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Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin Founder & Managing Director
Eve Hegarty
Eve Hegarty Managing Consultant
Chris Amey
Chris Amey Finance Director
Hayley Swords
Hayley Swords Head of Recruitment U.S
Luke Webber
Luke Webber Sales Director
Debra Fong
Debra Fong Principal Delivery Consultant
Ben Hamlin
Ben Hamlin Associate Director
Chloe Coyle
Chloe Coyle Technical Operations Team Leader
David Powell
David Powell Recruitment Director
Rachel Smart
Rachel Smart Senior Contracts and Compliance Officer
Greg King
Greg King Senior Recruitment Manager
Ben Vicentuan
Ben Vicentuan Head of Learning & Development
Laura Fellowes
Laura Fellowes Senior Employee Engagement Officer
Carlie Aylott
Carlie Aylott Management Accountant
Fabio Roque
Fabio Roque Senior Recruitment Consultant
Charlotte Bird
Charlotte Bird Office Manager
Elliott Harvey
Elliott Harvey Senior Recruitment Consultant
Rhea Rughani
Rhea Rughani Recruitment Consultant
James Cookson
James Cookson Assistant Accountant
Alex Colbeck
Alex Colbeck Principal Recruitment Consultant
Edward McNulty
Edward McNulty Senior Recruitment Consultant
Lillie Bayliss
Lillie Bayliss Recruitment Consultant
Elliott Howells
Elliott Howells Recruitment Consultant
Micheal de Biasi
Micheal de Biasi Recruitment Consultant
Riley Watmore
Riley Watmore Recruitment Consultant
Zack Gordon
Zack Gordon Senior Recruitment Consultant
Timi Asseez
Timi Asseez Senior Recruitment Consultant
Chris Blohm
Chris Blohm Head of Clinical Operations
Jack Messenger
Jack Messenger Recruitment Consultant
Jason Bedford-Lowe
Jason Bedford-Lowe Senior Recruitment Consultant
Towsif Shaheen
Towsif Shaheen Resource Consultant
Sarah Hendry
Sarah Hendry Recruitment Consultant
Rahul Bawa
Rahul Bawa Recruitment Consultant
Ricky Martin
Founder & Managing Director

After graduating as a Biochemist from Cardiff University in 2006, Ricky has dedicated his career to supporting careers in the Life Sciences. Ricky’s core passion is to “Change Lives” which is where the vision for HRS came from. Also a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals and past Chair of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s Life Sciences committee.

Passionate for driving excellence in recruitment and raising the standards in the sector, Ricky is the Host of the “Recruiter Ricky – How to Get Hired Podcast” as well as an employability expert on a number of televised programmes including Stacey Dooley’s The Nine to Five on BBC2 and iPlayer.

Outside of HRS, Ricky is an investor and NED in a number of companies, mentor to a host of notable entrepreneurs and a family man doing his best to guide the way to his two young children.

 

Interesting fact:

Prior to setting up HRS, won the BBC1 Action game show Total Wipeout (2009) and was the Heavyweight and Tag Team Champion for a number of UK professional wrestling organisation. Interesting in 2012 Ricky was offered try-outs to join the WWE which he politely declined instead to take part in BBC’s The Apprentice. The rest was history!

 

Awards:

Cardiff University 30 (ish) Alumni Award Winner - 2022

UK Gamechanger of the Year, ACQ5 Global Awards 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Shortlisted – Most Inspiring Agency Leader, Investing in Talent Awards - 2018

Shortlisted for Business Leader of the Year, IRP Awards 2013, 2014, 2016

Highly Commended, Most Inspiring Leader, Recruiter Investing in Talent 2014

 

Eve Hegarty
Managing Consultant

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.

Interesting fact:

Olly Murs came to my house and sang for me!

Why 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.

Awards:
Team of the Year, HRS Awards 2021-2022
Sales Success of the Year, HRS Awards 2018-2019
Consultant of the Year, HRS Awards 2017-2018
Team of the Year, HRS Awards 2015-2016
 
Chris Amey
Finance Director

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.

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.

Why HRS?

I enjoy working at HRS because it’s a growing, ambitious company with a great team of talented, like-minded professionals.

Hayley Swords
Head of Recruitment U.S

After leaving college, Hayley stepped into the world of recruitment 8 years ago. Her expertise’s are mainly within sales, technology and pharma engineering sectors. At Hyper Recruitment, Hayley is leading and building out the US team and divisions. 

Interesting fact:

I played for West Ham & Arsenal Youth teams

Why HRS?

When meeting with Ricky I admired his passion and care for the business and industry alike. It’s rare to find recruitment companies who do it right and that is just what HRS do. It’s great to be in a business that supports you every step of the way.

Luke Webber
Sales Director

Luke has studied Cellular Molecular Biosciences at Sheffield Hallam University and prior to starting a career in recruitment he worked for GSK as a DMPK Scientist. Luke started his a career in recruitment in 2008 beginning as a founding member of ProClinical. During his time he helped grow and set up an international recruitment business that provided staffing solutions across Life sciences to UK, EU (Germany, Switzerland, Belgium etc) as well as US and beyond. Luke has extensive experience in life sciences recruitment covering QA, RA, Clinical, Biometrics, Medical and much more permanent, contract and project-based solutions.

Interesting fact:

I live in the Peak District and run a small farm that has Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Pigs, Goats, Sheep and Alpaca.

Debra Fong
Principal Delivery Consultant

Debra specialises in supporting Life Science recruitment in the Customer Success team. She has a degree in Architectural Engineering and after spending 2 years working as an Engineer, decided to go into Recruitment for a change and it’s been the best decision ever since.

 

 

Interesting fact:

I’ve had quite a few accidents as a child including having to get stitches on my lip from playing in water fight and falling unconscious in primary school after running into a pillar whilst playing tig!

 

Why HRS?

I like working for HRS because of its “life changing” motto and commitment. Even though I’m not a scientist myself, I like the idea of changing lives by placing candidates into companies who research and develop drugs to better people’s lives.

 

Awards:

Consultants' Consultant of the Year, HRS Awards 2020-2021

Team of the Year, HRS Awards 2021-2022

Ben Hamlin
Associate Director

Ben has over 17 years' hands-on experience operating in the recruitment sector, 10 years of which have been dedicated to supporting the Life Science and Pharmaceutical industries. Ben is currently responsible for both the Scientific and Technical Operations teams at HRS. He is a qualified recruitment professional (via the Recruitment and Employment Confederation) and his expertise lies within the successful delivery, development and leadership of recruitment talent across the Life Science and Technology sectors.

 

Interesting fact:

During lockdown I managed to run a marathon around the New Forest. My intention is to run around the Isle of Wight in the not too distant future.

Why HRS?

The working relationship I have with Ricky as well as other key members of the business was a significant factor in my decision to return. The culture, passion and atmosphere at HRS is fantastic!

Awards:
Team of the Year, HRS Awards 2021-2022
Leader of the Year, HRS Awards 2022-2023
Chloe Coyle
Technical Operations Team Leader

Chloe is a Team Leader specialising within the QA market. Prior to joining HRS, Chloe has spent 5 years within recruitment specialising in the Manufacturing and Engineering industry, recruiting within Medical Device, Pharmaceutical and Precision Engineering businesses.

Interesting fact:

 I’ve met the Queen!

Why HRS?

I like working for HRS because of the exciting roles I get to fill whilst helping candidates and clients within an interesting industry.

David Powell
Recruitment Director

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.

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.

Why 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.

Awards:

Leader of the Year, HRS Awards 2021-2022

Leader of the Year, HRS Awards 2020-2021

Sales Success of the Year, HRS Awards 2020-2021

Sales Success of the Year, HRS Awards 2019-2020

Sales Success of the Year, HRS Awards 2022-2023

Rachel Smart
Senior Contracts and Compliance Officer

Rachel is our longest serving member of the operations function at HRS. Her background is payroll, administration, and compliance. She has evolved her role from working closely with the contracts team ensuring all our temporary workers are on the correct contracts and their on-boarding is fully compliant. She has grown this role to the wider business where she has increased and improved the compliance levels in our permanent recruitment processes.

 

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.

Why 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.

Awards:
Supporter of the Year, HRS Awards 2019-2020
Supporter of the Year, HRS Awards 2020-2021
Greg King
Senior Recruitment Manager

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Ben Vicentuan
Head of Learning & Development

Ben started his recruitment career 14 years ago where he progressed to managing a team prior to focusing on his career in internal recruitment. He has headed up internal recruitment for a number of reputable recruitment brands on a regional, national and international level. He is now a monumental part in growing the HRS Life Changing team

Interesting fact:

Football is my favourite spectator sport (COYG!) but I have represented teams for rugby at university, club, county and South-East level

Why HRS?

I chose to work for HRS because of their story. I really like the values and vision of the team so its exciting to be part of building a business like HRS

Laura Fellowes
Senior Employee Engagement Officer

Laura has a variety of experience in customer and client facing roles such a Marketing and Events. Using these skills Laura heads up our engagement function at HRS and throughly enjoys overseeing and implementing new ideas across the company. 

Interesting fact:

Laura also works in the Beauty industry as a freelancer, where she has done everything from fashion shoots to wedding day makeup. 

Why 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.

Awards:

Supporter of the Year, HRS Awards 2021-2022

Supporter of the Year, HRS Awards 2018-2019

Carlie Aylott
Management Accountant

After finising sixth form, Carlie knew she wanted a career in finance. Maths, Business Studies and Economics is what she really enjoyed. Carlie began by gaining experience in a customer facing position at a supervisor level. She then started an accounts position for a property company. Since Carlie has flourished in here role and managed to work her way up to senior positions.

Interesting fact:

I have been a season ticket holder at Spurs for 18 years and have a bar area in my family home filled with memorabilia, photos and souvenirs we have collected over the years!

Why HRS?

I joined HRS as its important to me to work in a friendly and uplifting environment. The staff really make you feel welcome and part of the family. I also feel I will learn plenty here and broaden my experience and skills to help me on my career path in finance.

Fabio Roque
Senior Recruitment Consultant

Fabio is a Senior Recruitment Consultant and graduated from the University of Bath with a First Class Honours Degree in Sport and Social Science. Fabio is responsible for hiring contract Validation Engineers and leads.

 

Interesting fact:

I am a Semi-Professional Referee currently officiating on the Southern/Isthmian and National League.

 

Why HRS?

I love working for HRS because we have a great company culture and changing lives is at the forefront of everything we do.

 

Awards:
Shortlisted for REC Temporary Recruiter of the Year, 2022
 
Consultants Consultant of the Year, HRS Awards 2021-2022

Team of the Year, HRS Awards 2019-2020

Charlotte Bird
Office Manager

After graduating from a photography degree, Charlotte found Office Management through her love of all things organsation, she enjoys using her position to make a difference in office efficiency.

Why HRS?

I joined HRS beccause working in an environment that is friendly and supportive is something that is very important to me, and you get that at HRS in bundles, it is an environment that you enjoy being in everyday

Elliott Harvey
Senior Recruitment Consultant

Elliott is from Lowton in Wigan. Previous to HRS, Elliott did an Internship with the Westminster Council Prevent Team which deals with anti-terrorism. He now works as a Recruitment Consulant in the HRS Manchester office.

Interesting fact:

I’m 6ft6 but can’t slam dunk when I play basketball.

Why HRS?

I like working for HRS because of the welcoming environment and friendly colleagues. I also enjoy working in a fast paced environment and this is certainly offered working at HRS.

Rhea Rughani
Recruitment Consultant

Rhea graduated with a first-class degree in International Business from Brunel University. While completing her degree Rhea gained customer service experience in a number of part time jobs. This experience lead her to starting a career in recruitment at HRS.

Interesting fact:

I started Bollywood dancing at the age of 6 and performed at Trafalgar Square for a Diwali Show in front of 25 thousand people.

Why HRS?

I chose to work for HRS due to the welcoming environment and that everyday is exciting. It is great to be part of helping candidates find the perfect role and make a difference in their lives.

Awards:
Team of the Year, HRS Awards 2021-2022 
James Cookson
Assistant Accountant

James had been working in finance for over 7 years before joining HRS. When his not having fun with spreadsheets, he also Roller and ice skate at local rinks. 

Interesting fact:

I can solve a Rubik’s cube 

Why HRS?

I chose to work for HRS because of the company values and great work environment

Awards:

Supporter of the Year, HRS Awards 2022-2023

Alex Colbeck
Principal Recruitment Consultant

Alex started his recruitment career 8 years ago and has worked across multiple countries including South Africa, US, Sweden and the UK. Throughout this time his focus has always been IT based roles working across various tech disciplines including software development, Cloud, Infrastructure and DevOps.

 

 

Interesting fact:

I am a secret geek and my mastermind subject would be Harry Potter. I can recite every word from every film to you.

Why HRS?

I still love the world of recruitment and working at HRS gives me the opportunity to not only help people find the very best opportunities within the market but also to join companies who have an end goal of helping people in everyday life and having an impact on the world for the better.

 

Edward McNulty
Senior Recruitment Consultant

Edward joined HRS after university in 2017. With many years recruitment experience, he is now a Senior Recruitment Consultant working in our Tech Ops and Engineering team.

 

Interesting fact:

I enjoy travelling and have visited over 20 different countries.

 

Why HRS?

I enjoy working at HRS because of people, everyone has created an environment of hard work and we are also rewarded for this. I chose recruitment, in particular HRS, as they specialise in science and I believe in our company values of supporting such an important industry as Pharmaceuticals. 

 

Lillie Bayliss
Recruitment Consultant

Before stating recruitment Lillie was a nurse. She started during the Pandemic and has worked in Acute Medicine, Paediatrics, Oncology and A&E. Working for HRS has allowed Lillie to combine her passion for helping others, and love for sales and recruitment. 

 

Interesting fact:

I can write in calligraphy

Why HRS?

I like how Ricky brought a sense of London to Loughton, and how HRS is a company that really cares for their employees. I knew I would be supported through building out the US market and am excited to work in a passionate and highly devoted office.

 

Elliott Howells
Recruitment Consultant

Elliott studied Biochemistry at Lancaster University and graduate with a 2:1. After graduating during the pandemic he worked at a COVID-19 testing centre for a year until the opportunity to work with HRS arose. HRS is Elliott's first role in an office environment and so he is excited to see what the future brings.

Interesting fact:

I’ve played the piano since the age of 4 and can play whatever song you like!

Why HRS?

I’m absolutely delighted to be working at HRS mainly due to the values of the company; which are values I absolutely share. I was immediately drawn to the idea that I can help people get jobs that will not only change their lives, but also change the lives of others. It’s also such a driven, yet friendly environment, which absolutely suits me.

Micheal de Biasi
Recruitment Consultant

Michael is experienced in sales with a background in property having spent 4 years as a Real Estate Agent and sales negotiator. He joined HRS as a Recruitment Consultant and works within the UK Contracts team. 

Interesting fact:

Thanks to my family, I support Leicester City Football Club, which comes with some amazing highs (2015/2016 season) and some very stressful lows…

 

Why HRS?

I chose to work for HRS because it was clear to me that the company culture was something I was keen to be a part of.

 

 

Riley Watmore
Recruitment Consultant

Riley has previously worked in recruitment focusing on the Tech and Gaming industries before moving onto other customer facing roles to focus on a boxing career. Following success in that venture he has now joined HRS to continue the development of his recruitment career.

Interesting fact:

I’m a huge music fanatic with a big Vinyl collection. I’m a hip-hop head through and through but I love just about every genre. That being said I have no idea what’s going on in the charts right now, I’m stuck in the 90’s and beyond!

Why HRS?

As a firm believer in the importance of science, joining HRS was the perfect opportunity to be a contributor to a fantastic, growing and evolving business. It’s given me the chance to directly have an impact on people’s lives within a growth industry that helps shape the world for the better.

Zack Gordon
Senior Recruitment Consultant

Zack is an experienced recruiter having worked mostly on the agency side with some recent experience as a recruitment business partner, investigating what life on the other side of the fence is like. He has worked in various industries and specialisms, leveraging that experience every time he enters something new. Zack is recruiting in the US market at HRS. 

Interesting fact:

I travel a lot and have just returned from living & working in Thailand and Philippines the last 15 months, I’m a scuba diving instructor when I’m not recruiting and an underwater photographer looking for weird and wonderful creatures to take a snap of.

 

Why HRS?

I worked for HRS in 2017 & 18 focusing on the Engineering side of the business, so I know it’s a great company to work for. I was also close to hitting some company records, so am hoping I can come back for the win!

Timi Asseez
Senior Recruitment Consultant

Timi works on the Scientific team specialising in the biotech, biopharma, and biotherapeutic sectors. He has worked as a MLA in a laboratory and a health advisor within the NHS. Timi soon found his passion working in a sales role and enjoys working in faced-paced environments whilst being able to communicate with others, come across different personalities, and hear about life stories and experiences that inspire and motivate him.

Interesting fact:

I have travelled to 15 countries and aim to get to 20 by 2025

 

Why HRS?

I chose to work for HRS due to the work that they do, their values, and the people involved. They are one of the few companies I’ve come across where all employees uphold these values, and working in a environment with like-minded individuals moving cohesively to make positive change is amazing to experience and be a part of.

Awards:

Newcomer of the Year, HRS Awards 2022-2023

Consultants' Consultant of the Year, HRS Awards 2022-2023

Team of the Year, HRS Awards 2022-2023

Chris Blohm
Head of Clinical Operations

Chris is an experienced head-hunter specialising in Freelance/Contract appointments across the full Life Science cycle. These typically focus on the Clinical Operations, Biometrics, Medical, Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs, Pre-Clinical and more. He has worked with many clients including the biggest, market leading CRO's, Biotech and Pharmaceutical organisations across the globe.

 

Interesting fact:

Jumped out of a plane at 15,000 ft

 

Why HRS?

I chose to work at HRS because of the company values, the great work environment and the enthusiasm form the team to be a Life Changer.

Jack Messenger
Recruitment Consultant

Jack started his recruitment journey at the start of 2022 after an extensive period in the energy sector as an area manager. He worked in the EU Quality Assurance market across pharma/biotech, helping Dutch and German clients fill their interim freelancing needs. He is now using that knowledge in HRS to grow out the market into the EU focussing on the Quality niche.

 

Interesting fact:

I play drums in a metal band with music on Spotify and recent airplay on BBC Radio 1!

 

Why HRS?

I chose to work for HRS as I believe in the collective passion that the company has for life sciences and how Ricky really embodies that.

Jason Bedford-Lowe
Senior Recruitment Consultant

With over eight years of recruitment experience across various sectors, Jason started his recruitment journey in 2008 as a resourcer within IT Banking and established himself as the go to person within the country for his niche. Having recently made the decision to move into Life Sciences, he is loving every minute of it and excited to build a successful career within this sector.

Interesting fact:

I used to be on a reality TV series for a couple years.

Why HRS?

Ricky's values really aligned with mine and I instantly wanted to work for him off the back of my first interview. I was given the confidence that I would be walking into a positive and hard working environment.

Awards:

 

 

Towsif Shaheen
Resource Consultant

Towsif completed his final year at University of Warwick doing BSC Chemistry. He wanted to branch out from typical STEM related work and HRS provided a life science related career with another dimension. He is excited to see what the future will hold in recruitment.

 

Interesting fact:

I have seen Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar play live

 

Why HRS?

The reason I chose HRS was the culture and values of the company. ‘Life changers’ is a key aspect of the work we do, and this moral satisfaction is something I look for in my career

 

Sarah Hendry
Recruitment Consultant

Sarah graduated from Cardiff University in 2020 with a degree in Biomedical Science, after which she worked in the food industry as a product development technologist working on exciting NPD projects. The itch to travel was too strong so Sarah left to go travelling around Australasia and South East Asia before settling in Sydney, where she started her first role in recruitment. Having returned to the UK, she is now continuing her career as a Recruitment Consultant with HRS.

Interesting fact:

I jumped out of a plane at 15,000ft, and I love baking!

Why HRS?

I chose to work for HRS as I wanted to be a part of an exiting and dynamic team, whilst also working for a purpose of making positive change within the life sciences industry.

Rahul Bawa
Recruitment Consultant

After graduating with a 2:1 from Swansea University in Economics BSc, Rahul wanted to begin a career in recruitment to start something where he could help others and that would suit his skillset. Recruitment was the perfect blend of the two.

 

Interesting fact:

Just before university I wanted a bit of money to enjoy myself so I did a bit of modelling, you won’t find the pictures anywhere though!

 

Why HRS?

The reason I chose HRS was the interview process. The company's ethos was shown and I could see the fun environment with hard working dedicated people who most importantly care about what they do and changing the lives of others.

 

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