Meet the Squad

Who We Are

The Hargreaves Squad is made up of strong, independent individuals that genuinely give a sh*t about recruitment!

Having the best interests of candidates and clients is something we are very passionate about and have been for the last 21 years

The squad predominantly work from home but despite this, are a very close team and enjoy many team events such as spa days, monthly meetings and nights out. This keeps the team morale boosted and the Hargreaves cogs turning to ensure we are always providing THE BEST service

We have sector specific consultants that work alongside us to deliver the best possible recruitment experience for all involved. You can read about each member of the team below!

Our highly experienced team

Leanne Makinson

creator & founder

Leanne Makinson

Leanne is the creator and founder of Hargreaves Recruitment

Leanne has worked in recruitment for the last 21 years, initially starting out as an agency recruiter then moving into internal recruitment for 11 years of her career, working with businesses that had never invested in recruitment before.

Leanne formed Hargreaves Recruitment back in 2017 after being made redundant three time in a row, it’s a business she is incredibly proud of

Leanne isn’t your typical recruiter and this isn’t your typical recruitment consultancy (I know your probably thinking yeah alright and rolling your eyes right now). Leanne has created a business that has a strong foundation of like minded individuals that want to make a difference in the recruitment industry and there are some pretty solid plans for Hargreaves to evolve with this in mind. Not forgetting the Goodies page she have already created which can be found HERE.  

Outside of work, Leanne is a full-time dog Mum to Koba the cane Corso (aka the horse) and on the occasions she isn’t found working, she will be out travelling with her dog child, Koba

Rhiannon Woods

Business Partner

Rhiannon Woods

Rhiannon joined the squad in 2021 and is responsible for operation and project management. Rhiannon works predominantly behind the scenes of Hargreaves, supporting Leanne and the growth of the company. She has worked in a broad range of sectors including Real Estate, HR, and Accounts, and joined the Hargreaves squad as a new venture after having her little boy.

Outside of work, Rhiannon is generally out on her partner’s farm or taking their two boys to motocross. She does enjoy the odd vodka when time allows!




Koba (AKA ‘the horse’) is Leanne’s pride and joy. She is a gentle giant and you will often see her on our social media platforms doing what she does best… strutting her stuff!

Laurence Stubbs

Laurence has 20+ years’ experience in the recruitment industry, working with a wide variety of companies from multinational corporations through to start ups. He has placed people locally and internationally and has a great track record in developing long term, profitable relationships with clients. He has recruited at senior and middle management level in finance, IT, sales and logistics, in contingency and retained assignments. He is also up to date with the latest methods of sourcing hard to find talent. Away from recruitment he is a long-suffering Crystal Palace Football Club supporter, meaning that he is an eternal optimist and as the father of twin boys he has energy and patience to spare (no recruitment assignment is harder than playing never ending games of garden cricket).

Viktorija Tarakavičiūtė

A few years after finishing her studies and trying to find her ‘purpose in life, Viktorija joined the Hargreaves team in 2019 and has been helping with business development since then. Viktorija has an eye for detail and mainly focuses on the research and analysis of the market. Outside of work, Viktorija loves to explore new places with her boyfriend and their dog ‘Cooper’ and never says no to Italian or Mexican food!’

Khaleeqa Bostan

Freelance marketing and social media content creator and video editor. Currently studying a degree in graphic design. Khaleeqa completed a level 3 digital marketing apprenticeship which kickstarted her career and has been freelancing for different companies ever since, getting involved in various events, campaigns and was a finalist at the BAME Apprenticeship Awards. Outside of work, Khaleeqa enjoys crafting and painting and runs a small Etsy business she opened in 2020.

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