We believe that our success is dependent upon having the best consultants 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 pfj where we use both internal and external resources aimed at constantly improving our knowledge and skills.
So rest assured - you're in good hands when you come to see one of our consultants.
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 pfj) 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 pfj 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 - Managing Director
My initial career followed a fairly formal route, having gained a Business Studies degree at Bradford Business School. I worked for 2 FTSE 250 companies 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 pfj). 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 PFJ.
Outside of work I have a great wife, 4 children and my interests are playing golf and watching football.
Charlotte Mullen - HR Director
Even when I was 3 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 of the pfj network.
I joined pfj in 1996 from a career in media sales and from a recruitment consultancy role my career developed through management, including the Operational Management of The Graduate Recruitment Company, 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 2 young children who have already got very used to mummy's insistent questioning techniques!
Una McGuinness - Operations Director
I was the first person to join pfj without having met our founder, Paul Farrer. As a result my induction was more of an interview for both of us. That was in 1996 and I joined the Graduate Recruitment Company (a pfj network brand) as a consultant. Two years later I moved across to pfj to recruit on the media sales team and then progressed into management. I am now Operations Director responsible for all teams and overall sales strategy for pfj.
Outside of work am married and live in Spain with 2 children and another on the way!
Katy Green - Deputy Operations Director
At the ripe age of 21 I moved to London to find a career in Media Sales. After 6 years working across a number of media markets (regional press, exhibitions and event sponsorship) I turned my hand to recruitment, joining PFJ in Sept 2000 to launch the Conference and Exhibitions team. My knowledge of the industry has proved invaluable and I have been able to develop my career at pfj managing an increasingly large group of teams to my present role as Deputy Operations Director.
Outside of work I am married and have the domestic responsibilities for Milly (my Jack Russell) and Barbara and her friends (our chickens).
Edward Parkes - Finance Director
Having joined pfj in December 2006 as Financial Controller, I became Finance Director in May 2010 looking after the financial reporting for all companies within the pfj Network. I also manage the Central Services team to ensure an efficient level of service is provided to all our internal and external customers.
Prior to joining pfj, I worked for the Chartered Accountants firm KPMG for six years in Melbourne.
Outside of work I have a keen interest in cricket, rugby union and Australian Rules Football.