Board of Directors

  • Brian Wilkinson
    Chief Executive Officer

    Date of appointment
    Group: December 2013
    Board: December 2013

    Skills and experience: Brian joined the company in December 2013. He has worked in the recruitment industry for over 30 years, most recently as an Executive Board member of Randstad Holdings NV ("Randstad"), the world's 2nd largest recruitment company. He has extensive experience of professional services recruitment and international strategic development, including through merger and acquisition. In December 2015, Brian received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) for the contribution he has made to the recruitment industry over the last 35 years.

  • Tony Dyer
    Chief Financial Officer

    Date of appointment
    Group: January 1996
    Board: June 2004

    Skills and experience: Tony is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. After qualifying in 1995 he joined the Group in 1996. Following a period as Management Accountant and Financial Controller, he was appointed to the Board in 2004. Tony was instrumental in taking the Group through its successful IPO in 2006. He is Chairman of the Central South Regional Board of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has served as Hampshire’s Branch President for several years.

  • Keith Lewis
    Chief Operating Officer

    Date of appointment
    Group: May 1993
    Board: July 2012

    Skills and experience: Keith is a fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals and joined us in 1993 as a senior consultant, before progressing to his current position. Keith is also on the steering committee for the Engineering and Technical sector at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

  • Patrick Shanley
    Non-Executive Chairman

    Date of appointment
    Group: December 2015
    Board: December 2015

    Skills and experience: Patrick, 61, has extensive boardroom experience and is currently Chairman of chemicals business, Accsys Technologies. Patrick has previously been Chief Financial Officer of Courtaulds plc and Acordis bv, Chief Executive Officer of Corsadi bv, Chairman of Cordenka Investments bv. and Chairman of Finacor bv. Patrick began his career working for British Coal where he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant. He has a strong operational, restructuring, merger and acquisition background within a manufacturing environment.

  • George Materna
    Non-Executive Deputy Chairman

    Date of appointment
    Group: May 1984
    Board: May 1984

    Skills and experience: George has 35 years’ experience in the recruitment industry and is the founder of the Group, having founded Matchmaker Personnel in 1984 and Matchtech Engineering in 1990, before combining the two businesses in 2002 to form Matchtech Group plc. George is a Fellow of both the Institute of Recruitment Professionals and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

  • Ric Piper
    Senior Independent Director

    Date of appointment
    Board: June 2006

    Skills and experience: Ric qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1977. He held senior finance roles in ICI, Citicorp and Logica, becoming Finance Director of Logica (UK) in 1990. He was Group Finance Director of WS Atkins from 1993 to 2002. Since 2003 he has been involved at Board level and has advised on the growth and development of Main Market, AIM and privately owned companies. Ric is a Partner at Restoration Partners, which advises technology businesses, and a member of the Financial Reporting Review Panel.

  • Richard Bradford
    Non-Executive Director

    Date of appointment
    Board: July 2011

    Skills and experience: Richard has a background in solutions and services businesses. He was Chief Executive of AIM-listed Carlisle Group from 1997 to 2008, up to and including the merger to create Impellam Group, and subsequently Chief Executive of LPM Group, a private equity backed mid-market group of facilities management investments. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of UK-based InHealth Group, a leading provider of diagnostics and imaging services.

  • Rudi Kindts
    Non-Executive Director

    Date of appointment
    Board: March 2012

    Skills and experience: Rudi is a Belgian national with 25 years’ experience in transnational Human Resources Management. He developed his executive career initially with Alcatel and British American Tobacco, where he held a number of senior HR roles across the Group. He was appointed Group HR Director of the FTSE 100 company in 2004 and left in 2011. Rudi is currently an Associate with Criticaleye – The Network Of Leaders and Executive Mentor at Merryck and Co. He collaborates with The Henley Centre for HR excellence and is an Associate Consultant with Duke Executive Education. Rudi is a member of the Advisory Board of Thirsty Horses Limited and is a Partner with TheCoachingHouse.

  • Roger Goodman
    Non-Executive Director

    Date of appointment
    Board: April 2015

    Skills and experience: Neville Roger Goodman joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in April 2015. Roger is currently Chairman of Apogee Corporation and a Non-Executive Director of NRG Consultants and the Mitie Pension Scheme Trustee. He was previously an Executive director of MITIE Group plc, from which he retired in 2012.