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 enjoys socialising, baking (particularly cup cakes), as well as her new found love of camping!
Karen Elson started at Scattergood’s Agency in August 1999, having worked on the clerical side of 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. He also manages/plays in his own football team in the SoccerSixes league.
Other than that – Darren describes himself as a Panda – he would quite happily sleep and eat all day if he had the choice.
Senior Permanent Recruitment Consultant
Jo has 7 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.
Resourcer, 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!
Recruitment Consultant, Temporary Division
Chay joined Scattergoods in January 2014 having worked in sales for Aviator Hotel in Farnborough, after this he moved to The Manor House in Godalming where he worked as their Wedding and Conference Co-ordinator. Although still in the hospitality vein, but a slight curve in his career brings him into recruitment, Chay is really excited to have joined Scattergoods and is looking forward to the future ahead. Interesting fact – Chay originally trained as a dancer and received a BA (Hons) in Dance from the University of Chichester. Chay then worked in the dance industry for a number of years where he toured the UK, choreographed and performed for various dance companies.
Recruitment Consultant, Temporary Division
After a varied career in Catering Management working for several well-known companies, including Thistle Hotels & Pret-A-Manger, Liz decided to work on the other side and began her Catering Recruitment career working for Portfolio International running a busy Front of House Temporary desk supplying staff to 5 Star London Hotels. Since then her recruitment career has included permanent recruitment working for Berkeley Scott, but realising her speciality was temporary recruitment, she joined Scattergoods Agency in 2006 and has been a lively and valuable part of the team since!
Jessica had several years practical experience in the catering industry initially as a Chef, then as a Unit Manger. Having taken a career break, she then joined Scattergoods Agency in 1989. Working mainly within the Permanent Recruitment Division initially, she moved to the Temporary Department and is now an integral part of the team undertaking various duties, including ensuring the candidate and client database is constantly kept up to date. When not at her desk, she enjoys walking besides the sea in Sussex, socialising with friends and knitting (Claire says obsessed by this activity!)
Trainee Recruitment Consultant- Temporary Division
Robert joined the temporary team in May 2015, having been previously with Pennyhill Park & Spa as Conference and Banqueting Head Waiter. Prior to this Robert was at the Aviator Hotel in Farnborough as Meetings and Events Supervisor.
We now add Roberts’s strong front of house skills and knowledge to our existing temporary team, and anticipate that Robert will become our in house trainer for Food Service.
In his spare time Robert enjoys gardening and DIY, and also happens to be a qualified electrician!.
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 temp consultants 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. The 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!
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!