Leadership Team

RHYS HEFFORD - CEO

Rhys is responsible for Smart Co overall business and growth strategy. His primary role is to ensure the leadership team continue to promote specialism and expertise throughout the business.

Rhys has significant experience in leading fast-growing businesses and has worked at a senior level within consulting, recruitment and insurance businesses. This is reflected in leading businesses to achieve Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 status on three separate occasions.

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Adam PizziE - Managing Director

Adam has 20 years’ experience in the consulting and resource sectors and leads the Smart Co Consulting business. He is responsible for company growth and building a robust and market-leading team.

Adam has a wealth of experience supporting organisations through major transformations.

He has designed and delivered a range of campaigns and managed service contracts to build capability with many clients across the UK and Europe Prior to joining Smart Co, Adam held senior positions roles within the consulting and Information Technology space and has lead key international engagements.

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Findlay Young - Executive Director - Consulting

As Executive Director – Consulting, Findlay is responsible for driving innovation to the heart of our customer relationships and leading our consulting solutions.

Findlay is an experienced technology, digital and business leader with over two decades’ experience operating as a Global CIO and Management Consultant. He gained this experience in organisations ranging from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), The Berkeley Partnership, Moorhouse Consulting, Dulux Paints to outsourcers, including G4S, Interserve and Ingeus.

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PAUL MANVELL - DIRECTOR

Paul is responsible for developing a compelling client engagement strategy for our clients. He has vast experience in IT consulting and delivering managed service programmes and has held director-level positions in sales and consulting businesses. Paul has a wealth of experience leading and growing organisations.


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John Andre - CFO

John is responsible for ensuring financial governance and processes are in place to support Smart Co’s overall business and growth strategy. John is also responsible for developing innovative commercial models that drive attractive outcomes for our customers.

John brings over 20 years of experience in financial and commercial leadership gained in professional services and consulting organisations. Having trained as a Chartered Management Accountant at Accenture, John has also held senior commercial finance positions at Xchanging plc and Ciber Inc.

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Marianne Brits-Strodl - Head of Business Excellence

Marianne has worked for IT consulting businesses delivering services to the EMEA region for over ten years. Marianne heads up Business Excellence and her background and expertise allows her to support the organisation with delivering the Smart Co growth strategy.

 
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Sally Griffiths - Head of Client Services

With over 6 years of experience within recruitment and consultancy services, Sally focuses on enhancing client and candidate experiences to ensure the delivery of optimal results across the SmartCo service offering. Through the management of the end to end service process, Sally works to present a compelling offering to the market and deliver consistent service excellence.

 
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Chris Beattie - Head of Market Access

As Head of Market Access, Chris’ primary role is taking all Smart Co’s service lines to market. He has developed a strong network of key leaders in the enterprise and emerging technology markets. Chris started his career working in air traffic control before moving into technology. He began as a specialist within the Architecture market back in 2011 and has since been involved in building capacity and mobilising tech teams for organisation across Europe for both major corporates and start-ups.

 

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James Sandford - Client ParTner - Health & Public Sector

Having successfully made the transition from international sport to the commercial world, James now drives Smart-Co’s Health and Public Sector offering.  Having previously built and led high calibre executive search teams, specialising in a variety of sectors including Financial Services, Media and Technology; James has now successfully lead the hiring of Senior and C-suite executives for Digital Healthcare Suppliers on a global basis through Smart-Co’s ‘Search and Selection’ service.

Ensuring that the client reaps the rewards in both the short and long term by working with Smart-Co, is the reason James now has one of the strongest senior networks in the Digital Healthcare market.

 
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Ben Taylor - CLIENT PARTNER - Health & Public SecTor

Ben is part of the Smart Co Health team and has over ten years’ experience working in the Healthcare IT market. He started his career as Insurance Broker before moving on to be a Talent Manager for one of the leading Healthcare Management Consultancies in the UK.

During his career, Ben has built a network of over 13,000 Healthcare IT Specialists and is responsible for resource planning for all our current and future projects. 

 Being married to a nurse, he is acutely aware of the pressures within Healthcare and how technology can save lives.

 
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Lloyd Norman - Director (ENERGY)

Lloyd leads a team that sources key technology talent to support Smart Co’s customers build capability within their businesses.

Lloyd’s career stretches over twenty years where he has built and led many high calibre resourcing teams, specialising in Information Technology, Digital and Smart/IoT.