Toby’s hospitality career began at the age of 6, working in his grandparent’s restaurant the Oak Cottage in Knutsford Cheshire. His grandfather an astute business man had come to realise that no customer could resist a chubby six-year-old upselling a sherry trifle (it was the 80’s). And I guess this is where Toby’s passion for the hospitality industry began.
Leaving his trifle selling days behind, Toby went on to study at the University of Liverpool and in 2003 began a career in hospitality recruitment with his early career focusing on managing temporary recruitment teams in the North of England. Toby successfully grew his network and developed an excellent reputation across the North West with several of Hesketh James clients having worked with Toby for over 15 years. His passion for recruitment and ability to deliver business growth in challenging market conditions saw him quickly rise through the management ranks to the position of Director of Operations at the Kellan Group.
As Managing Director of Hesketh James, Toby reunites with his former colleagues to take everything that they have learnt, unlearn it and reapply their shared knowledge and experience into their new venture. Toby brings over 15 years of recruitment experience to Hesketh James, has a proven track record in terms of team management and galvanising his people around a common goal of service excellence. Whilst during Toby’s career he has managed temporary, contingent permanent and search businesses across a range of sectors, having returned to the world of hospitality and leisure its is fair to say he couldn’t be happier. Outside of the office, Toby enjoys the Manchester bar and restaurant scene and likes nothing more than packing up the car for a weekend away with his partner.