James Adamson

James’ displayed an early interest in business, setting up his first company at 17. After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in Business & Marketing, James took his first role in Construction Recruitment with AndersElite. His drive and focus saw him excel in the role in a very short time. Predominately working on Surveying and Project Management roles, James grew the relatively new division, bringing in multiple new clients and candidates; and was credited with achieving the most successful period for permanent placements.

James enjoyed promotion to senior and principal recruitment positions before establishing Vertical Recruitment  (link to about us) with friend and former colleague, James Smith, in 2011.

As a Director, James is responsible for day-to-day business operations, however, he also manages the Property division; including Construction Consultancy and Architecture & Surveying. Whilst James leads his team to deliver the highest quality recruitment service, he also continues to spend much of his time fulfilling the recruitment needs of his own clients and candidates.

This is no accident, as James believes in practicing what he preaches and enjoys maintaining the long-standing relationships he has developed over the years. These include small independent companies through to national multi-disciplinary consultancies, many of which choose Vertical as a preferred recruitment partner,

The recent growth of James’ team is testament to these relationships, particularly during recent years, which has seen a changeable time for recruitment. James attributes Vertical’s success to an unwavering commitment to its candidates and clients.

“The recession and its impact on Construction and Engineering presented a number of challenges to our relatively young company and to our clients and candidates. Whilst it tested us, we remained true to what we are and to our core industries. Through resilience, smarter working and a willingness to adapt we remained strong and continued to help our clients and candidates succeed.

As the industry recovers and enter a period of growth, we look forward to bringing new and existing clients and candidates together.”

James Smith

Prior to establishing Vertical Recruitment, James enjoyed a successful recruitment career, moving through the ranks into senior management roles. He specialises in Consulting Engineering and has built up a large network of clients and contacts in the sector. He continues to be active in the recruitment of senior engineering and building services vacancies whilst also developing Vertical Recruitment’s services to wider industries and overseeing business operations. He is passionate about delivering the highest level of service and credits Vertical’s excellent reputation with the team’s ability to look at vacancies from both the client and candidate perspective.

He believes that the success of the business relies on its people and invests heavily in his team. He enjoys supporting them through Vertical’s in-house training programme and working with them to help them achieve their career goals. James also enjoys a little healthy competition with the team and enjoys taking part in company social and sports events.

Brin Gleeson

Brin is a Senior Consultant here at Vertical Recruitment, who has been with us for over three years. Brin takes charge of the Surveying and Architecture positions within the business and due to his success in this area Brin has additionally taken charge of the Fire engineering side of the business which has grown due to recent changes in the industry.

Brin was brought into the business with the foresight of achieving Managing consultant status. The leadership team saw Brin’s potential early and recognised his hard work and dedication to the role by laying down his career progression path. Brin is a key team member and essential to many of the successes within the company.

Why do you like working for Vertical?

“I like working for vertical as we get a lot of freedom in the role and after being with the company for three years I have built trust and I have a lot of autonomy. The Directors drive everyone to be their best, and overall it is a great place to work.”

What makes a good Recruiter?

“A good recruiter to me, is someone who is always listening and learning. Taking on new tips from people who have more experience. Listening to clients and candidates and giving them what they actually want.”

Maria Peavoy

Maria joined Vertical Recruitment in May 2019 to establish and grow our Housing Division. Maria has over eight years’ experience in the construction and house building industry and specialises in the recruitment of mid to senior level executives.

She has an excellent reputation in the industry and has been successful in recruiting globally for some of the world’s largest construction businesses.

Why do you like working at Vertical?

“Vertical shares my values in relation to client care and providing a quality service. The business is built on reputation which means that my way of working fits very well.”

What makes a good Recruiter?

“The willingness to listen to both clients and candidates needs, coupled with a strong ability to build and sustain genuine relationships”

Doug Smith

Doug joined Vertical in January 2018 to work as a 360 recruiter in the Civils, Infrastructure and Transport team. He recruits directly into companies which are spearheading the ‘Northern Power House’ initiative. Working daily with Transport Planners, Bridge Engineers, Highway Engineers, Rail Engineers, etc.

Prior to joining Vertical, Doug had already accumulated 4 years recruitment experience working within the engineering sector. Doug has a well-rounded skillset, varied experience and infectious personality making him an excellent addition to the company, both professionally and outside the office.

Outside of work, Doug is a huge Rugby fan and regularly follows England on their six nations campaigns and further afield. Having previously been an avid player, he now takes more of a spectator position, with pint in hand. Alongside his interest in sport, Doug enjoys spending time with his young son and socialising with friends, he can (on occasion) be found enjoying Manchester’s vibrant nightlife.

Why do you like working at Vertical?

“The mature atmosphere is a real winner for me. Vertical Recruitment has a great support system with the closeness of the team making collaboration not just something we talk about, but something that is instilled in the core of the company. “

What makes a good Recruiter?

“For me it’s all about resilience. When dealing with people, things can change fast, and you must adapt to that. Putting a large body of work into something that bears no fruit happens continually and it is the nature of the industry. Being resilient and working the right processes time and time again to get the best result for all parties is what recruitment is really all about.”

Andy Clarkson

Andy takes charge of the Utilities and Power Network side of the business at Vertical. Assisting Gas, Water and Electric Authorised Contractors across the UK with their key hires. Andy has some unique industry experience working previously for two leading contractors in the Utilities industry helping add an extra understanding to his work.

What do you like about working for Vertical?
“We are all able to run our own desks like a small business and I’m surrounded by highly experienced recruiters which helps me develop even further.”

What do you think makes a good recruiter?
“You have to be well organised and have fantastic interpersonal skills.”

Seb Surridge

Seb joined Vertical from another North West based consultancy and showed excellence from the start, winning an employee of the month award within the first three months. Seb works closely with the Property team and helps source candidates across the UK for Building surveyor, Quantity Surveyor, and Project Management based vacancies.

Why do you like working at Vertical?

“I like the relaxed and professional environment. Everyone wants to do well and progress. I like how the directors run the company, they are industry pros and have experience at some leading consultancies across the North West and it’s been a great place to learn.”

What makes a good Recruiter?

“Good communication skills. Be a problem solver for companies and candidates and make sure you understand the task at hand. Very goal orientated and focused”

Imani Gardner

Imani supports our Consulting Engineering division, working with candidates to meet the demand for highly skilled Civil Engineers within Highways, Bridges, Infrastructure and Transport.  Prior to Vertical, Imani worked in medical recruitment, where she was responsible for filling urgent locum positions in the NHS.

She has a long background of working in customer facing roles and enjoys building relationships with her clients and candidates so that she can deliver a quality service that meets their specific needs.

What attracted you to Vertical Recruitment?

“I felt like there was a good cultural fit. I am passionate about being the best I can and delivering the highest level of service. I think that’s true of Vertical Recruitment. I also like that Vertical is so well established and has a great reputation whilst still being an independent and personable business.”

What makes a good recruiter?

“For me it’s all about relationships. The ability to build genuine and honest relationships with candidates and clients is the only way we can ensure that the right people end up in the right job with the right company.”