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About Henry Nicholas.

Putting talent at the heart of business.

It’s recruitment, done differently

Henry Nicholas fuels business growth, supports career dreams and we do some good along the way.

It’s a pretty open secret that recruitment doesn’t have the best reputation in the world. Well, we want to change that, by simply behaving differently.

The vision is to have a business that makes a positive impact on the planet, the community and the individual. We do this through acting socially responsible, building long lasting relationships with our clients and using some common sense.

Below are the commitments we make as a business to ensure these aren’t just words on a website but actions that have an impact.

Our commitment

Here’s what we’re committed to doing to put our vision of a socially responsible recruitment company into action:

  • We are Carbon Neutral and aim to be Net Carbon Zero by 2025 Henry Nicholas Business Carbon Assessment and Offset Certificate.
  • We are B-Corp certified – June 2023.
  • We donate 1% of every placement fee towards causes that better the future and lives of children
  • We give our time to charities across Bristol through volunteering
  • We will work hard to support and improve diversity and inclusion within our industry
  • We will give back to our local Digital Marketing, Tech and Creative Community by supporting and sponsoring events
  • We will act with integrity and honesty, telling you what we can’t (or won’t) do.
  • Better 1,000 children’s lives by 2031
  • Build 10 schools in Africa by 2031

Meet the team

John Austin

MD & Founder

As a Fellow of the Institute for Recruitment practice with an MBA from UWE and research in the field of Talent Management, John began his recruitment career with Pirelli more than 20 years ago, before the dawn of emails and during a time when CVs had to be faxed.

John founded Henry Nicholas in 2009, with the mantra “your people are your business”. He has always believed that business leaders should always think about the “why” before the “what” and “how” – a basis that has ensured the ongoing growth and success of Henry Nicholas.

John is married to Sarah and both share a son, Sam, and two crazy cats.

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Daniel Carne

Operations Director

Dan has worked in recruitment since 2007, and has thrived managing and mentoring other members of his team along the way.

His career at Henry Nicholas has seen him work with a range of agencies and brands, many of whom he’s helped to continually grow over since joining us in 2010.

A key part of the growth and development of Henry Nicholas since its early days, Dan takes pride in what the company stands for and the outstanding service we deliver for both clients and candidates.

Outside of work, Dan enjoys cycling, sampling craft beers and spending time with his children.

Dan’s jobs

Andrew Midgley

Principal Consultant

Andrew started his career in 2011, where he worked for a global recruitment consultancy specialising in engineering and manufacturing recruitment, winning an award as the top temp biller in the country.

After falling in love with Bristol, Andrew relocated and joined Henry Nicholas, where he could pursue a recruitment career in a sector he was truly passionate about – Marketing. Andrew now works with big brands and Marketing & PR agencies across the south of the UK, as well as being the exclusive recruiter for a global charity.

Andrew has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, is a Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers fan, and a big fan of HP sauce.

Andrew’s jobs

Nick Edgar

Senior Consultant

Nick studied Industrial Design at Brunel University London before turning his hand to sales, where he climbed the ladder with EE for nearly 8 years.

After moving into recruitment in 2018, Nick has gone from strength to strength,  moving to Brunel’s stomping ground in 2019, where he joined the Henry Nicholas team.

Nick is a keen golfer, a Liverpool fan, and a lover of indie music and craft beer (as well as the odd fruity G&T).

Nick’s jobs

Gina Taillier

Marketing Manager

Gina joined the Henry Nicholas team in 2023, hitting the ground running and leading on all things marketing, comms, and design for the company.

Graduating from university with a MSc in Sports Physiology, Gina changed career path in 2010 and dived, quite literally, into the world of marketing. Working as an underwater videographer, photographer, and digital marketing specialist for various companies across tourism, sports, and education, managing marketing campaigns from conception to fruition, ensuring brand and USP always remain in focus.

Gina’s interests include travel and immersing herself into new cultures, capturing lots of photos and video edits along the way! In her spare time, she loves exploring the outdoors, with music festivals and stand-up comedy events a happy place to be lost at.

Stan Livingstone

Junior Consultant

Stan joined Henry Nicholas in 2023, an ambitious all-rounder with excellent public relations. Leaving school with A-Levels in English, History & Classics his career path began as an architectural and structural steelworks engineer. Unsure if this was his calling, he jumped ship in 2021 into the Police force, spending two years with Avon and Somerset as a Response Officer in South Bristol.

Recruitment is now Stan’s drive; with all the daily challenges it brings. With his strong customer service background, he is always on hand to help candidates secure their chosen marketing career path.

Stan is a sports fanatic, always happy to talk about all things football. A Bristol City fan, but who also enjoys catching up on rugby and enjoying a local Somerset cider!

Stan’s jobs

Chloe Bowman

Marketing Coordinator

Chloe, born and bred in Bristol, (but missing the accent), joined Henry Nicholas in 2023. Chloe began her career journey as an apprentice in customer service, advancing into customer focused roles with sales and marketing elements. Next she made the leap into recruitment and then a side step into the marketing department at Henry Nicholas, excited with the path that is beginning to unfold.

Chloe is an ambitious member of the team, who can be found behind our social media content creation and marketing campaigns.

A fellow creative, who enjoys writing short stories, designing gifts for family and friends and a dabble in digital illustration. At the weekends Chloe likes to escape into the outdoors or to the cinema to see a good horror movie!

Chloe’s jobs

At Henry Nicholas, it’s about so much more than recruitment.

To be part of the Henry Nicholas team is to have passion and purpose. Passion for the industry you recruit for, otherwise life gets boring. Purpose driven work is about having a sense of fulfilment, knowing you’re part of an company that stands for something, cares for people and trying to make the world a better place.

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John and Gaby were extremely helpful, professional and courteous during my job search and i'd have no hesitation in highly recommending Henry Nicholas.

Amazing service, excellent communication, would recommend.

John is a cut above the rest. A straight-talking recruiter who helps you fully understand the market and its value. John helped me with several roles and gave me honest feedback on my C.V. and the positions I was applying for. A breath of fresh air in a highly complex market. I would recommend John to anybody looking for a new role in digital marketing.

It was a easy and simple process working with John, I enjoyed all our phone calls and his insight into interview prep was invaluable. I would recommend this company to anyone who was looking for a new job.

I would highly recommend, as a recruiter and as a candidate, working with Henry Nicholas. John was amazing throughout the process. He worked very hard to ensure I was kept up to date through every phase through to employment. His communication is on point. He prepared me for each stage and he ensured he conveyed each message clearly, covering everything I needed to progress. John is brilliant to work with and a true asset to Henry Nicholas Associates

John was extremely helpful and attentive when helping me secure a new job. He was quick to respond and really understood my situation, giving me confidence that he was looking out for my best interests. Would highly recommend Henry Nicholas.

Absolutely superb service and professional throughout. Thank you for your help

Andy was instrumental in getting my perfect job! Responsive and professional, he was always supportive and positive. Thank you!

I would like to say a huge thank you to the team at Henry Nicholas. I would highly recommend this company to any person looking for their dream role. The team collectively were brilliant and have helped me in finding a new role which I am so excited to start, just next week! Jess, John and Andrew in particular have been with me through each step of the process - very responsive on email and catching me on the phone to explain a role that they think is the perfect fit for me (and for the business seeking an employee). I felt like I can confide in them with any questions or concerns and they would always have an answer which is clear, helpful and reassuring. The team have set me up with interviews, checked over materials that I have prepared for interviews, have given me sound advice and words of reassurance both pre and post interview. They even supported me when it came to handing in my notice! Could not recommend highly enough! Thank you again, Molly

It has been a pleasure speaking to Dan Carne from Henry Nicholas as he has been very professional and responsive. He was able to provide great senior roles with the most innovative companies out there. I would highly recommend Dan to assist in finding a suitable role. All the best for the future!

John was excellent in finding me a role, and putting my name forward. Highly recommend!

Dan helped me secure a job extremely fast and was always so attentive and quick to respond. Any queries he would resolve and aide me as necessary. It would have been a much tougher process without him, 10/10 recommend !

My experience with John at Henry Nicholas was excellent. He reached out with a great opportunity and was incredibly accommodating with my needs and requests. He helped me negotiate a great package and always kept in touch to know how I was getting along and whether I needed anything else from him. 10/10 would definitely recommend!

What a fantastic recruitment agency. Spoke with John and he is super responsive, friendly and excels in finding the right role to suite your personality and needs. Cannot recommend enough!

I had a really great experience with John, he was absolutely brilliant, thoroughly professional and a great communicator. Really grateful for the tireless efforts he put it.

A massive thank you to Henry Nicholas for securing my perfect role! John was amazing to work with, really friendly and honestly couldn't ask for a better recruiter to work with! I've experienced recruiters who put you forward for anything but with John, he really took the time to find out what I was looking for and my strengths. I applied for my first role with him and got the job! - An absolute pleasure to work with. I would recommend John to anyone seeking a new role...Thank you so much!

Such a good experience with John! John reached out to me after I applied with a job to inform me that the position had unfortunately been filled. He very quickly however reassured me that he had another position in mind. Within the space of less than a week I had two interviews with my prospective new team, all of which John facilitated smoothly. Very glad to have accepted the job & grateful for all of the help that John has provided.

John was so helpful in the interview process and was lovely to talk to.

After a misunderstanding John gave me a call to discuss which I really appreciated. Andy also gave me some great tips on my CV which was really helpful. This is level of professional and friendly service I expect!!

John has been excellent from the start, always has/wants the latest update to help you get going. He's not only professional but also very friendly to work with.

From day one of speaking with John, I have been very happy with the service he provided. He was very professional and always willing to help with any questions, no matter how big or small. He organised interviews very quickly and professionally. I would highly recommend his services as you will be in good hands.

John was amazing at communicating between me and the employer and managed to secure me a brilliant role! Kind, friendly and genuinely cares about his work. I would Henry Nicholas Associates to anyone looking for a job. 10/10.

John was a pleasure to talk to and a great help when looking for a new role.

John was extremely helpful and responsive when it came to looking for a new job, providing an all round professional services. I would highly recommend if you are on the hunt for a new job role.

I was lucky enough to get a recruiter like John advising me. He helped me out in so many ways, with great advice and tips. There are lots of recruiting agencies out there but none like Henry Nicholas. Cheers!

I very rarely leave reviews so here it goes... I've tried multiple recruiting agencies and all they do is string you along. This one is completely different. John was to the point and didn't waste mine or his time which was much appreciated. Everything was done at a quick pace but at the same time he took the time to understand what I wanted in a role. After less than a week, I got my ideal position. It was a simple, clean process.

John was incredible when I was looking for a new role, he took the time to speak to me personally and discuss my CV so he could understand exactly what I was looking for and match me to an ideal role. It felt like he 100% had mine and the recruiter's best interests at heart and I am delighted to have found the ideal position for me, and so quickly! A (job) match made in heaven - thanks so much John.

John is an absolute pleasure to work with. Always willing to go the extra mile. He was a diligent helping hand and friendly voice guiding me through the process of changing role. I would recommend John and Henry Nicholas to anyone looking to enhance their career or an ambitious company looking to be represented impeccably to potential candidates.

John contacted me about a position that was perfectly suited to my skillset, and his support throughout the application process was top-notch. He was a pleasure to speak to, and I can't recommend Henry Nicholas Associates highly enough.

My experience with Henry Nicholas and more specifically Rhiannon has been thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. They are passionate, dedicated and genuinely want to help you in your career. Highly recommend.

John Austin and the team have been very determined and professional and have kept me very well informed throughout the process. Thank you very much.

Have been so impressed with Henry Nicholas and specifically Tony Allen. Working with Tony during my shortlisting/interview process has been an absolute pleasure (I was offered the job, but would feel the same either way!) I found him to be - - Efficient (does what he says he's going to do, super responsive to emails/texts) - Supportive (Yes he is ultimately working for the client, but I felt like he had my back, offered loads of great advice, asked good questions, and wanted the best for me) - Genuine (no BS, always appreciated!) - Personable (we struck up a great rapport from the first call and I really enjoyed speaking with him) Thanks so much Tony, and I hope our paths cross again in the future!