We are delighted to announce we will be kicking of the hugely successful Directors’ Lunches on Wednesday 28 February with Mark D’Arcy, operations director of Herb UK Limited, to be held at the new venue of The West Hants Club, Roslin Road South, Bournemouth.

Since its foundation in 1990, Herb UK Ltd has been manufacturing high performance hair products which maximise the use of gentle, nourishing, natural ingredients, whilst minimising the necessity for harsh or damaging chemical additives.

As well as being a leading independent manufacturer of hair products in the UK, Herb UK exports to over 40 countries worldwide.

Eight years ago, Mark D’Arcy left Bacardi and joined Herb UK where he now holds the post of operations director.  Now, as one of the 3 owners of the company, Mark will be sharing his story and talking about how he has helped to transform and shape the company, which in the last 2 years has enjoyed 20% growth. They have full employee engagement, as well as winning ‘Brilliance in Business for Training,’ in 2016/17.

Tracey Wood, director at Jobshop UK and Engage Executive Jobs, said: “After the huge success of the 2017 Directors’ Lunches, we are both delighted and every excited to kick off 2018 with Mark D’Arcy, who, as well as being an engaging speaker, has a fascinating story to tell about his journey to Herb UK.  We are also very excited to be launching the 2018 Director’s Lunches at The West Hants Club; a great central location with lots of parking for our sell out lunches.”

For more information and to book your place, contact Jobshop UK on 01202 674488 or


The Directors’ Lunches and HR Forum dates for 2018 announced

We are excited to announce the dates for the Directors’ Lunches and HR Forums for 2018.  This year, as sponsors of the West Hants Club, we will be holding all the lunches and the HR Forums at this venue where there is ample parking for everyone.

Directors’ Lunches

28th February – Mark D’Arcy, Operations Director Herb UK Ltd

16th May – Edwin Bessant CEO Ceuta Group

11th October – Mark Constantine CEO of Lush

14th November – Sam Smith CEO finnCap


Our HR Forum dates are as follows:

25th Jan and 1st February – GDPR Workshop, Nigel Bywater Managing Director Engaged’Em

26th April – Helen Jamieson, Director Jaluch Unconscious Bias Part 2

21st June – Catherine Oliver, Founder Bluebell Partnership

18th October – To be confirmed.


To find out more, or, to  book your place and avoid disappointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

HR Forum: Thursday 25th January at West Hants Club!

We are delighted to confirm the details of our next HR Forum on Thursday 25th January at our new venue The West Hants Club, Roslin Road South, Bournemouth BH3 7EF.  There is plenty of free parking available and the format will be as follows:-

8.30 am              Arrival

                           Bacon sandwiches, fresh fruit and coffee/tea will be

9.00 am             GDPR workshop, Nigel Bywater – Engaged’em at the Coded Garden Ltd


Nigel will be giving us an overview of Data Protection; what is GDPR; how does it impact business; what you have to do today to address your organisation’s needs; penalties for non-compliance. Brexit; what will change; data security and the 9 practical steps your organisation should take to be ready.

We would like to make this event as interactive as possible, if you would like any particular part of GDPR covered please let us know before the event and Nigel will try to incorporate them, time permitting etc.


10.30 – 11.00 am             Questions and close.


To cover some of the costs of this session there will be a small charge of £15.00.   If you would like to attend can you please let us know asap and arrange a BAC’s payment by Thursday 18th January into bank account no. 10241709 sort code 201139.


Many thanks, we look forward to seeing you.

Jobshop UK host successful Director’s Lunch with The MacGuffin Project founder

Bournemouth based recruitment specialists, Jobshop UK, welcomed The MacGuffin Project founder, Claire Timbrell, as guest speaker at its June 7 lunch held at The Harbour Heights Hotel, Sandbanks.

A graduate of Bournemouth University, Claire explained to the guests how she and her business partner set up The MacGuffin Project during training for a fitness challenge which meant saying goodbye to their routine social life of weekends spent drinking and eating out with friends.  A new social activity was required and this triggered the couple into creating a new concept in leisure and entertainment with the aim to change how groups of people socialise.

Having already overcome a number of obstacles in order to get the project off the ground, misfortune struck when Claire got notification that the build cost of the project would be more than 6 times the original quote.  On the same day, a foul waste leak flooded the venue under refurbishment.

With concerned friends and family advising Claire to accept defeat and go back to her secure and successful career in marketing, the entrepreneur refused to give up and instead felt spurred on to overcome this latest challenge.

Looking to Angel Investment for finance, a successful pitch by Claire saw all five investors interested in finding the MacGuffin Project, which finally led to the launch of the business in May this year.

Jobshop UK director, Tracey Wood, said: “Feedback from the Director’s Lunch has been fantastic, with everyone genuinely fascinated and impressed with Claire’s story behind her business start-up.  Having faced so many trials and tribulations on the way, it is hugely encouraging to meet someone who strides forward in the face of adversity.  Starting up a business is never an easy thing to do, and Claire has proven that if you really believe in yourself and your business idea, then the only thing holding you back is you.

“We are delighted to welcome back Mark Constantine, CEO and co-founder of Lush as our next speaker at our Director’s lunch on 11th October 2017.”


The MacGuffin Project founder, Claire Timbrell, announced as Directors’ Lunch speaker for June

Jobshop UK and Engage Executive Jobs has announced Claire Timbrell, founder of The MacGuffin Project, as its speaker for the Directors’ Lunch on June 7th at Harbour Heights Hotel, Poole.

Claire, a graduate of Bournemouth University’s media school, started her first business aged 17, and after spending several years running her management consultancy in London and Cardiff, has now returned to Dorset to focus on The MacGuffin Project; a new concept in leisure and entertainment that is set to change how groups of people socialize.

After a successful pre-turnover pitch by Claire and her team, The MacGuffin Project secured the investment required for its first escape room attraction, which kicks off an ambitious roll-out for the derelict carnival inspired attraction, with three venues planned over the next 18 months.

Sally Bennett, Engage executive recruitment director, said: “Claire will be joining us to talk about her entrepreneurial journey so far, and the lessons she has learnt to date.  The Harbour Heights Hotel is a fantastic venue for our highly successful directors’ lunches and we urge booking early to avoid disappointment as previous lunches have sold out quickly.”


For more information and to book your place for the Directors’ Lunch at the Harbour Heights Hotel on Wednesday June 7th contact 01202 674488 or

The Engage HR Forum Interview: Lynn Barker, HR manager of Poole Housing Partnership

Lynn Barker is HR Manager at Poole Housing Partnership (PHP). Since joining in 2008, originally to look after recruitment and training, her previous experience and skills enabled her to quickly develop a comprehensive generalist service and she now supports the business right across the HR spectrum.


How did you initially get into HR, and what aspects of the job do you particularly enjoy?

“I started my HR career at United Advertising Publications in Poole. Having worked in a couple of other roles within the company, including managing the IT Training Department, I moved to HR in late 2004. At that time there were only 2 HR Advisors for 800 employees at offices all over the country, so you could certainly say I was thrown in at the deep end, but I loved the role and the variety of work I was involved in.

“It didn’t take long before I knew that HR was the career for me and I think I took to it naturally.  I particularly enjoyed organisational development and employee engagement, which became two areas of particular interest for me.

“As part of the leadership team at PHP I’m involved at a strategic level and I have a great relationship with the senior management team who are always open to new ideas. I certainly feel I have ensured that HR is seen as a vital function within the business.”


Do you hold any professional qualifications and if so, do you feel that has helped you advance in your career?

“I really enjoyed studying for my Masters part time at Bournemouth University’s Business School, which I started in 2009, followed by two years of hard work while also working full time (I’m sure a lot of people know the feeling!). On the back of that I became a Chartered Member of the CIPD. The qualification and CIPD accreditation is valued within our industry and I gained skills and knowledge that have certainly helped me to develop my career, but I also know some fantastic HR people who are not professionally qualified, so it’s not the ‘be-all and end-all’. I took on the Masters as a personal challenge as much as anything and I also gained some great friends.”



What do you find particularly useful and inspiring when it comes to networking?

“Being a standalone HR manager can leave you a little isolated if you’re not careful, and although you can do the job without networking, why would you?  When attending The Engage Forum I always come away with something really useful, such as a good contact, some valuable information or a great idea that I can pinch (giving credit where it’s due of course!).  It’s also really nice to be able to share experiences, problems and questions with others in your field at events. As well as networking, I also attend as many employment forums and seminars as I can fit in, as these are a terrific way of staying current.”


What makes the Engage HR Forum stand out from others, in your opinion?

“I think it’s fantastic.  It stands out as it’s very different to other forums in that it is not like a training session and instead very much focuses on inspiring people.  I’ve found that at the Engage Forum, everything is relevant and I never fail to come away buzzing with ideas!  You can tell from the atmosphere in the room that everyone is engaged and inspired.  I thoroughly recommend it.”


Has there been a particular Forum which stands out for you?

“The presentation by Niall Cluley, global HR director of Fitness First, was immensely interesting and entertaining and I could really relate to what he had to say, particularly about looking at organisational and personal values and how they align.  Although his organisation is much larger than mine, his ideas were scalable and I’ve already been able to implement similar initiatives at Poole Housing Partnership. For example, we have involved the entire company in redeveloping our values and we are promoting our new model, designed by our employees, even displaying it on the back of the toilet doors!”


Niall Cluley’s presentation at the HR Forum was of particular interest to Lynn.



Are there any challenges you think HR will face in 2017?

 “Absolutely.  Recruitment is becoming increasingly challenging and the effects of Brexit may start to come in to play in the not-too-distant future, if they’re not already. Not so long ago we were inundated with applicants but currently we are seeing far fewer high calibre candidates. We are an organisation that has always valued clever people, but for us that doesn’t necessarily mean academic achievement. We love motivation, enthusiasm, innovation and passion for the work we do. We can support people to gain qualifications and skills, as long as they have the PHP attitude. So, we try to open up our candidate pool by being as inclusive as possible, and perhaps attracting people who might not necessary have specific role or sector experience, but who have transferrable skills, and importantly, the right attitude.



“Another challenge is the ‘multi-generational’ workforce with many organisations having a mix of Generation X/Y and Millennials, with Generation Z hot on their heels. We need to attract good employees, keep them engaged, motivated, performing well and communicating effectively, bearing in mind that they may be motivated by different things and so want and need different things from their careers and their employers.

“Looking further ahead, as Gen Z comes to realise that these days a degree, previously seen as so important, doesn’t guarantee a job, it’s possible that graduate schemes may increasingly be replaced with apprenticeship-type schemes.”


Can you tell us a bit about your working relationship with Sally at Engage?

 “Sally really took her time to find out what Poole Housing Partnership was really about and built up a lot of loyalty, trust and respect by listening to our expectations and taking them seriously.  Above all, Sally and Engage were able to come up with the goods!  Every single candidate that Sally found for us was appointable, which is very rare.  Through Sally, we found our new FD who, as well as being excellent at her job, is an extremely good fit for the company.  Sally is both professional and personable, which makes the working relationship we have with Engage a very pleasant and productive one.”


AFC Bournemouth kick-off a new season of Engage and Jobshop UK director’s lunches

Engage Executive Jobs and Jobshop UK, has kicked-off the first director’s lunch of 2017 by welcoming AFC Bournemouth chairman, Jeff Mostyn, and commercial director, Rob Mitchell as its guest speakers.

The highly acclaimed lunch, attended by over 60 company directors and held at The Harbour Heights Hotel, Poole, saw Jeff candidly discuss his journey with the Premier League team, from when he first purchased the club in 2007 during what he described as, ‘a Victor Kiam moment.’

With an undeniable passion for football, Jeff has been an integral part of the behind the scenes improvements at the Vitality Stadium over the past 10 years, as well as proving himself to be an immensely well-respected figure both locally and within the game on a national level, due to his unparalleled football knowledge and commitment to the local community.

Talking about the club’s rise to the premier division, Jeff revealed that the town has benefitted from an estimated £100 million being spent as a direct result of AFC Bournemouth’s success.

Commercial director of AFC Bournemouth, Rob Mitchell, joined Jeff to talk about the club’s charitable interests and vision for success.  The club is dedicated to investing in projects and facilities for the area, has a vision to engage 4,500 people a week in sport and educational initiatives, and is passionate about inspiring diversity in sport, and preparing young people for work.

Launched in 2016, The Cherries Community Fund supports a number of projects for young people and vulnerable groups, as well as being involved in supporting community groups and charities.  Financed from the proceeds of the popular Matchday Draw and any other donations the club receives, the fund has so far donated over £21,000 to 33 projects ranging from football kits for schools, to sensory gardens for care homes.

Sally Bennett, executive recruitment director at Engage said: “The first director’s lunch of the year was a phenomenal success.  Jeff and Rob really engaged our guests who had lots of questions for them.  It was fascinating to hear about Jeff’s personal story with the club, as well as its involvement with the community and its charitable and social causes.  I often feel when people think of football they don’t realise what a club is putting back into the community or how having a successful club really does benefit the local area.  The next Engage and Jobshop lunch will be on June 7th with further details available shortly.”


Louise Southam of Beyond Belief Coaching announced as speaker for the April 27th HR Forum

We are delighted to announce Louise Southam, transformative life and business coach from Beyond Belief Coaching, will be our lead speaker at the April HR Forum.


Louise is an experienced life and business coach who uses a number of tools and techniques that encourage individuals to step into their vision as a leader and deliver the results they require to benefit their business as a whole.

Having worked with major global organisations, including BT and Merlin Entertainments,  Louise also has experience with working in a number of sectors, including Finance, Insurance and Healthcare.

Louise says: “My passion is in building the people, who build the business, who deliver the results.  I work with people who want to achieve lasting transformational change in their lives and business. I know from working with successful leaders and individuals that it is their limiting beliefs that hold them back.  By empowering people, I create outstanding results for both individuals and companies.”

We are really looking forward to Louise’s presentation on the 27th April at our usual venue, The Cliff, Ravine Road, Canford Cliffs, so to find out more or to book your space (and remember, book early as we are always full to capacity!) please contact Emily on 01202 674488 or

In the meantime, Louise has been kind enough to share this recent blog post from her website with us, please click on the link to be taken to Louise’s website where you can learn more about her to whet your appetite before the April HR Forum!

 Is your own energy ‘destructive’ on the people around you?

I reflected on a recent call I had with a fellow coach, we are both positive, energetic individuals who talk animatedly about the work we do and the difference we make.  Yet I found myself feeling very ‘flat’ on the last call I had with him.  We started in the usual way, we checked in with how each was doing in our worlds and we shared our upcoming work ventures, yet this time I felt totally drained at the end of our call and in need of recovery time and an energy boost.  Why?

I realise what had happened, although our energies where high, our energy frequency was at a different level, so one cancelled out the other.  If we were at the same frequency, then we would have had a ‘surge’ of energy and the call would have ended with us both feeling on a metaphorical ‘energy high.’

In physics, this is described as constructive or destructive interference.  Another way of explaining this is if you were to drop two pebbles into a pool of water at exactly the same time, at the point their waves meet, it would create a much bigger wave (constructive), yet if you were to drop them at slightly different times, at the point their individual waves meet, one would completely cancel out the other (destructive).  The same is true of how our own mood affects the energy of the people around us.  This is exactly what happened on my call.

How often in the workplace do we witness this destructive interference?  When a leader’s energy is out of alignment with that of their team, not only does it affect the mood of the team around them, it affects the bottom line.  Yet time and time again, we bear witness to leaders who behave in a way that drains the energy of the people around them without them realising it.  I recall my days in the HR corporate world, where as a team we would have brain storming sessions, all arriving full of energy and ideas, yet the leader thought he was being motivating with his booming voice and his ‘suggestions ’, totally unaware of the impact this hijacking had on our energy.  He didn’t even notice that his so-called enthusiasm had wiped out the enthusiasm of each team member.  All the body language clues ignored; the slouched postures, the dipped heads, the flushed cheeks, all signs that destructive interference had taken hold.  The result of these meetings was each trailing out one by one, demotivated, unheard and totally drained.

So I ask you, are you noticing your energy and the impact it has on the people around you?  Are your pebbles dropping at the same time or are you out of alignment with your team?  Match your energy with theirs and watch the big wave of energy construct and notice how much easier it is to drive engagement and performance just by becoming more aware.  It sounds simple, it can be!

The leadership work that I do with my clients is around increasing their innate charisma, energy being a key part, so that they operate at a higher frequency and have a positive impact on the people around them, which ultimately drives engagement and creates higher performing teams.

Harvard Business School cites, charismatic leaders are 68% more effective as well as happier and healthier.

The Charisma Connection is hosting a FREE taster session on leadership and engagement on 27th March in London.  This is a very unique approach to building engagement and incorporates neuroscience, cellular biology, quantum mechanics, subtle energy and behaviours.  It is the secret of engagement.

Meet Emily – our newest recruit at Engage.

Engage is delighted to welcome Emily as our new executive recruitment resourcer.


Emily’s past experience working within social media, corporate training, recruitment and people management in London, means that she will be bringing a huge amount of experience with her to Engage.  In particular, having previously integrated the use of social media into the recruitment process, using innovative and highly successful techniques, Emily will be using this expertise in order to grow Engage’s presence on its social media platforms; Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


Emily attended her first HR Forum this month when Dave Hall from Ideas Centre Group presented a lively and thought provoking introduction into what his company is about and the ethos behind it.


Emily said: “My first HR Forum was a really great experience. I’ve been to a lot of networking events over the years, and I found the Engage HR Forum to be one of the friendliest groups yet.  It was nice to meet new people as well as seeing some friendly faces.  I’m really looking forward to helping Sally organise and host the forums in the future. I’ll be the one taking lots of pictures and live-tweeting snapshots of the event!

“Dave Hall’s session on creativity was fascinating, especially having worked in creative industries myself, and I look forward to attending one of his full workshops soon.”


If you would like to find out more about the HR Forums, please contact or call 01202 674488


Dave Hall from Ideas Centre Group kicks off the Engage HR Forums for 2017!

It was an energetic start to the 2017 Engage HR Forums when Dave Hall from Ideas Centre Group joined us at The Cliff, Canford Cliffs, Poole, for our first Forum of the year.



Dave’s enthusiasm for his job and the subject matter being discussed was undeniable.  Introducing himself to the gathered HR directors and managers, Dave explained that the Ideas Centre Group was born out of ‘corporate frustration’ 5 years ago, with its aim to ‘put in place systematic approaches to drive innovation and change.’

Dave got the group thinking and nodding in agreement when he stated, ‘we make sense of our world by looking backwards, and this determines decisions we make in the future,’ but because of this we improve at a much slower rate as we have to look backwards and analyse first, before any decisions are made or changes introduced.

Change and improvement was a key element to the presentation, with Dave highlighting that in order to overcome the mental blockages which restrict thought processes and problem solving, we needed to go back to basics and think about creativity and innovation in order to drive change.  Dave discussed the benefits of implementing ‘childlike’ (not to be confused with ‘childish’) techniques to unlock creativity and thought processes, such as building with lego bricks – you can lie on paper but you cant lie through your lego model!

It’s fair to say that Dave’s very interactive presentation certainly inspired lots of discussion within the group, and his techniques can definitely be applied to other areas of business and not just HR.  Many of our attendees were eager to speak with Dave after the presentation, and Dave has very kindly offered to follow up personally with every member.

Our resident commercial solicitor, Malcolm Scott Walby, rounded up the Forum with his own unique mix of candid anecdotes and discussion on the new gender pay gap law and regulations coming into force, which will affect companies with 250+ employees.  We always look forward to welcoming Malcolm to our breakfasts, and are very grateful for his  continued support of the Enage HR Forums.

The Engage HR Forums are always full to capacity due to a mix of excellent speakers, a laid back, welcoming and interactive atmosphere, and highly relevant subject matter.  If you are an HR director or manager and would like to find out more, please contact or call 01202 674488