Our People


Andrew Sweeney

Chief Executive (1991 – current)

Andrew Sweeney is a founder member and Chief Executive of The Best Connection Group. His academic achievements include a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Liverpool and an MBA from the University of Aston.   After four years with a firm of Chartered Accountants in Birmingham, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1981, Andy went on to develop his skills and entrepreneurial flair in business accountancy roles at Ladbroke plc and United Trade Press before launching a financial management consultancy which he operated for four years.   This became the springboard for the formation of The Best Connection Group in 1991 with co-directors, Neil Yorke and Martin Recci.


Neil Yorke

Director (1991 – current)

Neil is a co-founder and Director of The Best Connection Group.  Born in Birmingham and educated at King Edward’s Five Ways School, Neil’s passion for business led him to pursue a degree in Business Studies.  After he graduated with a BA Honours degree Neil joined a firm of Chartered Accountants in Birmingham as an articled clerk and after qualifying joined a leading financial recruitment company as financial controller.  He later took on the finance director role at a software development company.

In 1988 Neil and Andy started their own management consultancy business which undertook a number of varying assignments ranging from an IT recruitment business to systems implementation at an electricity generating company.  They pooled their skills and energies and in 1991, along with Martin Recci, launched The Best Connection employment group.  Neil takes a leading role in day to day operational management, communications and strategy.


Martin Recci

Director (1991 – current)

Martin is a qualified Metallurgist and Quality Assurance Engineer and worked in the automotive industry after leaving school before making the move into recruitment.  Martin joined a Midlands-based industrial and driving agency where he quickly realised the benefit of his engineering background in aiding his success – almost immediately he emerged as the top performer within the industrial market.  Along with Neil Yorke and Andrew Sweeney, Martin is a founder member of The Best Connection and now has over 25 years’ experience in the industrial and driving marketplace in Birmingham and 10 years’ experience as a ‘hands-on’ temps controller.


Michael Cooper

Director (1993 – current)

Mike’s experience within the recruitment industry spans more than 40 years, during which time he has been involved in supplying both permanent and temporary personnel to the computing, commercial, industrial, warehouse and driving markets.  Throughout his career Mike has remained ‘hands on’ allowing him to retain a thorough knowledge of both permanent and temporary recruitment which enables him to identify and understand clients’ problems and provide innovative effective solutions.  A desire to move the industry forward has seen Mike elected onto the Council of Directors for the Recruitment & Employment Confederation - by far the largest trade association in recruitment - where he has had a positive influence on decisions that affect our industry, in particular the ever increasing demands of government legislation.


Regional Managers

Darren Ainge

Joined The Best Connection in 1999

Responsible for: Dudley, Wolverhampton, Telford, Stoke, Crewe, Warrington, Preston, Lancaster, Carlisle, Blackburn (opening soon), Liverpool (opening soon).


Darren Pollard

Joined The Best Connection in 1992

Responsible for: Birmingham, Kidderminster, Worcester, Gloucester, Bristol, Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth, Newport, Cardiff, Oxford.


Dave Schilling

Joined The Best Connection in 1991

Responsible for: Coventry, Leicester, Nuneaton, Luton, Northampton, Peterborough, Ipswich, Norwich, Cambridge (opening soon).


Lee Harris

Joined The Best Connection in 1995

Responsible for: Walsall, West Bromwich, Cannock, Burton upon Trent, Derby, Nottingham, Sutton in Ashfield, Mansfield, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Leeds/Bradford, Wakefield, Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Hull.

Barnsley, Doncaster, Lincoln (opening soon).


Phil Simmonds

Joined The Best Connection in 1998

Responsible for: Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Stockport, Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough. Darlington and Wigan (due to open 2016).


Marcus Jepson

Joined The Best Connection in 2000

Responsible for: Staines, Poole, Southampton, Portsmouth, Worthing, Eastbourne, Maidstone, Dartford, Crawley, Croydon, Guildford, Hanger Lane, Earls Court.