Who We Are
At Southern Lights, being different is the norm. Unlike many recruitment agencies, we’re not pushy, greedy or self-serving. We just want to get the right people into the right job.
Because we believe you should be good at what you do... and decent as you go about it.We’re a small(ish) IT recruitment agency that punches above its weight.
We fill positions right across the UK, but mainly in the South West, where we’re based. Our remit covers everyone from graduates to Chief Technical Officers — and most IT jobs in between.
Ben is a silver-haired, heavily-bearded, gin-drinking, Lego-playing, food-loving, rugby-worshipping Welshman in Bristol. When he’s not renovating houses or buying vintage trainers, he’ll be exploring the South West with his wife and two children. IT recruitment? Oh yeah…
Martin supports Liverpool FC but is Scottish. You can tell because he loves haggis with his Sunday roast. When he’s not living up to national stereotypes, you’ll find him lost in the countryside on his bike, doting on his young boy or indulging in his bottomless love of ‘90s hip-hop. He actually DJ’ed back in the day (when ‘90s hip-hop was just called hip-hop).
As his wonderful new beard attests, Martin has vast experience in senior IT recruitment in the South West. Seventeen years, to be precise – nine of which have been as a Director. This expertise shows in his ability to build strong, fruitful relationships at all levels, and in his productive contract negotiations. He’s a good guy to have on your side.
Joe used to make his own martial arts DVDs. They were not good. Thankfully for the IT market, he found a new passion: bending over backwards to help candidates and clients find each other. When he’s not doing that, he’s busy singing the praises of his hometown (Bristol), cheering on his rugby team (Bristol) or dragging his family along to explore his favourite food scene (Bristol).
Joe’s now been specialising in the software and business analyst markets for over 18 years. And though he works in the cutting-edge world of IT, it’s his old-school people skills – he forges strong, honest and open relationships with everyone he encounters – that keep clients and candidates coming back for more.
Toby has a degree in Wildlife Documentary Production. But, not content with exploring the UK’s diverse wildlife (pigeons), he decided to travel the world, trying his steady-hand at tree surgery and enjoying a short stint in TV along the way. It wasn’t until 2015 that he found his true calling: supporting the South West IT market.
He now applies his trained eye to spotting perfect opportunities for all types of software developers and all types of clients: agency, internal and RPO. And, just as he spends time outside the office running (two half marathons…he counts them as a whole one), he goes to extraordinary lengths to help people reach their goals.