The Senior Team

Meet our leadership team
Proven experience and experts in our field




Ian Cundale

Chief Executive Officer

Having in excess of 33 years’ executive recruitment expertise, I am fully responsible for the executive management and thought leadership of Verrus Group. This encompasses a number of different brand offerings which capitalises on our extensive experience in various market sectors both in the UK and overseas.

Stephen Poole

Chief Operating Officer

With over 25 years’ senior experience in executive search and selection, I am a hands-on director with a proven track record of recruitment success. I am also responsible for business development leadership, growth strategy implementation and the management of Verrus’ key finance functions.


Jonathan Hodgkins

Operations Director

With 20 years’ recruitment experience, the past 16 being with Verrus, I am responsible for the company’s key operational functions and overall expansion strategy. This includes business process optimisation, advertising, compliance, data management, internal recruitment, marketing, procurement and reporting. I still find the time to recruit directly for a number of fantastic clients.

Craig Leach

Divisional Managing Director

I have in excess of 15 years’ direct recruitment experience and work in close partnership with my clients to ensure I source and deliver the highest calibre of candidates to help grow their businesses. Over the past ten years I have also been responsible for leading, managing and mentoring a high performing division of executive recruitment consultants.

Neil Friedman

Divisional Managing Director

I have 15 years’ recruitment experience and am a recognised expert in the placement of senior executives across the global iGaming sector (online casino, sportsbook and lottery). I also lead a highly successful team of specialist consultants operating across high growth markets including cybersecurity, cloud computing, SAP, fintech and mining.

Ryan MIddleton

Divisional Managing Director

I have over 10 years’ recruitment experience and lead Verrus’ most experienced division of international executive recruiters. My team establishes effective working relationships with clients to place mid-to-senior level candidates across a variety of sectors including specialist manufacturing, EV infrastructure, renewables, track & trace technology, brand protection and specialist software.


Paul King

Business Unit Director

Having joined the business in 2017, I now head up Verrus’ Natural Resources division, which specialises in mid-to-senior hires on a global basis but with a strong focus on North America.  My team of expert recruiters have cultivated a deep understanding of the mining, metals, and upstream oil & gas sectors, consistently delivering across a wide range of both contingency and retained campaigns.