Claire began her career in recruitment in 1991, the majority of her career recruiting within the creative, marketing, digital and pr fields. After 8 years working her way up from Consultant to MD at a leading London Creative Recruitment Agency, she swapped the city for the countryside and set up Bluetree in 2004. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (REC) and she has an extensive network of contacts, with close to 5,000 connections on Linked in alone. Her proudest personal achievements have been to raise money for Breast Cancer by running the London Marathon, raising money for Macmillan Cancer / Brave The Shave by having her hair shaved off and taking part in a tandem skydive from 12,500 ft. Outside of work she loves to spend time with her husband, daughter and two labradoodles, jogging and taking time out at Red Hot Yoga.
Favourite motto – “Amazing things will happen when you listen to the consumer” – Jonathan Midenhall, CMO of Airbnb
Shane has been working in recruitment for more than 5-years in a variety of positions including business development, resourcing and account management, predominantly in digital and technical recruitment.
Shane joined Bluetree in April 2018 and has been working in recruitment for more than 5-years in a variety of positions including business development, resourcing and account management, predominantly in digital and technical recruitment. A Psychology graduate, in 2016 he completed his MSc in Clinical Psychology. Shane is an FA qualified football coach and manages an under 11’s football team at the weekends and supports QPR. He also enjoys running, keeping fit and playing the drums.
Favourite motto – “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”
Debbie is an experienced recruiter, having worked in the industry since 1998. Originally specialising in the recruitment of multilingual staff to City institutions and managing the Language Division, she first joined Bluetree in April 2005 in order to be closer to home and her young family and is the Bluetree ‘boomerang’ returning to the team as Relationship Manager in February 2018. Away from the office, Debbie enjoys running with her dog and finding opportunities to practice her French and Spanish skills.
Favourite motto – “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life” – Steve Jobs
Sophie joined the team in April 2018, making the switch to recruitment after an extensive career in Human Resources within local SME’s. CIPD qualified to Associate level, Sophie spent 10 years as HR Manager for an automotive export company, where amongst other things, she managed recruitment for all areas of the business. Outside of work, Sophie’s 2 young daughters help keep her occupied, but when she has a minute she can generally be found with her nose in her kindle, or enjoying a family walk – ideally ending with a pub lunch!
Favourite quote – “Believe you can and you’re halfway there” – Theodore Roosevelt
Sam has worked in accountancy since 1998. She started her training at a small two partner practice in Shepperton. She then went to have other roles in larger practice working her way up to Client Manager, which involved managing a number of clients’ accounting and tax affairs. In 2015 Sam decided to move into industry after the birth of her daughter, bringing a large wealth of knowledge from practice into the commercial environment. She qualified with the ACCA in 2009 and became a fellow in 2015. Sam, her husband and their daughter enjoy spending time with family and friends and days out to the beach.
Favourite quote – I didn’t get there by wishing for it or by hoping for it, but by working for it – Estee Lauder
I have used Bluetree based in Guildford, Surrey to help me employ my digital team, I have to say the candidates they put forward have been fantastic and a real asset to my business. If you are recruiting for Digital/Marketing/PR people get in touch with them, I deal with Claire.
“I have to say the candidates they put forward have been fantastic and a real asset to my business”
Brian Woodcock - Managing Director
Quite possibly the best recruitment experience I have had! Claire and the team are responsive, do what they say they are going to do and follow up every tiny detail. The whole experience was a pleasure! I can’t thank you enough for for helping me find a great new role, close to home and matching all I hoped for.
“Quite possibly the best recruitment experience I have had!”
Alison Hall - Account Director
We’ve been really impressed with the quality of candidates and thoughtful, professional service from Bluetree. We’re highly selective in our recruitment and Bluetree ‘gets’ us and what we need. Nice people to deal with – I can recommend them without hesitation.
“We’ve been really impressed with the quality of candidates and thoughtful, professional service from Bluetree”
Marc Cornelius - Founder 80/20 Communications
I found no surprises, an informal interview (as discussed), and a great career coach behind me while I met with my potential employer. I accepted the position and am much happier than in my last role.
“The interview process with Bluetree was very professional for someone with entrepreneurial experience”
Todd Hanlon - Digital Marketing Executive
Claire is an exceptionally attentive, interested and understanding recruiter. Any question I ever had, Claire was available to talk. She never ducked a phone call, and always kept me up to speed on development in a long-ish recruitment process. She is open, honest and easily the most helpful recruiter I’ve come across. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
“Claire is an exceptionally attentive, interested and understanding recruiter”
Michael O'Mahony - Content Editor | UX Copywriter
I couldn’t recommend more highly. A friendly and truly genuine team who have a great professional, yet personal approach to recruitment. They kept me informed throughout the application process and offered support throughout in securing a fantastic role. Thank you again.
“A friendly and truly genuine team”
Chris Tallant, Senior Designer
“I had a great experience with Bluetree! Very helpful and friendly. They kept me up to date with application processes and new roles. Not pushy at all, as you so often find with recruitment agencies. Highly recommend!”
“I had a great experience with Bluetree!”
Emily Lewis, Project Manager
“I think I just had the best first day ever! Thanks!”
“I just had the best first day ever”
Ruth Azar, Copywriter & Content Manager
“Claire has always been thoroughly helpful and professional whether I needed advice, support or guidance. Bluetree have been accommodating to my needs and we have built a strong working relationship throughout the many years I have known them.“
“Claire has always been thoroughly helpful and professional”