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: 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: Sales Director - Agency, EMEA
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Before I joined Broadbean at the beginning of 2013, I’d spent 15 years working in the recruitment industry. I’ve been a top billing consultant, focused on business development and I’ve trained new recruiters and sales professionals. Most recently I was COO for a well respected and entrepreneurial agency based in London.
A timely call from my first boss introduced me to Broadbean. It was a natural step and a great opportunity for me to use my skills as a recruiter, but from a different angle, as I’ve always wanted to work for a company who sold back into the recruitment sector.
I genuinely love meeting consultants and business owners and getting to know how their companies operate. Getting the opportunity to talk to business leaders who already have great companies yet still want to drive change and helping them to improve business processes and delivering a true competitive edge is truly satisfying.
Since I joined Broadbean everyone has been so incredibly supportive and helpful, no matter how obvious my questions have been they’ve only been too happy to answer them! Every single person who works at Broadbean is so passionate about the brand that not only can you see it on a daily basis, you can feel it just by being here.
Outside of Broadbean, I have a wife and two kids and they are my life. I ‘used’ to be exceptionally good at golf and I’ve had the opportunity to play some famous courses with some very famous people. (Apparently I had to grow up one day, be responsible and get a proper job, which was a shame but always going to happen I guess.) I’m also slightly obsessed with DC Comics and Marvel and in particular Batman but don’t tell anyone, and no, I don’t have my own cape although I wouldn’t say no to a utility belt or his car come to think of it!
The recruitment industry is worth billions of and continues to drive forward through innovation and creativity. The result is still about getting the right person the right opportunity but how we make that happen has changed significantly and is constantly evolving. Keeping up with the sheer speed and capacity is a growing issue.
As the market continues to be flooded with massive volumes of data, all of which come from a vast array of constantly evolving sources, I believe we have some of the most innovative solutions available and can make an instant impact to any recruitment business given the opportunity. I’m really fortunate to know about the new products we’re working on and I can’t wait to talk to clients, as I know they will be blown away!
Position: Client Services Director, EMEA
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I joined Broadbean in December 2007, and after 4 years of working my way up in the support department, I was made client services director in 2012.
My previous experience within the recruitment industry coupled with my progression at Broadbean means I now have 10 years plus, working in the Recruitment and IT sectors.
I first came across Broadbean whilst working as a divisional manager in a recruitment agency. The customer service I received from Broadbean mirrored my own passions; the company was innovative and going places. And after all these years, Broadbean is still going places!
The spirit and drive to make our products the best in the world, matching our clients’ needs, is still as strong today as it was when I joined. What’s more, the company actively encourages all employees to share their ideas and contribute. It sounds corny but the team here really are some of the best you will ever meet in the industry. Each person is hired for his or her individual talent and it makes for a diverse and knowledgeable workforce, which is why I’m still here and looking forward to many more years to come.
Ask my team and you’ll discover that I’m a stickler for providing not just good, but great customer service, which we deliver by ensuring our support staff are well trained and recognised.
Outside of work I love watching rugby and I’m also a massive star wars fan (old school trilogy, not new films – what was Lucas thinking?!). I can also be occasionally found singing karaoke, even though I know I shouldn’t.
Position: Marketing Director, EMEA
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I’m a career marketer with experience of both professional services and recruitment. I love marketing and I’m a tad geeky, so being at Broadbean is a dream come true.
After being a client of Broadbean’s for a number of years, I was quite giddy with excitement when the opportunity came up. Working with the team from the outside was always a great experience, being part of the team is actually awesome.
As a technology business maturing in a multi-billion pound industry, Broadbean has masses still to give and get – and heading the marketing strategy for EMEA means I get to be in the driving seat!
My experience in the recruitment industry spans both agency and digital recruitment platforms. I’ve been client facing on all fronts: corporate clients, agency clients and candidates. Another plus is that I get to work with a number of brilliant people and leading brands: technical partners, job boards, associations, networks and friends of Broadbean – all of which make my life easier, more fun and help to give exposure to great technology like ours.
Because Broadbean means different things to different clients, my job is to ensure that every client in all of our markets knows and understands the best of what we can do, so we can positively affect their recruitment strategy. It’s a big job, but as it’s a great one, I don’t mind getting stuck in! Day to day, everyone is different: from coordinating events across Europe, attending awards and conferences through to designing our latest brochure; I get to work with amazing and talented people who are passionate about the quality of service we deliver.
I’d like to say I’m a full cup kind of person – life’s too short to waste a drop. When I’m not up to my eyes in events, parties and communications plans, I’m cooking curry banquets and hanging out with the two very important men (one fully grown, one little!) in my life.
So what’s next? The next chapter of Broadbean is just about to be written. We are all extremely excited about what’s coming soon. The words ‘revolution’ and ‘visionary’ are appearing more and more in the copy I write, and that’s just about the industry as a whole! As the landscape is changing and gaining momentum there are a number of trends on our radar that show no signs of dissipating, particularly data and direct sourcing. There are many more elements that do and will affect our marketing strategy but I’d like to say we are geared up and ready. Hold on tight and watch this space!
Position: Chief Technology Officer, EMEA
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I joined Broadbean at the beginning of 2013 following a career with a number of technology and analytics businesses. Broadbean appealed for its data-driven approach to recruiting and sense of enthusiasm for building services that really make an impact.
It sounds cheesey, but we’re absolutely focused on “how do we most help the client?” The developers I work with have a deep sense of responsibility towards our clients. It’s great to be part of a business where this is the starting point for developing and building everything.
I bring over 12 years of very varied experience – from what makes software teams tick and a strong development background, to a specialty in bridging the gap between developers’ perspectives and commercial considerations. I’m also a huge geek and spend a large amount of my personal time contributing to open-source projects.
What’s to come? I think we’re going to see data-driven decisions in recruitment become the norm. Before long, the industry will start to really take advantage of what their data can do for them. Almost a decade’s worth of experience and data in this sphere puts us (Broadbean) in an excellent position to do some really exciting things.
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