The Team

Amanda Blackbeard Amanda Blackbeard
Consultant, Digital
Adam Boniface Adam Boniface
Consultant, Digital
Dominic Bristow Dominic Bristow
Consultant, Certus IT
Troy Buffenbarger Troy Buffenbarger
Team Leader, Commercial Sales
Justin Byrne Justin Byrne
CEO
Matteo D'Anna Matteo D'Anna
Consultant / BDM, Graduate
Jessica De-Baets Jessica De-Baets
Consultant, Technology
Max Derbyshire Max Derbyshire
Consultant, Graduate
Alessia Dori Alessia Dori
Marketing Manager
Oliver Eden Oliver Eden
Consultant, Graduate
Martin Evans Martin Evans
Sales Manager, Reading
Dylan John-Baptiste Dylan John-Baptiste
Consultant, Graduate
Jonathan Katanchian Jonathan Katanchian
Team Leader, London Technology
Amir Khan Amir Khan
Resourcer, Technology
Joshua Knightley Joshua Knightley
Sales Manager, Digital Recruitment
Sheila Lynch Sheila Lynch
Consultant, Commercial Sales
George Morgan George Morgan
Consultant, Commercial
Tom Morris Tom Morris
Consultant, Graduate
Liam Nolan Liam Nolan
Trainee Consultant, Graduate
Suzi Parkinson Suzi Parkinson
HR & Operations Director
Teddy Peck Teddy Peck
Consultant, Digital
Ian Piper Ian Piper
Resource Manager
Robin Poddar Robin Poddar
Consultant, Technology
Sophie Robinson Sophie Robinson
Head of Graduate Recruitment
Jamie Scott Jamie Scott
Marketing Executive
Ashleigh Scully Ashleigh Scully
Operations Assistant
Erica Seal Erica Seal
Consultant, Graduate
Chris Smith Chris Smith
Consultant, Certus IT
James Tompsett James Tompsett
Business Development Director
Kat Truman Kat Truman
Consultant, Media & Digital Sales
April Turner April Turner
Specialist Digital Consultant
Henry Tyrrell Henry Tyrrell
Consultant, Reading
Jack Weiner Jack Weiner
Consultant, Graduate
Jess Wetton Jess Wetton
Consultant, Graduate
Samuel Wheeler Samuel Wheeler
Consultant, Technology Sales
Rebecca Willers Rebecca Willers
Operations Assistant
Amanda Blackbeard

Amanda Blackbeard

Consultant, Digital

I Arrived in the UK at the age of 19. I worked as an Aupair and had a few bartender jobs before I moved to Southampton, where I started in sales. I moved back to London in 2014, where started my exciting career in recruitment. I live in the glorious Elephant and Castle, work as part of the Digital Team at Certus and specialise in placing IT and Digital professionals. I am currently working across the whole IT and Digital spectrum, from Tester to Director, contract, interim and permanent roles.

Couldn’t do without: My Transporter Van – I love camping, road trips and exploring
Fav Holiday Destination: A tie between Rio (Brazil) / Knysna (South Africa)
Fav Book: The Power of One
Fav Band: The Beatles

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Adam Boniface

Adam Boniface

Consultant, Digital

Before Adam jumped into the world of recruitment at Certus, he served In a Infantry Regiment in the British Army, where he got to travel the world. Adam has a keen passion for virtually any sport and enjoys playing cricket, golf and football. He also loves a good beer festival.

Couldn't do without: A pint of Guinness
Favourite Holiday Destination: Ibiza
Favourite Book: A child called It
Favourite Band: George Ezra

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Dominic Bristow

Dominic Bristow

Consultant, Certus IT

Dom joined Certus as an IT Specialist in early 2015 having completed 2 successful years within IT Recruitment, working both Permanent and Contract markets. Outside of work, Dom is a keen footballer and follower of Arsenal FC. When not playing or watching football, Dominic is either attempting to play Golf or spending time with friends in and around East Sussex.

Couldn’t do without; Barclays Premier League
Favourite Holiday Destination; Lake Garda, Italy
Favourite Book; The Secret Footballer
Favourite Band; Oasis

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Troy Buffenbarger

Troy Buffenbarger

Team Leader, Commercial Sales

Troy has always been a tenacious, financially driven guy and knew from his days at University that recruitment was his path to success. On leaving University he had a small stint working in a boiler room and decided Certus could offer him more. Since joining Certus he has flourished into one of the top performers and now heads up the Commercial Team. Outside of work Troy volunteers for his local amateur dramatics group where he can be found mending and sewing the costumes for plays from Shakespeare to Beckett, and also takes a leading role in the limelight. Troy’s love of rare Ming vases takes him around the country to boot fairs and auctions on his weekends.

Couldn't do without: Sewing Machine
Favourite Holiday Destination: Butlins in Bognor Regis.
Favourite Book: Hungry Caterpillar
Favourite Band: Celtic Woman.

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Justin Byrne

Justin Byrne

CEO

Justin arrived from Australia in 1995 and quickly found his niche in Sales & Recruitment. He established Certus in January 2001 and remains responsible for the growth and development of the business. Outside work, Justin has a passion for water sports and grabs any opportunity he can to get to his family's holiday home in North Cornwall or to get on a boat and go sailing. Trying to relive his youth, he is also the singer in the ban ‘Well Oiled’. Justin is married with three children.

Couldn't do without: Boardshorts
Favourite Holiday Destination: North Cornwall & Greece
Favourite Book: High Fidelity
Favourite Band: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

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Matteo D'Anna

Matteo D'Anna

Consultant / BDM, Graduate

Matteo graduated from the University of Buckingham in 2013 in International studies, and immediately pursued a career in sales. Matteo has always been a competitive individual with a passion for aviation, golf, and swimming. In his spare time Matteo enjoys socialising with his friends, eating out, and keeping up to date with current affairs.

Couldn’t do without: Italian food
Favourite holiday destination: New York, USA
Favourite book: Thinking fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman
Favourite band: Rolling Stones

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Jessica De-Baets

Jessica De-Baets

Consultant, Technology

Jess was born in Belgium, moved to the South of France when she was 10 and then ended up in the UK to study a masters in 2012. Half her family is British, which makes her bilingual. She has a passion for cooking (loves anything that involves “eating out”) and travelling, especially to Nice where her family still lives. Jess is a very enthusiastic and positive person and is ready for the challenge of Recruitment!

Couldn't do without: Chocolate
Favourite Holiday Destination: South of France
Favourite Book: The Hunger Games
Favourite Band: One Direction

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Max Derbyshire

Max Derbyshire

Consultant, Graduate

Max was born in Oxford and lived there and in Australia throughout his childhood. He studied at the University of Birmingham achieving a 2.1 in Human Biology. He regularly played football for Biology FC and played drums in a band. Following university, Max entered the world of retail as a Store Manager for Hollister before joining Certus in September 2013.

Couldn't do without: Popcorn
Favourite Holiday Destination: Spain
Favourite Book: A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
Favourite Band: Queens of the Stone Age

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Alessia Dori

Alessia Dori

Marketing Manager

After her Masters Degree in Business Communication, Alessia left Italy in 2009 to pursue her dream job in Marketing. She has always been a sociable individual with passion for marketing & communication, photography, languages and food. She loves travelling, discovering new cultures and trying different exotic foods.


Couldn't do without: A Sunny Summer
Favourite Holiday Destination: South America & Thailand
Favourite Book: The Little Prince
Favourite Band: Amy Winehouse

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Oliver Eden

Oliver Eden

Consultant, Graduate

Oliver is a young, confident and aspiring individual. He joined Certus in 2015. Outside of work, Oliver likes to visit the South of France where he was brought up: In order to visit his family or brush up on his skiing. Whilst in France he spends most of the time at local gigs with friends, dining with his girlfriend or playing rugby with his brothers.

Couldn't do without: My suits
Favourite Holiday Destination: Croatia
Favourite Book: Angels And Demons
Favourite Band: Peace

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Martin Evans

Martin Evans

Sales Manager, Reading

Martin has worked at Certus since 2008 and heads up our Thames Valley office. Martin’s passion in life is food although more recently his time is dominated by Michael, the new addition to the Evans family. He also enjoys numerous competitive sporting and social activities including being a single figure golfer, triathlon and marathon runner. He is also a keen specimen carp angler.

Couldn't do without: Garmin Forerunner
Favourite Holiday Destination: Thailand (Islands)
Favourite Book: The complete works by William Shakespeare
Favourite Band: Elvis Presley

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Dylan John-Baptiste

Dylan John-Baptiste

Consultant, Graduate

Previous to entering the world of recruitment, Dylan applied his trade in retail management, before deciding to make the step up. Outside of work, Dylan is an avid football and rugby fan, and occasional rugby player!

Couldn't do without: Football Manager
Favourite Holiday Destination: Spain
Favourite Book: Tinker Tailor Solider Spy
Favourite Band: Bombay Bicycle Club

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Jonathan Katanchian

Jonathan Katanchian

Team Leader, London Technology

Jonathan joined Certus straight from University in July 2011. In his time he has risen through the ranks to become Head of Technology Sales. Outside of work he can be found in a variety of places, these include Stamford Bridge watching his beloved Chelsea, or Buck’s infamous nightclub... Winkers. Living in Gerrards Cross currently, Jonny believes that Certus will enable him to soon buy his own place in South West London.


Couldn't do without: Dairylea Dunkers
Favourite Holiday Destination: New York City
Favourite Book: My Winning Season – John Terry
Favourite Band: Oasis

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Amir Khan

Amir Khan

Resourcer, Technology

Amir is a 2013 graduate from Westminster University. After graduating with a 2.1 Honours Degree in Economics, Amir decided to pursue a career in Recruitment. Outside of work Amir can be found in his local gym where he not only trains himself but is regularly seen helping others as well.

Couldn’t do without: Gym Membership.
Favourite Holiday Destination: New Zealand
Favourite Book: Of Mice and Men
Favourite Artist: Drake

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Joshua Knightley

Joshua Knightley

Sales Manager, Digital Recruitment

Josh joined Certus after graduating from Brunel University in 2011 and he is responsible for looking after the digital media team. Outside of work Josh enjoys long walks in the park and spending time with his beloved girlfriend. At the weekends you can find him at Streatham train station following his main hobby of trainspotting.

Couldn't do without: Troy Buffenbarger
Favourite Holiday Destination: Magaluf
Favourite Book: 50 Shades of Grey
Favourite Band: 5ive

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Sheila Lynch

Sheila Lynch

Consultant, Commercial Sales

Brief description of your self:
Born and bred in London, Sheila has a Degree in English and postgraduate in Journalism and Communication from the University of Hertfordshire.
She has a keen interest in fitness with Bikram yoga being her favourite. She’s currently looking for any excuse to buy a Pomeranian puppy at present!

Couldn't do without: Caffeine
Favourite Holiday Destination: Thailand and Ibiza
Favourite Book: Vogue
Favourite Band: Girls Aloud

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George Morgan

George Morgan

Consultant, Commercial

George, having complete his apprenticeship in sales early last year is now a fully fledged consultant. Joining the team in September 2013 as a fresh faced A-Level student, he has progressed and developed over the months to become a key member of the London office. Outside of work George enjoys attending the occasional house music event, blowing of steam in the gym and watching his beloved Arsenal.

Couldn’t do without: The Weekend
Favourite Holiday Destination: Amsterdam
Favourite book: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Favourite Band: DVBBS

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Tom Morris

Tom Morris

Consultant, Graduate

After leaving college Tom followed his passion for health and fitness , working for LA fitness he was a personal trainer for 2 years before going into a management role where he found a love for sales. Outside of work, he has recently bought a house, which was a shock to the system - having to paying bills! unfortunately, he is a massive Newcastle united fan and has always been a follower of all sports. In his spare time he gets to the gym at least 4 times a week and loves socialising/partying with friends.

Couldn't do without: Gym membership
Favourite Holiday Destination: Dominican Republic
Favourite Book: First harry potter book...
Favourite Band: kings of Leon, but heart lies with house/dance music... DJ Tiesto

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Liam Nolan

Liam Nolan

Trainee Consultant, Graduate

Liam successfully completed his level 2 gym instructor course and level 3 sports massage course, before deciding to take a different career path. Now, as an apprentice for Certus Graduate on a 12 month Recruitment Consultant Training Scheme, Liam is looking to build a career in Business.

Couldn't do without: Pizza express
Favourite Holiday Destination: Thailand
Favourite Book: The secret by Rhonda Byrne
Favourite Band: Oasis

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Suzi Parkinson

Suzi Parkinson

HR & Operations Director

Suzi studied Theology and Philosophy at the University of Exeter. After travelling the best part of Australia, she came back to London and joined Certus in 2011. Suzi is responsible for managing the HR and finance procedures of the company, as well as providing general support for the Managing Director and Chairman. Outside of work, Suzi enjoys ballet, travelling Europe and eating chocolate.

Couldn't do without: Perfume
Favourite Holiday Destination: West Coast Australia
Favourite Book: Wild Swans by Jung Chang
Favourite Band: Fleetwood Mac

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Teddy Peck

Teddy Peck

Consultant, Digital

Teddy joined Certus Digital, in the summer of 2014 after graduating from Canterbury Christ Church University with a degree in Music and Business Studies. His passions include music, rugby, cricket, golf, and he has a keen interested in theatre.

Couldn’t do without: Jazz Music
Favourite Holiday destination: Lake District
Favourite Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Favourite Band: Deep Purple

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Ian Piper

Ian Piper

Resource Manager

After 13 years on the London Recruitment Scene, Ian opted for a change in lifestyle and emigrated to Canada in 2004 – only to realise that there was a still a market for his talents in London. Through the miracles of technology and remote working, Ian remains a key part of the Certus Team, overseeing operations and managing all online activities.

Couldn't do without: The Internet (and mountains)
Favourite Holiday Destination: New Hampshire
Favourite Book: Coaching Hockey for Dummies
Favourite Band: Hedley

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Robin Poddar

Robin Poddar

Consultant, Technology

Responsible for Technology sales within the Reading office.

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Sophie Robinson

Sophie Robinson

Head of Graduate Recruitment

Sophie is originally from the Midlands and moved down to London with the aim of working in the big city. Sophie started her career in graduate recruitment straight after university and remains hugely passionate about the sector. Outside of work, Sophie has a passion for fitness and enjoys weekly fitness classes.

Couldn't do without: Converse
Favourite Holiday Destination: LA
Favourite Book: The Outsiders.
Favourite Band: Bastille

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Jamie Scott

Jamie Scott

Marketing Executive

Jamie while completing his undergraduate degree in History realised the absolute last thing he wanted to be was a teacher, he then decided to pursue a career in Marketing and now has three years of experience and masters degree under his belt. Outside of work, Jamie is a barely competent snowboarder and supports the greatest team in the world: Arsenal.

Couldn’t do without: A pint of Ale
Favourite holiday destination: Austria
Favourite Book: Game of Thrones
Favourite Band: Foals

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Ashleigh Scully

Ashleigh Scully

Operations Assistant

Ashleigh originally joined Certus on an apprenticeship in early 2013. Having completed her training she is now responsible for supporting our Office Manager and Managing Director. Outside work, Ashleigh enjoys Irish dancing, baking and is partial to a karaoke session or two.

Couldn't do without: Music festivals
Favourite Holiday Destination: Ireland!
Favourite Book: The Harry Potter Series
Favourite Band: Johnny Cash

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Erica Seal

Erica Seal

Consultant, Graduate

Erica was born and brought up in London. She studied at the University of Nottingham achieving a 1st class degree in Psychology. During her degree, Erica showed a great passion for working with young adults and dedicated her summers to working in educational and stimulating environments such as on Camp America. Since graduating, Erica entered the world of retail as a Sales Advisor before joining Certus Graduate in February 2015.

Couldn't do without: Her friends
Favourite Holiday Destination: America (Florida)
Favourite Book: Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
Favourite Artist: Beyonce

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Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Consultant, Certus IT

Chris began life in recruitment in 2005 after getting jealous of a few of his mates throwing money around. He has since successfully recruited in a number of different sectors including pharmaceutical, construction and IT. He lives in Twyford and is married with 2 children, enjoys playing football, reading and a few quiet beers or bottles of Malbec.

Couldn't do without: Family
Favourite Holiday Destination: Centre Parks
Favourite Book: Game of Thrones
Favourite Band: Pearl Jam

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James Tompsett

James Tompsett

Business Development Director

James joined Certus in June 2004. After several years as the company's top performing recruiter, James has held a number of more strategic positions where he has helped grow the business into the major sales & marketing recruiter it is today. James now holds the position of Business Development Director where he is tasked with winning, retaining and growing key clients across all markets. Outside of work James enjoys Cooking, Wine, Rugby and badly played Golf.

Couldn't do without: Spotify
Favourite holiday destination: The Amalfi Coast, Italy
Favourite book: Keith Richards, Life
Favourite band: The Foo Fighters

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Kat Truman

Kat Truman

Consultant, Media & Digital Sales

Kat has been with Certus since the beginning of 2013. Our self described "fun loving, crazy northerner" is not as mad as she first may seem! Having taken over the digital and media sales desk in London her love for the sector and passion to succeed (beat the boys?) has seen her build a strong and loyal client base. Her next goal is to be Certus Top Biller and secure a place on the 2015 Las Vegas trip! Outside work Kat loves to travel and experience new places. Kat moved to London just before starting at Certus and loves enjoying the London lifestyle.

Couldn't do without: My Family
Favourite Holiday Destination: Ibiza
Favourite Book: The Morganville Vampires
Favourite Band: Kings of Leon

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April Turner

April Turner

Specialist Digital Consultant

April joined Certus in July 2013 and quickly found herself in the world of digital sales. Since a young age April has had a real passion for property and is very keen on developing a portfolio outside of work. At the weekends, April takes on any opportunity she can to travel to Amsterdam and would never turn down the chance to drink a glass of Pinot Grigio when the sun is out!

Couldn’t do without: The Real Housewives of Beverley Hills (purely for inspiration of what house I’m going to live in)
Favourite Holiday Destination: The Big Apple/Amsterdam
Favourite Book: Rich Dad Poor Dad
Favourite Band: Foster The People

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Henry Tyrrell

Henry Tyrrell

Consultant, Reading

Henry grew up in Reading and spent a year living in southern Spain coaching rugby. He graduated top of his year from Portsmouth University and has a passion for motorbikes and sports of all kinds.

Couldn't do without: Bike
Favourite Holiday Destination: Barcelona
Favourite Book: The Old Man And The Sea
Favourite Band: Ben Howard

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Jack Weiner

Jack Weiner

Consultant, Graduate

Previous to working at Certus, Jack completed a Sports and Exercise Science Degree from Aberystwyth University. He was brought up all over the world, living in Thailand, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and the U.K. Jack has a passion for rugby, football and weight lifting and is currently living in Essex.

Couldn't do without: PS4
Favourite Holiday Destination: Dubai
Favourite Book: The Beach
Favourite Band: Rick Ross

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Jess Wetton

Jess Wetton

Consultant, Graduate

Jess, a Graduate guru with a background in medical device recruitment, recently returned from four months travelling Asia and Australia. She enjoys spending her free time with her friends and twin sister. Currently a Surrey girl, she's looking forward to moving to London (south) and living the city life!

Couldn’t do without: Hair straighteners
Favourite Holiday destination: Vietnam
Favourite book: Fifty shades of grey
Favourite band: Ed Sheeran

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Samuel Wheeler

Samuel Wheeler

Consultant, Technology Sales

Sam graduated in 2012 and quickly disappeared to Australia where he travelled the East Cost for 4 months before swiftly running out of money and returning home. Upon returning Sam was offered an opportunity with Certus and has been here since early 2013 as a key member of the technology team. Highly competitive, his passion is Sport and he enjoys playing a wide variety. His idol is Roger Federer.

Couldn't do without: My IPod
Favourite Holiday Destination: Australia
Favourite Book: The Da Vinci Code
Favourite Band: The Killers

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Rebecca Willers

Rebecca Willers

Operations Assistant

Rebecca joined Certus in October 2014 and is taking part in an apprenticeship studying Business. She has just finished studying a Legal Secretary Course at Havering Sixth Form and is looking to broaden her experience within an office. Rebecca is currently working in reception as an Administration and Operations Assistant. In her spare time she enjoys figure skating, shopping and is a regular visitor at Faces in Essex.

Couldn’t do without: Bed:
Favourite holiday destination: Spain
Favourite book: The Twilight Series
Favourite band: Calvin Harris

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