Language Technology & People Sourcing Specialist
Nick’s fascination with the unique human ability to create and understand complex language has always played a key part in his approach to expertise scouting and acquisition. In fact, he claims that owes a lot of his success to his 1st Class BA in Linguistics from the University of Durham:
“Ultimately, great people search is about building the right queries within the right corpora. Essentially we’re hacking around with information that people have written about themselves in some form (CVs, Social Profiles, websites, blogs, whatvever). Most good people-finders have an almost intuitive understanding of the role that syntax and semantics have in this process, but what we’ve been able to do is take a much more in-depth understanding of how people use language to build a people-finding infrastructure that not only uses the right information, but moves within it in the most complete way.”
Having cut his teeth in recruiting at Idealpeople, where he worked his way from trainee to eventually building and owning their industry-leading candidate generation system, Nick has now built mployability’s “right-now” infrastructure, giving us the ability to identify, attract and introduce hard-to-find expertise in a cost-efficient and timely manner. He also manages our activities within the Natural Language Technology industry, working with a variety of companies involved in Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning and Computational Lingustics. You can find out more about that right here.
In his spare time, Nick can normally be found swimming, cycling or running his way to mediocre finishes in national triathlon races. He is a dedicated Northampton Town fan, a husband and father. He is allergic to wearing a suit.
Nick has been known around the UK tech industry as the “go-to man” for complex hiring needs for over 15 years. Given the sheer pace of change in that time, this is no mean feat (seriously, when this guy started out they were advertising jobs in newspapers and posting CVs out. In fact, his claim to fame is that he was an “early adopter” of e-mail). As he points out:
“In a competitive world, a business’s recruiting effectiveness is the primary barometer of success. All great companies recruit brilliantly. And recruiting brilliantly is about two things: knowing how to get your business in front of the people you want to hire and then successfully engaging with those people. The problem tends to be – particularly in the tech world – that the definition of “the people you want to hire” shifts constantly in response to the rapid pace of technical and commercial innovation. What we have is the ability – through our unique sourcing infrastructure and our strategic experience – to get your business in front of those people where possible, and to identify what you need to change where it’s not possible.”
Having initially been part of the legendary Vision IT, a leading recruiter during the dot-com boom, Nick spent over 10 years heading up candidate attraction and delivery programmes for Idealpeople before joining mployability, where he is now responsible for the tactical execution of recruitment campaigns on behalf of our really diverse client base.
When he’s not working, he can be found riding mountain bikes over-cautiously and indulging his passion for retro vehicle modelling. He has a nice collection of shoes.
Without Alison, none of the work mployability do would be possible. A graduate of Manchester University, Alison spent 2 years working in Corporate HR and Internal Recruiting before joining the mployability team. The glue that holds us together, Ali ensures that our virtual infrastructure works, and looks after all of our back office and internal systems.