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The Futures Family

The Futures family began trading over 25 years ago and we’ve grown to a thriving team of 45. We’re proud of our family culture built on respect, team work and shared goals.

Our diverse team has a wealth of knowledge and expertise. We’re real, trustworthy, hard-working and dedicated to achieving the best results for you.



Meet the Team

Mark Johnson

As Divisional Manager for the Food and Drink team, Mark’s positive attitude and leadership style not only rubs off on his team but also clients and candidates on a daily basis. A part of Futures since 2013, he leads a team of 4 specialist Consultants and Resourcers with a sole focus on the Food and Drink industry and clients ranging from massive billion-pound turnover brand names through to niche SMEs.

Outside of work we’re confident you will not find a bigger Cas Tigers Rugby League fan.

Ferdie Habing

Ferdie is our Drinks Industry Specialist and has been with Futures for 2 years. His recruitment and consulting is focused around mid to senior level positions which include Directors, Senior Management, Sales, Engineering, Manufacturing, Technical NPD and HR. Ferdie’s knowledge and experience stem from a background in Hospitality and Sales allowing him to thoroughly understand the needs of his clients and candidates. Ferdie’s passion for the drinks industry is what drives him to deliver a first class service.

Evenings and weekends tend to be for friends and family. And on the occasional Monday morning Ferdie will treat the office with his keen baking skills.

Jonathan Bell

A part of the Futures family for 4 years now, Jonathan has been successful recruiting exclusively in the food industry, building strong relationships with some of the UK’s leading food manufacturers. Offering a comprehensive and consultative approach for both client and candidates, he recruits for mid to senior level roles for his client base of blue chips through to SMEs.

In his spare time Jonny is extremely sporty, filling the majority of his spare time out on either the cricket field or the golf course.

Jack Hyde

Starting his journey at Futures two years ago as an apprentice, Jack is now exclusively recruiting within the Food Manufacturing industry. Jack prides himself on his consistency, quick turnaround and dedication building both client and candidate loyalty.

Outside of the office Jack is a season ticket holder at Leeds United and enjoys playing football himself when he’s not out supporting.

Tom Ryan

Graduated with 2:1 in Business in 2003, Tom has 15 years’ experience in providing recruitment and resourcing solutions to the public sector. Tom specialises in social care systems and transformation programmes across adults and children’s services, and currently leads Futures public sector team comprising of 16 Consultants and Resourcers across social care transformation, education leadership and digital transformation. Following rapid success Tom moved from consultant to Director level and has been with Futures 15 years, 12 of which as a Director.

Tom Liptrot

A highly skilled strategist, business leader and expert in his field, Tom took his previous venture, Esprit People, from a two million pound turnover business to seventeen million in just 13 years. At its height Esprit People had fourteen offices across the UK each run by expert recruiters. Following major success of his work at Esprit People, in 2003 Tom moved on to set up Permanent Futures, a specialist recruitment agency with four niche areas of expertise. Tom is responsible for overall strategy, operations and project/contract management and a strong team of 47 highly skilled staff.

Penny Grattan

Educated to degree level in Events & Marketing with 7 years of experience project managing events and working across marketing campaigns. Penny is highly skilled in events management, content writing, campaign planning and social media and has worked on high profile campaigns for major multinational organisations and SMEs across a range of industries. In her spare time you’ll find Penny training, competing at Crossfit, spending time with her friends or eating Nandos.

Karen Waite-Pullan

A part of the Futures team since the start of 2019, Karen brings with her many years of office management and accounts experience. We’re not sure what we’d do without her day-to-day help running the office and assisting with payroll. Karen spends time outside of the office walking her dogs, socialising with friends and (proudly) watching her son play rugby.

Ryan Falcon

Joining the Futures team in 2017 after completing his A Levels, Ryan is a valuable part of our Accounts team. Payroll, purchase ledgers, contractor queries and setting up new starters are just some of his day to day duties. Ryan is well on his way to completing his Level 4 AAT Accounting qualification. Outside of Futures, Ryan is a Leeds United fan who can be found out socialising with his friends and visiting new places.

David House

As our Financial Director, David has been working at Futures for 17 years.

Heading up the Accounts team, David is responsible for overseeing payroll, ledgers, ensuring all of our suppliers and contractors are paid on time, financial analysis and lots more.

On a weekend you’ll find David spending time with family or walking in the Dales.

Join the Futures Family

Futures is a friendly, forward-thinking and growing recruitment company that’s been around for 25 years. We recognise that it’s our people that make us successful. We’ve created a working environment which celebrates different individual personalities, rewards success, and allows you to make a real difference.



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