Meet our Founder

Vanessa Johnson-Burgess

Founder & CEO

Inclusive Recruiting & A little bit of HR

Proudly leading a disruptive recruitment agency, driving inclusion change in organisations. 

Vanessa Johnson-Burgess is a EDI, HR and employment law expert and a Fellow of the CIPD. She is a founder and the CEO of Inclusive Recruiting.

She is also the founder and Director of A little bit of HR, delivering HR services and employment advice to SMEs, helping them navigate HR, support employees, and deliver best practice and inclusive employment experiences

Our Values

We fear no one and nothing in our purpose driven approach to inclusion. We don’t need permission and we won’t wait for fear of failure.
We all have ideas and sometimes our ideas are better than others, we share those ideas loudly, wildly and proudly to support inclusion and business growth.
If you keep doing things the same way, things will never change. We are ready to challenge you to do better.
Our team are honest, genuine, approachable, friendly and fun, and free to be themselves.

Meet the Team

Here to partner with you, as we inclusively recruit candidates.

Finding the best talent and helping you build diversity and embed true inclusion and belonging.

Priya Cinar

Head of Operations & Development

Priya:

I love and enjoy the varied nature of the work at Inclusive Recruiting, the diversity in our organisation, clients and candidates. I like to challenge the status quo and explore different ways of working collaboratively with clients and colleagues to bring out their skills and ideas. I know my strengths as a leader and people manager and can really utilise these in my role whilst moving the people and business forward.

There is a saying - "if you stand still, you will never move forward". I'm always moving forward, never stand still and never wait for the next step - I take it!

Jason Burgess

Business Development Manager

Jason:

As Business Development Manager for Inclusive Recruiting, I enjoy relationship building, creating genuine partnerships with new customers and supporting all our clients with their recruitment, training or consultancy needs.
 
It's exciting for me to work with organisations looking for a truly diverse and inclusive approach to recruitment, for the genuine reason to make a change and become more diverse as an organisation.
 
My superpower is the ability to have a laugh with anyone, here's a taster "What do you call cheese that isn't yours? Nacho cheese." I have a habit of bad jokes and I am always happy to assist in sharing them, but mostly I am here to help 🙂

Haleema Latif

Candidate Network Manager

Haleema:

My experience is in Human Resources and Recruitment. My key strengths include the ability to build relationships with all levels of seniority and with people from diverse backgrounds. I have a keen eye for talent and I'm passionate about helping candidates with their job search.

I'm told my superpowers are my approachability and my ability to empathise from both the candidate and client perspective.

Priscilla Ross

Recruitment Resourcer

Priscilla:

Being a Recruitment Resourcer for Inclusive Recruiting allows me to have a unique blend of innovative processes, consistently high levels of service and a real passion for my work.

What makes me special is the way I build ongoing relationships with our clients and candidates. I believe that ethics  and culture are the key. I highly promote good old fashioned hard work and am constantly striving for a greater understanding of our clients and candidates’ needs.

My Superpowers are endurance, strength and resilience. An ordinary superhero might run round the world six times; whereas I have shown my strength by being a black belt in karate and completing challenges in spite of adverse circumstances i.e. Covid-19. I always adapt to the circumstances and find opportunities to “smash” it like hulk.

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Dom Szczecinski

Recruitment Consultant

Dom:

I am a Recruitment Consultant and I help candidates to find their dream roles with our clients. I enjoy helping both, the candidates and the clients, on their journeys. Doing so with the values of our company has a huge meaning to me.

My biggest drive and the reason why I do this, is because there is no better feeling than helping someone to achieve their goal in their career, whether it is at the start or during the beautiful journey.

My superpower is caring and helping others and seeing them succeed through my help and support.

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Kayla Burgess

HR Assistant

(A little bit of HR)

Kayla:

Being an HR Assistant I get to support organisations in taking the necessary steps towards growth and development by providing trustworthy and reliable HR assistance. 

I enjoy providing assistance and support to organisations who want "a little bit of HR" but at a top notch quality. Helping start-ups and other small businesses allows me to feel like I'm contributing to the future shaping of their organisation. Everyone needs a supportive and adaptable HR team and A little bit of HR is exactly that!

My superpower is Growth - The older you get, the more you learn and experience... growth has no limits or restrictions and it’s something I can encourage others to do. What organisation or person doesn’t need growth? There are so many directions to grow in and so many ways to grow.

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Izzy Ratkoceri

Recruitment Consultant

Izzy:

As a Recruitment Consultant for Inclusive Recruiting, I stay true to our company values. I am brave, innovative, disruptive and authentic on my mission to attract and engage candidates and match them to opportunities with our inclusive clients.

Why do I do this? Because being able to put a smile on the face of a candidate after we've opened a new door in their life is amazing.

My superpower is Tech - utilising this to improve and to make life more simple.

Alex Allan

Head of Finance

Alex:

My role is Head of Finance. As well as the company bookkeeping, I generally have the keys to the safe!

I am a self confessed perfectionist, which some think can be annoying, and my friends will confirm that I am very organised and never late. All qualities that are perfect for my job! 

As a disabled person myself, I love that I work for a company that practices what they preach. I am treated as a valued member of the team and have had the freedom to be able to carve out a career that sadly, even in 2021, would have been made difficult in a lot of other companies. 

We are working hard every day to make it possible for everyone else in my situation to have a successful career themselves, and for it to become the norm that there is not just equality, but equity in the workplace for all.

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Bethanie Kinzonzi

HR Shared Services Administrator

(A little bit of HR / Inclusive Recruiting)

Bethanie:

I am an HR Shared Services Administrator for the A little bit of HR and Inclusive Recruiting team. Being able to support both organisations gives me the opportunity to enhance my abilities and learn new things.

I enjoy assisting Inclusive Recruiting with their CRM database and I have learned so much from being part of A little bit of HR.

I appreciate the fact that I work for a company that follows its own advice.

My friends describe me as a really friendly person. They know I'm always willing to help others, so they come to me whenever they have an issue to solve. They have also said I am an extremely hard worker. My superpower is caring for and assisting people, as well as witnessing others grow and flourish as a result of my assistance and support.

Sophia Dutton

Marketing & Communications Manager

Sophia:

I'm the Marketing & Comms Manager for Inclusive Recruiting and A little bit of HR. My focus is on communicating our opportunities and services to clients and candidates, managing the social media accounts for both brands, designing marketing materials and supporting the team to get our messaging out to an as wide and diverse audience as possible!

My friends tell me I’m a good cook and working in marketing and communications can be like making a big family meal – lots to prepare, many elements needing to be checked on and monitored, but such great satisfaction when it's finally served and I get to share and shout about the amazing work our team is doing every day!

Most of all I love the work we do to create a sense of belonging in the workplace. If at the end of a training workshop or after a successful placement we have given someone the confidence to feel comfortable being truly themselves, then we are achieving what we set out to do.

Serena Matthews

HR Advisor

(A little bit of HR)

Serena:

I am the HR Advisor at A little bit of HR and have a real passion for all things people and HR!

I enjoy working with all people from different backgrounds and walks of life. My friends would describe me as funny, passionate, friendly and a hard worker, all attributes that help me fulfil my daily duties of building relationships with clients and advising on best practice and having fun whilst doing so.

I absolutely love that within our organisation we strive to improve diversity and inclusion with the workplace, one person at a time.

A JB

Future CEO (of course)

Ava:

I do the same things that mummy does and boss people around, I open the post and I love to do the shredding. I also make fairy cakes for the team.
 
I think it's a nice job which may be less stressful when I am older and it will give me money to buy my own jeggings & pyjamas.
 
My Superpower is to "Change the World".

Meet our Associates

Marshah Dixon-Terry

Associate Consultant

Marshah is a Career Coach and Organisational Development Consultant specialising in change and transformation. Her work spans across multiple sectors, working for a range of organisations which have included City of London Police, Homes England, NSPCC and Versus Arthritis.
 
With twenty years of experience in HR strategy, project consultancy and leadership, she brings a wealth of expertise on career and leadership coaching and culture change, through diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging lenses.
 
Marshah partners with both individuals and organisations to facilitate and enable change – real change – that is purposeful, meaningful, inclusive, and sustainable.

Andrea Corbett

Associate Coach

Andrea is a Transformational Life Coach & Resilience Practitioner, an MQ Mental Health Ambassador, and Founder & Director of FOCUS (Focus On Creating Your Ultimate Self) CIC.
 
She is a specialist in mental health at work training, upskilling line managers in supporting employees with mental health, and a certified wellbeing and leadership coach, with extensive experience in guiding organisations on employee wellbeing. Andrea is passionate about supporting individuals to transform their lives through coaching, guiding clients through a bespoke journey of mindset, goal-setting and understanding of emotional intelligence, empowering individuals to build confidence and learn how to overcome and remove blocks of self-limiting tendencies.
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