BRUCE HYDES - Director

Bruce is the founding Director of ESS Holdings.  He set up Edgar Stewart Selection (now ESS) in 2010, originally as a spin out from Smart Solutions Recruitment in Wales, before completing an MBO in 2012 and returning to Edinburgh.  The vision was always to create a white collar professional services technology, manufacturing and life sciences recruitment business, that was consultancy led and one that challenges our clients, candidates and people to aspire and innovate.

A graduate in HR and Marketing from the University of Strathclyde, Bruce entered recruitment in 1999.  His early career was spent with Melville Craig Group working across the UK semiconductor, optoelectronic, electronics and heavy engineering sectors.  Joining the start-up team at Eden Scott in 2003, he went onto become a main board Director at Eden Scott in 2007 helping to build and then lead the Manufacturing & Technology and Renewable Energy Divisions.

Still an active and hands on recruiter, Bruce remains engaged in the high tech and life sciences sector.  He is part of the HR Strategic Interest Group in the Scottish Life Sciences Association and is part of Technology Scotland’s Steering Group, advising on skills and talent acquisition for companies across semiconductors, optoelectronics and electronics.

Bruce’s passions lie in mid to senior level recruitment, developing key senior relationships, business networking and building a leading learning and development culture for the group.


With over 12 years recruitment experience complimented with an early career in Manufacturing and Product Sales Craig has a unique insight to the challenges businesses encounter in managing talent.

Craig has a passion for challenging convention, disruptive techniques and innovation in the Talent sector. The world of talent acquisition has changed dramatically in recent years, but in general the traditional recruitment market has not kept pace.

Through his work ESS has already invested in leading edge search and enabling technologies, giving it real time access to the global marketplace. Complimented by its innovative range of products and wider professional ecosystem, ESS provides its clients with a distinct competitive advantage aiding their growth plans.

Craig leads ESS’s work in the vibrant Start-Up, SME and high growth sectors, working in partnership with investors, entrepreneurs and business owners in meeting their talent needs.

He is an active supporter of the Scottish start-up community and works closely with academia. Craig is also a trusted advisor to the wider investment, public sector and trade partner communities as well as being a regular speaker at trade events and business growth seminars.


Establishing her career in recruitment in 2003 with Hays, Sara gained a wealth of experience within the Construction, Water and Energy Markets. Finding her niche in contract recruitment, Sara was named Trainee of the year UK Wide in 2004 followed by Temp Consultant of the year in 2005 and 2006. Sara later moved on to Search Consultancy after being presented the opportunity to launch their Energy Division, which she grew and diversified into Renewables, Petrochemicals, Nuclear and Oil and Gas.

Joining the ESS Board in 2016, Sara is responsible for ensuring that all Operations are running smoothly within our dynamic Edinburgh Office.  That said, Sara is still very much engaged with hands on recruitment and has grown a solid contract business predominantly within Energy and Water.  Sara is a big advocate of ensuring that all contractors working are paid fairly and on-time. “Without our contractors our business cannot be sustained and in turn develop and grow”.

Sara is passionate about delivering an excellent service to both clients and candidate alike and prides herself on the fact that all their needs are met, making every effort to deliver a valued, professional service. The world of Recruitment has changed vastly in recent years and Sara values above all else transparency, which has afforded her the ability to grow and develop strong business relationships with SME’s through to larger organisations with a global reach.

Tom Selman
Business Unit Lead

First entering the recruitment sector in 2005, Tom quickly rose to the rank of senior consultant and now heads the ESS Bristol off as Business Unit Lead in the high tech engineering sector. Having also worked as a skilled Business Development Manager, Tom prides himself on excellent client communication, thorough practices in candidate matching and second-to-none follow-up care.

Tom's professional and considerate attitude has enabled him to build an enviable network of highly skilled candidates within Permanent Placement, Executive Search and Technical Recruiting. He has also built strong professional relationships with many sought after employers in the UK Engineering space.

Business Unit Lead
(Food + Drink)

Laura spent 5 years working in Procurement in the FMCG sector before starting her career in recruitment. Her career in recruiting technical & professional positions spans 14 years. Laura's first-hand experience of working directly in the industry means that she carries a unique understanding to the of the complex and shifting nature of F+D recruitment.

Laura now heads up the ESS Glasgow division as Business Unit Lead (Food and Drink). As someone who takes great pride in her market and places great emphasis on ensuring she places the right people in the right role, she ultimately facilitates the building of strong and productive professional relationships between clients and candidates.


Our ethos is to INSPIRE, CHALLENGE and ENCOURAGE – three things we aspire to achieve throughout our organisation.  As well as delivering bespoke recruitment solutions through award-winning divisions, we are passionate about inspiring and enabling future leaders.

ESS Holdings is an enabler of talent and operates a business incubator and start-up hub in Edinburgh, where a number of our companies have started out as spin-outs and grown to become successful brands in their own right with the help of our financial and business support.

To date, we have invested more than £70k in niche recruitment start-ups.  We also believe in talent retention and development and are committed to being a National Living Wage employer.


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