Meet The Team

Directors

Neil McNally

Managing Director

Phone: 0121 236 1662

The idea and opportunity to set up a recruitment business arose following the closure of a business I was working for during a recession which resulted in redundancies for myself and several colleagues.  

Setting up the business in 1991 with a small group of like-minded individuals was something that seemed at the time like a leap of faith. This is something I always wanted to do and although I was very young and it was very early in my career, I had faith in my own ability and faith in the people around me.

What enabled the growth and evolvement of the business during the succeeding years was very much down to the people within the business. This is a people business and it's been imperative that we've employed a diverse range of individuals and encouraged their creativity and hard work.

We love what we do here at ASC and we remain passionate about helping individuals to realise their potential whilst adding real value to leading organisations.

The out of work me....

enjoys music, football and spending time with family and friends. I also love to travel to new places and experience different cultures. I've visited so many amazing places, I can't say which one would be my ultimate favourite. 

I couldn't live without....

good food and would definitely struggle without a good curry!

 

 

 

 

Jane Storer

Operations Director

Phone: 0121 236 1662

I have been with ASC since the company was first established and I work closely with our MD to help the teams deliver on the overall business strategy.

When I first changed career to work in recruitment it was because I wanted to be in a people focused environment and this is still something that is very important to me. I believe that to be able to deliver a good service to our customers we have to spend time understanding their needs and have the expertise to provide sound advice to both clients and candidates. 

Another important part of my role is to ensure we work to best practice, not only in how we deal with our customers but also compliance and I am very proud that we have now gained REC Audited Status which is evidence that not only do we have the right processes in place but they are actively demonstrated by the team here on a day to day basis.

The diversity of my roles means I still have the same passion for people that I had when I first started out over 30 years ago.

The best place I've travelled to is....

New Zealand – stayed with family and then travelled to the South Island – amazing place, went whale watching and saw the home of bungee jumping !!! But no I didn’t – I was far too chicken!!!

One thing I couldn't live without....

Chocolate - nothing more needs to be said!

Mike Smith

Finance Director

Phone: 0121 236 1662

I set up the company with the current directors in 1991 after having a career in finance recruitment. After a few years working as a Recruitment Consultant for the business, we were growing and felt the need to have a dedicated person looking after the finance for the company. As I had worked within the finance industry, I trained for the CIMA qualification and offically became the Finance Director for ASC in 1993.

The out of work me....

is an avid Aston Villa fan and my best memory has been when I travelled to Rotterdam and watched the team win the European cup in 1982.

Also my role model is....

David Bowie. He's extraordinary, talented and is sadly missed.

Management Team

Mark Dawson

Managing Consultant

Phone: 0121 236 1662

Sector Focus: Supply Chain & Procurement
Disciplines: Supply Chain | Procurement | Logistics | Merchandising

I am a recruitment specialist and recruitment manager with 17 years experience specialising in the recruitment of professionals across Supply Chain, Procurement, Logistics and Merchandising. Over the years I have managed many recruitment campaigns for a wide range of SME's and large businesses across the UK. 

I started ASC in 2011 working soley within the Supply Chain and Procurement sector. Since then I have built a team of specialist consultants who provide a permanent and contract recruitment service for the sector. 

Typical positions the team recruit for include: Buyers, Supply Chain Analysts, Shift Managers, Merchandisers right up to Supply Chain Directors, Head of Procurement and Operations Directors

I strive to give a personal and honest service and have developed a strong network of candidates and clients, therefore I am able to support you if you're looking for a new role or to hire more staff.

I haven't always worked in recruitment....

Before I started my recruitment career, I spent a few years working at DisneyLand Paris acting as Disney characters in the daily parades. Goofy was my favourite!

My favourite film is....

Any film with Tom Hanks in is a hit to me, he is a legend of an actor!

Lisa Wright

Business Support Manager

Phone: 02476 309090

As the Business Support Manager for the business, I manage a team of 3 Administrators. Together we support the recruitment team and directors with administrative duties including CV formatting, payroll, compliance, office facilities and many other adhoc duties.

I have worked within recruitment for 14 years and really enjoy it. ASC is a great place to work and is fully supportive in progression of all staff members. It's also good to work for a company that really cares about the service it provides to it's customer rather than just saying they do it, they really do!

The out of work me....

loves spending time with family, watching films, eating out and generally keeping the stress levels down!!!

I also couldn't live without....

chocolate

Gordon Nicoll

Divisional Recruitment Manager

Phone: 0121 236 1662

Sector Focus: Engineering & Manufacturing

I manage the Birmingham Engineering & Manufacturing Recruitment team who focus on recruiting for permanent, temporaray and contract roles across the disciplines of quality, maintenance and service, projects, process, controls & automation, design engineering and production. 

I have over 20 years in recruitment and this is the second time I have worked for ASC. It was a very easy decision to come back into the business following two and half years’ away given the ethos of the organisation and the ethical and professional approach adopted by the business.

The out of work me....

is a keen football supporter, especially my team Aston Villa. I attend games most weekends of the season with my Villa Supporters Club. 

The best place I've travelled to is....

Aruba- gorgeous Caribbean island that had a wonderfully friendly and laid back feel.

Rory Davies

Branch Manager

Phone: 01902 771443

Sector Focus: Engineering and Manufacturing
Industry: Steel | General Manufacturing
Disciplines: Maintenance & Service | Industrial

I am the manager of the Wolverhampton branch of ASC. I manage a small but dedicated team who are focused on supplying blue collar, skilled/semi-skilled engineering and manufacturing businesses within temporary and permanent sectors. I have built some successful and lasting relationships over my 13 years of working at ASC and hope to continue the success in the future.

The out of work me....

plays the bass guitar like a Demigod, I also love nature and being outdoors mainly walking my dogs in the Shropshire countryside.

The best place I've travelled to is....

Hekla, a volcano. It’s in the southwest part of Iceland, it’s been known as The Gateway to Hell.


Denis Bayliss

Branch Manager

Phone: 02476 309090

Sector Focus: IT
Disciplines: Development | ERP | Support | Business Intelligence | Testing | IT Management

I am a Recruitment Specialist with over 26 years experience. I manage the ASC IT Recruitment Division, where we focus on providing innovative recruitment solutions to selected customers across the UK. 

My experienced team of consultants specialise in selected vertical markets - focusing all of their time and effort building their expertise in these areas. 

 

Recruitment Team

Leigh Fountain

Recruitment Consultant

Phone: 02476 309090

Sector Focus: IT
Disciplines: Support | Business Analysis | Management | Testing | Systems Architecture | Development

I am an IT Account Manager/Recruitment Consultant covering all levels of roles for contract, permanent and temporary hiring requirements. I focus predominately within the Midlands but do occasinally work within other areas of the UK. 

I have been within IT recruitment for over 25 years and still enjoy the fact it is constantly evolving and new skills and trends are always emerging.  I have really enjoyed building personal relationships throughout the years with both candidates and clients as I appreciate just how important this is to be successful. 

It's been great working at ASC as we have some fantastic clients that I am able to provide a very personable service to. I'm proud to be part of a company that provides an excellent all round recruitment service to both clients and candidates.  We have a very solid team that have worked together for many years and we have a huge amount of respect for each other.

I couldn't live without....

family, gin and chocolate

I also have a phobia of....

birds!

Sian Peal

Resource Executive

Phone: 0121 236 1662

Sector Focus: Engineering & Manufacturing
Industry: Aerospace | Automotive
Disciplines: Quality | Process | Projects | Manufacturing & Production 

As a Resource Executive for ASC Connections, I focus on resourcing talented individuals within the Engineering/Manufacturing market and I recruit for a range of technical roles within the UK.

I really enjoy supporting people and businesses. It’s important to me that I fully understand what a business is looking for and what a candidates aspirations may be when finding the right position.

This is why it’s great working at ASC as everyone is supportive and works towards putting clients and candidates first.

I also....

have a twin sister who spookily works in recruitment too - it must be a twin thing.

The best place i've travelled to is....

Prague!

Josh Barr

Recruitment Consultant

Phone: 01527 60070

Sector Focus: Engineering & Manufacturing
Disciplines: Maintenance & Service

My focus is recruiting Maintenance Professionals such as, Maintenance Engineers, Maintenance Technicians, Field Service Engineers and Maintenance Managers. I enjoy specialising within Maintenance because I believe it's one of the key aspects to running a successful manufacturing facility. Maintenance maximises efficiency, safety, quality of goods produced and minimises costs for the business.

I really enjoy working in recruitment because i'm passionate about providing a high quality service for my clients and ensuring that I source the best possible talent to support their business based on my market knowledge. I also enjoy what I do because I am committed to securing candidates with the best roles possible and giving 100% to ensure that the new opportunity meets all of their requirements.

The out of work me....

enjoys going out socialising with friends on the weekend.

Before I started my recruitment career....

I travelled to sunny Magaluf for the summer and worked as a Promoter!

Claire Roberts

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Phone: 01527 60070

Sector Focus: Business Support
Disciplines:
Sales | Marketing | Customer Service | Office & Admin Support | HR | Accounting & Finance

I recruit for all Business Support roles on a temporary, contract or permanent basis. Some examples of the roles I recruit for include Administrators, Customer Service, PA, HR, Marketing, Accountancy and Sales.

I have worked in the recruitment industry for 10 years and this has all been within the Business Support Sector as I really enjoy the variety of the roles I can help recruit for.  I work with different organisations across a wide variety of industries. 

I joined ASC in 2019 to embark on a new challenge more local to home. I am very excited to have joined a great company with excellent prospects.

The out of work me....

loves spending lots of quality time with my little boy Oliver. I was very lucky to have been able to take him to Florida with my family and it was the most magical experience. I also enjoy watching films, my favourite film ever is Frozen as I’m a child at heart and love all the songs.

Another interesting fact is....

I am originally from the Wirral which does make me a scouser at heart and the accent does come out now and again! Oh and I also love Gin. 


Peter Nee

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Phone: 0121 236 1662

Sector focus: Engineering & Manufacturing
Industry: Automotive | Aerospace
Discplines: Quality | Process | Projects | Production 

My sole focus is to support permanent and interim recruitment within the automotive and aerospace industries. 

I find both sectors exciting because the technology advances so fast. Meeting people in these sectors is one of the reasons I enjoy what I do.

For me, my passion for both sectors means I am dedicated to finding good candidates. Simply putting a job advert up isn’t good enough, a more expansive solution is required to meet your expectations. That’s why it’s great working for ASC because everyone works together to find the best outcome for clients and candidates. 

Before recruitment....

I worked in Ibiza for 5 seasons and loved it! I still go back every year for a visit.

I couldn't live without.....

my motorbike – opening the throttle makes you forget about any stress!

 

Stuart Williams

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Phone: 01527 60070

Sector Focus: Engineering & Manufacturing
Industry: Aerospace | Automotive | General Manufacturing
Disciplines: Quality | Project | Process | Production

An experienced Technical Engineering Recruiter specialising in Permanent & Interim recruitment solutions for SME’s through to global OEM’s throughout the UK and beyond. Recruiting at all levels, I pride myself on ensuring my clients and candidates are provided with a comprehensive and personable service. I believe in building good working relationships by spending time to get a thorough understanding of my clients’ business and the role and from a candidate’s point of view, finding out just what they are looking for in their next career move.

The best place i've ever visited is....

Lapland over Christmas in 2017. It was the first trip abroad with my children and to see their faces on this once in a lifetime trip light up was priceless!

My role model is....

Jeff Bezos because he made himself the richest person in the world!

Alex Ward

Recruitment Consultant

Phone: 0121 236 1662

Sector Focus: Engineering & Manufacturing:
Disciplines: Design

I am an Engineering Recruitment Consultant specialising in Design Engineering. My passion for creativity and innovative designs means I’m always developing my market knowledge and ensures I can provide a quality recruitment service to both clients and candidates.

I don’t believe in just matching skills to jobs, I enjoy recruitment because I can become part of someone’s career journey or an extension to a business. For me, it’s about being personal, getting to really understand who you are to be able to provide a relevant and realistic service.

Although I’ve only recently joined ASC, I’m really impressed by the pure focus and dedication consultants have for their clients, candidates and market. No stone goes unturned and they will go above and beyond, not shying away from difficult roles. 

The out of work me....

is a football fan and enjoys playing the guitar which I have done for the last 5 years.

A little interesting fact....

I have been told I’m good at accent imitations and look like a well known film character (can you guess who?). 

Jordan Murphy

Resource Executive

Phone: 01902 771443

Sector Focus: Engineering & Manufacturing
Industry: Steel | General Manufacturing
Disciplines: Blue Collar Engineering

I support recruitment within the engineering, manufacturing and industrial sectors across the Black Country. This involves the supply of staff for both temporary and permanent positions, mainly within the steel industry.

I've always had a keen interest in engineering and manufacturing. Prior to recruitment, I studied engineering and worked within a variety of engineering and manufacturing roles. This has given me a real insight and understanding of the sector and I genuinely enjoy speaking to clients and candidates. 

Working for ASC is great as everyone is friendly and genuine as well as supportive. I like working in recruitment as we constantly help people and deal with a vast amount of different people from different walks of life - everyone has a story.

The out of work me....

enjoys travelling around the country with friends to all kinds of locations, whether that be for a day out or following my football team (West Bromwich Albion). I also like to play Computer Games on my Xbox quite regularly as it is something that I have grown up doing and still enjoy doing to this day.

My role model is....

Lewis Hamilton as he has shown that it is a grind to be where you want to be, but the grind never stops when you are there and it takes a little bit extra to stay at the top.


David Thompson

Recruitment Consultant

Phone: 0121 236 1662

Sector Focus: Engineering & Manufacturing
Disciplines: Controls & Automation

I am focused on delivering a bespoke professional service to candidates and clients within the Controls and Automation sector. Controls and Automation is an ever changing industry with exciting developments happening around Industry 4.0 and the onset of Artificial Intelligence. Add this to the challenge of recruitment and it's a really great sector to work in. 

I have over 20 years working within recruitment and joined ASC in April 2018. It's a really supportive company to work for and this culture is passed down to clients and canidates. 

The out of work me....

enjoys the outdoors and weekend walks with my dog Toby

My favourite movie of all time is....

Withnail & I – It has some of the funniest quotes of any movie. 

Sam Griffin

Senior Account Manager

Phone: 02476 309090

Sector Focus: IT
Discipline: Support | Business Analysis | Management | Testing | Systems Architecture | Development

For the last 20 years I have focused on recruiting within the IT, Technical, Scientific and Environmental sectors, providing resource solutions for contract, permanent, RPO and managed services markets. I love the variety that these sectors have given me over the years, working with some amazing clients, helping both customers and candidates to find the role that they really want, its simple really, but I gain so much satisfaction from changing people’s lives.

The out of work me....

loves cycling, especially up mountains (but not the descending), running and travelling, especially mountain biking to a quiet beach - yes that’s how I like to relax! It’s the on-going joke at the office, when’s my next holiday!!

Nathan France

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Phone: 0121 236 1662

Sector Focus: Engineering & Manufacturing
Disciplines: Maintenance & Service

I’ve worked for ASC Connections for over 10 years as an Engineering and Technical Recruitment Consultant.

My focus is finding permanent solutions for both blue and white collar manufacturing across the East Midlands and surrounding areas. One of the main areas I focus on is CNC engineering, along with skilled conventional machining, toolmakers, maintenance engineers, and field service engineers for OEM’s.

Using my market knowledge of clients and candidates, coupled with a deep technical understanding of the roles I work on, allows me to support clients in the best way possible when trying to find the right talent for their business.

The out of work me....

gets the vinyl out and has a mix on the decks! My favourite music is house, but I also enjoy listening to funk, soul and disco too and I’m a massive Prince fan!

One thing I couldn't live without....

My cats, they are ace!!

Anna Willis

Recruitment Consultant

Phone: 0121 236 1662

Sector Focus: Supply Chain & Procurement
Disciplines: Supply Chain | Procurement | Logistics 

I recruit for temporary, permanent and contract roles for the Supply Chain and Procurement sectors. I really enjoy the ‘team’ atmosphere here at ASC Connections, it’s a happy and positive place to work. Most importantly the company allows and encourages growth of its employees.

Before recruitment....

I used to be a Dancer and Red Coat (jazz hands)

I couldn't live without....

My red lipstick! Oh and Sherlock Holmes - especially the BBC version starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Life would be dull without this!


Dean Maddams

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Phone: 01527 60070

Sector Focus: Engineering & Manufacturing
Disciplines: Quality | Projects | Manufacturing & Production | Process

I work in the manufacturing/engineering sector and specialise in the recruitment of permanent manufacturing, process, quality, project & engineering professionals. I enjoy the variety within the manufacturing and engineering sectors and thrive on the satisfaction of assisting good people in finding their ideal next career move.

The out of work me....

loves football (The mighty Birmingham City FC) & spending time with my family. 

My role model is....

my Dad, he was everything a good human being should be.

Stephen Parker

Recruitment Consultant

Phone: 01902 771443

Sector Focus: Engineering & Manufacturing
Industry: Steel | General Manufacturing
Disciplines: Blue Collar Engineering

I work in the Wolverhampton branch of ASC. Here in Wolverhampton we focus on temporary blue collar engineering placements, primarily covering heavy manufacturing and the steel industry. We are an approachable team and always strive to ensure both candidates and clients get a positive experience from choosing to work with us.

The out of work me....

is a loyal supporter of my football team, Aston Villa. 

Fraser Swift-Jones

Recruitment Consultant

Phone: 01527 60070

Sector Focus: Engineering & Manufacturing
Discipline: Manufactuirng & Production 

I focus on supplying temporary, high calibre candidates at short notice for the Manufacturing & Production sectors within the Worcestershire area. I really enjoy my role as I like to work in a fast paced environment and I have the added pleasure of meeting all my candidates and clients alike, on a very regular basis. ASC has allowed me to build my own industrial desk and permits me the freedom to ensure I can go out of my way to over achieve on my client’s expectations – every time. 

I have a passion for....

motorbikes, flying and the arts. 

And i couldn't live without....

Sausage & Mash – a dish of biblical proportion!

 

Mathew Ram-Gopal

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Phone: 01527 60070

Sector Focus: Engineering & Manufacturing:
Disciplines: Injection Moulding & Plastics 

I am a Senior Recruitment Consultant specialising within the Injection Moulding industry. I work with both moulding and tooling companies and have a proven track record of filling roles from Setters to Operations Directors.

In my spare time I like to....

cook, go cycling, and carry out home improvements.

My favourite holiday is....

sailing around Greece or Croatia.


Jamie Baker

Business Development Manager

Phone: 01527 60070

Sector Focus: All ASC Sectors

I have been working as a Business Development Manager at ASC for 8 years and have loved every minute of it. My main responsibility is to develop new business relationships and key accounts. I work across all ASC sectors and support all consultants with permanent, contract and temporary roles. 

The out of work me....

enjoys football, fishing and beer!

Also my role model is...

Muhammed Ali, he was a pure genius!!
 

Support Team

Rachel Wayne

Business Support Administrator

Phone: 01902 771443

I am based in the Wolverhampton office as a Business Support Administrator supporting the consultants in this branch.

I have worked for ASC for nearly 2 years and I really do enjoy it. You are fully supported by everyone in the business. They really make it a great place to work.

The out of work me....

loves music and I sing and perform in a live band across the West Midlands

My favourite film is....

The Titans (Denzel Washington). It's one of my feel good favorites, it’s great when the underdogs win!

Rebecca Crowther

Marketing Executive

Phone: 0121 236 1662

I am a passionate and enthusiastic Marketing Executive for ASC Connections. My role entails developing and implementing the overall marketing strategy for the business and supporting consultants promote their services to clients and candidates.

After starting my marketing career in 2013, I joined ASC Connections in 2017. I really enjoy the variety the job brings, no one day is ever the same! I also love how my role gives me the opportunity to engage with everyone across the business. It's great to work in a company where I can really make a difference.

The out of work me....

enjoys the outdoors. I have a horse called Peter who has now retired but is a big cuddly teddy bear and a bouncy Springer Spaniel called Benji. I also binge watch netflix series - it's addictive!

And the best place I've visited is....

Australia, absolutely loved visiting down under and want to go back!

 

Kerry Webster

Senior Administrator

Phone: 0121 236 1662

I am based in the ASC Birmingham office as the Senior Business Support Administrator for the business. I mainly support consultants in our Birmingham office but will support all other offices as and when required.

I cover a large variety of work tasks including CV formatting, office facilities and many other adhoc duties.

I have worked for ASC for over 9 years and have worked in a number of recruitment businesses over the years and really enjoy the variety of work and the people I get to meet and speak to. 

 

Kerry Keeley

Business Support Administrator

Phone: 01527 60070

I am based in the ASC Redditch office as a Business Support Administrator supporting consultants and a director. I also support the other ASC offices when required.

I cover a large variety of work tasks including CV formatting, payroll, compliance, office facilities and many other adhoc duties.

I have worked for ASC just over one year and really enjoy it. You are fully supported by Managers and Directors who listen and implement some of the ideas you may have to improve the services we provide. The whole team within ASC is warm, welcoming, fun, and committed which in all makes it a great place to work not only in a professional manner but a personal one too, many lovely people amongst the team.

I have always loved working in recruitment and have done since 2003. I enjoy the fast pace and huge variety of tasks that are expected of an administrator – you never quite know what you’re going to be doing next, it really is a great sector to work in!

The out of work me....

loves to read Danielle Steel books – what can I say I’m a hopeless romantic!

My perfect holiday....

is camping! Especially touring with our caravan – simple, relaxing, stress free – Perfect holiday!


Marie Weston

Internal Recruiter

Phone: 01527 60070

I’m the Internal Recruiter for ASC Connections and focus on finding talented individuals to join the ASC family, this can range from Managers to Recruitment Consultants or Admin Support Staff but all of our employees are valued equally. 

I really enjoy my role at ASC and have introduced incredible people to the business who have joined the team and have achieved great things. It gives me great satisfaction knowing I’m not only helping a business grow by bringing in talented people but that I am also helping those people prosper in their career. Working at ASC is like being part of one big family, I think that is why many of us stay long-term.

The out of work me....

loves to keep fit and go shopping, especially for make-up (something I couldn't live without!)

My favourite movie of all time is.... 

The Hangover – hilarious, plus Bradley Cooper is in it, need I say more! 

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