We believe that our success is dependent upon having the best consultants and management team in the industry and we have invested significantly to ensure that we recruit and retain top quality people.
We have held the Investors in People Award since 2000 and training & development is an on-going process at Aspire, where we use both internal and external resources aimed at constantly improving our knowledge and skills.
So rest assured - you're in good hands.
Our Board of Directors
Paul Farrer - Chairman
I was never much of an academic and was 23 when I started to look for a career. I went to a recruitment agency called HMS and instead of trying to place me, they hired me! Recruitment has proven to be enormous fun and a profession I hugely enjoy. In my view it is the most challenging complex three dimensional 'sales consultancy' role that you can do. From the outside it looks easy but when your 'products' are people you soon discover that you are involved in a sector where logic can yield to emotion and 'gut feel' can triumph over skills and competencies. Nothing is guaranteed. I am lucky because I find people and organisations equally interesting.
I established Phee Farrer Jones, now Aspire, in 1992 and have been lucky to surround myself with talented people that have enabled the business to be successful for a sustained period of time. My role at Aspire is to create and develop a clear vision that we can all aspire towards. My role is high in touch and visibility so I spends a lot of time with clients, candidates and our own people.
Outside of work I am married with 3 children, love sport and major events and am passionate about promoting community based conservation in Africa.
Chris Chandler - CEO
My initial career followed a fairly formal route, having gained a Business Studies degree at Bradford Business School. I worked for two FTSE 250 companies for over 15 years gaining qualification as a Chartered Secretary along the way. I had a fairly good grounding in different sectors, initially within a sales & marketing business and then within a large conglomerate with 5,000 employees.
Having left the formal world to set up my own Management Consultancy business, one of my first clients was Paul Farrer at Phee Farrer Jones - now Aspire. One day a week turned to two and I joined formally in 1996. Our complementary skills have worked in harmony since then and we have built a business to be proud of. I see my key role now to be to maximise the profitability of the business by releasing the full potential of all who work at Aspire.
Outside of work I have a great wife, 4 children and my interests are playing golf and watching football.
Una McGuinness - Global Managing Director
I was the first person to join PFJ as it was then, without having met our founder, Paul Farrer. As a result my induction was more on interview for us both… one that went well as this was in 1996! I initially recruited Graduates in Media, then moved into recruiting Media and Digital professionals at a more experienced level and then progressed into Management. I am now Global Managing Director, and have a fantastic team of Senior Managers who I work with to build on our heritage and success in London, and am frequently visiting our newest offices in Singapore and most recently Hong Kong to assist in driving and growing business in Asia. I am also responsible for Aspire’s Marketing, which has seen a complete rebrand in May 2014, and work with the Management team and our Key Account Directors to add value to our key clients.
Outside of work, I am a busy mother of 3, live in Spain and enjoy the odd exotic holiday!
Charlotte Mullen - HR Director
Even when I was three at nursery I used to be known as 'Chatterbox' and some would argue that the nickname would still hold true today! I have always been fascinated by people - some may call it nosy, others may call it inquisitive. My natural instinct is to always delve into people and find things out, and I find that this has helped no end in recruitment and has assisted me in forging great relationships with clients, candidates and for me my most essential commodity, the employees at Aspire.
I joined Aspire in 1996 from a career in media sales and from a recruitment consultancy role my career developed through management, to my present role. As HR Director my role is all about helping our people reach their personal development goals and full potential.
Outside of work I am married with two young children who have already got very used to mummy's insistent questioning techniques!