About Us

Technology, Games and Interactive Recruitment

For the past 30 years we’ve been busy helping people (like you) with sought after skills find jobs in the Games, Interactive and Enterprise Systems industries, all around the globe.


When you start working with us you'll be introduced to a dedicated member of the team who will then be by your side throughout the whole recruitment process.

Say hello to the team…

Call us in Europe: +44 (0) 1273 287 007
or North America: +1 (647) 439-5011

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.

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Iqra Butt

Workday Recruiter

Iqra moved down from London to the coast to specialise in working with companies across the globe sourcing Workday specialists. Call her if you are skilled in HCM or Financials

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Georgia James

Development Consultant

Georgia is here for programmers of any shape, size or engine. She’s got some nifty technical ability herself although previously that’s been channelled into photography where she’s a technology whizz and can make the camera do anything she wishes.   She works damn hard so loves her holidays to switch off and gives Milan and Tenerife as her top two destinations. We’re still slightly disappointed that she didn’t bring an armadillo back after meeting some in Tenerife though as we think an office armadillo would be wonderful!

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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!

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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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Freya Simmons

Social Media Administrator

Freya is our word wizard and seems to have beautiful words stored in her hands just ready to fall out onto a page. Lucky for us she has chosen to share her skill with us to write job descriptions, blogs and social media posts to make everything you see as enjoyable as possible. Her favourite things to do around Brighton are visits to Devils Dyke and Ditchling Beacon to enjoy the wonderful scenery so with this and her love of words we imagine that in another life she would’ve been the heroine in a Jane Austin novel or Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

John Ramos

Development Consultant

John is your man for Unreal & C++ programming but that’s not the only language he specialises in. He’s fluent in Portuguese, not bad at Spanish and has an A-Level in French so he’s a bit of a linguist!   He will always stand by you through the ups and downs of the recruitment process as he’s not one to be scared off easily. Don’t believe us? Last time he went to the Philippines he not only cycled on a cable wire across a canyon, went canyoneering, and swam with whale sharks – he also met some terrifying Tarsiers!

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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.

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Ryan Templeman

VR and AR Consultant

Ryan looks after programmers particularly focusing on the VR/AR space. We think he’s working here mostly get his hands on new Lord of the Rings VR experiences as soon as they come out although, with his level of knowledge, maybe he should be helping make them instead!    He is one of the few people on the team that is a born and bred Brightonian. In fact he has never moved far - to the point where last time he moved, it was only 2 doors down from his old place!  

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Harry Raffan

Design & Production Consultant

Harry is our Games Design & Production Consultant and you’re in safe hands with him as he’s quite the games enthusiast himself! He used to rank in the top 10 players in the UK at Halo 3, so with this alongside his history of competing as an amateur boxer, we think he’s the perfect consultant to back your corner and help you find your dream job in games.  If you want to keep him onside, make sure you don’t dawdle, as getting stuck behind slow walkers is his biggest pet peeve! Don’t worry though, you can always make it up to him with so ...

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Charlie Raffan

Global Workday Consultant

If you’re looking for a job in Workday, Charlie is our in-house expert! He’s learned from the best with his two black Labradors Ziggy and Freddy – versatile and loyal, Charlie will stick with you until he gets you settled in the right job!  Catch him while you can though – Charlie’s dream is to own a house in the mountains where he can ski to his heart’s content, so get in touch before jets off to The Alps!  

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Kyle Fotherby

Recruitment Consultant

Kyle finds perfect candidates to fill roles in several areas of tech, but his versatility doesn’t stop there! Pretty sure he holds the record here at Skillsearch for having participated in the most sports, including football, rugby, cricket, badminton, boxing, kickboxing, and skateboarding... Did we mention he’s a black belt in karate?! Picking up several injuries in these activities over the years has resulted in him becoming double-jointed, so we can guarantee that he’ll bend over backwards to find you a role that’s your perfect fit!

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Christina Saunders

Games & Interactive Consultant - UI/UX Specialist

Christina is our UI/UX specialist and once you start working with her, she will always fight your corner – literally! She’s done martial arts since she was tiny and has been National British Savate Kickboxing Champion… so definitely someone you want on your team, whether it’s for kickboxing or recruitment.   When she’s not teaching kickboxing, she’s busy at home teaching her beautiful cat Bagheera to sit, paw and twirl – anyone who can teach a cat to do tricks is pretty skilled in our books!  

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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.

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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!

Harry Kwok

Art Consultant

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.

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Ryan Lind

ServiceNow Recruiter

Our resident Peaky Blinder, Ryans expertise is matching top ServiceNow candidates with top ServiceNow opportunities. Come chat to him if that's your specialism

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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!

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Founded 1990

Stuart Gillespie started Skillsearch way back in 1990 and we’ve headed up day to day by Managing Director Richard Fisher for the past 8 years.

Raised for charity to date £31k

We host annual fundraising events Play @ Develop and the Games Brains of Brighton Christmas Quiz to support our favourite charity Special Effect!

Candidates placed 7,700

That’s a lot of happy people in the Skillsearch history books. Many of whom come back to us to recruit for their company!

Mission

It’s our mission to end every recruitment experience with exceptionally happy people!

We aim to form long-lasting recruitment partnerships by keeping your best interests at heart so you’ll keep coming back.

Values

In an industry like recruitment we feel it’s important to have solid values unpinning everything that we do. Honesty, integrity, and trust above anything else. We set ourselves exceptionally high standards to make sure that we are exceeding what you’d expect of us throughout the recruitment process.

The Green Objective

The planet is important to us and we have a responsibility to look after the environment! We are committed to reducing our impact and continually improving our environmental performance. We recycle everything we can and we have a bike store and shower, encouraging employees to cycle to work.

Fundraising and charity support

For the past 4 years, we’ve worked closely to support Special Effect.

Throughout the year we raise funds through a variety of activities and events. Follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn to find out what we are up to and how you can get involved.

How we work

We work to a basic model which we like to call our “Iceberg methodology”. This means the majority of work we do often goes unseen. What does that mean for you?

  • We talk to highly skilled people on a daily basis who are ready and waiting for the perfect job opportunity
  • We regularly talk with companies who are hiring and looking for those hard to find skills
  • We have the in depth tricky conversations with each party, meaning all the nitty gritty is sorted
  • We’ll help you manage the research and logistics of any relocations

Recruitment takes a lot of leg work, we do the running around so you don’t have to.

Our aim is to form long lasting relationships with the people we work with. We put the time in to understand exactly what it is you’re looking for, your future goals and everything else in between.

There’s nothing we love more than getting out, putting faces to names. We attend as many industry events across the globe as we can so you’ll hopefully have many opportunities to say hello!

Keep an eye on our LinkedIn for updates on where we’ll be and when.

Register your CV or Vacancy

Register with us to discuss your career ambitions with one of our Consultants or to get access to the best candidates from across the globe.

Latest News

Games Brains Brighton 2019 Industry News - Gaming

Games Brains Brighton 2019

Every December we invite the brightest and biggest brains from games studios in and around Brighton to join us at our annual Games Brains of Brighton quiz, raising money for Special Effect and 2019 was bigger and better than ever before!

Games Industry Guide to: Commuting and Remote Working Careers Advice

Games Industry Guide to: Commuting and Remote Working

Whether you’re looking for a new job in games and are weighing up a potential new commute, or you’re looking to make a request for remote working and need some stats to back it up, our Games Industry Guide to: Commuting and Remote Working has the answers!

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