About Us

Skillsearch is a market leader in recruitment across Technology, Games and Interactive skillsets

For over 25 years we have made it our mission to source top talent in niche sectors. All of our consultants across our two divisions – Games & Interactive and Enterprise Systems – are tasked with finding the most skilled candidates available and introducing them to our clients.

Group photo of the Skillsearch Team

All of our consultants have outstanding market knowledge and a genuine interest in their sector.

We work to a basic model we call our “Iceberg” methodology where the majority of work goes unseen. We proactively engage with our candidates to ensure we know their exact needs including role and company type, location and career ambitions. We appreciate that recruitment is often not a quick fix – it can take months and beyond to source a dream job and we’ll be there for the journey no matter how long. When our clients ask for our help a lot of the sourcing work has already been done as we are constantly proactively anticipating our next request and are prequalifying candidates against that likely request. This means that when a role goes live we can deliver quicker and more accurately than our competitors. Our aim is to make the job look as easy as possible from the outside.

For clients we want to make sure we get as great an understanding of your requirements as possible by making them three dimensional and not just rely on a spec via email. We ask to spend some time with you (ideally face to face where practical) to get an excellent understanding of each individual role, your culture, your team and even the logistics of how to get to your offices. All these elements can make a key difference when we are introducing a candidate to their next potential employer.

We attend many industry events across the globe and you’ll often find us exhibiting so you’ll hopefully have many opportunities to say hello.

Year Established 1990

Skillsearch was established in Brighton in 1990 by founder Stuart Gillespie and is headed up by Managing Director Richard Fisher.

Candidates placed 7,500

Across our history we’ve placed over 7,500 candidates into Permanent, Contract and Fixed Term roles across the globe

Raised for charity to date £20k

Since its formation Skillsearch has supported many different charities through various fundraising events. Since 2015 Skillsearch has chosen to support Special Effect.

Games & Interactive

Speak to our team for roles across the globe in the Games & Interactive industry including VR, MR and AR.

Games & Interactive Home

Enterprise Systems

Our Enterprise team are specialists in HR and Finance systems focusing on traditional ERP through to Cloud based technologies and Business Intelligence.

Enterprise Systems Home

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide our clients with top talent in the digital and technology arena; providing a highly professional, targeted and efficient recruitment service, through a proactive and personal approach, and driven by a genuine passion of all things digital.

Our Values

Skillsearch consultants value relationships above anything else, internally and externally. We work hard to build and maintain those relationships until honesty, integrity and trust from both sides is a given. We also set our own exceptionally high standards in order to be one step ahead of the expectations our customers have of us.

The Green Objective

Skillsearch recognises that we have a responsibility to the environment beyond legal and regulatory requirements. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance. For example, our lighting is motion sensor based helping to reduce energy use, we recycle everything we are able to and we have a bike store and shower, encouraging employees to cycle to work. We endeavour to incorporate environmental factors into business decisions and are always looking for new means of reducing our carbon footprint.

Fundraising and charity support

Since its formation Skillsearch has supported many different charities through various fundraising events. Since 2015 Skillsearch has chosen to support Special Effect. Much like Skillsearch, Special Effect believe that technology should be used to enhance people’s lives and Special Effect work to modify video games so that they can be enjoyed by those with physical disabilities. Known as ‘the games charity’, Throughout the year we will be raising funds through a variety of activities. Please keep up with our charity work by following us on Twitter or LinkedIn. Learn more about Special Effect.

Get in touch

Have a general question or want to find out more? Get in touch.

Meet our team of specialists

Call us on +44 (0) 1273 287 007

Harry Kwok

Art Consultant

Working alongside Alex, Harry is dedicated to speaking to brilliant Games Artists across the globe. A County level Squash champion Harry also likes a sedate life and is more likely to be found at the weekend with a fishing rod in hand rather than a racquet.

Katie Jones

Development Consultant

Katie is our candidate queen and spends her time listening to people paint pictures of their dream job ready for whenever that job pops up. Katie’s claim to fame is meeting the Queen which in turn led to movie stardom (sort of)- ask her about it!

Sanson Wray

VFX & Animation Consultant

Sanson works with Joe to find the absolute best Animators and VFX Artists although their talents don't stop there! This team are our shining stars when it comes to getting to know a company inside and out and being able to complete a whole team. So if you're looking to hear about the company of your dream - get in touch with Sanson!

Mark Lloyd

Senior Oracle Consultant

Our Oracle expert, Mark, has dedicated nearly a decade to growing our Oracle practice here at Skillsearch. He is a keen cricketer who bats a bit, bowls a bit less and is amazing at standing in the field. A Manchester United fan and a proud Father, Mark holds the record for having more things from Amazon delivered to the office than everyone else combined. He also has an infectious laugh so try and get him going when you speak to him.

Richard Fisher

Managing Director

Our MD fitness fanatic and father of 3 Richard will be found running or in the gym every lunch as he says that’s the only place he ever gets any peace and quiet. Voted 9 out of 10 as a geek by the team Richards top 3 loves are Star Wars, Tottenham Hotspur and his family – although we aren’t sure in which order. Richard is the office oracle and says what he doesn’t know about recruitment isn’t worth knowing – we haven’t managed to prove him wrong yet!

Catrin Jones

Operations Manager

Our Operations Manager Catrin is here for all our Consultants, Contractors and Clients for everything they need help with throughout the recruitment process. A priceless point of contacts for a number of client and candidate enquiries, she is an important part of the strong relationships we build and maintain as a business. Despite her talent in a vast number of activities however, Catrin’s main regret is her inability to whistle, although we have to admit it is quite amusing to watch her try.

Giles Fenwick

Associate Director - Games and Interactive

Giles runs our Gaming & Interactive division and specialises in forming tight knit teams, whether that’s for a studio or in our office. He represented his county at rugby for every age group from 12 onwards which no doubt helped him to cultivate his excellent understanding of team dynamics. Giles is known for his warmth and willingness to take time to work through any issues that may arise, although make sure you don’t try and share his food as then you won’t be getting a warm welcome – Giles doesn’t share food!

Joe McKernan

Senior VFX and Animation Consultant

Joe is our Animation and VFX Consultant, his passion for the latter springing from being blown away by the effects in Star Wars at a young age. His love hasn’t wavered and Joe always seems to bring out a new Star Wars t shirt every dress down we have! We are lucky to have him considering that he once got stuck half way up a mountain in Borneo so now he goes for flatter holidays – most recently driving across America in a Mustang.

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Are you an experienced Recruiter looking for your next role?  We are a small and passionate company based in central Brighton offering a great commission scheme, free breakfasts, monthly afternoons out for those that hit their target and much more! If you'd be interested in joining us and becoming an expert in a niche area of technology recruitment then get in touch now

Charlie Raffan

Open Source Consultant

Charlie is our Open Source software specialist who focuses on Drupal and Ruby on Rails. Get in touch today!

Stuart Gillespie


Our CEO Stuart is a highly successful and entrepreneurial business owner with over 25 years’ commercial experience. Over those years he’s managed to cultivate not one but two incredibly successful recruitment businesses as well as a marvellous beard. Stuart has created many employment opportunities on the way and despite being slightly terrifying in interview Stuart shows his warm, fluffy side and love of paisley shirts when you’re working for him.

Alice Zahra

Marketing Manager

Alice is the brain behind the beautiful content you see coming from Skillsearch! She’s a pro at taking all of our haphazard ideas and turning them into the interesting and eye catching posts that you know and love. This is a real skill of hers in all parts of life as she’s known for making some pretty interesting recipes using whatever she can find in the kitchen. We do have to agree that the best thing she’s made so far though are her two beautiful sons (although her work here comes a close second!).

Jack Reid

Senior Production & Design Consultant

Jack looks after three areas, Games Design, Games Production and Game Analytics yet with the help of his near photographic memory he will always remember you and everything you’ve ever discussed. He’s no stranger to production himself, spending a few years producing incredible tapas as Head Chef of a Spanish Tapas restaurant. Jack also owns a pug called Pumba who was the ring bearer at his wedding and even got his own custom suit to match the groomsmen.

Adam Leaver

Associate Director - Workday, HRIS and Finance Systems Specialist

Specialising in Workday, HRIS and Finance tech Adam is always the first in the office and often the last one to leave. We asked Adam to tell us a bit about his personal life but he assured us that he was too focused on work to have one. Despite this he does enjoy the occasional trip to Craven Cottage to watch Fulham although we are not sure that qualifies as stress relief.