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Meet the Team

Martin O'Brien

Martin O'Brien

Director, Finance

Martin is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) and has worked in the recruitment sector since 2001, having previously held senior finance positions in the retail sector. As well as being Head of Finance at Vital, Martin heads up the IT and Fleet operations. He also chairs the Group legislative committee which oversees and ensures the Grou...

Gary Hardaker

Gary Hardaker

Executive Director, Rail

​Gary is an experienced account director who provides strategic support to our clients and our wider account team. Gary is the account director for existing Network Rail contracts and uses his knowledge and experience on current contracts to drive the continuous review and improvement of our compliance activity. Gary drives delivery internall...

Mohammed Ajaz

Mohammed Ajaz

Executive Director, Solutions

With over 22 years’ experience in recruitment, 18 of which in rail and civils recruitment, Mohammed is an experienced account director managing a team of 20 recruitment consultants and support staff. He has successfully positioned his team, company and clients at the forefront of the rail industry and his ability to build long term business r...

Craig Sutcliffe

Craig Sutcliffe

Executive Director, Resources

An experienced director with 25 years’ service, who has operated as Managing Director and now Executive Director for Vital Resources. Originally from a construction background as a commercial QS, his keen eye on contracts means he sits on the group legislation committee. His contracting background has enabled diversification from building ser...

John Smith

John Smith

Director

Vital was founded in 1983 in Manchester by engineer John Smith as a design consultancy and a professional and technical recruitment business. After developing a UK network of offices and overseas businesses in the Middle East, Australia and Hong Kong, Vital has since evolved to encompass contracting businesses across many industry sectors. In...

Alun Thomas

Alun Thomas

Director, Resources

​Recruitment Director with over 20 years’ experience. Responsible for the following areas: London, South East, Midlands, North West, South West & Wales. Excellent understanding of the ‘National Agreement Engineering Construction Industry’ (NAECI). Supporting a vast number of ECIA Members on Major Build and R&M Projects. Oversees all a...

David Adams

David Adams

Associate Director, Rail

​David joined Vital as Operations Manager in April 2015 and has over 15 years’ railway industry experience. After graduating with a degree in Construction Management he began in construction recruitment before moving into the rail sector in 2001. David manages our client relationships along with overseeing the strategic recruitment of conting...

Scott Mayle

Scott Mayle

Director, Rail Projects

​A business leader, experienced in managing multidisciplinary programmes of design and construction, specialising in the delivery of Rail, with experience in Signalling and Electrification Schemes, practiced in CDM and CSM. Scott has a drive for developing individuals, building teams and creating an environment for enthusiasm, success and pro...

Adam Smith

Adam Smith

Associate Director, Rail

​Adam began working for Vital in 2013 after studying for a Business Management BSc degree at Newcastle University. Starting off working with the HSQE division, Adam has taken a leading role in the opening of new, strategic offices, business development, key client liaison, service delivery and tendering. Adam has extensive expertise managing ...

Mark Wallis

Mark Wallis

Key Account Director, Rail

​A fully adept Account Director with a passionate, strategic outlook, a can-do attitude and a commitment to deliver. Six years’ experience in the military covering a multitude of roles including seven months experience in the Arabian Gulf with a US Carrier Strike Group and seven months patrolling the Falkland Islands. Resilient and tenacious ...