About GR8

Welcome to GR8 Recruitment

GR8 began in 2018 when our Managing Director Lee Madden, founded the business to create a reliable resource for Jersey’s Construction industry.

Following the success of this, and a need from the Hospitality industry to also find experienced and motivated professionals, our Hospitality and Retail Operations Director Em Holliday joined the Team.

GR8 has grown to become the blue-collar sector’s leading recruitment specialist in Jersey, with a robust relationship with Guernsey’s Hospitality industry, built upon our PAID values.

At GR8 we deliver the right solution at the right time.


Meet the Team

Lee Madden - Managing Director

Lee (also known as Max) set up GR8 in 2018 to provide a customer service driven recruitment resource to the blue collar sector.

With an extensive career – including 18 years as a Military Policeman in the British Army, Police Officer in Cheshire & Jersey, Restaurateur, Managing Director of a printing and graphic design company and a Civil Service role, working on projects supporting people with barriers to employment –  Lee always knew that his path would lead him to creating a successful business with a global reach and also to give something back to the community. And so GR8 was born, growing into the success it is today.

In his spare time, Lee can be found out on the water swimming, kayaking and fishing.  On land he enjoys boxing and cycling and has a great passion for food, wine, travelling the world and is generally a nice bloke who cares for people.

Em Holliday - Operations Director Hospitality & Retail

Em leads on the Hospitality & Retail recruitment from outside of the Channel Islands. Responsible for building strong client and candidate relationships, she ensures the right candidate is matched to the right employer within the Islands. Getting the right person for the role is as important to us as it is to you!

She has lived and worked in a Project Management capacity throughout the UK, moving regularly with her military family. After enjoying 4 years in sunny Jersey, Em is now permanently based in the UK and gets back over to Jersey as often as possible.

She is solution-focused and committed to helping others find their own personal and professional growth, no matter where you are applying from.

When not working she enjoys family days out and baking delicious brownies!

Diane Sumnall – Business Continuity & Development Director

Diane is an experienced, results-driven leader who inspires and develops teams to achieve optimal performance. A strategic thinker who proactively builds and maintains relationships, with strong communication skills and dedicated to providing service excellence. She has over 20 years’ experience in customer service and people management working for the MOD in the UK and more recently working for the Government of Jersey. The last 9 years she has been focusing on the labour market in Jersey building relationships with a high volume of Businesses in all sectors and matching potential candidates to suitable and sustainable employment.  

She enjoys travelling overseas as well as life in Jersey and regularly takes part in charity events such as Race for Life, and the North and South Coast Challenge.  She likes to be involved in supporting the local community and this is something that is at the heart of GR8.

Denise Heavey - Recruitment Director

Denise is involved in the team for running the local recruitment side of the business and is incredibly passionate about the hospitality industry, with 20 years’ experience in the Hospitality sector and a higher level degree from the Institute of Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism, Denise brings a wealth of knowledge about what makes a great team from an employer’s perspective and has the empathetic approach to understand that all candidates requirements are different and works to find them a position that is suitable to their lifestyle. Denise is also passionate about improving mental health and has signed up as a Peer Support Worker at Mind Jersey as part of their mental health support team.

As a working mum, Denise is a strong advocate for the benefits that flexible working brings to both employers and employees and has the right balance of family / work life thanks to GR8.

In her spare time Denise enjoys the madness of bringing up young girls and spending time exploring the beautiful island of Jersey

Diogo Gregorio - Operations Co-ordinator

Responsible for day-to-day management of our GR8 construction personnel, Diogo ensures that all our clients and candidates are happy and satisfied, and that everyone has turned up for work!

Diogo’s can-do attitude and passion for helping other, coupled with years of first-hand experience of the construction sector, means he is able to provide all our GR8 contractors with everything they need for a successful career at GR8.

Prior to joining us at GR8, Diogo spent over 40 years within the hospitality industry.  He is fluent in Spanish, Italian, French, English and, of course, his native Portuguese. This makes Diogo an integral part of the GR8 Family in liaising with Jersey’s diverse community.

Diogo has lived for over 30 years in Jersey and outside of work you can find him walking along its beautiful coastlines, soaking up the sun!

Noella Hutchinson - Finance Director

Noella is responsible for the weekly payroll and financial administration of GR8. She has over 30 years’ experience in payroll, including seven years with the Government of Jersey.

When not working, Noella enjoys photography, walking and crafts in general.  Noella also has a passion for food and is currently creating a family cookbook for her children.

Lee Madden
Managing Director

Em Holliday
Operations Director Hospitality & Retail

Diogo Gregorio Employment Coordinator

Nick Swindells
Office Manager

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