Andrew Preston MD

Andrew Preston

Chief Executive Officer,
de Poel group

Andrew Preston

Andrew joined de Poel health+care in 2013 as Managing Director. He subsequently assumed MD responsibility for our newly formed education business and business development across the group.  In 2015 Andrew was appointed as Group Managing Director, with responsibility for the strategic development and operations of the entire de Poel group. Following an MBO led by Andrew in September 2016, he was appointed as CEO of the de Poel group.

Andrew is an experienced business leader with a global health background. Andrew has extensive experience of successful growth and development of various health businesses, working in FTSE 100 companies, PLCs, private equity backed and private organisations.

Andrew has undertaken and delivered the successful integration of numerous merger and acquisition projects including the sale of his own clinical service business to global service provider Serco Group Plc. Andrew has worked in the healthcare and wider public sector for almost 20 years after starting his career in the NHS.

Connect with Andrew Preston on LinkedIn.


Tim Flanagan

Director of Strategy and Commercial,
de Poel group

Tim Flanagan

Tim joined de Poel in 2017 as Director of Strategy and Commercial, with considerable Director-level experience gained through strategic consultancy assignments and holding senior management positions in FTSE 100 companies. Tim has previously held Managing Director positions at Serco and Capita, as well as being a managing partner of a strategic management consultancy business.

Tim is responsible for driving value across de Poel’s existing client base, as well as developing further commercially relevant and viable propositions to add to the organisation’s current solutions portfolio. Additionally, he is responsible for strategic development and ensures de Poel continues to meet the needs of its clients.

Connect with Tim Flanagan on LinkedIn.

Joe James Our People image

Joe James

Chief Technology Officer,
de Poel group

Joe James

Joe joined de Poel in 2015 as the organisation’s Group Head of Technology following a successful career in the tech world since 2002. An accomplished Technical Leader with over 14 years of experience of complex delivery for clients in Telecommunication (mobile/fixed line), Defence, Financial Services and Health sectors, Joe has worked for BAE and Barclays, as well as running his own software development company.

At de Poel, Joe leads a large in-house development team and is responsible for ensuring our proprietary software, e-tips®, delivers superlative visibility of temporary recruitment spend and performance. This includes creating and rolling-out an ongoing programme of feature enhancement and cutting edge performance.

Connect with Joe James on LinkedIn.

John Walker - Our People Image

John Walker

de Poel group

John Walker

John Walker joined the board as Chairman and non-executive director in 2016, following the successful completion of the de Poel management buyout.

With a twenty-year career with leading European Private Equity firm, Equistone Partners Europe (previously Barclays Private Equity), John has considerable experience in leading and negotiating management buyouts and providing subsequent advisory support in a non-exec capacity.  To date John has advised the boards of over 20 organisations as a non-executive director or shareholder representative including global online retailer, Fruugo (backed by ex M&S chief, Lord Stuart Rose), the independent insurance broker A-Plan Holdings, and is additionally on the board of the consultancy division of one of the UK’s fastest growing challenger law firms, gunnercooke.

John joins de Poel to support the board in delivering both corporate governance and strategic growth plans.

Connect with John Walker on LinkedIn.


de poel services


We fully understand the needs of your organisation

FInd out more
de poel health check tool

60-Second Evaluation

Can you reduce your workforce spend? Find out today what de Poel can save you

Take the test
de poel technology


We have invested in the technological advances you need

Find out more