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Top digital specialists team up with agency entrepreneur to launch Futureheads
London, 15th October 2009: Today sees the official launch of Futureheads, a recruitment firm focused on digital media, user experience (UX) design, content, project management and client services. Futureheads’ first hires are senior players who met at Recruit Media before its 2007 merger with Aquent. The business is backed by a well-known agency entrepreneur working in corporate advisory for agencies. Futureheads hits the ground running with one of the most respected teams in the digital market and well-connected backing.
Some of the big names in Digital Britain have already added their voice to the buzz about a solid team that has a track record of getting results for the industry talent: Fortune Cookie MD (and BIMA Chair) Justin Cooke, Richard Titus, CEO of Associated Northcliffe Digital, The Team’s Director of Experience, Jason Mesut and former Head of UX at BBC, Matt Hopgood.
Futureheads will cover core digital markets across retail, broadcast, publishing, entertainment, telecoms, web and sofware, public sector and agency. Futureheads will grow its coverage of key digital industry niches with dedicated experts in front end development, creative and web editorial.
The Futureheads team brings together three of the most experienced recruiters in UK digital – delivering deep industry knowledge and a commitment to professionalism for clients and candidates.
Be Kaler Blake is on the council of BIMA, the British Interactive Media Association, and has been responsible for bringing together some of the key user experience teams in the market.
Gill Arnold will concentrate on strategic hire agreements across government and public sector, focussing on content, design and project management. Gill will lead Futureheads’ quality assurance and best practice.
Rachel Murray tracks corporate and agency recruitment – she has a focus on project management and client service roles. Rachel is nurturing new Futureheads joiners to become top quality consultants of the future.
Agency entrepreneur Charlie Hoult has grown a number of businesses in design and digital, notably Loewy Group which he took from 40 to 400 staff in 4 years. He also ran First Tuesday London and a nationwide government programme BeyondBricks to champion digital entrepreneurship.
“We start with one of the best networks in London from years in the field. Look at our links with Third Sector Forum, BIMA, UK UPA or Castaway,” says Futureheads Chairman Charlie Hoult. “But, we also start with a work ethic and a twinkle in our eyes: we do the same stuff but better than everyone else.”
“We’ve been on the digital ‘block’ for longer than we care to remember and we make it our business to know where the industry is going,” says Rachel Murray. “We’ve built strong relationships over years – we’ve been overwhelmed by the feedback so far. People come to us because we are totally immersed in the digital space.”
“We understand the importance of good process and QA throughout the recruitment lifecycle” says Gill Arnold. “We really want to raise the standards of recruitment in the digital industry through honesty, transparency and deep industry knowledge.”
Futureheads’ Be Kaler Blake says: “The digital industry is a national asset – it’s one area where the UK is a world beater. Futureheads is here
to nurture the best talent to keep the industry
Justin Cooke, Fortune Cookie MD and BIMA Chair, adds: “The team behind Futureheads have helped Fortune Cookie find brilliant, world-class people for the past 8 years. I trust their honesty, transparency and the speed with which they respond to our needs.”
Richard Titus, CEO of Associated Northcliffe Digital, says: “Futureheads is an exciting proposition, having worked with the team closely they are my first port of call when sourcing user experience, design and project management talent. I cannot speak highly enough of them.”
Jason Mesut, Experience Director, The Team, says: “I am keen to use Be at Futureheads for contract and permanent roles going forward. She is the only recruiter I have ever met who gets what I and my peers do, and in a market full of charlatans, I really need to cut through the crap
to find the talent.”
Matt Hopgood, former Head of UX at BBC confirms: “These girls have been my first port of call for both interim & contract staff as well as providing me with my own career opportunities for the last 8 years. In all that time, they have never failed to provide the highest calibre staff and the last job they got me was Head of UX at the BBC and it doesn’t get better than that. Be, Gill and Rachel are diligent, professional, extremely well connected and thoroughly lovely to boot.”
And, thank you to Steph at WilliamJoseph for the branding, Natasha Frangos from HaysMac for accounting advice, Rakesh Patel and Sarah Nichols at RBS, Jane Latham at SteakDigital, Mark Brown at Hoults Yard,