About NES Fircroft
With over 90 years’ combined experience of delivering workforce solutions to the global energy industry, NES Fircroft is proud to be the world’s leading engineering staffing provider spanning the Oil & Gas, Power & Renewables, Infrastructure, Life Sciences, Mining, Automotive and Chemicals sectors worldwide.
We provide tailored staffing solutions, sourced from a global talent pool by a dedicated, discipline specific team of consultants.
We are a people focused business and have access to the best talent wherever it may be in the world. NES Fircroft offers a full range of staffing solutions: Contract, Permanent (Direct) Hire, Managed Solutions, or a fully outsourced service. These services are complemented by an industry leading support service and global mobility package to ensure our clients keep hold of the top talent in a compliant manner for as long as they need it.
Celebrating 5 decades of success
In 1978, Northenden Engineering Services was established by co-founders, Geoff Lloyd and Bryan Sullivan.
The company was known as NES International, NES Overseas and often simply “NES” before becoming NES Global Talent as part of a re-branding exercise in 2011. The business grew impressively and was sold to AEA Investors in 2012 for £234m, more than three times as much as it was valued six years previously.
Since then, we went through a major merger with Fircroft (September 2020) to become NES Fircroft - our combined reach makes us true world-leaders in technical and engineering workforce solutions.
Strong financial base
We have been able to make 7 strategic acquisitions in the last 5 years, adding Energy People, RC consultants, Sure Flow, Frontica Advantage, Ziegler’s Oilfield Consulting, Redbock and Bedrock Petroleum Consultants to our portfolio.
Supporting energy transformation
We began our journey as one of the leading oil and gas staffing providers in the industry, but as the company has grown and evolved so has our reach in to new sectors and we have successfully transferred the NES brand into complementary sectors such as Power, Renewables and Life Sciences.
Our vision is to provide the expertise which supports our clients as they accelerate the transition to sustainable energy production and secure a brighter future for generations to come.
Meet the Team
Managing Director - Americas
Roland joined NESF as a Recruitment Consultant in early 2005 after obtaining a BA (Hons) in Law and Management in Aberdeen, Scotland. He has progressed to Managing Director of the Americas operation following a number of successful years in Aberdeen, Calgary and Houston. Roland's operational and sales contributions have led to significant growth of NESF's footprint and services in the Americas, through securing a number of client contracts that have led to substantial opportunity.
Chief Finance Director
Steve joined in 2007 and oversees all the Group’s support functions including the company’s global compliance department.He has contributed significantly to the success of NESF, supporting the international growth of the company, improving the management of working capital and leading a number of bank fundraisings, including a £105m refinancing in 2012 and two in 2018 for $215m and $60m.Prior to joining the company, Steve was the Group Finance Director at The Funding Corporation from 2002 to 2007 and a partner at Arthur Andersen from 1999 to 2002.
Group HR Director
Peter Burke, Group HR Director, joined in 2014.In a career of over 25 years, Peter has held various senior management and board level roles for large multi-site organisations within the service sector.
Director of Risk
Ian leads all compliance and risk management activity for NES Fircroft. He has previously held a number of operational finance roles in NES Fircroft, including Regional Financial Director roles covering Africa, Americas, Europe and UK operations. Ian has dedicated himself to supporting NES Fircroft people to have the best possible experiences with the organisation. This has included a focus on bringing more female and ethnic minority colleagues through to leadership levels, both through driving organisation-wide ESG initiatives and through personal mentoring and coaching.
Vicki joined in 2015 and has over 20 years experience in Business to Business Marketing. She is a Chartered Marketer and Cambridge graduate. Vicki specialises in brand and communications and has worked in a variety of service sectors including: IT, Telco, Financial Services and Social Housing. Vicki is also a Certified Digital Marketer and a qualified Helicopter pilot.
Group Finance Director
Lee joined in 2008 and is responsible for the finance and support operations across the globe. Lee attained a BA in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Sheffield in 1998 and trained to become an ICAEW qualified accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Manchester. Lee and his team deliver an industry-leading support service that facilitate the ever growing footprint of the business with extremely efficient and effective regional support teams in Houston, Manchester, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.
Chief Operating Officer
Simon Coton joined NES Global Talent in 1995 as a recruiter, and progressed up to his current role leading NES operations in 2008. In that time he has been a key part of the executive team, delivering the sale to AEA investors in 2012, securing a number of refinancing deals, and making 7 strategic and value adding acquisitions.Under Simon's leadership NES has expanded its operations to 66 physical locations around the globe, expanded its sector focus, and grown its turnover to over $1.8 billion.
Managing Director - Middle East, UK, Europe & Africa
Darren joined in 2002 and established NES Global Talent in the Middle East region . He leads seven offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Khobar, Erbil, Basra, Muscat, and Doha.Passionate about recruitment“Clients are looking for commitment, expertise and loyalty to finishing a project. They face challenges such as budgets, talent and skills gaps in engineering and retention of staff – key issues that get tougher for our clients as globalisation increases.""Candidates in today's world are required to be flexible in terms of work location. As well as look to continually develop and improve specific industry qualifications in order to invest in their own careers to add greater value and remain competitive in the market"
The son of Fircroft’s founder, John Johnson, Johnathan took over the Fircroft business as CEO in 2007. With his extensive knowledge in the global workforce solutions industry he continued to develop relationships with key global clients, and focused on using the experience he had gained over the years to refine and grow the business.Johnathan was appointed Executive Director of NES Fircroft in 2020 and is dedicated to helping NES Fircroft continue to raise the bar, ensuring an excellent service and experience, for all candidates and clients.
Chief Executive Officer
Tig joined the Board of NES Global Talent in 2013 and became CEO in 2014. With a successful career spanning more than 25 years, Tig previously worked as operating partner at AEA Investors LP, which bought NES Global Talent in 2012. Prior to that he was CEO of Adecco Group North America and held senior management roles at IBM, PwC and Price Waterhouse.Tig also serves on the Board of Directors of Lennar, Work Market, and Gypsum Management and Supply.Tig holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, Columbia University and a BS in Systems Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Virginia.
Global Talent Acquisition Director
As Global Director for Talent Acquisition, Janine manages the internal Talent Acquisition team for NES Fircroft. Having worked for NES Fircroft for over 10 years, with 20 years industry experience, Janine is passionate about developing the ongoing strategy to find specialists and the future leaders of NES Fircroft. Prior to managing the Talent Acquisition function, Janine held a number of positions within NES Fircroft including Global Account Manager within Oil Field Services, and Regional RPO Manager for Middle East. Janine is also a mentor within the organization, working with individuals across regions to help them reach their full potential.
Mark Le Vesconte
Group Finance Director
Mark joined NES Fircroft in 2006 and has since developed a deep understanding of the business whilst playing the key role in numerous UK and overseas debt and equity transactions over the last 15 years. A Chartered Accountant, Mark is responsible for all Group Finance activity and leads with passion in maintaining an outstanding service in the delivery of quality financial information to the executive team and other NES Fircroft stakeholders, whilst using his wealth of experience to deliver strategic financing and M&A objectives, most notably securing a $100m senior facility refinance in September 2022.
Group IT Director
Chris joined as Group IT Director in 2019 with over 20 years’ IT leadership experience gained in logistics, aviation and tour operations.Chris has a strong business and customer focus and aims to leverage technology solutions for business advantage. Chris manages IT strategically and cost-efficiently by making business decisions about technology acquisitions, building IT roadmaps to business ends, harnessing the value of existing investments and assembling and focusing IT teams to innovate and deliver.
Managing Director - NES Advantage Solutions
Jens brings over 10 years of experience in managed solutions and management consulting and has been with NES since 2016. Jens achieved an MBA from INSEAD and his strengths lie in streamlining and diversifying business activities to ensure success.
Senior Vice President
Craig joined NES Global Talent as a Recruitment Consultant in late 1998, Glasgow, Scotland. He has progressed to Senior Vice President of the Americas at NES Fircroft, following several successful years in Glasgow, Calgary, and now Houston. Whilst progressing through the company Craig has continued to develop his knowledge of key sectors and technical disciplines, and excels in delivering solutions and client development. Craig runs our global key account program, as well as operationally driving substantial growth in the Americas.
Shalena heads up the Baker Hughes account, an industry award-winning Global Account within NESFircroft, employing over 130 dedicated account personnel, supplying both RPO and MSP services across 73 countries in 6 regions. Shalena has over 17 years of international recruitment experience, based out of Singapore, Perth, Dubai and most recently, Houston. Her industry expertise spans Fullstream Oil & Gas, Energy Transition, Digital Technology, Corporate Functions, Supply Chain and Manufacturing. She has led highly successful, multi-functional and geographical teams in program exploration, design, implementation, and performance delivery, in complex matrix environments. Her track record includes exceeding client performance metric goals related to diversity, delivery timescales, customer satisfaction and compliance. Shalena holds an MBA in Human Resource Management.
Glen joined in 2022 after more than twenty-five years of private practice. Before joining NES Fircroft, Glen worked for a leading national law firm. He focused on complex business disputes and catastrophic injury claims, and represented clients across energy, manufacturing, heavy equipment, technology, and automotive. He also represented NES Fircroft for many years. “As a result of rapidly evolving economic and political climates and increased government regulation worldwide, NES Fircroft and its customers face unique legal challenges in the various jurisdictions in which they operate. I am excited to help the company navigate these complicated issues so that we can provide the best possible service for our customers.
Managing Director - Asia Pacific
Matt is passionate about recruitment and has more than 20 years’ recruitment experience. He is responsible for leading teams across Asia and Australasia and is focused on growing existing business and diversifying into new markets. Asia’s quest to secure its own energy future is fuelling investment and growth of energy infrastructure previously undreamed of. With enormous untapped reserves, Australia is increasingly seen as a part of the East Asian energy solution and inextricably linked both in its geographical proximity, and its trade and political ties. With a wealth of mega-projects underway, securing talent for our clients to bring projects to fruition is his key focus.
Awards & Accolades
NES Fircroft prides itself on delivering quality, award winning services. Our success is based upon establishing a culture of excellence throughout the organisation and putting customer satisfaction at the centre of everything we do.
Top Staffing Firm
Each year, the World Staffing Award selects the Top Staffing Companies to work for.
We're delighted to announce that in 2022, NES Fircroft made it not only into the top 100, but we came 2nd!
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion award
We were recognised for the work we are doing to advance equity and cultivate a diverse, inclusive workspace.
APSCo Recruitment Company of the Year
“Best Recruitment Company over 250m Turnover” award.
The APSCo awards are the most prestigious accolade in recruitment, they are a unique indicator of professional standards in staffing.
APSCo International Recruitment Company of the Year
Ann Swain, CEO of APSCo:
“After a time of incredible challenges and opportunities for the staffing sector, it’s amazing to see that Trusted Partners have continued to deliver the best services"
Best Large Recruitment Business
The Global Recruiter Awards celebrate the best in recruitment and attract entries from the UK’s finest recruitment companies, suppliers, and individuals, celebrating best practices and innovation in the industry.
Best International Recruitment Company (2021)
We were delighted to win this award for the third year running
The “TIARAs” recognise excellence, innovation and growth in the recruitment sector across 16 award categories.
Best Contract Recruitment Company (ME 2021)
Judges praised us for: “impressive and sustained growth, innovation and advanced technology solutions to help clients and candidates overcome geographical constraints and streamline processes.”
Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions, listed NES Fircroft in its 2022 report on the Largest Global Staffing Firms. The 100 companies represent 42% of staffing revenue in the global market.
The NES Fircroft Foundation was established in 2022 to bring our teams together across the world and leverage our scale to make a greater difference in our local communities and the global environment in which we operate.
With over 80 offices around the globe NES Fircroft has a diverse workforce and we recognise, respect and value the diverse nature of the wider society in which we operate.
However we do not feel it is enough to simply implement procedures in line with equality legislation and we have broadened our approach to ensure we are working towards being market leaders in tackling diversity issues and are supporting our clients to achieve their diversity goals.
Our customers are at the centre of everything we do.
- Our first priority is to deliver safe, efficient and effective workforce solutions that help our clients meet their objectives to transform their businesses for the future.
- Contractors and candidates are valued customers. We aim to offer employment opportunities in local communities or worldwide where their skills are needed.
- Our support teams are dedicated to enabling and empowering their colleagues to ensure we can continue to supply leading engineering talent on projects that make a difference.
We do the right things in the right way every time.
- Personal integrity and responsibility are the foundations of our business, and we own our responsibility to our customers, colleagues and shareholders. We differentiate our workforce solutions on the basis of compliance and hold ourselves and our suppliers to the highest standards to protect our people and those in our supply chains.
- We are committed to minimising our impact on the environment and supporting projects that are fundamental to the global energy transition, carbon neutral projects and renewable energy, as well as innovations in power, chemicals and life sciences.
We bring passion and determination to our work every day.
- We work harder and smarter to improve quality and standards within our profession.
- We look to grow and develop our own talent, providing employment opportunities all over the world.
- We give back to those around us and in our communities supporting local causes where we can make a real difference
Our business is dynamic and customised to the needs and opportunities of the local markets where we compete.
- We are creative, adaptive and innovative to ensure we evolve with our clients to meet their changing needs and also those of our planet.
- We look for new opportunities to improve our processes and evolve our working practices.
We work together as one team, always.
- Our collaboration – globally and locally – sets us apart.
- We strive to be the best in our industry, for our employees, our customers and for future generations.
- We recognise, respect and value diversity; it makes us better.
Our services are underpinned by a management system framework focused on governance, compliance and improvement. We integrate processes to secure conformity, seek customer satisfaction and give assurances that support our business, that safeguard employees and other stakeholders, and that promote sustainability
Our policy and business practices are aligned to the international standards of ISO9001 Quality Management, ISO14001 Environmental Management and ISO45001 Occupational Health & Safety Management.
Formal certification for the ‘provision of staffing solutions to industry and professions’ is in place across our head office and specific regional offices in Australia, Canada, UK, and USA. Our management system, its principles and defined processes are however implemented across the global business involving employees at all levels.
We shall continue to focus on continual improvement in line with business growth and expansion, and to continue to apply the core elements of our management systems across our global business.
Assurance and Satisfaction
Being ISO certified ensures that we maintain consistency in our internal processes and enables us to deliver a high level of satisfaction to both candidates and clients. Customers can be confident that we are listening to their needs and delivering staffing solutions to meet both their requirements and any legislative obligations, no matter where in the world they may be. Customer feedback enables us to act on these assurances by monitoring satisfaction levels, determining improvements and taking appropriate action.
Customer Focus Surveys are conducted regularly across the global business; A Net Promoter System® (NPS) is implemented as a basis for these surveys across all customer groups, with further questions incorporated to gauge overall relationship and satisfaction.
We offer jobs across the engineering spectrum including within oil & gas, power & renewables, life sciences and mining
Oil & Gas
We've staffed some of the world's most pioneering offshore, midstream and LNG projects
Downstream & Chemical
We help complex chemical and petrochemical facilities with their operations and turnarounds
Renewable & Alternative Energy
We support all areas, from wind, solar and hydrogen, to battery storage and energy from waste
From biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, to medical devices, commercial and regulatory affairs
Our service around capital / large projects makes us the premier staffing partner in this space
Construction & Infrastructure
We hire all levels of technical, managerial and supervisory personnel across many disciplines
Regions we operate in
We have a large network of offices across Canada, coast-to-coast USA, The Caribbean and Latin America
Our teams are committed to supporting nationalisation strategies and partner with the region's biggest energy companies
Europe & CIS
Our office network spans the European continent, from Oslo to Paris, and contains our global head-quarters in Manchester
From North to South East Asia, we have a broad array of offices to offer clients a truly localised and on the ground recruitment service
We have offices across Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea, holding prime vendor status on some of the region's largest engineering projects
NES Fircroft has extensive experience supporting the continent’s major oil & gas developments and has mobilised over 1,000 technically skilled personnel to remote locations and offshore.