Tell me about your role at On:iT

As Managing Director, it’s my role to make sure that our business is built on solid foundations – overseeing operations and laying the blueprint for a clean, simple service that ensures clients love working with us and recruiters love working for us.

While keeping the business ticking over is a large part of my day-to-day activities, I still like getting stuck into the delivery side of the business. As we grow, I’m keen to make sure that we bring on recruiters with this same passion for their work.

What’s your specialist area in IT recruitment?

Over the years, I’ve honed my experience in IT recruitment to focus on security. As a senior consultant I’ve recruited for roles at all levels in this niche, and it’s an area of IT that is constantly evolving. By working with clients long-term, I’m able to help them stay one step ahead of developments in IT and information security.

Ten years as a recruiter has taught me the importance of two things: firstly, offering an honest, straightforward service for clients, and secondly creating an environment where staff are happy and motivated.

What makes ON:iT different?

Ten years as a recruiter has taught me the importance of two things: firstly, offering an honest, straightforward service for clients, and secondly creating an environment where staff are happy and motivated. Having worked in a variety of recruitment agencies, I wanted to become part of a business that did things a little differently.

ON:iT Recruitment is built on partnerships; by recruiting for roles across the IT sector, and taking a flexible, personal approach, we’re able to become the go-to recruiters for their business.

We’re not in it for the quick buck – we look to grow with our clients and ensure they always find the best solution for their short- and long-term needs. By getting to know their business, we’re able to help them stand out to the most talented candidates.

When you’re not at work, what do you get up to?

I love living in Manchester: when I’m not working, you can usually find me out and about in town, having a few drinks with friends. That said, I spend a lot of time outdoors too – practicing clay pigeon shooting or walking my dog in the countryside.

Where do you see the IT sector heading in 2018?

Until recently, security was seen by many organisations as a box-ticking exercise. This is all set to change with GDPR. As people become accustomed to best practices surrounding information security, I believe they’ll start to see the benefits of taking this seriously. From a recruitment perspective, this niche is going to become a lot more sophisticated, as organisations start to anticipate, rather than react to, security challenges.