The Marketing Team

Rachel O'Sullivan

Rachel O'Sullivan

Board Director

I have built an exceptional reputation internally and externally since joining the Group in 2010. Now a Board Director, my expertise spans retail, e-com, hospitality and leisure sectors and I have a first class network throughout marketing and digital functions in particular. My clients range from major high street retailers to emerging scale-ups and disruptors and I've helped many individuals transition between the twoI'm not afraid to challenge traditional thinking and try to bring a fresh perspective to my client’s search criteria and I have a strong track record in helping women to secure leadership positions. I would like to think I have an incredible work ethic and a honest approach and this has proved a very successful combination throughout my career, and for that reason, I'm often the chosen recruitment partner for many businesses and candidates alike.

Alex Hamilton

Alex Hamilton

Director

​Why did you join Better Placed? :I joined Better Placed after returning to the UK following 2 years of travelling. I spent a year living in the French Alpes working for a ski company / perfecting my skiing technique and the following year travelling around South East Asia. Better Placed appealed to me due to their reputation in the market, after exploring a number of different marketing recruitment businesses it was clear Better Placed had existing relationships with a vast number of exciting FMCG / Consumer brands across the country!Why send me your CV :I have relationships with a whole variety of companies from large blue chip Food organisations to exciting entrepreneurial start ups! All of which I am happy to discuss. I also offer a more tailored approach to many other recruiters where I will work proactively on your behalf to provide a spectrum of interesting opportunities which may not have been otherwise available.The one thing you don’t know about me?I have ridden an ostrich!

Beccie Perring

Beccie Perring

Office Manager

I am an experienced Office Manager and Executive Assistant with a passion for efficiency, organisation, and seamless operations. My role is not just about managing tasks; it's about orchestrating the smooth running of our office environment while providing the best support to our leadership team.  As Office Manager, my responsibilities include a breadth of crucial tasks aimed at enhancing the functionality of our workplace. From overseeing administrative processes to managing office supplies and facilities, my role is key to keeping our business running smoothly. Whether it's coordinating logistics for company-wide events, maintaining an organised office environment, or liaising with vendors and suppliers, I ensure that every aspect of our office runs like a well-oiled machine. Working in a successful recruitment business means challenges are inevitable, but I thrive in finding solutions.  As Executive Assistant, I support our Leadership team, providing comprehensive support that enables them to focus on strategic initiatives and key decision-making. From managing complex calendars and scheduling appointments to preparing meticulous reports and presentations, I handle every task with precision and care. Our consultant’s time is valuable, and I make it my mission to optimise it efficiently. This element of my role extends beyond administrative support; I am a strategic partner, adept at anticipating needs, solving problems, and facilitating seamless communication between executives and stakeholders. 

Louisa Harrison

Louisa Harrison

Managing Consultant - Services

Specialist Area :I specialise in the recruitment of marketing professionals within the B2B sectors, with key areas including manufacturing, construction, chemical and automotive. Working with leading marketing, digital and creative clients and candidates across the Yorkshire and Midlands, I recruit a broad section of marketing jobs from Executive to Manager and Director. My focus on recruiting roles including but not limited to:Marketing ExecMarketing Analyst Product Marketing ManagerHead of ProductCategory ManagerDigital Marketing ManagerHead of MarketingWhy I joined Better Placed: When making the decision on the next step in my career, I wanted to work for a company which gave me the best opportunities and who also had a great reputation within the market. My gut instinct throughout the entire interview process was that the company stood out as a fantastic place to work, with a great culture and welcoming group of people who reaffirmed that Better Placed is the right place for me! And 3 years later plus a promotion, it’s safe to say Better Placed is still the perfect company for me and I absolutely love the people I work with. Why send us/me your CV: Better Placed, in my opinion, is one of the most connected and enterprising recruitment teams in the local region and we pride ourselves on market knowledge as well as having a personable & passionate approach when working with both candidates and clients.I have recruited Marcomms, PR, Product and Digital roles within many B2B businesses both big and small over the past 5 years and over time, have built a strong network. Recruitment is all about finding the right role for the right person by understanding each individual needs and wants. With my knowledge of the market and my interest in understanding each individuals requirements, I’m here to help every step of the way. Please get in touch and send me your CV! One interesting fact about me: I’m a terrible cook, but I’m partial to the odd bit of baking on a Sunday afternoon. Banana & chocolate chip muffins are my go too.

Sophie Brocklebank-Fowler

Sophie Brocklebank-Fowler

Business Manager

SpecialismMarketing - Brand Management, Innovation, Insights, Analytics & Digital Commercial - Category Management, Shopper Marketing, Trade Marketing & Revenue Growth ManagementWhy I joined BPRBetter Placed was immediately appealing to me because of the honest and friendly approach demonstrated from my first interview. I think their values and emphasis on meeting face-to-face really makes BPR stand out in the recruitment field and therefore accepting a position here was a no-brainer!Why you should send me your CVI understand that a job move is a big life decision, this means I will make the effort to get to know you and ensure every role I suggest to you is a role I believe will suit you. I am a great listener and eager to help you achieve your ambitions!The one thing you don’t know about meWhen I was four I crashed a tractor into a tree – the tree was fine, the tractor was not!

Andrew Gibson

Andrew Gibson

Joint Managing Director

​Specialist Areas – FMCG, Retail, Consumer DurablesI was one of the three founding members of Better Placed in 2001 and I've since been integral in building the business. My particular network has grown into many different areas over the last 19 years in recruitment, but always with a particular bias towards sales and marketing professionals into consumer markets.I now recruit senior executive and board level roles into both blue chip branded businesses as well as smaller, owner managed and private equity backed businesses. When I'm not recruiting for my clients, I am always looking for talent for Better Placed and making sure the business continues to attract people who care about the work we do and are constantly improving the way we do business.Outside of work I invest time and money in developing our house (which we started when the recession hit us back in 2008!), coaching and watching my kids play hockey and rugby and playing hockey and golf myself to keep (relatively) fit.

Alison Livesey

Alison Livesey

Director - Digital and eCommerce

​Specialist Area:Senior hires across digital, ecommerce, marketing and analytics in the North and the Midlands. Clients range from emerging start-ups to £multi-billion turnover brands.Why I joined Better Placed:  Better Placed are well renowned in the industry for the strong and lasting relationships they build with their candidates and clients alike. This resonated so strongly with me and the authentic way in which I love to work.  I wanted to join an established team with high ambitions and that’s certainly the case here!Why send us/me your CV:  I have an honest approach to recruitment and proven success working across different sectors and I hold relationships with senior stakeholders in many different businesses who are always happy to see CVs on my recommendation.I love getting to know new candidates and learning about their skillset and career aspirations so please get in touch!One interesting fact about me:I completed on Feet up Friday on Radio one and my songs won so I was in the studio and on the show with Gregg James!

Dean Bartle

Dean Bartle

Board Director

​As a Founding Director of the business, I've been part of the Better Placed journey since day one. Having helped grow the business to what it is today, my remit and focus day to day is business operations, developing the marketing strategy and brand for Better Placed, whilst still recruiting within the Agency, Retail and Leisure sectors across the north. Day to day I'm now based out of our Manchester office where we have big plans for 2021, to not only further grow the team, but also to build our recently launched tech offering, Better Placed Tech, with founding Director Jonathan Moran.

Leanne Wallworth

Leanne Wallworth

Group Operations Director

Why I joined Better Placed: BPR had a brilliant reputation in the market with both candidates and clients. The company values of honesty, transparency and quality closely matched the way I wanted to work as a consultant and it was this that made me introduce myself!​My Role:A role to explore company systems, grow business functions & develop the brand to enable the organisation to reach new heights! Facilitate, coach and support the delivery of Operational Excellence to optimise value creation, working within the BPR values and standards to create a culture to deliver, empower and optimise performance.Better Placed is an Employee Owned Trust so the employees experience, engagement and motivation is integral to our ongoing success. To achieve our goals we need exceptionally talented, bright and driven people. As such, my role also encompasses People Operations: Designing, implementing and optimising the People process to create a seamless experience across the People Journey, enabling and empowering all employees to thrive in their roles. In addition to building inclusive teams via an effective attraction strategy, reward & recognition programs and general performance management, my day to day is also about ensuring people feel valued, heard and are given the right resources and support they need.​One interesting fact about me: I have flown a small plane! 

Simon Stephens

Simon Stephens

Joint Managing Director

​It’s hard to believe that nearly 20 years have passed since myself along with my budding entrepreneurs, Andrew and Dean founded and launched Better Placed in 2002.  Clearly there’s been a good accumulation of grey hairs over that time but my network and relationships with a multitude of major financial and business services clients continues to thrive. My passion to drive Better Placed into new areas, sectors, regions and expand the Real Network remains undiminished. The knowledge, credibility and track record i have within the Marketing Industry and loyal network of Senior professionals makes me a compelling asset for clients who are looking to attract and secure Senior talent to further develop their businesses.Outside Better Placed, my passion revolves around my family, sport (Not just in an armchair capacity), good Red Wine and even better holidays. If i'm not coaching my eldest son’s junior Rugby team, you'll find me watching my Sons play cricket in the Summer or enjoying socialising with friends and family.The one thing you might not know about me is – I attended a US University on a Golf Scholarship and (despite my advancing years) still play off Scratch. I also remain the only successful London Marathon Runner at Better Placed and i'm proud of it!!!

Jessica Nieberg

Jessica Nieberg

Consultant - Agency

​Specialist Area:I recruit for agencies across the North (social, PR, digital and creative) ​Why I joined Better Placed: I have been looking to relocate back to Manchester after graduating from university here 5 years ago. Better Placed really stood out to me when looking for my next career move, they have a great reputation and work with some exciting agencies. I knew straight way that I wanted to be apart of the team! ​Why send us/me your CV:I have a genuine interest in helping every candidate find the perfect role and every client finding the perfect candidate! We recruit for every marketing and digital agency in Manchester and Leeds, so I know will be able to find the right role for you. I’ve recruited for a variety of roles before, including marketing, product management and ecommerce and know how to make the whole recruitment process as smooth and easy as possible for everyone involved! ​One interesting fact about me:I once spoke to Normal People’s Paul Mescal on BBC Radio 1 – best day of my life. ​

Claire Eason

Claire Eason

Business Manager - E-Commerce & Digital

Why did you join Better Placed ?:BPR had a great reputation, not only with candidates I knew that had worked with them before but also with those working for a few rival agencies. This was only backed up when meeting with my manager, her relaxed and honest approached reconfirmed that the culture and strength of the business was where I wanted to be.Why send me your CV?:You are guaranteed an honest recruitment process from the first briefing of a role to feedback on interviews, regardless of outcome.We really do try and find the best roles for people and the best candidates for our clients – Our focus is more on long term quality relationships, rather than quick placements.One thing that people don’t know about me :I have been in the Army.

Kate Siegel

Kate Siegel

Director

More about what i do at Better Placed :My specialist areas include retail, leisure, travel, tourism, luxury, hospitality and transport – both traditional and digital, includinge-commerce and trading  (freelance and perm). Why did you join Better Placed ? :Better Placed ticks all the boxes for a boutique agency who forge really strong relationships with their clients and candidates. When I first interviewed with the company, I was really excited by their alternative approach in getting to know me and seeing how they could benefit from having me on board rather than pigeonholing me for one particular role. This resonates throughout the business and how we in turn work with our candidates – gettingto know them better and truly understanding what they want and how we can help them.Why send me your CV? :Even if we cannot help you immediately with your search for your next role – we will give the advice and help you may need including perhaps tweaking your C V or improving on interview skills and techniques. We have some of the best contacts with our clients spanning all sectors, courtesy of previously forged relationships within the team so we’re able to communicate with clients about a “best fit candidate” rather than “a best CV”.An interesting fact about me…       I spent over ten years in marketing, broadcast, communications and PR working across both agency and client side. My clients included business services, FMCG, luxury brands and digital businesses and I was lucky enough to work on London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as a sponsor client. This marketing experience helps me work well with both candidates and clients in helping understand fully their needs. Out of work I love music festivals and hanging out in my VW campervan!

Tan Chaudhry

Tan Chaudhry

Consultant

​Why I joined better placed:I needed a new challenge in my career and had been very aware of Better placed prior to having a conversation with them. As soon as I spoke with Better Placed, I instantly knew what my next career step would be. With my previous Marketing Recruitment Experience and the platform Better placed have it was an absolute no brainer! Why send us / me your CV:For me, the most important thing is finding the right role for the right person, getting to know your needs and what you are looking for in your next move, which is most important for me. With my knowledge of the Market, Industry and experience, I am here to help you make the potential daunting step of finding your dream role easy and simple! One interesting fact about me: I have presented a few talent shows in the Netherlands in front of thousands of people!

Beth Rollin

Beth Rollin

Manager

​What I recruit for – The CPG MarketMarketing - brand management, innovation, insights, analytics, digital and social rolesCommercial – National account management, category management, shopper marketing, trade marketing & revenue growth management Why I joined Better Placed:Joining Better Placed was a very easy decision for me to make! I wanted to join a company that valued their employees and also took the time to develop long-lasting relationships with candidates and clients and Better Placed do just that. They definitely stood out from the rest of recruitment companies I interviewed with! Why send us/me your CV:To me recruitment is all about finding the right role, for the right person, so understanding your needs and wants is crucial! I have an honest and approachable recruitment style and will aim to find you the dream role by getting to know as much as I can about you and the factors that are most important to you. I have a portfolio of great clients across Yorkshire and the Midlands, ranging from dynamic SME’s to Blue Chip organisations. I’m keen to help you make the right move so ping me a message across on LinkedIn if you’re looking! One interesting fact about me:I’ve starred on BBC1 TV drama series Waterloo Road.

Leon Wellings-Jones

Leon Wellings-Jones

Consultant – Creative

​Why I joined Better Placed:I joined Better Placed as I wanted to join a company established in the digital/agency space to help take my recruitment career to the next level. After speaking with the team here, it was clear to see Better Placed was the right company for this given their expertise and extensive knowledge within that sector. Why send us/me your CV:If you’re a creative professional considering your next career move, send me over your CV/portfolio so we can chat around what it is you’re looking for next. I take pride in my extensive client list spanning across varying industries meaning I always have something for everyone! One interesting fact about me: I’m an avid Rugby League player and was lucky enough to be selected to represent Wales U23’s in the commonwealth games in Australia, 2018.

Leah Ross

Leah Ross

Consultant

​Specialist Area:FMCG/ConsumerWhy I joined Better Placed: The interview process with Better Placed was different from any other process I have been involved with. Each interview was a normal conversation which didn’t feel too formal. They made me feel very comfortable. They understood what I wanted from a new company and how they can help me grow. Best decision I have made!Why send me your CV:My open and friendly approach means that I can get to know you on a personal level, your career to date and your aspirations moving forward. During the process, I will be very hands on and give you the best experience possible. If you are looking, please get in touch with me!One interesting fact about me:I was on Channels 4’s Black Mirror

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​I have used Better Placed to recruit a number of positions for me at varying levels in roles I have held throughout my career.  I choose to use Better Placed, and in particular Rachel, because of the in-depth knowledge she has of Marketing, which helps me find the most relevant candidates for the job.

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I've worked with Better Placed for over 10 years from both a candidate and client perspective and have recommended Rachel and her team to many of my friends and colleagues. They are a brilliant bunch who really take the time to get to know what you are after and truly care about finding you the right role or the right person to join your team.

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Kate helped me get my latest role and was really great to work with! Kate has loads of energy and is extremely passionate about what she does. During my job hunt she really took the time to understand what I was looking for in my next career move and helped me to identify a role where I could maximize my experience but also develop skill set further. Thanks again for all of your help!

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