Meet the Team at Next Phase Recruitment

Meet the Team

At Next Phase we are all passionate about innovations in Life Sciences. Based in a busy office in the centre of Horsham, West Sussex, our supportive team will always handle your enquiries with the highest professional standards. Each of us has undertaken extensive recruitment training, in line with APSCo standards. Also, unlike many consultancies, we do not work to unnecessary KPIs. For us, it is about excellent service, not treating people like pound signs in order to hit personal sales targets. Learn more about us below; and please call us any time on 01403 216216 for a conversation about how we can help you.

Steve Twinley

Managing Director / Life Science Recruiter

Steve likes wearing mismatched socks and listening to heavy metal, but is otherwise ok. He recruits across Clinical and Commercial roles within Pharma organisations. Steve joined the business in 2006 with a Psychology degree and became MD in 2016

James Hume

Head of Science & Innovation

If James had his own theme tune, it would be "The One And Only" by Chesney Hawkes. James has a degree in Geology and has specialised, since 2013, in recruiting Scientific professionals into Biotech companies and other innovation businesses across the UK. 

Adrienn Prezenszki

Scientific & Technical Recruitment Specialist

Adrienn is originally from Hungary and loves singing and dancing. She has a degree in Music and English and worked as a Customer Service Team Leader until moving into Recruitment in August 2016, specialising in different areas of Validation 

Steve Smith

Head of Rare Diseases & Gene Therapy

Steve is a man of two extremes; on one hand he loves to be on the stage of a very loud, large and rammed venue, playing host to some pretty outrageous music whilst on the other there is nothing he likes more than to lace up his walking boots and heads for the hills (whatever the weather!) to escape people altogether!

Alex Butcher

Senior Recruitment Specialist - Life Sciences

Alex would love to say she enjoys relaxing and a good book. However with 2 young children life is more parks, mud, and saying things she never thought she'd ever say as a parent. Alex specialises in the Biotech and Advanced Therapy sectors in the UK and Europe

Julie McEwan

Recruitment Specialist, Medical Device Engineering & Human Factors Design

Julie is a keen runner and goes through books like Johnny 5 from Short Circuit. She rejoined the company in March 2017 after some time working within the Medical Device industry in order to grow our specialist offering in Human Factors.

Matt Alder

Life Sciences Recruitment Specialist

Matt joined Next Phase Recruitment in July 2019 as part of the team specialising in the Biotech sector.

Having previously worked in construction supplies recruitment, followed by eight years in the Metropolitan Police, Matt is excited to use his tenacity and people skills to help science professionals find their perfect role.

Deborah Hunter

Senior Manufacturing Contracts Recruiter

Deborah is a highly experienced contract recruiter, specialising in Manufacturing Engineering, particularly Automation, Controls and Validation within Life Science manufacturing.  

Paul Duffy

HEOR & Market Access Recruitment Specialist

Paul has over 20 years' recruitment experience and specialises in HEOR & Market Access & Interim recrutiment. He has his own consultancy, HEORec Ltd, and formed a partnership with Next Phase in August 2019.

Being Northern, Paul approaches life with a friendly, chatty style. He deals with the stresses and challenges of recruitment with a smile; and very occasionally his jokes have actually been slightly amusing.

Sue Wood

Recruitment Specialist Life Science, IT & Engineering

As a self-labelled ‘Recruitment Dinosaur’ there is nothing Sue hasn’t seen or done! This gives her a vast knowledge to help others, something which she particularly enjoys.

Shane Lees

LIMS & Digital Lab Specialist

Shane has a borderline obsession with Football Manager and political history, making him great at pub quizzes. Shane specialises in LIMS and Digital Lab recruitment.

Brian Tappy

Principal Recruiter - Life Science

After 20+ years here, Brian has just about served his apprenticeship and must be doing something vaguely right! Brian loves working with an endless diversification of people, making this job amazing (most of the time……)

Miles Hunt


Miles is a leading international recruitment and talent management entrepreneur, as well as the Chairman of APSCo. Miles joined Next Phase in December 2016.

Claire Hales

Office Manager

Claire hails from the sandy shores of Australia and is an avid runner and netball enthusiast. Having an extensive background in Hospitality and Events Management, she decided to transfer her skills to recruitment and joined the Next Phase team in 2017.

Sarah Seaford

Finance Manager

Sarah likes nothing more than being right... which is why she chose to work with numbers. Sarah has over 14 years' experience as a Financial Controller / Manager in the recruitment and retail sectors.

Louise Williams

Accounts & Payroll

Louise is 1672805 28357737 650090099 463 3859385 1184830 (more a numbers person than a words person!). Louise loves Microsoft Excel and has a keyring to prove it.

Simon Lawton

Finance Director

Simon has an extensive track record as a Finance Director in rapidly growing entrepreneurial businesses. Simon joined Next Phase in December 2016.