Meet The Team

Welcome to your team of industry experts at Church International. We’re here for you, dedicated to helping you find either the best talent or the most interesting and rewarding roles available on the market today and in the future. Talk to us, put a face to a name and let’s build a successful partnership together.


Chriss Andrews

Founder & CEO

Being part of an RAF family, I moved around a lot during my early years. I studied modern languages in Aberdeen before working in Germany and London and eventually falling into recruitment in 1979. After five years decided to start up my own company and the rest as they say is history. I am still as passionate about recruitment after 36 years and proud to be a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals.

Brian Fitzgerald

Managing Director

I joined Church International in 2003 having gained wide experience in building sales teams and as well as running my own recruitment company. The proudest moment in my career was becoming MD in 2006. I have really enjoyed being part of our growth and success. Outside of work I love any competitive sport - tennis, badminton, golf... and enjoy any challenge which allows me to raise money for the charities I support.

Patricia Phillips

Finance & HR Director

I've been responsible for our Finances and Business Support since Chriss set up the company in 1984 when it was just the two of us doing everything! I've managed to juggle a career in a successful and growing company and bringing up two children... challenging but hugely rewarding. My spare time is spent walking in the wonderful Kent countryside when I'm not chasing around after my three grandchildren.

Lesley Hayes

Head of Compliance, Legal & Support

I joined in 2007 having worked for 14 years at PwC in their IT, Procurement and Contractor Management and HR functions. I currently manage the Compliance Legal & Support team. My main challenge is keeping abreast of all legal and compliance issues facing a constantly changing recruitment industry. To switch off I thoroughly enjoy spending time in the peace and tranquillity of the New Forest – no WiFi and extremely intermittent mobile signal – total bliss!

Phillip Jennings

Head of Delivery

Phil is a dedicated member of the team and has been with us for over 23 years. As well as heading up our delivery function, Phil recruits in the Architect and Engineering domain. With a Master's in Engineering, Phil lives and breathes all things technical, which allows him to recruit across technologies, roles, and sectors. This includes DevOps, Engineering roles around infrastructure including cloud and on-prem, and Architects - be it solution through to enterprise and everything in between. After 40+ years, Phil is finally enjoying being an avid West Ham fan and loves the odd round of golf but only if the weather is fine!

Karl Henneker

Head of Technology and Business Operations

Since joining the team in June 2003 I’ve grown with the organisation and now look after the Delivery function and work with new recruits coming through our innovative Academy scheme. I’m passionate about developing strong partnerships with clients and candidates and helping others to succeed in building a career in recruitment. Outside of work I'm either in the kitchen knocking up my next culinary delight or at the stable yard.



Matt Widdows

IT Manager

Carole Miller

Senior Accounts Administrator