2017 Speakers

Art Papas, Bullhorn Live 2017 Speaker

Art Papas

Founder and CEO, Bullhorn

As Bullhorn’s Founder and CEO, Art Papas has led the company through more than 14 years of consecutive growth. Art was the original architect of Bullhorn’s flagship Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, which now helps more than 10,000 companies around the world run their businesses.

Art sits on the Board of Directors of both the Massachusetts Staffing Association and Portfolio Science Inc., and he is the Chairman of the Board at Career Collaborative, an organization that strives to end working class poverty.

In 2014, Ernst & Young named Art an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner in New England. Prior to starting Bullhorn, Art started his career as a software engineer at Thomson Reuters. Art is a graduate of Tufts University, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.

Dennis van Weeren, Bullhorn Live 2017 Speaker

Dennis van Weeren

Director Operations, Vibe Group

“Live your values and get the best out of your people and the systems that support them”

Starting off during his study working with a “rent a driver” service, Dennis soon found out that the difference between a good or bad service, greatly depends on the people delivering that service. After having made his first steps in the world of staffing as a sales consultant, he concluded that this theory also applied here.

Ever since, he has been intrigued about what gets people motivated to go the extra mile and how he can improve the business by working more effective and efficient. The combination of getting the best out of people and supporting them with the best tools in the industry is what he loves doing the most.

Currently Dennis is working on a project to embed Big data and AI in the recruitment process.

Joanna Abeyie, Bullhorn Live 2017 Speaker

Joanna Abeyie

Founder and Managing Director, Hyden

Joanna Abeyie is in a class of her own, a new breed of business leader, she is an award-winning, agenda-setting Diversity champion and recruiter, social campaigner, TV executive, broadcaster and journalist.

Aged just 29, there are few under 30s that can claim similar achievements, one of which being among Broadcast magazine’s hotshots of 2016. Joanna founded the award-winning creative industry diverse talent recruitment business Shine Media in 2009, which recently morphed into Hyden (taken from the old English word for ‘hidden’), as part of leading global recruiter SThree PLC.

Having helped to place more than 3,000 people from diverse backgrounds in permanent and freelance jobs in the creative industries, it is Joanna’s efforts in improving the creative industry’s diversity that truly have made her stand out. She is often called upon to steer, lead, plan, create or participate in established industry events or radio and TV discussions around the diversity conversation. Joanna worked as a consultant and became a key diversity partner for the BBC, ITV, ITN, Channel 4, Sky and The Guardian among others.

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Peter Linas

International Managing Director, Bullhorn

Peter oversees Bullhorn’s international operations across EMEA and APAC in his role as International Managing Director. Peter joined Bullhorn in 2009 and was responsible for its highly successful UK launch. In addition to growing the international team to over 50 staff and establishing Bullhorn as the UK’s market leading recruitment software in fewer than three years, Peter has expanded Bullhorn’s reach into EMEA and APAC and achieved a user base of more than 10,000 international users. Prior to taking on the launch of Bullhorn in the UK, Peter spent 20 years working in the recruitment industry and held a number of senior director roles before moving into the technology space.


Alex Edelman

Comedy star of "Millennial" and "Everything Handed to You"

Alex Edelman is the comedy star of award-winning stand-up shows "Millennial" and "Everything Handed to You" and one of the industry’s fastest rising young stars. Hailing from Boston, he was quickly recognised as one of New York City’s ‘Best Comedians Under 25’. Follow Alex on Twitter.

He soon crossed the pond with invitations to perform in major comedy festivals including Machynlleth, Latitude, Bestival, The Edinburgh Fringe, and End of the Road where he was praised as “fresh, original, and endearing.”

Alex has shared the stage with comedy legends like Louis CK, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, John Bishop, Al Murray, and Terry Alderton. He went on to record ‘Millennial’ for BBC Radio 4’s stand-up special. As a writer, Alex’s work was featured on indie comedy sites and established media outlets alike including The Atlantic and The Guardian. He currently serves as cohost of the popular podcast ‘The Pod Squad’.

Charlotte Clark, Bullhorn Live 2017 Speaker

Charlotte Clark

Manager of Talent Development, APSCo

APSCo is the professional body that represents the interests of recruitment organisations engaged in the acquisition of business professionals on behalf of their clients on a permanent or flexible basis. APSCo provides a powerful unified voice for the Professional Recruitment Industry and is proud to represent, support and promote such a vibrant and innovative sector of the industry.

Matt Fischer, Bullhorn Live 2017 Speaker

Matt Fischer

President and CTO, Bullhorn

As President and CTO, Matt leads Bullhorn’s architectural, technical, and software design and development efforts. He also directs the product management team’s work defining product strategy, and global customer support and success. Since joining Bullhorn in 2004, Matt has held a variety of leadership positions managing the growth of various technical and services teams, including Vice President of Professional Services. Prior to Bullhorn, Matt worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in systems process assurance for such companies as Fidelity and State Street Global Advisors. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Boston University’s School of Management.


Peter Searle

CEO, Airswift

Peter Searle has more than 28 years’ experience in recruitment, having held managing director and chief executive positions with the Delphi Group, Ajilon and Adecco UK and Ireland. In early 2016, he became the CEO of the newly formed Airswift — following the merger of Air Energi and Swift Worldwide Resources — which specialises in global workforce solutions for the energy, process and infrastructure industries. Peter is heavily involved in educational initiatives and was asked to appear on the UK government’s select committee for education in 2013. He has won multiple awards including a lifetime achievement award for his services to recruitment.


Yvette Cleland

CEO, Clinical Professionals

Yvette Cleland worked in the pharmaceutical industry for eight years at Janssen, part of J&J. In 1999 she moved to professional staffing and went on to build contract and permanent teams throughout the UK for many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. In 2012 she joined Clinical Professionals as Group Managing Director to drive growth, expand the brand portfolio and geographic foot print of the business. In 2015 under her leadership the business was acquired by CPL Resourcing. In 2017 she lead the expansion of the business into the US. Today Yvette is CEO for the Clinical Professionals Group, an award winning organisation that has also featured in the Telegraph and Daily Mail as an innovator in the staffing industry. Yvette is APBI qualified with a pharma MBA.


Garreth Cameron

Group Manager of Policy and Engagement, ICO

Garreth Cameron is Group Manager, Policy and Engagement at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). He is responsible for managing the Information Commissioner’s strategic relationships with the private and third sectors, and their regulators, in order to uphold information rights in the public interest and promote data privacy for individuals. Garreth joined the ICO in 2013 following a successful career in local government, and has a keen interest in the legal and policy challenges arising in the information society.


Bradley Lewington

CEO, Spencer Ogden

Bradley graduated with a BSc Hons in Marine Biology and Oceanography from Southampton University, he initially joined Matchtech (now Gattaca) as a graduate recruitment consultant in 2005. Subsequently he joined Spencer Ogden in June 2012 and moved to Singapore to establish the company's first office in the APAC region. In 2015, he moved back to Spencer Ogden’s London HQ to lead the EMEA sales alongside APAC.

Promoted to CEO in 2017, Bradley is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company. He works closely with Spencer Ogden's talented management team and staff to deliver the company's three–year growth plan and beyond. Spencer Ogden is a leading global energy, engineering and infrastructure recruiter, in 2016 it reached over £100m of revenue for the first time and employs close to 400 staff.


Samantha Hurley

Operations Director, APSCo

As Operations Director, Sam has responsibility for the development of APSCo’s presence and reputation within the UK. She ensures innovation, development and improved delivery of existing and new members’ services, resources, and engagement through the various delivery teams, and the continuing improvement and development of the operational running of the UK business.

Sam is an experienced paralegal with over 29 years’ experience in the recruitment sector, and previously ran APSCo’s legal and public affairs offering. Prior to joining APSCo in May 2013, Sam owned and ran a legal services company and held senior management positions within the recruitment sector.


DeeDee Doke

Editor, Recruiter Magazine/recruiter.co.uk

DeeDee Doke is editor of Recruiter magazine/recruiter.co.uk, and the head of content for the Recruiter portfolio of print/digital publications and events. Named British Standards Institute‘s Emerging Standards Maker 2016, DeeDee has represented the UK in developing an ISO standard for Recruitment published last year, an ISO technical report on Sustainable Employability published this year, and currently works with other international contributors toward an ISO standard in Diversity & Inclusion. Her reportage has appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Sunday Times as well as a myriad of UK and US print/digital business, lifestyle and news titles.


John Nurthen

Executive Director Global Research, SIA

As Executive Director Global Research, John Nurthen manages the team that delivers Staffing Industry Analysts' international research content. He has over 25 years' experience in the staffing industry, having previously worked in senior managerial roles for three of the world's largest staffing companies: Select Appointments, Vedior and Randstad. He played an active role in major equity offerings and mergers.

Nurthen was a founder of the International Review of Employment and DOVA, one of the largest global databases of online vacancies. He played a leading role in the development of common data standards with the creation of HR-XML SIDES.

He has held responsibility for internal and external communications, e-Business, technology matters, marketing, research, procurement and corporate social responsibility. Nurthen's experience makes him an authority on global recruitment and contingent workforce issues.


Ejaz Ali

Senior Director, Legal Services EMEA & APAC, Kelly Group Companies ($5bn revenue, Fortune 500)

A Board level executive with over 16 years’ Staffing Industry experience in commercially focused legal and operations support roles.

Ejaz comes with a wide variety of sector experience which includes Life Sciences & Pharma, Technology, Finance, Aerospace & Defence, Engineering, Oil & Gas, Office Secretarial. His   experience spans an equally wide range of products and services - from commercial temp staffing to professional contractor recruitment; from MSP and RPO Solutions to outsourced Aerospace & Defence programs for the MOD.

Ejaz joined Kelly in 2014 as a member of the Kelly EMEA Leadership Team responsible for $1bn revenue with 1600 FTEs and manages delivery of key legal support across EMEA and APAC operations.

Working closely with Leadership, Operations and Solutions Design, Ejaz has unique insight into the legislative, risk and compliance focused drivers which are changing the industry and driving innovation.

Prior to Kelly, Ejaz worked on the Executive Boards of Huntress Group and Morson Wynnwith.

Darren Weeks, Bullhorn Live 2017 Speaker

Darren Weeks

Recruitment Operations and Marketing Manager, aap3

Working for aap3, Darren manages the Recruitment Operations and Marketing for the business and acts as the SME for the Bullhorn ATS system since its implementation in 2012.

Darren’s background is in Retail management but he made the move to Recruitment 6 years ago and, starting as a resourcer, worked his way up through the business, working in a number of areas and gaining experience in Managed Services and RPO and traditional contract and permanent recruitment from both the resource and Account Management side.

Now, Darren works with the business to advise on new tools, systems, and methods for recruitment, and helping to drive aap3’s recruitment strategy to stay ahead of changes in industry trends, with particular focus on the change in how recruitment relationships work, and how recruiters can make use of social media and new marketing to stay ahead of the competition and form true “partnerships” with clients and candidates.

Mitesh Ashar, Bullhorn Live 2017 Speaker

Mitesh Ashar

VP, Technical Product Management, Bullhorn

As Vice President, Technical Product Management, Mitesh Ashar is responsible for product innovation at Bullhorn. Mitesh has diverse experience spanning 25 years in software development and recruiting. His previous roles at Bullhorn include Director of Product Management, Strategic Account Manager, and Enterprise Projects Implementation Manager. Prior to joining Bullhorn, Mitesh worked at Mastech, a Bullhorn client, specializing in IT staffing.

Mitesh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics and an MBA from the University of Mumbai, India.

Lisa Jones, Bullhorn Live 2017 Speaker

Lisa Jones

Founder and Director, Barclay Jones

Lisa helps recruitment leaders, IT leaders and recruitment marketers to set ROI-led goals and use recruitment technology and digital marketing strategically. ROI is key! She’s a keen technology strategist and recruitment advocate. She’s passionate about making a difference to recruiting firms. As a founder of Barclay Jones, Lisa brings a wealth of experience in recruitment technology and digital marketing. Clients love her passionate, strategic and impartial advice and how she challenges their processes and helps them to grow their businesses. She is UK Recruiter’s “Agency Influencer” 2017.


Gary Browning

Non-Executive Director, CloudCall Group plc

Gary has substantial experience and expertise in the recruitment sector, having held the role of CEO at Penna Consulting plc for more than ten years. During his time at Penna, Gary was responsible for restructuring the business where he led a series of acquisitions which increased the value of the business, over four fold.

After graduating from Warwick University in 1987, Gary qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, before spending 12 years with the WPP Group.

Away from business, Gary is a passionate Liverpool FC fan, and sits on the board of several charities and advisory bodies, including The Myotubular Trust.


Carley Jones

Leader and Talent Business Partner, Bullhorn

Carley, Leader & Talent Business Partner, has been with Bullhorn since 2015. She brings along 8 years of experience in HR, within a variety of non-profit and private sector organisations. Working alongside the Human Resources and Talent Acquisition team in Boston, Carley supports the international region, covering EMEA and APAC. Carley has a passion for Employee Engagement and Leadership which has helped her develop a broad academic background, gaining a Post Graduate Degree at Brighton University and CIPD qualification.


Rob Williams

Evangelist, Indeed

Rob is Indeed's lead EMEA evangelist and has over 10 years of digital recruitment experience. He joined Indeed in 2014 when the recruitment technology start up he was a founding member of, MoBolt Inc. was acquired. Prior to this he spent 5 years at Monster Worldwide.

He joined the recruitment technology space after spending some time traveling the world enjoying various ancient temples, scuba diving, trekking, mountain biking, rafting, and more temples. Before his travel adventure he spent a few years at each of the two leading global consumer & business data companies, Experian & Equifax. He read economics and statistics at university.

Timo Meijrink, Bullhorn Live 2017 Speaker

Timo Meijrink

Sales Engineer, Bullhorn

As the primary Sales Engineer for mainland Europe, Timo has worked with a wide variety of clients, from startup businesses to established multi-nationals. Having started his career as a developer to now helping (potential) customers understand the cloud landscape and Bullhorn Product Suite, he has been working closely with the sales team that is pushing for global expansion. Timo is always happy to hear new stories and unique examples of how our clients experience technology in their day-to-day work and longtime strategic goals.

Lizzie Maloney, Bullhorn Live 2017 Speaker

Lizzie Maloney

Inside Sales Manager, Bullhorn

Having started life at Bullhorn as the UK Business Development Representative, Lizzie now runs the UK and Ireland SME team. Lizzie has worked with hundreds of recruitment companies across her seven years at Bullhorn and has loved learning from each unique business process. Always keen to see companies leverage technology to grow and succeed in the recruitment industry.

Josh Godi, Bullhorn Live 2017 Speaker

Josh Godi

Senior UI Developer, Bullhorn

Joshua Godi is a Senior UI Developer at Bullhorn where he works with emerging technology to bring the best possible user experience to Bullhorn’s clients. Joshua has years of experience working with front-end technologies and is very active in the open-source community and local meetup groups.

Joshua is one of the lead developers on Novo-Elements, which is the open source library created at Bullhorn for use in Bullhorn 2017 and custom integrations.

Shaun Weiss, Bullhorn Live 2017 Speaker

Shaun Weise

Director of Global Accounts, Bullhorn

As Director of Global Accounts, Shaun's primary role is to define the strategy that enables Bullhorn to identify growth opportunities within their key Global Accounts. In addition, Shaun remains strategically involved in key campaigns across our International Enterprise business who's growth rate continues to accelerate. Having joined Bullhorn from Broadbean nearly 6 years ago, Shaun possesses a deep understanding of the priorities and challenges leaders face and his unique expertise allows him to provide insights and solutions to Bullhorn’s clients to help them achieve success.

Andy Ingham, Bullhorn Live 2017

Andy Ingham

Vice President of Sales, EMEA & APAC, Bullhorn

Andy is an experienced Sales Leader and Senior Leadership Team member. Prior to joining Bullhorn he spent 10 years leading teams who worked with a broad mix of Enterprise organisations supporting them to drive operational efficiency and business growth through the deployment of technology. While at Bullhorn Andy was initially responsible for the health of existing clients and the growth of new clients across the UK and now as Vice President of Sales he hold accountability for the health and growth of Bullhorn across the EMEA and APAC regions.

Richard Boyd, Bullhorn Live 2017 Speaker

Richard Boyd

Account Executive, Bullhorn

As an Account Executive based in Ireland, Richard takes a consultative approach to all engagements by assisting customers achieve their goals with a recruitment solution that drives efficiency, customer satisfaction, and growth. Having worked in the recruitment industry for many years, Richard is a trusted partner to the staffing industry by delivering an incredible customer experience for Bullhorn's customers and, in turn, our customers' customers.


Toby Callahan

Inside Sales Manager, Bullhorn

Toby has worked with a varied book of clients across his five years at Bullhorn, from startup businesses to established multi-nationals. Having started in the SME sales team to now managing that team in the EMEA region, he has been working closely with the sales team that is pushing for global expansion. Toby is always happy to hear new stories and unique examples of how our industry of passionate people have grown their businesses.


Sinéad Daly

Regional Sales Manager for UK & Ireland, Bullhorn

Sinéad is an experienced Sales Leader who joined Bullhorn 3 years ago, having spent 6 years leading the UK and Irish Sales Team at Dun & Bradstreet. Whilst at Bullhorn she was initially tasked with managing and growing the Inside EMEA customer base, she now holds accountability for existing and new customers within the UK & Ireland. Sinéad is passionate about building strong customer relationships and delivering an incredible customer experience to the Bullhorn customer base.

Sinéad hold a Bachelors Degree in Business Studies and an MBS in International Business from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business.


Sam Gittins

Account Manager, Bullhorn

Sam has helped hundreds of start-up and SME recruitment businesses across EMEA grow with Bullhorn. Working with agencies in virtually every specialisation, from finance to aerospace, oil and gas to fashion, Sam loves challenging agencies to think differently about their routes to business success.


Nick Staples

Sales Engineer, Bullhorn

Nick has worked in the software industry for over a decade helping customers across a number industries make informed decisions about the software technology that they procure and implement. His focus has always been to ensure that the business goals are underpinned by the best fit technology solution. For the last 18 months Nick has worked at Bullhorn as a Sales Engineer where he engages with prospects and customers in a consultative way to ensure that the benefits of the Bullhorn solution are realized and successfully implemented.


Charlie Rodger

Demand Gen Manager, Bullhorn

Charlie joined Bullhorn at the start of 2016 to lead our Global Business Development team. In 2017 Charlie moved into the Demand Generation Manager role and now oversees the Demand Creation team covering both inbound and outbound activity in the UK, EMEA and APAC. Charlie’s data driven approach has allowed Bullhorn to remove wasteful activity and prioritise spend in performing channels whist his work with Sales has driven insight into Opportunity and pipeline management.


David Stott

Director Enterprise International, Bullhorn

David joined Bullhorn in 2013 after 10 years within recruitment technology at Monster.co.uk and S1.com. David has a proven track record in helping organisations utilize technology to drive operational performance and deliver long term strategic success. As Director of Enterprise International, David works with Bullhorn's largest clients to ensure their continued success. David is an avid sports fan and geek at heart.


Alec Fowler

Strategic Account Manager, Bullhorn

Alec is a UK-based Account Manager for Bullhorn's International Enterprise Customers. While he wears many hats working with the various Bullhorn teams like PS, Contracts, and Legal, on behalf of his customers, Alec's main focuses are customer satisfaction and new developments. To deliver customer satisfaction, Alec helps Bullhorn customers get the most out of Bullhorn by aligning with their strategic goals and putting the right teams in place to ensure clients have an incredible experience. Alec also brings Bullhorn Enterprise customers up to speed with new developments and product offerings that will make them more efficient and further drive an incredible experience, not only for them but their customers and candidates.

Kieran Edwards, Bullhorn Live 2017 Speaker

Kieran Edwards

Account Manager, Bullhorn

Kieran has worked with hundreds of clients internationally to deliver Bullhorn transformations to aspiration recruitment businesses. With his international reach and exposure to international recruitment markets, his knowledge around best practices and Bullhorn processes allows his clients to become Bullhorn power users and as a consequence, power billers.


Andy Jones

Managing Director, Make I.T. Simple

Andy has 12 years experience building software, web and mobile apps for a range of recruitment clients. Andy has a career foundation as a developer that has now expanded to Systems Architect and Product Designer roles. Andy is also an Amazon Web Services Consulting Partner and an AWS Solutions Architect.  Andy’s team includes  30+ full time, permanent developers, systems analysts, project managers and QA/QC’s.  


John Weston

Founder and CEO, Newbury Consulting Group

John has focused on process and technology optimization in the recruitment industry for over 20 years. Prior to starting Newbury in 2005, John worked in a variety of leadership roles in the software industry.