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Meet the brightest thinkers and passionate leaders who work at Parallel UK

  • Managing Director

    Sam Altarafi

    Sam established Parallel Consulting, a boutique Analytics & Technology recruitment agency in 2004. Sam has always lived by the motto “blame no one, expect nothing, do something”. He knows what it takes to build a successful career in recruitment – a positive attitude, a proactive approach to work and an expectation that the job will be difficult but very rewarding. Not only has Sam accomplished personal success multiple times throughout his career, but he also has a proven ability to make Consultants into Top Billers and record breakers.

  • Director, Europe - Permanent Search

    Sean joined Parallel in 2018, and is one of our Sales Directors in our perm division. He boasts 25+ years of recruitment experience, and is an integral part of our senior leadership team. His knowledge lies within Data Recruitment, and has been a niche specialist since 1997. He helps to assist a variety of consultancies and End Clients throughout the UK, Europe, and the USA. When he’s not growing the team and upskilling them - he’s growing chillies in his garden! He also has an impressive pub in his backyard - all the essentials. 

  • Associate Director, Contracts Team, Europe

    Parminder Toor

    Parminder joined Parallel in 2017, with 15+ years of recruitment experience and is our Contracts Director. He is incredibly passionate about the “new gen” of recruiters - dedicating his time to developing them and showing them the ropes. The team pride itself on finding solutions to complex recruitment problems ensuring that clients and candidates receive the highest levels of service whilst ensuring satisfaction for all parties involved. 

  • Global Head of L&D

    Amel Steel

    Amel joined Parallel Consulting in 2022 to head up the global Learning & Development function following 16 successful years on the sales side of Recruitment, having worked in some of London’s largest accountancy & finance recruitment businesses, initially as a top billing Consultant and then leading and growing her own teams. 

    Amel has, for many years, had a love for developing those in her teams and outside of, as well as a real passion for coaching, training and personal development, a passion which grew and ultimately made her make the transition from sales to L&D, here at Parallel. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Amel’s mission is to deliver a best-in-class training Academy,  as well as build and train world class recruitment teams and leaders whilst driving both the people strategy and vision, globally.

  • Manager, Scandinavia

    Josh Kelly

    Josh joined Parallel in 2020, and specialises in Software recruitment, mostly in Scandinavia and the surrounding areas. He has over 6 years of experience, and is incredibly dedicated to his niche and building a reputable desk. When he’s not working hard, Josh enjoys being outdoors, trying new things and is the life and soul of the party.

  • Head of Talent Acquisition

    Lauren Cleary

    Lauren joined Parallel back in 2017, and has a total of 8 years of experience in the industry. She is incredibly dedicated to her role and the wider mission at Parallel, and is an integral part of our team. When she’s not working hard in the office, she is an avid shopper and traveller - partial to reality TV drama, whilst tucking into some delicious Italian food.

  • Manager, DACH team

    Thorge Block

    Thorge joined Parallel in 2020, and manages our DACH team focusing on Infrastructure, Network, Network Security and Information & IT Security. With 5 years of recruitment experience, Thorge brings a wealth of knowledge as well as a clear passion for recruitment. When he’s not in the office he can be found in the Highlands of Scotland with his wife and Ottie, his cute sausage dog or be found studying for his Executive MBA at Cranfield. 

  • UK Office & People Operations Manager

    Jade Campbell

    Jade joined Parallel back in 2018, after a wealth of experience at other recruitment and sales companies. She is incredibly dedicated to her role and the wider vision at Parallel, and is an integral part of our team. Jade keeps our office moving, managing all operational activities for our London office. Jade is also one of the co-founders of our Brand & People Operations team, with the focus on creating an office environment that is inspiring and fun to work in, but also in creating an environment where we put our employees first.

  • Delivery Manager, DACH team

    Mo Al-Hashimy

    Mo joined Parallel in 2019 and specialises in Information and IT Security. He loves building on his technical knowledge and showcasing this in conversation. His dedication to candidates and clients is second to none, and his technical knowledge enables him to build deep candidate networks. When he’s not at work, you’ll find him anywhere that is bursting with arts, culture, and good cuisine.

  • Manager, European Contracts

    Lewis Gage

    Lewis joined Parallel in 2018 and head ups the software Development practice within our Benelux contract team. With a total of 5 years of recruitment experience, he is dedicated to growing our offering from a de development perspective. A specialist within local compliance knowledge and a keen eye for quality code. The new focus for him is the growth and development of the Parallel’s contract team. When he’s not at work you can find Lewis in the gym!

  • Managing Consultant, Information & Cyber Security - European Contracts

    Jed Miller

    Jed joined Parallel in 2020, and heads up our Cybersecurity team on our Contracts team. With over 6 years of recruitment experience, Jed is dedicated to building in-depth relationships with clients and being the best recruitment partner to them possible. Born and bred in South London, Jed rightfully supports Crystal Palace, and of course loves football, boxing, and rugby.

  • Head of Brand, Marketing & Corporate Communications

    Kaitlin McAndrews

    Kaitlin joined Parallel back in 2017 to launch our Marketing & Brand Identity department here at Parallel. She is passionate in creating and executing successful communications, campaigns and content using strategies, creative collaboration, eye-catching design, engaging story-telling, up-to-date skills and extensive experience for a range of different audiences that Parallel caters to. When she's not in the office, you can find her looking for a pub to watch a Knicks game or searching for the best American food in London. 

North America Leadership

  • Senior Vice President

    John Bevan

    John joined Parallel back in 2012, as a fresh-faced grad who has climbed the ranks! He is responsible for growing our US enterprise. John always wanted to move abroad and luckily the chance to come to NY arrived! Since He’s been here he’s managed to travel to a large number of states and the surrounding countries – it makes living here addictive! When he’s not working or travelling, he’s with his dog, watching crime docs and Manchester United matches.

  • Vice President, Miami

    Dylan Tracey

    Dylan joined  Parallel Consulting in January 2022, following a successful 7.5 year career in retained, temporary and direct-hire recruitment. He is well versed in placing experienced software professionals across multiple industries and successfully spearheaded a global expansion for his previous firm, scaling it from 1 to 26 people and developing it into a $36mil enterprise. 

    In his down-time; he is a polite Arsenal fan, British Heart Foundation runner and avid reader. He has a four-year-old red poodle that knows everyone in the office on a first name basis!

  • Senior Manager, USA

    Noortje Jacobs

    Noortje joined Parallel back in 2018. She was born in Amsterdam, worked in the UK office for a few years and moved to New York 4 years ago to help set up our US office. She leads our Cyber and Cloud/Infrastructure team and has a total of 6 years of Recruitment experience. When she is not doing business development calls, she is changing diapers as she recently had a daughter. Loves being a working mom!


  • Manager, Data & Development

    Alex Hampton

    Alex joined Parallel just under two years ago, and works in our Data team. He covers senior leadership roles as well as Data Architecture/Engineering, BI, and Data Science. He loves engaging with Founders and Senior Leaders, learning about what their vision is and understanding what they look for in candidates in the market that goes beyond just their technical skills. Outside of work, Alex is a “stereotypical Australian” - Coffee, Beer, Sport, BBQ's Travelling,  not necessarily in that order. 

  • Senior Account Manager

    Claire Hynes

    Claire joined Parallel in March 2022, specialising in Cloud & Infrastructure from entry-level IT positions (1st line) right up to IT leadership roles (CTO) and everything in between. She has over 9 years of experience in recruitment in total, and has worked with clients in Financial Services, Consulting, Government/Federal, Aerospace, Insurance and Tech Start-ups including some very exciting “Unicorns”. Outside of work, Claire is an avid Marvel fan, and animal lover - especially her 7-year-old bulldog named Winston.