The Team

Your Partners in IT Recruitment

When we formed Bristow Holland in 2013, it was with one core belief: effective IT recruitment can only be delivered by experts with an in-depth knowledge of the industry and an understanding of what makes IT companies and professionals tick.

Whether you’re a candidate looking for a new job or a company looking for a new recruit, we really get to know you, see what you need on a practical and personal level, and bring you together with the partners that will make your career or business thrive.

We’re more than a team of professionals – we’re a group of specialists, each of us an expert in our own recruitment field, acting as a specialist agency within an agency. As specialists, we can build relationships, and good relationships lead to great introductions.

Want to talk it over?

Having a one-to-one chat is far more effective than scrolling through online profiles when it comes to getting to know each other and understanding each other’s businesses. If you’ve reached a point where you know you need to recruit new staff so your company can continue to grow, we can help.

Call us, or drop us a line today and we’ll listen to what you need, personally guide you through the process, and work out where you can go next.

Andy Bristow
Director

Andy is responsible for making sure Bristow Holland delivers results for our clients. Drawing on over 20 years recruitment experience, Andy leads our team of specialist recruiters in combining modern recruitment recruitment techniques with old fashioned network building and market knowledge so we can give clients access to the best talent the market has to offer.

Since establishing Bristow Holland in 2013 Andy has overseen the building of a substantial database of over 4000 IT professionals based across East Anglia all so we can give our clients a massive headstart in their search for the technical skills they need to grow their businesses.

Matthew Foot
Software Development

Matt is co-director and a specialist software recruiter with an exclusive network of developers built by solid word-of-mouth recommendations. He has developed an excellent understanding of the technical skills and environments within the regional development community and his reputation marks him out as a reliable source of guidance to clients and candidates alike.

Matt knows that finding a new job or sourcing a new team member can be a challenging time, and he is determined to provide a positive, stress-free experience to everyone he works with. He is focussed on giving you worthwhile and viable options that will enable you to build a structured career path or enhance your team.

Matt lives in the local area with his fiancee Emma and their son Charlie. When not spending time with work or family, he can usually be found on the golf course, the ski slopes or at a gruelling boot camp session.

Sam Sheldrake
Associate Director

Sam is our Associate Director responsible for delivering growth into the London market. He joins us having spent his career to date working in the highly competitive London market where he carved out a reputation for efficient and effective delivery in the contract sector. Returning to Suffolk, Sam is now leading a team which brings the best of the Bristow Holland ethos and methodology to the exciting start up and growth scene in the capital helping businesses looking for a reliable and long-term recruitment partner meet their hiring goals.

Competitive and active by nature Sam is a former nationally ranked tennis player although nowadays plays only for fun and relaxes by cheering on Ipswich Town from the North stand each week.

Marc Brown
Change & Transformation & Business Analysis & Testing

Marc is our specialist in Change and Transformation and Business Analysis, joining us in early 2017 after several years’ experience at another blue-chip recruitment firm in the construction market. He completed his Prince 2 certification in November 2017.

An experienced recruiter, and proud of his track record of success, Marc works hard to build on Bristow Holland’s reputation as the key local supplier for specialised project management, change management and business analysis skills throughout Suffolk and Essex. He’s proactive and supportive in his approach, and takes after-care extremely seriously, making sure the start for new personnel runs smoothly.

Marc’s mission is to continue our philosophy of making ourselves available 24/7, building close, long-lasting relationships with everyone he works with, and offering an even better service to candidates and clients alike.

Outside of work, Marc is a keen footballer and plays regularly for Wormingford Wanderers FC in Border League Division 1.

Harry Dibbs
Infrastructure Support

Harry is our networks and infrastructure specialist for the East of England region. Harry is an enthusiastic and engaging recruiter who believes no challenge is too great. He has a keen interest in the real world application of IT infrastructure and enjoys learning from the people in the industry, absorbing their knowledge in the process.

Harry joins us from Hays, where he spent over three years recruiting for the likes of BT, AXA, and AstraZeneca as well as many other large clients. Prior to that, Harry worked in customer service for a local energy company, honing the people skills that have since made him such a natural recruiter.

James Bleese
Software Development

James joined us in November 21 as a Recruitment Consultant. He is working within software development, building and maintaining a strong understanding of our candidate needs and the development market across Suffolk and Essex.

James has previously worked in largely sales based roles across an array of industries, so is excited to bring his collaborative approach to build strong relationships with clients and candidates.

Liam Huffee
Infrastructure Support

Liam joined Bristow Holland in August 2020, specialising in Infrastructure Support. Liam started in recruitment in 2013 after spending 6 years in the Royal Navy. Liam has experience of recruiting across various markets across the UK and has lived overseas in Perth, Australia.

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