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About FT SELECT

Specialists in our field

FT Select was born in 2007, but our knowledge and expertise go beyond our years.

Specialists in recruiting for digital transformation, we’ve made it our business to know every detail of the modern communications sector. We connect with some of the biggest names and blue-chip companies in communications, and remain in tune with the ever-changing landscape of modern technology, offering an industry-leading service to our clients and candidates.

We specialise in recruiting for: 

  • Telecoms
  • Unified communications
  • Mobility
  • Collaboration
  • Contact centres
  • Networks
  • IoT
  • Data centres/cloud
  • Security (operational resilience, cyber)

'FT Select is highly focused in the technology sector, with strong experience and a wide network. In addition to understanding the job description, they always take time to understand the organisational and cultural dynamics, and work closely with the hiring manager to align, identify and close candidates.'

Glen Robinson
SVP Global Sales & Marketing

'FT Select has been a go-to partner for people acquisition for me for over ten years. Right from the off, their calm professionalism, married with a laser-like attention to detail, is in contrast with so many seemingly similar businesses.'

Adam Jarvis
Managing Director

'I have found FT Select to be very engaging, dependable and high in integrity. Their professionalism and consistently going the extra mile are but just a few reasons that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them when recruiting new staff or indeed to anyone looking for a new career change.'

Sameer Sakhare
Project Manager

'I have worked with Richard and his team for six years, and during this time they have helped get me into several opportunities, a couple of which have led to formal job offers and the enhancement of my career. I’m always impressed with how they equally understand my profile and the roles I am looking for and always do a great job of matching the two.'

Neil Camden
Solutions Architect

'As a customer, I was impressed with the high calibre of resources provided by FT Select. FT Select contractors were flexible and could be relied upon to always do the right thing. The account team always remained in constant contact, ready to resolve any issues quickly. My own move to contracting was sudden and unplanned. By coincidence FT Select was one of the key suppliers and made my transition very smooth and stress free with plenty of good advice and help. Their terms and processes remain the most contractor friendly I have come across.'

Muneer Alam
IT Programme Director (former Head of IT)

Taking a practical approach

Whether you’re a client or a candidate, we know you’ll be eager to find your business match. That’s why we take an action-driven and practical approach to recruitment. We’re not just reactive, finding potential placements or candidates after you approach us. Instead, we maintain a strong personal network in the telecoms industry and monitor the sector so we’re ready to put the right people in the right place. We’re always looking for:
  • Technical people, including subject matter experts
  • Business enablers: solutions architects, sales, and consultants
  • Project and service managers
  • Executives/senior appointments

We don’t waste time

We take a holistic approach to recruitment, proactively networking in the modern communication industry and constantly looking to make suitable connections.

Meet the experts

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Richard Thomas

Founder and Managing Director

Richard is the founder of FT Select. Richard’s long-standing career started when he joined the then market-leading telecoms recruitment team at Computer Team Group PLC in 1995. A year later, he entered Netsource at their inception, and over eight years helped grow it into a multi-million-pound recruitment service. Now, with over 20 years’ experience in the sector, you’ll find him here, dedicating his knowledge to helping our clients and candidates with their recruitment needs – unless he’s riffing on his guitar.

Malcolm Nicholls

Malcolm Nicholls

Non-executive Director

Malcolm has a background in Electronic Engineering . He brings with him a wealth of experience and insight from his successful career spanning many years in the telecoms industry, which includes senior appointments at Nokia and Nortel. More recently working for Nokia Network's €21 billion organisation of 90,000 people he led over 25 critical internal business transformation projects worldwide. Working with boards and senior executives in Asia, Latin America, China, the US and Europe he solved strategic growth, organisational change and business profitability issues to deliver solutions that in one case represented a €100m in profitability improvement. Malcolm shares our values and vision at FTS and he will help us shape our strategy and propel our expert telecoms recruitment company to market leaders in modern communications recruitment over the next few years.

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Anne Rowan

Senior Recruiter

Anne’s career began in banking, working for trusted and respected names like Barclays, Rabobank and Chase Manhattan. But with a degree in psychology, understanding people and their needs is more her thing. After making her move into executive search some time ago with the prestigious Praxis Executive, creating her own successful executive search company, and a few aces on the tennis court, Anne joined the team here at FT Select, applying her knowledge of people to matching them with the right career ever since.

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James Thompson

Senior Recruiter

Before his move into telecoms recruitment, James was a high-performing national account manager with an outstanding track record of success working with market-leading businesses, including Jacob’s, United Biscuits and Pernod Ricard. His experience in FMCG and a degree in politics and economics has helped James understand exactly what the client needs, making him one of our top recruiters – even if he is a Liverpool fan.

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Juliet Maguire

Senior Recruiter

A background of working within IT as a developer and analyst have made Juliet the ideal telecoms recruiter. An ex-contractor with over 20 years’ experience in sourcing, engaging and delivering permanent and contract IT/technology staff to UK and EMEA clients, Juliet can work in both high-volume, fast-paced environments as well as providing a more specialist, niche hiring service to contractors looking for something very specific.

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Jacqui Box

Head of Finance

Jacqui has over 30 years’ experience in the financial sector. In 1994 after gaining vast and varied accounting experience in an accountancy practice, she formed her own successful company, which provides financial services to small and medium-sized companies and practical financial support and helpful guidance to the management team. Jacqui’s hobbies include taking fitness classes at the gym, reading and following a variety of sports, including being fortunate enough to hold a season ticket at her beloved Arsenal Football Club.

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