Who are we?

Meet the team at The Recruit Venture Group

John Buckman


Meet the man behind the model, the one with the drive and ambition to help. When our chairman John Buckman first launched Recruit Ventures back in 2011, he believed that there were many recruiters out there who truly had the drive and ambition to launch their own business.

He created a unique business model based on his experiences which offered full back office support, 100% financial backing and the security and freedom recruiters needed to concentrate on developing their businesses. Having already established one of the UK’s largest recruitment firms, JARK, he had a network of branch managed recruitment businesses throughout the UK operating in many sectors and the experience of the industry to impart on those looking for a partner to help them achieve success.

20 Jark businesses have since become joint venture operations themselves and Recruit Ventures has grown from strength to strength, achieving £3m in year one to £40m by year five.

Paul Mizen

Managing Director

Has worked in the recruitment industry for over 20 years and been instrumental in launching over 40 successful  businesses onto the high-street in the UK.

Neil Rogers

Financial Director

Neil is our first point of contact for the banks and he oversees the finance team. He deals with the financial governance of the group, incorporating management accountancy, tax, cash management and much more.

Danny Parr

Launch & Support Director

Danny has over 23 years’ experience supporting a huge range of businesses from Premier League football clubs to large public sector organisations. For the last 16 years Danny has been setting up and supporting businesses primarily in the recruitment sector.

Amanda Smith

HR Manager

CIPD qualified and with many years’ experience in recruitment, Amanda deals with HR for both internal staff and external clients, working alongside a large organisation of employment law specialists.

David Jaffrey

Management Accountant

David has over 32 years’ accountancy experience and has worked in recruitment for more than 16 years. David deals with auditors, prepares reports and works closely with our shareholders, and their accounts. He is responsible for all funding requirements and day to day banking.

Diane Maclean

Payroll Manager

Diane, who is the longest serving support member, oversees the payroll team. She has seen the business grow from placing just a few temps to managing a whole team who now pay thousands of temps each week. Her knowledge of the recruitment industry is vast.

Martin Partridge

Credit Manager

Martin has over 20 years’ experience in Credit Management and Collections . He has held Credit Manager posts in various sectors including Telecoms , Media and Food industries. Martin and his department are important members of the team and key responsibilities include cash allocation and debt collection.

Rachel Crawford-Condie

Management Accountant

Rachel has worked within the finance industry for over 17 years gaining extensive experience in practice and both the private and public sectors. She is responsible for preparing reports and management accounts for our Joint Venture partners and overseeing the cash-flow and funding availability.

Davina Langley

PR & Digital Marketing Executive

Davina has over 16 years’ experience in marketing having launched and promoted various brands and services within the Manufacturing, Financial Services and Publishing Industry. She is C.I.M qualified and has excellent communication, PR, social media, and digital marketing skills.

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