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Meet the leadership team

Our team of experts are always on hand to assist you. Coincidentally, they're also a really great bunch of people!

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Del Connolly

Director

Del quickly realised that the professional football and modelling industry wasn’t to his taste following graduation (or was it vice-versa?) and thought the natural route for any budding David Beckham wanting a new direction would be to go in to recruitment. And what a decision it was. Technical recruitment gives Del the chance to talk to people equally as passionate about their industry as Del is about his. Hands down the pool champion of the business and frustrated golfer. Can often be found in the Aston area of Birmingham at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon.

And another thing...

Del will have some serious explaining to do to his eldest Twin son- Dexter as to why his younger brother (Harrison) is represented in the brand name.

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Camilla Thomson

Contracts Manager, London

Due to high client demand, Camilla joined Harper Harrison to build out the freelance capability in London. She runs a high performing contracts team specialising in placing freelancers in the Built Environment, predominantly in London / Southeast. Her love of construction & property development is equalled only by her love of animals, she boasts a total of 35 pets in her lifetime so far (including 8 rabbits, 4 hamsters, 2 chinchillas and a ferret.)

And another thing…

Camilla is Harper Harrison’s official Masterchef and challenges anyone to a roast off “my potatoes are world champions. You will never out roast me.”

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John Guest

Permanent Manager, London

John leads the Permanent recruitment team at Harper Harrison, recruiting professionals into consultancies, contractors, developers and end clients within the Built Environment.

Johns interest in the sector started in his childhood as an apprentice to his Dad, an architect.  John remembers many of his school holidays spent on various building sites. What a hoot!

And another thing…

John’s wedding was crashed by England football legend David Seaman. Luckily, his wife didn’t mind – apparently John is also ‘a keeper’! (… get it?)

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Seetha Thangarajah

Recruitment Consultant

Seetha joined Harper Harrison after finishing her degree in Psychology at the University of Southampton. She specialises in the Cost Management space within the permanent division. Seetha and her team recently took part in Paragon’s Mudathon, and is excited to take part in more Built Environment events for 2019! Look out for this year’s Mudathon, Property Sports Network, and the Construction Sector Networking Reception!

And another thing..

Contrary to popular belief, she is not actually Indian but her origins are Sri Lankan. She also spends the majority of her free time hunting for gluten free foods.

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Ben Baczala

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Ben opened up Harper Harrisons contract division alongside Camilla at the beginning of 2018. He prides himself on making sure the process for client and candidate is as smooth as possible for both parties by gaining a clear understanding of what is required.

Other than recruitment Bens main passion lies within the sporting field where he is a keen cricket/football/tennis player.

And another thing…

Ben likes to think himself as a bit of a showman, he loves a bit of karaoke and does an amazing impression of the rapper Shaggy!

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Leah Wise

Recruitment Consultant

Leah left her small town in the Midlands behind as a fresh Graduate, following the bright lights to London and joined the permanent team at Harper Harrison in July 2018. Her favourite part of the job is meeting different people and understanding how to change their life for the better! She is very sociable and loves to travel.

And another thing...

Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield is Leahs go-to Karaoke banger!

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Jessica Woods

Recruitment Consultant

Jess joined Harper Harrison as an Associate Consultant in 2018, after graduating from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Geography. She works on the freelance desk, focusing on placing Project Managers, Site Managers and Construction Managers within the built environment and construction industry. Her favourite part of her job is meeting and talking to professionals within the industry.

And another thing...

Outside of work Jess loves cooking, bottomless brunches and pilates! What a trio.

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Jade Byrom

Recruitment Consultant

After graduating from Newcastle University with a degree in Politics and History, Jade decided to test the waters of Built Environment recruitment. Several months down the line and she has enjoyed great success within the infrastructure market across the North and even across the Irish Sea in Dublin, thus cementing her belief that recruitment has put her on the right track. When she’s not busy sourcing the best candidates for some of the UK’s biggest infrastructure projects, Jade is passionate about keeping her love of history alive – and, in her spare time continues her dissertation research into ‘Britishness’, gender and the First World War.

And another thing…

Jade is a huge lover of animals and animal rights, and has been a vegetarian for almost ten years!

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Lorna Yale

Recruitment Consultant

Lorna was one of the first Harper Harrison members to join the Manchester office along with Del and Matt. She specialises within placing Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers into the consultancy market. Lorna loves working within the construction industry and getting to see Manchester as a city develop around her. She has even recently become a homeowner of a brand new £1bn mixed use scheme in Manchester city centre.

And another thing….

Although Lorna does enjoy going to the gym and even inspiring to be the next Paula Radcliffe after running a few half marathons she cannot hide her love of food after doing a Food Marketing degree.

Ways to her heart:  1. Buy her food 2. Make her food 3. Be food

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Matthew Thomas

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Matt joined as a Grad in 2017 when the Manchester office opened. He works with developers and consultancies to attract awesome talent in the UK as well as US. He is a true Southerner and grew up in Dorset however, like many others, this didn’t stop him becoming a Man United fan and he is enjoying being closer to the “Theatre of Dreams”.

And another thing…

Matt is still chasing a career in cricket, although averaging 20 runs per game and playing in the second division in the Cheshire league will give most a clear indication of his progress towards a professional career.

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Joshua Jones

Recruitment Consultant

Josh Joined Harper Harrison at the start of 2018 to help drive  the contracts division in the North. Being a local lad, he has always had a keen interest in the development of Manchester and the North in general, he has seen the city grow & expand rapidly within the built environment throughout his life. Heading up the freelance capability within Cost Management & Project controls is an exciting time to be part of this great regions growth and working with some of the largest, market leading clients, as well as helping smaller SME’s grow and contribute to the continued development is extremely rewarding.

And another thing...

Having previously being an award winning Club 18-30 rep, booking a meeting with this chap is always entertaining as Josh has a few tricks up his sleeve to break the ice and is always keen for getting out and about and showing clients and candidates a great time.

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Ellie Gerami

Recruitment Consultant

Ellie joined Harper Harrison at the back end of 2018 to lead the building surveying search for consultancy clients. She Grew up in a family that mostly have careers in the built environment which has given her a real insight into the industry. 

And another thing...

Ellie is born and bred in Liverpool and spends most of her free time walking around Liverpool Docks hoping to bump into Virgil Van Dijk so she can propose to him on the spot.