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 niche business that acquires talent for financial companies. His responsibilities range from strategic and brand direction, as well as ensuring the Focus Search and Selection brand is continuously addressing the ever-changing requirements of industry.
Charles devotes his spare time to supporting his 4 children with their sporting activities and past times. Despite his aging years he still plays competitive football, albeit for the Veteran’s team and much to his annoyance, he is 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

Paul Stewart - Senior Resourcing Manager - Property Finance
Paul has a wealth of experience in Bridging & Commercial Development Finance as well as Commercial Banking.  Paul believes in the importance of developing strong relationships and supports our clients on a National basis. Out of work Paul’s family keep him busy but when time allows he enjoys watching and playing most sports especially football and cricket.

Email: paul.stewart@focusselection.co.uk
Tel: 01733 730024
Nigel Benjamin - Senior Resourcing Manager – Engineering
Nigel is the newest member of the Focus team and joins us to head up our engineering division. He is particularly adept at the high-level of placements of Engineering and Technical professionals, with a career spanning over 20 years. He is passionate about developing relationships with people and assisting them through the recruitment process, to achieve their career goals. He is a creative problem solver with proven client facing business expertise and consultative skills. Outside of work, Nigel has a very active social calendar and loves spending time with family and friends.

Email: nigel.benjamin@focusselection.co.uk
Tel: 01778 426949
Ross O'Loughin - Senior Resourcing Manager - 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.
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
Jaiden Walker - Trainee Resourcer (Wealth
Jaiden Walker, trainee Resourcer (wealth) currently studying a BTEC National Diploma in business studies at Stamford college. Very much the office junior, my key tasks relate to the continual cleaning of the in-house CRM, appointment booking for the team and making endless coffees. After coffees, which I’m getting surprisingly good at! Outside of work Jaiden is a keen footballer, playing for his local town U’18’s and the Park View Rangers FC.


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