Meet The Team

How do! We’re the folk behind the Octopus

Just like an Octopus that's Blue, we're all unique with our own special skills.

At Blue Octopus HQ (Octo House) you’ll find recruiters, account managers, techies, designers and customer service professionals. Between us we deliver an unbeatable end to end recruitment solution topped off with exceptional service. 

  • Liam Coleman

    Liam Coleman

    - Co-Founder -

    As a co-founder, Liam sets the standard for his peers and he is forever striving to progress the business. Liam manages Sales and has consistently year on year been the highest performer within the company. Liam thrives from building long lasting partnerships with a vast network of clients and enjoys spending time with his expansive young family. 

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  • Chris Coleman

    Chris Coleman

    - Co-Founder -

    Chris founded the company alongside Liam in 2010 with a clear vision – to be the UK’s leading online recruiter. Chris has extensive recruitment experience from working for a range of recruiters and commercial companies. He uses his experience within the commercial strategy and also enjoys fine wine. 

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  • Marc Wrench

    Marc Wrench

    - Digital Director -

    Marc has the extremely important job of maintaining and developing Octo – Blue Octopus’ recruitment technology solution. He is fluent in a vast range of coding languages and puts his skills to good use making sure that the company’s internal and external IT processes are working smoothly. In Marc’s spare time he enjoys building retro video games. 

  • Kelly Laurenson

    Kelly Laurenson

    - Operations Director -

    Kelly joined Blue Octopus in 2010 and very quickly became passionate about the service side of the business. She manages the largest team within the company and some of Blue Octopus’ largest accounts. Kelly ensures service levels are maintained to a high standard and is a huge Take That fan!

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  • Ian McGinty

    Ian McGinty

    - Finance Manager -

    With a wealth of experience within finance Ian is Blue Octopus’ number cruncher, he is responsible for providing financial advice and support to the board and other colleagues to enable them to make sound business decisions. Ian enjoys his world travel (when he isn’t trapped on a cruise liner).

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  • Daniel Briggs

    Daniel Briggs

    - Head of Marketing -

    Dan joined the company in 2012 with a wealth of experience in marketing, design and branding. He heads up the creative side of Blue Octopus and has won the company some prestigious awards. Dan also enjoys a physical challenge and is a massive fan of HobNobs! 

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  • Mike Heald

    Mike Heald

    - Lead Client Delivery Manager -

    Mike joined Blue Octopus in 2011 after years of experience in the recruitment and insurance markets. His success in developing strong HR partnerships with many leading multinational brands means he is one of the leading sales professionals within the company – and he’s also not afraid to tell people ;) 

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  • John Gill

    John Gill

    - Junior Developer -

    John’s role in Blue Octopus has developed over the years and he’s gained a great all-round knowledge of the company and the recruitment industry. He is now a junior developer and has really found his feet within IT. John has recently become a dad and loves spending time with his son. 

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  • Judith Shaw

    Judith Shaw

    - Accounts -

    Judith joined the company in January 2011 and works within the accounts department. Her main duties are to support the accounts function within the business which involves invoicing, credit control and providing banking support. Judith is always wearing a smile and can be found chasing sales people around the office for receipts. 

  • Toby Colley

    Toby Colley

    - Client Delivery Manager -

    With a wealth of experience within care recruitment Toby is a great addition to the Blue Octopus sales team. Toby meets with HR professionals with the aim of building strong recruitment partnerships. He identifies prospective clients who could benefit from the Blue Octopus service offering. 

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  • Sarah Wigmore

    Sarah Wigmore

    - Lead Service Proposal Coordinator -

    Sarah is one of Blue Octopus’ longest serving SPC’s and takes great pride in building quality relationships with key prospects which would benefit from the Blue Octopus service. She has years of valuable experience in account management and enjoys horse riding and spending time with her son. 

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  • Alex Spivey

    Alex Spivey

    - Service Proposal Coordinator -

    As an SPC Alex identifies and approaches companies that could benefit from the Blue Octopus service. He has over 5 years of previous sales experience which has helped him find his feet within his role at Blue Octopus. Alex is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to sport, why not test him! 

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  • Laura Coleman

    Laura Coleman

    - Service Proposal Coordinator -

    Laura has been with the company since day one and works within the sales team as an SPC, she enjoys the challenge of winning over potential clients. She has years of experience as a recruitment consultant and is the wife of Liam, Laura can be found trying to keep their four children out of trouble. 

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  • Kelsie Walton

    Kelsie Walton

    - Client Delivery Team Leader -

    Kelsie has been with Blue Octopus for over six years and plays a vital role in providing the amazing service we’ve become known for. She has recently been promoted to a Team Leader role and ensures that service levels remain high. Kelsie has also recently become a mother and loves spending time with her son. 

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  • Steph Long

    Steph Long

    - Client Delivery Team Leader -

    Steph has been with the company since its birth and has previous online recruitment experience. Steph’s team is key within the business, as it’s essential in building relationships with all of our clients to ensure that we can manage their recruitment effectively. Steph has a sidekick ‘Peggy’ (the tiny hamster-dog). 

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  • Vicky Nicholson

    Vicky Nicholson

    - Client Delivery Coordinator -

    As a Client Delivery Coordinator, Vicky works in partnership with clients, providing a service focussed recruitment offering. She writes top quality recruitment adverts, posts vacancies and communicates with all parties. Vicky has recently become a mother and enjoys spending time with her young son. 

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  • Amy Beaumont

    Amy Beaumont

    - Client Delivery Coordinator -

    Amy joined Blue Octopus straight out of university and started as a CDA, she has progressed within her role as part of the service team and has been promoted to a CDC following her excellent account management performance. Amy loves her mad Dalmatian and has her hands full trying to keep her out of trouble. 

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  • Lorna Goodwin

    Lorna Goodwin

    - Client Delivery Coordinator -

    Lorna worked within recruitment for six years prior to joining Blue Octopus, her role as a CDC includes Lorna providing administrative support to her clients in addition to pro-actively managing their recruitment campaigns. Lorna enjoys spending time with her new born son. 

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  • Emma Johnsen

    Emma Johnsen

    - Client Delivery Coordinator -

    Emma has been recently promoted from a KAA to a CDC and acts as a central contact for the hiring process. Emma’s role includes copywriting, job posting and candidate communication. Emma is a keen music lover and enjoys rocking out at festivals! 

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  • Harriet Summers

    Harriet Summers

    - Key Account Administrator -

    Harriet joined the company with a background in administration and was swiftly promoted to Key Account Administrator. She provides dedicated support and makes sure all candidates and clients are happy. Harriet loves her cars - our favourite has to be Herbie which she has totally restored to its former glory. 

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  • Ashleigh Boocock

    Ashleigh Boocock

    - Resourcer / Key Account Administrator -

    Ashleigh joined Blue Octopus after several years in the travel industry. She is Blue Octopus’ queen of search; she has a real talent for pro-actively seeking out quality talent for those hard to fill roles. She is also very interested in what the team are eating for dinner. 

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  • George Holmes

    George Holmes

    - Client Delivery Administrator -

    George joined Blue Octopus in 2014 and his past experience in customer service has proved key to his role as a Client Delivery Administrator within the service team. In George’s spare time he is a music promotor and is always on the lookout for the next big thing, whether that be a band or a candidate.

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  • Amie Gee

    Amie Gee

    - Client Delivery Administrator -

    Amie has a background in customer service and as a Client Delivery Administrator Amie is key to making sure that the recruitment campaign all goes to plan. Amie is a keen gym goer, enjoys world travel and has a nasty habit of leaving her car in silly places.  

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  • Laura Cundall

    Laura Cundall

    - Client Delivery Administrator -

    Laura, fresh out of university joined Blue Octopus within the service team as a Client Delivery Administrator, she handles the day to day duties of the recruitment campaign and is a massive Harry Potter fan. 

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  • Holly Quantrill

    Holly Quantrill

    - Client Delivery Administrator -

    Holly is the youngest and newest member of the Blue Octopus team; she is learning the ropes within the recruitment industry from her new role in the service team following her studies in business. 

  • Emma Dawe

    Emma Dawe

    - Out of Hours Administrator -

    Emma is one of the Blue Octopus’ night owls, as an Out of Hour Administrator she works from home, fitting her role around family life. Her main responsibility is to consider candidates for the roles that they have applied for outside the working hours of 8.30am - 5.30pm. 

  • Helen Jackson

    Helen Jackson

    - Out of Hours Administrator -

    Helen is not your traditional administrator and works the nightshift here at Blue Octopus. She is responsible for scoring applications outside of the office hours of 8.30am – 5.30pm, this allows her to fit her work life around her family life. 

  • Blue Octopus saved us time and money from day one as they managed to overhaul our post and email-based recruitment system almost overnight.
    Josie Gavoyannis - Regional HR Partner
  • I feel completely supported and to be honest this recruitment malarkey is becoming a joy! I get to do the nice bits, meeting the great candidates and progressing to offer stage.
    Ann Shields - Resourcing Business Partner