SmithCorp Executive Team
Jonny started his working life in Cornwall as a Sports Development Officer for Sport England, but caught the recruitment bug after joining jjFOX in 2005 following a move to Bristol. Jonny was promoted to manager soon after and was responsible for setting up the Truro office, helping to grow the business from start-up to £8.6m turnover in its first 4 years. By 2009 Jonny was responsible for a team of 35 consultants whilst closely managing a portfolio of business with key clients.
Jonny established Edgware Associates in 2012 and very quickly grew the business to become a significant education brand within the SmithCorp group. In 2015 Jonny was promoted to Chief Operations Officer for SmithCorp, and now as the COO Jonny is responsible for the day to day operations and plays the key role in driving the performance of the business across all five of the SmithCorp recruitment brands.
Jonny is married with 2 young children and spends most of his time outside of work with his family. After growing up in Cornwall it’s no surprise that he enjoys spending time at the beach and on the water regardless of the time of year, whether it be walking the dogs, surfing, kayaking or exploring the coastline aboard his boat. On dry land he is normally found surrounded by music, either through playing the guitar, or working through his vinyl collection.
After completing an engineering degree and a stint working with Rolls Royce, James took off to travel the globe for five years. Teaching to fund his travels, he lived and worked in a variety of countries. This culminated in him setting up the first private English language school with native English teachers in Almaty, Khazakstan.
Returning to the UK in 1999 in search of a new challenge, James discovered recruitment. He accepted a position with Huxley Associates in London placing IT developers and quickly moved through the ranks to head up their Thames Valley Permanent Office before leaving in 2003 to join and grow a fledgling IT recruitment business in the city.
Having kept in touch with Adam Smith (his manager and mentor from his formative years in recruitment), James rejoined him in 2009, now as a Director at jjFOX. He established and grew new brands Parker White Consulting and then Education StaffBank before moving into his current role as group Chief Development Officer in 2015. James plays a key role in the recruitment, development and retention of our people; his focus to promote a culture of success and further strengthen the vibrant, progressive working environment.
James is married with a young daughter. He still enjoys good food, wine and travel to warmer climes but these days always with his family.