Our Team

Guy Walker


Guy has always been ambitious and despite not following his childhood dream of becoming a racing car driver; his career has been fast and exhilarating. From starting his first business at just 15 selling computer products, to founding Dovetail & Slate which has grown from success to success. Like his hero Nigel Walker, Guy comes without an ego and puts huge emphasis upon valuing and nurturing his team so they can become the very best to deliver incomparable results for clients and candidates.

Ruby Vanston

Ruby Vanston

Office Manager

Ruby is the office matriarch. She is meticulous, innovative, flexible and helpful – we can always count on her to be there to pick up the pieces when we need her. She thrives in a fast paced environment and her immaculate attention to detail is put to good use ensuring that all candidate vetting is carried out thoroughly. As sweet as she is, she holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do (you’ve been warned) which helps her to keep everyone in check; the recruiters, the candidates and clients alike because although she’s never had to use her martial arts skills, no one wants her to either.

Elliott Redmond

Divison Director - FE

Elliott originally wanted to be a pilot achieving both his private pilot & Gliders License, and although he’s had a change in career route, it’s still been high-flying. Today he gets satisfaction from helping his clients to realize the sky is the limit when it comes to their careers and knowing the contribution he makes towards crafting the next generation. He’s maintained a passion for helping people make positive transformations in their life, starting his career as a personal trainer before making the transition into recruitment.

Louise Billington

Division Director - Secondary

Louise is our Secondary Education Guru, she has been working in the sector since 2015 and is now heading up our newly established Secondary division.

Our Cornish girl attended the University of The West of England in 2010 gaining a Ba Hons in English and Sociology and has called Bristol home ever since. Her calm demeanour and strong work ethic, coupled with her sector knowledge, make her a great addition to the team.

Kyle Oakley

Projects Director

Kai Bourne

Senior Recruitment Consultant

With 3 years of valuable recruitment & sales experience and countless successes, Kai oversees our technical engineering market within the Education sector. There’s no challenge that is too big of a challenge for Kai, who’s exceptionally skilled in finding the perfect candidate for those hard-to-fill roles that often, clients are tempted to give up on or settle with someone not quite right, merely to fit the role. Where many recruiters will try to persuade their clients to give candidates, they’re not sure on a chance, he’ll persist until finding the perfect match.

Max Williams

Senior Recruitment Consultant

After a stint living in sunny Australia, Max decided to swap the daily BBQ’s for Banksy, and returned to Bristol. Upon returning to the U.K, Max worked as a logistics coordinator where he acquired strong analytical and project management skills, along with understanding the importance of managing processes, ensuring they’re robust and efficient for both the company, and clients. He now applies these skills to finding the perfect professional for your educational institute, ensuring a great client and candidate experience. He thrives off the unlimited potential that his job offers and the ultimate satisfaction of finding people the perfect role.

Elliot Harvey - Consultant

Elliot Harvey

Recruitment Consultant

Elliot recently returned from travelling and living in Asia for 6 months – but his trip wasn’t soul searching and partying, the experience helped him to gain valuable and transferable skills which has seen him quickly grow and thrive within recruitment. Elliot began his career within engineering giving him a comprehensive understanding of the roles and their needs. He is an effective communicator, as well as being highly creative which makes him particularly skilled in visualising the specific requirements of a role and being able to match this with suitable candidates.

Peter Murdock

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Peter Murdock is a Senior Consultant, who specialises in Electrical, Mechanical, Automotive subjects. Having worked with education providers from primary to post-18, Peter brings a wealth of experience, predominantly within post-16. Understanding the subjects he is recruiting for, allows him to find the right person who matches all the needs of his clients, however specific.

Stefan Bamford

Recruitment Consultant

Stefan comes to us with a wealth of experience running his own company. Leaving college at 19, with a passion in arboriculture, he set up a successful tree surgery business. His primary goal was and still is client satisfaction. From the initial meeting all the way through to completion of the project. 10 years later he has downed tools to follow a desire to work in a dynamic and fast paced environment where he could utilise his abilities. Now our Health and Social Care specialist, his fundamental key principles are the same. Stefan is all about understanding his client’s needs, ensuring level of service is of the highest standard and maintaining clear communication throughout.

Ryan Baker

Recruitment Consultant
Recently back home in Bristol after his 5 year London adventure studying, film buff Ryan loves the first Matrix, la haine, City of god and getting stuck into his new role in secondary. He will be finding exciting new candidates and building relationships with school and academies over London building on new ground for dovetail.

Jamie Phelps

Recruitment Consultant

A live spark from Newcastle who loves an adventure, whether it be scuba diving or hitchhiking through eastern European countries. Has recently settled in Bristol and has his feet nicely rooted for now!

He is promoting and finding ideal candidates for business inside the education field focusing on Business Developers, Sales, HR Managers and Apprenticeship managers.

Jared Barnes

Recruitment Consultant
Jared has come from working on the roads, driving HGVs to now dealing with placing construction lecturers and assessors in there ideal jobs. Quite the lifestyle change but there isn’t a challenge he doesn’t enjoy. Jared is a big Liverpool fan and a father to a little boy to keep him busy outside of the office. Contact Jared with any staffing requirements in the construction sector specifically in the north.

Jess Archer

Recruitment Consultant

I have been living in Bristol for the past 6 years, and working within the Property sector for the last 4 years managing over 100 properties, over 100 landlords and all the daily maintenance emergencies happening all over Bristol! I decided to move into recruitment with Dovetail & Slate as I wanted a new challenge away from property but still within a fast paced environment where your always adapting and learning in order to get the job done.

Kamel Troudi


Working as a taxi driver for 20 years helped Kamel to develop flawless communications skills through building rapports with his passengers which he now uses building successful relationships with clients and candidates. He has pristine patience and is a fantastic listener with a unique level of emotional intelligence. He applies sensitivity and understanding to those he works with and can quickly recognize the strengths of candidates and identify how they meet the needs of our clients. A father himself, Kamel is particularly passionate about children’s education and invested in finding the best teaching staff who’ll make a positive difference in the lives of the next generation.

Laurence Walker


There’s not a person who has met Laurence, that doesn’t like him – and that’s not coming from him, but everyone that knows him personally and professionally. He prioritises delivering results to perfection, ensuring he leaves the client with a staffing solution, and the candidate with a smile. Laurence takes pride in nurturing good relationships with those he works with, understanding their individual needs which has played a pivotal role in him securing a vast number of roles. Laurence has always had a passion for children; growing up he wanted to be a child psychologist, and although his career has taken a different path, the wellbeing of children is still at the core of what he does and he gets fulfillment out of finding them the best teachers.

Billy Foster


A background in construction affords Billy unparalleled insight into recruitment briefs, allowing him to quickly identify the key needs of the role and pair it with the perfect candidate. Now responsible for Trades and Labour at Dovetail and Slate, contact Billy with any on-site staffing requirements and let him bring you the solution.