Richard Powell


Phone: 01422 433900

After a ten-year career with department store group, House of Fraser I made the transition to the veterinary business back in 2005. Working as Partner Recruitment Manager for Vets4Pets, I was solely responsible for recruiting new vets to open new practices. Between 2005 and 2010 I helped the group double in size. Motivated by the success of the vets I’ve worked with and the management team at Vets4Pets I took the leap to realise my dream of running my own business. Our relationship was great and to this day I still carry out work for people I first met over a decade ago.

I really believe that we have a great team here at Bright Leaf and still enjoy coming in to work every single day. 

Julie Powell

Office Administrator

Phone: 01422 433900

As part of the original set up team for Bright Leaf in 2010 I have recently taken more of an administrative role in the business. I now audit and maintain accurate files for both candidates and clients and look after customer service and credit control.

Prior to Bright Leaf Recruitment I had extensive experience gained in Sales, Insurance, Customer Service and have worked for a large project management company. I also owned and ran another successful business which was sold in 2009 to provide the seed funding for Bright Leaf Recruitment.

Outside work I like to go walking with the family, eat out and I enjoy gardening.

Louise Evans

Recruitment Consultant

Phone: 01422 433900

I’ve known Richard for many years so, when in 2014 I left a career in media, I decided on a change of direction and in early 2015 I joined Richard in Bright Leaf.

I’ve always had an interest in animal care and with a distant background working at the RSPCA, it’s something that ties in well with my life. I’ve always been a people person, and I love developing a relationship with candidates and clients. The idea that I can play a part in finding the right person for the job is extremely satisfying.

Shortly after joining the team, my husband Andy and myself welcomed a new member to the family in the form of a whippet puppy called Dita. She regularly comes to the office with me and firmly has her feet under the table. We also have a royal python called Manasa (she doesn’t come to work).

Apart from looking after the creatures, my social life involves walking, skiing and travelling around the UK and Europe in our motorhome ‘Norbert’.

Steph Ward

Recruitment Consultant

Phone: 01422 433900

I joined Bright Leaf Recruitment in March 2015 and looked after the Locum bookings for the first 2 years before moving over to permanent recruitment in April 2017. I still look after locum bookings but focus most of my time on permanent placements now. I thoroughly enjoy speaking with candidates and clients and helping them to find their ideal match in the veterinary industry.

Outside of work my 2 young daughters and husband keep me busy and when we’re not running the girls to swimming lessons or gymnastic clubs we enjoy family days out and weekends away.

Myself and my husband also like to get involved in charity events for our local Hospice and as the girls get older they also want to get more involved in events such as the annual Colour Run and Midnight Walk.  

I currently work part time (Mon-Fri 9-1pm) whilst my daughters are at school, however as they get older and more independent, I hope to increase my working hours as it’s such a rewarding job and a fantastic place to work.


I have been with Bright Leaf Recruitment since 2010 when I was a pup. As I am now a little more senior relative to the rest of the team, my responsibilities have been reduced. I am now responsible scaring delivery guys with my gruff bark and ensuring the floor is regularly quality checked for sleepability.


    I joined Bright Leaf Recruitment in 2015.  Being a bit more ladylike than Coco, I don’t bark quite as gruffly as her.  I enjoy sleeping and sniffing around in people’s bags just in case there may be a stray tasty morsel.   I also have a very “aromatic” hidden talent which, being a lady, I can’t really talk about…


      I don’t work at Bright Leaf, I’m just a regular visitor. So regular, I made it onto the team page. I discovered a long time ago that if I bark at the Bright Leaf door, it opens. Then, if I hunt out Richard, he feeds me treats. I love it. However, I am getting a little podgy around the midriff as a result!