Meet The Team

Senior Leadership Team

Denise Buchan
Managing Director

Denise is one of the UK’s highest performing recruitment professionals and has over 20 years’ experience in the recruitment industry. During this period, she has been responsible for running some of the largest and most successful offices, regions and clients in the sector, winning numerous industry accolades and awards along the way.

Having successfully operated at the top of the industry for so long, and witnessed the slow decline of ethics and integrity in the recruitment business, Denise has established Classic Consulting in order to ‘do things better’. She and her fellow founders passionately believe that it is possible to combine ethics and integrity in business and still make a commercial success of it. The result is Classic Consulting.

Very much ‘hands on’, Denise is available personally 24/7 to discuss your next career move or vacancy.

Gary Laurence

Currently an advisor to a number of Boards within the sector, Gary is a regular speaker at International Recruitment events and frequent press contributor. He is an ambassador for The Princes Trust, mentoring young entrepreneurs, and was a judge at the 2013 National Business Awards. Gary was voted "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young in 2004, won "Entrepreneur of the Year "at the National Business Awards in 2005 and was recognised for "Lifetime Achievement "in 2006 by the Recruitment Industry.


Denise Bishop FCCA FMAAT
Finance and IT Director

Accomplished, commercially hands on finance professional whose blend of experience at Board level, encompassing Finance, Internal Audit, IT, and HR, has been fundamental to the controlled growth and management of change within Classic Consulting (UK) Ltd.  

An individual who brings excellent line, project and change management skills combined with a realistic approach and sense of humour to the task of setting and achieving the highest standards. Results driven with a talent for business partnering ensuring business growth is delivered with  incredible success in delivering top line and bottom line growth together with improvement in cash management.

Consulting Team

Carol Beckham
Senior Consultant

Carol has over 20 years’ experience within the recruitment industry, supplying staff on a nationwide basis within all commercial and public sectors. Her background has been varied and has encompassed sales, negotiations, training, internal re-structuring and internal recruitment.

Carol ran the one of the busiest Temp desks of a major recruitment company and went on to cover 26 branches as member of the internal 'cover team'. She also worked on dedicated accounts and trained new staff at branch level.

Eloise Ponting
Senior Account Manager

Eloise is a senior account manager with Classic Consulting, and has more than 7 years of experience that runs the gamut of internal and agency recruitment, heading up high profile accounts with client and candidate service being her number one priority. Eloise’s exemplary client and candidate services experience has transitioned to her current senior account management role. She now seamlessly assists clients in Sussex with all their recruitment needs.

Eloise says "I have recently joined Classic as I’ve personally experienced how Classic works closely with their clients and candidates; doing everything they can to make sure they provide a continuous unsurpassed recruitment service. The challenges of this role are rewarding; whether it’s placing candidates or fulfilling roles, building up relationships and seeing the results; most of all it is the relationships that are built and the achievements that I see that are most exciting!"

Kate Simpson
Senior Consultant

Kate is a highly experienced and talented Senior Consultant with an excellent working knowledge of the region. Kate works closely with our network of blue-chip, high growth and prestigious clients, developing their talent pipelines and sourcing the best candidates for their temporary, interim and permanent requirements.

Hardworking, dedicated and a passionate recruiter, Kate delivers a 360 service to clients and candidates alike.

Josie Hire

Equipped with a dynamic background in Customer Services and Account Management, Josie plays a key role in the optimisation of customer services, relationship management and effective customisation of offerings to address individual needs.

Josie works collaboratively with the Classic team in delivery of recruitment solutions across a wide range of industries including financial services, telecom, retail, and technology sectors.

Abi Coope-Dempster

Abi is a real asset to Classic Consulting and has worked her way up the ranks since joining us in 2013. Abi now runs our very successful Temp desk single-handedly and is a talented facilitator for our clients and candidates alike.

Passionate and proactive, Abi is a valuable member of our team.

Neil Drew

Neil  commenced his employment in Financial Services  where he cultivated his skills in service delivery, team working, communication and general management. A planned switch to the Recruitment sector saw him become a specialist in Financial Services, FMCG, Pharmaceutical, Chemical and in particular the expanding Marketing sector.

Neil has a genuine interest in sales roles which he recruits for, and this, together with a desire to provide the very best levels of care and attention to candidates and clients, makes him an excellent person to engage with for all specialist sales recruitment and informed career advice. Neil is always keen to speak with talented individuals at all stages of their careers.

Support Team

Marie Nayaka
Marketing Director

Marie has over 10 years experience in marketing and social media, over half of which have been within the recruitment industry. Marie has worked with clients in the UK, Europe, America and Australia and specialises in delivering seamless brand experiences for clients and candidates alike.

Louise Bruce
Team Administrator

Reliable and resourceful with a very high level of commitment in any task undertaken, Louise works well on her own initiative and enjoys leading and problem solving. Louise is friendly, approachable and is a valued member of the team here at Classic Consulting.

Joss Jones
CRM Administrator

Joss manages our Client Relationship Database and ensures our contacts and systems are up to date, secure and comply with all current Data Protection and Privacy regulations.

Chloe Andrews
Front of House

Chloe meets and greets our candidates and clients here at Classic Consulting HQ. Always willing to go above and beyond in her duties as front of house, Chloe is a positive and passionate member our our team.