Our core values of loyalty, honesty, hard work and value for money are appreciated well beyond God’s own county. More than half of our business is conducted further south and overseas, so it’s no surprise that we’re one of Recruiter Magazine’s HOT 10 IT Recruiters.
In the age of the 23 year-old ‘expert’, the Bridge values seasoned professionals. Our typical consultant has over 10 years IT recruitment know-how. Expert recruits for us make better hires for you. See our Team section for their stories.
IT Contractors who are worried about being paid are less productive and less reliable. That’s why we’ve developed bespoke tools to become the fastest payers in the business. On the Financials section learn how we make your team more productive, for longer.
In an industry with a reputation for revolving door employment, most of our IT recruiters are approaching their second decade with us. Consistency of account management explains the loyalty of our customers, who demand quality with continuity. How about you?
Seven out of eight placements we make are conducted under an exclusive or preferred supply arrangement. Why do so many top employers choose the Bridge as their number one IT recruiter? It’s the people of course. Meet them all on the team section.
"Of all of agencies I have found the Bridge the best to deal with – from the first point of contact in October 2011 right through to today every area has been managed really well: client arrangements, recruiting other contractors, timesheets, pay and contact points.”
From single appointments to large scale recruitment campaigns, from trainee to CIO, we’ve filled many thousands of IT vacancies. What’s our motivation? It’s having customers tell us that no other recruiter inspires the same level of confidence, nor delivers such consistent results with the highest standards of service. That’s music to our ears.
“The team at The Bridge has really gone the extra mile to deeply understand what we do. More than that, they’ve taken the time to understand our culture. When someone arrives for interview, I know that they’ve been shortlisted for us and not just the skills they may have. This isn’t a transactional relationship but a partnership. This is why we’ve been working together for years.”
The Bridge’s smooth progression to the top of the chart reflects the extra quality and experience of our consultants but is due in equal measure to our sound financial management and strategic planning. We only hire subcontractors in the most rigidly compliant fashion. Long term resource security comes with comprehensive protection from ever-changing legislation.
Delivering productive resources isn’t all about search and selection. Helping temporary resources feel valued and secure keeps their attention on your priorities. That’s why we typically process timesheets and invoices inside 2 hours. Your resources get paid lightning fast, and they stay focused for the duration of your project.
“Thank you very much for your amazing turnaround on invoices while I've been working with the Bridge. Honestly, you are a class above and you will be the first people I call if I return to contracting.”
Our average IT consultant has more than a decade of experience in recruitment. Find out a little more about them below.
Liam Scott Resourcer
Record breaking resourcer. Well done Liam!!
Before joining the Bridge IT – I had 18 months experience in recruitment. This was working within the construction industry, I was looking for a new exciting opportunity therefore decided to join the Bridge IT as this was a industry I was very keen to get involved with. Outside of work I have played football for over 15 years, most of my junior aged football was played at Barnsley academy. Before been at Barnsley for 5 years I had trails with Manchester city and Huddersfield town. I am very active still – I enjoy going skiing. I “try” go to the gym on a daily basis and most of my nights and weekends are now taking up on a house I am currently renovating.Find Liam Scott
Mo Imran Senior Consultant
5 years with The Bridge
Represents Yorkshire’s largest IT consultancy
Bowls a mean googly
Mo joined the Bridge in 2011 from a global recruitment brand, seeking greater ownership of his own time and the availability of advice and support from a team of uniquely qualified and experienced professionals to help in his development.
Mo takes pride in delivering a consistent quality of service throughout a relationship. Our refreshingly modern and relaxed approach has helped Mo prosper by giving him the freedom to use his own initiative. When Mo isn’t earning plaudits for his permanent hires at Yorkshire’s largest IT consultancy, he’ll be working with a range of traditional and online businesses in sectors from manufacturing to entertainment to betting and gaming.
Outside of work, Mo enjoys spending time with his two children and wife – who as everyone in the office agrees – makes the world’s best samosas.
Mo’s first love is cricket. On summer weekends you will find him playing around the Bradford district for Ingrow St. John’s CC. In his younger years, Mo even played against one of Yorkshire’s greatest sporting exports – England’s own Adil Rashid.Find Mo Imran
“Mohammed has been the first port of call for our IT recruitment needs for the last five years and has consistently delivered strong candidates across a variety of positions and disciplines during that time. His knowledge of the IT recruitment market has helped us to successfully fill roles requiring a mix of obscure skills, enabling us to run a lean department which is still able to add value to the bottom line. What sets Mohammed apart is his genuine effort to understand what makes our business tick and his dedication in leaving no stone unturned to find individuals that possess the right attitude and are also great fit for us technically.”
IT Manager, Fortune 500 Manufacturing Company
James Milner Director
10 years of IT recruitment experience with the Bridge
Preferred recruiter for some of the world’s biggest brands
Over 550 specialist placements and counting
James is an outstanding all-round recruiter, with an impeccable ability to build and support large contract teams at some of the world’s best recognised brands. He’s certainly flourished at the Bridge, growing from a Junior Consultant role to his current position as a Director.
During this era, he’s enjoyed some great moments: he built the team who developed a significant portion of the IT infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympics, placed a high performing team of ERP consultants in Nigeria, managed a pan-European enterprise application rollout for the world’s largest chemical firm and now is heavily engaged in the utilities sector.
Outside of work James plays a number of sports including football every week and cricket when the weather permits.
He’s an all-year-round action man, hitting the slopes on a snowboard each winter and participating in a number of running events in the summer – including a grueling marathon.Find James Milner
"I would like to take this opportunity to let you know that it has been a very positive experience and that your agency has been the best that I have worked for in every respect"
Andrew Lowndes, IT Consultant
Justin Bosman Consultant
I grew up in a small town outside Johannesburg, often spent my time either camping on some koppie (hill) nearby or running around with a cricket bat or a rugby ball. I decided to move to the UK for the great weather and long winters. I have a bit of a background in IT, my father is a career software developer and I worked for IT solutions provider in South Africa while I completed a Bcom in Economics. I like to spend my time in the pub watching any sport they will show, keeping up to date with world economics and working off my last visit to the pub at the local gym. I am fairly new to recruitment, having just under a years experience working in the IT industry. I have worked across different markets in IT recruitment but I have a keen interest in making a success in the Oracle space.Find Justin Bosman
Rosie Pickersgill Resourcer
Ex County cricketer
After finishing university with a degree in Sport Business Management I did the standard travelling around Europe before returning home and finding myself working in construction recruitment. Well... Construction and the typical recruitment environment was really not for me! Fortunately, my brother helped me out and I was able to secure a position here at The Bridge! In my spare time I enjoy going to the pub, socialising and... going to the pub. Occasionally I invest my time playing football and cricket – childhood favourites of mine after playing at County level for 6 years.Find Rosie Pickersgill
Ben Boden Consultant
He’s one tough mudder
One of our new breed
Ben joined us in 2015 after a couple of years experience gained in a traditional recruitment boiler-house. Our reputation as a UK top 5 IT recruiter helped to sway Ben towards us but, more than that, he wanted an employer that plays the long game with employees and clients alike. Since joining us Ben has become a big fan of those pioneering organisations who are challenging and disrupting the technology market. Ben has recently made his first senior appointment and declared himself “well chuffed”.
Away from work Ben enjoys fun runs like Tough Mudder, the Mud Run and British Heart foundation 10k obstacle run (fun Ben, really?). Training for this year’s Tough Mudder and The Yorkshire Warrior have been disrupted by a broken foot but we expect to see Ben on his feet again very soon. When not out running Ben can be found playing Xbox, and is a huge fan of Bethesda publications like Skyrim and the Fallout series. In gentler moments Ben waters his bonsai tree.Find Ben Boden
“What sets Ben apart from other recruiters is his drive to truly understand a business requirement and deliver exceptional candidates regardless of how hard the role is to fill.”
Duncan Walker Founder
A former Managing Director of Lorien plc and a veteran of nearly 30 years in IT recruitment, Duncan is one of two founders of the Bridge.
More than anything else, Duncan’s focus on people rather than numbers lies at the very heart of the Bridge’s philosophy. We look after our staff like family and our customers like old friends, as many indeed have become.
Away from the office, Duncan is a keen golfer with a very active interest in youth football, both as coach and father, and a lifelong devotion to Leeds United. He and his wife have three talented, sporting youngsters in further education.Find Duncan Walker
Mat Lorento Senior Consultant
8 years IT experience
After leaving University with a Degree in Physical Education Mat followed in the footsteps of many sportsmen who have become successful recruiters. Whether it’s the ability to set goals or the will to win, it has certainly turned into a good choice for Mat, who has amassed 8 years experience.
Mat came to us on the recommendation of a friend who singled the Bridge out as a consultancy that does things a little differently. One that treats its people as grown-ups and values its customers like good friends.
Mat concentrates on roles within Programming, Data Architecture, Business Change and Support, working across vertical markets with clients of all shapes and sizes. Having the freedom to work in different sectors keeps life interesting. Mat’s best moment at the Bridge (apart from the Christmas do) was helping a candidate who had been out of work for 2 years secure a role that he absolutely loves! It’s not all about the money is it?
Outside of work when he’s not being a big kid reading comics, Mat is kept busy by his one year old son, wife and dog. Walkies!Find Mat Lorento
“Mathew is working with me to recruit a number of key technical hires for one of our higher profile ‘Big Data’ programmes. He is proactive and professional, responsive and knowledgeable. He continues to do an excellent job within a highly competitive market. Mathew consistently introduces better quality candidates and I am looking forward to working with him throughout 2016.”
Simon Carter, Hiring Manager, IMS
Rachael Brady Business Administrator
Rachael is a Business Management Graduate from University of Leeds who has worked in recruitment for more than 8 years. Her experience took in Health, Local Government and online recruitment advertising before she more recently turned her attention to the specialist world of IT.
If you work as a contractor for the Bridge you more than likely have Rachael to thank for the lightning speed of your payment.
In her spare time Rachael enjoys tennis, fashion, interior design, wining and dining. Cheers Rachael!!Find Rachael Brady
Simon Barrett Director
Our first employee way back in 2003
Over 500 placements made since he joined us
Over 10 years as recruiter of choice for two of Yorkshire’s largest employers
Simon has worked in IT recruitment for over 16 years with the last 13 of those spent at the Bridge. Indeed Simon was one of the original three personnel who hit the phones (remember those?) on our first day of trading. Not only did Simon make our very first placement but he can take great satisfaction in his huge contribution to our growth into the widely admired business we have today.
Simon takes enormous pride not only in the vast number of people he has helped over his time with us, but also in the number of friends he has made along the way. These are customer and candidate alike. The duration of his key relationships, many of which are into a second decade, allied to the number of candidates returning to him after many years in successful placements, tells its own story.
Outside of work Simon has been happily married to Annie for nearly 10 years now and has a wonderful son. As a keen sportsman and avid follower of both Leeds United and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Mondays can be a real trial at the mercy of his colleagues. Recently Simon competed in a white collar charity boxing event in front of 2000 spectators at Elland Road where he managed to raise £1000 for cancer research. What a knock-out guy!Find Simon Barrett
“I have worked with Simon for over 10 years now and he brings great energy, industry knowledge and integrity to all his engagements and is extremely professional at all times. The Bridge have both placed me, and placed people with me, so I can say from experience that the service provided, attention to detail and approach are excellent on both sides. Most importantly, Simon and the Bridge are one of a rare breed of recruitment specialists that provide real value! I would definitely recommend both Simon and the Bridge to anyone I know who is looking for help on either side of the recruitment process.”
Cyril Law, Technical Solutions Director, Callcredit
Steph Burgess Senior Consultant
5 years IT experience
Now completing her fifth year in IT Recruitment, Steph, like so many of our employees, escaped the narrow clutches of a large recruitment brand in search of the freedom to develop her own personal style. And to great effect. Steph has followed the pattern of our most successful consultants in developing deep relationships with her customers and those they seek to hire. Steph has enjoyed conspicuous success in the UK’s thriving automotive industry as well as a secondary specialism in IT consultancy
Outside of work Steph spends her spare time at the gym, running or wining and dining. She is a gifted musician and plays saxophone, clarinet, piano and more besides.Find Steph Burgess
“I felt Steph was really on my side when applying for my most recent role. Very professional and knowledgable about both mine and the employing company's needs, but also warm, friendly, engaging and supportive. Kept me informed and always available for an update when required. When the going got tough, and the job looked like it might fall through, Steph dug in and really covered the extra mile to deliver a successful outcome”
Pedro Silva Consultant
Our boy from Brazil
5+ years at the Bridge
With perfect English, Portuguese and Spanish to go with his Masters degree in International Marketing from the University of Leeds, Pedro was an ideal recruit for our international expansion drive. Now into his 6th year with us, Pedro continues to employ the same personable and targeted approach that appeals across our international portfolio of clients. Our mantra of putting our people before the numbers has enabled Pedro to shape his own development path which sees him now forging an interest in Business Analysis and Management Information.
A Brazilian, raised in New York, and now laying down roots in the UK, Pedro has particularly enjoyed the opportunity to put his multilingual skills to use. A special highlight was the visit to and regular liaison with the Vienna headquarters of Austria’s largest employer on the hire of global technical specialists. All the more so when the international angle dovetails with his personal interests in travelling, culture and food. Yum yum.Find Pedro Silva
"Pedro was great to work with during the entire recruitment process. He maintained communication throughout, gave detailed information and was quick to respond to any queries I had. Having dealt with many recruitment consultants I can safely say Pedro is among the most professional and I would not hesitate to recommend him for future engagements."
Kamal Panchal, MI Business Consultant at Centrica
Steve Sargeantson Resourcer
Our tough mudder!
Steve joined us in 2017 after spending the last 10 years as a qualified Accountant. Whilst searching for an exciting new challenge in recruitment, Steve was drawn to us after hearing about our reputation as a top 5 IT Recruitment Specialist.
Steve enjoys providing a stellar, personable service whilst building relationships with interesting IT professionals & gaining as much experience as he possibly can. Steve knows exactly what he wants to achieve in his new career & is certain he can accomplish this with The Bridge. Outside of work Steve has been known to partake in “fun” runs such as the 10K Tough Mudder & 5K Gung-Ho! Inflatable Obstacle Course. He is also a huge Hip-Hop head, self proclaimed avid gamer & movie buff. When not spending his time gaming or watching a good film with his fiancée, you can find him in a field somewhere attempting to walk their two large dogs, Onyx & Mango!Find Steve Sargeantson
David Gillespie Senior Consultant
Under 3 hours for the marathon!!
Our most globe-trotting consultant
10 years recruitment experience
David graduated from the University of York in 2005 with a degree in History and Politics. David initially worked as a Stockbroker in Leeds, before moving into recruitment in 2006. In 2008 he joined the Bridge, attracted by the potential for increased autonomy and the relaxed, friendly environment.
David played a key part in setting up and establishing the oil and gas division at The Bridge in October 2008 and soon started making placements across the world, from Calgary to Cairo and Stavanger to Singapore.
David is a keen sportsman and has regularly competed in 10km, half marathon and marathon events throughout Yorkshire and has represented Headingley Association Football Club for the past 10 years.Find David Gillespie
“The relationship with Dave and his candidates was second to none. Our roles didn’t stop at offer acceptance, many times Dave would work with a candidate for months, guiding them through resignation, a 3 month notice period, visa application for the candidate and often their family too, relocation, their first day and beyond. I relied and depended on Dave to look after the candidate and to take the burden of worry away from me. It was a true partnership and how every agency should strive to work. It is only because I am no long incumbent in that role now that I can recommend Dave otherwise I’d have continued to try keep him a secret from my competitors!”
Freya McLellan, HR Professional
Chris Fernyhough Director
Over 10 years with The Bridge
400 placements and counting
Sci-Fi movie expert
Chris is a director at The Bridge, where he focuses on relationship building and understanding IT market trends. Chris’ 1st class degree in Computer Science and technical background in web design, web development and account management has helped him support organisations of all sizes, from startups to FTSE 100 giants. His highly developed technical understanding has been a huge asset to the team as well as to his own endeavours.
During his 13 years in IT recruitment, Chris has developed a penchant for tech startups and innovative brands at the forefront of eCommerce and disruptive technology as well as building teams, securing rare individuals, and delivering critical projects for larger enterprises. Chris’ clients include a worldwide online sales and distribution giant, several of the biggest names in online and broadcast media, and multiple high-tech consultancies.
When he’s not providing technical expertise at work, Chris loves travelling, mountain biking, snowboarding, football, MMA, Scuba Diving, Video Gaming, geeky films and, last but not least, the odd tipple. He is married with two boys, and for Chris, family comes first.Find Chris Fernyhough
“I've worked closely with Chris to fulfil a number of critical IT roles, often with extremely challenging time constraints. He is exceptionally responsive to my requirements and needs, he listens and understands the brief, and ultimately gets results! All too often in the recruitment world you are fobbed off with unsuitable candidates, and are challenged on your requirements despite knowing what you want. This is not the case with Chris and I recommend anyone looking to hire IT staff engage with Chris to do so”
Andy Moore, Head of Digital
Bea Goddard Resourcer
This is Bea’s first role within recruitment, joining the team on an internship before starting her studies of English Literature at the University of Cambridge. Having recently made the move from hospitality, she is thoroughly enjoying the totally different challenge and learning further skills. Though she is new to the company she feels encouraged in her work and comfortable in the team due to the welcoming and positive working environment the Bridge offers.
Outside of work with the Bridge, Bea is a qualified boxing instructor, in her fourth year of working part time for Hebden Bridge Boxing Club/Box4Fitness. She is a fitness fanatic, spending most of her free time in the gym, the ring, or in the mountains- having spent half of this year working and snowboarding in the Swiss Alps and is planning more travels to trek in Asia later this year. She is a keen blogger with a strong social media following, sharing her food and fitness experiences with over 10,000 followers online.Find Bea Goddard
Jas Lall Resourcer
Our next generation
A relative newcomer to the Bridge, Jas has worked in recruitment for a little over two years. Before joining our close knit team, Jas worked as a Resourcer for a well known high street bank.
Seeking a new challenge in a dynamic, fast-moving industry, Jas moved into IT recruitment, finding the perfect location to grow with the Bridge. Our passion for service, specialist knowledge and blue chip clients provides Jas with everything she needs to realise her talent.
Within a short period of time Jas has not only contributed to her colleagues’ successes but has also built the foundations of long standing, professional relationships of her own.
Outside of work, Jas loves nothing more than getting made up and hitting the town with friends, or some good old retail therapy. Jas has an affection for wildlife, with an unusual affinity with giraffes in particular, having recently sponsored two of the endangered animals in the wild.Find Jas Lall
"The Bridge is a company that truly works for you, not the other way round, as is the case with so many other agencies. They are pro-active every step of the way – they contacted me initially, wrote me a stunning covering letter, invited me to see them after the interview and asked the company to fast-track my interview feedback. I was told by the client I would hear the outcome by next week; after the Bridge were in touch, I heard within hours. I was also provided with brutally honest CV feedback, which is practically gold-dust in a competitive market and ultimately secured me an interview. The Bridge has top-quality people working for them who are outstandingly professional, friendly and most of all have that crucial rapport with the companies they are seeking your contract with. I am certain they contributed to me finding what has been my best career move yet. I could not recommend them enough. Thank you Bridge IT"
William Bahra Consultant
One of our new breed
Another tough mudder
Will joined the Bridge soon after graduation. During his short time here he has enjoyed the mentoring of a managing consultant to fast track his professional development. Progress has been very rapid with William already forging successful client relationships of his own.
Will has always been involved in sport be that as coach or player, and in such diverse activities as Rugby League, Football and Boxing. Will now looks forward to participating in endurance obstacle races such as “Yorkshire Warrior” with his new colleagues at the Bridge.Find William Bahra
“Having recently worked with Will at the Bridge, I can definitely recommend – he promised some good CVs and promptly sent over details of 4 candidates whom we interviewed and appointed one of them. Will provided a very efficient service and we were pleased with the quality of candidates and the quick turnaround.”
Helen Metcalf, HR Manager, Bartlett Group
Phil Storey Senior Consultant
9 years recruitment experience
Phil has 9 years recruitment experience, and over 7 years with the Bridge, where he has enjoyed success with a diverse mix of clients and candidates from all over the world.
Phil has enjoyed both personal achievement and the success of a thriving company environment which has trebled in size over his time with us. Many of the clients Phil worked with in the early stages remain clients today. And colleagues are also friends, whom he often sees outside of work whether it is going to football games, socialising and especially the last few years attending each other's weddings!
Phil’s time at the Bridge has coincided with his getting engaged, married, and recently moved into a house large enough to accommodate a growing family!! The fantastic work life balance he’s found at the Bridge has enabled Phil to appreciate these life changing experiences to the full.
In his spare time Phil loves watching and playing football, playing guitar, scuba diving and travelling the world. He’s lucky to have family in San Francisco and visits there as often as he can.Find Phil Storey
“I have worked with Phil over a reasonable period of time. I have always found him discreet, diligent and tenacious. He is knowledgeable of the sector, the people and opportunities within it. A very useful and effective contact”
Phil Hamilton, Assistant Operations Director
Adrian Prodger Director
Over 10 years with the Bridge
600 specialist IT placements and counting
10+ years as a key recruiter in Biopharm
Adrian is a Director at the Bridge and has worked in IT recruitment since 2003, delivering top quality consultants across the full IT spectrum from helpdesk support to programme management.
Since joining us in 2006, Adrian has flourished at the Bridge, developing lasting relationships with FTSE 100 companies in a number of fields. For over 10 years he has been recruiter of choice for the world’s biggest pharmaceutical company at their R&D head office. This has been balanced with massive recruitment programmes at global media enterprises and a range of utility companies.
Ask any of his clients, and they’ll tell you that Adrian takes an honest and unfailingly pragmatic approach to sourcing the perfect candidates.
Adrian spends his spare time with his wife and daughter and socialising with friends. Once a keen and regular participant in a number of sporting activities, now age has caught up with him and he devotes his energies to the terraces. He is an avid follower of Liverpool FC and England RFU.Find Adrian Prodger
“I have worked with Adrian for a good many years now. He is always there to help. He has worked hard with me to bring in the right skills to augment and build the kind of teams we need at our company to deliver complex solutions to our R&D colleagues. The quality of candidates is usually excellent. Once a candidate is engaged, Adrian is diligent in looking after them. Adrian understands our needs, seeks prospective opportunities, and remembers my plans better than I do!”
Mathew Woodwark, Director, Biopharm R&D
Kieron Hinchliffe Director
More than 20 years in IT recruitment
10 years at The Bridge
Over 1,000 placements and counting
Kieron joined the Bridge back in 2006 having already accumulated 10 years experience in the IT industry. Kieron came well versed in customer service and people skills from earlier roles in the hospitality business.
Kieron has placed over 1000 professionals, securing hires at all project levels on many high profile programmes. Over the years Kieron has delivered business integration and change management expertise to effect the merger of two media and telecoms giants; he hired over 120 specialists to deliver one of the NHS’ rare IT triumphs; and today he supports key teams at one of Yorkshire’s largest financial services companies.
Outside of IT recruitment, Kieron has a huge passion for globetrotting, nature and wildlife, witnessing the rare spectacle of wild polar bears in Manitoba and grizzlies in Alaska on his travels.
For the last 30 years Kieron has also experienced the highs, lows and years of mid-table mediocrity watching Leeds United with his father at Elland Road.Find Kieron Hinchliffe
“Having worked with Kieron for the last 10 years I have always found he has gone that extra mile. He has not only managed to find scarce resources and pull niche teams together at short notice, he has also provided me with support & job opportunities as they arise. I would always look to Kieron if I have any recruitment requirements - reliable, committed, professional & friendly.”
Janis Smith, Programme Manager
Sarah Copley Senior Consultant
Over 20 years of experience in recruitment
An enormous 1,250 placements to date
13 years as key IT recruiter for the world’s largest law firm
Sarah is one of our most experienced Account Managers, having worked in recruitment since 1992. Sarah embodies the belief that recruitment is not just a matter of matching technical skills, but also the compatibility of personality with culture.
Sarah was trained by the founder of The Bridge, Duncan Walker, in her early career at another IT recruitment firm. On parting ways, he teased Sarah that they would work together again, and as fate would have it, they were reunited in 2012 when Sarah joined the Bridge.
Ask Sarah what she most enjoys about her job, and she will answer that it is the respect and regard she receives from her clients, who are primarily in the Legal and Financial sectors. With the world’s largest law firm turning to Sarah ahead of any other recruiter for well over a decade, she can feel satisfied indeed.
Out of work, Sarah’s time is spent with family and friends, swimming and listening to dodgy 80’s alternative music. Her annual highlight is indulging in the nostalgia of the Le Phonographique reunion in Leeds.Find Sarah Copley
“Sarah and the team at The Bridge have really gone the extra mile to deeply understand what we do. More than that, they’ve taken the time to understand our culture. When someone arrives for interview, I know that they’ve been shortlisted for us and not just the skills they may have. This isn’t a transactional relationship but a partnership. This is why we’ve been working together for years.”
Robin Goldsbro, Head of Service Management, DLA Piper
Rees Battye Consultant
Rees started his IT recruitment career in July 2014 after completing his Masters in Chemistry at Hull University. He has always had a passion for playing sport including football and squash and this competitive nature and drive to succeed led him into the world of recruitment. Rees joined the Bridge in May 2017 after 3 years of recruiting Project/Programme professionals and was keen to progress his career by learning from more experienced recruitment professionals. Rees looks to build long term relationships by delivering quality service and really getting to know both candidates and clients.
Outside of work Rees enjoys keeping fit through sport and completed his first marathon last year. He is looking at further running events and also doing Tough Mudder and Total Warrior in the summer. He also enjoys gaming on the PS4 and watching films. He is the go to person for any animal questions after he spent 6 years at Pets at Home during College and University.Find Rees Battye
Amy Thistlewhite Senior Resourcer
Amy has been working in recruitment since 2011, in various markets such as Office Services, Sales and Marketing and most recently found herself in Technical IT at The Bridge. She is a keen traveller, immersing herself in different cultures in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India, to name a few. Making friends and meeting people all over the world, Amy loves the social side of recruitment where she can interact and build relationships with her candidates and clients to provide the best possible service. She believes that there is more to recruitment then what other people perceive, candidate management is key and helping people progress in their careers is always in forefront of her mind. Outside of work, Amy is an amateur photographer and enjoys getting out to the countryside and hiking the mountains in the Dales and Lake District. She is a big foodie and is always looking for new restaurants and trying different types of cuisine is a passion.Find Amy Thistlewhite
Anthony Bates Senior Consultant
Our Olympic athlete
11 years in IT recruitment
Anthony started his career in IT recruitment 11 years ago after completing his Masters at Leeds University. He has never looked back. It was his passion for sport, and sailing in particular, which endowed him with the drive to succeed. And the same drive that made him a member of the Olympic Sailing development team back in 2001 now fuels his determination to find the very best talent for his customers.
Joining the Bridge back in 2009, he has achieved notable successes, most recent of which was to deliver on a programme of work for a global eCommerce organisation seeking rare OpenSource professionals in a bold bid for worldwide market domination. He also has a consistent track record of providing the most challenging skill-sets in the burgeoning betting and gaming sector.
Outside of recruitment Anthony’s passion for outdoor sports takes in snowboarding, football, mountain biking, sailing and windsurfing! He indulges his inner hippie by driving VW campervans around Europe in the summer. As an Everton fan he is outnumbered in the office by reds, and 30 years of misery have taken their toll. But he nevertheless enjoys going to games and being back in his birthplace of Liverpool.Find Anthony Bates
"In my 37 years of contracting there have only been two real stand-out recruitment consultants and agencies, Anthony Bates and the Bridge being one of them. Securing my current contract through Anthony was one of the smoothest and quickest processes I've experienced. I'm always paid bang on time and kept informed when renewal time comes along. They are one of those rare agencies who seem to have the balance right between looking after both the client and contractor."
Roger Lee, Java Solution Architect.
Julian Goddard Founder
30 years in IT recruitment and creator of one of the UK’s original recruitment plcs, Julian is one of two founders of the Bridge.
Responsible back in his recruiting days for one of the largest hiring programmes in IT, Julian long ago migrated his expertise into the back office where he supervises the lightning fast payment of our workers. No one ever gets paid late. And if you ask our clients, they’ll tell you he brings the same philosophy to the Bridge’s own receipts.
If all that sounds a little risk averse, Julian’s hobbies include ice, mixed and rock climbing, and his love of the mountains extends to snowboarding and skiing. He insists he was quite good in younger days, but since he discovered Austrian après-ski, it’s all gone downhill.
Julian and his wife Katherine have two youngsters in further education.Find Julian Goddard
Garry Milner Resourcer
Outside of work, Garry plays a number of sports and is very keen on his football along with running, athletics and snooker; although at a height of 6’6 he is expected to be a basketball player. He has a passion for athletics and in particular the triathlon having trained for the 2012 Olympics. As a youngster he was in the top 5 track and field participants for a number of years. He has been in a snooker academy from the age of 6 being coached by legends of the game such as Joe Johnson, Steve Prest (Shaun Murphy’s coach when he took the world championships in 2005) and Lionel Payne. Garry’s strongest passion is his favourite football team Sheffield Wednesday he is a season ticket holder and gets some stick from the Leeds fans in the office, but always comes out on top.Find Garry Milner
Helena Wood Consultant
Keen tennis spectator
Helena entered the world of recruitment in June 2015 after graduating from Newcastle University. Helena originally worked a vertical market of permanent project management before joining The Bridge in September 2016. Since then The Bridge has given Helena the opportunity to work across all areas of IT, both permanent and contract. Outside of work Helena enjoys socialising over food and drink and is a keen tennis spectator. She regularly likes to try out new restaurants and cocktail bars in and around Leeds.Find Helena Wood
“During the whole process I felt very supported, and the most prepared I have ever been for a job interview. All that help, support and preparation totally pays off! I cannot recommend you enough as it has been the most positive experience I have ever had with a recruitment agent”
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“On a personal note, I am looking forward to working with all you guys at the Bridge again, as I am happy to tell anyone who asks, you are by far the best agency I have worked with.”