Meet Our Leaders

Trusted recruitment leaders with a clear vision 

Our senior leadership team are genuine experts with a wealth of recruitment outsourcing and managed service expertise, covering MSP and RPO design, planning and implementation.

Warm and welcoming, our entire leadership team have a true passion for sharing their expertise and supporting others in offering the market-leading recruitment outsourcing services our clients rely on.

Meet them here:

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Simon Blockley

Chief Executive Officer

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As CEO, Simon's role is to implement Guidant’s three-year strategy (Lead, People, Grow) which has set a clear framework for the future direction of our business, while ensuring an exceptional standard of service for our clients, candidates, suppliers and our people. 

He has worked in the recruitment industry since the late 90s, having spent the vast majority of this time concentrating on setting the standard for recruitment process outsourcing.

The early part of Simon’s career focussed on client service leadership, where he was responsible for the delivery of outsourced recruitment services encompassing all categories of permanent and non-permanent resource. Building on his success in client services, Simon, a Prince2 Project Manager, successfully implemented several recruitment operating models across multiple industries and locations.

Simon has spent the latter part of his career advising organisations on their approach to talent acquisition and management. He joined Guidant in 2015 and has recently been included in SIA's (Staffing Industry Analysts) European Top 100 for the second year running, which lists the 100 most influential people in the European staffing market. 

"Simon is not only a very experienced and knowledgeable recruitment professional, but a true people-person, making it a real pleasure to work with him. He has a great ability to assess and understand clients’ needs and then match these with strategic solutions, always maintaining a sensible and realistic approach, without losing his warmth and personable touch.  A keen collaborator, Simon always strives for excellence and is someone you can certainly rely on."

Helga Venturini Townend, Director, International Compliance Experts

Karina Townley

Karina Townley

Managing Director - EMEA

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Richard King

Finance Director

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Richard is our results-driven and people-oriented Finance Director with over 20 years' experience in the staffing and recruitment industry. His role is to ensure the commercial effectiveness of Guidant Group, while working in close partnership with our clients and on-site teams to drive efficiencies across all of our MSP and RPO programmes. Starting his career at Impellam over 17 years ago, Richard has since risen through the ranks to head up Guidant’s finance function.
Richard Adams

Richard Adams

Client Services Director

Joyce Coffey

Joyce Coffey

Client Services Manager

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Joyce joined the IRC group in May 2016. She is an experienced manager and has worked in the recruitment industry for over 10 years . Her passion for the recruitment industry has helped her to develop an expert level knowledge across all sectors of the economy. With a strong focus on delivery, she works closely with businesses to attract and retain the best people.