Meet our Leaders

Trusted recruitment leaders with a clear vision 

Our senior leadership team are genuine experts with a wealth of recruitment outsourcing and managed service expertise, covering MSP and RPO design, planning and implementation.

Warm and welcoming, our entire leadership team have a true passion for sharing their expertise and supporting others in offering the market-leading recruitment outsourcing services our clients rely on.

Meet them here:

Simon Blockley

Simon Blockley

Managing Director

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As Managing Director, Simon's role is to implement Guidant’s three-year strategy (Lead, People, Grow) which has set a clear framework for the future direction of our business, while ensuring an exceptional standard of service for our clients, candidates, suppliers and our people. 

He has worked in the recruitment industry since the late 90s, having spent the vast majority of this time concentrating on setting the standard for recruitment process outsourcing.

The early part of Simon’s career focussed on client service leadership, where he was responsible for the delivery of outsourced recruitment services encompassing all categories of permanent and non-permanent resource. Building on his success in client services, Simon, a Prince2 Project Manager, successfully implemented several recruitment operating models across multiple industries and locations.

Simon has spent the latter part of his career advising organisations on their approach to talent acquisition and management. He joined Guidant Group in 2015 and has recently been included in SIA's (Staffing Industry Analysts) European Top 100, which lists the 100 most influential people in the European staffing market. 

"Simon is not only a very experienced and knowledgeable recruitment professional, but a true people-person, making it a real pleasure to work with him. He has a great ability to assess and understand clients’ needs and then match these with strategic solutions, always maintaining a sensible and realistic approach, without losing his warmth and personable touch.  A keen collaborator, Simon always strives for excellence and is someone you can certainly rely on."

Helga Venturini Townend, Director, International Compliance Experts

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Richard King

Finance Director

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Richard is our results-driven and people-oriented Finance Director with over 20 years' experience in the staffing and recruitment industry. His role is to ensure the commercial effectiveness of Guidant Group, while working in close partnership with our clients and on-site teams to drive efficiencies across all of our MSP and RPO programmes. Starting his career at Impellam over 17 years ago, Richard has since risen through the ranks to head up Guidant’s finance function.
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Karina Townley

Head of Operations

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Karina joined Guidant Group in 2005 and has been promoted an impressive seven times during her time with us. She is responsible for the operational delivery of some of our largest client accounts. As such, she is involved in strategic contract management across a varied client portfolio including professional services, banking, housing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, insurance and regulatory bodies. She is a highly experienced people manager and leads, motivates, and develops her team to achieve maximum results.

"I have worked with Karina over a number of years and it is always a pleasure. She is extremely responsive and works hard at providing excellent customer support at the senior level, whilst maintaining a very approachable and down to earth persona. This makes for a fantastic and more importantly - effective - working relationship where any challenges are very quickly resolved."

Category Manager, Guidant Group Client 

David Hollingworth

David Hollingworth

Head of Operations

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David has a wealth of recruitment experience and has worked with Impellam for the past 11 years. He joined Guidant Group in June 2016 from our sister company Blue Arrow where he was responsible for their Managed Services business. David now heads up our retail, logistics, manufacturing, engineering and construction division. 

"I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with David and his team in my capacity as Head of Fulfilment for Shop Direct for the past 2 years. Working collaboratively. we’ve increasingly called upon his expertise and authentic leadership to help us successfully find innovative ways to solve our recruitment challenges."

James Harper, Head of Fulfilment, Shop Direct

Jacqui Pearce

Jacqui Pearce

Head of Operations

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Jacqui has been with Guidant Group for almost 10 years and now oversees delivery for one third of our client portfolio. She is a highly experienced people manager and enjoys working with people to lead, motivate, develop and deliver exceptional results. Jacqui is a key driver of our internal Career Academy.

"I have worked with Jacqui for the past five years.  My organisation was a first generation client and she was the Operations Director for our account.

Jacqui has the natural ability to very quickly access the situation and through clear direction empowers her team to find ways of streamlining processes and creating efficiencies in the work place.  She has the perfect balance between bringing value add to her clients, whilst being able to ensure the overall strategy of the account is achieved.  

Jacqui has excellent people skills and has the ability to engage at all levels.  She very quickly made it her priority to understand what is important to our organisation as well as assessing the level of detail that I needed to be involved / included in.

Even when things go wrong, Jacqui is calm and structured and works well with her teams to offer not only quick solutions but uses the lessons learnt to build a better understanding of the company which ensures the high level of service and client satisfaction is consistently achieved.

I see Jacqui as an extension of our leadership team, who is a trusted partner who I rely on for sounding ideas, concepts and challenges, as her commercial view on the market is sound, and I definitely count on her guidance in terms of my own personal developement.  

Jacqui is a trusted partner who I have thoroughly enjoyed working with and would strongly recommend her to any prospective client."

Head of Resourcing, Guidant Group client
Charlotte Woodward

Charlotte Woodward

People Services Director

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Charlotte has been with the Impellam family for over 20 years.  Her role as People Service Director is to drive and deliver the happiness and wellbeing of Guidant people - leading our Talent Engagement Team her influence extends to our candidate community and she provides valuable insight on the candidate marketplace directly to our clients.

"Charlotte is one of the Recruitment industry's hidden stars. She understands clients and candidates wants and needs. She does this by actively listening and analysis. She then develops imaginative and creative recruitment plans which differentiate the business she is working in from the competition. In a world where recruitment is often perceived as transactional cost Charlotte is one of a few people who can articulate client value and help her consultants get candidates their dream job. She is a huge asset to Impellam as she makes a difference every day."

Kevin Green, Chief Executive, REC

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Alexa Bradbury

Head of Marketing

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Alexa joined Guidant Group in 2015 as our Head of Marketing with over 15 years of recruitment marketing expertise behind her. Her team uses the latest digital and recruitment marketing techniques to successfully project Guidant Group to the market. She also directly supports our clients' complex talent acquisition and retention requirements and delivers innovative candidate attraction and recruitment marketing campaigns to help them reach the talent they need. 

"I have had the pleasure of working with Alexa in my capacity as Chair of the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative Executive Board for three years. We have come to rely heavily on her marketing expertise, insight into the recruitment and diversity sector and in particular her ability to make things happen to plan and to exacting quality standards."

Kate Headley
Director of Consulting, The Clear Company and RIDI Chair