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.
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.
George Grainger Consultant
One for the future
George joined us in 2014 after completing his degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Manchester. With the benefit of the expertise, training and guidance from more senior consultants George has taken the opportunity to hone an effective recruitment style and has developed a platform on which to build an expanding portfolio of clients across a range of sectors. Multiple successes have been recorded in the fields of development, DevOps and infrastructure. George has already built a solid knowledge base and a strong delivery focused attitude, but he works collaboratively on all assignments to give his customers peace of mind that a strong team works closely alongside him.
Outside of work, when not exploring West Yorkshire’s delightful nightlife, George will most probably by participating in some form of sport. Hockey, skiing and golf feature large. In earlier days, George represented Yorkshire to U17 level and later Manchester University at hockey.Find George Grainger
“We have used the Bridge for a number of years and find our consultant, George, to be very responsive to our recruitment needs. He consistently provides us with candidates that suit our needs in terms of skill set and budget, which is testament to how well the Bridge knows our business and the way we work"
HR Manager, icelolly.com
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
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
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
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
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
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.”
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
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
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
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