STHREE - Key Persons


ALEX SMITH

Job Titles:
  • COMPANY DIRECTOR

Andrew Beach - CFO

Job Titles:
  • CFO
  • Member of the Executive Committee
  • CFO of Hyve
  • Executive Director, Member of the Board
Andrew Beach was appointed to the SThree Board in July 2021, joining from Hyve Group plc, a global exhibitions business. As CFO he holds full responsibility for the financial strategy and financial activities across the SThree Group. He is an accomplished CFO with more than 13 years' experience in listed companies. He has global experience of business transformation, funding and M&A in fast-paced and high-growth companies and has extensive experience of working alongside Boards and senior leadership on company strategy and direction. As CFO of Hyve, Andrew was instrumental in leading the company through a period of significant transformation and rapid international growth, which resulted in its promotion to the FTSE 250. Previously, he held a number of roles at Ebiquity plc, joining as Group Financial Controller in 2007 and quickly being appointed as CFO in 2008. In 2014 he was promoted to Chief Financial and Operating Officer. Andrew trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, working with them from 1998 until 2007.

ANNE KATHLEEN FAHY

Job Titles:
  • COMPANY DIRECTOR

Barrie Brien

Job Titles:
  • Non - Executive Director
Barrie Brien was appointed to the SThree Board, Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committee in September 2017, and interim Chair of the Audit Committee in April 2022. He is also Group Chief Executive Officer of STRAT7, a data analytics and strategy consultancy, and was the former Chief Executive Officer of Creston plc, a media and marketing communications group, stepping down in 2017 following its sale and de-listing. Barrie was extensively involved in the growth of Creston plc from 2004 with its buy-and-build strategy and had also been Chief Operating and Financial Officer. In addition to the extensive public company experience, including M&A fundraisings and Investor Relations, Barrie has spent 30 years in global media, digital and marketing communication companies, advising a portfolio of boards and clients across multiple industries on their growth strategies.

BARRIE CHRISTOPHER BRIEN

Job Titles:
  • COMPANY DIRECTOR

Charlie Cox - Chief Commercial Officer

Job Titles:
  • Commercial Director
Commercial Director Charlie Cox explains how to avoid non-compliant Umbrella Companies - and how to spot a good one.

Denise Collis

Job Titles:
  • Non - Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Smiths News Plc
  • Senior Independent Non - Executive Director and Employee Engagement NED
Denise Collis was appointed to the SThree Board, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee in July 2016. Denise was appointed as Chair of the Remuneration Committee in September 2016 became a member of the Audit Committee in April 2018 and was appointed Senior Independent Director in October 2018. With effect from 1 December 2018, she was appointed as Employee Engagement NED. Denise is also a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Smiths News plc, the specialist distribution company, a Non-Executive Director of Emis Group plc, a major provider of healthcare software, information technology and related services, where she is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Nomination committees, and Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Advisory Council at the British Heart Foundation. Prior to this, she was Group HR Director for 3i Group plc, and most recently Chief People Officer for Bupa. She has extensive international Human Resources and executive committee experience, and has also held senior roles at EY, Standard Chartered plc and HSBC. Denise is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

DENISE ROSEMARY COLLIS

Job Titles:
  • COMPANY DIRECTOR

EDWARD JUSTIN HUGHES

Job Titles:
  • COMPANY DIRECTOR

GARY PAUL ELDEN

Job Titles:
  • COMPANY DIRECTOR

Gemma Branney - CSR

Job Titles:
  • Head of CSR
Head of CSR Gemma Branney discusses the importance of ethical procurement in the recruitment industry

James Bilefield

Job Titles:
  • Chairman / Non - Executive Chair
  • Non - Executive Director of Stagecoach Group Plc
James Bilefield was appointed to the SThree Board as Senior Independent Director and Chair Designate in October 2017, becoming Chair in April 2018. He is Chair of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee. James is a Non-Executive Director of Stagecoach Group plc, where he serves on the Remuneration and Nomination Committees. He is a Trustee of the Science Museum Group, the world's leading group of science museums, a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company (and a Trustee of Teach First. He managed the digital transformation of media group Condé Nast across 27 countries, scaled Skype's global operations as part of its founding management team and held senior management roles at Yahoo! during its major growth phase. Formerly CEO of global advertising technology company, OpenX, he also co-founded the UK local information business, UpMyStreet, following an investment banking career at JP Morgan Chase. James was previously a non-executive director of MoneySupermarket.com, stepping down in May 2022.

JAMES DANIEL BILEFIELD

Job Titles:
  • DIRECTOR

JP Gray

JP Gray is based in the Netherlands and focuses on cutting-edge organisations across Europe in need of talented candidates in finance, IT, customer services, logistics and supply chains, support and technical sectors. With our three core values of service, quality and speed at the heart of everything we do, we deliver best-in-class recruitment driven by the specialist skills of candidates and bespoke needs of our clients.

Kate Danson - Chief Legal Officer, Secretary

Job Titles:
  • General Counsel
  • Group Company Secretary
  • Member of the Executive Committee
Kate Danson joined SThree in 2021. She is respon sib le for the provision of legal services and its operations across the SThree Group and is the PLC Company Secretary. Prior to joining, she was General Counsel, Group at Johnson Matthey plc, responsible for leading the provision of legal services across the global group functions. She had previously worked in a variety of senior global roles within Johnson Matthey. Kate brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in complex global legal, ethics and compliance, business and risk management issues. She is a qualified solicitor and started her career in private practice at the international law firm Ince & Co. Kate completed a degree in Religious Studies at Kings College London before studying at the College of Law between 2002 and 2004.

Matthew Blake - CHRO

Job Titles:
  • Chief People Officer
  • Member of the Executive Committee
Matthew Blake joined SThree in 2019. As CPO, he is responsible for SThree's people strategy. His role covers the key pillars across reward, talent acquisition, learning and development, organisational effectiveness, culture, diversity, equality and inclusion, colleague engagement, and health & wellbeing. He is also accountable for the group property and workplace strategy and for the delivery of its environment, social and governance goals. Matthew has extensive experience of leading wide-scale transformation and people-change programmes and has held a variety of senior roles, including HR Director - UK & Ireland at Rexel, Group HR Director, Carpetright plc, and Group Leadership Development Director, Tesco plc. He has a post-graduate diploma in Human Resource Management from London Metropolitan University.

Nick Folkes

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Executive Committee
  • Chief Technology and Information Officer
Nick Folkes joined SThree in 2021. As CTIO, he is responsible for the technology and digital strategy and it s operations across the SThree group. Nick is a highly experienced technology leader, with a breadth of experience in services and in-house environments. He has delivered major transformations in his previous roles, most recently was the Group CIO for G4S, the global security company operating across 85 countries. Prior to joining G4S in March 2014, Nick served as director for IT Operations and Infrastructure at Tesco and as IT director for MSCI, a global provider of critical decision support tools and services for the financial investment community. Nick has also been a director at both Deloitte Consulting and Cable & Wireless and has more than 20 years of wide-ranging experience within the IT industry. Nick holds a BSc in Cybernetics, Control Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science from the University of Reading.

STEVEN COLIN HORNBUCKLE - Secretary

Job Titles:
  • CHARTERED SECRETARY
  • Company Secretary

Sunny Ackerman

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Executive Committee
  • in 2021 As President
  • President of SThree Americas
  • President, US
Sunny Ackerman is named one of North America's 100 most influential leaders in staffing Sunny joined SThree in 2021 as President of our business in the Americas. She is responsible for the strategy, performance and operations of Specialist Staffing Group (a division of SThree) and its brands in the US. Before her appointment she was the President of the Americas for Frank Recruitment Group, where she was responsible for the company's largest region, leading professional IT experts in developing specialty markets, new brands and client expansion in North America. Prior to this Sunny spent more than 14 years in a variety of executive positions with ManpowerGroup as Senior Vice-President and General Manager. Throughout her career, Sunny has worked with elite Fortune 500 clients and industry leaders as a strategic adviser and business partner. Sunny completed a BA from Texas A&M University. Staffing Industry Analyst named Sunny in the "Global Power 100" - the most influential women in staffing over the past three years.

Timo Lehne - CEO

Job Titles:
  • CEO
  • Member of the Executive Committee
  • Executive Director, Member of the Board
Timo Lehne was appointed CEO in April 2022 after joining the board as interim CEO and Executive Director on 1 January 2022. As Senior Managing Director he held full responsibility for the day-to-day running of SThree's largest region, DACH, which comprises of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Timo studied International Economics in the Netherlands before joining our Progressive Recruitment business in Germany as a sales consultant in 2006. He was appointed Senior Business Manager in Düsseldorf for SThree in 2009, quickly turning it into our fastest growing business and growing the city's share of net fees within the DACH region from 4% in 2009 to 27% in 2012. He was promoted to Senior Sales Director in 2013, taking joint responsibility for the running of the overall DACH business and in 2017 became Managing Director for the region, where he was responsible for the overall DACH business of SThree accounting for over 33% of the Group's revenue and more than 1000 employees across 10 locations. SThree plc is pleased to announce the appointment of Timo Lehne as permanent Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.