#44 The Right Mindset for Success – with Karinna Shields

Today’s Live Lounge guest is Karinna Shields, Director and Co-Founder of Concur Recruitment based in Coventry.  Karinna has worked her way through the ranks of recruitment, starting her career age 17 as a receptionist, moving up to resourcer, recruiter, account manager, then managing multiple branches before setting up her own agency – all within 7 years! …

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#1 Recruiters Live Lounge Introduction – with Roy Ripper

Roy Ripper

Roy Ripper is one of the most charismatic and widely-followed trainers in the worldwide recruitment industry. For more than 25 years his passion has been helping recruiters take their careers and businesses to another level by inspiring personal and business growth, success and achievement.

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#43 Loving what you do – with Abigail Brown

Abigail started her 18 year recruitment career in Houston Texas at the age of 22 and when returning to the UK in 2003 she continued in the industry. It was whilst working in an Internal Recruiters role she that she created what is now Openingz.com with an emphasis on providing a quality service to the…

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#42 Enjoy the good times – with Steven Convery

Steven Convery started his career off as an ‘old school recruiter’ without a computer and relying on old school methods – just a phone and the yellow pages. Times have obviously changed since then and Steven has become a highly accomplished man Manager and Owner/Director of his second recruitment business.  Steven has a strong experience in…

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#41 Finding the sweet spot – with Tony Chapman

Tony Chapman

Tony Chapman started his recruitment career in 2007 as a Trainee Consultant at a boutique agency in London, initially specialising in infrastructure technology before specialising further into the Linux and Open Source space, quickly becoming the company’s highest producer. A brief stint setting up a division at one of James Caan’s brands then led him…

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#40 Being true to yourself – with Liz Longman

Liz Longman

Liz Longman is the Managing Director of TEAM (The Employment Agents Movement) and has been involved in recruitment for over 20 years. Before her current position she worked her way through the ranks to become a Regional Director heading up a region for a generalist agency covering every sector from supplying temporary workers, permanent placements at an Executive level and…

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#39 Enjoy the journey – with Amit Somaiya

Amit Somaiya

Amit Somaiya, CEO at IMS People based in India has over 16 years extensive recruitment experience in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America, working with both agencies and corporates, and therefore has a unique perspective on recruitment, global migration and outsourcing. He travels extensively in both developed countries and developing countries to understand the trends and influences of the recruitment…

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#38 Business evolution – with Ben Scobie-Trumper

Ben Scobie-Trumper

Ben Scobie-Trumper has worked in the recruitment industry for over ten years, a career which started by winning rookie of the year in his first full year for one of the largest IT recruitment agencies in the UK, and then going on to work in multiple sectors including construction, pharma and gaming.  Ben set up Audentia Recruitment two and a half years…

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#37 Invest in your future – with Kai Murray

Kai Murray

Kai Murray is the former MD of ‘Search Consultancy’ who managed their period of massive growth and who now is passing on her 25+ years of expert recruitment and business experience through business coaching and consultancy.  Kai spent 11 years at Search, employed originally in 1996 as Associate Director Edinburgh and within two years became…

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#36 Staying ahead of the curve – with Toby Thwaites

Toby Thwaites

Toby Thwaites has 20 years’ experience in the Recruitment Industry and started ‘Purple’ over 15 years ago. During that time he’s been responsible for Purple becoming one of the most successful brands in the sector winning many accolades and even a personal win for “Recruitment Boss Of The Year” at the Marketing and Advertising Recruitment…

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#35 Self-education will make you a fortune – with James Blackwell

James Blackwell

James Blackwell is CEO at Ronald James and an ambitious recruiter with a goal to achieve a net worth of £100 million by the age of 40. He started working at age 13 running a newsagents on a weekend. He then bought and sold cars from auction aged 17-19 selling over 40 cars and with that money he started his own coffee…

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#34 Be the hardest worker in the room – with Toby Babb

Toby Babb

Toby Babb is the Managing Director and founder of Harrington Starr, the London based financial services technology recruitment, events and insight company. He is the Chairman of the FinTech Influencers, The FS Technology Breakfast, and the editor of The Trading Technologist and FinTech Capital Magazines. Harrington Starr launched in 2010 and has grown from 4…

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#33 Finding solutions – with Christine Tautari

Christine Tautari

Christine Tautari is Co-founder and Director of The Needle, a candidate video interview platform, and they are based on the Isle of Man in the UK. Christine is originally from New Zealand where she started her career in sales and marketing. When she came over to the UK in 2005 she got involved in recruitment…

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#32 Real inspirational leadership- with Daniel Mundy

Daniel Mundy

Daniel Mundy is the CEO of anzuk* Teachers a recruitment agency focusing on teaching and childcare placements across Australia, the UK and Asia. At university in Ballarat, Australia,  Daniel completed studies as a Physical Education Teacher and then moved to the UK for three and a half years to teach PE to Health and Special…

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#31 Just keep swimming – with Wendy McDougall

Wendy McDougall

Wendy McDougall is a serial entrepreneur, currently making waves and influencing the recruitment technology space with her role as CEO at Firefish Software. Wendy’s first business ‘9-20 Recruitment’ was launched in 2004 and sold successfully 6 months after returning from the amazing Entrepreneurship Development Program in Boston in 2013.  Now focusing on Firefish Software initially…

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#30 Changing people’s lives – with Abigail Stevens

Abigail Stevens

Abigail’s career started in marketing but after 8 years she ‘fell into recruitment’ with Pertemps and ASA International.  Abigail maintained a constant top biller status at ASA and to her knowledge, still holds the record of highest ever biller! When she was asked if she would like to be part of a management buyout, Abigail realised she did not…

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#29 A shining star in the recruitment galaxy – with Glyn Blaize

Glyn Blaize

Glyn Blaize had a promising rugby career ahead of him in the late 90’s playing for Wasps, England Students U21s and Rugby Lions but his rugby career was cut short by a horrific sporting injury which saw him in hospital for six weeks. However this was the catalyst for Glyn to pursue a new career.  He entered the…

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#28 – Take time to think – with Andrew Hairs

Andrew Hairs

Andrew Hairs is the Group Managing Director of the Monroe Consulting Group and is based out in Jakarta overseeing the offices in Jakarta, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Santiago and Mexico City. Andrew has over 15 years recruitment experience starting as a consultant, and then moving onto executive search and working for a company where he was…

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#27 Integrity and honour – with Gareth Biggerstaff

Gareth Biggerstaff

Gareth Biggerstaff is a seasoned leader in Technology & Digital recruitment, having started his career with a large national provider over 20 years ago as a researcher and over time progressing to Director and skilfully building a market-leading recruiting team. Of course working that length of time in one sector means that Gareth has experienced both the positive…

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#26 Influence and mentorship – with Chris Young

Chris Young

Chris is the Owner and Director of FlexiRec and an active recruiter with over eight years experience placing rising stars and top talent with some of the UKs biggest and best loved companies including Fujitsu, Hilton Worldwide and SANYO.  Three years ago Chris founded FlexiRec as a specialist agency across three divisions; Commercial Office Staff, Sales Professionals,…

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#25 From raw talent to raw ambition – with Jack Parsons

Jack Parsons

Jack Parsons started his career as a sales apprentice 5 years ago after leaving school. He then moved into recruitment in the education sector for Morgan Hunt and quickly went on to win best new comer out of approximately 250 recruitment consultants and continued to win awards throughout his time there.  After a short spell in healthcare recruitment, Jack made…

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#24 Infectious enthusiasm – with Darren Ryemill

Darren Ryemill

Darren Ryemill, CEO of Opus Professional Services Group founded Opus Recruitment Solutions in 2008 but has since grown the initial unique offering into a fast expanding Group which now includes Opus Information Technology, Opus Engineering, Baltimore Consulting Group, McLean Ross, Hinton Spencer, JDR Energy, Addocura and Talentcubed. Having been recognised with multiple awards for his leading and innovative approach, including “Best Leader” from…

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#23 – The importance of personal development with Nikki Taylor

Nikki Taylor

Nikki Taylor started her recruitment career in 2002 as a consultant and with her passion and determination remains excited about the challenges and rewards that the industry has to offer. Nikki started her business REJS with business partner Richard over six years ago on the Gold Coast of Australia and they now search talent exclusively for…

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#22 – Be responsive to change – with David Spencer-Percival

David Spencer-Percival

David Spencer-Percival was the Managing Director at Huntress Group for almost 9 years before he launched Spencer Ogden in 2010 with Sir Peter Ogden and has always remained the driving force behind the company’s growth and success. With more than 15 years’ experience in recruitment, David used his knowledge to fill the gap in the market and…

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#21 – Creating sustained success with David Gittoes

David Gittoes

David Gittoes has worked within the recruitment industry for just over 10 years, a career which he feels he ‘fell into’ after being a golf professional for 4 years previously.  He joined Artemis Search over 5 years ago as a commission-only recruiter, but worked his way up to management level and then in July 2013 he…

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#20 – Leading by example – with Lee McQueen

Lee McQueen

Lee McQueen is the Managing Director of ‘Raw Talent Academy’ which he founded after growing frustrated by the lack of high calibre sales talent in the UK. Now Raw Talent Academy is fast becoming recognised as the number one provider of emerging sales talent providing talent for companies who are looking to grow and nurture…

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#19 – Going from good to great – with Nick Johnston

Nick Johnston

Nick Johnston, Director at Recruitment International Asia, founded Wall Street Associates in Japan in 1999. It became the first international recruitment company to receive the ISO 9001:2000 certification in Japan and eleven years later was purchased by en-japan, the premium Japanese job portal, and rebranded as Enworld. Nick stepped down as CEO in June 2012,…

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#18 – Resilience shines through – with Angela Middleton

Angela Middleton

Angela Middleton founded Middleton Murray in 2002, after spending time in a variety of corporate management positions. The company evolved from a recruitment consultancy into a Group during 2008 to include some interesting divisions, but most importantly resulted in a training subsidiary. Middleton Murray now provides a combination of government and commercially funding training and…

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#17 – Living the dream with Gary Dytor

Gary Dytor

Gary Dytor has been working within recruitment for nearly 10 years where he started as a Trainee Recruitment consultant at IT Works, but within 2 years started to develop new markets, grow teams and was finally promoted to Ops Director. Gary then moved to the US in May 2014 where he set up a new IT Works…

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#16 – Staying focused and pushing forwards – with Bob Kelly

Bob Kelly

Bob Kelly has over 30 years of information technology experience with significant expertise in enterprise systems and founded CareerPlanners Services in 1999 with a focus on recruiting and staff augmentation in emerging technologies. Bob also served in the United States Army, and as a result CPSI is certified by the U.S. Veterans Administration as a VOSB…

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#15 Constant re-invention – with Tim Watts

Tim Watts

Tim Watts is the Lifetime President of Pertemps Network Group, which is one of the UK’s biggest independent recruitment agencies with over 1040 staff and 200 branches in 70 towns. Pertemps was started in 1961 by Tim’s mum who took a £500 loan to start the company. Tim then started in 1970 when he was…

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#14 Why anything is possible, no matter the barriers – with Dawn Milman-Hurst

Dawn Milman-Hurst

10 years ago Dawn left a well-respected career within HR to pursue her passion for diversity and inclusion, and as a result she created Equal Approach as an inclusive recruitment agency, in order to remove barriers for candidates with difference. Dawn specialises in diversity and inclusion, specifically in championing individuals with difference to maximise their…

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#13 Sliding doors – with Russell Clements

Russell Clements

Russell Clements is the former CEO of SThree plc. He was their third employee in 1986 and led the Group’s IPO in 2005. He retired from SThree in December 2012 when the company had 2,200 staff in 64 offices. Russell has a degree in Government from the University of Essex, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management…

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#12 Your options are limitless – with Daniel Faulkner

Daniel Faulkner

Daniel Faulkner is a head-hunter and Director at Arthur Financial specialising in senior appointments and team moves within the Lloyd’s & London insurance markets.  Since Daniel has been heading-up Arthur Financial it has seen consistent growth in all areas which Daniel believes is due to the strong value he places on company culture, advancement, innovation and…

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#11 Do work you’re proud of – with Natalie Ellis

Natalie Ellis

Natalie Ellis is the Managing Director of Ellis Recruitment in Swindon, UK.  Ellis Recruitment specialises in placing mid-senior construction professionals across sectors such as renewable energy, new build, interior fit-out and civil engineering. As a business their daily mantra is “how can we do things better?” which she believes is a huge reason why they…

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#10 I’ve made more mistakes than most – with Tony Goodwin

Tony Goodwin

In 1993, spotting the potential of the new professional employment markets in the former Warsaw pact countries, Tony Goodwin set up his own business and named the company Antal – Hungarian for ‘Anthony’. Since then Tony and his team have developed substantial businesses in some of the most challenging emerging markets across the globe, such…

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#9 Taking massive determined action – with David Lawrence

David Lawrence

David Lawrence has worked in the recruitment industry since 2000 and is still as passionate about recruitment as the first day he started.  As the Managing Director, he’s responsible for the strategic plan for growth for Vine Resources growing to 40 people over the next 3 years to support their clients in the global telecommunications…

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#8 If you believe in something then take the risk – with Alex Raubitschek

Alex Raubitschek

Alex has over 20 years experience in the recruitment industry, working within a specialist marketing and HR recruitment business for most of that time but most recently in the buying, selling and merging of recruitment businesses through his roles at Hamilton Bradshaw and most recently as Principal at Claremont Board Management. Alex has also found the time during his recruitment…

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#7 Be a control freak – with Ann Swain

Ann Swain

With over 30 years’ experience in the recruitment sector, Ann Swain, CEO of APSCo (The Association of Professional Staffing Companies in London) is a well-respected authority in our global industry, a hugely popular international speaker, and a passionate advocate for the UK Staffing Sector. She is also the author of the Professional Recruiter’s Handbook. Prior to Ann’s role…

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#6 It’s okay to ask for help – with Johnny Walker

Johnny Walker

Johnny Walker, Director of CMC Resourcing in London, is a specialist recruitment consultant, with a 17 year proven track record and known throughout the industry for helping financial services companies recruit top interim, project, program & change candidates.  He believes one of the most highly prized assets a person (or company) can possess is diversity…

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#5 Raising the bar – with Kevin Green

Kevin Green

Kevin Green has been the Chief Executive of the REC, the professional body for the UK’s 28.7 billion private recruitment and staffing industry since June 2008. Before starting at the REC, Kevin worked for the Royal Mail where he was part of the leadership team which transformed the business from losing £1 million a day…

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#4 Don’t let others’ voices drown out your inner voice – with Doug Bugie

Doug Bugie

Doug has over 30 years experience in the executive recruitment franchising industry, having worked with some of the world leaders in recruitment and over 20 multimillionaires have come through Doug’s door, where Doug and his teams have helped them build successful recruitment businesses. Doug, at the age of 30, resigned and ran for United States…

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#3 Passion, energy and drive – with Alice Weightman

Alice Weightman

Alice founded Hanson Search in 2002 and has since gained a reputation as one of the leading search professionals in senior appointments across strategic communications, developing an incredible network of contacts, as well as becoming a fellow of the REC. Alice remains a prolific recruiter and is actively involved in every search assignment above £150K…

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#2 How adversity and failure can offer you your biggest opportunity – with Dan McGuire

Dan McGuire

Dan, CEO and Founder of cube19, started his recruitment career at just 18 when he joined Computer Futures back in 1999, and it only took him until 2008 to sell his own business Broadbean Technology to the Daily Mail Group and General Trust. Since then Dan’s an active investor, predominantly in recruitment tech start-ups as…

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Guest Recommended Books

In the Lightning Round section of the interview Roy asks each of our Live Lounge guest’s to recommend the best business book they’ve ever read. Here is the list in full with links directly through to Amazon so that you can get inspired with the same amazing reading. You can also download Roy’s free eBook ’39 Must-Read…

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