssociate Director Connect with me on Linkedin
Andy is the Associate Director at HRS and specialises in leadership hiring. During his career he has worked with clients in the United Kingdom, United States, Switzerland and South East Asia.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
I enjoy working for HRS because of the fantastic, down-to-earth people and the personalised, specialist service we offer clients. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I am a three handicap at golf.
Sandy ChanderMarketing and Communications OfficerConnect with me on Linkedin
Sandy has over 15 years’ experience of working within the Education sector in a variety of roles including teaching. With a passion for creativity and helping people, these combined interests drew her to the role of marketing and communications at HRS. Her other responsibilities include, developing and managing the Apprenticeship scheme, developing HRS’ Corporate Social Responsibility, working closely with HRS’ designated charities to organise internal and external fundraising events for the team.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
HRS’ values are very much aligned to my own. Working for a company that is passionate about making a difference and helping people in the sectors it supports is fantastic and I am very proud to be a part of that. I am able to do things I love and enjoy in my job, so it doesn’t feel like work. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: Injured in the line of duty - I fractured my foot whilst attending a recruitment awards ceremony.
Gary EldridgeContract Recruitment ManagerConnect with me on Linkedin
Gary has developed a vast amount of experience within the contract recruitment market since 2008 and joined HRS to focus on growing the contracts division. Gary has worked across and set up a number of niche markets within the recruitment industry in the UK and internationally. He works closely with the Quality, Regulatory and Engineering teams to provide interim and contract solutions to our clients.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
The honest approach the business has to recruitment. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: Karaoke King!
Despina KefalaSenior Recruitment ConsultantConnect with me on Linkedin
Despina specialises in commercial recruitment within the Life Sciences and Biotechnology industries spanning across UK and Europe. The roles she recruits for include sales, marketing and technical specialists. With a BSc in Biological Sciences, Despina feels this is the perfect role to combine her interest in science whist enabling her to have interaction with others.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
I really enjoy the diversity of my job; there are many new challenges that are thrown at you which make you quickly adapt and grow as a recruiter in order to overcome these. There is a great team and atmosphere at HRS which makes the role extremely enjoyable. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I have a strong interest in fertility. Before I joined HRS, I used to work in the lab as a trained Andrologist.
William BlohmTechnical Recruitment ManagerConnect with me on Linkedin
Will is the Technical Recruitment Manager at HRS. Having 10 years recruitment experience across the UK and Internationally. Will leads the Quality and Technical teams to provide specialist recruitment services to HRS’ candidates and clients.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
The work ethic on the floor is such a driver, it is clear each specialist consult cares about making sure their work is of the highest levels to provide an excellent service to both candidate and client. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I was an extra in Kevin and Perry Go Large.
Trishna ThakrarHead of Technology - EPM & BIConnect with me on Linkedin
Trishna graduated with a degree in Journalism and English. She spent five years working in recruitment supporting specialist areas within IT. She carved a genuine niche in the market and became highly reputable in within her network. She joined HRS to launch a specialist IT division within the company, HRS Tech.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
HRS genuinely cares about service and offers the best standards in the recruitment industry. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I am a former semi-pro footballer and I can dislocate my hip bone.
Christopher CareySenior Recruitment ConsultantConnect with me on Linkedin
Christopher spent a number of years in recruitment before joining the HRS team as a Senior Recruitment Consultant, therefore he knows the industry extremely well.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
I enjoy working for HRS as I am able to utilise my experience to help people secure a new role whilst learning all about the different aspects of the science profession. What makes my job even more enjoyable is being surrounded by some amazing people that have a real passion in what we do. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I am part of the Broxbourne Badgers. 2015/16 Saturday Premier Division, undefeated, champions
Georgia St John-Smith Recruitment ConsultantConnect with me on Linkedin
Georgia works within our interim Contracts Division, focusing on Quality Assurance (including QP's) and Validation. She previously worked in contract recruitment across various sectors including the NHS and local authorities. She graduated from Oxford Brookes University with an upper 2:1 in Economics, Politics and International Relations BA (Hons).

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
I like working for HRS because I’m constantly engaging with people and seeking to better professional careers and ultimately, find the right candidate for the right role. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I’m a huge football fan and support Leicester City - yes I’m from Leicester. I’m also a former cheerleader and organised a charity calendar for 2016.
Greg HammondSenior Recruitment ConsultantConnect with me on Linkedin
Greg is a graduate with an MSc in Managing the Environment and a BSc in Biochemistry from Aberystwyth University. He joined HRS to utilise his knowledge within the Life Sciences industry and to help people progress into their ideal career.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
I enjoy working in a competitive environment and working with likeminded people who are like myself, passionate about science. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I achieved fifth place in the British Universities Creek Race in Scotland. I also play golf to a handicap of five. I also shared a box at a Chelsea football game with Samuel L Jackson.
Hayley DareOffice ManagerConnect with me on Linkedin
Hayley is the Office Manager at HRS. Her role involves PA and HR support to the Management team and across the office. She previously worked in HR as Operations Support for six years, during this time she completed the HR Practice Level 3 Diploma. She is aiming to progress to the Level 5.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
I like working with a dedicated team of professionals, who love the job they do. It’s encouraging to work in an environment like that and it makes you want to succeed and better yourself. The variety in my role keeps me busy and I find it interesting and engaging. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I have a permanent partially broken left thumb, (a lump of bone has broken away and is floating in the middle). It cannot be operated on as it is too close to a nerve!
David PowellRecruitment Manager – Scientific TechnologyConnect with me on Linkedin
David is leading the expansion of the HRS brand in the North of England to support existing and new clients with how they collect, use and protect their data. He started his recruitment career over 10 years ago, working alongside Ricky. Since then he has built and led teams in the Technology sector in Sussex, London and Manchester.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
I chose to work with HRS because I believed in Ricky and his passion to help make a difference and I honestly think, by combining our skills we have a unique opportunity to help our client and candidate communities. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I am a four times Ironman finisher and have raced in triathlons across Europe, my favourite location by far and away was racing in the Austrian Alps.
Georgia WaldenRecruitment ConsultantConnect with me on Linkedin
Georgia is a Recruitment Consultant specialising in Biologics. After finishing a degree in Biomedical Sciences and a Research Masters in Cell Biology and undertook a Graduate Management Course before moving to HRS.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
I decided to join HRS as I really like recruitment and I felt this company was the best in the market place and somewhere she could really make a difference. I enjoy finding the right candidate for the role, especially when it is difficult to fill. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I moonlighted as a TV extra when I was younger and the back of my head can be seen in a number of well-known shows such as Kerching, Footballers Wives and Eastenders!
Chris SowdenRecruitment ConsultantConnect with me on Linkedin
Chris specialises in recruiting for Quality Assurance in the Pharmaceutical sector. He joined HRS after completing a Biochemistry degree at Oxford University.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
I joined HRS because it provides me with a platform to impact the science industry whilst enabling me to meet people actually working on real life projects that ultimately make a difference to people’s lives. I enjoying helping the industry without having to spend all my time in the lab, which I knew wasn’t for me. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I spent 12 months of my Masters project researching how drugs such as cocaine enter the brain to explore if there was a key to curing diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Emily ThomRecruitment ConsultantConnect with me on Linkedin
Emily supports the Biopharma industry with lab based positions from R&D through to manufacturing. She studied Microbiology in Edinburgh and worked with a PhD student for eight weeks studying the potential of using Salmonella as a transport vector for cancer therapeutics.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
Working for HRS means I have the opportunity to change someone’s life, help graduates start their careers and it also allows me to work with companies who are researching and creating drugs that are benefiting the lives of many. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I travelled to Kenya for five weeks to teach first aid and on my return, I saved someone’s life using the skills I gained in Africa.
Marcus RossiRecruitment ConsultantConnect with me on Linkedin
Marcus is a Recruitment Consultant at HRS. He graduated university with a first class degree in Sport and Exercise Science.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
I enjoy working at HRS because of how friendly and enthusiastic everyone is about their work. I chose recruitment, in particular HRS as they specialise in science. My job involves helping change people’s lives as well as improving the quality of the science industry. My previous jobs have been across various industries including Hospitality to (refereeing) football. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I played football for Ipswich and Watford Academy and County Level Under 18’s before going to university.
Sarah AdenijiRecruitment ConsultantConnect with me on Linkedin
Sarah started working at HRS straight after completing her MSc degree in International Trade and Logistics from Oxford Brookes University. She recruits within the permanent side of Validation and Process Engineering within the Pharmaceutical and Life Science industry.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
Every day is different, I work alongside like-minded people who want to do amazing things in the world and are hungry to succeed. I speak to people with varied professional experience which allows me to build my knowledge within engineering. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: During my time as a Committee Member for a youth group, we had a visit from Theresa May back when she was a Minister. She asked me what the Child Line number was. I didn’t know, so she didn’t talk to me!
Chris AmeyFinancial ControllerConnect with me on Linkedin
Chris is a London Metropolitan University graduate and is ACCA qualified. He joined HRS to set up and establish the finance function. He has been working as FC/FD for the past 10 years in the service industry.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
I enjoy working at HRS because it’s a growing , ambitious company with a great team of talented, like-minded professionals. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I was moments away from delivering my second son because we were having a home birth. We left it too late to phone the midwife – she eventually arrived moments before the birth to relieve me of my duties.
Rachel SmartContracts and Compliance OfficerConnect with me on Linkedin
Rachel is part of the Contracts team at HRS. Her role is to ensure every candidate is set up on the correct contract, is comfortable before they begin their new role and happy whilst working for HRS. Prior to joining the HRS team, she worked within recruitment, for the Medical industry for five years, learning payroll and admin, finance and compliance. The compliance area was a big move for her; learning the vast compliance requirements for medical staff to be fit for psychiatry roles.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
I enjoy my role here at HRS because everyone is positive; from my colleagues in the office to the candidates themselves. There is a positive attitude in the office on a daily basis. It is nice to be involved in a company who cares about the people they are helping to place into work. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: Whilst out celebrating my 21st birthday, I met Olly Murrs. He was happy to be in many photos of me and my friends. I was also one of seven people to fit into a Smart car at the same time.
Jay PatelResource Consultant
Jay is an undergrad from Aston University on a placement year as a Resource Consultant. His day-to-day responsibilities consists of finding clients and candidates to build the database for HRS Tech whilst screening candidates for live roles. He applied for a recruitment role because he was not sure if finance is something he wants to pursue and he wanted to explore other opportunities beforehand. ... Read More

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
Being at HRS has changed my perspective on recruitment and has helped me understand the impact it has on people’s lives. The thing I love most about my job is that I am always learning something new as there is always something different about each roles that I work on.

 Interesting fact: I went to boarding school in India for four years when I was younger, where I also learnt mountaineering and horse riding.
Penny LilleySenior Recruitment ConsultantConnect with me on Linkedin
Penny is part of the Commercial team and recruits in the UK and Mainland Europe for Sales, Marketing and Technical Support roles for Life Science companies. She has over 15 years of recruitment experience which includes Commercial Life Science, Insurance, Finance and Accounting, and Commercial on both the permanent and temporary desks.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
It’s great to support the Life Science sector, I feel that I am helping to fight diseases such as cancer by putting the right people in the right places in order to find a cure. I enjoy working at HRS, the team are very motivated, engaging and fun to work with. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I love to travel. I lived in Spain for a year. I was also part of a competitive dance team for three years.
Edward McNultyRecruitment ConsultantConnect with me on Linkedin
Edward is a Recruitment Consultant specialising in Chemistry. He went to university in Manchester and graduated with a Business Management degree. He enjoys the sales aspect of recruitment and this is what attracted him to the role. During his A Levels he worked in as a chef in a pub and during the summer holidays at a sweetshop.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
Although I do not have a science background I have been able to learn a lot about the Science industry and the earning potential is definitely something that drives me. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I took a helicopter tour of the Island, when I holidayed in Hawaii.
Christina Giakou Recruitment ConsultantConnect with me on Linkedin
Christina is a Recruitment Consultant, within the Commercial team. She graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BSc in Biological Sciences

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
I like working for HRS because of the challenging nature of the job and mostly because of the people that work here. The work environment is super friendly and everyone has been supportive. Before working for HRS I was working as a Sales Assistant at Hollister, therefore gained confidence in interacting with customers and fulfilling their needs. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I went for snowboarding in Siberia.
Zack GordonRecruitment ConsultantConnect with me on Linkedin
Zack returned from a career break after travelling the world, where he spent his time, hiking, scuba diving and venturing into the unknown. Prior to this, he specialised in Analytics Recruitment for four years, providing niche risk analyst into the Financial Services sector. He decided to bring the experience he had in recruiting niche skills and apply it into the Engineering field within the Life Sciences sector.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
It’s great to work with a team of recruiters who have such varied backgrounds, with a strong competitive spirit and desire to provide the best service to clients and candidates. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I once solved a Rubix cube in less than two minutes.
Laura FellowesAdministrative AssistantConnect with me on Linkedin
Laura has a variety of experience in customer and client facing roles. At HRS, she works alongside the team to help support the recruiters in HR and PA duties. Having previously worked as a Personal Assistant for multiple clients she is accustomed to supporting the HRS team.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
I really enjoy working for HRS because its more than just a recruitment company. We help to generate so much positivity in the development of science and technology and it’s great to be a part of that. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: Alongside administration, Laura also works in the Beauty industry, where she has done everything from fashion shoots to wedding day makeup.
Ben HughesRecruitment ConsultantConnect with me on Linkedin
Ben is based at our Manchester office, he specialises in helping clients and candidates within data and cyber security. He has two years’ experience in the recruitment industry and enjoys the investigating and problem-solving aspects of the role, which lead onto delivering great results and building trusted relationships.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
I believe in the personal and honest service HRS offers to make a positive contribution to recruitment in life science. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: When I am not recruiting, you can find me on a rugby pitch.
Debra FongRecruitment ConsultantConnect with me on Linkedin
Debra specialises in supporting Life Science recruitment in the Scotland office. She has a background in architectural engineering, after spending two years working in the industry, she wanted to do something more challenging and fun.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
I like working for HRS because of its “life changing” motto and commitment. I like that I place candidates into companies who research and develop drugs to better people’s lives. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I’ve had quite a few accidents as a child. I had stitches on my lip from an accident during a water fight.
Haseena MoonceyRecruitment ConsultantConnect with me on Linkedin
Haseena works within the Contract division at HRS. She graduated with a first in her Business Economics degree. Before joining HRS, she was working in the Contact Centre for a pharmaceutical firm.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
I like working with such a wide variety of candidates. It’s such a good feeling knowing that I am making a difference to their lives. I also love the team that I work with, the office environment is great. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I like to talk a lot, so I challenged myself to a 24 hour digital and physical silence. Somehow I managed to complete it and raised £1,100 for the UN Refugee Appeal. Not speaking for such a long period for someone like me and not using your phone for Snapchat is more challenging than I thought.
Bethany CornwellRecruitment ConsultantConnect with me on Linkedin
Bethany works at our Manchester office supporting the IT sector within pharmaceutical. She recruits programmers, bioinformaticians and data scientists. She has a Masters in Psychology and once worked as a Teaching Assistant supporting children with special educational needs.

What do you enjoy the most about working at HRS?
I like working at HRS because I help to change lives every day. ... Read More

 Interesting fact: I previously volunteered within CAMHS as an Assistant Psychologist.