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Matt Bray, Managing Partner

Matt Bray, Managing Partner

Possessing over 20 years recruitment experience working with large blue chip organisations alongside smaller bespoke businesses Matt has learned from many successful management strategies and strategists. He holds proven B2B sales ability and delivers a credible and professional approach to the provision of specialist management recruitment.

Openside was created to capitalise on both the experience gained in managing and leading recruitment businesses alongside the wealth of contacts developed and nurtured within the construction industry and the built environment as a whole. Openside is now a recruiter of choice for many industry leaders employed by a healthy spread of major contractor and regional contracting companies throughout London and the South.

The business is in a significant growth period, offers permanent, contract, retained and search recruitment solutions to a wealth of key clients and remains true to the vision created in 2011 and is on track to supersede many of the original expectations.

Colin Lapthorn, Partner

Colin Lapthorn, Partner

Entrepreneur Owner/ Director working within recruitment for almost two decades with significant business successes in other fields prior to entering the industry.

Founder of Osirian Consulting. Set up Osirian Group at the start of 2015 to sit above Osirian Consulting and other partner companies and acts in capacity of the Managing Director.

Established Osirian Group for the start of 2015 to sit above Osirian Consulting, the existing partnerships and new partnerships still to be created.

Alongside Osirian Consulting has partnered 3 recruitment firms from inception; providing seed capital, back office functions and planning and direction for their ongoing growth and development.

The Partnerships:

Openside Networks was launched in March 2011 specialising in Construction.

Big Project Consulting was launched in January 2010 specialising in Planning and Project Controls in the engineering sector.

EquityLinked, a business formed in 2007 specialising in the investment banking sector, which continued to thrive despite a challenging economy. The Partner, having built a successful business took over full ownership at the end of 2011.

Osirian Consulting formed in 2000 specialising in SAP, PMO and project management.


Providing seed capital, back office functions, expert planning and direction for experienced recruiters to establish their own businesses.

Recruitment - IT, SAP, ERP, Banking and Finance, Engineering, Construction, Planning, Project Controls.

Mike Noak, Financial Consultant

Mike Noak, Financial Consultant

As a former non-financial person, he intimately understands the difficulties non-financial management have with 'the Accounts'.

He has been described as many things and perhaps the most interesting is "He is a rare beast in my view. He converts the dry world of finance into a living thing so you can understand how your start-up activities translate into cash. Using his help, I have changed the way that I launched my company to ensure positive cash flow early onĀ and I have managed to get government seed-corn loans to help finance product development."

Mike is a chartered management accountant and management consultant. During his career, he has been chief executive of a large rapidly expanding FMCG operation in Angola and, within Unilever, a Financial Director (overseas) and Chief Information Officer amongst other roles.

Construction and Infrastructure

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