Our Leadership Team

A business is only as strong as its people and we are led by a team of recruitment experts who’ve been with Sanderson through thick and thin.

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Jon Ball

Managing Director - Recruitment

Jon began his career in the recruitment industry 23 years ago as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant at Sanderson. He worked his way through the ranks to Associate Director in 2000 aged just 25, making him the youngest ever Sanderson Director. Now, Jon leads the UK recruitment business.

Oliver Dawe

Managing Director - Operations

Oliver joined Sanderson in 1991 as a trainee consultant and spent his early years working in the mainframe technologies team. Oliver was at the forefront of all of our innovations in these areas and amongst other things created new compliance, audit and MI capabilities within the business. Ollie is currently Managing Director of Operations for the group and is responsible for all shared service functions.


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Adam Meadows

Managing Director - Consulting

Adam has been delivering MSPs since 2003 and has been responsible for designing and implementing some of our most innovative and complex MSP services ever. He’s done this for clients including Nationwide Building Society, Aberdeen Standard Investments and Old Mutual Group.

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Jonny Hiles

Director of Solutions

Jonny has 20 years of RPO & MSP delivery experience and has led Sanderson’s RPO & MSP service for the last 11 years. He has designed and run projects for a variety of global, blue-chip clients based in the Financial and Professional Services sectors. He is highly experienced and respected in the market with a firm commitment to customer service and delivery.

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William Boney

Contract Delivery Director

William has been with us since 2000 and is responsible for the end-to-end delivery of contract resources throughout the UK. He leads a large, experienced team of specialist recruiters covering Business Change and Transformation, Technology, Finance and Professional Services and has delivered large numbers of contract resources on some of the UK’s biggest transformation and integration programmes.


Keith Dawe

Group Operating Officer

Keith co-founded Sanderson with Mike in 1975 and still owns the company to this day. Keith is also heavily involved with the Bristol community. He was the Chairman of the Bristol City football club from 2012 to June 2019 and was influential in the club’s successes.

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Mike Beesley


Mike is the CEO of the Sanderson Group, having founded the company with Keith in 1975. Mike has nearly four decades of experience in the recruitment industry with over 20 years in the IT recruitment sector and around 15 years in the MSP/RPO sector. All this after applying to be a trainee recruitment consultant at the age of 21.

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Martin Griffiths


Martin has held a variety of roles including CEO of Centre Island Hotels Limited, CFO of the Autogard Group, NED of H J Weird Engineering, Chairman of Ashton Gate Limited and as Trustee (including Chair) of many charities in an honorary capacity. Martin first became involved with us in the early 1990s and has now chaired the Group for six years. His role includes overall control and management of the Group’s finance function.

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Elizabeth Hawkins

Director of Client Services

Lizzy joined Sanderson as an Account Manager and has developed her career in the MSP & RPO solutions. Lizzy now heads up the highly experienced innovation and implementation teams, ensuring best practice and customer service are at the heart of everything we do.