About Us

Syft is an online platform that connects employers with the best paid, fully vetted and trained workers at a far lower cost than using a traditional flexible staffing agency. We currently provide a cost-effective, efficient and high-quality flexible staffing solution to hospitality, warehousing and commercial industries in London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham and more.

By removing the middleman, temp agencies, and connecting employers directly to professional workers, Syft charges only a 15% fee on top of worker wages. This also means that workers get paid at a higher rate than the industry standard – a minimum of £9 per hour. Higher wages = happy workers! The fact that we pay weekly and offer a range of Perkbox benefits too helps to keep our workers locked into the platform.

Syft’s rating system means we can guarantee high-quality, motivated workers, and employers can see how they performed on previous shifts.

Syft offers complete transparency to both employers and job seekers. Syft allows employers to see exactly who they are booking, including skill sets, previous experience and ratings, and job seekers can see exactly who they are working for and what the role involves prior to the shift.

Syft is available on iOS, Android and the web.


Team Members

  • Jack Beaman

    Co-Founder & CEO

  • Novo Abakare

    Co-Founder & COO

  • Tom Dignan


  • Harmeet Rehal

    Sales Director

  • Angela Tang

    Marketing Director

  • Karsten Dall

    Head of Hospitality Onboarding

  • Jennifer McCarthy

    Talent Acquisition & HR Manager

  • Stephen Britto

    Finance Director

  • Susie Moulton

    Head of Account Management

  • Aina Olsnes

    Account Manager

  • Talisa Blackwood

    Account Manager

  • David Lucombe

    Onboarding Manager (Industrial)

  • Matthew Birt

    Internal Operations Manager

  • James Finn

    Senior Business Development Manager

  • Gary Brown

    Senior Business Development Manager

  • Simon Forester

    Senior Business Development Manager

  • Anthony Obe

    Business Development Manager

  • Eri Shabani

    Business Development Manager

  • Julian Roy

    Business Development Manager

  • Sarah Peck

    Senior Business Development & City Manager (North)

  • Jack Oakden

    Business Development Manager (North)

  • Kelton Gooding

    Training & Compliance Manager (North)

  • Paul Billington

    Operations & Account Manager (North)

  • Iván Gadeschi

    Head of Product

  • Chirag Patel

    Senior Android Developer

  • Gustavo Semião-Lobo

    Senior Software Engineer

  • Freeman Latif

    Senior Software Engineer

  • Michal Obrocnik

    Frontend Developer

  • Alexey Bondarenko

    Frontend Developer

  • Aleksei Shevelev

    Lead Designer

  • Rakesh Shamantula

    QA Engineer

  • Kristel Pau

    Operations Manager

  • Ksenia Taranenko

    Operations Team Member

  • Chris O'Neill

    Operations Team Member

  • Zanita Reubens

    Operations Team Member

  • Nasim Hussain

    Payroll & Accounts Officer

  • Ioannis Papoutsis

    Finance & Strategy Manager

  • Gina Santana Rosario

    Onboarding Manager

  • Ollie Brown

    Marketing Designer

  • Aimee Rawlings

    Marketing Intern

Advisory Board

  • Alex Macdonald

    Alex Macdonald is the founder of Velocity, the world's leading premier digital hospitality service, connecting customers with a curated list of the world’s best restaurants. Alex has raised more than $40m in venture capital and has grown Velocity into North America and Canada. Alex is a supporter of Action Against Hunger and also has an extensive loan portfolio lending to entrepreneurs in developing countries.

  • Patrick Traynor

    Patrick is the former VP Sales for a disruptive start-up providing freelancer recruitment and management solutions. Previously at LinkedIn for 7 years, he joined as first 1st salesperson in the EMEA region, pioneering the sales team of the LinkedIn’s recruitment platform before managing teams in the UK, Ireland and Germany. Patrick’s team acquired over 1500 Enterprise clients, generating $100M+ in revenue. Earlier in his career, Patrick was the Head of Sales at a £17M VC funded e-learning start-up.

  • Alex Daly

    Alex Daly is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and angel investor with over 25 years of experience as high technology executive. Alex has founded and led a number of technology companies ranging from ArcSight, Intel, HP, RedHat, C-Cube with two notable exits for a combined total of $2.7 billion. Alex resides in Miami and is currently the Chairman and angel investor in both Synkt Games and enterprise software startup WhoKnows.

  • Mike Kershaw

    Mike Kershaw is the former Chairman of leading integrated events company The Concerto Group and the former President of the UK Chapter of ISES. A very experienced event professional and venue marketeer, he led Concerto through several acquisitions and the development of numerous venues across London. Having recruited a new CEO in 2013, Mike stepped down in 2015 and has set up Kershaw Partners to bring his extensive experience to bear on emerging event companies and venues.

  • Hon Lord Young of Graffham

    The Rt Hon Lord Young of Graffham CH has had a distinguished career. He set up the first of many successful businesses soon after he graduated from university. In 1979, he sold out his private interests and entered the Department of Industry as Special Advisor to Sir Keith Joseph. He later served in numerous Cabinet positions before retiring from the government in 1989. He then joined the board on Salomon Inc and became the Executive Chairman of Cable and Wireless PLC, before opening Young Associates, an investment firm focusing in technology companies. In 2010, he served as the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Enterprise, overseeing the introduction of StartUp Loans, a programme which has enabled over 36,000 people in the UK to become entreprenuers.