Husband, father and serial entrepreneur.
I am fortunate to have found my three greatest passions in life.
Although balancing them all daily can be a challenge, especially considering the hectic workload and travel schedule which can average around 75 flights and 15 countries a year. As a family we opted to reside in Southern Spain, where the children could become truly bilingual and we could all take advantage of the down time and follow some truly great outdoor pursuits such as horse riding, paddle tennis and sailing.
Having been involved in the talent sector since I graduated from university some 19 years ago, I’ve had the privilege of building some truly amazing staffing businesses and working with some of the best minds in the industry.
For me the formula is very simple, work with the best talent, provide the best talent and deliver the quality of service you would want delivered to yourself. Which is exactly what we have set out to achieve across the TechStream Group.
Having worked with all the board members and many of our senior leaders previously meant there was an immediate bond and synergy cross the entire business in all our locations, two critical ingredients for a successful start-up.
Achieving such a senior balance creates a very strong foundation across all the brands within the group, and knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses really allows you to have confidence in those around you to take ownership and drive forward with the desire and passion needed.
Our board prides itself on being hands on in every aspect of the business, we roll ourselves up support our consultants, directors and clients on a variety of different projects. Leading by example is a core belief we practice at every level.
As we design, innovate and implement our strategy, I can’t help but get excited about what the future holds for TechStream We are entering an exciting new era and determined to disrupt the traditional staffing models.
Founded Xcede in 2003 coming from an IT staffing background. William recognised the scale of the opportunity to service the data and digital markets, supporting organisations as they migrate their business models.
William bought out his business partner in 2017 and has subsequently been responsible for the strategic direction, financial performance and sales ethos, increasing NFI by £2.7 million in two years.
William has 23 years experience in TDA staffing and will oversee strategic and operational ambitions going forward
Alf is a highly experienced CFO with a track record of working within large and medium-sized staffing companies, operating from FD to COO.
Alf has extensive international exposure across countries including Germany, France, Poland, Belgium, Holland and Switzerland, working for a number of staffing firms.
Alf has over 25 years’ experience covering M&A, financial management, board-level strategic advice and business management.
Prior to Xcede, Alf was CFO at Banks Sadler and oversaw its sale to American Express Joined in 2018
When asked to become the Board Advisor of The TechStream Group, the chance to work with Adam, Mike and many of the Managing Partners again was one I couldn’t pass up.
As a staffing entrepreneur with over 25 years’ experience of building specialist technology recruiting companies, I helped design the Stream vision for the Group. My extensive experience of setting up & supporting new staffing business ventures in Europe, Asia, North America, and Africa will be critical across this global build.
My 25-year background has seen me build and scale a variety of staffing businesses, but always with innovation, and technology at the centre of the vision.
In 1993, I founded Techpartners International a specialist technology recruiting business with offices in Europe & US and this business was acquired by Harvey Nash PLC in 2000 and I stayed on in the business until the end of 2002 to manage their US operations. It was here I first worked with Adam & Mike.
In 2003, I founded James Harvard International with Adam as a specialist Life Sciences & Technology recruiting business with offices in Europe & Japan. This business was acquired by Hays PLC in 2007, where I stayed on until 2009 to oversee the roll out of that business across the Hays global office network.
In 2010, Adam and I formed EarthStream a specialist Engineering recruiting company focused on providing STEM skills to the energy & resources sector, and later in 2017 we joined forces with Mike Petrie’s Simply Executive business to form CloudStream Global.
In 2018 we will see the launch of The TechStream Group, this is a multi-brand talent solutions provider that will bring together these two very unique businesses into one combined group.
During these engagements I have also held several high profile Non-Executive Director positions with leading technology staffing companies such as Consol, ProClincial & Anteo Group.
The majority of my 30+ years recruitment industry experience has been spent working in large international quoted recruitment companies; Spending over 13 years at Michael Page (11 as the Chief Financial Officer) and over 7 years as the CFO for Robert Walters.
During my time at Page, the Group grew substantially both in the UK and Internationally, following the success of Page, I was delighted to accept an opportunity to join Robert Walters as their Chief Financial Officer in 2001. Once through the tough economic environment of the early 2000s Robert Walters enjoyed a strong period of growth and international development. I left at the end of 2007 and now invest and consult with several businesses across the staffing sector.
In 2010 I met Paul Beeke, a charismatic recruitment entrepreneur, knowing of his background of creating, building and divesting successful recruitment businesses. We discussed the vision he had to build an international specialist recruitment business which he was going to call EarthStream. The business focus was to be the engineering & energy sectors, a market I was keen to be involved with.
Paul presented a long-term vision of a new multi brand group; The TechStream Group, we would address the real staffing issues created by the 4th industrial revolution and the new niche skills needed. I believe the global scale of the market sectors that TechStream have chosen are immense. The ever-increasing global population coupled with its insatiable demand for connected living, clean energy and assessment for data and security mean there is a constant need for the niche skills and innovation our brands can provide.
I knew when we brought together TechStream Group’s board of directors that we would be designing & building a truly unique business and one that would hopefully disrupt and transform classical recruitment models across some very exciting engineering and technology markets.
Having worked with all the board members previously meant there was an immediate bond and synergy, two critical ingredients for a successful start-up.
Achieving such a senior balance creates a very strong foundation for the company, and knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses really allows you to have confidence in those around you to take ownership and drive forward with the desire and passion needed.
My role as the CCO is highly diverse, challenging and varied; this combination means every day is different and exciting.
At the strategic level; designing the overriding vision & goals for the business; at the functional level developing our directors & consultants; at the commercial level winning and developing global projects and at the operational level setting budgets across the group.
It is the process of transforming this vision into reality and watching it being delivered to our clients where I feel the greatest sense of achievement and satisfaction. Nothing brings a smile to my face more than receiving a reference about the quality of work one of our consultants have undertaken and delivered.
Myself and the team have recently been designing a service proposition to support and promote “the business of inclusion & diversity”. It is critical that we have a truly inclusive business and one that champions gender & ethnic diversity.
This service culminated in the strategic alliance between TechStream and “The Centre for Inclusive Leadership”, which I hope will begin to set the industry standards and form one of the core philosophy’s of TechStream.
Throughout my 20 years of recruitment experience, I have worked with a variety of international clients across many sectors. The relationships I have built and fostered throughout these years are always built on trust, respect and delivery. This approach is the fundamental reason we can form such strong partnerships and bonds with our clients that have stood the test of time.
I joined the CloudStream with over 30 years of technology experience, from engineering the early internet with companies such as Cisco Systems all the way to building out recent agile technology services companies. I’ve always been a pure technologist and was constantly motivated by the rapid change of technology development and connectivity in the 90s.
As the 4th industrial revolution emerges, and we begin to see the way classic business models can be disrupted by digital and analytics, I am filled with a new wave of excitement. This new revolution enables me to combine my passion for technology with the business experience gained from founding, building and running and selling technology services companies.
I took on the role as CSO (Chief Services Officer) for CloudStream as I knew I could help the business navigate these exciting but challenging digital waters. By designing, building and operating a new global professional services capability it would allow us to really blend the concept of technology and talent.
For years clients have been shouting out for really committed delivery partners, who can supply high quality technologists across the critical niche skills sets but without carrying the associated cost burden. I am positive our model can to do this whilst creating an average 30% cost saving.
Using our deep sector expertise and flexible engagement models I look to assist our customers as we all navigate the disruptive changes brought about by new patterns of consumption, production and employment.
These changes bring many opportunities as well as threats and it is my teams mission to help our customers maximise the opportunities and mitigate the threats. What an opportunity, what a challenge and what a time to be doing it!
Having over 15 years of global talent acquisition experience, I have been privileged to have lived and travelled international throughout my career. Originally residing in the UK and providing technology recruitment into financial markets, I subsequently spent 9 years living & recruiting cutting edge technologists across Asia.
As part of TechStream’s broader global growth strategy and globalization of our CyberStream brand this has seen me move to the US (via Cape Town) to spearhead our International practice in New York.
My passion in talent acquisition & technology is derived from striving for excellence in service delivery and adding value to our clients by the execution of strategic sourcing solutions. As a founding director of EarthStream and later CloudStream and most recently CyberStream I have helped define and nurture these shared values & beliefs within our company.
At the core of this is the conviction that to become a true partner to our clients, we must demonstrate an integrity that is based on complete transparency and belief in our ability to add strategic value.
Throughout my career I have had an affinity with technically challenging marketplaces where technical advances & evolutions can change the landscape of how you work. My work at CloudStream in machine learning & the cutting-edge technology we see developed in CyberStream’s clients allows me to continue to interact with the “best of breed” technologists in their given fields.
Outside of work I cultivate my curious & energetic nature by exploring new cultures and have a passion for travelling. I have been fortunate in my life to experience the working and social culture across multiple countries around the world and have experiences ranging from Caving in New Zealand, Elephant riding in Lao to hiking in Cape Town or Scuba Diving in the Barrier Reef.
“Guten Tag! Wie gehts?” As you may notice I am the Managing Partner for TechStream’s German speaking countries. I was part of the EarthStream founding team and have since built successful office locations in Zurich, Munich and Hamburg.
I started my career many years ago with one of the big global recruitment companies; so when I was approached to join an innovative start up and build a German capability from the ground floor, I felt the opportunity was too great to pass.
One thing that really makes the difference are the people that you work with and for me that was critical in my decision to join, the values within the group are key to our success and I make sure these hold true in every aspect of the German build and this is reflective in the amazing people we now have in the team.
Besides of managing the operations and the business leaders I like to lead from the front and I engage regularly with my key clients to win & deliver executive searches. We combine technical & market knowledge with a good network and efficient search and identification methodology. In my career I only failed on one search and as of my knowledge this position is not filled until today.
My family lives with me in St. Gallen / Switzerland and I travel regularly between Zürich, Munich, Hamburg and the other European and global offices. If I am at home I spend the time with my two boys and I like to sail at lake Constance or to go hiking in the Appenzeller Alps.
Having worked with EarthStream for several years I was very excited when asked to enlarge my role and become Managing Partner for TechStream Group’s Asia Business.
Based in Singapore “SMART nation” we have become a melting-pot of cultures, full of youth, with an insatiable appetite for technology.
As a key global growth centre, the region never ceases to amaze me as it leads the world in connected living. When a driverless car is prototyped, Singapore will become an early adopter, when one country introduced facial recognition into immigration checkpoints, Singapore became the world’s first fully automated airport.
Working in such an innovative environment means we can partner with leading enterprises in technology and SMART-engineering, whilst working very closely with hot new start-ups that have just received series-A-funded to launch new products into the market. Our tech-mix of Digital, Big Data, Info & Cyber Security and Smart Energy & Cities, is perfectly positioned for this region.
I’ve been fortunate to work with various members of the Board and management team for over 7 years and have always been impressed by the professionalism, integrity and the innovative forward-thinking approach that is embedded in our business way of life. The team here in Singapore is truly multicultural, passionate and stand for everything the business is about. It’s always exciting to lead such a talented and committed group of professionals.
If you want to catch me at the weekends, it’s best to look at the golf-course, although as someone once told me “if we hit it perfect every day, everyone else would just quit!”.
Having over 27 years of global experience in strategic growth & leadership roles for global recruitment and consulting companies; I have amassed a wealth of knowledge that I bring to our clients; always assuring talent solutions meet their technology demands and create genuine return on investment.
Having worked with all the board members on a previous technology recruitment venture, that was subsequently acquired by Harvey Nash Plc in 2000; it made logical sense to join the team again to build TechStream Group and drive forward the CloudStream operations into what we believe will be a market leader across the technology and advanced engineering market.
My years of experience has been varied and this variety gives me a unique set of skills; I spent several years with my wife and very young family (at the time) based in Boston, Massachusetts managing the US operations and overseeing the integration with Harvey Nash. Upon returning to the UK I invested in a software company that built a Basel II Credit Risk engine and was instrumental in selling this business to a leading Core Banking Vendor.
Over the last 8 years, I have focused on building talent solutions in the world of security & data and most recently how Robotics, AI, Machine Learning and Blockchain can help prevent intrusion, corruption and financial crime activities.
As a member of the Senior Management Team and working alongside the TechStream board my vision is to build our business into a market leading Talent & Technology Solutions provider, that is driven towards emerging technology and innovation.
Work-life balance is fundamental at CloudStream, so I make sure I spend quality time with my family and enjoy sailing and rugby. Unfortunately, I no longer play rugby, but I try to impart the wisdom my playing career gave me and qualified as a Level 2 coach and have now coached for 10 years including my 2 sons from 6 years to 16 years at my club, Hertford RFC.
As a Managing Partner within the TechStream Group and one of the groups founding team members I have been involved in building our business from the ground floor up.
Building a new business is challenging; it takes time, drive, commitment and there are many highs and lows along the way.
However, once you really start to see the success of what you’ve built the rewards are amazing.
Throughout our growth, I have kept our core vision and values central to everything we have done, and this is reflective in the amazing people we now have in the team.
Prior to building our business in Cape Town, I had spent over six years in the UK recruitment market focusing on hedge funds & asset management whilst developing my recruitment skills. London is one of the world’s recruitment capitals and was fundamental in gaining the knowledge needed to build a market leading practice here in South Africa.
I’ve now been back for over 6 years and loving every minute of it; I’ve worked on many projects across the MEA region that range from staffing up large greenfield mining operations in West Africa to delivering turnkey solutions to enterprise cloud application vendors. The variety of opportunity in such an emerging market is outstanding.
We have positioned ourselves at the cutting edge of the market and are working with some of the hottest technologies across some of the best businesses in what I can only describe as true partnerships.
Building a business like ours can take its toll, not least on the amount of personal time you have, and that’s why you must take every opportunity to enjoy the fruits of your labour. I am very fortunate to have married a beautiful wife and we have a new beautiful son which takes up most of our free time. But if there is a morning going spare then you’ll see me on my paddle board heading up the west coast.
I have always had a passion for knowing how things work and if I don’t know it I like to surround myself with experts to figure it out. In my early 20’s I found recruitment was a great way for me to work with senior stakeholders, I took the lessons of success and failure from the project managers and engineers I worked with and developed a consultative approach to client delivery and helping people progress their career.
This served me well and by 25 I was a director of my own search and selection business and working across London, NY and APAC and built many meaningful friendships through the world. 18 years on I still love the detail and describe myself as a technical recruiter with deep specialisation in financial markets and management consultancy. I’ve worked up to C Suite across the big investment banks, asset managers and large consultancies and helped build teams that have been rated number one in the world.
I am still hands on and get the same buzz from placing the right person in the right role, just as I did when I stated. I am a people person and always try to do a good and fair deal for both clients and candidates, my honest straightforward approach continues to serve me well. As a father with a young family I am passionate for sustainability, I support a few environmental charities because like business the choices we make need to be built on strong foundations.
Engaging people, you work with and breaking down the conventional pyramid structure to achieve our goals. I believe it’s one of the best ways to empower innovation in our team members, clients, candidates and overall business.
In my position, I deal with various legal and tax issues and as our global business evolves, transparency and integrity IS key. It’s also important to understand and respect the different cultures and opinions that come with working in a global business
It’s rewarding to see my colleagues raising the status quo, providing the specialised, technical knowledge and communication skills necessary to align our client’s needs with our candidate’s needs.
Constant change in the regulatory environment which differs from state to state, country to country, and case by case. This requires me to continuously develop my skills and effectively collaborate with colleagues to determine the best way to deal with these requirements.
It’s refreshing to work for a company that is involved in a sector that is greatly impacting the world. We are at the forefront of this momentous change. I’ve been with the company from day one and the enthusiasm and collaborative effort to drive the business forward makes it all worthwhile. Also, I get to work with inspiring leaders who are committed, innovative, and productive.
I love travel, yoga and any activity that involves the ocean, whether it’s stand up paddle in the lagoon, swimming, or walking with my dog on the beach. Local community and charity work is also equally important to me – I get involved and give back whenever I can.
When I was approached to become TechStream Groups new CFA and assist my former CEO Paul Beeke with mergers and acquisitions, it was an opportunity and a challenge I couldn’t turn down.
Having worked with both Mike & Adam in our early careers, I knew the business would have some great leadership and direction at the board level but equally knew they would be building something that had some real speed and scale to it.
The growth strategy of TechStream would be a blended mix of organic and acquisitions, which meant a constant cycle of challenges and opportunities for me.
With over 25 years recruitment sector experience working with both private and public companies, I pride myself on being able to build and lead world class finance and acquisition teams who deliver to both internal and external customers whilst working with fellow board members to achieve the overriding business strategy.
My entire finance career has been focused on the talent industry, whether as the Finance Director for Harvey Nash plc or the CFA for TechStream I enjoy the daily challenges the industry brings.
As part of our growth strategy the business will look towards the market for acquisitions & integrations of other talent businesses, these will hold their own set of unique challenges. The next five years will be exciting to say the least.
Born and raised in Germany, I graduated with a BEcon Hons (German MBA) degree and have enjoyed working in the field of Accounting and Financial Controlling & Management ever since.
I strive to always bring 100% effort to my work, my team and my clients and will always meet any challenge head on.
Having lived in many different countries and experienced many diverse cultures, I feel perfectly positioned to work in global business that deals international daily. Whether my clients are internal or external I strive to meet and surpass their expectations
With my hunger for knowledge and the constant drive of getting things accurate and organized, I am responsible for the internal controls over the company’s accounting and financial procedures. I work in collaboration with what I believe is a market leading team in the preparation of the financial reporting, audits, statutory accounts and filings for the group.
Failing audits or submitting late returns is not an option for my team!
When I am not checking numbers at my desk, I am usually doing outdoor activities and travel to foreign countries whenever I can. South Africa provides the perfect backdrop to pursue these outdoor activities.
I have spent the past eight years in the business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets with great success in being a part of and leading the marketing teams on local and international brands.
Driving the marketing strategy for the global brands included Trek Bicycles and industry-leading multi-media brands Mining Review Africa, ESI Africa and Smart Energy International.
The opportunity to join the TechStream family and head up their marketing division was an opportunity I couldn’t decline and I am really excited to support the Group as a leader in the international talent solutions market.
I believe it’s important for a balance in life and outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and exercising.
The next year for TechStream Group is going to be exciting and I am looking forward to what is next from the global marketing division – stay tuned as we transform the global recruitment sector.
“Brands were never built through bricks and mortar but in the hearts of satisfied customers”
With over twenty years’ experience, spanning all aspects of information technology, my role is to ensure that our Group Shared Services runs efficiently on a global scale.
My division covers development, support, infrastructure, security and group networking. Our goal is to offer world-class technology services that are robust and tailored to our customer’s need.
I perform multiple roles within TechStream primarily as the South African Operations Manager and Global System Manager but also affectionately known as the company’s designate adventurer. I get my thrills from taking on extreme outdoor challenges and over the past few years I have conquered Everest Base Camps and scaled Kilimanjaro.
Having spent over 15 years in recruitment both in South Africa and UK, I totally understand the need and benefits of having a premium CRM system.
TechStream made the strategic decision to move all their operating systems into the cloud and run off a salesforce.com platform as their chosen talent CRM with some amazing analytics powering the information.
Every office, every consultant and every director are now totally linked creating a seamless and fluid organisation that communicates freely.
For sure structure and attention to detail are my strengths; I strive for perfection and therefore love helping organise the lives of other people. I find the ever-changing recruitment world to be challenging, rewarding and most of all – fun.
The new cloud-based system will be the backbone of our business and it’s my role to make sure everyone is fully trained and optimises its use. An effective database means quicker more accurate delivery and support of our customers.
I’m Mohammad or Moh – Operations Manager in the UK office, covering HR, Finance and Systems areas to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. My journey here has been an interesting one, after finishing university with a degree in Engineering Management, spending a year in The Forensic Science Service in London and following that up with a PGCE Primary. I spent 6 amazing years teaching children in various schools in Essex before entering the world of recruitment. I mean who wouldn’t?
In 2014, I teamed up with Mike, Kang and Denise and utilising skills learnt through teaching and previous experience in start-up environments, I have developed a multitude of operational skills that I have now transferred across to CloudStream.
Being part of a global roll out, taking on more responsibility as the UK Operations Manager for the global HQ and seeing supporting the speed of growth has been really exciting.
It has been an incredibly transition, being involved with implementation of O365, new salesforce platform, learning new financial packages and new HR functions, all of which on a global scale and high importance. The challenges and rewards are endless, and I am looking forward to the journey as we grow as a business.
My current role as Operations Manager sees me at the center of all talent acquisition activity for our brands in Asia, from interviewing and recruiting potential candidates to coordinate projects, to dealing directly with some of the World’s leading companies and decision makers.
I connect the dots between departments and have mastered the art of juggling work priorities while keeping the more mundane tasks like the printer running, light-bulbs glowing, the pantry stocked, and the team paid.
Another part of my role is attracting great new talent into the business, including driving our internship programme and making sure every new team member has a great onboarding experience into the Group!
It is no secret that everything I do is important to keep the office operations running smoothly. I love tackling the variety and get excited in taking on responsibilities outside of my job scope.
There’s no better way to pick up the ability to make good judgments and quick decision making than by witnessing first-hand how business decisions are made. This position brings a whole new meaning to “learning on the job” in a growing, fast-paced sales environment.
Outside of work, I am a K-Drama Addict who falls in love with every lead actor and then the inevitable Second Lead Syndrome.
I couldn’t resist the opportunity to become TechStreams Learning & Development Manager; the prospect of designing new training courses for graduates and advanced consultants whilst getting to deliver these on a domestic and international stage was just too much and fitted perfectly with the next step in my career path.
The years preceding CloudStream saw me complete my HR degree at the University of Cape Town in 2007, upon which I decided to follow a path that so many South Africans had trodden before me – take a year in London and experience the world. For me what was meant to be a year working holiday somehow extended to 8 years and the start of my career in recruitment.
My first 3 years in London was focused exclusively on recruiting across the financial services market for one of the UK’s largest agencies. This helped me to a build a strong recruitment foundation before I moved into my true passion & vocation – training.
I then spent the following 5 years building my training capability as a learning and development manager for an international recruiter. The pinnacle of which was developing an award-winning training program for trainee’s up to management level recruiters.
In 2015, I felt it was time to return to Cape Town; If I remember correctly I had left with a small suitcase and was now returning with a husband a young daughter and a much bigger suitcase!
TechStream created an environment that would really allow me to develop more advanced courses and work across our entire office network. What I liked as much as the role was the level of flexibility TechStream had that would allow me to balance my family and work. I try and spend as much quality time with my husband and daughter as possible whether that be having a braai or strolling down the beach. Here in Cape Town we are perfectly positioned for both.
I joined the dynamic world of recruitment four years ago and have been fortunate enough to gain experience in various aspects of the industry such as Finance, Recruitment and Contract Management.
I was delighted to join the Business in April 2018 as a Contractor Care Administrator, and thoroughly enjoy working within the fast paced and energetic contracting environment. Supporting our global contractor base on a day to day basis has provided me with an international platform to expand my reach and has proved invaluable to my personal growth and work experience.
I have a passion for gaining knowledge and working with people and it is my personal goal to ensure that I provide above average service to our clients, contractors and colleagues on a daily basis.
Outside the office I enjoy adventure, playing hockey and am an avid Rugby and Formula 1 supporter.
Born and raised in the sunny south coast of Spain, I have worked across various industries since 2005.
The last ten years in the print and marketing world has educated me with managing different departments under a strict deadline from a different country, and sometimes even a nine-hour difference which always impacted communication between the relevant parties.
The need to grow and challenge myself had arrived as I believed I had learnt and completed as much as I could in my journey in print and marketing. With the professional growth in mind, and looking to strengthen my ability to adapt to change, the opportunity to join the Techstream Group had everything I was looking for to help me make the next leap in my professional career.
As the Operations Manager for our Spain region, I am the point of contact for the different departments in the business, managing our regional location and anything Spanish-related. I work very closely with our Group CEO and head up the organisation of our regional Spain office, from payroll to local events!
As I move into the next chapter with the TechStream Group I look forward to learning and growing with the business over the next few years ahead!