The Team

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
Martin Evans Martin Evans
Sales Manager, Reading
Stewart Harber Stewart Harber
Director, IT
Rebecca Howes Rebecca Howes
Business Development Manager, Certus
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
Monika Kucharska Monika Kucharska
Consultant, Digital
Simon Lesperance Simon Lesperance
Consultant, Digital
Christina Lewis Christina Lewis
Consultant
Sam Lizzimore Sam Lizzimore
Consultant, Graduate
Sheila Lynch Sheila Lynch
Consultant, Commercial Sales
Michael Meade Michael Meade
Principal Consultant, Certus IT
George Morgan George Morgan
Consultant, Commercial
Lyle Morgan Lyle Morgan
Junior Consultant, Graduate
Josie Murray Josie Murray
Consultant, Technology
Liam Nolan Liam Nolan
Trainee Consultant, Graduate
Suzi Parkinson Suzi Parkinson
HR & Office Manager
Teddy Peck Teddy Peck
Consultant, Digital
Ian Piper Ian Piper
Resource Manager
Robin Poddar Robin Poddar
Consultant, Technology
Sophie Robinson Sophie Robinson
Principal Consultant, Graduate
Ashleigh Scully Ashleigh Scully
Administrator
Mark Shatliff Mark Shatliff
Consultant, Commerical
James Tompsett James Tompsett
Business Development Director
Kat Truman Kat Truman
Consultant, Media & Digital Sales
April Turner April Turner
Specialist Digital Consultant
Samuel Wheeler Samuel Wheeler
Consultant, Technology Sales
Rebecca Willers Rebecca Willers
Administrator
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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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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Stewart Harber

Stewart Harber

Director, IT

Stewart, an early 40's family man, loves nothing more than spending a Saturday watching his favourite football team (irons) or playing golf with his ok handicap. Stewart has placed over 200 contractors on assignments all over the world and has nearly 20 years as an experienced, successful recruitment professional with strong influencing and leadership qualities. He loves keeping fit, boxing and gym, eats very healthy and has 2 passions in life, his kids and his career.

Couldn't do without: His Kids
Favourite Holiday Destination: Dubai & Italy
Favourite Book: This is our call (Dave Grohl)
Favourite Bands: Foo Fighters & Biffy Clyro

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Rebecca Howes

Rebecca Howes

Business Development Manager, Certus

Having spent the last 5 years of my career in sales based roles, joining the Certus Recruitment Group was a smooth transition into the world of sales and graduate recruitment. After getting married and spending 3 months travelling around South East Asia with my better half, I relocated to London earlier this year. Travelling is a passion of mine - I very much enjoy immersing myself in new cultures and experiences, meeting new people and filling my passport with stamps.

Couldn't do without: Saturday morning lie-ins
Favourite Holiday Destination: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Favourite Book: The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
Favourite Band: Asgeir

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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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Monika Kucharska

Monika Kucharska

Consultant, Digital

Monika graduated in 2014 with a degree in Journalism and Modern Languages and was fortunate to have studied in London and in the south of France. She joined Certus immediately after graduating aiming for a successful career in sales. Apart from foreign languages and French cinema, one of Monika’s greatest passions is the world of wine which she believes combines art, science and business. On Saturday afternoons she can be found in a famous London wine school tasting wine, learning and laughing loud.

Couldn’t do without: Creative imagination.
Favourite Holiday Destination: Somewhere new each time.
Favourite Book: Wuthering Heights.
Favourite Band: Crystal Castles

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Simon Lesperance

Simon Lesperance

Consultant, Digital

Simon joined Certus in October 2014, as a 19 year old having recently returned from travelling around South-East Asia and Australia. As a keen footballer, he quickly was snapped up by the company 5-a-side time, creatively named ‘FC Certus’. Away from the football pitches, you’ll most likely find him socialising with his friends or planning his next adventure through Eastern Europe.

Couldn't do without: The Pub
Favourite Holiday Destination: South East Asia
Favourite Book: 11 Rings by Phil Jackson
Favourite Band: Biffy Clyro

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Christina Lewis

Christina Lewis

Consultant

Christina joined the Reading business in search of a career in sales recruitment. Christina loves to see the world having recently visited Australia, Fiji, New York and numerous European cities including Berlin, Paris and Prague to experience new cultures, food & VODKA. She also enjoys getting muddy in the magical fields of Glastonbury. During the week Christina is a keen gym buddy proving weight lifting isn’t just for men.

Couldn’t do without: Pair of Asics
Favourite Holiday Destination: Fiji
Favourite Book: Any Holiday Guide book!
Favourite Artist: Sam Smith

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Sam Lizzimore

Sam Lizzimore

Consultant, Graduate

After completing A-levels Sam realised that university wasn’t for him and wanted to get out into the sales world as quickly as possible! After working in a telesales role and running his own team, he ventured into the world of recruitment. In his spare time, Sam enjoys football and is a avid player and supporter.

Couldn't do Without: Mobile phone
Favourite Holiday Destination: Italy
Favourite Book: To kill a mockingbird
Favourite Band: Red hot chilli peppers

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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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Michael Meade

Michael Meade

Principal Consultant, Certus IT

Michael started his career selling Franking Machines. After being a constant top performer in only his first year, Michael decided to pursue a more lucrative career within recruitment. He now has 9 years of experience within Sales and Technical IT Recruitment, for agencies and internal, and is dedicated to exceeding target expectations.
Outside of work, Michael has a passion for weightlifting, drumming, socialising and spending time with his son (who is already showing strong signs of salesmanship!).

Couldn't do without: My son and my phone
Favourite Holiday Destination: Thailand or Barbados
Favourite Book: The Guv’nor – Lenny Maclean
Favourite Band: Eminem / ACDC / Disturbed / Fleetwood Mac

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George Morgan

George Morgan

Consultant, Commercial

George, having completed his apprenticeship in sales, is now a fully fledge 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 spending money like it is going out of fashion and playing/watching as such football as humanly possible.

Couldn't do without: The weekend
Favourite Holiday Destination: Malia (Greece)
Favourite Book: The Wolf of Wall Street
Favourite Band: Swedish House Mafia

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Lyle Morgan

Lyle Morgan

Junior Consultant, Graduate

Lyle is an apprentice Resourcer at Certus. Outside of work, Lyle enjoys playing video games, working out and going out with friends. She is looking to progress in Recruitment and begin a lengthy career.

Couldn't do without: My Close Friends
Favourite Holiday Destination: Cuba
Favourite Book: The immortals series
Favourite Band: Nicki Minaj

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Josie Murray

Josie Murray

Consultant, Technology

Josie is fresh out of Loughborough University with a degree in English & Drama, and is keen to carve her career in Sales & Recruitment. She is an easy going and enthusiastic person who takes any opportunity to be involved in sports, more specifically water sports. When Josie is home in Pembrokeshire, she’s straight in the sea surfing or cliff jumping. She also has a recording contract in Soho where she is a singer/songwriter; recording her own songs as a weekend hobby.

Couldn’t do without: The sea
Favourite holiday destination: Menorca & Pembrokeshire
Favourite book: Mr Men Books
Favourite band: Spice Girls

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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 & Office Manager

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

Principal Consultant, Graduate

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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Ashleigh Scully

Ashleigh Scully

Administrator

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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Mark Shatliff

Mark Shatliff

Consultant, Commerical

Following a highly successful few years working in the financial services sector, Mark joined Certus as a commercial consultant in the Reading office. Outside work, Mark is a keen Arsenal fan who loves travelling and plays a number of sports including tennis and badminton.

Couldn't do without: Arsenal Season Ticket
Favourite Holiday Destination: Egypt
Favourite Book: Fever Pitch
Favourite Band: The Doors

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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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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

Administrator

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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