Meet the Team

Dominic Quirke

Dominic Quirke

Founding Director

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Entrepreneurial – Driven – Quirky

Career to date:

I started my working life doing a morning daily paper-round at the age of 13, and then my career in Sales began working part time in C&A as a Saturday boy whilst also working for Zenith Windows selling the “opportunity” to get free double glazing over the phone. This gave me the appetite for Sales and I then ventured into Estate Agency for several years and after working for a National and Independent Firm in Bedford I then stumbled into Recruitment and 10 years later the rest is history having set up Advancing People in 2009 and Advancing Property in 2011…

What do you enjoy about recruitment?

No day is the same, helping businesses and people achieve their goals and really making a difference.

What makes Advancing People special?

The people in the team and how we work together, the level of service we consistently deliver to candidates and clients whilst delivering true value for money - plus we have table football and a fish tank in the office!

What is your favourite colour?

Grey

What Star Sign are you?

Pisces

If you could have any super power for 24 hours what would it be?

Ability to read minds

If you were a car, which car would you be and why?

DeLorean – Fast moving, cool and able to evolve into the future….

Leanne Robinson Cert RP

Leanne Robinson Cert RP

Branch Manager

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Organised – Punctual – Competitive

Career to date:

I started off in the world of travel at the young age of 18 as a travel agent in the UK for a number of years, working for a leading Tour Operator, before heading off to Austria where I carried on my career as a resort representative within the lakes and mountains region of Mayrhofen. After a fantastic time away I decided to return to the UK and landed a job for a FTSE 100 company as a sales executive before working my way up the ladder to their Head of Sales. Having dealt with recruitment for my existing team I decided to give it a go on the other side of the fence and that’s what led me on to joining Advancing People – and I haven’t looked back since!

What do you enjoy about recruitment?

The satisfaction that recruitment provides when you land someone their dream job!

What makes Advancing People special?

Well apart from our amazing team and table football tournaments - we work hard, play hard and have that edge!

What is your favourite colour?

Aqua Blue

What Star Sign are you?

Cancer

If you could have any super power for 24 hours what would it be?

I would influence people’s decisions when I know there is a fantastic opportunity ahead of them

If you were a car, which car would you be and why?

A Mini Cooper – Super-Charged, likes to have fun in the sun, versatile, reliable with an aggressive edge!

Adam Dasilva

Adam Dasilva

Recruitment Consultant

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Driven – Personable – Cheeky

Career to date:

After leaving sixth form I went to work in New York caring for adults with severe learning difficulties. When I returned to the UK I then started my career with Advancing People as a Recruitment Consultant. I always knew that I wanted a career within sales and I approached Advancing People as a potential candidate. They took the time to listen to what I wanted and saw something in me that they liked. I was then offered a Job as Trainee Recruitment Consultant and since then have only moved forward, in the right direction!

What do you enjoy about recruitment?

I enjoy both sides of Recruitment, dealing with Clients as well as Candidates. I am a strong believer that the best way to learn is through others, which is why I enjoy the daily interaction that I have with all different kinds of individuals.

What makes Advancing People special?

Advancing People is made special by the quality of service and support we offer to all of our Clients and Candidates.

What is your favourite colour?

Purple

What Star Sign are you?

Aries

If you could have any super power for 24 hours what would it be?

To be Magnetic

If you were a car, which car would you be and why?

A ford Fiesta- Because they are reliable and have improved over time.

Lesley Fulton

Lesley Fulton

Recruitment Consultant

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Scottish – Good Humoured - Motivated

Career to date:

Started in recruitment at the tender age of 20! Worked for large national recruitment firm for many years in both the industrial and commercial sector. Relocated in 1999 and worked for large regional independent recruitment firm managing and developing their commercial division in Northamptonshire. Then I worked for a National Property business that expanded very quickly and most recently have returned to my recruitment roots with Advancing People!

What do you enjoy about recruitment?

No two days are ever the same and the best feeling in the world is finding that ‘Perfect’ job for one of our candidates.

What makes Advancing People special?

Without a doubt it is the team!

What is your favourite colour?

Yellow – bright & sunny just like me!

What Star Sign are you?

Sagittarius

If you could have any super power for 24 hours what would it be?

I would be able to fly! I would fly up to Scotland and collect all my family for a quick day out with them at the beach!

If you were a car, which car would you be and why?

Tough one…….. It would need to be a classic car of some type like a Jag. Classy, although it might have lots of miles on the clock but I still have lots of power in my engine!

George Welsh

George Welsh

Recruitment Consultant

escribe yourself in 3 words:

Determined – Motivated –Friendly

Career to date:

I completed a term of Sixth form before realising that it wasn’t for me and that I would be better suited to the workplace. I knew I was motivated to earn money and that finding a job was what I wanted to do. I approached Advancing People as a candidate looking for an opportunity in which I could carry on learning and developing my skills. I met with Dominic and explained my situation to him and he saw something in me which then led to him offering me an apprentice position with Advancing People as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant. Since then my skills have constantly been developing and I feel as if this is a great start to my future career within Recruitment.

What do you enjoy about recruitment?

I enjoy talking to candidates and taking the time to listen to them to find out exactly what it is they are looking for within a new position. I still have a lot to learn within the business but I feel as if it is one of the most important things in Recruitment.

What makes Advancing People special?

The best thing about Advancing People is definitely the team. We all help each other in order to be successful.

What is your favourite colour?

Green

What Star Sign are you?

Taurus

If you could have any super power for 24 hours what would it be?

Luck.

If you were a car, which car would you be and why?

A Bugatti Veyron, because they are fast paced and get the job done!

Lisa Hills

Lisa Hills

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Ambitious, Honest, Friendly

Career to date:

After leaving school I started my sales career in advertising, my Recruitment journey started back in 2003 working for a National recruitment agency in Bedford, after being a top performer within the company I ventured into management until I had my 1st child in 2010 where I returned to work as a part time recruitment consultant . I have joined Advancing People part time after having my 2nd child in 2013.

What do you enjoy about recruitment?

I get job satisfaction in helping people develop their careers. I enjoy challenges and recruitment certainly offers that!

What makes Advancing People special?

Definitely the team along with the service we provide to our customers.

What is your favourite colour?

Black as its supposed to be slimming !!!!

What Star Sign are you?

Leo

If you could have any super power for 24 hours what would it be?

Teleportation

If you were a car, which car would you be and why?

In my 4 year old words, I would be a racing car to be super fast!!!