OUR MISSION

We connect forward-thinking employers with Gen Z talent because we’re 100% committed to ending youth unemployment

THE FOUNDERS

Esther

Esther O’Callaghan OBE

Founder

Esther’s work over the last two decades has directly improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and young people in the UK and abroad. Esther is also a keen triathlete and sometime DJ/producer of rave bangers.

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Piers

Piers Collins

Co-founder

Over the last decade, Piers successfully placed thousands of candidates with hundreds of clients in Investment Banking, Private Equity and Legal. When he’s not running hundo, Piers can be found building his side hustle merch business or on a golf course.

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Scott

Scott Byrne-Fraser

Technical Co-founder

Scott is a product leader with a background in UX design. Scott started his career at Sky, before leading product teams at the BBC, Amazon and Play Consulting, where his team built a prototype for the hundo app.

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ORIGIN STORY

Rewind to Manchester, 2003

Esther became the first female owner of an independent record store in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and could often be found spinning to some of the city’s darkest and sweatiest dance floors. It was through this tight-knit scene that Esther met Mark - a fellow DJ who signed up for a job behind the counter at the Factory record shop, and who often used to spend most of his wages on records!

As part of Esther’s life-long dedication to improving the lives of young people she came up with Decks4Schools. This pioneering music project targeted young people in danger of falling out of mainstream education at schools and youth centres across the NW. With an impressive list of DJ/MC tutors managed by Mark - including Tonn Piper, Strategy and Mark XTC - it made a significant positive impact on the lives of hundreds of young people.

Black and white photos: Al Baker

Hundo crew members DJing and performing on stagingHundo co-founders, Esther and Piers

Fast forward to 2017

Esther, who at this stage had gone on to win countless awards for her work including a little something called an OBE, met Piers. Piers had spent a decade in recruitment and thought the industry model was broken. Together they joined forces and planted the seed for what today has become hundo.

In 2021, Esther and Piers started onboarding a crack team to help them take hundo to the next level and went full circle by bringing Mark into the fold along with a dream team of trusted friends and new starters who you can meet below.

Meet the team

Mark

Mark O’Donnell

Director of Growth

Mark heads up hundo's content and audience strategy, and previously worked at Time Out, Live Nation and Culture Trip. He had a stint behind the counter in Esther's record shop back in the day and project managed Decks4School's which was the earliest iteration of what is now, almost 20 years later, hundo.

Khadeen

Khadeen O’Donnell

Director of Partnerships

Khadeen leads on partnerships at hundo and was previously Head of Corporate & Strategic Partnerships at English National Ballet and Southbank Centre, working with clients as diverse as CHANEL, Cunard, NatWest, Diageo, Burberry, Unilever and MasterCard. Khadeen is also a Board Director at the European Sponsorship Association and at b.supreme, a female street dance charity. Contact Khadeen

Johan

Johan Van Der Poel

CFO

Johan specialises in scaling startups during their growth phase. A business leader with board level experience and a genuine love for the rollercoaster ride of running a business, Johan sometimes turns up for important meetings on time.

Nadiyah

Nadiyah Rajabally

Digital Marketing Manager

Nadiyah manages hundo’s socials and uses her ace skills across our content and partnerships. She also represents hundo at our networking events, so if you see her, do say hi! When she’s not spreading the word for hundo, Nadiyah loves running her mental health wellbeing page on Instagram.

Isolyn

Isolyn Donaldson-Ellison

Venture Manager & ED&I Lead

Isolyn manages the organisational part of hundo, bringing together her experience in financial services and enjoyment of a good process. She also runs a women's charity and is passionate about making a positive difference.

Jennifer

Jennifer Barnett

Head of Customer Success

Jen is in charge of keeping our clients informed, happy and excited to be a part of the hundo mission! She prides herself on being a friendly northerner - aka she loves a chat and making new friends! Jen is hundo’s 'go-to girl' for any help our clients need to make the hundo journey a banging success for their business.

George

George Perry

Tech Lead

George is bringing his experience working in big and small teams, across engineering, product, design and sales to build tech at hundo. When not writing code, he can be found on a golf course or by night throwing shapes to some techno, drum & bass or house music.

Grace

GRACE Goslin

Content Editor

Grace is a freelance journalist, DJ and content editor at hundo! From reporting on work-related TikTok trends to profiling up and coming entrepreneurs and creatives, chances are, if you’re doing something cool, Grace will have an eye on you! She also has writing credits in BRICKS, Time Out, That’s Life, Grrl in Print and Stylist and is the co-founder of The Femme Collective.

Michael

Michael Whitfield

Chairman

Michael is a serial investor with a portfolio of HR tech businesses, from early startups to those in later stages. He actively helps grow these businesses faster, by sharing his experiences, both the ones that went well and those that didn’t.

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Hundo creds

Top 5% Innovate UK Award winner

Twice featured as “best practice” in youth employment

2020 BCG Digital Boost Social Impact Business of the Year