About us

We power brands who support, find and showcase the people who make technology a force for good in the world

Technology can be a force for good in the world. But it’s a tool. And, like any tool, it’s down to the user to decide how to use it. In the right hands, it can feed the hungry, save lives and build a better future.

So, we find the right people. Ethical people. Honest people. Hard-working people. People who want to change things for good. People who will admit to their mistakes and are willing to learn. And we look for them in places others would overlook, because talented people can be anywhere. With the right people, we can solve society’s biggest problems, like protecting our planet. Right now, we’re searching for people who are interested in Deep Tech, IoT, Semiconductors, Automotive, and Entertainment, because we believe those technologies have the potential to make the biggest changes. As technology evolves, so will our focus.

Over the years, we’ve learnt that if your overall goal isn’t top-of-mind, it’s too easy to compromise. So, we’ve created five guiding values to make sure every decision is about finding the people – wherever they might be – who’ll make technology a force for good. 

That’s why we’re called 5 Values

Our story

2016
The Tesla Model 3 is launched bringing EVs to the masses. Financial institutions begin experimenting with Blockchain. Major developments in consumer IoT. The Amazon Echo enters the market.
2016
Consumers spend 22.6% more on subscription video streaming services like Netflix than in 2015. Destruction of more than 6 million trees or 60,000 km² of tropical primary forest.
2016
Paratus People launched specialising solely in IoT and Broadcast Technology.
2017
Paratus People grows to a team of seven. Netflix grows to 99 million subscribers. There are now more connected devices than smartphones and PCs.
2017
Landmark year for the #MeToo movement as it spreads virally as a hashtag on social media with the purpose of empowering sexual assault victims through empathy and solidarity in numbers.
2017
Voice-assisted devices are the most popular gift for Christmas. Paratus People finishes 2017 with 10 employees.
2018
Paratus People launches in The Netherlands with Paratus People Netherlands B.V. Streaming pushes up entertainment sales by 9.4%.
2018
The Ring doorbell, Google Home, and Nest thermostat are top IoT Device sales.
2018
The first commercial taxi service for fully self-driving cars is launched (Google-Waymo). Greta Thunberg begins protesting climate issues globally.
2019
There are now over 9.5 billion connected IoT devices.
2019
Rising frequency of weather-related disasters multiplies global economic losses 7.8 times from levels in the1970s. These disproportionately impoverish the poor.
2019
Paratus People outgrows their office for the third time in 3 years.
2020
World Economic Forum announced the One Trillion Tree Initiative (planting trees in support of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2020-2030).
2020
WHO declares Covid-19 a pandemic and the world goes into lockdown. Businesses are forced to close, reduce their workforce and/or make use of furlough schemes put forward by governments.
2020
The racially motivated murder of George Floyd sparks global social unrest, and the #BLM movement goes viral. Paratus continues to operate throughout the pandemic, reflecting on the business direction.
2020
Paratus People launches The IoT Podcast in August, creating a platform for the greatest thought leaders and pioneers in the IoT world to share their knowledge and insight into the future of IoT.
2021
Paratus hit a milestone of over 400 placements and grows to a team of 22. This is achieved despite the growing pressure in the market caused by the pandemic.
2021
In October 2021, Facebook changes its name to Meta, announcing that the company’s future will lie in the metaverse – a virtual and augmented reality platform allowing people worldwide to socialise in real-time.
2021
The IoT Podcast grows from strength to strength, attracting 8K listeners a month.
2021
Paratus People continues to thrive - but still asks questions. The business looks to the future, asking if it can do more. The question of values and the impact of the business emerges.
2022
Paratus grows to a team of 32 and incorporates a business in The USA.
2022
Paratus decides to re-position its values and mission to better reflect the business and the direction taken. The decision is made to completely re-brand the business – and the 5Values Journey begins.
2022
Key hires are made including a new Managing Director as Tom White moves into his new role as CEO of 5Values Consulting Group.
2022
5Values consulting Group launches alongside its three sub-brands, 5V Tech, 5V Media, and 5V Video.
2023 and beyond...
In February 2023 we will begin laying out plans to staff our first US office in Miami.
2023 and beyond...
By May 2023 we will be an accredited BCorp organization.
2023 and beyond...
By the end of 2023, we will have given back over 3,000 hours to our community via our 100 hours initiative.
Jan 2016

What we stand for

Inclusive

Fight your biases

The more diverse our teams, the more experiences and points of view we’ll hear. If we want to hear new ideas, we need to listen to everyone. And to do that, we need to fight against our biases.

Sustainable

Put the planet before profit

If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Sure, no single person can fix the planet by themselves. But we can make sure that every decision we make takes us one step closer.

Attentive

Listen before you talk

We have two ears and one mouth. So, we should listen twice as much as we speak. When we listen, we can find out how to make people happier in their roles, discover new ideas and learn how to improve. Listening and then reflecting is the only way to grow - as people and as a business.

Authentic

Follow through with ideas

It’s easy to say you’re going to do good things. It’s not so easy to actually do them. So we follow through. We walk the walk. And we never just pay lip service. That includes making sure we always follow these values.

Considerate

Put people first

People are at the heart of our business. We need to focus on their long-term health. Their life is not just a short-term goal. If someone needs a hand, we offer it. And when things go wrong, we don’t point fingers. We help the person through it.

Meet the Senior Leadership Team

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Tom White

CEO

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CEO

Tom is a recipient of a number of industry awards, and has been featured in Forbes and The Times. He is a member of the IoT Council and the IoT Security Foundation. He is also the host of The 5V Podcast and was recognised in the Onalytica “Who’s Who of IoT in 2022”.

Tom has managed high-profile recruitment campaigns for multinational companies and has been in the industry for fifteen years.

He has created resourcing and project plans for technology start-ups and acted as a Business Developer and Strategist for many of his clients, advising on budgets, social media marketing and work mobility.

Academically, Tom studied degrees in both Computing for Real-Time Systems and Business in Property before joining the recruitment industry.
While not at work Tom enjoys spending time in the car garage, in the kitchen or on his mountain bike!
 

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Rick Towers

Managing Director

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Managing Director

Rick has over 20 years of experience at the sharp edge of the talent solutions industry and has been responsible for building some of the best talent teams in the country. Thinking with entrepreneurial insight and agility, Rick remains centered on delivering best-in-class outcomes for everyone interacting with his team at 5Values.

A pragmatic leader focussed on people & process; Rick joins us as MD for the UK and Europe at 5Values during an exciting period of growth. Previously, Rick has worked within businesses with up to £4bn turnover and led businesses from start-up, right up to £70m turnover both nationally and internationally. 

Rick remains very much a connected MD and is heavily involved in coaching and developing talent internally, managing business, and cultural advancement with colleagues across all levels of the company. Rick is often described as passionate, high-energy, and with a can-do attitude. He gets things done and creates a positive sense of capability across his business.

Outside of work, Rick enjoys supporting his two lads through their education and sporting opportunities; walking his Labradoodles around the River Severn and loading the wine/ beer fridge in his T4 for weekends away.
 

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Georgia Harris

Group Head of Marketing / Co-Founder 5V Media

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Group Head of Marketing / Co-Founder 5V Media

Georgia joined 5Values as Head of Marketing in 2021 with an 8-year career in Recruitment Marketing under her belt.

Georgia is responsible for implementing strategies and campaigns across all four arms of the business. Georgia’s passion lies in brand and this has seen her be instrumental in the company’s recent rebrand from Paratus People and outlining the company’s vision and mission moving forward. Working on the rebrand has also ignited an interest in sustainability in business. This has seen her be a driver in a number of initiatives at 5Values and starting 5Values’ journey to becoming BCorp certified.

When she’s not managing campaigns with the amazing 5V Media team, you will find Georgia planning incentive trips and team socials…or watching videos of dogs on TikTok.
 

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Nick Mewton

Learning and Development Director

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Learning and Development Director

Nick joined 5Values after being a Learning and Development Specialist in the Talent Industry for over 7 years, including 2 years working on a sector-leading training program at recruitment giant SThree. Nick’s bread and butter is sales and he’s spent over 20 years in the sector in various roles.

Nick’s role with 5Values sees him head up the Learning and Development for the 5Values Group, and he plays a key role in how we hire, onboard, support, train, and coach our people. Not shy when it comes to questioning, Nick likes to get to the important detail.

You will often find Nick building content, understanding processes or coaching people so they can be the best version of themselves. Other than learning and developing, Nick’s interests are his family, watching Man United win, and binge-listening to podcasts.

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Charlotte Davies

Business Services Manager

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Business Services Manager

Charlotte has been in the recruitment industry for close to ten years, is experienced as both a consultant and in the back office, and therefore has an excellent understanding of all aspects of the role. 

Charlotte's strength is that she is process-driven, which allows her to implement procedures in businesses to streamline and safeguard processes to get the best results.

Charlotte is the go-to person for anything relating to placements and compliance, internal HR queries and general office management.
 

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Harvey Thompson

Head of Client Services

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Head of Client Services

Harvey joined us at 5Values with 8 years of recruitment experience under his belt. After a progressive and successful career in cyber security recruitment, he then went on to build out the Client Services function for one of the largest recruitment companies in the world. Harvey thinks his vast successes can be mostly contributed to one thing - his ability to build long-lasting, mutually beneficial client relationships. 

As well as still being heavily involved with our key client relationships at 5V Tech and 5V Video, he also leads our team of Client Service Managers, where his passion for coaching and developing comes to life - driving them to be a best-in-class team.

Outside of work, if there’s sport on the TV, he’ll be watching it! His favourites being Rugby, American Football, and Mixed Martial Arts (preferably with a pint of Guinness.) If there’s no sport on (he draws the line at cricket), he can be found walking the dog with his wife and trying to stay in shape.

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