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Security Cleared Expo April 2024 – Meet the delegates

Posted on April 2024

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It is our pleasure to be exhibiting at the Security Cleared Expo on Thursday. This is our eighth year in attendance, and we’re looking forward to reconnecting face-to-face with our valued partners.

Our team of specialist consultants have twenty years of combined success in delivering recruitment solutions nationwide; read their bios below and find them at stand S81 to discuss how we can support your organisation.

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Stephen Walker, Senior Manager - Defence & Security

With over sixteen years of experience in recruitment, Stephen Walker is the Senior Manager of our Bristol Office. In this time he has seen success through establishing and managing a number of teams, and leads our Technology and Defence & Security divisions. His core areas of expertise are in business development, supplier and relationship management, senior appointments and the supply of highly technical requirements.

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Laura Surridge, Associate Consultant - Defence & Security

Laura brought her expertise from the Royal Air Force (RAF) to Venn Group in 2023, where she seamlessly transitioned into talent acquisition. Drawing upon her extensive background in UK defence and security, Laura excels in identifying and attracting top-tier professionals for crucial roles nationwide.

Eager to further advance at Venn Group, Laura is committed to nurturing strong interpersonal connections with both existing and prospective clients and candidates, ensuring continued success and growth.

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Jacob Rufus, Senior Consultant - Defence & Security

Jacob joined the Defence & Security team at Venn after graduating from the University of Portsmouth. He brings excellent communication skills, recruitment experience and regularly constructs long-lasting relationships with both candidates and clients.

He is a specialist regarding security clearances and has guided many candidates towards Engineering/IT roles where they have thrived. Jacob strongly believes that by working in the Defence & Security team he is not only supporting candidates and UK firms, but a wider community inclusive of veterans.

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Chloe Bailey, Senior Consultant - Defence & Security

Chloe has been working in recruitment for 1 year. She started off recruiting for engineering positions in Germany within Aerospace and Automotive companies. Since coming to Venn Group as a Senior Recruiter, Chloe joined the Defence and Security IT/Engineering team who specialise in finding SC and DV candidates’ jobs within market leading clients.

Chloe thrives on building long-lasting relationships with both candidates and clients through excellent communication and service. Chloe is looking forward to creating relationships with new contacts, further supporting her current clients, and continuing her progression at Venn Group.

If you would like to book an appointment with our team or discuss your recruitment requirements, please email