MEET THE TEAM

Rupert Gaster

Founder & MD

I’d always wanted to create a unique recruitment business, one that rewarded relationships and set the highest possible industry standards. In October 2012 those dreams became reality and I’m very proud of what my talented team have achieved since then.

In a desire to do things differently and be more customer focussed I set up Procurement Heads in October 2012. I’ve been recruiting since 1998; I’m not saying I’ve been there and done that, but I suppose I’ve seen enough to know the best approach more often than not. Following my degree in History from Bristol University, I spent two years in Market Research – a firm grounding that helped me develop my analytical skills. I then joined a FTSE 250 global recruitment group and spent the best part of 14 years there, progressing to Director. Since 2005 I’ve focussed purely on Procurement recruitment, building detailed knowledge of the industry and some strong, hopefully life-long relationships. For me, recruitment has always been about enabling businesses to work more effectively and challenging accepted norms.

I lead our Hampshire & Dorset practice, recruiting senior Procurement professionals across the region. This includes the regional centres Bournemouth, Southampton, Portsmouth, Winchester, Basingstoke and Andover. Typical roles would include Heads of Procurement and Procurement Directors, as well Category Leads and Managers and Senior Category Managers.

Outside work I’m often found supporting my son’s sporting and creative endeavours and assisting in my wife’s growing business (where I’m allowed). Myself, I’m passionate about sport, both watching and playing, particularly cycling, rugby, cricket and golf, and try to compete as much as my body will allow. I’m also a great fan of mid-century furniture and travel.