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

Managing Director, UK and Europe

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As Managing Director, 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 Group in 2015 and has recently been included in SIA's (Staffing Industry Analysts) European Top 100, 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

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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.
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Niamh O'Brien

Client Solutions Director

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Niamh has worked with Irish Recruitment Consultants for over 14 years and is now focused on further developing the already well established IRC brand and launching Guidant IRC in the Irish market. Niamh has over 20 years' recruitment experience and has previously had responsibility for developing and managing key client relationships within IRC. 

The sign of a great partnership is repeat business. The fact that I’ve chosen to work with Niamh and the team in Irish Recruitment Consultants (IRC) for almost 15 years now across 4 industries shows the high value and trust I put in them and their personable, professional approach. 

They consistently deliver solutions for my needs across temporary staffing, flexible workforce and permanent placements. The consistency of service, quality of staff and candidates and the super service from IRC are the reasons why I chose to work with them and why they will continue to be a chosen business partner for many years

Shane Stafford – Commercial Director, IRC client

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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.
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Jennifer Maher

Divisional Manager

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Jennifer has been working in recruitment for 9 years. In her previous role she was Operations Manager for all managed service accounts nationwide. She has extensive knowledge in temporary recruitment. 

Jenny joined the group in August 2017. She is an experienced manager who enjoys working with people and strives to give the best customer service possible, always going the extra mile.

I have known Jenny since 2013 – Jenny would have been my first point of contact when booking staff for our sites around Dublin and surrounding counties.
From site visits Jenny would have observed the standards / work practices we work to and she was made aware of the level of service we expected on our sites; in turn she then endeavoured to fill each of our staff requirements to meet these standards.

Jenny had the ability to quickly understand the skillset that was required on our sites and this was clearly evident in the members of her team that were sent to our sites.

During her time working with me — when it was called for (and in certain stressful situations) she made it her mission to prioritise any issues or problems which arose — all of which was dealt with efficiently, and resulted in the desired solution not only for me but also our managers on site.

Even when Jenny moved away from dealing with temp staff solutions for our sites — she would have been my go-to person to raise any concerns / issues — knowing that she would work her magic in ensuring they were dealt with.

I would have no problem in recommending Jenny and hopefully I will get the opportunity to work with her in the future.”

Carmel Tierney – Recruitment Lead, key client