Stuart Juggins - Founder & CEO

Stuart has an extensive career history spanning 25 years providing consulting and solutions expertise across Technology and Professional Service businesses.


Stuart spent his formative years in technology consulting, specifically Advanced Networking. Stuart consulted for Cisco, Fujitsu, BT, and Sky, and led European practices at HP and Getronics in this space. During this time he launched a successful training services company, pioneering and specialising in Cisco which he sold in 2010. Stuart was eventually headhunted by Experis (part of Manpower Group) to launch a new service focussing on evolving Recruitment into Professional Services, tasked with significantly expanding operating margins, leading across 7 countries.


Following this, Stuart joined The Adecco Group (the Global leader in HR & workforce solutions) to develop, lead, and execute solutions strategy for the UK&I business with a combined turnover of £4bn. He successfully created and implemented a scalable and robust IR35 solution to comply with HMRC's Public Sector legislation changes in 2017. He has since consulted on similar impending changes due to hit the Private Sector in April 2021, advising end clients and intermediaries on impacts and solutions.

Stuart founded Aardent in December 2018 and began delivering advisory services to the wider Recruitment industry in early 2019 

Christian Faires - Director

Christian joined Aardent’s leadership team in January 2020.


Public limited company trained, Christian specialises in sustainable business growth and has held Managing Director and Finance Director positions in a number of fast-growing professional services, advertising & creative, SaaS digital marketing, and lead generation businesses.


At the beginning of his career, Christian qualified with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds the Charted Global Management Accountant designation (CGMA).


With significant experience in outsourced professional services, contingent workforce management, information technology, and B2B/B2C sales strategies; Christian’s passion lies in scaling highly successful teams to design, develop and deploy brilliant outcome-focused solutions for clients.


At Aardent, Christian is accountable for overall strategic planning, operational excellence, and commercial performance.

Billy James-Elliott - Sales Lead (EMEA & Americas)

Billy joined Aardent in June 2020 to lead the sales division.


With 6 years’ experience in executive search and solution services, he comes with just the right experience to develop Aardent’s portfolio further. Stuart and Billy have known each other for around 4 years having previously been trained by Stuart earlier in his career. Since then, Billy has led small to large projects in government bodies, financial services, private healthcare, and exciting startup technology companies.


In 2017, he was certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and is currently undergoing his Black Belt Certification. This will further solidify his skills in delivering and managing high profile, complex programmes within start-ups, SMEs, and large enterprises.


Billy has led teams across the US and the UK in professional services’ to provide a true solution to his clients, where he scales teams in Cloud, Technology Development, and Enterprise Transformation areas and deliver the outcomes.


At Aardent, Billy is accountable for the sales and delivery team to service their clients and deliver successful outcomes.