Harrogate Team

MARK SANDERSONDirector, Public Practice

What was your first job?

I was a Milk Boy; loved it, earned big money too £14 a week!

What’s the first concert you ever went to?

First, Status Quo 1978; best? Pearl Jam – every time!

What’s one of your favorite memories from the past year?

Playing the Old Course at St Andrew – just magical.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I speak conversational Italian.

What’s one thing you’re learning now, and why is it important?

Just to be a better, kinder person – I just think it is.

SHARRON INGLISDirector, Accountancy & Finance

What is one thing people don’t know about you?

I was knocked over by a car when I was 8 years old – the car came off worse than me but I did spend a few days in hospital and got time off school! The guy who had been driving bought me a flageolet flute which I learnt to play.

On a more exciting note I was an extra in Calendar Girls when it was filmed back in  2002.

How do you spend your perfect Sunday?

I like a lie in on a Sunday – it’s the only chance I get. I normally do a gym session then come home,  read the papers and we always have a Sunday Roast.

If you weren’t a recruitment consultant what would you be?

I always wanted to go into teaching but after I left University my friend worked in recruitment and thought I would make a good consultant. She introduced me to one of the Directors at Hays and before I knew it that was it. I have never looked back though and I love this job.

What’s your favorite place to eat around here?

There are so many to choose from In Harrogate but the best meal I have ever had though was at Michael O’Hare’s restaurant in Leeds which is called The Man Behind the Curtain.

What’s something you’ve done, but will never do again?

I did the Yorkshire Spartan Race and The Major Series Races back in 2014 – I have never been so muddy, wet and cold in all my life.


Favourite places to visit?

I love the great outdoors, so The Alps, Dolomites and The Lakes tick all the boxes for the scenery, road & mountain biking, hiking, climbing, camping, skiing and the mountain restaurants!

How do you like to start your work day?

Drinking a double shot Cappuccino made by the Oracle Touch whilst making a pack-up for myself and my husband, followed by a walk to work listening to some motivational tunes.

What did you do before recruitment?

After graduating, I travelled and worked overseas in the leisure and hospitality sector working as a Divemaster and Fitness Instructor and also helped run several ski chalets and bars.

What have you done but will never do again?

Taking the leap from Adam to Eve on the top of Tryfan, was quite daunting and with a crowd watching on, there was no last minute bottling out.

What do not a lot of people know about you?

When I was young, I was the county chess champion of Lincolnshire and captained the Lincolnshire team when we won the  National UK championships.

What positive outcomes from the COVID-19 pandemic are you hoping will continue?

Flexible working for employees, Zoom/Teams for remote meetings and interviews, fewer cars on the roads and general goodwill.

NICOLA OLIVERAccountancy & Finance

What led you to this career?

I became responsible for the recruitment of an Insurance company where I worked as the PA to the MD. I really enjoyed the recruitment side of the role so when I returned to the UK, I applied for roles as a Recruitment Consultant.

What is something you have done but would never do again?

The ship ride at Flamingo Land!

What’s one hobby you would love to get into?


What’s the first concert you ever went to?

Simple Minds.

What’s one of your favourite memories from the past year?

Hot days spent in the garden during lockdown with my children and a Slip and Slide.

FIONA MILNEOffice Support, Admin & Sales

If your friends had 3 words to describe you what would they be?

Friendly, a good laugh and confident.

How do you spend your perfect Sunday?

Outside with my horses and dogs.

What’s your favorite TV show – the one you’re always watching on repeat?

The Office – USA, “Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way.”

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?

Kangaroo whilst I was travelling around Australia.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A vet until I realized I have a fear of needles and I can’t event take my own pets to the vet without feeling ill.