About Adam

Let’s rewind to 2005. In a tiny office in Wilmslow our founders Richard Gahagan and Leon Milns launched Adam with a vision to transform the perception of recruitment.

A focus on truly aligning our client’s business vision and culture with our candidates’ goals and values was core to the exceptional service standards we aspired to, as it is today.

We’ve worked hard over the past 14 years to create a company culture built on the principles of trust, collaboration, mutual respect and shared success. In that time the business has forged ahead by working with some of the most exciting companies in Manchester, the North West and London.  Companies such as Simply Be, On the Beach and Trak Global. From ground breaking tech firms to inspirational creative businesses, we’ve helped them all grow their businesses by building strong teams of highly talented and skilled professionals across a wide range of disciplines.​

As we’ve grown the business, we’ve garnered a reputation for dealing fairly with clients, candidates and suppliers. We’ve won countless awards for our approach and are proud that 91% of our clients consider us their first choice for recruitment.  

We’ve also weathered the storm of the biggest recession of our lifetime by operating with diligence and acting with integrity.  We Are Adam is living proof that doing the right thing pays off. You can read more about how we work in our case studies and testimonials.

Fast forward to 2019 and we’ve grown to a team of 20 consultants across five key business areas, Marketing & PR, Digital & Tech, HR, Agency and Executive, covering both permanent and contract roles. We’ve just had our best year ever, laying the foundations for our future growth.

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Meet the Leadership Team

My path to Operations Director isn't a typical one.

Despite being very academic, I left uni after 3 months. I'd started a media degree and thought industry experience was more valuable than a qualification. Which is true, if you can get your foot in the door but it didn't go that way for me. Falling back on what I knew, I got a job in retail and worked my way to Store Manager before deciding I was sick of working weekends!

A brief stint as a Recruitment Consultant made me see that my strengths lay in the support role, which is how I ended up at Adam. In 2015 I took an Administrator role and set to work carving out my career. I knew this was the place I wanted to stay - somewhere I could add real value and would allow me to mould the role into what I wanted it to be. 2021 sees me start the year as Operations Director and I'm excited to see where we can take the business as we embark on the next leg of our journey.

I'm often hidden behind the scenes at Adam, having an impact in the areas you don't necessarily see - HR, IT, process improvement & systems management etc. However, you'll also find me all over Adam's marketing - from producing blogs and whitepapers, to podcasts and YouTube videos - along with my right hand woman, Kimi!

I'm a creative at heart and you'll typically find my covered in paint or glue like a toddler. I like to think I've improved my craft skills a little over my 30+ years though. I sing for fun too, but haven't been on stage in a few years. There are some videos knocking around still from my time in a Happy Monday's tribute. My current big project is restoring our 1972 VW T2 campervan and I'm often found out in the countryside on long walks at the weekends!


Leanne

My early career was in Sales, Marketing and general management before I “fell” into recruitment after doing well at a job interview.

Having worked for over 20 years helping clients shape recruitment strategies or find important strategic hires, I now continue to advise on how best to hire. I'll also challenge hiring strategy and help clients hire directly by building an internal team, utilise our experts either one off or as an RPO model, or take a blended approach, as we do for larger clients.

You will get total honesty from me in a consultative and professional way but delivered as someone who has launched and run my own business. I can empathise with a very wide range of business challenges. I remain in talent/hiring and recruitment as I love meeting new people; from helping people with the careers to solving major client problems around people and talent. It allows me to be at the forefront of growth plans for a large number of varied businesses. It fascinates me as I'm both able to add value and learn simultaneously.

Away from work my time is spent with family, kids, dog, hiking, skiing as well as enjoying cooking and wine with friends…

Richard

I fell into recruitment.

My degree is life science degree and I did a placement year at Pfizer in medical research. I loved the theory of it, but practically it was quite a lonely, slow-paced career. I craved the buzz of a rich, vibrant working environment. When I left uni I joined Sainsbury's on their grad scheme, handling a lot of HR and recruitment. I LOVED the recruitment angle so made the fateful step into working for an agency.

Throughout my career I've mainly worked across the marketing and HR markets, settling into HR in 2002 and never looking back. I simply love HR candidates! I find them utterly fascinating. It's a joy to learn about their experiences and how they personally deliver their brand of HR magic. I don't think anyone chooses to go into recruitment, but after all these years I still love my job. It never gets boring.

You can expect an honest, pragmatic approach from me, with advice derived from years of successful campaigns. For me, the privilege of helping someone develop their career and adding true value to a business is what it's all about.

I have a busy home life with 2 teenage daughters and a naughty Cockapoo. I love cooking, wine tasting & taking wine exams, running 5ks and can usually be found plotting my next foreign adventure in any quiet moment I can find.

Vanessa

From previously working in a large blue-chip recruiter with the owners of Adam, I quickly realised my life would take a turn and I would be a part of the journey of Adam from 2006. Initially recruiting across all areas of marketing/digital helping to build what we see today. I now manage a team, heading up client services and being a part of the overall growth of the business. I focusing a lot of my time working on Executive/C-suite assignments, which involves full mapping and headhunting.

After teaching for 5 years and traveling for 2, recruitment found me. I was pitched the role of a recruiter at an interview whilst looking for a job at an agency. Next thing you know I was working 8am to 8pm for a large blue chip in town!..

My passion for recruitment only really started at Adam. Before that I was doing it purely for the money as I wanted a house, car and the ability to say yes to any holiday/weekend away. At Adam I was able to see a business grow from nothing and actually see how to do it right; long term relationships, partnering and helping clients for years, now decades in some cases, and treating people right. Thankfully we don't work anywhere near those long hours too.

Outside of work it's anything outdoors! My passion for sport developed at a young age - football, mix martial arts, Tae Kwon Do, boxing, kickboxing to name a few. My passion is still sport, usually golf, cycling, running and snowboarding but I enjoy anything outdoors. If I am not up a mountain, on a golf course or in a Kayak you will find me in a pub beer garden … or doing DIY 🤷‍♂️

Peter

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