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    David Thornhill

    Managing Director

    A bit about David Thornhill

    Simplicity is led by David Thornhill, one of the recruitment industry’s most experienced professionals. A renowned pioneer and innovator, David spent 25 years in payroll, where he became an expert in identifying and fixing productivity and efficiency issues for recruitment businesses.

    Determined to find better ways of helping recruiters, he started looking around for more effective solutions. However, frustrated by the lack of appropriate support, he realised that an entirely new approach was needed and decided to tackle the problem himself using his own industry knowledge and skills. He went on to develop the first ever software model to combine payroll, invoicing, sales ledger, funding and management reporting. It was a game-changing event for the recruitment industry, and the start of a new journey.

    In 2004, David joined forces with fellow industry heavyweight Tom Atkinson to set up Simplicity. Their vision was simple - to use their combined experience and technology to revolutionise the recruitment industry’s efficiency and profitability. Together they assembled a team of like-minded recruitment experts and began their quest to develop the first full-service back office and financial solution designed for the specific challenges facing recruiters.

    Today that vision is a reality. Simplicity is now one of the fastest growing players in the market. It has provided almost £1 billion in funding and worked with thousands of recruiters, helping both start-ups and established businesses to prosper and grow. Under David’s leadership, the company has continued to invest millions of pounds in research, technology and people.