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Meet Our Team of Experts

The Futures family began trading over 25 years ago and we’ve grown to a thriving team of 47. 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. You can find out more about the family here:

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, in 2002 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.

David House

As our Financial Director, David has been working at Futures for 20 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.

Tom Ryan

Graduated with 2:1 in Business in 2003, Tom has 17 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 17 years, 14 of which as a Director.

James Cottam

James joined Futures in June 2018 with over 2 years of experience in the industry. He supports both Local Government and UK Police Forces with a focus on providing Senior Interim resources and enabling transformation within Digital, IT, Corporate, Customer and Business Change. James has deployed full teams and individuals who have lead highly successful multimillion pound projects.

With a passion for sport and travel, you'll find James planning his next adventure in his spare time.

Ryan Miller

Ryan is our Head of Public Sector, leading a team who’s focus is to place Interims and Consultants into Local Government Social Care, Regeneration & Economic Development and Housing. Alongside this, Ryan also continues to work with Adult Social Care and Children’s Services nationally to place Interim Commissioners, Programme Managers, Service Re-Design and Transformation specialists, as well as mid-to-senior level Operational / BAU positions.

Outside of the office, Ryan juggles his time between his three daughters, early morning gym sessions and attending various Rugby League grounds around the north.

Harriet Parker

Harriet joined the Futures team in 2019 as a Resourcer. Educated to degree level in Sociology, she is passionate about the Social Care industry and previously supported senior and strategic roles for Local Authorities. In 2021, she moved roles into our central team as our Business Operations Assistant.

In her free time, Harriet enjoys climbing and exploring new places.

James Brennan

Joining Futures in 2017, James specialises in Social Care Systems and Performance Management. He liaises directly with Local Authorities to maximise their investment in Social Care Systems and reporting on children’s and adult social care data. His expertise has allowed him to deliver numerous timely, efficient and successful Local Government projects.

Craig Farnsworth

Joining Futures back in 2013, Craig is Head of Education South. He offers specialist Consultancy Services for School Improvement & Inclusion Recruitment. An ex secondary teacher, he is also an experienced consultant who has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Education Sector. Craig currently looks after the South East, East Midlands and East Anglia, and prides himself on offering quality candidates and a service that exceeds expectations.

In his spare time, Craig enjoys most sports but in particular Football and Tennis, the gym and reading.

David Robinson

A part of the Futures team since the start of 2017, David is a Leadership, School Improvement and SEN senior consultant who has worked in education recruitment since graduating from his Masters degree in 2015. He focuses on roles within Local Authorities to appoint the highest quality candidates for a broad range of management and consultancy assignments. David prides himself on efficiency without compromising customer service.

Outside of work, David composes music for video games, plays badminton, and spends time with his cat, Jigsaw.

Siân Womersley

Siân joined Education Futures in 2012 and brought a wealth of experience in delivering recruitment solutions that go beyond expectations. Siân works across the North West and West Midlands area working with clients on a long-term basis to establish a bespoke solution to senior and specialist needs that come up. As the Head of Education North, Siân is always keen to look at new approaches to attracting talent and is also very focused on ensuring the best possible service to both clients and candidates so that the team is chosen for all future requirements.

When she’s not at work, Siân enjoys spending time with her family, taking her daughters dancing and swimming, and seeing live music.

Laura Rollison

Laura joined Futures in 2021 with a background in events sales. As a resourcer for our Education team, she is focused on finding the best education leaders, school improvement specialists and SEN professionals for our clients.

Outside of work Laura enjoys spending time with her young family in the great outdoors and all things food.

Tamika Hitchman

Tamika joined Futures in January 2019 with a sales background as a lettings negotiator. As the Compliance Officer for the Education team, Tamika makes sure all of our Contractors are fully complaint and ready to be out working.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the gym and teaching dance lessons.

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!

David Christie

Well networked, with relationships going back over forty years, 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 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 dedicated Consultant working across the entire manufacturing industry, you’ll find him building his strong manufacturing network to match the perfect candidate with the position at hand.

In his spare time, Alex plays a lot of sports including cricket, football, and golf. When he’s not playing cricket he can be found cheering on Leeds United.

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 Resourcing Consultant 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.

Mark Johnson

As Divisional Manager for the FMCG 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 5 specialist Consultants and Resourcers with a sole focus on the FMCG 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.

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 four years ago as an apprentice, Jack is now recruiting within the Education industry. Jack prides himself on his consistency, efficiency 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.

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 currently completing his Level 4 AAT Accounting qualification whilst working at Futures. Outside of Futures, Ryan is a Leeds United fan who can be found out socialising with his friends and visiting new places.

Beth Cato

Beth is our HR & Talent 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.

Sarah Calder

Sarah joined Futures in early 2021 as a consultant in the FMCG Industry with over 4 years’ recruitment experience across commercial and operational hires. She’s a natural at building and maintaining fantastic client relationships.

Outside of work she’s a keen gym goer, marathon runner and loves spending time with her close knit family.

Kerry Little

Kerry joined Futures mid 2021 as a resourcer in our Education team. Prior to Futures, Kerry worked in employee support role in a financial services company, bringing with her a wealth of skills.

in her spare time Kerry enjoys spending time with her cat, Dali, attending gigs and festivals, painting, and making things from concrete!

Dylan Newton

After 2 years completing a software development course at college, Dylan has joined our Manufacturing team as a resourcer; helping to support the team as they continue to grow. Dylan will be focussing on design engineering within manufacturing, such as embedded system engineers and control system engineers.

Outside of work Dylan spends a lot of time with family and friends and has a keen interest in programming and developing games.

Max Ryan

Max joined Futures as an Associate Consultant in mid-2021 after graduating from university. Max is part of our Public Sector regeneration team and is responsible for finding and engaging with experts across the local government regeneration spectrum.

Outside of work Max enjoys music, football and spending time with friends.

Adrian Neamtu

Adrian joined Futures in 2021 as a consultant across our personal care, public sector team. For the past 4 years Adrian's worked in temporary and permanent recruitment, focusing on private residential and nursing care.

Adrian will be supporting with Interim Management Recruitment for Local Government, focusing on Commissioning, Transformation and Programme Management across Children’s Services and Adult Social Care.

Outside of the office, he's an ultra marathon runner and squash player. Photography and videography are two of his other hobbies.

Sam Jarvis

Sam joined Futures in September 2021 as a consultant across our public sector team. Sam joins from an executive search firm, having worked there for the last 2 years.

Sam will be supporting Tom on Interim Digital and Data projects for Local Government.

Outside of the office, Sam's big on sports, playing & watching golf & football, and also enjoys going out for food and drinks with friends

Adam Lachowski

Adam joined Futures in September 2021 as an Associate Consultant with our FMCG sector. He specialises in recruiting engineers for the FMCG industry.

He brings over five years of experience working in the FMCG recruitment sector. His previous role was as an Onsite Coordinator for Gap Personnel.

Outside of work, Adam is very family oriented, enjoying most of his time with his little baby boy and his partner. He is extremely interested in sports, he plays football and badminton and enjoys watching other spots including football, boxing, MMA and other combat sports. He also enjoys gaming (when he has time!).

Dan Wilson

Dan joined Futures 2021 as a Marketing Manager. He has over six years of experience in recruitment marketing, previously working at Logical Resources FMCG.

Outside of the office, Dan is a season ticket holder for Leeds United, loves music and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Kate Smith

Kate joined Futures in October 2021 as a Marketing Executive. She previously worked in PR, Social Media Management and Copywriting.

In her spare time, she enjoys creative writing and has a diploma in dog grooming.

Abbie Burgoyne

Abbie is an Associate Consultant with our Public Sector team. She will be specializing in Digital Policing, recruiting contractors into vital roles within the police force.

She has over 10 years experience in the recruitment industry. After leaving her previous company, she went on as self-employed for three years and then gave birth to a healthy baby girl.

Abbie decided to join Futures in November 2021. In her spare time, Abbie enjoys spending time with her family, her young toddler taking up most of her time!

Jason Berry

Jason joined Futures in January 2022 as an Associate Consultant with our FMCG sector.

He brings over 10 years of experience within the FMCG industry and held roles such as a Territory Sales Executive with Reach UK and Regional Account Manager at Zoggs International.

Out of the office, he is a talented magician who loves providing magical entertainment at children's birthday parties and in his downtime he enjoys relaxing with his family.

Zain Khan

Zain joined Futures in February 2022 after working with Gi Group and in the telecommunications industry for five years. He has a passion for communication and building relationships.

He is joining Futures Manufacturing as an Associate Consultant, with a focus on the supply chain sector.

Out of the office, Zain enjoys travelling with friends and family, staying on top of his fitness and helping out local charities to fundraise and collect donations.

Edward Tambo

Edward joined Futures in February 2022 as an Associate Consultant with our Manufacturing team. He is straight out of university with an integrated masters degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Leeds. His focus within our team is finding talented Design Engineers.

In his free time, Edward enjoys cooking, cycling and going to the gym.

Jimmy Cape

Jimmy had joined Futures as an Associate Consultant with our Public Sector Team, specialising in Digital Transformation.

Before joining us, Jimmy was supporting the delivery and management of the Covid-19 mobile testing within the Leeds area. He graduated with a Business Economics degrees in 2020.

In his spare time, he enjoys karate, going to the gym and trying different cuisines when he can!

Catherine Ellison

Catherine joined Futures in May 2022 as a Recruitment Resourcer with our Education Team.

Before joining us, she worked as a Business Studies Teacher with over 10 years’ experience teaching Business, specialising in Employment Law and Recruitment, to a diverse range of students in a high school and FE college setting.

In her spare time, Catherine enjoys mindful activities such as gardening, yoga and walking alongside being an avid skier!

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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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