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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

Chris Griffin

Chris is the Divisional Manager for the Manufacturing team. He heads up a team of 10
Consultants and Resourcers specialising in their own niche areas of the manufacturing industry. Outside of that he has a keen interest in all things electronics and still retains billing relationships with electronics related clients.

Hobbies include things that, believe it or not, are even more stereotypical than family, friends, music, football and socialising!

Dan Trifunovic

Joining the team back in 2017, Dan is an Engineering Consultant on the Manufacturing team. Futures is Dan’s first taste of recruitment and he has managed to fit in brilliantly. From starting out sourcing good candidates for others, Dan has now built a portfolio of distinguished clients within the world of manufacturing and is quickly becoming the ‘go to’ guy for engineers across Yorkshire.

Outside of work Dan holds several international DJ residencies including Outlook (Croatia) and Boomtown, as well as having several albums released (Spotify: Danny T & Tradesman. If you like reggae, you’ll like Dan!).

David Christie

Well networked, with relationships going back over forty years since going to university in the 60s, David has worked in manufacturing as HR Manager, MD and for the last thirty years, in recruitment. David still remembers computer-less recruitment when it was all about having a great memory.

David works three days a week and when he’s not here at Futures, you can find him out on the golf course or relaxing in some Spanish sunshine.

Mike Grossbard

Mike’s our ‘go to guy’ for information on manufacturing, an Engineer by trade with over 30 years’ in Recruitment, working with both Blue chips and SMEs, there isn’t much he doesn’t know about manufacturing or the type of people in it. His specialist areas include, High level Technical staff, Sales Managers in Valves, Pumps and Sealing and High volume Manufacturing. Mike has strong market knowledge and an even stronger network of contacts.

Outside of work you'll find him dressing up to attend 40's weekends or chilling to an eclectic mix of tunes from Swing to Heavy Metal. He also likes to dance too only these days the slower the better!

Alex Myers

Alex joined Futures in 2018 after graduating from University with a 2:1 in Business Management. As a Resourcer, predominantly within the electronics industry, you’ll find him networking with a wide range of candidates throughout Yorkshire in order to match the perfect candidate with the position in hand.

In his spare time Alex plays a lot of sport including cricket, football and golf. When he’s not playing cricket he can be found following Leeds United through their ups and downs.

Brian Haigh

Brian joined the Recruitment industry in 2005, working for a global electrical manufacturer responsible for all aspects of recruitment. Prior to this he spent 16 years working in the Engineering sector and served 3 years in the RAF.

Joining Futures in early 2020 as a Resourcer on the Manufacturing team, Brian enjoys speaking to candidates daily, building relationships and helping to place them in their ideal role.

Walking, DIY and spending time with the family (especially his first grandson) are just some of the ways Brian likes to spend his time outside of the office.

Tom Ainsley

Tom joined the Futures team in 2020 as a consultant on our Manufacturing team. With 7 years’ experience in the fitness industry, Tom made a career change to recruitment in 2018 and has never looked back.

Outside of the office Tom enjoys Crossfit and spending time with his friends and family.

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.

Jessica Thompson

Jess is our Marketing Executive here at Futures. She enjoys content writing, working across the board on marketing campaigns and looking after social media.

Starting out at Futures in 2017 as a Resourcer, Jess has progressed through the role and was ready for a new challenge moving into the marketing department.

Outside of the office Jess enjoys a spa break or weekend away to relax with family and friends.

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.

Beth Cato

Beth is our Talent & Diversity Manager here at Futures. With a strong background in internal recruitment Beth has over 20 years’ experience in Talent Acquisition & Diversity for both Lloyds Banking Group and HSBC.

When she’s not here at Futures Beth is busy completing a Counselling and Psychotherapy degree at Leeds Beckett and spending time with her husband, son and Labrador pup Bella.

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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