Tom Glanfield, CEO
Tom Glanfield is the founder and CEO of LHi Group, an international multi-brand company comprising of three non-competing niche recruitment brands and a specialist job board.
From humble beginnings in a South West London apartment, Tom created his first company, Lawrence Harvey Group, in 2002 from a £9k graduate loan and less than a years’ recruitment experience. Lawrence Harvey went on to become a Sunday Times Top 100 Best Company to work for and was listed in the Sunday Times Fasttrack 100 . With no outside investment, Tom successfully built what has become a high performing, inclusive, powerful business culture within Lawrence Harvey and the rest of the Group.
Tom has an overriding belief in developing talent internally; cultivating success by providing award winning training and state of the art facilities for individuals to achieve their personal and business goals. Tom’s expansion in to new sectors and geographical territories has seen him awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Recruitment International and invited to be a judge on the next season of hit U.S docufilm ‘Top Recruiter’.
A family man
Tom is a proud father to two sons Felix and Ollie. Originally from Devon, Tom comes from a sport focused family, his brother is Olympic medalist Joe Glanfield, and his love for surfing, sailing and the open water is a welcome retreat from his busy life in Central London.
WHAT DO OTHERS SAY?
“Tom embodies everything that is Lawrence Harvey; passionate, competitive and relationship driven with a constant strive for excellence.
Having known Tom and Lawrence Harvey for a number of years, I have seen Tom build the firm from a small dynamic team of specialist recruiters to the household name across the Technology and Energy recruitment sector in Europe. As a result, he has received a number of well-deserved awards along the way including a slot in the Virgin Fasttrack 100! Despite the overwhelming growth of his business in recent years, he is still well recognised for providing a competitive, enjoyable and rewarding place to work from accomplished industry professionals through to fresh faced graduates. I would highly recommend him as a service provider, and as a leading industry employer”
“Tom’s story is one of those “wow, why didn’t I do that?” stories.
I believe the simple answer to that question is there are very few people who are brave enough to take that first step and try! Even rarer still are those that possess the bravery and also couple it with a boundless work ethic and a personality that is so magnetic you simply can’t help but get drawn into his slip stream and, as a result, find yourself achieving things that not so long ago you thought were just pipedreams.”
“I have worked for Tom for a number of years now and can honestly say he is one of the hardest working people I have ever met and has one of the sharpest business minds!! He is incredibly passionate about the company and as a Director he is an inspiration to follow and always sets clear tasks and goals. Most importantly he is compassionate, honest and always there to help anyone which is rare in recruitment!”
“Tom is an inspirational leader and someone I have a huge amount of respect for. He has the ability to motivate his employees by leading by example through hard work and determination to get results. He does not act as if he is superior to anyone and you would never want to let him down.”
“I have known Tom for many years and even before I started working for him, I considered him to be a mentor, he has always given huge support to new ideas and technology which can improve the recruitment space. From my very first meeting with Tom, I knew he was an incredibly courageous and ambitious business leader and over the last 8 years I have watched as he has grown the company to a globally recognised and well respected business.
I have worked for Tom now for almost 2 years running Energy Jobline, which has been one of the most exciting and challenging opportunities in my career so far. Tom has vision which reaches far past that of most other business leaders, his entrepreneurship and ability to grow multiple businesses has ensured we have a special formula for success.
We work in an incredibly challenging market and I am really grateful to have a CEO who embraces creative thinking, Toms innovative thinking has helped to ensure we have had record growth despite the industry downturn. There are not many managers who embrace new ideas and give you the autonomy to build a business whilst offering support where necessary. Tom has an incredible talent to spot opportunity and analyse the market to ensure we are on the right track.
Ultimately his passion and ambition for the business leaves me in no doubt that I work for a company which is setting the benchmark in our industry.”
“I’ve worked with Tom now for 6 years and throughout this time he has not failed to impress me with his passion and dedication to making Lawrence Harvey an amazing place to work. Tom has built a business around market expertise, honesty, and leads from the front in helping us achieve our common goal of being the market leader within our business divisions. Every member of staff is equally important in his eyes – which allows us to work with integrity and confidence. That’s why we are one of the fastest growing recruitment companies in the UK, Europe & USA and why I’m proud to work for Lawrence Harvey.”
“As an experienced recruiter and having worked under many people over the years I can safely say that Tom is one of the best.
The recruitment industry is full of big characters many of whom who don’t come across in the right light. Tom on the other hand is a man of integrity that genuinely cares about the staff he employees and truly looks upon the business as ‘ours’ rather than ‘his’.
I look up to him as an inspirational leader who has managed to forge a superb business from nothing to one of the best
recruitment brands in the market and one of the faster growing companies in the UK.”