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Meet the Team


Conor Roughneen

Owner & Managing Director

Conor founded Roc Search from his home in Reading in 2007. Having previously had a successful career of his own in recruitment, he decided to follow his dream of owning his own business. The company was established, initially as an IT specialist, and later expanding into the Engineering industry as it is today. Working closely with the finance, operations, marketing and legal teams, Conor is hands on and leads from the front as the company plans for future expansion both in terms of locations and new markets.


Andrew Mace

Director |

Andrew was one of Roc Search’s first employees and was also the first to join Conor on the Board of Directors after five years of service. He joined Roc Search in 2008 having previously spent four years in another large recruitment company. During his time at Roc Search, Andrew has managed and grown several of our teams including contract, permanent and our internal recruitment team. Now based in our London office, he is responsible for growing the team there, as well as providing strategic direction and business development input to the Board.


Gavin Dent

Sales Director, London |

Gavin was drawn to Roc Search because of the management opportunities after successful career progression elsewhere in the industry. In 2010 Gavin moved to London to set up the company’s first office outside of the Reading HQ. After two successful years there, he passed over the reins in London and moved back to Reading to lead the UK permanent division. Now in his position on the Board of Directors, Gavin is looked to as a leader within Roc Search and divides his time between the London and Reading operations.


Trevor Doran

Sales Director, Engineering |

Trevor joined Roc Search in 2012 with eight years’ previous experience within the Engineering industry.  As Business Manager at the time, he helped to establish the Engineering Team, which continues to go from strength to strength. In early 2015, Trevor was given his directorship as Engineering Sales Director and will be responsible for further growing his division as well as opening new offices in the UK and internationally as part of the wider strategy.


Jodie Gale

Sales Director |

Jodie is one of our most successful stories within Roc Search. She started as a Trainee Consultant in 2010 with no prior recruitment experience and found her feet instantly. Success got her quickly promoted through the ranks and she is now a Director running our Southern IT Contracts Team. Her team are each specialists within the IT industry, helping clients and candidates find matches across the South of the UK.


Thom Leeser

Sales Director, Germany |

Thom joined us in 2013 to open the Roc Search branch in Frankfurt. Thanks to his extensive experience and successful work at one of the most renowned recruitment companies in the world, he ensures a permanent expansion of our business in Germany.Thom has played a key role in the creation of a successful team of consultants specializing in providing recruitment in the technology market, working closely with the offices in Reading and London to make our branch offices even more dynamic.