About Us

We are a Bournemouth based Recruitment & HR Consultancy who specialise in sourcing and retaining the best talent for UK wide companies working in the Property, Construction, Marketing, Finance and Accounting sectors.

Our Story

Where we came from, what we do and what we want to achieve...

Formed in 2015 and with over 25 years’ combined Recruitment & HR experience, Intalent was created to meet the needs of Business Owners who want a more collaborative, long-term, partnership-based approach towards their recruitment and retention of staff.

More and more companies are bringing their Recruitment & HR Functions in-house because they feel dissatisfied with their existing external providers in their ability to deliver great talent and an excellent level of HR service.

Intalent solves this ‘pain’ for Business Owners by delivering a bespoke range of Recruitment and/or HR solutions to each and every client we work with that champions the sourcing skills of an executive search firm, with the focus, knowledge and engagement of an in-house function.

Our goal is to become the go-to Recruitment & HR Consultancy in Bournemouth, Poole, Southampton and throughout the rest of the UK.

Intalent Discussing Potential Candidates
Intalent Searching For Potential Candidates
Intalent Recruitment Meeting
Matthew Working In The Kitchen

Our Four Steps to Resourcing Success

A simplified framework to underpin your Recruitment & HR function

Research & Planning
Understand the full DNA of the role, team, company, values, culture etc.
Sourcing Strategy
Once we know exactly what the perfect candidate looks like, we use advanced online search techniques & social media to headhunt the most suitable talent.
Connect, Engage & Hire
Once we have connected, engaged and interviewed our selected talent pool, we will support you in negotiating and hiring the best matched candidate.
HR Framework
We will support you in building a robust, HR framework and enhancing your employee value proposition (EVP) to ensure you develop and keep your best talent.

Our Values

We aim to deliver these core values in everything we do

Delivering honesty, transparency and respect at every interaction
Working together to exceed expectations and achieve long term success
Persevering to achieve the desired solution without compromise
Caring for the people we place, the clients we support and the industry we love

Meet The Team

This is us....we're passionate about delivering a best-in-class service to all our clients and candidates


Founder and Director

After an early career in financial services, working with large blue-chip organisations – Barclays, Zurich Insurance and PricewaterhouseCoopers; Matthew’s recruitment career started in 2003 as the result of a chance meeting in a bar in Sydney, Australia whilst in the middle of a 12 month round-the-world adventure.

That meeting led to Matthew joining Freespirit Consulting who provide support and talent management services to contractors, obtaining a four-year sponsorship in the process. 12 months later, Matthew joined the International Student Placement Centre (ISPC), which has since been bought out by Sydney University. This was a cold desk start, where Matthew was responsible for recruiting a high volume of international students into 6 – 12 month internship placements across Sydney. Through his successful experiences in Australia, Matthew realised he was far better at working with people than numbers and in 2005 Matthew returned to the UK to continue his career in recruitment and HR.

This career path took Matthew to various roles, companies and industries including Bournemouth & Poole College, Merlin Entertainments, Agincare and finally onto Platinum Property Partners. During these roles, Matthew successfully headhunted for positions up to Managing Director level, as well as leading high volume recruitment projects.

A full member of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals, Matthew’s success was awarded 'Highly Commended' status as runner-up in the 'Best In-house Recruitment Manager' category at the 2013 National In-house Recruitment Awards. He was then asked to be a judge at the 2014 National In-house Recruitment Awards and in the same year was shortlisted for James Caan's Recruitment Entrepreneur Program.

Following this in-house success and over three years of research, Matthew felt there was a gap in the market for a company who could provide the talent sourcing expertise of a seasoned headhunter, with the HR knowledge and service quality levels of an In-house Recruitment & HR Manager.

As a result of this, Matthew launched Intalent (called ‘Myinhouse Recruitment’ initially) in February 2015. Matthew is an active contributor of recruitment expertise on LinkedIn and Twitter and has been featured in a variety of recruitment related news articles. He has also been the monthly recruitment expert for House Magazine - giving his thoughts and opinions on the latest recruitment trends and hot topics.

Outside of work, Matthew is happily married with two children….and a cat and spends most of his free time (which is minimal!) either playing or watching football (loves West Ham Utd), or taking his children out and about for adventures in the New Forest. Matthew also loves music, films, Costa Coffee and Chinese take-aways!


Business Development Manager

Leana joined Intalent in May 2016. Within six months, Leana's entrepreneurial spirit and experience made her the perfect candidate to help grow the business.

Prior to joining Intalent, Leana ran her own successful business in the pet care sector in the UK and the UAE for eight years, and before this had experience in a variety of industries including property, insurance and mortgages. Whilst living in the UAE with her husband, Leana gained her CELTA qualification and taught English as a foreign language to multiple nationalities.

Using the UAE as a base, they travelled extensively around South East Asia, the Middle East and East Africa, gaining insight into the various cultures, religions and the political history behind such diverse countries.

Following the birth of their daughter in 2015 in Dubai, they made the decision to move back to the UK. Leana is passionate. Passionate about people, business, family, go-karting and is a gaming aficionado!

Leana's charismatic and tenacious personality shines through when meeting people, easily making connections and bringing experts together to encourage business collaboration. Her other main duties at Intalent include providing HR and recruitment support to clients and candidates.

Leana has developed Intalent's brand awareness through progressive marketing and social media campaigns, as well as nurturing key client relations and sales through networking events.

With her natural resourcefulness and determination, Leana has given Intalent a great foundation to facilitate future expansion. "I love coming into work and getting the opportunity to make a difference.

Every day sets a new challenge and I can’t wait to see where we can take Intalent in the future.


HR Business Partner

Laura heads up the HR Division of Intalent and is the newest member of our expanding team. As HR Business Partner, Laura provides expert advice and guidance to our Clients, ensuring compliance with best practice and employment law.

Laura is a CIPD qualified HR professional with a Degree in HR Management and 17 years generalist HR experience supporting and advising a variety of organisations and businesses on a wide range of employment matters. She has worked in the financial sector for Barclays Bank as well as in the education and retail sector and for various public and private companies providing her with a breadth of business experience.

Laura prides herself on providing high quality, consistent, robust and timely HR and personnel advice to employers and managers.

During her career so far, key projects and achievements have included:

• Delivering organisational restructures (working with businesses to design the new structure, consulting with unions and employee representatives and individuals, appointments, redeployments and redundancies).
• Developing recruitment and reward strategies for both private and public sector organisations.
• Advising on a range of Employee Relation cases (including disciplinary, dismissal, grievance, capability and ill health/occupational health cases)
• Review and preparation of contracts and employee handbooks (policies, procedures, manager toolkits).

When not at work, Laura loves spending time at home with her husband, twin daughters, chocolate Labrador and 4 chickens! She is actively involved in fundraising for a local charity, enjoys chatting over the odd glass of wine with friends and sneaking off to the hammock with a good book!