Huw has over 30 years’ experience working in the international sports industry. Having started his senior management career as the first CEO at Harlequins Rugby Club, he also worked within Formula 1 and for the PGA.
Huw has served on the Board of the Premier Rugby, and was Commercial Director for the International Rugby Board (now World Rugby) for 12 years, responsible for the commercial and broadcasting programmes for 4 Rugby World Cups. A former non-executive Director of Gloucester Rugby, Huw is currently Chairman of Welsh Rowing, and an Independent Director for Cricket Wales. He is also a Member of Council of British Rowing and sits on their audit and risk and governance committees.
Lisa has more than 23 years of Board level experience, in both Executive and Non-Executive Director roles. Most recently, she was a founder Director of Local World, having previously served as COO at Yattendon Plc, whose media assets became a component of Local World. She began her career as an investment banking analyst at County Natwest, before being appointed to the board of Chrysalis Plc as Corporate Development Director, where she spent 10 years developing the company’s radio, TV and publishing businesses. Apart from BBO, Lisa also holds Non-Executive Director board positions at Alpha FX Plc, Adgorithms Plc and Magic Light Pictures.
“Recruitment as an industry isn’t liked very much – I set out to change that. Having worked my way up one of the ‘Big 4’ recruitment companies I knew exactly what I wanted my company to look like and how I wanted it to feel. I certainly didn’t want a conveyor belt approach; I wanted one that’s slower-paced, local, personable and honest. That’s what really matters to me”.
After graduating from Newcastle University with a BSc in Business Management, Katie was selected to join Hays in Reading where she managed the office support and HR functions. She built up a loyal client base, but began to realise she wanted to go it alone and that Henley – the place she’d lived in all her life – was where she was going to do it.
“I left everything I knew and set up on my parents’ kitchen table. I networked like I’ve never done before – picking up the phone, meeting people face-to-face and really getting to know local businesses and what they wanted and needed from me.”
Katie’s approach, coupled with her passion and determination has paid off, earning her a wide variety of clients across both the public and private sectors and a reputation to match.
“At BBO we treat people the way we want to be treated. Rather than just a number or a CV, we see people as people and I truly believe that gets you a long way.”
She is a very talented recruiter. I asked her the other day how she does it and she said she’s ‘relentless’. That she is, in her pursuit of great candidates for her clients.
“What attracted me to BBO was that it was a small company trying to do big things – and succeeding.”
Toby manages temp recruitment and works hard to build strong relationships with both clients and candidates.
“What you want is for a client to trust you, to ring you up and know you are going to place someone. Not just anyone, but someone who’s a good fit and really meets their needs. This approach takes time and you have to be patient, but it works.”
A local boy, Toby’s dream for BBO is for it to become as well known in the local area as the rugby team he plays for.
“When people talk of recruitment in Henley – I want them to talk of us.”
Toby is an extremely dedicated recruiter. He was incredibly attentive and focused on finding the right role for me. With his assistance I was able to find my ideal job exceptionally quickly.
Mollie has grown up in Henley for most of her life and is well equipped with the Thames Valley market knowledge. She graduated from Bath Spa University after studying BA Hons Photography and has always loved being creative. Having joined BBO a year ago she is now really pleased to have developed into the role of Marketing Manager to help keep BBO’s brand alive and on the tip of everyone’s tongue.
Marlene was born in Johannesburg South Africa where she completed her education and moved straight into a Sales and Customer Service Environment. She was promoted to Sales Manager for Mini South Africa leading her team to 1st in the country where she exceeded in sales targets, start-ups, developing and maintaining client relationships. After moving to Reading in 2014, Marlene took a small career break to raise her 2 children and then returned to the corporate world in 2018. Marlene volunteers for a charity called Sport In Mind where she dedicates her spare time to help individuals by incorporating sport into their life. She enjoys spending time with her children, working out at the gym and going for long walks.
Jeremy has grown up in Henley going to Valley Road, Gillotts and The Henley College. A Henley boy through and through, Jeremy has worked various customer service roles in Henley and is now trying his hand at recruitment, transferring his people skills to help in the role. He’s really enjoying learning about the recruitment industry and getting to meet new people to help them on their career paths. You’ll often find Jeremy down at Henley Hockey Club and if not there probably Henley Leisure Centre working on his ‘fitness’.
Teresa was born in Marlow and has lived in the area for most of her life, living in Reading and then Maidenhead with her husband where they have raised their two daughters. Having worked in education administration for over 10 years this is her first role in the recruitment industry. Teresa plays a fundamental role ensuring the office runs smoothly and our processes are well looked after. When not working Teresa enjoys walking with friends, baking and has been a member of a local reading group for several years. Her guilty pleasure is a glass or two of Prosecco on a Friday night!
Meet Noodle, our little furry friend who was born coincidently exactly 1 year after BBO’s launch date. Whilst we’re busy on the phones, our Chief of Happiness is always ready and waiting to welcome our clients and candidates through the door!