Meet the Talent Drive Team

Meet the Talent Drive Team

Introducing the talent behind Talent Drive

Martin Smith

Martin Smith – Managing Director | Founder

Martin has an extensive background in specialising in Procurement and Supply Chain recruitment across all industries for over 13 years now and is the Founder and Managing Director of Talent Drive in May 2019. Martin has worked in a mixture of recruitment agency and in-house recruitment roles across procurement and supply chain and decided to set up the business as he saw a real gap in the Procurement recruitment market to do something different, not just to ‘transact’ with clients but build a true strategic partnership and become an extension of their team. On a day to day level Martin oversees our sales and operations function as well as the host of our Procurement Podcast called ‘Talent Talks’ which has been a great success since launching globally in December 2019.
Brad Mills

Brad Mills – Manager | Retail & FMCG

Brad has operated in the world of recruitment for 10 years, across multiple industries which includes IT Services & Business Process Outsourcing but with the last 8 years specialising in Procurement & Supply Chain. Brad has worked across a broad range of industries in UK and European markets, leveraging his extensive network to support clients and candidates to either identify talent or the next step in their career. Brad leads our permanent recruitment practice across our FMCG, Food and Retail sectors of the business.
Honor Barker

Honor Barker – Operations Manager

Honor has joined Talent Drive as our brand-new Operations Manager following 5 years in a Client Services management role. Honor oversees the operational delivery of the business. This will include all supplier and candidate/ employee onboarding, compliance, admin and event management.
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Poppy Lister – Brand & Marketing Manager

Poppy joins the Talent Drive team as our Brand and Marketing Manager. Poppy has previously worked in the luxury automotive sector specialising in marketing, social media and brand awareness. Always staying on top of social media and industry trends you can find Poppy working behind the scenes on all of our online platforms helping to develop our brand and promoting the Procurement and Finance community. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and LinkedIn to see what we get up too!
Brian Lombard

Brian Lombard – Manager | Consultancy, Technology & Interim

Brian has over 6 years working in Procurement and Supply chain and 3 years as a recruitment consultant which allows him a unique insight to client requirements. Brian brings with him experience in managing a busy interim desk where he was responsible for a large book of interim contractors covering major infrastructure projects in the UK. Brian has also gained experienced recruiting in the permanent market, he is focused on building long term strategic relationships with clients and takes great care In understanding their requirements matching them with the aspirations of his candidates. Brian leads the Interim Practice at Talent Drive and delivers our permanent requirements across our Consultancy, Defence and Technology markets.
Christian Rowles

Christian Rowles – Manager | Professional Services

Christian has spent nearly 10 years of his career specialising in Procurement recruitment, focussing mostly on Indirect and Service based roles, across a wide range of industries where he has built strong, long-term relationships using his honest, down to earth approach to ensure both the client and candidate meet their needs. His range of work has been across all levels, but mostly working on the mid-management to the senior end of the market, working across the UK market, with some hires across Europe and as far as the Middle East. Christian has joined Talent Drive, leading the Professional Services division, looking after Permanent recruitment.
Beth Adams

Beth Adams – Senior Consultant | Utilities/Manufacturing & Engineering

Beth has worked in recruitment for over 6 years and leads the Utilities, Manufacturing & Engineering sector as a Senior Recruitment Consultant. Beth supports recruiting in this area from roles ranging from Buyer up to Senior Procurement Manager level.
Shifa Nasir

Shifa Nasir – Recruitment Consultant | Real Estate & Consultancy

Shifa leads our Real Estate and Property sector within the business operating across all levels from Buyer to Senior Procurement Manager grade. Shifa previously has worked in in-house recruitment and agency roles and previous specialised in HR, Marketing and Finance recruitment.
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Hayley Martin – Recruitment Consultant | Professional & Financial Services

Hayley has over 5 years commercial and sales experience and supports our Professional & Financial Services division, managing roles from Buyer to Senior Procurement Manager grade. As an Ex GB Gymnast and previous professional acrobat, Hayley is a very determined individual with meticulous attention to detail. Hayley now uses these strengths to go above and beyond in order to provide an exceptional client experience.
 
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Ella Butler – Recruitment Consultant | Retail, FMCG & Healthcare

Ella has joined Talent Drive to manage and develop key accounts across our Retail/ FMCG and Healthcare sector across all salary ranges. Ella has a wealth of recruitment experience across both account management, recruitment and business development.

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