Interviews

Jonathan Campbell

Johnny and I are sitting on a giant chessboard under the hanging tress. The castle rises up above us, while around us are discarded pawns, bishops and knights. We could have gone back in time, except Johnny is avidly talking…

David Schueneman

David is one of those rare people in the business world that is wonderfully candid. He’ll call it exactly as he sees it, and the man doesn’t hold back. It’s why every conversation with him is refreshing and optimistic. Tell…

Robin Richards

I’m passionate about candidate experience and how companies treat the people that apply to them, so to meet Robin Richards and find a kindred spirit, was such a pleasure. If I could uproot my life and go work for him,…

Darren Ryemill

Darren is never on his own. He’s always surrounded by a group of people, and he’s always laughing. Possibly one of the most jovial people currently in this castle, with heaps of optimism about every little thing, I can’t imagine…

Amy Golding

It’s early evening and the sun is just starting to make it’s decent, although the activity of filming shows no signs of stopping. Amy and I are sitting in the pavilion with everything sprawled in front of us. Camera crews…

Andrew Heywood

Talking to Andrew is a little bit like being dropped into Silicon Valley and wishing you were a tech genius. He’s passionate about virtual reality, intelligent, and very easily reels you into his world. If you’re ever lucky enough to…

Bruce Trewhella

I’m walking through the winding corridors of the castle with Bruce. We’re aimlessly wondering around, with no real purpose but to chat and explore the many hidden passages and spiraling staircases of this place we’re calling home for the next…

Tom Glanfield

It’s late in the afternoon by the time I get the chance to sit down with Tom, which means the champagne has been flowing for some considerable hours. Tom is always lively with a joke at hand, so I know…

Hannah Peet

Hannah is in the middle of a group women who are all laughing at something she’s just said. Your eye is always drawn to Hannah because she’s without a doubt, the best dressed person in the room. Rivaled only by Jer Langhans who strives (and fails) to out-dress her every day.

We lead into a conversation about nieces and nephews as we coo over pictures for some time. That’s one of the things I love about being here with all these people. You don’t see their business side, you see them as a whole person, with all their quirks, intricacies, loves and hates. You see the beating hearts beneath the boardroom tables.

Mark Hall

Softly spoken and filled with humility, Mark is the opposite of the recruitment stereotype. He’s proud to work with integrity and never wants to compromise his morals for a quick buck or the right fee. He’s in this business because…

Torin Ellis

I’ve met a lot of men in recruitment. I mean, you can’t not. It’s an industry that’s dominated by them, and diversity is still just lip service to some organisations. The men I’ve met are generally cut from the same…

Gavin Speirs

Gavin isn’t your average recruitment guy. He’s quiet for one. You will never find him the center of attention in the middle of the crowd. Instead, you will often find him listening carefully, soaking it all in and giving others…

Vern Davis

We’re in The Painted Hall in London. An old naval college with a ceiling that’s trying to rival Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. And doing a good job of it too. I’ve been waiting to talk to Vern all week. We’ve spent…

Kevin Dunn

Kevin is a rare thing in the business world. He’s one of those souls who appreciate living, and understands that business isn’t life. He’s got a refreshing approach to working hard, but he does it so he can live well….

Matt Sauri

You can just tell that Matt Sauri was one of the popular kids back in school. He carries himself easily, and is easily one of the best dressed men around here. Impeccably eccentric suits, he floats around set stealing just…

Bert Miller

It’s afternoon and the sun is hanging at its highest point. We’re sitting around a wrought iron table at the back of the castle basking in the sun. Bert lives in Miami so is used to the heat, and I,…

Jon Dweck

As soon as you meet Jon, you can instantly tell he was the naughty kid in school. He’s got that mischievous twinkle in his eyes and if half the room suddenly erupts into laughter, you can guarantee that Jon caused…

Rachel Petero

I’m back in the pavilion, this time with Rachel. I’ve hands down got the biggest girl crush on her, and I’m trying not to show it. But it’s hard. She has such incredible presence and every time she opens her…