Ellie Kay has worked within the recruitment business for over 20 years, so has a wealth of contacts and extensive knowledge of recruitment. As a young director, Chris can offer graduates a good insight to the recruitment world. He is also a great role model for success within the industry.
Ellie started her career in recruitment in 2000, after leaving Sheffield Hallam University where she graduated with a 2.1 in Psychology.
She started working for a small trades and labour temp agency in Bradford, and quickly progressed up the ladder to a senior consultant. Following this, she gained further recruitment experience working for a national technical perm recruiter in Leeds before returning to the trades and labour market and setting up her own recruitment agency, A&E Construction, in 2004. A&E recruitment grew from strength to strength, peaking at a turnover of £1.8mil. Alongside this agency in 2008 she started a subcontract cleaning company A&E Facilities, also operating within the construction industry. In 2010 Ellie applied to be on BBC 1 series “The Apprentice”, and after a vigorous interview process was given a place on the show. She enjoyed 5 fun weeks in the process, before being sent home in a dramatic double firing. In 2011 she sold both companies and started up Ellie Reed Consultancy (later named Ellie Kay Consultancy) along with another business interest. Since 2013 Ellie has given this business her full attention and, along with the help of Chris Pickles, has built her agency into being one of the most reputable Rec2Rec agencies in Yorkshire. Ellie absolutely loves her job, which comes across to everyone she meets. Her passion for recruitment really helps her ability to judge which recruiters would suit which agencies
Describe myself in 5 words: Fun, Enthusiastic, Fearless, Outgoing, Untidy
Life moto: You only live once, so make sure you enjoy your job and are with the right partner
Biggest life challenge: Ellie had cervical cancer at the age of 29….but she beat it!
Scariest moment: The boardroom with Lord Sugar!
Proudest work moment: Bagging a £42.5K fee for placing a Director
Proudest life moment: Adopting a baby 😊
Best holiday location: San Francisco or Havana
Favourite Football team: Leeds Leeds Leeds!
In 2013 Chris graduated with a Sports Business Management degree at Leeds Metropolitan University.
In 2013 Chris graduated with a Sports Business Management degree at Leeds Metropolitan University. Through saving up, whilst working throughout his studies, Chris flew the nest and travelled South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Within a week of his return, he landed his first recruitment role in executive private healthcare, as a 360 consultant. Having gained a good insight into recruitment, Chris took the opportunity to join Ellie Kay (Reed) Consultancy in September 2015 and be part of one of the leading R2R agencies in Yorkshire. He quickly grew into the position, scoring his biggest fee in July 2016, placing an experienced recruitment director. Chris began to take more responsibility and by August 2017, he was faced with a sink or swim moment when Ellie adopted a child and would be on leave for the next year. Thankfully, Chris has thrived off the responsibility, becoming a noticeable and well-regarded consultant as a result. Through hard work and determination in January 2018, Chris was promoted to a Director and is now an integral part of growing Ellie Kay Consultancy. He particularly excels in candidate management, making sure that he thoroughly prepares candidates for interviews and communicates constantly throughout the process.
Describe myself in 5 words: Confident, Fun, Personable, Loyal and Talkative!
Life moto: Take life by the Cajunas & see the World!
Biggest life challenge: Travelling Asia, Australia & New Zealand on a shoe string
Scariest moment: Sky Diving over Lake Taupo
Proudest work moment: Achieving Directorship
Proudest personal moment: Defying the odds & achieving a 2:1 degree
Favourite Holiday Destination: Tulum, Mexico. (A week of beach, cheese & corona)
Football Team: Bradford City AFC