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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

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.

Mark Carr

Mark joined Futures in 2016 as our interim lead for senior and strategic assignments within Social Care.

Over the last few years, Mark has focused on supporting regeneration schemes within Local Authorities, placing Directors and Project/Programme managers across Urban Regeneration and Economic Development.

Mark has met and worked with a number of senior and strategic contacts in Local Government, building a strong brand nationally for delivering a professional and efficient service.

In his spare time Mark enjoys spending time with his two sons or going out on his motorbike and seeing new places.

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 that have lead, as well as supporting specific work streams within his core areas.

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

Ryan Miller

Ryan is an experienced Consultant specialising in Interim Management Recruitment for Local Government. His areas of focus are Commissioning, Transformation and Programme Management across Children’s Services and Adult Social Care. Ryan looks after the North of England, the Midlands and around half of the London Borough’s.

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.

Jonathan Kelsey

Jonny joined Futures as a Resourcer in 2017 covering public sector transformation within Local Government. He specialises in Social Care Systems, Digital Transformation & Information Governance.

Jonny spends his spare time DJ’ing, following Newcastle United and goalkeeping for the works 6-a-side football team.

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. Harriet supports senior and strategic roles for Local Authorities within Health and Social Care.

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

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.

Louise Simington

Louise has recruited into the public sector for over 15 years working with a range of large corporate organisations as well as specialist executive search firms. She joined Futures in 2020 as our Senior Consultant in Housing. Her career in recruitment stemmed from her love for travelling where she found her first role working for a recruitment business in Australia. She is a firm believer in building effective and successful relationships by providing a quality service and consultative approach, tailoring individual needs and requirements for both her clients and candidates.

Outside of the office Louise loves spending time with family and friends, socialising, eating out and live music.

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.

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.



Who we've helped

We are proud to have worked with over 100 local authorities across the UK to help them deliver public sector transformation.



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