• Toby Ball

    Managing Director

  • Toby Ball

    Managing Director

    Toby has a healthy obsession with all things recruitment – He is highly competitive and genuinely believes he can fill any job. He is the inspiring leader of the Highfield Co. – a man people say resembles David Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Craig or Harvey Spectre (his words), where in fact the man he actually resembles is Charlie Hunham (also his words).

    With over a decade’s worth of experience recruiting both in the UK and Internationally across the Construction, Civil Engineering and energy sectors he is well placed to assist you with needs at any level. Oh, and he is completely and utterly terrified of heights.

  • Tom Archer

    Director - Energy

  • Tom Archer

    Director - Energy

    Meet Tom, our passionate and seasoned Energy sector expert. As Director of the Energy team and with a wealth of experience that is unparalleled across Energy, Engineering, Manufacturing and Marine, Tom’s expertise and character shines through, making him an invaluable asset to your business as well as ours.

    Hailing from Zimbabwe and raised in the vibrant city of Cape Town, Tom’s journey eventually led him to the UK during his teenage years.

    He likes to think he looks like Bruce Willis, but let’s be fair he’s probably closer to Phil Mitchell!

    As an Equity Director, Tom not only excels in his role but also is integral to the running of the business. Beyond his professional achievements, he is a devoted family man, a lively socialite, and a keen golf player.

    If he wasn’t a recruiter, he says he would probably have been a teacher, or something similar working with people.

  • Sharon O'Donnell

    Director

  • Sharon O'Donnell

    Director

    Sharon is our resident Woman of Steel! For the last 5 years Sharon has specialised in the structural steel and Architectural Metalwork industry, and has developed an enviable network of clients and candidates.

    Sharon’s reputation means she works with both the biggest names in the industry and owner operator organisations, giving her a breadth of knowledge and experience.

    Her capability to cover roles at any level within the structural steel and architectural metalwork industry comes from her in-depth knowledge of the market and the strong network she is able to draw upon

    Assignments Sharon has delivered span all disciplines within the sector across from sales, tendering, engineering and project delivery both operationally and commercially. Some of her more recent roles include; Head of Sales, Site Managers, Contracts Managers and Tekla Detailers

    Don’t just take our word for it, this is what Sharon’s clients have to say;

    “Sharon is very proactive, professional and friendly, she managed to recruit several site managers on our behalf in short time frames. She seems to have a lot of contacts within the construction industry and kept us regularly updated throughout the entire process sending CV’s that suited our job roles”

    “We have found Sharon to be proactive and hardworking, it helps to be well connected in this game!”

  • Pete Marston

    Director

  • Pete Marston

    Director

    ​Co-founder of the Highfield Company, Pete’s career in recruitment precedes him BUT, here is something you probably didn’t know. Whilst recruiting in South Africa for John Sisk, back in 2002, Pete ended up having breakfast with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was staying in the same hotel in Sandton! Pete has over twenty years’ experience in recruiting all over the world, but what would he be if he wasn’t a recruiter?? Says a man that sees the world in numbers: “probably a Finance Director..!!”

    Pete remains hands on with the delivery of Search Assignments and other complex recruitment projects, juggling his time with his other business venture, Sunblink. Many of Pete’s clients have used his services for 20 years now, with repeat work again and again. Pete takes great pride in the strong statistics of his placements.

    Over 90% of the candidates people introduces to his clients remain with that company more than 2 years later. Pete hasn’t needed to credit an assignment fee in almost 6 years now. Pete’s philosophy is all about making sure the placement for both individual and employer are a long term fit for both parties.

    Pete’s clientele include client organisations, main contractors and specialist subcontractors.

    Pete works closely with Martin Collins on delivery of assignments.

  • Martin Collins

    Associate Director

  • Martin Collins

    Associate Director

    ​A lifelong Saints fan and lover of all things heavy metal, Martin can often be found gracing St Mary’s Stadium and at various gigs and festivals.

    His recruitment experience spans more decades than he cares to admit, but as a result his experience is unrivalled. If you’ve ever spoken to Mart, you’ll know that he spent the first 11 years of his career as an Estimator with Costain – experience which serves him well in his role as an international construction recruiter.

    If Martin wasn’t a recruiter, he would have been an Electrician. Also, according to the internet, Martin has a 100% match as a Jonny Depp lookalike. Ridiculous.

    Martin’s 20 years in construction recruitment has given him a stable customer list who work with him closely on assignments. Martin’s skills are premiership level  at sourcing hard to find Unicorn candidates.

    Martin works closely with Pete Marston on delivery of assignments.

  • Rosie Hall

    Managing Associate

  • Rosie Hall

    Managing Associate

    Rosie was once a Wimbledon ball girl before moving to Southampton where she gained a degree in Psychology.

    Rosie is a successful Senior Consultant working in the UK Civil Engineering sector where she has worked with everyone from the largest contractors down to small family owned business’.

    Working across the UK Civil Engineering market Rosie has a particular focus on all technical roles within; Rail, Highways, Water, Power transmission & Distribution, Marine and Geotechnical sectors.

    Rosie builds strong, long lasting relationships with clients and candidates as she genuinely cares about everyone involved in the process. Her depth of experience allows her to understand the not just the technical requirements of the role but also how the smaller details can make all the difference.

  • Matt Payne

    International Consultant

  • Matt Payne

    International Consultant

    Matthew carries strong experience within the Civil Engineering sectors of recruitment, an exceptionally tenacious and diligent individual with a huge passion for people, he really thrives in engineering opportunities.

    Within the international construction team Matt covers all areas of technical recruitment both operationally and commercially.

    Be sure to speak with Matthew about finding your next top talent or opportunity within the global construction market.

    Don’t just take our words for it though, one of Matt’s most recent recommendations read; “Matthew is highly specialist in recruiting, a very knowledgeable professional who was a pleasure to deal with.”

  • Sabrina O'Donnell

    Resourcing Specialist

  • Sabrina O'Donnell

    Resourcing Specialist

    Sabrina supports the civil engineering and construction team where she identifies and engages with the best talent in the market.

    Sabrina doesn’t come from a sales or recruitment background but has an impressive ability to build rapport and trust with candidates, taking the time to understand what they are looking for and advise on where your career will go next.

    If you are looking for a new role within the civil engineering or construction markets in the UK then get in touch with Sabrina today.

  • Rebecca Willis

    Resourcing Specialist

  • Rebecca Willis

    Resourcing Specialist

    Rebecca works alongside our resident women of steel, Sharon, where she supports the structural steel and architectural steelwork team where she identifies and engages with the best talent in the market.

    Rebecca comes from a sales and marketing background where she has a reputation for working closely with her customers and delivering an outstanding level of service. Rebecca has an impressive ability to build report and trust with candidates.

    If you are looking for a new role within the structural steel and architectural steelwork or simply want advice on the current market then please get in touch with Rebecca today.

  • Rochelle Robinson

    Senior Recruitment Consultant

  • Rochelle Robinson

    Senior Recruitment Consultant

    Rochelle works in the civil engineering and construction team where she works closely with her clients and identifies and engages with the best talent in the market.

    With 5 years recruitment experience, Rochelle has proven to be a true professional and a highly skilled recruiter.

    Her drive and determination to deliver the highest level of service is recognised by client and candidates, as well as within the team at The Highfield Company.

    Outside of work, Rochelle loves country walks, travelling, trying new foods and of course spending time with friends and family.

  • Donovan Lynch

    Specialist Energy Consultant

  • Donovan Lynch

    Specialist Energy Consultant

    Meet Donovan, a people person that has always been in people facing roles.

    He loves playing football (and is an avid fan of Liverpool), running & going to the gym. If he is not recruiting or playing sports, he is watching sport!

    Donovan has a deep love for speaking to people from different cultures and walks of life, helping companies find the right match and a vice versa. His love for the energy sector is driven by a passion for clean energies and helping the environment in any way, shape or form to slow down global warming! He also loves keeping up to date with the new tech which is enabling this.

    Fun fact – Donovan frequents the hospital so often with sporting injuries that we don’t let him go anywhere without wrapping him in cotton wool and bubble wrap!

  • Peter Cole
  • Peter Cole

    Following his Mexican roots Peter has now jumped over the wall into the world of recruitment, having joined us fresh from the construction industry, where he has spent the past 15 years building an enviable record of securing and delivering some of the largest public sector construction projects in the UK.

    His experience of working with consultants, main contractors and sub-contractors at every stage of the construction process gives him an intricate working knowledge of the industry that few recruiters can claim, and a little black book that many would love to steal.

  • Lucy Godwin

    Senior Recruitment Consultant

  • Lucy Godwin

    Senior Recruitment Consultant

    Lucy has 13 years of Retail Management experience, working as a Commercial, Operations and General Manager within that time.

    With a passion for exceeding customers’ expectations and always delivering the best level of service possible, Lucy has excelled since moving in to technical sales.

    Born and bred on the south coast, Lucy loves spending her spare time with her family.

  • Joshua Rudd

    Specialist Energy Consultant

  • Joshua Rudd

    Specialist Energy Consultant

    Meet Josh, a devoted father of two beautiful girls whose family holds the key to his heart.

    Known for his infectious energy, Josh is the life of the party, both in and out of the office. His boundless enthusiasm, paired with a perpetual smile, makes him a magnetic presence wherever he goes. Outside of work, Josh is a dedicated football enthusiast, passionately supporting Southampton FC. Whether on the field or in front of the TV, his love for the Saints is unwavering.

    Professionally, Josh thrives in the world of recruitment within the Energy sector. With a knack for finding the perfect candidate, he approaches the process like an inspector (he actually basically considers himself an FBI agent). The thrill of matching the right person with the right career move fuels his passion for recruitment, making each success a cause for celebration.

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