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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 back in 2002. 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 2022 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

  

Diane Hazlehurst
Head of Programme
Hello, I am Diane, Head of the Animal Technician Programme.  I'm passionate about developing the next generation of Animal Technicians, especially when it comes to working with some of the industry's most prestigious organisations, it doesn't get better! I am responsible for identifying and nurturing talented individuals, giving them the opportunity to work at local Employer Partners, and kick-starting their careers as Animal Technicians. I have worked within the animal technology industry for over 20 years in a variety of different positions, so I certainly know what it takes to be an animal technician!  When not working,  I enjoy spending time with my family, shopping, walking my dogs, looking after my fish, snake, tarantula and exercising!   Email: diane@animaltechnician.org London office: 0203 9340166
Alex Black
Recruitment Director
Before joining S3 Science, I worked in Education Recruitment in London, recruiting teachers 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.   Email: alexb@s3science.com London office: 0203 9340166
Hannah Schembri
Recruitment Consultant
Before joining S3 Science: I trained at Graham Webb International as a Hairstylist.  After training for 3 years and with the COVID-19 pandemic, I felt the time was right for a career change. I wanted to do something worthwhile and that made me feel good. With training, I have been successfully promoted from a Trainee Candidate Recruiter to a fully-fledged, Recruitment Consultant and am absolutely loving my work! My role is to work alongside companies and candidates to successfully identify the right talent for each organisation.  I work closely with my candidates by getting to know them, understanding what they are looking for and hope to facilitate their dream move! I do this by working with my clients to identify their recruitment needs that will help their teams excel. I’m here to help make the recruitment process as easy as possible. I take so much pride from the industry I work in, being part of the Life Sciences industry means I can be involved in identifying the talent that makes a real difference in saving lives. I get to work with the fantastic organisations that are at the forefront of research against horrible diseases such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes to name a few. Email: hannah@s3science.com London office: 0203 9340166
Kai Tickner
Recruitment Consultant
Hello, I’m Kai, I work as a Recruitment Consultant here at S3. It’s my job to help both candidates find their dream roles and clients find their next superstar! I started at S3 back in 2021 and have been learning the ropes of recruitment; learning my craft as a Candidate Recruitment Consultant and then progressing to a Recruitment Consultant - where I manage and consult with my own respected clients. Outside of work, I’m passionate about music and sports; I regularly attend venues and events with live acts playing. In terms of sports, I am a massive combat sports fan of both boxing and MMA as well as being a passionate supporter of Chelsea FC (Champions of Europe). Feel free to contact me for any recruitment-related questions 😊.     Email: kait@s3science.com London office: 0203 9340166          
James Bridgen
Candidate Recruitment Consultant
Hi, I am James a Candidate Recruitment Consultant here at S3 Science. As a Resorucer, I have the opportunity to work alongside candidates in helping them find their dream roles. For me personally, working alongside and helping candidates is something I find hugely motivating and fulfilling. The feeling of assisting candidates in finding that dream role and career is something I find incredibly rewarding and motivates me, day by day. I am also an Aston Villa supporter, which as you could imagine now is full of near misses of relegation and untapped potential. However, I am as always optimistic, who knows European football next season? I am also a chess lover and enjoy walking my 6-year-old Yorkshire terrier – even though my dog hates walks!   Email: jamesb@s3science.com London office: 0203 9340166  
Katie Brook
ATDP and Recruitment Candidate Manager
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: katie@animaltechnician.org London office: 0203 9340166
Kris Lenhart
Finance Manager
Prior to joining S3 Science I worked as a bookkeeper within the Insurance industry whilst gaining my accounting qualifications. My role within S3 Science is the Finance Manager. I look after the start-to-finish process within the company while also looking at all the new governmental guidelines that come out. Outside of work:  I’m a keen gardener and allotment keeper and try to grow and preserve all my own fruit and veg for the year, I’m also owner the of various animals that I love and enjoy cooking and baking different things. Email: kris@s3science.com London office:  0203 9340166 
Irene Tate
Payroll Assistant
Prior to joining S3 Science I worked as a HR Administrator for Benefits and Recruitment within the Insurance industry. I am a South African but I have lived here for over 20 years. My role within S3 Science is the payroll assistant. I look after the start to finish process with regards to payroll which include timesheets and expenses as well as invoicing. If you have any queries with regards to temp payroll, I am your “go to” person! Outside of work: I am literally a “taxi driver” for my daughter. I absolutely love animals and have had birds, hamsters, rats, cats and now two dogs that drive me crazy but I love them. I love cooking and baking different things. I’ve attempted growing my own fruit and vegetables. I amazed myself and grew loads of different things but had problems in the end with space because I planted way too many seeds… I didn’t have the heart to get rid of the plants. Email: irenet@s3science.com London office: 0203 9240166
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