About Us

We are a team of two families who like to treat our contractors as real people, even part of this "extended family".

We believe that GardPass Cyber has something more to offer candidates and clients than traditional recruitment agencies.
Why are we different? Read our "What drives us" page.

All our operational staff have BPSS clearance and receive regular Data Protection training.

Our team are widely-travelled and speak several languages to some degree including Spanish, French, Russian and Swahili - as well as English of course.


Neil “Pass” – Director/Co-Founder
Highly-experienced consultant/architect/auditor with a primary focus on Cyber and Cloud Security. Has over 30 years’ IT experience, in the UK and globally, across the life-cycle: business development, pre-sales, solution architecture, development, testing (including ethical hacking), implementation, security assessments, metrics/KPIs and often acting as “trusted advisor” for clients.

Neil manages the growing business, while co-running a local businessmen’s networking group. He also provides occasional consultancy services including training.

In addition to promoting and working towards a more secure cyber world for businesses and consumers, Neil is a keen innovator and developer.

He is also passionate about trade justice and helping the developing world generally. He has led local groups such as “Drop the Debt” and Fair Trade campaigns. He is now a trustee of a UK/Kenyan charity supporting HIV orphans (in East Africa) and inspiring UK teenagers to make a difference.

In his “downtime”, Neil likes to travel, study linguistics, canoe, play tennis, run, cycle, climb mountains (occasionally), sing (most genres) and act in plays/musicals.

He is married and has two children at university.


Jim “Gard” – Director/Co-Founder
James is married with three adult children. He enjoys running marathons, fund-raising for charities, and is a keen Arsenal supporter.

He is also a professional property investor with investments in the UK and abroad.

Economics, current affairs, politics, travelling, and reading are areas of great interest to him.

Originally starting his early working life as a Metropolitan Police officer in London, James found a route into business. He comes from three generations of recruiters (his father was a top City head-hunter and his daughter is an IT recruiter in London) and with over 25 years recruitment experience, James is passionate about the recruitment world. He built and owned a highly successful IT contract and permanent recruitment company.

James leads the recruitment services. To complement this, he provides recruitment mentoring services and non-executive directorship.


Tom – Recruiter
Tom is a fiercely competitive, ambitious individual who has been with GardPass for 4 years.  Prior to joining the team, he was a professional footballer, training with the Spurs youth team (despite being a Gunner!) and later moving to Edinburgh to play for Hibernian.

Tom has in-depth knowledge of the contract market, and considerable experience placing experienced IT and cyber personnel into high security environments across Europe.

Tom lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and outside of work they enjoy travelling, trekking and competitive games nights with friends and family.


Emilio – Business Manager
Emilio is our Argentinian/Italian member of the team. He is an enthusiastic and motivated individual who is a constant source of innovation for GardPass.

Using his degree in Engineering Management, Emilio is able to bring new and competitive ideas to the table. He is motivated by success and enjoys trying to solve new challenges as well as improving existing ways of working.

Emilio loves to travel and learn about different cultures. He especially enjoys hiking and snorkelling. His friends describe him as always up for a new adventure.

His love for music has grown recently due to starting a new project of buying old guitars and revamping them.


Jamie - Recruiter
Jamie has experience within recruitment and is now enjoying his time at GardPass Cyber, trying to perfect his skills within the Cyber Security sector.

He has a great love for futsal and together with his Under 16s futsal team won gold medal at the European Maccabiah Games in Berlin in 2015. In 2021, Jamie will be Assistant Manager for the Under 16s Maccabiah Futsal team, travelling to Israel. Jamie is also a lifelong Arsenal FC supporter, having been a season ticket holder from a young age, attending with his dad and brother.

In his spare time, as well as seeing his beloved Arsenal play, Jamie enjoys socialising with his friends and family, going to the gym as well as playing in the National Futsal Series, training and playing three times a week.


Emy – Data Quality Consultant
Emy recently graduated from the University of Exeter and joined GardPass Cyber to focus on data analysis and cleansing, applying fresh skills and knowledge learnt during her degree.

She is a keen tap dancer and enjoys the occasional salsa dance class. Her love for travelling grew during her gap year, and she has not stopped travelling since, with South America being her next dream destination!

She is currently perfecting Spanish to improve her ability to tackle an increasingly globalised and competitive market (and aid her travels).


Anna - HR Director
Anna became a director of GardPass Cyber in 2019 , and her focus is on contractor care.

Alongside her directorship, she continues to work, after 30 years, for the UK National Health Service in London and elsewhere.

In her spare time, she keeps fit by power-walking, boxing and hooping, and has recently discovered a love of climbing mountains. She also sings with the local community choir and performs in several concerts a year.


Carolyn - Logistics Director 
Carolyn joined GardPass Cyber in 2019 as a director and her focus is organising travel.

After a career in radiography for the UK National Health Service, she now manages a property portfolio alongside her GardPass Cyber work.

In her spare time she is a gym member and enjoys running, cycling and paddle-boarding. She sings in a community choir and is a member of a local book club.

Luke - Recruiter
Luke is an experienced 360 recruiter, who has recently joined the GardPass Cyber family.

Alongside GPC, he is a part-time model with a passion for men's fashion and in the summer months, he is also a keen tennis player.

In his free time, Luke is an avid "foodie" with a soft spot for burgers, and is an ancient history enthusiast. He is also a huge movie buff especially with pyschological thrillers.




What Drives Us

Our "I4" Approach:

Innovative – GardPass is continually looking at “how to do things differently” – by collaborating with research bodies and fostering discussion among contacts

Informed – GardPass consultants (provided with ongoing cyber-security and recruitment training/mentoring) aim to keep candidates and clients informed of opportunities, issues and challenges through blogs, online events and even 1-2-1 communications

International – with our holistic cyber-security perspective, our operating model is built to flex as requirements demand – with an emphasis on efficiency and effectiveness – so we are building various forms of targeted capability across the globe

Impactful – whatever we do, results matter so GardPass endeavours to ensure candidate placements are appropriate for both parties and endure for the long-term

Our Values:

Creativity – thought leadership, innovation and imagination – “doing things differently
Empathy – understanding what work needs to be done – “domain expertise
Integrity – openness, honesty and transparency – “doing the right things
Care – treating workers as family – "showing respect"
Inspiration – distinctiveness, relevance and consistency – “developing potential