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Management Team

GROUP DIRECTOR
Andy Morrell
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Andy Morrell

Andy leads Oscar's global management team, collaboratively creating vision, providing guided direction, and being ultimately responsible for all facets of the business.

Andy joined Oscar in 2007 as Director, immediately introducing standards, processes, procedures and a platform/structure for success; he has subsequently been the heartbeat of the organisation, whilst growing a strong management team around himself.

Andy attained a degree in Business Management from Staffordshire University in 2000 and commenced his recruitment career as a Trainee at an independent IT Recruitment company in the UK. Andy demonstrated a hard earned ability for recruitment, demonstrable by his rapid career progression culminating in being promoted to managing the organisation's IT Contract Division across the UK in January 2004. Reporting directly into the company owners, Andy developed new markets and initiatives for the company and maintained a successful 'billing desk', whilst being an integral part of the management team.

“I am extremely proud to have been a key influence in the ongoing Oscar success story; it's a genuine privilege and thrill to witness the growth and opportunities we create that positively shape the careers, lives and futures of our staff. We keep this sustainable with dedication to our mantra of Recruiting Excellence and recognition of this by colleagues, clients and candidates is the ultimate job satisfaction.

"I remain as passionate about recruitment now as I did when I started in the industry and I am extremely excited about the future for Oscar. I truly believe that our special culture and atmosphere will enable us to achieve our lofty goals.

“Outside of work I am a dedicated family man, as well as a member of Stockport Golf Club, (when I get the chance trying to get my handicap back into single figures), and a season ticket holder at Bolton Wanderers.”

GROUP FINANCE DIRECTOR
Janet Kelly
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Janet Kelly

As Finance Director, Janet’s role is to provide strategic financial leadership and best in class operational processes which ensure that the business is ideally positioned to achieve its ambitious global aspirations.

The competitive global recruitment market requires strong international insight, backed up by long term financial planning and agile financial management to succeed. Janet brings a wealth of this experience to the management team as a qualified FCMA with over 14 years of industry experience.

Having spent over seven years with NES Global Talent, a fast growing international business, she has the required leadership experience to establish and run the finance processes for a growing network of multi-national offices and maintain strong control in this complex regulatory environment.

Janet joined the management team at Oscar in December 2013, and having established the critical framework for financial management, reporting and control, she is well placed to provide the financial expertise to drive the continued growth of the business.

“I joined Oscar as I felt that my skills and experience were a perfect match for the business. The opportunity to join a company with such ambitious plans and to be part of a growing world class team was an exciting challenge.”

SALES DIRECTOR
Matthew Southworth
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Matthew Southworth

As Sales Director, Matt has responsibility for the performance of Oscar's contract and permanent Technology Divisions, mentoring them on delivering first class staffing solutions.

Matt joined Oscar in 2006 as a Trainee Consultant after completing an MSc European Studies and BSc (Hons) History. A successful Consultant in his own right, with personal billings of over £1m, Matt has played a pivotal part in the growth of the Technology team; progressing quickly to become a high performing and hugely respected Manager, Associate Director, and then Director in September 2015, becoming part of Oscar's global management team. Matt drives the development of Oscar through continual process improvement and ensuring we are capable of continuously delivering excellent results.

“Over the next few years, our plans are to grow Oscar Technology services across the UK by nurturing our current customer accounts, increasing our knowledge of our client base and also developing new business opportunities. This also includes enhancing our candidate attraction model, through traditional means, as well as working in the local candidate communities to attract professionals via networking and meet ups. 2017 and beyond represent exciting times at Oscar as we plan to grow our global offices by 100% in 2018. Outside of work, I continue to play as much football and golf as possible.”

CLIENT SOLUTIONS MANAGER
Sam Mikkelsen
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Sam Mikkelsen

Sam is responsible for developing Oscar's existing client relationships as well as ensuring new clients receive the best solutions to suit their business from day one. Sam also has responsibility for initiating new solutions and service lines and has a strategic view on all things recruitment, regularly attending industry events so that Oscar are continually at the bleeding edge of ever evolving recruitment innovation.

Sam joined Oscar in September 2013 as UK IT Contracts Division Manager, where his success led him to being promoted to Associate Director in August 2015. As with any progressive leader, Sam continued the development of the senior recruiters in the division so that by June 2017 he had trained them to take over his reins and develop their own careers, thus enabling him to move into the more strategic and client facing role he holds today.

Sam started in recruitment in 1996 working for one of the biggest IT recruiters in Europe and went on to lead the startup of two IT recruitment businesses offering contract and permanent recruitment solutions. Prior to joining Oscar, Sam spent 3.5 years working internally with a software company helping them to launch a web based software solution to media and advertising agencies throughout the UK, Australia and the US, giving him a strong understanding of the internal workings of the technology industry.

“I'm married to Marie with three wonderful children, Jamie, Daisy and Fyn. Naturally, my weeks and weekends are always busy juggling home and work life. If I’m not spending time with the kids or cooking for family and friends, you’ll find me climbing the Pennine hills on my road bike or attempting to play golf. A personal life ambition is to ride a stage of the Tour de France.”

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - AMERICAS
Kevin Holt
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Kevin Holt

Kevin started his recruitment career as a Trainee at Oscar Technology back in 2010 and has progressed through the career ladder to his current role of Associate Director. Based in our Houston Office, Kevin leads the Technology Recruitment team, which offers end to end recruitment solutions to clients and candidates throughout the US.

Kevin is responsible for the day to day running of the team, whilst identifying new markets and recruitment strategies within Oscar Technology. Before moving to the Houston office in 2016, Kevin grew his UK department to be one of the largest in Oscar Tech with a forecast for further significant growth in the coming years.

Prior to joining Oscar, Kevin lived in the US where he attended Heidelberg University as a student athlete, studying Health and Physical Education and representing the university in soccer. After graduating, he joined the University’s coaching staff and worked for several soccer coaching organisations including Findlay Soccer Club and the Olympic Development Programme.

“I have a passion for helping the Oscar staff achieve their personal and professional milestones by training, challenging and rewarding them. It is great to see how peoples’ lives change from joining as a Trainee to becoming a credible, successful Recruitment professional. Oscar has an excellent culture, and invests in nurturing individual by creating an environment where people want to build long term careers. This enables us to set long term plans and grow as a global recruitment company.”

“Outside of work I am a family man; I spend most of my time with them. I also enjoy playing football and following Manchester City.”

TRAINING MANAGER
Adam Underwood
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Adam Underwood

In Adam’s role as Training Manager he works closely with the management team on the design and delivery of training focused on continuous improvement of the Oscar consultants, ensuring that they strive to achieve Recruiting Excellence.

Adam joined Oscar in 2007 after completing a MA in Human Resource Management. Since then, his career progressed within Oscar Technology's UK office, specialising in recruiting staff within IT Infrastructure & Support, and playing a key role in monitoring the permanent recruitment team's delivery and efficiency.

Following an assessment of his key attributes in 2013, Adam was promoted into the position of Training Manager - a position which strongly suited his core skills and suited the needs of Oscar.

“Oscar has flourished from a small organisation to a globally recognised recruitment partner. It makes me proud to know that I have been a part of this growth and been given every opportunity to support the company as we continue to grow. I ensure that the training we provide is recognised as industry leading and supports our growth. When I’m not in the office, I like to spend time cooking up culinary delights. An independently verified review once described my chocolate brownie as, and I quote, “the best thing ever!”

GROUP HR MANAGER
Cheryl Holden
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Cheryl Holden

As Group HR Manager, Cheryl directs the HR strategy across the worldwide operations of the Oscar group and ensures that our HR functions, processes and procedures provide an excellent platform to enable our people to receive support and personal development to further their careers.

With over 12 years experience as a CIPD qualified HR generalist, Cheryl has developed a global knowledge of employment law and HR best practice. She has focused her career on Oil & Gas recruitment since 2006, spending seven years with NES Global Talent with an additional 12 months working directly for BHP Billiton - one of the world's largest companies.

Cheryl joined the management team in 2014 to drive forward new initiatives covering the broad spectrum of recruitment, selection & retention, terms & conditions of employment, performance management, absence management, training & development, rewards and benefits.

“I saw my move to Oscar as an opportunity to put my stamp on HR processes, and I certainly joined at an exciting moment in the company’s development. The driving force behind our success is our people, and as Oscar continues to grow I am motivated by the opportunity to work with management and the community to further develop our people strategy.”