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Our Panel

Our regular panel debate brings together the Recruitment industries greatest minds, with the aim of covering a wide variety of industry topics.

Our panelists discuss major innovations, the future of the industry and the things that really matter to recruiters. Below are the past topics we have covered and a collection of fantastic people who have helped to contribute to the Recruitment Buzz Panel so far, along with a little bit about who they are and what they do.

If you’d like to find out more about our panel, speak to one of the Recruitment Buzz team members today on 029 20232 911 or email us on [email protected]

Our Expert Panel

Clair Bush

Clair Bush

International Marketing Director | Bullhorn

Strategic marketing professional with expertise in branding, digital marketing and experiential marketing. I’m a senior leader with responsibility for product marketing globally. Experienced in operational, demand generation, digital and strategic marketing activity, partnership & affiliations, public speaking and product presentations.

Lee Biggins

Lee Biggins

Managing Director | CV Library

Lee is the co-founder and Managing Director of CV-Library.co.uk, one of the UK’s leading and fastest growing online job boards. Launched in 2000 they now have over 12 year’s recruitment experience and CV-Library is used by thousands of recruiters and employers across the UK. There are currently 6 million candidates registered on the CV database.

Roy Ripper

Roy Ripper

Recruitment Trainer

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 & business growth, success and achievement.

Ann Swain

Ann Swain

CEO | APSCo

Ann has been the Chairperson of APSCo (Association of Professional Staffing Companies) for over 13 years. In that time she has seen it grow into a powerful, energetic and influential force in the world of Professional Staffing without ever losing close contact with its membership.

Mervyn Dinnen

Mervyn Dinnen

Content & Social Engagement Strategist | Recruitment and HR

Mervyn is the Content and Community Manager at Jobsite UK, one of the UK’s leading Online Job Boards and part of global digital recruitment group Evenbase.  He is responsible for producing and sourcing topical content for both recruiting companies and job seekers to create and deliver Jobsite’s social engagement strategy and guidelines.

Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor

Founder | Web Based Recruitment

Mike Taylor started Web Based Recruitment in 2001. Having spent the previous 12 years working in HR and Recruitment for major blue chip companies including IBM, Motorola and Nokia. Mike has been involved in online recruitment for 14 years and established Web Based Recruitment as an independent online recruitment consultancy to help companies with all aspects of their online recruitment activities.

David Thornhill

David Thornhill

Director | Simplicity

Never switches off. Dubbed as Mr Innovation by colleagues and industry, in 1987 David Thornhill first started out in the recruitment industry as a payroll clerk for a local firm in Gloucestershire, Staff UK. David went onto write the first ever software model of its kind for the temp recruitment market, integrating payroll, invoicing, sales ledger, funding and comprehensive management reporting; in essence creating a completely new funding supplier sector.

Matt Alder

Matt Alder

Digital, Social and Mobile Strategist | MetaShift

Matt help’s companies get more value from their digital strategy by offering strategic advice, training and auditing based on his wide range of experience in the Recruitment and HR industries. Over the last fourteen years he’s helped numerous employers connect to the talent they need via digital, social and mobile recruitment strategies and techniques. He now acts as an independent business consultant via his company MetaShift.

Azmat Mohammed

Azmat Mohammed

Director-General | Institute of Recruiters (IOR)

Azmat Mohammed is the IOR’s creator and holds the position of Director General.  Azmat oversaw the internal recruitment and HR processes of the ID group in the UK and USA for 15 years, as well as studying various aspects of ‘HR Management’ and ‘People Development & Resourcing’ at degree level.

James Osborne

James Osborne

Managing Director | Innergy

James is an award-winning trainer, NED and strategic advisor to the recruitment sector, with an international board level background in recruitment. For the past 10 years, James has worked with over 450 recruitment organisations helping them to achieve substantial growth and performance improvement whilst maintaining a competitive advantage in their sectors.

Francis West

Francis West

Managing Director | Westtek

Francis has 26 years of IT experience and 17 years helping recruitment companies choosing, using and supporting the right IT systems. A previous winner of the South African Business Innovation award, Francis networks with black belt efficiency.

Andy Headworth

Andy Headworth

Sirona Consulting Ltd

Andy Headworth is the author of the book ‘Smart Social Media Recruitment Strategies’. He is a straight talking consultant, recently appointed an Official LinkedIn EMEA Talent Solutions Partner that helps companies integrate social media into their recruitment strategies.

Alan Whitford

Alan Whitford

Managing Partner | Abtech Partnership

Alan is a strategy consultant for Recruitment Challenges, Talent Acquisition, Candidate Experience,Employment Brand, Recruitment and Social Media. He is a currently with Abtech which works with corporate recruitment and talent management teams as well as recruitment agencies and RPO businesses. Over the last 15 years, he has been one of the leaders in the UK and Europe providing strategic and practical insights to defining, selecting and implementing technology solutions for Human Resource and Recruitment Process activities.

Johnny Torrance-Nesbitt

Johnny Torrance-Nesbitt

SENIOR CONSULTANT FOR EMPLOYMENT BRANDING (EXPERT) AND RECRUITING at Saudi Electricity Company, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 

A former Chicagoan and ex-resident of Hertfordshire county England, Johnny is an award-winning Global Recruiting & Employer Branding executive with 15+ years in building/leading global & regional talent acquisition and employer branding functions at several Fortune 500 companies. He was an Employer Branding Director at Randstad Sourceright and has been Director, Employment Branding & University Relations at Monsanto in St. Louis for 5 & ½ years. Prior, he was at Lockheed in Maryland, as head office Corporate Staffing Supervisor & Senior Recruiter. Mr. Nesbitt attended Michigan Graduate Business School and graduated with an MBA (Finance) from Rutgers Graduate Business School in 1988; he also holds a BA in Anthropology from Amherst w/Dean’s list honors & a Professional Banking Diploma from American Institute of Banking-NYC Chapter, 1982; he an authored articles for RecruitmentBuzz on Employer Branding & Talent Acquisition. He is an appointed judge for the Employer Brand Management Awards MENA and the Web Marketing Association; now divorced Johnny, enjoys reading & writing, spending time with his British girlfriend travelling & playing with his beloved (“sidekick”) – a Shih Tzu pup named “Bugsy”.

Spencer Symmons

Spencer Symmons

Recruitment

22 years within IT Recruitment, initially working for a large PLC in London between 1995 and 2004 and then had the privilege of being a co-owner and Director of CPS Group, driving it to become a multi award winning £10m turnover business with a team of 40 staff across three offices in Cardiff, Manchester and Swansea. Married to Jane with four lively boys who keep me busy.

Jeremy Ovenden

Jeremy Ovenden

Founder & MD | Hireserve

Jeremy is the Founder and Managing Director of Hireserve, a recruitment software supplier. An ex-Oracle developer with over twenty years in the recruitment technology space, Jeremy believes passionately in designing and developing software that is both powerful yet simple to use; technology that can solve real world recruitment problems, transform processes and adapt to meet even the most complex in-house recruitment needs.

Mark Francis

Mark Francis

Head of Sales | Simply Factoring Brokers

Mark has more than 30 years experience in the retail and commercial banking and now heads up the commercial finance sector at Simply Factoring Brokers.

Mark works with providers of specialist recruitment finance, payroll and back office systems. His experience and connections in commercial finance ensures that customers of Simply Factoring Brokers can access the financial and technical resources they need to grow.

Paul Mizen

Paul Mizen

Managing Director | The Recruit Venture Group

Paul is Managing Director of The Recruit Venture Group and has worked within the recruitment industry for over 19 years’ most recently as MD for both Jark Plc and Recruit Ventures Ltd.

Paul has exceptional knowledge and understanding of the recruitment industry, with personal experience across many business sectors which ideally positions him as a voice on matters within the recruitment industry.