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John Zafar


John is a seasoned recruiter with a track record of creating rapid growth across several recruitment sectors and has been directly involved in creating successful exits for shareholders and private equity investors.

Currently, he is a non executive director for several recruitment companies and is BGF’s nominated NXD on the board of Rethink Group.

Krisha Mirpuri


Krisha is a Digital Transformation Consultant helping recruitment organisations adapt their business processes to harness new technologies.  With over 16 years experience supporting the recruitment industry, she enables recruitment agencies be more productive through the use of digital tools and web applications.   

Krisha’s areas of expertise include:

Digital transformation, Digital Strategy, Marketing Automation, Content strategy, Customer Experience, CRM management and New technology advisor

Phil Heaton


Phil brings over 25 years’ experience in branding and marketing to help recruitment firms secure new clients and candidates, and to deliver a better experience of their business.

Phil’s focus is on enabling your brand as an enduring platform for growth and embedding a winning marketing strategy to drive your business forward more quickly and securely.

Phil has worked with over 100 recruitment businesses of all sizes to deliver successful marketing initiatives and campaigns, both digital and off-line.

Anji McGrandles


I set up The Mind Tribe after working in PR for over 20 years. My passion is wellbeing and I aim to work with businesses to equip their teams with the practical tools and techniques they need to problem proof their day.

Because of my background I understand corporate environments so our bespoke wellbeing programmes and training workshops are geared up to tackle the daily challenges faced in the workplace. Measuring success and the return on investment of a our clients wellbeing programme is at the heart of our strategy. We align our programmes with your goals.

Your staff are your biggest asset, they will help you deliver your business targets so it’s important to look after them.

Simon Michaels


Simon Michaels is a qualified Chartered Accountant, who provides business and financial consultancy to a range of corporations.

Simon is CEO of HW Fisher Business Solutions, the business support division of HW Fisher, specialists in providing back office and CFO services. As a CFO he has a proven track record of reviewing acquisition targets, due diligence, and business integration as well as advising on broader strategic issues.

Robert Woodford


Robert is widely recognised as the go to expert for all things recruitment marketing related.  With a corporate marketing career in recruitment beginning in 2002, he has worked in-house with some of the global players, AIM listed businesses, and SME Owner managed businesses, prior to founding The Marketing Junction.  With a focus on strategy, ROI and marketing delivering value to the recruitment business, he is a marketer that all owners and MDs/CEOs can relate to.  He is also experienced in mentoring marketing talent. 

Steven Raize


Steven is a partner at Gateley PLC and a recruitment specialist within their corporate team. Steven has substantial experience in private equity and Mergers & Acquisitions, in particular, with share sale and purchase and cross-border transactions, asset sales, MBOs, joint ventures and group reorganisations.

Anya Bloom


Anya is a Solicitor with over 25 years’ experience in the recruitment sector and has been working with Elite Leaders since 2008, having previously acted for John O’Sullivan and companies with which he was associated. Anya has advised and acted in relation to very many aspects and numerous scenarios specific to the recruitment sector, including: claiming unpaid fees from clients in various circumstances; restrictive covenants and competition; contractual documents; corporate structure; corporate disagreements; employment contracts; employment issues and ancillary matters.

Vas Constanti


Vas has been involved in the Recruitment Industry since 2001. With a heavy focus on building a contract business who has set global records within his time at S3, since then he has established and supported recruitment business and aided the set up of European practice.

 Described as a great motivator and a leader of people making great people awesome.

Suzanne James


Suzanne James has over 20 years’ HR experience gained in a variety of sectors including recruitment.  She has spent the last 10 years’+ at a senior level including HR Director.

Suzanne supports businesses with the full remit of HR solutions from statutory compliance, HR Advice and Assistance, HR Policies and HR documentation through to HR Projects, HR Strategy and Director Level support.

In addition, Suzanne is an NLP trainer and provides coaching and training solutions to ensure employees are equipped with successful mindset tools to be the BEST person they can be.

Larry Ridges


Larry is an international trainer, coach and facilitator with over 15 years’ experience working in the Talent and L&D space. Working across a number of sectors including recruitment, Larry specialises in supporting organisations with their people processes to create an engaged and motivated workforce. The world of work is changing (especially in recruitment!), and organisations need to evolve with it.

The relationship between organisation and employee is evolving into a collaborative partnership rather than a hierarchical one; and with expectations of both the workforce and leadership teams changing, so does the way we develop a successful working environment. Larry dedicates his career to developing existing and future talent along with delivering high level people projects that work with organisations in order to create a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters high performance.

Chris Kendrick


Chris Kendrick is Founder and CEO of Mercury xRM.  

Having established the business with colleagues in 2014 he completed a MBO in 2016. Mercury xRM are pioneers with using Microsoft Cloud platform to innovate the recruitment industry and are recognised amongst the fasting growing companies in the CRM/ATS space. 

As a Microsoft partner and finalist of Microsoft Partner of the Year, Mercury xRM embrace the Microsoft Stack Primarily focused on Dynamics365 (CE), Office365, Power BI, Power Platform and Azure Services and through integration with carefully selected technology partners.  

Chris has both a background in IT as well as recruitment, with many years’ experience in developing innovative bespoke recruitment solutions. 

Chris is Mercury xRM’s product visionary. A dynamic and entrepreneurial individual, he specialises in identifying and understanding business and IT requirements, providing both solutions and people to improve and transform projects and processes. 

Katy Cracknell


Katy is the Founder and Director of Clear Bridge HR, an HR partner that provide pragmatic and jargon free support to clients across the UK. 

With an HR career spanning over 20 years within corporate and SME environments, Katy has worked across a variety of industries from Telecommunications, Recruitment and Financial services to Horticulture. 

Katy is a trusted partner who works with clients to understand their business and ensure that, not only are they legally HR compliant, but that they also have HR processes in place that fully support their business as it is today and  as they aspire for it to be in the future.


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