Management Team

John Tilbrook

Managing Director

Phone: +44 (0)1937 345 572

John is a graduate of the University of Leeds and started his recruitment career more than 15 years ago with Ellis Fairbank plc, an Executive recruiter. During his first year there John was the highest fee earning consultant, he was subsequently promoted and ran a successful team of fee earning consultants, delivering retained and contingent search services.

John took his experiences to a boutique Executive Search Company – Bowcliffe Partners, where, as part of a fast paced and evolving business, John was made a Director and shareholder. He then joined Robert Half International, a global recruitment brand with revenues of $3 billion. He initially took responsibility for 3 divisions in one location, before being promoted to take full responsibility for 3 divisions across 3 locations in the north of England, as part of the wider UK senior management team.

John is ultimately responsible for the management and growth of Newman Stewart since its inception.

John is married with 4 children and enjoys playing (veterans) football, golf, as well as running, swimming and cycling.

“15 years training recruiters has given me exposure to a vast array of talent from all walks of life. There are some that follow and there are some that lead. John falls into the latter category. I first met John nearly a decade ago early in his recruitment career and even then he was creating a path for all to follow being top consultant in his first year in the firm. If you’re looking to recruit ambitious and successful talent then make sure you use a recruitment partner that shares the same qualities which John has in bucket loads.”

Victoria Newman


Victoria graduated from Warwick University with an Honours degree in Law and Sociology. Victoria completed her LPC at the College of Law in York. After working at a law firm in Mestre, Italy, Victoria began her training contract at Addleshaw Goddard where she qualified as a solicitor before moving to Clarion Solicitors in Leeds in 2003. In her capacity as a solicitor, Victoria has appeared on ITV Calendar news, BBC Radio 4’s The Long View as well as Radio Leeds. 

Victoria joined Newman Stewart in 2011 as a Director.

Victoria is married with 4 children and enjoys swimming, running and cycling as well as singing in a local community choir. 

    Georgina Sanderson

    Director of Finance and HR

    Georgina graduated from The University of Manchester with a first class BSc degree in Maths with Business Management and soon after joined KPMG.  After qualifying as an ACA qualified chartered accountant, she worked as part of the external audit team for 3 years and then spent 4 years in the KPMG Corporate Finance practice advising clients on M&A activity.

    Following that, Georgina spent 6 years with Asda working in a variety of roles including commercial finance, core financial accounting and risk management. She joined Newman Stewart in 2017 as Head of Finance and HR.

    Georgina loves new challenges, juggling multiple priorities, and working with people who are passionate about what they do.

    Outside of work her time is mainly spent running after her two small boys, but she also enjoys good food and good wine.

      Nigel Lingwood

      Head of Technology

      Nigel Lingwood gained a BSc in Engineering from Bradford University and has since worked in a variety of Engineeing and IT management roles.  His career began at Holset Engineering, part of Cummins Engines where he managed the Aftermarket Division before moving into IT, leading the implementation of ERP systems across the company.  Since then he has worked in senior IT roles for Cadbury Schweppes, Novartis and most recently Teva Pharmaceuticals as IT Director where he managed a number of major M&A projects, systems implementations and digital developments supporting the commercial functions.   Nigel is delighted to be part of Newman Stewart’s leadership team, where he aims to apply his broad IT, business and compliance experience to good use enabling their business strategy and growth plans.

      Outside of work Nigel is keen on walking, DIY and travel, loves socialising with friends and has a passion for motor racing.

        Jo Birtle

        Head of Marketing

        Jo Birtle gained a BSc in Marketing from Lancaster University in 1999 and has since worked in a variety of b2b marketing roles. Her career began at Hallmark Cards where she managed point of sale and bespoke branding initiatives for some leading name businesses. More recently, Jo joined a US cloud start-up where she stayed for 8 years, building their EMEA presence, reference programme and customer communications strategy. She was delighted to join Newman Stewart as Head of Marketing in 2017, bringing a wealth of knowledge and out-of-the-box thinking to the recruitment sector.

        Jo's real passion is developing great content and building client relationships and experiences that deliver true customer advocacy.

        Outside of work Jo is married and mum to two young children. If she does have any spare time she enjoys walking the dog, running and spending time with friends.

        Steve Bennett


        Phone: +44 (0)1937 345 573

        Steve graduated from Nottingham Trent University and after a brief flirtation as a professional snowboarder, began his career in a graduate IT recruitment role. Whilst managing high performing recruitment teams across a number of industries and geographies, Steve developed unrivalled experience and knowledge of the Testing, Inspection and Certification industry, joining Newman Stewart in 2013 to set up and manage a specialist division.  His understanding of this industry, mature network of skilled, high performing candidates and empathic approach to recruitment has allowed him to build a reputation as a trusted partner to a number of UKAS accredited and associated businesses, delivering niche candidates who can add immediate value to an organisation.

        Outside of work Steve is a family man with three boys and numerous pets to run around after.  He is also known to play badminton and go for the occasional run given the time and opportunity.