About Us

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ENGAGE PSG ARE GLOBAL SPECIALISTS IN SALES, MARKETING & PRODUCT RECRUITMENT, WORKING WITH TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL DISRUPTORS ACROSS MARTECH, FINTECH, BANKING, CYBER SECURITY, REGTECH AND IDENTITY & FRAUD.

Our expert consultants have a deep understanding of their respective industries, allowing us to behave as true brand ambassadors and trusted advisors for our clients and candidates.

We partner with a broad range of companies, from VC Backed or Bootstrapped start-ups to leading corporate banks, supplying mid-senior level professionals across sales, marketing & product teams.

Founded in 1998, Engage PSG are part of the award winning Compello Staffing Group, with a turnover of £65m with 200+ staff in offices around the globe.

Our extensive network of talent, built over many years, positions us well for retained specialist search and selection services for key or urgent requirements, growth roles and assigning dedicated teams of flexible talent for build out.

We have an in house multi-lingual research team who help map and plan the market to ensure getting the best candidates for our consultants and clients.

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KEVIN CRUICKSHANK, CEO

As with many of our consultants, Kevin Cruickshank CEO of Engage PSG started his career in sales, leading teams in the data and telecoms space before moving into a recruitment role to service such industries. In 2010 he co-founded Engage PSG in London and subsequently Engage PSG USA in San Francisco in 2016.

FOR EXECUTIVE SEARCH, CONTINGENT SEARCH AND BUILD OUT PHASES - OUR EXTENSIVE NETWORK OF TALENT, BUILT OVER MANY YEARS, POSITIONS US WELL FOR RETAINED SPECIALIST SEARCH AND SELECTION SERVICES FOR KEY OR URGENT REQUIREMENTS, GROWTH ROLES AND ASSIGNING DEDICATED TEAMS OF FLEXIBLE TALENT FOR BUILD OUT.

The Leadership Team

KEVIN CRUICKSHANK

KEVIN CRUICKSHANK

  • CEO
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KEVIN CRUICKSHANK

KEVIN CRUICKSHANK

CEO
KEVIN CRUICKSHANK

I have a passion for driving high quality service for our customers and this is something I strive instil in all Engage people.

My main responsibilities are to be the CEO for Engage in London and the US markets, I have over 20 years recruitment search experience and I have a particular speciality in Sales, Marketing and Product recruitment at Mid-Senior level.

I spent my early career in Data & Insight with Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) and in the Technology and Telco sector with Cable & Wireless where I managed large sales teams.

I am very much about structure and process and expect high standards for our customers and only recruit quality talent with the same core business values as I have.

I live in Beaconsfield, Bucks to the West of London with my wife and three beautiful daughters.

I love spending my spare time keeping fit through running, and enjoying time with my family – my main hobby though, is work, sad as it may be, I get a real buzz from business and in particular the growth and development of people.

Career Highlights

New Business Salesperson of the Year – D&B

Major Account Manager of the Year – D&B

Exceeding budget 5 times consecutively as a Sales Leader for D&B

Securing the largest single ‘voice’ deal at Cable and Wireless

Giving birth to Engage and growing that business into the US markets


JOHN HAILSTONE

JOHN HAILSTONE

  • CHAIRMAN, COMPELLO STAFFING GROUP
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JOHN HAILSTONE

JOHN HAILSTONE

CHAIRMAN, COMPELLO STAFFING GROUP
JOHN HAILSTONE

John has spent over 30 years in the Recruitment Industry in a number of consulting and directorship roles and is the majority owner of Compello Staffing Group.

John is responsible for the appointment of the board and working with it on strategic and business planning matters. When not acting as an adviser and sounding board he spends his time supporting other group firms.

John has an eye for detail and is very passionate about great service and collaborative working both in and outside of the group.


LESLEY TAYLOR-PHILIP

LESLEY TAYLOR-PHILIP

  • FINANCE DIRECTOR
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LESLEY TAYLOR-PHILIP

LESLEY TAYLOR-PHILIP

FINANCE DIRECTOR
LESLEY TAYLOR-PHILIP

Lesley is a longstanding and vital member of the team, having well over a decade in her role as Finance Director. Her responsibilities within the group include finance, operations & IT. She also leads an outstanding team at myBPOS. myBPOS is the groups processing company that ensures the smooth running of the UK and overseas operations at Engage PSG.

Lesley is a shareholder of Compello, having overseen three multi-million pound acquisitions for the group. She has a passion for developing efficiencies and improving the processes of FPS, making us even more potent as a recruitment partner.


KIMBERLEY SMART

KIMBERLEY SMART

  • HEAD OF HR
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KIMBERLEY SMART

KIMBERLEY SMART

HEAD OF HR
KIMBERLEY SMART

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Meet the Engagers

FAYE FORD

FAYE FORD

  • BUSINESS OPERATIONS MANAGER
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FAYE FORD

FAYE FORD

BUSINESS OPERATIONS MANAGER
FAYE FORD

As the Business Operations Manager at Engage PSG, I focus on overall office management and ensuring everything behind the scenes is as seamless as possible. With 5 years of recruitment experience in a high volume role I have a deep understanding of how to achieve this.

I have been with the business for 7 years now and have been a part of numerous business changes, getting hands on and being a part of the growth here.

I would consider myself very lively, energetic and positive – a mother of two who have without a doubt inherited this.

Having support staff that can motivate and listen to the team is essential, dancing on the other hand… not my forte, although I’ll always be the first to the dancefloor!


LETITIA OGLESBY

LETITIA OGLESBY

  • BUSINESS PERFORMANCE MANAGER
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LETITIA OGLESBY

LETITIA OGLESBY

BUSINESS PERFORMANCE MANAGER
LETITIA OGLESBY

As the Business Performance Manager at Engage PSG, I focus on the analytics and data that sits behind the sales team’s activity. Having been a recruiter, I understand the challenges the team faces day to day, so part of my role is to overcome these whilst moving the business forward.

Promoting internal success through the running incentives, organising sales events, gamification and driving shared goals.

Having studied Art I jump at any chance to get a little innovative. Working on raising brand awareness by driving campaigns, managing the businesses social media presence and external events is one of the more fun elements of the job!

I am a big believer in teamwork and commitment – my role gives me the opportunity to support the team in multiple ways, whether its analysis they need or picking up a role to ensure all clients get the best service. 

I’m family focussed and very passionate. With a background in performing arts I like to think I am a creative, although my siblings would opt for dramatic… You’ll find me dancing (anywhere I can) or with my head in a book on bees.


PHIL CARDEN

PHIL CARDEN

  • ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR – CYBER SECURITY
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PHIL CARDEN

PHIL CARDEN

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR – CYBER SECURITY
PHIL CARDEN

An experienced Head-hunter and recruitment manager - Leading the Cyber Security Practice at Engage PSG

Over my many years as a Head-hunter, I’ve focussed on placing leadership talent in client facing, revenue generation positions, be that in Management Consulting or Technology Sales.  Having returned to Engage PSG for a 2nd period, I specialise in placing exceptional Cyber Security Sales Marketing & Product specialists across Vendors, VAR’s and Consulting.

The two most satisfying factors in my career are the number of clients and candidates that I now call friends, and the amount of leadership candidates that reach out to become clients.

Likes – Snow-sports, Scuba Diving, Traveling and I’m “The Oracle” on eating and drinking in London. Dislikes – Writing bios…….        

   

   


STEVEN COURTENAY

STEVEN COURTENAY

  • MANAGING CONSULTANT – KEY ACCOUNTS
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STEVEN COURTENAY

STEVEN COURTENAY

MANAGING CONSULTANT – KEY ACCOUNTS
STEVEN COURTENAY

I assist fast growth businesses Series A-E: in scaling big sales teams. My specialism is more in my account base, focussing on Key Account activity and driving revenue within scalable businesses. I have over the last year, grown and will continue to grow an area within the SaaS space.

I’ve worked on many large UK and International projects that were largely in SaaS based markets. My biggest being to grow a sales team for UK and International coverage – in excess of 25 sales people at a variety of levels.

That, aside my network allows me to be aware of shifts and changes at board level before most consultancies allowing me greater inside knowledge of Senior appointments.

A high level of tenacity, honesty and contact are essential, always adding value around the people within the companies we hire for.

Sadly my planning and commitment hasn’t yet shone through with my golf – I still average an 18 handicap. Likely due to not getting out enough! I really enjoy my football, both my sons are active in Sunday league to you’ll find me shouting from the touchline most weekends. I’m a bit of a petrol head, I love my F1 and have enjoyed a number of trips to watch Le Mans.


BAS BIRCH

BAS BIRCH

  • VICE PRESIDENT Of ASIA PACIFIC
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BAS BIRCH

BAS BIRCH

VICE PRESIDENT Of ASIA PACIFIC
BAS BIRCH

Vice President of Engage PSG’s Asia Pacific business, based in Australia offering a 24-hour recruitment service to clients across the banking, healthcare and sales arenas.

Utilising both the London and Australian offices we offer a unique and industry first 24-hour recruitment services enabling us to cut delivery timescales to clients in half.

With over 17 years’ recruitment experience across the banking, healthcare and sales industries, gained both in London and Asia Pacific regions covering internal and agency exposure.

Honesty, integrity & passion are important core values of mine and which I utilise daily to provide a high-quality service to my clients and candidates alike. These values coupled with my passion for delivery and engagement resulted in winning the highest billings in the London office in 2017/18.

We look forward to growing through 2019 in the Asia Pacific region with a core focus on Australia.

 


AARON NOAKES

AARON NOAKES

  • CONSULTANT – BANKING & FS
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AARON NOAKES

AARON NOAKES

CONSULTANT – BANKING & FS
AARON NOAKES

Having recently joined Engage PSG's Banking & Financial Services division I focus on establishing a strong position within the Asset & Retail Finance sector.

With over 10 years recruitment experience within the Transport & Logistic sector, my biggest achievement being the successful launch of a Driving Branch located in the Essex & Kent area, delivering a turnover of £4m within 3 years of operation.

After 13 years in the Transport & Logistics sector I felt it was time to move away from high volume contract recruitment and move into the Banking & Financial Services sector where I can now exclusively source high end talent for the industry's leading entity's.

Whilst aligning myself to work towards Engage PSG's core values I aim to deliver an unparalleled service to our candidate's and clients through being driven, focused and dedicated.

In my spare time I enjoy following my beloved Tottenham Hotspurs but when I am not in the stands cheering them on I am playing football and every now and again a round of golf - most of my time being spent in the ditches searching for my ball!


LEAH MOUNTFORD

LEAH MOUNTFORD

  • ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT– KEY ACCOUNTS
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LEAH MOUNTFORD

LEAH MOUNTFORD

ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT– KEY ACCOUNTS
LEAH MOUNTFORD

Having joined Engage in March 2018 as a GDPR Analyst, I started to build my knowledge around recruitment and the sectors each consultant operates in.

In my first three months I closed my first deal with a role difficult to fill based on the exact requirements. This lead to me being offered an Associates Consultant position.

Working along side Steven Courtenay across key accounts, my strong commercial background allows me to relate to the candidates I work closely with, meaning I have a better understanding of what's most important and what their next career move would look like.

Positivity and teamwork are demonstrated in everything I do, it’s key to being in the right frame of mind to do the job. If you always look at the glass half full, and are surrounded by a supporting and strong team you are bound to succeed.

I often combine my hilarious sense of humour with my love of J.K Rowling's Harry Potter…

Why did Professor Snape stand in the middle of the road?

So you’ll never know which side he’s on.


SEAN HARRISON

SEAN HARRISON

  • ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT, CYBER SECURITY
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SEAN HARRISON

SEAN HARRISON

ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT, CYBER SECURITY
SEAN HARRISON

As Engage PSG’s most recent hire having joined in August 2018, I work alongside our Associate Director, Phil Carden working in the Cyber Security sector.

Since joining Engage, I have been fortunate enough to have the chance to work on several interesting projects with some of the biggest names in the industry. This has allowed me to gain a real grasp of the market and develop connections which are already providing superb results.

Having worked within the property sector for over 2 years, this exposed me to not only the commercial aspects of the business but also what is required to excel within a sales environment. Combined, this helps me understand the needs of both clients and candidates, ultimately resulting in a smooth transition into recruitment.

Team work and communication are essential in how I operate, providing support to those around me and ensuring a clear and concise message is delivered at all times. I see these as the two fundamental values to base my career around.

Outside of office hours I enjoy football, travelling and visiting London’s extensive range of international cuisines – having a vegetarian girlfriend throws up certain challenges in the decision making… none of which I win!


CHRISTINA RIVERA

CHRISTINA RIVERA

  • RESEARCHER – US MARKET
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CHRISTINA RIVERA

CHRISTINA RIVERA

RESEARCHER – US MARKET
CHRISTINA RIVERA

A newest member of the SF team at Engage providing research support (and snacks) to the team on their searches.

I am passionate about helping innovative companies build teams that drive their success. I joined Engage’s headhunting firm after graduating from University of San Francisco and hold an MA in international studies from USF and a BA in Communications from the University of Purdue Global.

When I’m not helping to connect the top 1% of talent with exceptional companies, I love traveling to new countries, cooking & baking, promising to go to yoga “tomorrow,” reading voraciously, and watching foreign films that my boyfriend promises “will be SO good.”


TOM ROPE

TOM ROPE

  • PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT - RISK SOLUTIONS US MARKETS
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TOM ROPE

TOM ROPE

PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT - RISK SOLUTIONS US MARKETS
TOM ROPE

I am a highly Consultative and well networked Head hunter with a focus in both the Fintech & Regtech markets. As a Principal Consultant at Engage PSG USA, I recruit top Sales, Marketing and Product talent predominantly within some of the Global leading, hyper growth and cutting edge Blockchain, Face Recognition, Fraud Prevention and Identity Verification Software companies, who’s platforms are typically built with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

During my time at Engage PSG I have built the Risk solutions division in UK and in October 2018 I was fortunate enough to move to the US. Now, located from our office in San Francisco I am proactively building a Fintech and Regtech specialist practice across the market out here, with the focus on achieving great success in servicing clients and opening opportunity to sole contributors all the way up to C-Level professionals.

Why use me to grow and strengthen your Commercial division? My strengths are not only identifying and attracting the very best, high performing talent within the competitor landscape, but I also work at pace, which is essential in a competitive and buoyant Silicon Valley market.

In my opinion, Technology such as Facial recognition and Bio-metrics, powering identity data really is shaping our futures, so my dedication to this market place as well as collaborating with tech companies who fight global fraud issues is deeply important to me and I would highly recommend anybody to be a part of this journey.