Andrew joined Scattergoods as Office Manager in 1997. Andrew previously worked as a chef for 14 years in fine dining restaurants and contract units within the Home Counties and London, his last position was Head Chef at Sony, UK. Andrew became Managing Director of Scattergoods in October 2002 on the retirement of Philip Scattergood (founder of Scattergoods Agency Ltd).
Outside of working hours, Andrew enjoys all things outdoors with his family and is currently taking his Private Pilots Licence.
Claire has been recruiting for the Catering & Hospitality industry since 1999, both on a temporary and permanent basis, and joined Scattergoods Agency in the summer of 2006. Having worked for both high street and independent agencies within the Surrey area, she has a wealth of local area and industry knowledge. As well as previous hands on catering experience working front of house, Claire also worked within Sales and Marketing for the National Accounts Division of Procter & Gamble UK. Claire took over as Commercial Manager at Scattergoods Agency in June 2012, and is committed to providing a first class recruitment service for the Catering & Hospitality Industry.
Away from the office, Claire has her hands full with her Cocker Spaniel, Harvey . . . Who often visits the office!
Karen Elson started at Scattergood’s Agency in August 1999, having worked on the clerical side of the business for many years!
In 2011 Karen became Head of Accounts, and amongst many other things, is responsible for the temporary payroll. Karen has a chocolate Labrador called Moose and hates spiders.
Darren O’Leary, CertRP
With 8 years’ experience within Hotels, Pubs & Restaurants as a Chef, Waiter, Bar, Bellhop & KP within fine dining; Darren furthered his experience by entering the Catering & Hospitality Recruitment Market back in March 2008. He joined Scattergood’s as a Consultant within the Temporary Department in 2012 and worked his way up to Management in June 2016.
Away from work life, Darren has a passion for motorbikes; having motorcycled around the Alps – twice! He has raced off-road at a competitive level. His other passion is football having followed Portsmouth FC as a season ticket holder following both home and away games.
Other than that – Darren describes himself as a Panda – he would quite happily sleep and eat all day if he had the choice.
Senior Recruitment Consultant, Permanent Department
Jo has 10 years experience to date in Permanent Recruitment within the Hospitality and Catering Industry in the Surrey and Sussex region, since moving to Guildford in 2007. Jo’s passion has remained in the Catering Industry since graduating with a BA Hons in Tourism and Hospitality Management in 2003 and enjoying the pub and late night bar industry in particular during this period!! Following completion of the Marriott Hotels Graduate programme in Cardiff, Jo decided to find her ‘sea legs’ and embarked on four years as an Officer on P&O in the Hotel department on Board. On return from sea in 2007 Jo finally found her forte and passion in combining sales with a continued love for the Hospitality Industry in recruitment, working for a major high street agency. With a strong drive and energy to find candidates their perfect role Jo embarked on a pursuit to be Lord Sugars next ‘apprentice’ in 2012, but since realising her life is actually not scandalous enough for the ‘big screen’ chose an equally rewarding option by remaining an expert and leading regional consultant in Catering by joining Scattergoods in April 2014.
Recruitment Consultant, Permanent Department
Kim has been recruiting for the Catering & Hospitality Industry since 2004, both on a temporary and permanent basis and joined Scattergoods Agency in October 2014 as the Resourcer for the Permanent Department. Having worked for another independent high street agency in Surrey for the past 10 Years she has a great knowledge of the local market. Kim’s career in the Hospitality Industry started after graduating with a BA Hons in International Hospitality Management in 2001 when she joined a Large Pub/Restaurant group and worked her way up the management ladder. She also has experience working in a Private Health Club working in all departments including Food & Beverage, Conference & Banqueting, Sales & Marketing, Reception and even the Gym! Kim loves to develop her knowledge and be able to add value and completed her Level 3 CIPD in June 2015. Kim is all about making sure both clients and candidates get the best possible service.
Outside of work Kim loves Spinning at the gym, however after having a little boy at the end of 2013 it’s mainly about the chocolate and soft play these days!
Robert Newman, CertRP
Recruitment Consultant, Temporary Department
Robert joined the temporary team in May 2015, having previously been Conference & Banqueting Head Waiter at Pennyhill Park Hotel & The Spa, which involved planning and organising the hospitality for many well know teams and companies such as the England RFU team, Liverpool FC, Bayern Munich, NFL Raiders and Berenberg Bank.
With 14 years meetings and events experience within the industry, Robert has many stories to tell, with time spent at the Aviator Hotel in Farnborough and twelve years in London at the 800 room Copthorne Tara Hotel & the 5 Red Star Royal Garden Hotel he has managed a variety of functions, from celebrity weddings and fashion shows to Government meetings and award dinners. During this time he had the privilege of meeting many famous people such as Sir Steve Redgrave, Gordon Ramsey, Britney Spears and The Stig. We now add Roberts’s strong front of house skills and food & beverage knowledge to our existing temporary team; Robert will be responsible for our in house training for Food Service.
Recruitment Consultant, Temporary Department
Lee joined the team at Scattergoods during September 2017, fresh out of a 10 year career of Pub and Restaurant Management in the local area, having worked with The Jolly Farmer, Bramley, The Restaurant Group and Sundial Conference and Events. A keen Cricketer, he spends much of his spare time working as part of the management committee of his local cricket club and enjoying time with friends and family. Lee is very much enjoying getting to grips with his change of career and is looking forward to the challengers that come with recruitment.
Hilary joined the team at Scattergoods in September 2014, during one of the busiest times in the company’s history! Not deterred by the craziness in the office, she has settled into providing valuable admin support for the Temporary Division and is also happy to take a call or two when required. Hilary’s employment background was originally in the Dry Cleaning Trade of which she worked for twelve years. Then after a slight deviation into Customer Service followed by time out to raise a family, she settled into a fifteen year stint in Hospitality & Catering at the University of Surrey.
On a personal level Hilary’s interests are in several very different areas, Socialising with family and friends, Being ‘Akela’ at 1st Goldsworth Park Scout Group, Motor cycles and motor cycle racing!
Fitting in well with the team is very important to Scattergoods and Hilary can certainly hold her own when it comes to socialising!
Resourcer, Permanent Department
Martine has been working in the leisure and hospitality industry for over 10 years. Having spent her childhood living in a pub in Birmingham, she went on to work in pubs part-time whilst at University and subsequently spent 6 months with a live in position after graduating. After a Summer working in the Algarve as a hostess on board a power boat, she accepted an opportunity in The British Virgin Islands, where she went on to live and work for 6 years managing an exclusive yachting brand, offering 5* luxurious holidays including on board fine dining experiences. After recruiting for Chefs, Captains and Host(essess) from around the world, she hopes her experience and passion for leisure and hospitality will enable her to help others find their dream jobs.
Martine is a keen traveller, having visited over 30 countries and spent a year sailing around the South Pacific Islands.
After completing a Maths Degree, Rachel started working for Scattergoods in December 2011. Rachel is continuing her education in working towards an accounting qualification. Outside of the office, Rachel is also learning to trampoline!