Meet the team

Jake Slater
Founder & Managing Director

I founded Best Recruit UK back in 2015 and I am so proud of what we have already become. I have seen the business transform and adapt through periods of transformation. There has been some unforgettable highs and terrible lows but the journey continues to be fantastic.

The Best Recruit people will always be at the heart of what we do and it is extremely important that we create and offer an environment where people feel engaged and valued. We live and breathe our values of Honesty, Integrity, Dedication, Passion and from this platform, our business has been built. They define who we are and what make us distinctive. We believe in promoting from within and creating a career for life within Best Recruit.

Through the regular application of these principles we continue to provide value to our clients, prosperous opportunities for our candidates and achieve our business goals.

The future for Best Recruit looks bright. We are looking to grow considerably over the coming years, without losing our core values and unique culture.

Nigel Jones
Founder & Director

I founded Best Recruit UK alongside Jake back in 2015 and I continue to thoroughly enjoy the Best Recruit UK journey.

It has been fantastic to see the growth of the business from the initial concept, creating the initial business plan to implementing structural and strategic changes along the way to meet our growth and revenue goals.

The business continues to adapt and grow and has established itself as a real market leader within Retail and Hospitality recruitment.

The plans for the future are extremely exciting and we will continue to provide an excellent service to everyone who comes in contact with the business.

Tom Crookston
Operations Director

From the moment that I joined Best Recruit UK, initially as Operations Manager, I discovered that I loved the energy, intensity and excitement of working in a recruitment business.

My previous experience working in a sales environment was very similar but the “buzz” in the Best Recruit UK office was incredible.

Since then I became Operations Director, leading the company with Jake Slater MD through some tough times which we have successfully lead the business into much prospering times.

We have totally restructured and rebranded the business, we have partnered with some amazing companies and brought some fantastic new people into the business. 

A fundamental principle of my career has always been to identify the right people, processes and service we need to succeed as a business.

Best Recruit UK is a wonderful business and one of my proudest achievements is to be the Operations Director.

We genuinely and honestly put the development, well-being and success of our people as our top priority.

We do this because it reflects the true values of us as owners of the business, because it creates a fantastic environment to work and prosper in and for us to do everything we can to provide a quality service for our clients.

Lucy Jones
Marketing Manager

I joined Best Recruit UK earlier this year, in a period which the company was going through a huge transitional change. I personally feel it was perfect timing to make the changes that Best Recruit really needed to reflect their fun and exciting company ethos.

I am responsible for completely revamping and developing the Best Recruit UK brand going forward. I am proud to be producing and managing content for the company website, social media, blogs and other funky platforms. I enjoy engaging with both Clients and Candidates through various marketing techniques to generate new business, create brand awareness and attract candidates to Best Recruit UK. I execute all marketing campaigns, crunch the numbers and drive the business forward.

I am so happy to be a part of the movement that Best Recruit are creating and look forward to an exciting and successful future ahead for the company. I genuinely love my job, the people I work alongside and coming to work every day- not many people can say that, can they?

Ben Knowles
Recruitment Consultant

When I left college, I was unsure which career path I would like to pursue, whilst I was mulling over my options I was contacted by Best Recruit UK about the possibility of taking up an Apprenticeship with them in Recruitment.

I am a confident person and was leaning towards a career in sales, maybe the automotive industry but when I went into meet the team at Best Recruit UK and they explained about the Recruitment industry, the apprenticeship, a fantastic career path and the awesome atmosphere in the office I immediately wanted to work for them.

I have finished my Apprenticeship now and I am a Recruitment Consultant, everything that Jake and Tom told me about the role and my future career path has come true and I can't thank them enough.

Being part of the Best Recruit UK team and journey is fantastic, we are a great team with a great future and I want to be part of this company for my whole professional career.

Dom Knowles
Recruitment Consultant

I joined Best Recruit UK earlier this year and from the moment that I walked through the door, I knew that this was the business for me. I have spent most of my career as a professional footballer playing for teams such as Burnley in the Premier League, Burton Albion where I won League Two and played at Wembley and Harrogate Town in the Conference North.


I have always been competitive and goal orientated and the culture at Best Recruit made the transition to office life easy for me. The exciting and fast-moving atmosphere at Best Recruit has been incredible and I look forward to helping the business grow over the coming years.

Olivia Pilkington
Recruitment Resourcer

I am the second Apprentice to join the Best recruit HQ, following on from Ben. I have settled into my role perfectly and love the atmosphere and vibe in the office. For the past couple of years I have worked in Retail, Sales and Customer Service and I hope to use that experience to find amazing candidates for vacancies in these industries. I understand the skills and experience needed to work within this sector and how important it is to find the perfect employees to drive the business forward.

Recruitment was something that had never crossed my mind until interviewing at Best Recruit. The company’s ethos matches my future aspirations perfectly! I am looking forward to developing my own Recruitment style and the career progression that Best Recruit can offer me.