Recruitment - Education and Job Fair

The first ever education and job fair purely dedicated to the recruitment industry is being held in London on Friday 18th May at China Exchange in London from 11am to 7pm. The event provides job seekers with a unique opportunity to explore the genuine potential offered by a career in the sector and to meet some of the most influential experts in the industry.

You will be able to find out more about writing a 'killer' CV, succeeding at interviews and presenting yourself in the best possible light to employers. The line-up for the day is as follows:

11.30   Recruitment Industry Overview - what's it all about?

12.30   Balancing Family & Career - can you really have it all?

1.30     Interview Success - and why this doesn't always mean you get the job

2.30     Recruiter Success Stories - inspirational stories from those who have done it

3.30     Your Future is in Your Hands - how to take control of your career

4.30     What it Takes to be Successful in Recruitment - it's up to you

5.30     Success Stories - rising up the ranks

6.15     Special Guest

Embarking on a new career can be daunting, especially if you don't know exactly what you want to do. As someone who is looking for a new job, you might be surprised to know that the vast majority of those who work within the UK recruitment industry were once in the same position and simply 'fell' into the sector.

Whether you are currently still in education, employed in an unfulfilling job, or looking to return to work after a career break, then the recruitment industry might just be the industry in which you can flourish. For a variety of reasons, no formal qualifications are required to enter the industry, but it does provide almost instant opportunities for those who are committed and have a hunger for success.

It is no secret that the recruitment industry isn't for everyone as it is hard work and you are constantly faced with fresh challenges. You will also have to think on your feet when dealing with the changing requirements of both candidates and clients, but the rewards can be both lucrative and satisfying.

The event has been designed to give you insights into how the industry works and to help you decide if it is for you. Deliberately informal, you will be able to meet employers in a relaxed setting and talk to those who have succeeded in the industry.

To confirm your attendance at this ground-breaking free event, please click here to book your place now.


Denise Walker

I’ve worked in recruitment, sales and service my whole career and loved all of it! I started as a trainee with Reed, and progressed to Consultant, Temporaries Consultant, and Branch Manager, building and running a top 10 sales office. I founded my first business in 1992, a small consultancy providing permanent, contract and temporary recruitment services, developed it to 24 staff and an annual turnover of £4m, before selling 12 years later. For the next 2.5 years, I worked with the REC to establish the UK’s first industry-specific enterprise support service for Recruitment Industry micro businesses and SMEs.
I founded Absolutely Business in 2006, a bespoke training and development company, that genuinely grows businesses. I have had the honour to support fantastic quality businesses and their people to maximise potential and turn their ambitious goals into reality.

I have two: “make a difference” and “never stop learning”.


Fiona Lander Founder - Lander Consultancy

Fiona founded Lander Consultancy 21 years ago and heads up a team of experienced specialist recruitment trainers. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation. Fiona is a Global judge for Recruitment International Awards and is a qualified psychometric assessor.

Fiona has over 30 years' international recruitment sector experience and remains as passionate as ever about encouraging and helping new talent join the dynamic staffing arena. Her commitment to raising professional standards and ensuring best practice service in the sector, is second to none. She specialises in talent development at all levels, particularly working with new generations of leaders and advises on creating and implementing  exciting career paths, engagement strategies and bespoke talent development programmes.



James Osborne - Chairman of The Recruitment Network

James is an award winning business consultant, advisor and entrepreneur, with an international board level background in the staffing and recruitment sector.
For the past 14 years, James has worked with recruitment business leaders, helping them to achieve significant growth, performance improvement and competitive advantages acting as a Non-Executive Director, consultant, trainer and strategist for numerous fast growth recruitment businesses.
James is a passionate speaker on behalf of the staffing and recruitment sector, and is the Chairman of The Recruitment Network, the fastest-growing global support and advisory club for recruitment business leaders.
T. @osborne_tweets / @TheRecNetwork1

Sarah Mason - Director - Talent Advantage Ltd

Sarah has spent the last 20 years in the recruitment industry, focusing on talent and HR. Her roles have included HR Director, Executive Board Member and Head of Talent in global organisations including SThree, Hydrogen and Phaidon International. She specialises in designing and delivering people strategy and now works with clients to help them effectively hire, develop and retain talent. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Board Member for the Association of Business Psychology.

Christopher is the Managing Director of Cobalt’s UK operation. 

Having joined Cobalt in 2003 he is now responsible for the UK business consisting of its head office in London and a further office in Manchester.  As well as setting the strategy and direction of the business he has a strong track record of successfully placing people within fund management, property companies and property consultancies.  
Prior to Cobalt, Christopher worked in Financial Services, but moved into recruitment to pursue a more people focused and target based role with tangible rewards.

Ann Swain - APSCo Global CEO

Ann Swain is founder and Global CEO of APSCo an international trade body representing the professional recruitment sector with operations in the UK, Germany, Singapore and Australia.
Ann has over 30 years’ recruitment experience including time as Managing Director of Learning Curve and UK Sales Director at Computer People before establishing APSCo in 1999. In 2009, she was honoured to receive a fellowship from the NSPCC and in 2014 she joined the Executive Committee of Women in Recruitment. More recently, she was invited to Chair the European team in the popular ‘Top Recruiter’ docuseries.
Ann is co-author of the best-selling ‘Professional Recruiter’s Handbook’. An acknowledged thought leader in the profession, her articles feature regularly in the national and recruitment media and she is a popular platform speaker at conferences in the UK and across the world.

Jackie Handy - International Training Consultant, best-selling Author and Speaker.

Her career in and connection to the recruitment industry spans two decades. From humble beginnings as a rookie consultant, to a top performing senior management role. Jackie believes hard work, commitment and tenacity were crucial components for that success. Becoming an ‘accidental’ motivational coach to her team during the recession acted as the catalyst for her to progress her career into learning and development where she thrived. Strong Purpose, authentic Personal Values, well-formed goals and action plans saw her as Head of Management Development for a global recruitment brand, before she launched her own training consultancy, Runway Global in 2014.
Jackie now supports recruiters, individuals and teams internationally, with self-awareness, change work, NLP and personal development; as well as sales, service and leadership development in the workplace. She speaks at conferences, via webinars and at events motivating audiences to achieve more in their lives and accelerate their personal and business performance.
Her best-selling book The SMARTASS Recruiter is written to equip those new to the recruitment industry, with the practical tools to succeed.

Kyle Probert - District4

Kyle is the Co-Founder of a new recruitment concept - District4. A start-up that offers community led talent solutions, treats every connection as a client and builds / scales teams at pace utilising an unrivalled networking of talent.

Kyle is also the founder and organiser of District Discussions, a new disrupter in the London meetup scene that's only goal is to improve community engagement through free events.

Kyle is going to talk briefly about his thoughts on the recruitment industry, titled ‘Where is my rolodex'. This talk encompasses how the recruitment market has changed, why there isn't a better time to join the industry and how the industry is adapting to new technology.

Kate Norris - Kite Consulting 

Kate Norris graduated from Brighton University with a Criminology and Sociology degree and shortly after starting her journey with Kite consulting. That was almost 2 years now – which she says "has flown by! I work on the contract team and recruit for all sorts of positions ranging from developers, project managers and Heads of areas.” 

Clariss Skelton - Meridian Business Support

Before gaining employment as a recruitment consultant Clariss worked as a teacher. She found she was struggling to find jobs which fitted her skills set and gave me her a varied work life. She also found people were not keen to employ her due to lack of office experience.

After starting with Meridian as an internal temp she quickly became a permanent member of staff. She has been given so many new opportunities and scope for development. Clariss tells us "My day to day work life is very varied; one day I could be registering candidates and the next I can be on sales visits. The best part about recruitment is receiving a phone call from a candidate who has been offered a job and being thanked for helping change their career.

Working for Meridian has been fantastic for my career. They are a fantastic company who take pride in promoting internally. The atmosphere is fantastic in the offices and it feels like one big family!"


Zara Kennedy - Cobalt Recuitment

With previous experience in the Pharmaceutical sales industry, graduating from the University of Queensland in Australia in 2016 with First Class Honors, Zara moved to London in December 2016 and started her career with Cobalt Recruitment. 

After just 18 months Zara is now a Senior Consultant within Real Estate. She feels "Our in-depth market knowledge not only attracts top tier candidates, but also enables us to advise our clients on the most appropriate recruitment approach to take with complementary advice on remuneration and retention." 

Rob Johnson - Global Resourcing

I have been recruiting for over 17 years, working from entry level candidates to Chief Executive across both private and public sectors. I launched my career at Hays, honing search and business development skills before moving to Morgan Law in 2005 as part of the team delivering both large multi-vacancy campaigns and individual positions, subsequently playing a significant role in building their Executive Search function. 

I am now the Managing Director of Global Resourcing, with a fantastic team around me, and part of the Group Board encompassing ComRisk Associates and Forbes Hunt. Global Resourcing is an expert provider of innovative resourcing solutions, recruiting technology, digital and data professionals across a diverse international client portfolio.

Karla Reffold - BeecherMadden

Experienced and passionate recruiter and business owner. Karla has experience running businesses in recruitment, staffing and ecommerce. Experience recruiting up to CXO level and across a variety of industries.

Karla has 10 years experience as a recruiter and business leader. She is committed to growing and developing BeecherMadden as an award winning international recruitment company, seen as the recruitment partner of choice for corporate governance, resilience & security and niche technology. BeecherMadden provides talent to banks, consultancies, telecoms, retailers, technology houses and public sector bodies. In 2017, BeecherMadden were acquired by the Nicoll Curtin Group.

Karla is a judge for the Cyber Security Awards. She is also an experienced speaker, on the topic of cyber security and women in technology. Her views are often sought and published on this subject, as well as entrepreneurship. Karla is the founder of Tatius Group, an ecommerce investment firm.

Karla was a finalist at the Women of the Future awards in 2016, for Entrepreneur of the Year. BeecherMadden have won the BestFor Recruitment award for Security, and shortlisted for a number of awards for their recruitment services.

Rosa Rolo - Major Players 

Rosa is the Commercial Director at Major Players who are the leading Recruiter in Digital, Creative and Tech across the UK.

Rosa has been in recruitment 10 years starting her career at Office Angels developing from a resourcer to the number 1 permanent consultant in London in 2013. Rosa joined Major Players in 2014 as a Senior Consultant, learning a new market and then building a team of 10. Since then Rosa has progressed through the business to be responsible for all perm recruitment across all teams.  As the Commercial Director Rosa is responsible for service levels with clients, driving and supporting all the sales teams and setting the strategy alongside the rest of the board.

Nathan Fuller - Kite Consulting

Nathan’s core passion is the continued enhancement of Kite’s service offering to create and evolve a recruitment model that truly redefines the quality-of-hire, client journey and integrity in recruitment services. As Managing Director he is responsible for maintaining our business values, ensuring the quality of all our client services and exploring new opportunities for Kite to support the Financial Markets community. Nathan read Theology at Spurgeon’s College and London School of Theology and has a background in cult studies, documentary production and web design.

Hannah MacDonald - Nicoll Curtin

After graduating Hannah worked in local government but quickly realised it wasn't for her moving to a career in recruitment.
Hannah tells us "I have now recruited recruiters for 11 years, and I love the industry and the role as much as day one. It is ever changing and the career paths are endless. Also remember there are thousands of companies, all different, all unique so make sure you take the time to find the one that’s right for you." 

Hannah talks to us on 18th May about having a family and a career and how it really is possible.