GET INSPIRED BY OUR STORIES
The people at Executive Network have a lot to say about why they wouldn’t dream of having any other job.
There is one thing that connects our team of driven, ambitious individuals and that’s their common goal to be better than anyone else in the market, committing to their SuperBrands, and living and breathing our values.
We asked Managing Director, Matt Ellis, to write his thoughts on some of our most inspiring employees, and let us in on the secrets to what makes them so exceptional.
From rookie to top earner, get inspired by some of their stories below!
What Matt says:"I met Chris in October 2004, during a final interview to join our Rec-to-rec business RED Recruitment. I instantly felt a connection with Chris as he struck me as a career driven individual with a very laid back nature. Chris had completed a 2 year graduate scheme in the utilities ... READ MORE
What Matt says:
"I met Chris in October 2004, during a final interview to join our Rec-to-rec business RED Recruitment. I instantly felt a connection with Chris as he struck me as a career driven individual with a very laid back nature. Chris had completed a 2 year graduate scheme in the utilities sector and had 3 months recruitment experience within a local legal recruitment firm.
Chris joined us as a trainee consultant shortly after and his career progression has been nothing short of meteoric ever since. When it comes to identifying Chris’ strengths, I can honestly say he has it all. Chris is a businessman with strong commercial awareness, a flare for working with individuals from all walks of life, a natural leader, a great recruiter, a superb man-manager, a great communicator. I could go on all day!
It is these skills coupled with Chris’ loyalty and determination to succeed that saw him progress from Trainee to Company Director and shareholder (my partner) in an 8 year period, clearing every challenge along the way with flying colours. This section of the website is about “Getting Inspired” and Chris has been integral in providing inspiration to me and building our business to what you see before you today. We have by no means stopped yet, this is the start of the journey for Chris & I."
An interview with Chris:
Describe your job, as a DirectorI’m Director of two of Executive Network’s five divisions – The HSE Recruitment Network and Network HR Recruitment. My role is to drive profitability, growth and most importantly to ensure we deliver an exceptional recruitment service to all of our candidates and clients. I also try and make this a fun place to work!
What did you do before joining Executive Network Group?It’s hard to remember I've been here for so long! I left University and joined the RWE npower graduate scheme for two years before making the move into recruitment. I had a brief stint with a legal and accountancy recruitment agency before finding my home at Executive Network.
What progression have you made since joining Executive Network Group?Over the last 10 years I've grown from somebody with a decent academic background but little else into a Director of two businesses. Without listing all of the steps along the way it’s fair to say my progression has been enormous. The most important thing for me over those 10 years has been the fact that my opportunities to progress, both personally and professionally, have been constant, and I can honestly say that not a day has passed where I haven’t walked into the office knowing exactly what I’m aiming for. The transparency across our business is one of our strengths.
What kind of skills do you need to really make it in your current role?First and foremost you have to understand the dynamics of recruitment – the processes and strategies that ensure we deliver an exceptional recruitment service to our clients. Beyond that I think you have to be knowledgeable and adaptable to the ever-changing economic landscape that we operate in. The old adage is true: if you’re standing still you’re moving backwards, and we've had to evolve enormously as a business over the past 10 years. Lastly you have to be passionate about the development of others, and enjoy helping somebody replicate (and hopefully exceed) your own achievements as a recruitment consultant.
What are your goals? What do you think are great measures of success?My goals are always centred around continuous improvement; personally, individually (for my team members) and collectively as a business. It’s a running joke in the office that I like a good graph, and the sad fact is that it’s true… so long as the line is heading north-easterly! The most important thing for me is that my goals are always realistic – I definitely wouldn't describe myself as a “dreamer” – but once I set my mind to something I am pretty relentless.
What’s your favourite day of the week? And why. What’s a day in the life of Director typically like?Friday, specifically the first Friday of every month. The feeling in the office when we've had a great week and everybody has met their objectives cannot be beaten, and on the first Friday of every month we reward those that exceeded their own personal targets the previous month with lunch out on the company and the afternoon off.
Why did you choose to work at Executive Network Group? What do you love about your job?The group has changed dramatically since I joined – we were 10 people in an (albeit lovely) office back in 2004 – but the ethos has never changed. We have a clear identity and if you love working here, you REALLY love working here. In my eyes the reason is simple: we have the balance absolutely right. We take our jobs seriously and we strive for success every day but at the same time we never lose sight of the fact that if it’s not fun and it’s not enjoyable, there really is no point. Matt is both enthusiastic and pragmatic and that permeates throughout our business. I also love the dynamism – if something isn’t working, we fix it. If something needs to happen, we act. And if something is working, we celebrate it.
How did you get started in this industry?Whilst on the RWE npower graduate scheme I realised that in order to get the best out of myself I needed to be in an environment where I could work hard and be rewarded for my successes. “Meritocracy” is an over-used word in the world of recruitment but in essence that was what I was looking for. A fellow npower graduate left the scheme to start a role in recruitment and suggested I look into it. I started, and never looked back.
What has been your highlight and greatest achievement so far?Being promoted to Director of The HSE Recruitment Network in January 2012 was an incredibly proud moment. To be given the responsibility for managing the direction and growth of a company I had pretty much dedicated my working life to, felt like an enormous vote of confidence. More recently the opportunity to become involved with Network HR in a similar capacity has been an incredibly exciting challenge. I was also shortlisted for Birmingham Young Professional of the Year in 2012 which was a very nice pat on the back!
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?I dread to think!
What Matt says: "I first met Matthew (aka "Matty G") in December 2011. Matt was working for a competitor of ours and felt his progression had become somewhat stunted, and we hit it off straight away. Matt struck me as a very consultative character, but had a quiet determination and drive for better ... READ MORE
What Matt says: "I first met Matthew (aka "Matty G") in December 2011. Matt was working for a competitor of ours and felt his progression had become somewhat stunted, and we hit it off straight away. Matt struck me as a very consultative character, but had a quiet determination and drive for better things. Matt’s laid back style suits his market of HR recruitment incredibly well and whilst the role of a recruitment consultant is no doubt challenging for Matt he takes everything in his stride and is clearly destined for greater things in our group.
Matt’s biggest success is undoubtedly his "Top Biller in Network HR" crown during his first full year in the business but I would consider the different dynamic he has offered the team and business as one of his greatest achievements. You could argue surviving 2 years as the only male in the HR team is an achievement in itself but Matt takes absolutely everything in his stride.
Matt will often be seen counselling and consulting with his colleagues as he is undoubtedly someone to turn to for advice and guidance whether it be recruitment or anything else for that matter. Matt has quickly established himself as a senior member of our HR recruitment business, Network HR, and I expect his career to continue and flourish down the management path due to his approachable nature & experience in the recruitment sector.
You may also be surprised to learn Matt is an exceptional goalkeeper, and the organiser of our weekly five-a–side football matches. I quickly made it a contractual obligation he is always on my side. Both in football and in business; Matt is someone you definitely want on your team!"
An interview with Matthew:
Describe your job, as Senior Consultant for Network HRProfessional networker, plate-spinner, talent scout, job hunter, agony aunt, confidant and advice giver.
What did you do before joining Executive Network Group?I Worked for a direct competitor and was always coming up against Network HR when working on vacancies.
What progression have you made since joining Executive Network Group?Great progression over the 2 years I've been with the business. I joined as a Consultant and within 12 months I had secured promotion to Senior Consultant, and now I have mu eye on Managing Consultant. I’ve also had my best years billings with the business, and my billings have increased year on year.
What kind of skills do you need to really make it in your current role?Patience, confidence, a positive mind-set and good organisational skills.
What are your goals? What do you think are great measures of success?My short term goals (as I don’t do long term) are to secure promotion this year, hit target as a minimum, get into double commission, and continue with having as strong a year as I have started it. In terms of measures of success: revenue, promotion, how I’m viewed within the business.
What’s your favourite day of the week? And why. What’s a day in the life of Senior Consultant for Network HR typically like?FRIDAY! Not only is it a fun day in the office (not that the others aren't!) it gives me the chance to reflect on a good week, look forward to the weekend to be able to relax and recharge, and get set up for the week ahead. There is no such thing as a typical day! Keeping lots of plates spinning, speaking to clients and candidates, keeping up to date with changes within the market place and the latest news affecting my desk, sourcing suitable candidates for vacancies, sourcing new vacancies, updating with candidates to see what their situation is, head hunting, keeping abreast of any changes within the business… its non-stop!
Why did you choose to work at Executive Network Group? What do you love about your job?I had an understanding of the Group and Network HR as I was constantly coming up against them when I was working for a competitor. The fact that they had such a good reputation in the market, had existing relationships with an enviable list of clients, and were always held in high regard by candidates was more than enough for me to move to the Group. The things I love about my job: first and foremost, the ability to make some serious money, and within this business there really are no limits as to what can be achieved. The office is unlike any other that I’ve worked in; a great buzz, a really positive atmosphere, a balance between hard work and banter, being kept busy and no day is the same.
How did you get started in this industry?By accident, I didn't know what I wanted to do when I finished Uni and I thought I needed a job that would let me make some money. Recruitment was the answer, and 7 years later I’m still doing it.
What has been your highlight and greatest achievement so far?The highlight of my time with Network HR was receiving a nomination for the end-of-year awards. To have been nominated was an indication of being held in high regard by the Management team. My greatest achievement has been securing promotion coupled with increasing my billings year-on-year.
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?Not a clue!
What Matt says: "Loren joined us in 2011 as a fresh-faced school leaver on the government sponsored NVQ Apprenticeship Scheme. Loren’s responsibilities upon joining were very basic admin and data entry duties, but it soon became evident we were wasting her talents. Loren showed early signs of bein... READ MORE
What Matt says: "Loren joined us in 2011 as a fresh-faced school leaver on the government sponsored NVQ Apprenticeship Scheme. Loren’s responsibilities upon joining were very basic admin and data entry duties, but it soon became evident we were wasting her talents. Loren showed early signs of being someone who did not want to settle as an apprentice and really wanted to spread her wings in our business.
After briefly trying her hand at recruitment as a resourcer, she settled within our Sales Support team as an integral part of the business. Loren’s drive and determination soon got her through her Apprentice scheme completing her NVQ not only at level 3 but moving on to level 4, passing with flying colours! This left us with no option but to offer Loren a full-time contract within our business as a Sales Support Consultant.
Loren is very approachable and has built bonds not only with her own team but throughout the business. Affectionately known as "l’il Loren", she applies great attention to detail and has become a highly valued asset to our HR business, Network HR.
Loren is very ambitious and has already applied for promotion within the support team. I see Loren’s future as a bright one and with a very varied skill-set could turn her hand to any role within our business. With the drive and determination she has, I have no doubt Loren will grow and progress with our business in the years to come.
An interview with Loren:
Describe your job, as a Sales Support ConsultantKeep the whole recruitment process and workings running smoothly and efficiently. First port of contact for all customers. Keeping our databases.
What did you do before joining Executive Network Group?Studying my A Levels in English and Law.
What progression have you made since joining Executive Network Group?I joined Executive Network Group in 2011 as an Apprentice studying my NVQ Level 3 which - may I add - I completed two months early. I then progressed through to my NVQ Level 4 which I completed early last year, all this being achieved led to me becoming a fully fledged member of the Sales Support team.
What kind of skills do you need to really make it in your current role?Dedication, patience, attitude (both good and bad!), consistency and be able to self manage.
What are your goals? What do you think are great measures of success?I aim to continue to progress and allow my knowledge to grow, which I believe will result in success.
What’s your favourite day of the week? And why. What’s a day in the life of Sales Support typically like?Honestly have to say Monday, which may seem strange! Reason being, it’s a fresh new week in Network House, any problems from the previous week are now a distant memory and the whole office are sat down, tuned in and ready for another hard working week. Typically it’s here, there and everywhere. A day will include: speaking with candidates and clients, keeping on top of all reactive work as well as proactive tasks, meeting deadlines, dealing with queries and liaising with the consultants. The afternoon will be split between advertising my new roles and drawing up a shortlist of suitable applicants for my new vacancy. I will also start to look at which opportunities to present to the candidate I met with at lunch time! Plus much much more…
Why did you choose to work at Executive Network Group What do you love about your job?I knew they could provide me with the support and progression I needed, to get me to where I am today, and can honestly say they backed me the whole way! I love how no day is the same.
How did you get started in this industry?Just got thrown into it; I've learnt and adapted along the way.
What has been your highlight and greatest achievement so far?My NVQ qualifications and being voted as WCP in 2013.
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?A rewarding job in the fashion industry, (that gives me free clothes, bags and shoes!).
What Matt says: "I met Sarah in 2007 as a bright-eyed young woman fresh from college with a drive and determination I had never seen before - or since - in an 18 year old. Sarah had no experience at all of the working world or indeed recruitment but boy did she learn quickly. Sarah’s personality i... READ MORE
An interview with Sarah:
Describe your job, as a Senior Rec-To-Rec Consultant for REDI specialise in recruiting for the recruitment industry across the whole of the West Midlands. I work on a variety of different roles from entry level positions up to Senior Consultant/Branch Management roles. Networking and headhunting across all specialist sectors, I work exclusively with some of the best recruitment agencies in the Midlands.
What did you do before joining Executive Network Group?Before joining Executive Network I went to sixth Form where I completed my A levels.
What progression have you made since joining Executive Network Group?Since joining the business I have had 5 promotions, over a £10,000 pay rise and I now have my “dream” company car. I bought my first house at 21 and have been fortunate enough to go on several luxury holidays several times a year!
What kind of skills do you need to really make it in your current role?Hardworking, Dedicated, Persistent and Driven.
What are your goals? What do you think are great measures of success?To be the biggest billing consultant in the business and for RED to be known as the best Rec-To-Rec in the Midlands. This will be measured by our enviable reputation in the market.
What’s your favourite day of the week? And why. What’s a day in the life of a Rec-To-Rec Consultant typically like?Friday! Without shadow of a doubt as it is the start of the weekend and after a good week this means a cheeky early finish, AKA time to go to the PUB! A typical day will include speaking to candidates and clients first thing in the morning to get feedback on last nights interviews. Mid morning will be spent out of the office visiting a client to take on a brand new exclusive vacancy. This is immediately followed by a candidate meeting over lunchtime. The afternoon will be split between advertising my new role and drawing up a shortlist of suitable applicants for my new vacancy. I will also start to look at which opportunities to present to the candidate I met with at lunch time! Plus much much more…
Why did you choose to work at Executive Network Group? What do you love about your job?Simple – Because they were different to every other company! It is a grown-up environment where I am able to make my own decisions about my desk. I get as much support as I need and I am able to take advantage of a fantastic commission structure. I also work within a great team that is successful and hardworking! I also love the banter and the social side that comes with recruitment and celebrating everyone’s success! WORK HARD, PLAY HARDER!
How did you get started in this industry?I didn’t wake up one day wanting to be a recruitment consultant… I completely fell in to it. After completing my A Levels I decided that I didn’t want to go to university – I wanted a job where I could make as much money as possible! I started applying for positions and received a call from a recruitment agency… Since then I’ve never looked back, the rest is history!
What has been your highlight and greatest achievement so far?My highlight so far is being promoted to Senior Consultant and getting my company car. Biggest Achievement – Single-handedly finding 14 of the best trainees for the 2013 Executive Academy.
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?I would have probably continued playing sport throughout university and would hopefully be playing professionally in America.
What Matt Says: "Laura joined us in 2010 as a complete rookie with zero recruitment experience and little exposure to the working environment. We recruited Laura to cover some maternity leave in our contract division of the HSE Recruitment Network, and with her limited experience our expectations we... READ MORE