Challenging Perceptions, Transforming Organisations

Your partner in recruiting and retaining exceptional technical talent to drive successful organisations, projects and programmes.

Whoever you meet at Fuel, we are all part of one team – intent on providing a professional and progressive service at every stage of the recruitment process.

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Managing Director

Mark Esom

Mark founded Fuel Recruitment in 2003 and has worked in the technical recruitment industry since 1994, initially supplying contractors to the telecommunications industry and later working within IT and Broadcast for contract and permanent placements as well as delivering large Managed Service solutions. He has vast experience managing and growing teams of recruitment consultants and sizable budgets.

Mark drives a values based culture and promotes high quality customer service, which is fundamental to Fuel Recruitment’s method of working. He has overseen the Company as it has grown to become the market leader in its sectors, winning a host of industry awards most notably Fuel has been on The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track and more recently named as one of the “1000 Companies to Inspire Britain” by LSEG, celebrating the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK and Europe.

Head of Sales / Public Sector Lead

Murray West

Murray is one of the founder members of Fuel Recruitment. He currently heads up our Public Sector team but is also responsible for all Sales and Business development activity across all divisions of Fuel. Murray has over 20 years’ experience in recruitment and is widely regarded as an expert in IT and Telecoms with experience in recruiting for an enormously wide range of specialist roles.

He works closely with Public Sector leaders and their departments to resource against innovative projects across the United Kingdom. Typical projects include digital strategy, transformation, content design, agile development and delivery, project and programme delivery, testing, security, service design and in-life support. Murray provides mid to senior level resources and has a successful track record in helping private & public sector organisations including Home Office, FCO, Cabinet Office, DBS, MMO, DEFRA, HMRC, CQC and VOA.

Head of Operations

Steve Willmore

Steve began his recruitment career with Allegis Group as a Resourcer, before joining Fuel Recruitment as one of the founding members. He is responsible for developing and managing Fuel’s long-term operations strategy in order to ensure that we have robust processes in place to support our overall business objectives. He is also responsible for the delivery of effective recruitment services to our clients.

With a track record of over 20 years’ experience within the recruitment industry, Steve passionately strives to ensure that the standards of excellence set by Fuel are met and that we continue to deliver a quality, legal and compliant service that is of the highest standard and professionalism, treating our candidates and clients with the same care and respect that we would hope to be treated with ourselves.

Head of IT

Chris McCarthy

Chris McCarthy has over 20 years’ experience in recruitment across both Commerce and Public Services. He began his career with Alexander Mann Solutions, where he worked closely with stakeholders to develop and implement new attraction planning methods and strategies for a range of clients including HSBC, KPMG Consulting and Cello. Chris’s passion for sourcing talented individuals means that he has always personally delivered both Interim and Permanent campaigns across a range of specific skill sets including Finance, IT, HR and Sales.

Chris’s track record of personal appointments across both Central Government and Commerce include; Director of IT at Motorola, UK Finance Controller for Clearscore, SC & DV cleared IT Contractors for Central Government clients such as the Cabinet Office. Chris has also recruited the NED role for Inclusion at the MOD and he personally recruited the Cabinet Office Diversity Advisor.

Chris has a strong personal interest in supporting organisations in developing an inclusive recruitment solution fit for the 21st Century, but ultimately giving access to greater talent. Chris is a graduate in Biochemistry from Leeds University and spent his early career developing Quality standards and implementing ISO accreditation. He firmly believes the customer comes first.

Head of Telecoms

Jason Bradshaw

Jason started with Fuel Recruitment in 2012 as a Trainee Consultant and has since progressed to Head Of Telecoms. He has played an influential part in the development of Fuel Recruitment’s Telecoms Division. During his time at Fuel, Jason opened and managed our Manchester Office for 2 years before returning to Leamington Spa to assist with the growth of the Telecoms Division.

Delivering excellent customer service is always central to Jason’s approach with his clients and candidates. Ensuring that his team deliver for his clients has enhanced Jason’s reputation within his industry. Jason has built complete Field Engineering Teams for clients and has placed Heads of Departments in to some of the UK’s biggest Telecoms firms.

Consultant - Telecoms

Anya Brown

Anya joined Fuel Recruitment as a Trainee Consultant after completing her degree in Biomedical Science. Once Anya completed her initial 6-month contract, she travelled South East Asia for 5 months and has since returned to Fuel as a Senior Consultant in the Telecoms Division.

She has experience in placing Fibre Delivery Managers, Project Managers, Product Managers, Design Managers and Test Engineers. Anya also recruits both Commercial and Creative roles within Telecoms Companies, having previously placed Senior Sales Managers, Marketing Managers, Buyers and Marketing Executives. Notable placements include; Head of Marketing in a fast-growing Software Company; City Manager and Senior Quantity Surveyors in a leading Fibre Infrastructure Company.

Consultant - Engineering

Becky Smallwood

Becky joined Fuel Recruitment in 2018 and is responsible for managing Logistics and Automotive recruitment within our Engineering division. She has worked with various industry-leading Logistics, Distribution and Supply Chain businesses as well as OEM’s and their suppliers.

Becky has had success in placing both permanent and contingent staffing in roles ranging from Transport Planners, Operations Managers, Account Managers, Coordinators and Heads of Transport/Logistics. As well Logistics, she has been involved with recruitment within the Automotive Engineering sector, with roles such as Data Architects, Design/Controls Engineers and CAD Technicians.

From her background within hospitality, Becky has excellent communication and customer skills and therefore prides herself in on building and maintaining strong relationships with both clients and candidates.

Consultant - IT

Ben Roper

Having begun his working career in hospitality & catering, Ben is used to working under pressure whilst giving the best possible service to his customers. Ben joined Fuel in 2019 and is focused on both Contract and Permanent recruitment in the IT sector, specialising in SC/DV cleared Engineers at all levels, working with Central Government and Defence clients throughout the UK.

Consultant - Telecoms

Jacob Dennis

Jacob is a Consultant in our Telecoms Division and has joined the team with a strong background in Customer Service. Prior to joining Fuel, Jacob gained experience as a specialist Consultant within the Plant and Tool Hire industry.

Jacob prides himself on his customer service and has an infectious personality that allow him to build strong and long-lasting relationships with candidates and clients alike.

Jacob focuses on the Mobile Telecoms sector placing Electricians, I&C Engineers, Riggers, Build Managers and Quantity Surveyors. Jacob also places Project Coordinators & Field Staff to work across 3G, 4G and 5G Projects.

DDI:01926 698324


Consultant - Public Sector

Joe Murray

Joe began his career working in a fast-paced customer service environment and is using that experience to jump start his career as a recruiter. He joined Fuel in late 2019 and is focused on both Contract and Permanent recruitment in the Public sector, specialising in SC/DV cleared IT professionals at all levels, working with Central Government and Defence clients working through frameworks such as Non-Medical Non-clinical (RM6160 – NCS), ESPO, G-Cloud, PSR and DOS.

Consultant - Public Sector

Joe Valle

Joe is a specialist recruiter within our Public Sector division and has a detailed understanding of Public Sector organisations and their processes for recruitment. Having joined Fuel after working in hospitality for 17 years, Joe knows how to provide the very best customer service and has built long-lasting relationships with his candidates as a result.

Joe provides recruitment expertise within IT and his track record of success includes placing Project, Programme and Portfolio Managers, Business Change & Digital Transformation Consultants, Infrastructure, Cloud & DevOps Consultants and Technical Architects.

Business Development Manager - Public Sector

Kat Patchett

Kat is a Business Development Manager who works within our Public Sector division. The Fuel Group are proud to be a part all major frameworks including Non-Medical Non-clinical (RM6160 – NCS), ESPO, G-Cloud, PSR and DOS. Kat’s particular focus is on Healthcare clients working with leaders and their departments to resource against innovative projects. She resources contingent individuals and teams delivering Statement of Works for Digital and Transformation projects.

Kat provides mid to senior level resources and has a successful track record in helping organisations throughout the UK. Prior to joining Fuel, Kat worked in recruitment as a Senior Consultant in the Education sector where she spent 4 years focusing on running a desk. Kat supports a number of Healthcare clients such as NHS and CQC, with technical and non-technical resources supplying both contract and permanent IT skillsets.

Talent Acquisition Manager

Katie Tyler

Katie started her career in HR and then made the move into Internal Recruitment and Talent Acquisition, where she has worked across a variety of industries including Banking, Automotive and Recruitment.

She has supported the creation and implementation of recruitment processes and driven hiring strategies across a range of skill sets. Katie manages the end to end recruitment process for all internal hires, including the on-boarding and training of staff.

She helps to develop and deliver our bespoke “Fuel Academy of Training” programme to our Recruitment Consultants aiding the growth of Fuel Recruitment.

Consultant - IT

Rich Giles

Richard specialises in IT. Having previous experience as a Retail Manager in the telecoms sector, he has in depth industry knowledge of the changing world of technology. His role as a Consultant involves working on both contract and permanent IT assignments across the UK, with specific expertise in Cybersecurity and secure environments. Richard prides himself on creating long-lasting relationships with clients and candidates alike.

Business Development Manager - IT

Sam Liggins

Sam is a Senior Consultant within our IT division, focusing on key areas that include Core Infrastructure and Data Science. Working closely with key clients across the country on both Permanent and Contract opportunities, Sam has developed a strong understanding of his target markets.

Providing an exceptional service to both candidates and clients, Sam successfully sources Analysts, Developers, Engineers and Project Management teams.

Consultant - Telecoms

Sam Price

Sam joined Fuel in 2019 as a Trainee Consultant having originally begun his career in IT before moving into the Sport Retail industry. He strives to provide the very best customer service to every candidate and client alike. His position as a Consultant at Fuel involves sourcing the best candidates for roles across the wider Telecommunications sector.

Sam places candidates in various areas of Telecommunications including Network Design, Radio Frequency, IT and Fibre. Sam is focused on building strong relationships with his candidates and works across a range of skill sets from Engineers to Senior Management.

Business Development Manager - Telecoms

Tom Bradshaw

Tom Joined Fuel Recruitment as a Consultant after spending a number of years recruiting in both the Finance and Hospitality Sectors. He currently works as a Business Development Manager within Fuel’s Telecoms Division. Tom specialises in Fibre within the Telecommunications industry and has experience working with Data Centres recruiting a variety of skillsets within this area.

He has an excellent network of Acquisition Surveyors, Quantity Surveyors, Project Managers, Field Engineers, GIS Technicians and Fibre Planners as well as Installation & Commissioning Engineers.

Tom’s most notable placement is the Operations Director of a Rural Broadband start-up.


Lorraine Esom

Head of Finance & Administration

Elaine Adams

Manager – Contractor Payroll

Richard Dunn

Contracts & Office Coordinator

Jackie Udell

Join our team

Are you passionate about performing to the best of your ability?  Are you a self-starter and happy to work as part of a team?  Are you IT literate, a good listener and open, honest and enthusiastic? If yes, then you might just be our next hire.  

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Call us on 03333 207 333 or email us your question and we will make sure you get to speak with the right member of the team to deal with your enquiry.

Case Studies

Just a few examples of how our team of experts have helped public and private sector organisations deliver successful projects on time and budget with exceptional technical talent.

Mono Consultants

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Cabinet Office

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Panoptics – M&A IT migration

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GEFCO – key recruitment partner

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