Mark Girdlestone

CORE Profile

From an early age I have always been a people person. I have always had a passion for getting to know people, what makes them tick and what I can do to help them! 


At University I studied Biomedical science with the thought behind this to help those in need. I loved finding out how the human body worked and how this fantastic machine managed to fix itself – but also show signs when it needed help. The culture, atmosphere, and growth I felt at University has definitely made me the man I am today. 


You wonder how I ended up in Hospitality then? 


Working throughout University in bars and restaurants gave me insight into a different way people think, act and work together in a team. It always amazed me how this group of people bring to life an experience, give life to the event, and work ridiculous hours with a smile on their faces. I instantly knew this was the career for me. 


I am very proud to say I worked over 12 years in this fantastic and gratifying industry. I have had several promotions, worked with enormous teams and have surely made some lifelong friends. Reaching the dizzy heights of Operations Management allowed me to truly see what an impact this industry can do. 


So why Hospitality Recruitment? 


Recruitment has always been a passion of mine and a field I find the most curious. It’s the one way you can truly help people get what they want in life. My biggest life motto has always been “you work 70% of your life, so do something you love”… and for me what better thing to do now than to find people something that they LOVE doing. 


I strongly believe you make your own path in life, but hey, sometimes its nice to have a little help laying down the gravel! 


What do you enjoy most?

My friends and family are the most important to me. From just watching Television to going out and about, any time spent with these people is always rewarding. Oh and food… I LOVE food… Mexican, Italian, Greek….

What did you want to be when you were younger?

I wanted to be an Actor when I was younger. All I can remember is watching Television when I was a young kid and just fantasising about how fun it would be to be in a big movie or epic television drama. I did go to a Drama School when I was younger, but it just didn’t work out!

What do you do when you're not at work?

Often out and about in London visiting restaurants and bars, and if not then you might find me sunning myself on the beach. Nothing quite like a Pina Colada, on a beach, in 30 degree heat!