Meet The Team – ForeTwo Group
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Meet some of the team

Jeff Blakemore

As a Founding Director of ForeTwo Group, Jeff brings a wealth of Recruitment and Umbrella industry experience to the business, having previously worked as board member in both private equity and privately owned businesses alike.

Jeff’s expertise spans a number of years as a Director of a multi-disciplinary recruitment business, before becoming a Director at two well-known contractor payroll businesses. As Sales Director and a member of the Senior Management Team at Parasol (one of the largest providers in the market), he developed many key relationships across the industry, building successful teams and offering legislative and compliance support to many large industry brands. More recently, Jeff was appointed to the board of a well-established top tier Umbrella and Contactor Accountancy provider as Commercial Director. Over the years, he has helped many private and public sector recruitment agencies and their contractors navigate the ever changing legislative landscape.

Jeff’s vision is that ForeTwo becomes the go-to provider for outstanding service and the very best experience provided by a team who are all passionate about delivering excellence.

Outside of work, he spends much of his time with his wife Anna and their two children, Riley and Summer. His other interests include anything related to motorsports (Jeff is a self-confessed petrol head), sports in general, snowboarding mountain biking and other outdoors activity – usually the more adrenaline filled, the better!

Jeff Blakemore

Managing Director and Founder
Robert Easton

Robert is a qualified Accountant with over ten years experience in the Contractor Payroll sector, and a co-founder of ForeTwo Group.

Previously, he was Group Head of Finance and part of the Senior Management Team at Parasol, one of the largest providers in the UK market and more recently, Director of the largest Contractor payroll providers in Australia. He consistently contributed to the success of these businesses and gained a thorough understanding of the contractor payroll market, working within several private equity backed businesses. He brings a huge amount of experience working with complex multi-faceted payroll and finance operations to ForeTwo.

Outside of work, Robert enjoys spending time with his wife Alison, son Harry and their dogs. In between looking after the family and dogs, he is a keen amateur triathlete who enjoys outdoor pursuits.

Robert Easton

Director and Founder
Brenton Henderson

Brenton has been in the contracting and payroll industry for over 19 years having built a successful career on a platform of leading-edge technology and expert business management.

Brenton began his career in Oracle-based enterprise software development for the Department of Defence in Canberra, Australia before heading to the UK. As an independent contractor, Brenton worked as a senior IT consultant with leading UK corporations including KPMG and Prudential Life and Pensions. During this time, he subsequently identified a clear gap in the market for bringing together technology and contractor payroll services. Brenton’s intimate knowledge of the recruitment and financial industries was crucial in the establishment of Oncore Services, where he is a Founding Director. Brenton has a BAppSc in Mathematics and is also a Founder and Director of software service provider Gensolve in Australia and New Zealand. He brings a great deal of both tech knowledge and contractor payroll experience to the Board of ForeTwo.

Outside of work, when Brenton isn’t spending time with his family, he’s a keen sports enthusiast who loves rugby, Aussie rules, of course!

Brenton Henderson

Director
Grant Gee

Grant is a highly experienced CFO and qualified Accountant with over 19 years experience within the contractor accounting and payroll industry in Australia. He is also Group CFO to Oncore Group and a Partner in ITG Accountants.

Grant brings expert financial and accounting skills to the Board, ensuring the company achieves successful growth every year. Grant is also involved in business strategy development and operating systems, delivering scaled development to ensure the company’s success.

When he’s not working, Grant loves to spend time with his family and is an avid sports fan.

Grant Gee

Director
Lynne Bird

Lynne has over 20 years payroll and operations experience. Earlier in her career, she worked in contractor payroll for Roevin Recruitment (part of the Adecco Group) and then worked her way up to become Operations Manager at Paystream, where she was involved in helping to grow the business by developing and fine tuning payroll and operational processes.

After a number of successful years there, Lynne moved on to become the Group Payroll Manager for EMR, where again she was involved in analysing the processes and providing first class service for all employees and other stakeholders in the business. Lynne’s ethos is attention to detail… attention to detail… attention to detail. In other words, get it right first time!

When Lynne isn’t in the office, she spends most of her time entertaining her young son, Connor and spending time with family and friends. Lynne also enjoys socialising, meeting new people, dining out and has a love for horses.

Lynne Bird

Head of Payroll and Operations
Dion Mitchell

Dion is a highly experienced Chartered Accountant, having gained his experience in both the UK and Australian Umbrella and Contractor Accountancy industry.

For the last 7 years, he has been based in London (where he qualified) and during this time, he has been involved in all aspects of running a contractor payroll and accountancy business. This includes the day to day Head Office finance operation to engaging with Contractor Payroll and Accountancy software providers such as Xero and FreeAgent. Dion brings a unique skill-set having qualifications in both the UK and Australian markets and also holds postgraduate qualifications in Corporate Finance.

In his spare time, Dion enjoys travelling, linguistics and languages, martial arts and boxing.

Dion Mitchell

Head of Finance
Sanjay Tailor

Sanjay has been in the contractor payroll and accountancy industry for over 7 years now and has a great deal of experience dealing with Umbrella, Limited Company (PSC) plus a great understanding around compliance and legislation.

Sanjay began his career in recruitment and gained some great success in short amount of time and moved onto into the Umbrella industry and took a serious step back in 2012 and also worked for some recognised umbrella’s including Parasol and developed some very key accounts working as business development manager.

Sanjay is very passionate about his role within this industry and prides himself on giving a very quality service and ensuring his clients come first and are looked after with total transparency and believes in going the extra mile!

In his spare time he has a real passion for the entertainment industry and has even been featured on BBC Radio one and been backed by Hip hop’s very own Charlie Sloth including making hip hop music so a multi skilled rapper / relationship manger with some great talent and was recently part of a black eyed peas tribute band called the black eyed teaz his clients regular ask him to the rap on the phone even in the offices with a few videos on linked in too he is a valued member of the team!

Sanjay Tailor

Senior Relationship Manager
Shelley Mercer

Shelley honed her professional sales and relationship building skills working in the Medical Equipment sector, selling into both the NHS and private hospitals. With over 10 years sales and relationship building experience. Shelley is passionate about delivering the very highest level of service, whilst building and supporting customer relationships. Shelley describes herself as someone who is always positive, very approachable and always wearing a smile. Shelley enjoys spending time with friends and family, and can occasionally be found relaxing in a Warrior Three Pose! When not doing yoga, she likes to go on the odd adventure (climbing trees); supporting her local rugby team – Warrington Wolves, and dining out… she has been known to enjoy the odd glass of Red wine… or two

Shelley Mercer

Relationship Manager
Nikki Lee

Nikki has over 14 years’ experience in the contractor payroll and accountancy industry. She has a wealth industry knowledge and experience dealing with Umbrella, Limited Company (PSC) and CIS solutions, with a strong focus on compliance, legislative issues and operational processes.

Working for Brookson, one of the UK’s leading contract accountants, she started her career working within the payroll department, before progressing through customer services and sales, where she was a Managing a team of consultants.

Nikki describes herself as thorough and is focussed on providing contractors the very best possible advice and support, She is also extremely driven once she has a goal in sight. Out of work, she loves to spend time with her family, their dogs, Frankie and Mitzi and their parrot, Mojo. Nikki is a vegetarian, loves travelling and enjoys the occasional cocktail.

Nikki Lee

Sales Operations Manager