The Sphere Solutions Recruitment  Team is made up of experienced, well-trained consultants, managers & support staff who have worked for large, internationally recognised recruitment companies, as well as smaller, independent regional recruiters. All Sphere Solutions employees receive regular training and are up-to-speed with the latest market information.

 

Management

James Hughes

Managing Director
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James Parsons

Commercial Director
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Chris Williams

Finance Director
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Rob Bennett

Area Director - South West
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Ed Ongley

Freelance Director
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Dave Jones

Area Director
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Associate Director Sphere Solutions Construction Recruitment

Jo Lambert

Associate Director
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An experienced recruiter, James set up Sphere with the sole aim of building a reputable specialist  recruitment consultancy. 10 years on James is now at the helm of a first class team of people driving Sphere to the forefront of construction staffing solutions.

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Co-founder of Sphere Solutions, James’ vision was to deliver strategic staffing solutions and develop innovative recruitment solutions through commitment to continuous improvement and investment in staff.

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Chris has been a Finance Director in industry for the past 18 years.  Chris’ role at Sphere is principally that of financial management and strategy.  He manages a team of 5 and together they deliver the back office function to support the growing freelance and permanent business.

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Rob has over 15 years construction recruitment experience covering freelance and permanent placements.  Rob has delivered recruitment campaigns for all types of contractors to include Civil Engineering, new build Residential, Social Housing and main contracting for SME’s through to Blue Chip contractors.

Rob has a wealth of local knowledge with long standing relationships with many blue chip, regional and local contractors alike.

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An experienced Civil Engineering consultant operating on a national remit, Ed prides himself on in-depth market knowledge and service delivery as a go-to person for candidates and clients alike.

Ed joined Sphere in 2007 with a well-respected reputation for winning business with both regional and national contractors on both small schemes to £multi-m major projects, excellent and thorough customer service delivered through communication and market understanding.

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Dave was Sphere’s first recruit, joining the company in 2006.

Dave currently manages the Cardiff office, which covers a number of disciplines on both a regional and national basis.  He has worked within construction recruitment for the past 15 years, and considers his key strengths to be relationship management and his determination to succeed.

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Associate Director and Consultant with over 13 years construction recruitment experience.

Specialising in construction and residential sectors across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, Jo has built long standing relationships with clients and candidates alike and has built a highly successful reputation for having in-depth knowledge of the construction market.

Jo is best described as professional, knowledgable and resourceful as a recruiting partner for the South West.

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Our Cardiff Team

Telephone: 02920 813331

Amanda Watts

Principal Consultant - Trades & Labour
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Giles Wilson

Principal Consultant
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Construction Recruitment

Andrew Frost

Principal Consultant - Trades & Labour
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Ed Jones

Principal Consultant - Permanent White Collar
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Stewart Jardine

Senior Consultant - Technical
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Sam Cleal

Senior Consultant - Freelance White Collar (Retail)
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Ryan Hill

Recruitment Consultant - Mechanical & Electrical
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Luke Harris

Recruitment Consultant - Permanent & Freelance White Collar
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Vinnie Fiera

Resourcer - Trades & Labour
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Tayler Fenton

Resourcer - Trades & Labour
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Ross Edwards

Resourcer - Mechanical & Electrical
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Jess Cotter

Resourcer - Trades & Labour
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Trades & Labour consultant with 13 years experience within the construction sector, supplying both main contractor and sub-contractors with construction and M&E staff.

Amanda has client relationships that span the duration of her career, and she prides herself on working with honesty and integrity.  Her aim is to service requirements professionally and with speed, as is required for this sector.

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Giles has worked in Construction Recruitment for the past 13 years, predominantly in regards to the supply of ‘White Collar’ staff across the Wales and South West regions. His remit is to supply high quality construction professionals to a wide range of businesses including various SME’s and major contractors. Throughout his career he has been able to cement long term relationships with numerous construction companies and prides himself on being able to source the right candidate first time, which is integral in such a competitive market.

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As one of our most established consultants, Andrew has worked in the Freelance Blue Collar market for almost two decades.

His key strengths include speed of delivery and commitment to providing consistently high quality service.

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Ed works in our Cardiff office, supplying white collar permanent workers across South Wales.

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Stewart’s primary role is the development of the new build housing and property maintenance sector, providing technical/professional recruitment nationally for a varied client base of both main contractors and specialist sub-contractors.

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Sam has been working within specialist recruitment for the past 7 years, focusing mainly in the construction, retail and fit out sector.  He prides himself on hard work in assisting both candidates and clients on any resource challenges they have.

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A Consultant with nearly a decade of experience within the Technical, Engineering and M&E sectors, who operates with roles on a temporary and permanent basis.  Delivering Management, Commercial and Supervisory level staffing solutions along with traditional M&E trades.

Ryan’s client base includes main contractors, as well as regional subcontractors, and these relationships have been built upon a foundation of key account development and relationship management whilst providing an honest, efficient and knowledgeable service that is value for money.

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Luke joined Sphere in January looking for a career change, after 5 years in event management. He specializes in the commercial fit-out sector, providing freelance and permanent white collar staff.

 

 

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Vinnie is a specialist recruiter for Trades & Labour with over 7 years’ construction recruitment experience.  Sourcing temporary tradesmen across South Wales and the South West of England.   Honest and clear communication has resulted in an excellent working relationship with candidates and clients alike.

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Taylor works closely with our freelance team, helping candidates to find their ideal position. With a background in admin and sales, she has excellent attention to detail and is very efficient.

She is described as honest and friendly with a very direct approach.

 

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After 2 years of working as a steel fixer and roofer, Ross has first-hand experience in the construction industry.  He works closely with our permanent recruitment team and is instrumental in matching candidates to their ideal role.

Ross describes himself as ‘straight to the point’ and enjoys seeing the recruitment process through from start to finish. His candidates find him reliable and honest.

 

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After successfully completing work experience with Sphere in 2017, Jess joined the team full time in July. She works closely with the trades and labour team to assist in recruiting for various roles across the South Wales area.

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Our Devon & Cornwall Team

Maintenance Consultant with over 13 years construction experience within the South West region. I have supplied national, regional and local building maintenance contractors, Local Authorities, Housing Associations, Schools, Universities, NHS Trusts and Prisons. Having specialised in Maintenance I understand the importance of the right candidate for the right job, working in occupied properties and vulnerable situations it is important to make sure candidates have a good understanding of their environment, good customer skills and the ability to work in a safe way.

Charlotte Hannaford

Principal Consultant - Trades & Labour
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Based from our Plymouth office, I specialise in supplying Trades & Labour operatives to both Main Contractors and Sub-contractors in all types of construction sectors. Contracts varying in size from £1 million up to £200 million. With over 7 years’ experience in the Construction Recruitment Industry my extensive local knowledge and experience allows me to match candidates to our clients’ needs and requirements.

Ryan Jarvis

Principal Consultant - Trades & Labour
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Matt Newcombe

Senior Consultant - Trades & Labour
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Raquel Saunders

Senior Consultant - Freelance White Collar
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Nikki Harris

Senior Consultant - Permanent White Collar
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Aimee Thompson

Recruitment Consultant - Trades & Labour
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Cat Ridley

Recruitment Consultant - Trades & Labour
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Leanne Health and Social Support Recruitment

Leanne Jones

Senior Resourcer - Trades & Labour
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Abbie Evans

Resourcer - Permanent White Collar
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Selin Thomas

Resourcer - Freelance & Permanent White Collar
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Charlie Hunter

Resourcer - Trades & Labour
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Maintenance Consultant with over 13 years construction experience within the South West region.  Charlotte has supplied national, regional and local building maintenance contractors, Local Authorities, Housing Associations, schools, universities, NHS trusts and prisons.  Having specialised in Maintenance, she understands the importance of the right candidates for the right job.

Working in occupied properties and vulnerable situations, it is important to make sure candidates have a good understanding of their environment, good customer skills and the ability to work in a safe way.

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Based in Sphere’s Plymouth office, Ryan specialises in supplying Trades & Labour operatives to both main contractors and sub-contractors in all types of construction sectors on contracts varying in size from £1m up to £200m.

With over 8 years’ experience in the Construction Recruitment industry, Ryan’s extensive knowledge and experience allows him to effectively and rapidly match candidates to our client’s needs and requirements.

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Coming from a background with over 18 years of experience in the construction industry, Matt has an in-depth technical understanding of on-site challenges and requirements.

Matt values honesty and fairness during the recruitment process and has built up an extensive network over his career.

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Raquel joined the team as a Trainee in January 2015, earning her stripes in the Freelance Commercial market.

As one of our rising stars, Raquel won our prestigious Consultant of the Year award 6 months into her traineeship, testament to her tenacity and intuitive work ethic.  Raquel was promoted to Senior Consultant in May 2017.  She continues to demonstrate her abilities with an honest approach to business.  She has built up strong business links across the Devon and Cornwall network and continues to shine.

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Nikki works with our permanent recruitment team to fill permanent appointments across the South-West.

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Aimee has worked in construction recruitment for around two and a half years, demonstrating excellent attention to detail whilst working. She prides herself on her determination and creativity when sourcing candidates.

With a background in the armed forces, time keeping and organisation are second nature to Aimee, which is reflected in the consistently high results that she delivers.

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From a background in sales and industrial recruitment, Cat describes herself as a natural ‘people person’ who enjoys getting to know people.

In the few months that Cat has been at Sphere, she has built extensive relationships with candidates across the construction industry.

 

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Leanne is based in our Plymouth Office and has 5 years’ experience in Support & Care providing recruitment services to charities, local authorities and housing associations. She also offers a unique, free temp-to-perm service to clients.

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Abbie started off in recruitment in March 2016 as an apprentice recruitment adviser and joined Sphere in March 2017. She aims to deliver an exceptional service to candidate’s and clients, understanding the importance of honesty and clear communication.

 

 

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Selin has over 18 years construction sector experience as a Sales Rep, Contracts Manager and Recruiter.

She began her construction recruitment career in 1998 as a Recruiter; running desks, managing teams and latterly Business Management.

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Charlie joined Sphere with over 18 months of construction recruitment experience and focuses on developing our trades & labour base in the Exeter/Somerset area.

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Our Swansea Team

Andrew Brewer

Principal Consultant - Freelance & Permanent White Collar
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Nick Gorvett

Recruitment Consultant - Trades & Labour
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Andrew oversees the development of Sphere’s offering in the Swansea area and recruits freelance, white collar staff in the construction industry.

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After a 7 year long career in education recruitment, Nick joined our trades and labour team in 2017 in order to apply his knowledge to his passion of construction.

He enjoys the fast pace of recruitment and prides himself on his excellent relationship building ability.

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Our Bristol Team

Simon Gardiner

Principal Consultant - Trades & Labour
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Jack Durrant

Principal Consultant - Technical
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Luke Prior

Recruiter - Trades & Labour
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Taylor Morgan

Business Support Administrator
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Simon has worked in the construction industry for 14 years, with 9 of that being in recruitment. This extensive experience within the industry has enabled him to create a strong database of reliable trades labour. Simon prides himself on his honesty and enjoys the fast-paced environment of freelance recruitment.

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Jack is an experienced consultant with 8 years’ experience recruiting for the construction industry. He has a professional working manner, as well as extensive industry experience, enabling him to deliver a quality service all-round.

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Luke joined Sphere in February 2017 as a recruitment resourcer for our trades and labour division. He enjoys relationship building with candidates from various different backgrounds and is very efficient in looking for suitable candidates. Luke’s operates with 100% honesty and aims to deliver an exceptional service to candidates and clients alike.

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Taylor has worked in our Bristol office since July 2017, with a background in health & safety and customer service. After working as a NEBOSH course co-ordinator, she has an in depth understanding of construction worker compliance.

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Southampton

Antony Whorton

Senior Recruitment Consultant - Technical
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Antony recently joined the team to open our Southampton office and build Sphere’s offering in the Hampshire area. He comes with several years of experience in the construction recruitment industry and has an excellent reputation among clients and candidates alike in the local area.

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Our Support Team

Vikki Harries

Operations Coordinator
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Leanne Rees

Receptionist / Administrator
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Previously worked within the building maintenance industry in various positions, experience of both domestic and commercial contracts. I understand the importance of following policies and procedures to achieve consistent results. Enthusiastic to assist the companies growth and building its reputation; and believes in supporting colleagues to provide high standards to both our clients and candidates.

Anna Aplin

Business Support Administrator
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Gemma Thomas

Business Support Administrator
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Jakir Hussain

Finance Assistant
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Sarah Webb

Credit Controller
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Sarah Arr

Credit Controller
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Linda Hopkins

Accounts Payable
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Taylor Walker

Marketing Coordinator
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Keith Jones

Payroll Officer
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Karen Smart

Payroll Officer
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Lauren Smart

Payroll
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With 10 years industry experience, Vikki currently manages the company business support team, as well as overseeing all Compliance-related matters.  Working closely with the Management team, she is also involved with creating and developing the systems, tools and information needed for the business to grow.

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With a background working as an Administrator / Receptionist working front of house for the Welsh Local Government Association, Leanne decided to take a 5 year career break to raise her son.  Leanne then joined Sphere in mid 2016 as the front of house for reception, formatting CV’s, dealing with daily compliance and working closely alongside the business support team.

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Anna has previously worked within the building maintenance industry in various roles, and has experience of both domestic and commercial contracts.  She says following policies and procedures is integral in achieving consistent results.  Enthusiastic to assist the company’s growth and building its reputation and believes in supporting colleagues to provide high standards for both clients and candidates.

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With a background in debt finance, Gemma joined Sphere in 2015 as part of our Business Support Team.  She is primarily responsible for monitoring worker compliance, as well as assisting with various business objectives and projects on a company-wide basis.

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Finance Assistant with a 1st Class Honours degree in Accounting and Finance.  Working in payroll and finance within the organisation, Jak is driven to achieve the goals he continuously sets himself, and is committed to delivering exceptional service and reporting information for analysis.

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Credit Control Clerk with over 15 years experience, with a background in Media and Drug & Alcohol Testing for Social Care.

Committed to ensuring cash collections are dealt with in a timely and efficient manner.  Sarah has experience of dealing with key accounts which are vital to the on-going success of the company, utilising strong communication skills to deal effectively within the organisation and external clients alike.

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Credit Control Clerk with more than 7 years’ experience in Credit Control with a background in the steel industry (CELSA). Sarah has previously worked in various roles within the financial sector including Travelex and Lloyds TSB.

Sarah joined the Sphere team in 2015 and has shown dedication to ensuring cash collections are dealt with in a timely and efficient manner. She utilises her extensive knowledge in the legalities involved in providing a credit facility and has a wealth of experience in dealing with a large volume of clients including blue chip companies.

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Linda works closely with the Finance Director to process all Accounts Payable, as well as providing executive support to the Directors of the company.

Having joined the company in 2006, she is a valued member of the team who has consistently demonstrated her loyalty and commitment to the business.

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Taylor joined the team in 2016 after moving from a blue-chip company. With over four years experience of marketing, and a background in event management, she is committed to communicating the values we hold here at Sphere.

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Payroll Controller with over 20 years experience of a range of different payroll processes and systems.

Keith has worked for a number of high profile companies such as the Welsh Development Agency, BBC Wales, Northgate Arinso.  His experience within this field has been instrumental in streamlining the payroll process to ensure optimum delivery of service.

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With over 25 years experience with the HMRC, Karen has an excellent understanding of how to operate legally and honestly. She joined us in 2016 and is already an integral part of the payroll team.

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Lauren joined Sphere in 2017 and has been working with our payroll team on a part time basis around her degree.

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