Concept Onyx Recruitment

Meet The Team

The amazing individuals behind our success

Get to know our team of recruitment consultants. They’re passionate about helping people find their dream role and connecting businesses with the right talent. Many are former industry professionals themselves and have spent years within the sectors they serve. 

What they bring goes so far beyond simply passing on CVs – it’s their invaluable insight, advice and support that sets them apart.

Jo Carter

Chief Executive Officer

As the CEO of Concept Onyx, Jo adorns a wardrobe’s worth of hats, from recruitment consultancy to growing our own team. Originating in creative, she noticed a lack of recruitment agencies that understood her industry. Seeing this significant gap, Jo founded Concept to offer informed and specialised recruitment with care in every interaction. Outside her professional life, Jo enjoys dog walking, cooking, and gardening.

Michelle Theuma

Managing Director

With a knack for identifying talent and over 25 years’ recruitment experience, Michelle thrives when supporting businesses with their people strategy; identifying talent, and then supporting candidates to make informed career choices to better enrich their lives. Michelle believes in increasing the happiness factor, both in and out of the workplace, and spends her personal time on youth career mentorship or movie nights with the kids.

Steph Relph

Managing Consultant

Boasting an 11-year background in PR, marketing, and design, Steph brings firsthand industry knowledge to every hire, motivated by the individual stories of clients and candidates. The ever-evolving dynamism of the marketing and creative industry keeps her learning and inspired, and she loves never having that “Sunday night feeling” with Concept Onyx. Steph’s weekends are made up of family seaside swims and baking.

Joe Preston

Managing Consultant

Joe has 8 years of international recruitment experience, specialising in enterprise systems. He excels in building client relationships and providing customised hiring solutions. Outside of work, he’s an avid football enthusiast and dedicates his time to coaching his daughter’s football team, fuelled by his commitment to advancing opportunities for young girls in sports.

Justyna Janczak

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Navigating the nuances of professional services recruitment, Justyna loves identifying talent pivotal to a company’s trajectory and finds fulfilment in crafting success stories for candidates and clients alike. Our culture’s resonates with her deeply, and she’s always attuned to industry shifts through a blend of digital media and firsthand expert interactions. Off the clock, she’s an avid diver.

Chris Taylor

Resourcing Manager

Chris is passionate about tech and digital recruitment. It’s his focused, quality-over-quantity approach to recruitment that sets him apart and why he fits right in here. His favourite thing about the culture is how there are “no silly KPIs – we purely focus on finding the best quality clients”. Beyond work, find him at St. James Park or keeping green-fingered in the garden.

Adela Capkova

Resourcing Consultant

Adela has an uncanny knack for matching marketing and creative candidates not just to roles, but to the very heartbeat of our company’s culture. Her passion lies in watching candidates soar in their careers, thanks to her expert placements. Adela keeps her finger on the pulse with her favourite industry podcasts and in her free time, she’s catching flights and catching waves.

Skyla Pearce

Resourcer/Administrator

Skyla keeps the office running seamlessly. It’s the industry’s creativity that Skyla loves most – bringing amazing opportunities to people whose passions aren’t black and white. Inspired by working in a female-owned, independent business where everyone supports each other, Skyla loves learning from CEO Jo and follows the industry closely through networking and events. On the weekends, find Skyla lost in nature or browsing vintage stores.

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