Meet The Team

Gary Phillips


For 20 years I have experienced a variety of recruitment methods; in essence my policy of a transparent and wholly honest approach has proven successful.

Simple Recruitment has been borne out of skilled recruitment professionals bringing continuous satisfaction to clients and candidates alike; and continues to grow based on this mantra.

Should you wish to engage with Simple Recruitment we would welcome you: as a client with specific and individual needs that we would agree upon; as a candidate to be promoted to that outstanding opportunity; or as the recruitment professional striving for an incredible environment in which to express your skills.

I invite you to come and work with us to experience the difference.

Mark Richards

Devoted to delivering a winning culture I have spent my last 15 years within the sales environment and strived to make a vast difference to the teams I have been involved with. I do not believe that leadership is the role of management but that of every team member and here at Simple Recruitment Services we empower everyone to drive their business unit towards success.

We strive to deliver the best quality candidate and provide cost effective solutions to our clients and this has seen us win contracts with some of the country’s leading brands. Our blueprint for growth and dedication to working with high quality team members will only see us increase our active client base during the short and medium term.

If you share the ideals of meeting commitments, exceeding expectations and have an ‘I will succeed in my career mentality’ then call us and let us know how you can complement our team and further YOUR recruitment career. 

Steve Locke

Branch Director – Southampton

I am an experienced recruitment solution provider with many years of knowledge supplying across all platforms. This includes construction white collar personnel, trades and labour operatives, manufacturing and warehouse. I specialise in high volume recruitment campaigns across multiple sites for well-known brands on the south coast.

Jamie Hughes

Branch Manager – Basingstoke
With over 8 years’ experience in the Recruitment industry, my enthusiasm and drive is stronger than ever!

Although I initially started off in permanent commercial recruitment, I soon found my true passion was temporary staffing. I crave the quick pace and instant results that temporary recruitment brings, but most of all the satisfaction of building the relationships and trust of both candidates and clients is second to none.

I have been fortunate enough to have recruited for many of the largest companies in Hampshire & Berkshire right through to smaller independent clients. I have a very strong and well established knowledge base of many sectors including Industrial, Technical, Commercial and Driving.

I strive for the best and being head hunted by SRS as Branch Manager for the Basingstoke office has opened new doors for me to achieve this. I see a very exciting future ahead as I have joined a fantastic company with a great team of professionals and experienced recruiters. I look forward to hearing from you today, to see how I can make a difference to your business tomorrow.

Chris Saunders

Head of Hospitality – Temporary Recruitment

Chris started off his Catering career as a Fish Monger before attending Reading College of Arts and Technology to complete a GNVQ in Hospitality and Catering.

After a brief stint working Front of House in Bar and Waiting roles he moved to Back of House to commence the cooking chapter of his career.

At this juncture Chris was accepted to read Catering Management with Marketing Management at the University of Gloucester which cemented his existing practical knowledge with valuable theory.

After graduating from University Chris cut his teeth running a successful Brasserie Kitchen in Cheltenham before heading to America to join The Little Nell Hotel in Aspen, CO as a Chef de Partie.

Upon his return to the UK and a stint in Banqueting at Wentworth Golf Club Chris worked his way up to Head Chef working across the broad spectrum of the Hospitality and Catering Industry from Brasseries, Boutique Hotels, Restaurants with accolades to Golf Clubs and Outside Catering.

During his employment as a relief chef with Blue Arrow Chris was offered to Interview for the Chef Consultant role in the Reading Branch where he built up a portfolio of Clients and Candidates alike for four years until an opportunity was presented at Simple Recruitment.

The company ethos and simple, straightforward approach to Recruitment with the Client and Candidate at the forefront of the process was very appealing and suited Chris’ recruitment style in order to benefit all involved parties.

Aderanti Alibi

Managing Consultant Permanent Recruitment

After studying for his Postgraduate Degree in Marketing and Business Management Ade then started with an events and global marketing company in Nigeria. With 16 years’ experience working on various internationally recognised brands such as Pepsi, MTN mobile network, Star larger Beer and the National Sports Festival.

Ade then moved to the United Kingdom from Nigeria to utilise his skills and joined Simple Recruitment Services as a flexible employee within catering and hospitality division. Ade took a hands on approach with SRS’s largest clients within education as well as sporting events and outside caterers.

Due to his high passion, commitment and industry knowledge coupled with his love of marketing Ade was offered an opportunity as a consultant at SRS.

Ade now heads up the permanent chef division here at SRS and is only a phone call away from finding you any level of chef that your require.

Buddy Upson

Chef Consultant

Buddy has worked in catering and hospitality in various forms since he was 16, for a few years this was mainly part time and in branded restaurants.

He then went on to read Economics and Computing at The University of Plymouth, and continued his involvement in the catering industry part time. After university he decided to pursue a career as a chef for a number of years, and after progressing from a commis chef to a jnr sous chef in an award winning restaurant in Cornwall, he decided to expand his horizons and moved to Australia and New Zealand. Here he worked as an agency chef and encountered many different styles and approaches to catering over a number of years. Since returning Buddy has progressed his career, working in Bristol for two years and then in the Berkshire area. Over the years Buddy has built a varied skill set and has encountered a large variety of Catering styles and approaches which gives him an excellent base to support our clients and candidates

Stephanie Burnley

Managing Consultant- Temporaries Division

Stephanie knew from an early age that Hotels, Catering and Hospitality were to be her chosen profession.

Following the traditional chef training route of the time she attended Guildford County College of Technology as a full time student gaining City and Guilds 705 1,2&3 & 706 1&2.

Leaving college armed with a clutch of certificates, a set of knives, the ability to recite vast tracts of the Repertoire and an ambition to become one of the first female head chefs of note in London.

Stephanie then spent the next decade being promoted through the ranks from commis chef to Contract General Manager, with Directors Table, London City. City working also allowed time hone her Front of House skills with notable outside Caterers, Searce`s and Ring and Brymer at Iconic Venues, City Livery Halls and Historic Palaces.

Stephanie`s career then progressed through Sales and Consultancy with, Command Services, Area Management, Laura Ashley Group. Facilities Management, Studley Castle, Rover Group/BMW

With a detailed knowledge and passion for finding the right people for the right places Stephanie was rewarded with an opportunity at Simple Recruitment Services.

From last minute bookings to long term contract Stephanie is a phone call away from solving those crucial staffing needs.

Leona McGrath-Woodhead

Business & Finance Administrator

Leona first started her working life within retail, but she thrived to widen her skills and abilities. An opportunity was then presented to enable Leona to begin her career in Administration, she decided to do both! This resulted in working 7 days a week for almost 2 years. Now with over 4 years’ experience in many areas of Business Administration, including HR & Finance, Leona has matured into a competent and enthusiastic employee who strives to achieve a high standard in whatever she undertakes.

Debbie Carter

Social Care Manager

Debbie has over 13 years’ experience within the recruitment industry, including industrial, commercial and social care. She first started her career as an administrator and then worked her way up to become a consultant. Her involvement within this sector has enabled her to develop many skills and abilities with great understanding to achieve an excellent standard in all tasks casted to her. Social Care is now Debbie’s specialised area, with 10 years’ knowledge she knows exactly what needs to be executed to meet client and compliance essential needs.

Kamila Kroczak

Branch Manager

I am 28 and like anyone else, a lot of what I do and how I think has been shaped by my family and my overall life experiences. Many who know me say I am also defined by my curiosity and thirst for learning. I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things. So family, curiosity and hunger for knowledge all define me.

I am currently the Regional Service Manager for the Mansfield and Loughborough branches, working closely with clients and candidates on temporary and permanent vacancies in a wide range Industries. I have over 4 years’ experience within Recruitment Industry. I apply careful thought and consideration to the recruitment process and have a solid understanding of the market of the Northern region. I am known for my positive outlook and enthusiasm, working with many of the region’s most innovative organisations looking for temporary – but high quality – staffing solutions.

Sarah-Jane Light

Business Development Manager

With over 10 years' experience within the Recruitment Industry, Sarah-Jane has a vast understanding of recruitment and although her roots are predominantly within management supporting roles she found her natural flare was within selling, bringing on new business and developing relationships with both new and existing clients.

Sarah-Jane has been a Business Development Manager now for over 5 years and recently joined Simple Recruitment Services to help grow the business in the Northern Region. She has a passion for people and her open mind, infectious positive personality and determination make her the perfect fit for her role here at SRS.

Przemek Wlizlo

Service Team Leader

Przemek has recently joined the SRS team as a Service Team Leader working from the Loughborough branch specialising in the temporary and permanent sectors. He is a very professional, capable and driven individual who strives for success and achieves it! Przemek has strong relationships with all of his clients and candidates and will always go the extra mile for both parties. He has a drive and determination to succeed at whatever he does and enjoys the fast paced sales environment that recruitment offers.

Outside of work Przemek is a fitness enthusiast who loves going to the gym, playing football (and most other sports) and socialising with friends and family.


Ross Simmonite

Catering and Business Development Consultant

It all started in 1995, in a small village restaurant on the outskirts of Liverpool. That’s where I started my first job in a commercial kitchen. I caught the catering bug from the moment I set foot in the kitchen and, full of energy and enthusiasm for my new-found passion, I was soon enrolled at college to start my NVQ 1, 2, 3, 4 and the long road to success.

By the summer of 1999 - having successfully completed my NVQs in professional cookery - I embarked on a 5-year quest to build on my basic knowledge and skill set by leaving the restaurant that encouraged my early progression and moving into Fine Dining. It was a hard decision, however necessary to further my potential.

I went on to work for three branded and private restaurants developing my talent and quickly progressed through the ranks from Junior Chef de Partie through to Sous Chef. At this point in my life, in 2003, I decided to combine my passion for catering with my burning desire to see the world so I enrolled in the Royal Navy.

After successfully completing Basic Training and a further 26-weeks professional training, I served aboard HMRNS for 7 years, rising through the ranks to Petty Officer. During those 7 years, I was attached to 2 ships and 1 Aircraft carrier - HMS Richmond, HMS Gloucester and the HMS Ark Royal. Duty Tours included Iraq 2003, 2004, Disaster Relief and Anti-Drug Ops 6-month Caribbean tour 2005. Tri-service communication Battery Afghanistan 2006-7.

Having decide to join civilian life again in 2009, it wasn’t long before I was back in the thick of things working in a large kitchen brigade at hotels based in Oxfordshire and Berkshire. I was to go on and manage my own kitchens for the next 4 years before finding Recruitment. I’d had a taste of recruitment during my naval career as I was required to spend 3 months shore-side at a Military Careers Office where I was required to recruit for the Royal Navy.

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