Senior Executives

COREcruitment is helping private and public sector organisations find the highest calibre people for permanent and interim management appointments in the UK and internationally.

We have three hubs and a team of 30 people in the UK, and an international presence in over 50 cities worldwide. Our experienced executive search specialists operate with absolute discretion, integrity and care, and are expert in finding exceptional individuals for challenging roles.

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Our Executive Team

krishnan-doyleKrishnan has over 10 years market experience, focusing extensively on Europe, the Middle East and South America. Coupled with his operational background, Krishnan has also studied Hospitality, Tourism and Facility Management in Spain and Holland, where he achieved a joint honours degree from one of Europe's top Business Schools. Most recently Krishnan has also achieved qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD), the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and an Advanced Diploma in Professional Development & Organisational Culture from a prominent London University. Krishnan led a team at one of the UK's specialist hospitality agencies.

Krishnan enjoys travelling and his favourite experience to date has been teaching English to children in Eastern Europe as part of an outreach programme. He continued this work by teaching in the shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro.

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michelle-wells-newMichelle Wells is a highly motivated and passionate senior recruiter with an excellent track record of recruitment at all levels of management in hotels, bars and restaurants across the world. Michelle comes from a strong restaurant operations background in South Africa, beginning her career at St Elmos in Hout Bay before going on to the famous Mariners Wharf. Loving the hospitality industry, Michelle gained her Hotel Management Diploma at Grainger Bay Hotel School and then moved to the bright lights of London. Completing a year at The Langham Hilton 5-star Hotel as a Front Office Receptionist, she eventually joined the OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie, where she worked her way through reception and reservations to the Finance Department, where she balanced the books for this Harvey Nichols' owned company.

A career change saw Michelle join the recruitment sector where she worked for another hospitality agency and was mentored by Krishnan Doyle. When Krishnan took the opportunity to start CORE, Michelle joined him 6 months later, focusing on Chef Recruitment. In November 2009, Michelle made the decision to move back to Cape Town and so the idea for the SA and International Division was born!

Her recruitment skills are based upon understanding the needs of her clients and her candidates, always integrating with them to make the right match!

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clive-yeatesClive joined COREcruitment from a chef background, working in some of London's top rosette and Michelin restaurants. He spent a year working for one of the best fine food suppliers in the Capital and the UK, helping them to set up a new fruit and vegetable division getting produce direct from the French and Italian markets. Since becoming a consultant he has forged a strong working relationship with some of the country's leading restaurants, gastros and hotels. They trust his judgment to find them the perfect match for their requirements.

In his spare time he likes to watch sport, eat out, visit chefs and grow his own herbs and vegetables (weather permitting!)

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stuart-hills-newStuart Hills is a highly passionate, driven and dedicated Senior Recruitment Consultant, coming from a hospitality background and with 6 years proven experience at Corecruitment with an excellent track record at building relationships, ensuring the smooth recruitment process is always seen through from start to finish and with experience covering roles in the UK from License trade to leisure

Stuart comes from a high end London restaurant background, starting his career within the Lanesborough hotel, 5* and then moving onward and upward to some great London companies including Harvey Nichols, Hilton and D&D London.

Having started within a FOH role in high end restaurant at the OXO Tower and the Hilton Hotel group moving into a senior Management role he felt it was a natural move to take those skills and move into recruitment. Stuart started at CORE in 2008, working closely with the MD Krishnan Doyle, covering License trade and leisure recruitment whilst also gaining qualifications from The REC and a CIPD.

Over the years he has gone on to oversee all the new starters who join CORE, mentoring them, coaching them to be successful and gain the CORE skills needed to be successful, while also being involved in the recruitment process of the team who join us while we are expanding.

Having worked in both recruitment and hospitality for several years this has given Stuart a great insight into what's right for clients and candidates moving forward.

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