Chief Executive Officer
Stuart is the Lead Client Partner at RP International having co-founded the business in 1998. Stuart specialises in helping technology start-ups build operations from scratch and more established clients thrive in times of transformation, enter new markets & translate innovation to commercial success.
Stuart is experienced in identifying the international leadership and subject matter expert talent required to deliver on major strategic initiatives across Europe, MEA and APAC regions. He works regularly with CEO, CTO, CDO & CHRO positions to build additional capability into the leadership itself, appointing world-class Directors with the required expertise and competitive market experience to add tangible value in rapidly evolving markets.
While Stuart spent the first 15 years of his career almost exclusively within the communications industry, in the last decade he also supports major technology driven transformation programmes across the media, aviation and automotive worlds addressing the challenges of the OTT suppliers and the opportunities of IoT, Big Data & Analytics, CX & Omni channel commerce.
Stuart lives in Hampshire, England although travels extensively. He is a keen follower of most sports, particularly Rugby and Cricket, and despite his size and age, is currently in training to run Marathon des Sables 2019 for charity.
Born in the UK, partially raised in Asia, Julian started in recruitment addressing the IT needs of major banks immediately after he graduated from Liverpool University.
He founded RP International with his partners in 1998 and having been instrumental in RPI’s expansion across Latam, Europe and AsiaPac he relocated to Dubai in 2009 to diversify and transform the MEA operations and has been the regional CEO since then.
Julian has steered RPI and its MEA clients through ever-changing and complex regional issues. He works hard to understand the prevailing geopolitical issues and diverse cultures as MEA countries adopt digital strategies to transform their economies and enhance the emerging regional talent. He stops at nothing to provide his clients and candidates with an accurate understanding of the regional commercial landscape. This has included throwing himself out of a plane and free falling from 13000 ft above Dubai just to take a birds-eye holistic view.
“I am blessed with truly the very best recruitment team in Dubai and in spite of my input they have done the most amazing job diversifying RPI MEA from just telecoms into all industry sectors embracing agile Digital Transformation for monetized customer centricity” – he will modestly quip in interviews for regional radio and at industry conventions.
Group Head of Finance
Tinder is the Group Head of Finance at RP International and has worked in the recruitment sector for over 20 years. Having joined the team in 2015, she is responsible for the day to day management of the finance team and operational activities of the business. As a part of the senior management team, Tinder provides operational strategic support to the Board.
Having qualified as an accountant in 2001 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Finance and Accounting and having worked for large and small organisations, Tinder brings a wealth of experience relating to the recruitment sector. She has been involved in mergers/acquisitions and a listing on the AIM. In addition, Tinder has significant experience working in various regions including UK, Ireland, Europe, APAC, Middle East and the USA.
Tinder lives in Ealing, West London with her young family, when she’s not looking after them she is a keen runner and tries to train as frequently as possible.
Chief Operating Officer
Following a short service commission in the Army, Rory’s career in the recruitment sector has extended over 25 years covering multiple industry sectors & regions. He spent his first 12 years with a large, listed, international corporate, initially specialising in Investment Banking Technology, providing institutions with the senior interim talent to drive transformation.
In the last 10 years Rory has gained significant exposure to other industry sectors, notably within Oil & Gas and the broader energy markets across EMEA and North America. He has launched, grown and managed numerous businesses across the UK, Germany, Scandinavia, US, Canada, the Middle East & Africa.
As COO, although Rory’s priorities are more operational, he consistently takes a keen interest in key client relationships maintaining tight frameworks around account development and campaign delivery.
Rory lives with his family in Newmarket, Suffolk and when he’s not in the office, or travelling with work, he’s active at home with horses, dogs, various farm animals… and his children!
Group Head of People
Lidia is the Group Head of People at RP International. Having joined the team in 2018, she is responsible for strategic development and senior management of RP International’s growing human resources function, leading recruitment, retention and development of all employees as well as expanding company culture. As a part of the senior management team, Lidia also provides operational strategic support to the Board.
Lidia began her career in the recruitment sector in 2011 within compliance. As a qualified HR professional and member of CIPD, she brings expertise in talent acquisition management, diversity, reward and recognition, and organisational and professional development to help RP International grow and thrive. Lidia has also had broad involvement in the operational side of the business, by leading CRM projects and working closely with senior leadership on various business strategies primarily within the medical recruitment sector.
Originally from Poland with a master’s degree in teaching, Lidia still does some ad hoc teaching (Polish as a foreign language). She loves dance and used to be in a professional folklore dance group. Yoga and gym help her balance out the fast paced life of being in a recruitment consultancy and each year tries to visit new & undiscovered countries known to her.
David spent circa 20 years building Harvey Nash plc into a £500m turnover global professional services organisation.
David’s roles have encompassed Managing Director, Chief Executive, Executive Deputy Chairman and most recently Non-Executive Deputy Chairman.
As a highly effective senior international business leader, David’s past successes have included growing Harvey Nash significantly in terms of size, revenue and profits and expanding the previously UK-centric organisation to deliver a global footprint covering Europe, Asia-Pacific and the USA.
David has a proven track record in creating growth, both organically and via strategic acquisitions. He has also taken a private business through to a successful flotation and listing on the London Stock Exchange. He currently advises the boards of five SME companies.
Group Head of IT, Data and Telecoms
Heidi is the Group Head of IT, Data and Telecoms at RP International. She joined RPI in 2015 and is responsible for the management of the company’s systems and technologies and the suppliers who assist in their support and maintenance.
Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Systems from the University of the West of England in Bristol, Heidi is an experienced CRM specialist and IT, data and telecoms management and administration professional with a natural aptitude for technology. Having spent 11 years in database administration and management and CRM roles at Middlesex University and Bird & Bird LLP before joining RPI, Heidi has been integral in the transformation of RPI’s legacy technologies to meet the evolving global technical needs of the business.
Heidi enjoys travelling and working at RPI has given her the opportunity to visit Singapore, Dubai, India and Australia. Outside of travel, she is a tech enthusiast and is often an early adopter of the latest mobile phones, computers and tablets.
Chief Financial Officer
David has more than 20 years’ hands-on experience of working in the International Executive Search, recruitment, IT subcontracting and software development sector.
David has held various senior positions at Harvey Nash Group plc including that of European Finance Director and CFO for offshore software development and outsourcing. David started his career in finance with a mid-sized London practice where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
Following a short period as an auditor manager and business advisor working with many SMEs he migrated to industry and became the UK Head of Finance at Harvey Nash prior to its flotation on the FTSE. Post-flotation he moved up to become European Finance Director and guided the group’s many acquisitions of recruitment and sub-contracting companies as it expanded internationally. The role developed further culminating in the set up of an offshore software development centre in Vietnam.
David has worked extensively in UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and the Far-East. David is a member of the ICAEW and holds a BSc from Kings College London and an MSc from the University of Southampton.
Regional Director, Asia
As Regional Director of RP International Asia, Jeremy is responsible for an experienced multi-national team based out of Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. As a member of the senior management team Jeremy believes in leading from the front continuing to win business for his team as well as working closely with his existing client base striving to deliver on the group’s vision; ‘to be the partner of choice for leaders who drive transformation globally.’
Joining RPI UK in 2006, Jeremy partnered with EMEA leaders from Service Providers, System Integrators and Vendors to build program teams for high profile Transformation initiatives. Transferring to Singapore with his family in 2010, Jeremy quickly replicated this success by winning and supporting prestigious Digital Transformation and Network Modernisation programs in addition to building and mentoring high-performing Sales & Delivery teams who continue to provide world-class talent across all three core service areas.
Jeremy is a keen follower of many sports and enjoys playing golf. He has also participated in an 800km charity cycle ride for the past two years across Indochina raising money for ‘HOPE for Cambodian Children’ of which RPI is a sponsor.
Regional Director, ANZ & Pacific
As the Regional Director for ANZ and the Pacific, Chris focuses on providing strategic partnership to RPI’s clients in the region. Since relocating to New Zealand Chris has continued to work with clients in the Telecommunications and Broadcast Media sectors but has also developed a client base in the Electricity sector working with Generation, Distribution and Retail clients.
Chris previously served as Managing Director, APAC where he established RPI’s Singapore office in 2007 and guided the expansion of the business across the region with the creation of hub offices in Sydney, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.
He then operated from Dubai, with a global remit focussing on senior leadership recruitment for the telecommunications industry.
Chris is another farming headhunter, living with his family on a small farm in NZ with an assortment of livestock and fruit trees. He is a keen Mountain Biker & Hockey Player and can generally be found hurtling down a downhill trail or dragging his ageing joints around an Astro Turf pitch.