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Meet the team

An Introduction from the Managing Director

Hello and thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to view our website.

I set up S3 Science 14 years ago. My previous work in other recruitment sectors never quite hit the sweet spot like Life Science’s recruitment. It’s a sector that, for many reasons has really got under my skin. I was lucky enough to start recruiting Animal Technicians just as the public’s opinion of scientific research was changing. Back in 2002 we were just one of a handful of organisations actively promoting the work to the wider public and not just within the scientific community. We would stick out our necks and openly discuss the; who, what and why of animal research at a time when clients and those associated with research were recovering from the violent tactics and propaganda of the Animal Rights movement.

Fast forward to 2016 and our candidates are now fully aware of where their medicines come from. Better still they can now hold widely different opinions on a variety of animal related topics such as fox hunting, vegetarianism, the fur trade and of course animal research without being labelled as an animal rights activist. Myself, my wife and 4 kids are all animal lovers and we run a farm too – so I was in the very same shoes as the candidates that have come to S3 over the years. Obviously I’m glad I made the right decision. I’m always amazed by the scientific achievements that seem to happen on a daily basis – just open any newspaper and you will see a news story about yet another breakthrough. Seriously go and look through todays paper, I’m sure you will find a new positive story about the wonderful work that our industry does. Animal Research is still a talking point, but now thankfully for all the right reasons.

On a personal level I’ve participated in Triathlons and half marathons (I even enjoyed a few of them) and always on behalf of various charities. Whilst working at my previous agency I lost a recruiter who had 2 young children to breast cancer. I know my story is nothing unusual – we all have our own stories of someone brave we know fighting their own personal battle with Cancer, Dementia, etc. The good news is that medical research is making leaps and bounds towards beating these dreadful illnesses. I’ve always believed that if I can help clients employ the right staff these breakthroughs will arrive even sooner. My point is that it feels great to be supporting a charity event; I will always give it a go (maybe not too many more triathlons though) even if I come last. However, it’s even better to be actually working in the industry itself.

As for S3, well as the businesses founder I’m lucky enough to work with some talented and like-minded individuals on a daily basis. Myself, my staff and board of Directors are growing and developing S3 every day. The recruitment process is forever evolving much like the Life Sciences sector itself. There are far easier sectors to recruit in but I can honestly say I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Please feel free to contact me if I can help you with any aspect of recruitment. I’m a proactive networker, a great listener and I love a challenge. If I can help you directly, I will. If I can’t, I’ll probably know someone in my team who can.

Thank you.


Steve Walker
Managing Director

London office: 0844 8844 696

Linda Green
Sales Director for Temporary Recruitment
In November 2000 after many years as a bar, hotel and restaurant Manager I was given the opportunity by Mr Bantin at B&K Universal to work as an administrator for the Professional and Technical Services department. I enjoyed every moment working there and learnt a great deal.

In 2007 I was approached by S3 Science to set up a Temporary Staff Recruitment division to complement S3’s already well established Permanent recruitment services.

This is more than a job with a 24/7 commitment for which I am passionate about, some may even say neurotic! My desire to succeed combined with hard work and a genuine love of people has ensured the division has grown from strength to strength for which I am very proud. I get great job satisfaction in placing candidates from entry level to management in suitable placements nationwide and the knowledge of a job well done with both the candidates and our clients.

As Mr Bantin used to instil into his staff to ‘talk to the people, talk to the people, talk to the people' and anyone that knows me will know that I can certainly do that especially with my 24/7 mobile for clients and the temp team (!)

Proudest moment/best achievement:
There have been many proud moments in my working life including winning my first Dressage trophy while living and working in Belgium and achieving three annual and finally the Grand Masters award in Cellar keeping - but without a doubt the achievement I am the most proud of is starting the Temporary Division for S3 Science and seeing it grow beyond all expectations.

Outside of work:
I enjoy spending time with my family of course. Although it has to be said that my horse obsession has never waned and I enjoy spending quality time at the livery yard or in my wellies mucking out, bedding up, grooming and talking to my horse Carmen she is a very good listener.

Hull office: 0844 8849 041
Joanna Bradshaw
Sales Director
Having being appointed by S3 Science in March 2018 as a Sales Director I have been overwhelmed by the passion and commitment the team has demonstrated in finding the right fit.

Before joining S3 I have spent the last 11 years working alongside the DWP within welfare to work. I worked with large scale employers, travelling the country on a national basis to support them in their accomplishments in recruiting and sustaining those who have been affected by a health condition or disability.

In April 2017 my step mother was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of advanced malignant melanoma. After undergoing clinical trials with Royal Marsden, new immunotherapy and radiotherapy treatments, sadly we are faced with losing her within the next few months. Personally, this experience has been a key factor for me wanting to work for S3. I want to be a part of something exciting but more than anything I want to be able to help S3’s clients in finding the right staff to support them in finding cures for diseases such as this.

I have always strived through-out my career and done this with a heart full of passion and a mind full of efficiency, I believe in keeping promises, being open and honest to achieve results. I have dedicated my life to making a difference and supporting change for others. I want to change lives and I want to be known for making a difference.

Proudest moment/best achievement: I have many achievements that I’m incredibly proud of (you may want to grab a cuppa tea!). On a personal level it would be building my career up enough that I was able to pay for my dad and step mum to get married on 1st Feb this year, as one of her 'bucket list' wishes.

Within work I’ve been called Superwoman by some and “beyond driven” by others.  I single-handedly placed 64 people with disabilities into employment within 1 month, bringing in and managing large employer accounts with major retailers such as Waitrose, M&S, Lloyds etc. I’m also proud to state that my team and region were repeatedly the best performing in the country. Having brought my drive and ambition to S3 I’m looking forward to beating my past accomplishments.

Outside of work: Outside of work I am always on the go. I have a 3 year old who keeps me busy and our days are spent with family making memories. We frequently visit Malta where my family are from and we love a house project!  Currently onto the log cabin for a little garden getaway! (Possibly a bar / woman cave).

I love to sing after being raised by a family of musicians - people call us the Von Trapp family! and I love a cheeky spin class! (Ok and maybe a little bit of wine.... Not at the same time of course).

Hull office: 0844 8844 696
Manuel Canther
Recruitment Consultant
I began my career in recruitment several years ago and have enjoyed success in both commercial and apprenticeship recruitment. I was working for one of the largest apprenticeship providers across London and Kent and after a career including customer service, music promotion, and tailoring I have finally found my calling in recruitment.

After meeting Steve I knew S3 was where I wanted to be, the industry excites me and I want to be a part of something special.

I have loved every minute I have spent in recruitment and in my previous position held the highest amount billed in recent years for both commercial recruitment and apprenticeship placements.

Outside of work I am a simple family man. I am living the dream with a wife, 3 kids and a daft Dalmatian. I enjoyed moderate success as a musician, performing in some of the country's finest venues and sharing the same stage graced by some of the world's biggest artists. I was also fortunate enough to appear on BBC radio multiple times.

Guitars and motorbikes are my muse, and when I am not at work or spending time with the family, you can be sure I am speeding off somewhere into the sunset with a guitar strapped to my back.

My role at S3 is a recruitment consultant, and I truly pride myself on providing an honest and high quality service to clients and candidates alike.

London office: 0844 8844 696
Katie Brook
Recruitment Administrator
My interest in the industry was inspired by my time as an Animal Technician at B&K Universal. After the business downsized I took redundancy and sought a career in recruitment where I could use my experience and knowledge of an industry I feel passionate about thus joining S3 Science.

I am what is known as the ‘cog’ of the company by keeping all administrative aspects of the business functioning.

Since joining in 2011 I have had the pleasure of developing my professional skill by having the opportunity to wear ‘different hats’. This allows my job to be completely varied day-to-day from making the initial calls to prospective jobseekers, to compiling contracts of employment, to organising recruitment days, chasing timesheets, making Yorkshire teas (!) and driving forward our presence in social media.

Proudest moment/best achievement: Taking full hold of S3 Science’s social media and marketing presence. Generating interest and traffic to our new website by implementing techniques learnt from recent qualifications and courses kindly provided by S3 Science.

Outside of work: I am a crazy tortoise lady... my pet ‘bondi’ (that’s him in the pic) wants for nothing, eating fresh pansies and having a huge enclosure in my home.

I have travelled the world and am looking to forward to going back to Australia.

Email: Hull office: 0844 8849 041
Irene Tate
Payroll Assistant
I joined S3 Science as a Payroll Assistant in January 2017. I look after all the payroll processes for our ongoing temps and am responsible for timesheets, expenses and invoicing.

If you have any queries with regards to temp payroll, I am your “go to” person.

I am an enthusiastic administrator with 14 years’ experience over a wide range of sectors such as travel, recruitment, benefits and payroll. I am an excellent communicator who thrives on challenges and work well under pressure. I like to step out of my comfort zones and do my best to rise to the occasion – whatever that may be.

Aside from work I am a South African and I have lived in the UK for about 15 years .

I have just returned to work after a two and a half year break from being a stay at home mother. I am married with one daughter who is 4 years old but thinks she is 20 already….

Outside of work:

I love catching up with friends and spending time with family. I adore my pet rats almost as much.

My favourite band is Nirvana and I am “crazy” for melted chocolate. I absolutely love cooking and baking different things.

Last year I grew my own fruit and vegetables. I amazed myself and grew loads of different things but my plans where hampered by a lack of space. My green fingered ambitions remain intact so watch this space for some record size fruit and veg!

Hull office: 0844 8844 696
Louise Colton
Candidate Recruiter
After completing my National Diploma in Animal Care more years ago than I like to admit I went on to work in the Animal Science industry for the next 10 years. I started out my career in a breeding facility, running my own rodent room and completing the Membership level of IAT.

I took a career change into office work for 6 years and had my son. S3 Science came knocking and I was very happy to come back into this industry and join the team in November 2015. In this role I get to use both my Animal Technician and office work experience – the best of both worlds. I speak to new candidate’s that are applying for work and with my industry experience I can really engage with then and have an honest and open conversation about the research industry.

Outside of work: I spend lots of time with my family going on adventures and walking our dog. I’m passionate about all sports especially Judo in which I competed for Great Britain. I love cars, my ultimate would be a bright red Lotus Elise.

Hull office: 0844 8849 041
Alex Black
Recruitment Consultant
Before joining S3 Science, I worked in Education Recruitment in London, recruiting teaching across the capital. This was the beginning of a new chapter after leaving school early to pursue a career which stimulated and intrigued me. I then had the opportunity to join S3 Science, and go into a completely different industry that is making a huge difference. I jumped at the chance and love every minute of what I do.

I am an avid West Ham supporter, which involves a lot of heartache and frustration. I put myself through the pain of watching them on a weekly basis!

Ever since joining S3 Science, I haven’t looked back. The opportunity to work in an industry that is out fighting cancer is a very rewarding experience, one of which I am proud to be a part of. I love telling people about the industry and the amazing work that goes on.

My role at S3 Science is as Recruitment Consultant. I specialise in finding the best Life Science’s professionals out there, for roles with clients across the UK. I offer advice on getting into the industry and the amazing career progression available.

London office: 0844 8844 696
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