Meet the team

About Dean

Dean Horridge, CEO and Founder of Nunchuck Recruitment Ltd, has over 35 years’ experience working across a range of sectors, including education, leisure and health & fitness. Dean is also Founder of the UK’s leading children’s activity provider, Fit For Sport.

Throughout Dean’s career he has made it his mission to tackle child inactivity. As head of PE in a primary school he was disappointed at the lack of physical activity his pupils undertook during school holidays. Realising the effects that inactivity was having on his pupils, Dean started Fit For Sport weekend and holiday activity clubs for school children in 1991.

These continue to operate (with over 100 activity camps nationwide) and Fit For Sport has evolved and grown dramatically. It now employs over 700 staff, supports over 350 schools, and trains 23% of the UK’s activity leaders.

During his 25 years with Fit For Sport, Dean has hired and developed some of the country’s leading physical activity educators who have gone on to take highly esteemed positions within the leisure industry. This, coupled with his vast experience of working as a teacher, ensures that Nunchuck Recruitment boast the essential expertise in finding ideal candidates across both sectors

About Hilary

Hilary Connelly, Managing Director of Nunchuck Recruitment Ltd, has over 20 years’ experience working across the recruitment sector with the last 7 years in Education recruitment.

Hilary has always used an honest, consultative approach, drawing upon the knowledge of the client to manage efficient and effective recruitment campaigns, she is motivated to provide clients and candidates with positive experiences.

Hilary has worked with clients within the Sport and Fitness and Education sectors and partnered with local Authorities with regards to their recruitment requirements. She has set up new offices, employed recruitment teams and developed client relationships across the country.

She has a passion for developing robust relationships with both clients and candidates, joining the people together, alongside delivering a high class service.

About Colin

Colin L Pearce, Nunchuck Investor.

Colin Pearce retired from a hugely successful career in Banking and Corporate Finance after 34 years in 2004. Now an experienced Chairman, Non-Executive Director, Investor, Advisor and Mentor, Colin continues to support a variety of businesses and their founders.

Colin has a wealth of experience working across both the leisure and teaching sectors and in addition is well connected with a variety of sport related businesses and their owners as well as some well-known personalities within the world of sport. He also continues to work within the Primary and Secondary school arena, mainly through related businesses and charities that involve connectivity with Pupils, Head Teachers and Governors at a local and National level.

About Manish

Manish is an experienced finance leader, whose 25 year career has spanned many sectors and disciplines.

An ACA with KPMG, he played an instrumental role in the turnaround of Heinz Foodservice in Europe, and later assumed head of finance positions with Marks and Spencer in the UK.

Currently the Head of Finance for the Medical Nutrition and Consumer Care business units of Nestle Health Science, he worked on divesting this business from Novartis and integrating the business into Nestle.

Manish is an active investor and board member at Fit For Sport, an SME involved with helping children stay fit and healthy, and has previously been on the board at The Housing Solutions Group. He is a mentor on the Mayor of London’s International Business Programme, as well as to students globally.

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