Position: Founder & Chief Executive
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Kelly has long had a love for recruitment. Using his interesting leadership style, he once managed six different recruitment agencies before founding a company based on a new job posting distribution technology. Originally called Firebean, it became Broadbean Technology Limited after consulting with the other love of his life – his lovely wife. Broadbean was and is a reflection of Kelly’s passion for technology - a tech business that would fill the gap within his own company, and ultimately within the industry. It was a little idea that continued to grow at every turn.
Kelly’s fascination with how businesses operate began when he was still at school. While some people study blueprints of buildings, Kelly focused, instead, on the blueprint of a radical new business, including how to develop a team that would deliver ideas. as well as craft and build a successful business around those ideas.
Our Chief Exec constantly tries to make life at the Bean fun while still getting the job done. He is brilliant at taking work issues by the scruff of the neck and fixing them. Kelly pushes, drives, and challenges the Bean team every single day. His leadership style unites and motivates his employees and with his constant encouragement, people are given every opportunity to succeed. ”I love creating new products and solutions for the industry. Success benefits everyone,” he says.
Recruitment can be a lucrative industry for the right people. Kelly regards it as still the only industry where you can legally make six figures from a standing start without any experience, and have fun doing it. He loves the industry and firmly believes that people are a reflection of the companies for which they work. He often thinks about Tony Burns, a Recruitment Trainer in the U.S., and reminds himself consistently what he learned from Tony about the job and the industry.
When he’s not creating a new product or defining a new approach, Kelly devotes some of his rare spare time to coaching kids’ football/soccer. And when he isn’t coaching football, he is either playing it himself or snowboarding with family and friends.
“I think people are completely overloaded with technology, including social media. There will be clients who want real people; I can see a switch back to solid face-to-face recruitment. We know that social networking can build the biggest database in the world; somehow, this is a game changer. I think there will be a shift in the overloaded hiring manager to actually paying for qualified candidates. It will be interesting to watch what happens next.” – Kelly Robinson, Founder and Chief Executive.
Position: Managing Director, EMEA
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Dan Martin took the helm at Broadbean in September 2010. His previous position as Digital Business Development Director for Daily Mail and General Trust, and his work with the various digital businesses in the portfolio, have primed him well for his role at the Bean. Dan’s involvement at this crucial stage in Broadbean’s business development is significant. As important financial decisions are required, and established relationships deepened and new ones built, Dan’s strategic background is invaluable.
Dan was delighted to join the business and states, "Broadbean is a quality business with a market-leading product. This, combined with a unique company culture for which we have to thank Dan McGuire, our former Managing Director, and our Founder and Chief Exec Kelly Robinson, makes Broadbean a really exciting proposition".
Career opportunities can come along unexpectedly, yet Dan feels that the timing of this opportunity was perfect. He had long looked for an exciting operational move, and Broadbean was a business he knew well (having previously been on its board). The opportunity to help take the company to the next level proved to be just the challenge he needed. His decision to join the Bean was based on three key factors: product quality, the Bean team, and the brilliant opportunity for career progression. In a market that is constantly changing, Dan aims to continue to uphold our company ethos, strengthened by his strategic insight and enthusiasm to make a difference.
Dan believes strongly in maintaining a healthy work-life balance, and occasionally manages to achieve it! Golf is his biggest weakness, both in terms of his obsessive focus and lack of talent, but he is also interested in a wide variety of other sports. Increasingly, watching is becoming more common than playing, but he still hasn’t given up hope that he will receive the call from Kenny Dalglish to don the red of Liverpool FC.
Dan concludes, "There are exciting times ahead for us at Broadbean, as well as for our clients. Information on potential candidates is becoming more readily available, and yet at the same time, the sources of this information are becoming more fragmented. Broadbean will play an important role in bringing order to potential chaos. Our role is to help our recruiters become more efficient, which in turn will help more candidates find their dream jobs – it doesn’t get much more exciting than that!"
Position: Chief Operating & Financial Officer, EMEA
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Stuart Passmore began his Bean journey in February 2006. He started his accounting career at the age of 16. By the time Stuart was 21, he was ACCA qualified. A year later he qualified as a specialist in tax qualification and by 25, he helped to build a successful practice of twelve staff and 250 clients. He also became firm friends with Broadbean’s Chief Executive Kelly Robinson, whom he played football with, and joined the company on a two days a month contract. Before long, this grew to two days a week before Kelly eventually offered Stuart a full-time role which he accepted. From the beginning, Stuart brought a calm presence, a voice of reason, and commercial acumen to a burgeoning team on the edge of significant growth. Broadbean has been growing ever since, leading the market and continually evolving as the industry does.
The very real potential and excitement of global market domination keeps Stuart active and involved in further company development. There are still many challenges ahead for Broadbean which drive Stuart daily. No two days are ever the same at the Bean and this variety further motivates Stuart whose passion and commitment to the business is a hallmark of the leadership team as a whole.
When not leading the way operationally at the Bean, Stuart falls back into his role as a devoted father of four and enjoys playing golf and watching football. He fondly sees Broadbean as having a stabilizing influence on his rich and very full life.
“For recruiters, the future is going to be meeting the challenge of finding and staying in touch with candidates. Social networks have forever changed the monopoly of job boards. They won’t go away, but neither will social media. It will continue to evolve as the jobseeker evolves. We may see multiple sub-networks develop. All in all the future looks pretty interesting for Broadbean.” – Stuart Passmore, Chief Operating Officer.
Position: Product Strategy Manager, EMEA
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Broadbean enthusiastically welcomed Alex Charles into its fold in June 2010. Alex had extensive experience in HR and banking software development (he built HR, financing, banking and management systems for companies including the Bank of England and NatWest.). Armed with this expertise, Alex founded iProfile in 2000. Over the next 10 years, his company gained a reputation for innovative technology and leading software development in line with the exploding world of online profiles and ongoing changes in candidate behavior. Alex also brings in-depth knowledge of corporate best practices and one of the brightest minds in the business to our senior management team.
The opportunity to oversee product strategy through product launch, which represents the crucial next stage of growth at the Bean, was an incredible lure for Alex and closely related to his work at iProfile. He enjoys the intellectual challenge and matches our people in his passion for business and growth. Alex has found the truly global reach of Broadbean’s product suite and its widening strategic development to be the most interesting aspect of his job. Plus, he gets to brush up on his business French!
When he doesn’t have his eyes glued to a computer at the Bean, Alex enjoys extreme skiing and spending time with his children. He is excited about the opportunity to combine these two activities as his sons grow and he can share his love of skiing with them. Time with his sons has also included more than the usual element of danger as they explore the world of firework-propelled rockets together!
“Individual job seekers are taking ownership and control of their own information and this changes the game. Recruitment is all about people and relationships – putting people in front of the process, instead of technology. Fundamentally, we have not seen a lot of changes and I think we have just hit a new decade of change.” – Alex Charles, Product Strategy Manager, EMEA
Lee Anne Davey
Position: Sales & Marketing Manager - APAC
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Prior to joining Broadbean in 2005, Lee Anne worked in sales and accounting for a Volvo dealership, where she even did mechanics! Her varied role in this traditionally male environment was good preparation for her to work with “unruly boys” that make up sales teams. She feels there is something very special about working with a small but successful company. After seeing her resume on Monster, one of Broadbean’s key job board partners, Ricky Wheeler (European Marketing Director) contacted Lee Anne. Shortly afterwards, she interviewed with Ricky and Dan McGuire, Broadbean’s former Managing Director whose combined enthusiasm and infectious excitement about Broadbean won her over.
Lee is eager to state that, “Broadbean would be an awesome place to work even if your job was to clean out the cupboard.” She has a flair for organization and coordination, remembering placing the company’s first order for office equipment, and loves the team growth she has witnessed over the years. With the launch of the US office in 2009 and Australia operations in 2010, her responsibilities increased considerably as training personnel in different time zones presented its own set of challenges. To her credit, Lee Anne dealt with the situation brilliantly and continues to be one of the most valuable assets of the Bean Team.
Broadbean is part of Lee Anne’s family. “This is not like coming to work for me, it is like coming home.” This is evident by the fact that now, even with one hundred employees, Broadbean still has the same enthusiasm and energy as when only seven people worked here. Broadbean is a growing company with the drive to overcome challenges and ensure that an incredibly talented multi-national workforce are happy, as well as make the hard work fun. “It’s almost like you want anyone stuck in a horrible rut to come and work here, too.” With consistent company growth, people who are valued, and innovative products, the team still strives to be better, to provide amazing quality service that is available globally.
When not at the Bean, Lee Anne absolutely adores being with her son and sharing jokes and giggles. Being at home, having story time, making breakfast and going to the park can all be counted among her favorite things. The combination of a happy home life and a wonderful job is very fulfilling for her, and that’s what it’s all about.
“I think new candidates, the Gen-X candidates, are changing the world. They are not going to want to be communicated with by job boards or even Facebook. I think these candidates will demand their own way to be communicated with. Candidates today want to be known for who they are. The roles will reverse. I think the journey, so far, has been incredible. The next two or three years will be even more amazing. It will be incredible to watch and be a part of.” - Lee Anne Davey, Sales & Marketing Manager
Position: CTO (Americas/APAC)
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Luke joined Broadbean in 2002, bringing with him the knowledge and experience he gained as a Network Engineer in the mobile industry; long before Smartphones had entered the marketplace. The decision to join Broadbean was a simple one and Luke was eager to share his expertise with such an unusual company. With the feel of a start-up and its burgeoning entrepreneurial environment, Broadbean was not only logical, but the perfect match. It was a culture that is still very much alive today in Broadbean’s unquenchable thirst for development and online innovation.
After several years with Broadbean in the UK, Luke had the opportunity to head up the tech team in the US. It proved to be too good to pass up, and he moved there in 2010. He relishes the exciting challenges of leading a young tech department that welcomes his quiet leadership style. He also thrives in Broadbean’s informal atmosphere and embraces its lack of bureaucracy. With year-to-year industry changes and endless tech development, there is always something new to work on. You can bet that technology is the reason Luke has stayed at Broadbean.
Position: Global Alliances Manager
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One of the earliest hires in Broadbean’s US launch, Jon Flahive began working with Broadbean in January of 2009. His background in Applicant Tracking Systems, having worked as a Technology Partner Manager with PeopleClick, served him well as his role at Broadbean evolved during his first year in the US. The opportunity to work in a new marketplace for a truly international company proved to be a dream come true for Jon. He viewed Broadbean as a significant leader in the space “A great company with great people and a great logo”. His experience with Broadbean from the other side of the fence while at PeopleClick convinced Jon that Broadbean was one of the best and most effective partners, with a strong desire to be true to its clients and valued partners alike.
Jon brings strength in managing partnerships to the Bean team. His ability to work out the best way to establish relationships, by understanding the needs of all parties makes him a valuable asset to the leadership team at Broadbean. His broad perspective is a result of his work across the US with recruiting tech vendors, clients, candidates and in the industry, as a whole. Enjoying the work and the people with whom he works are key factors to individual success. Fast product evolution and providing a world-class solution to Broadbean clients create the outlets for Jon’s considerable company devotion and passion. Learning about the needs of recruiting professionals around the world and gaining a strong understanding of global hiring practices have been instrumental in product development. ”I like to think of Broadbean as the road builder, as opposed to the map maker” says Jon, “and the roads are being built quicker than the maps are being made!”
Jon fills his time away from the Bean kayaking (yes, his kayak is appropriately colored green). He also enjoys travelling and would love to kayak on the world’s waterways, whether they be rivers, lakes or oceans. So, he has a global focus, even outside of the office? You bet!
“Candidates are making themselves their number one priority; they will be the drivers of the process. They have learned where and how to market themselves as jobseekers; about their qualifications and where they fit in. As candidates continue to make their own employment the most important thing, they will continue to place themselves. They will target their own objectives, they will talk to the right recruiters more often and they will land more squarely where they fit.” - Jon Flahive, Head of Global Partnerships and Alliances
Position: Sales Director - Corporate, EMEA
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Richard's move into the world of recruitment stemmed from an old friend telling him it would be his perfect job. After a 3-month stint in the high flying world of Pilot recruitment, it seemed there were better options out there. At the beginning of 1998, he joined Chamberlain Scott International (CSi), a small, start up IT contract agency, as a recruitment consultant. Within 18 months he had started his own IT contracts team; within 5 years he became solely responsible for the successful running of the entire team of 65 consultants; and finally ran the New York office by 2003. After hitting both personal and business targets, and taking CSi to a top 20 UK contracts agency, Richard needed a new challenge. After a year's travelling around the world, he was introduced to Kelly Robinson (Broadbean’s founder and CEO) from where his career at Broadbean began.
Richard spotted that Broadbean was the new technology in the world of Internet-based recruitment. With job boards the staple diet for recruiters who needed to more and more job boards to remain competitive, Broadbean was an absolute “no brainer”. As the key salesperson for Broadbean’s larger agencies, tapping into the corporate market, and it’s need to direct source, was the clear challenge. This was precisely the kind of opportunity Richard had been looking for: identifying and developing a sales proposition for the corporate recruiter rather than the staffing agency.
It’s not just bringing companies into the future that keeps him at Broadbean; it’s also wondering what will be the next revolutionary product that we pull out of the bag. To be a part of a company that has evolved world of recruitment is very exciting.
Richard’s life out of work is as important to him as his life within work. He’s passionate about food, to the point of being fussy according to his colleagues and friends. “Well yes, I am a bit!”, says Richard, “I like good food, cooking it, or eating out. It’s one of life’s greatest pleasures. If you do something every day you may as well do it properly, right?” If he’s not eating, he’s probably out with friends, at festivals, or travelling. “Travelling is my favourite hobby. “I’ve already been to India and Hawaii this year”.
“For my sins, I’ve always been an Arsenal supporter, so I’m used to picking myself up again and again. “My favourite film is Withnail and I, well it was before I grew up”. His wife is his life now: she makes him laugh and is really the best part of his day despite her love of Eastenders. They are best friends and you can tell he really means it. He has a twin sister and a recent addition to the family, the other love of his life, is his niece Millie. “If I could come back as an animal it would have to be a turtle.” he says.
Richard admits he has a great life and wouldn’t swap it for anything. He starts at 8 and always ends late. “Sleep? I’ll catch up when I retire. It’s all about the here and now and making the best of all opportunities that come my way. Every day brings something new.”
Position: General Manager - APAC
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Laura is one of the newest members of Broadbean’s management team, joining in August 2010 to launch operations in Australia and cover the APAC region. Her experience as a Senior Account Exec at Bullhorn, a valued Broadbean partner, was perfect for us, along with her years in executive search and sales. She had been looking for a career move that would take full advantage of her skills and experience. The opportunity to open a new region and grow a Bean Team came along at the perfect time for Laura.
When not building her team or selling to recruiting professionals, Laura enjoys exploring her new home of Australia with her wonderful husband, Ben. She has visited such places as Hunter Valley and Hamilton Island by the Great Barrier Reef. She enjoyed seeing kangaroos running free and recently acquired her beloved dog, aptly named Sydney.
"The future of online recruitment will be all about passive candidate sourcing. In Australia, there is a major dearth of qualified candidates; many companies look for Ex-Pats. The challenge that many recruitment firms are now facing is how to attract a targeted pool of candidates without adopting direct-sourcing methods. Companies are coming up with additional values added for niche specific sites. An online salary comparison tool will white label their product for a staffing firm, giving out free salary information resulting in great passive candidate sourcing. Candidates then receive a comparison for what the firm recruits against the data provided by the salary tool. It is a win/win for both recruitment firms and candidates." - Laura Fuller, General Manager – Australia/APAC