About Us

Focus Search and Selection has been growing organically since it was founded in 2003 and our success is built upon the principles of long term relationships and a solutions-orientated approach to recruitment.

We pride ourselves on the ability to give our clients and candidates a competitive edge. Whether you’re taking the next step up the career ladder, or building a bespoke recruitment strategy to meet your wider business goals, we help professionals make the valuable connections that are crucial for success within the professional service.

Company goals

As a company we seek to partner clients and candidates by offering a professional, personalised and transparent service. Our aim is to ensure that we seek out and recruit the most talented individuals that will make a real difference to our client’s business and offer exceptional support both during and after the recruitment process.

Meet the Team

Management Team

Charles Walker - CEO and Founder
Charles’ vision is focused on the creation of a business that delivers an exemplary service to clients and candidates alike. While his responsibilities are firmly focused on the strategic direction of the business against the ever changing world of commerce, Charles is never far from his first passion of Information Technology. A sector he has affectionately grown and championed over the past 20 years. An avid networker and significant linchpin for many client organisations and senior execs who have come to trust his judgement.
Whilst spare time is at a premium, Charles devotes some of that time to his four children, all of whom have his competitive nature. Despite his ageing years, he still plays competitive football, albeit for the veteran’s team and much to his annoyance he is still a ‘work in progress’ on the golf course.

Email: charles.walker@focusselection.co.uk
Tel: 01778 426949

Martin Hynes - Operations Director
Martin is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the operations within the business as well as leading the ‘Search Team’ in Insurance and Commercial Banking. He is particularly adept at senior appointments and has an extensive network within our field of specialisms.
A county badminton player, ok that was a few years ago, but he still loves his sport and is an advocate of Sky Sports. Martin also caught the property renovation bug at 18 when he brought his first house and has recently completely demolished his current property to have it rebuilt! He is a family man with two sons, one of whom emigrated in Jan 2016 and two autistic step sons.  He is now also a proud grandad!!!

Email: martin.hynes@focusselection.co.uk
Tel: 01733 730020
Vanessa Walker  - Financial Controller
Vanessa is responsible for all aspects of the company's financial management including payroll, invoicing, reconciliation, accounts, VAT and debt recovery.
The ‘management’ of her 4 teenager children consumes the majority of Vanessa’s limited spare time, coupled with her talent of “up cycling” old furniture into a shabby chic style masterpiece is her passion.

Email: vanessa.walker@focusselection.co.uk
Tel: 01778 426949


The Focus Search and Selection Specialist Consultancy Team

Paula Johnson-Doig - Recruitment Manager
After 21 years in Retail Management and training, Paula is bringing her customer-centric approach to the world of FinTech and Payment Solutions Recruitment.
Passionate about delivering best-in-class customer service to both clients and candidates, Brand Paula brings experience, enthusiasm (and sometimes cakes!).
In her spare time, Paula likes exploring the UK and can now get round a National Trust property in under 40 minutes.  She is obsessed with interior design and has recently renovated her house, and is drawn to sparkly things like a magpie!

Email: paula.johnsondoig@focusselection.co.uk
Tel: 01778 426949
Ross O'Loughin Associate Director - Wealth & Investment Management
Ross has over 10 years' experience as a Recruitment Manager within financial services, Ross has a wealth of knowledge within the industry and believes in building strong relationships with both individuals and clients. As of April 2020 Ross has been promoted to Associate Director and is ejyoing his new role within the company. 
Outside of work he is kept busy spending time with his son Max, daughter Mia and wife Clare, although he does also like the ‘odd’ round of golf too at the weekends (weather dependent!). He enjoys most sports, both playing and watching, especially football and plays for his local Veterans football team who play once a month which suits him fine!

Email: ross.oloughlin@focusselection.co.uk
Tel: 01733 730022
Julie Hynes - Legal Search Consultant

Julie works at Focus as a Legal Search Consultant (industry and practice) and strives to build strong relationships and provide excellent service to both clients and candidates. Julie is a keen Masters swimmer and a member of a local gym. She is also a passionate gardener, practices Iyengar yoga, speaks conversational French, sings in a choir, plays the piano and in her spare time enjoys power walking/running! Julie also loves her family. She has two sons, both wonderful but sadly autistic. As a consequence, Julie has a significant amount of specialist knowledge concerning autism and other disabilities. She also has two step-sons and a beautiful baby step-grandson.

Email: julie.hynes@focusselection.co.uk
Tel: 01733 730021
Kelly McCann  - Business Support Manager 

Tel: 01733 730021


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