The Robert Francis Group About Us

The Robert Francis Recruitment Group has over 52 years of combined recruitment experience from diverse backgrounds.

Founding directors James Ackland and Steve Auburn together with the post-establishment appointment of Lucy Evans, developed the vision of ‘Rise and Thrive’ as they believe in and strongly support a work environment where all recruiters have the opportunity to excel within their defined markets.

All the businesses within the Robert Francis Group share the same guiding principles. This set of values provide clear direction and standards for how we work, act and interact with others.

Our Services

We provide tailored Recruitment solutions that suit our your needs, reducing the time to hire and overall recruitment costs. 

They include Contingency, Retained, Talent Management and RPO.

Our goal is to grow your workforce by finding you the right people that fit the culture of your business. 

Work for Us

highly experienced Recruitment Consultants have the opportunity to part own in their own Recruitment Brand.

Consultants at all levels from trainee to experienced are trained to develop their own unique personal brand. 

We provide tailored career paths for all employees in the Robert Francis Group.

Our directorship team

James Ackland

I have 15 years of recruitment experience growing teams and businesses. I enjoy helping people achieve their goals. Outside of work you will find me on the golf course, traveling or skiing 

Steve Auburn

I have over 11 years of recruitment experience recruiting and managing teams. I thrive on supporting the UK Engineering and Manufacturing industries. In my spare time you will find me on the rugby pitch, the golf course or in the gym.  

Mission Statement:

“Help Businesses and people to grow and thrive”


Our Vision:

“Help people to Rise & Thrive”

Our people are driven by our shared Values


We communicate with honesty to build trust.


Doing the right thing is important to us.


We take the time to listen, to understand.


We enjoy what we do and inspire others.


We strive to be the best and deliver to impress.


We work as one to thrive.