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Our People

The Team

A bit about us:

We founded Tempting Ventures because we wanted the opportunity to build the Investment team that we would want to invest in us.

We are a high-energy blend of entrepreneurs, experienced investment managers and recruitment operators who’ve experienced, first hand, what its like to manage and scale recruitment businesses.

Ryan Cleland-Bogle, Founder and CEO

Ryan leads Origination and Investment Structuring at Tempting Ventures and sits on the board of all our investments.

Prior to founding Tempting Ventures Ryan was the CEO of Recruitment Entrepreneur (RE), the venture capital arm of Hamilton Bradshaw, a private equity investor transacting in the UK Recruitment market.

In just 2.5 years, RE became a highly profitable portfolio of 13 specialist recruitment brands with over 120 fee earners transacting with over 600 clients in 40 countries.

Ryan has x-sector experience founding, scaling and exiting recruitment businesses in UK, Ireland, USA and APAC.

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Melissa France, Founder and COO

Melissa leads Portfolio Management at Tempting Ventures and sits on the board of all our investments.

Prior to founding Tempting Ventures Melissa was the COO of Recruitment Entrepreneur where she worked tirelessly with the portfolio businesses to attract best in market talent and to identify and analyse the data, technology and processes that would allow their business the best chance to outperform the competition.

Before RE, Melissa was the COO of Resourcing Group where she built the business from 20 to 75 fee earners generating over GBP2m EBITDA. Resultantly, Resourcing Group was a cornerstone in the Human Capital Investment Group (HCIG), which sold to Graphite Capital in 2014.

Melissa is an approachable recruitment operator with 20 years x-sector experience.

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Clare Bryant, Executive Assistant

In addition to supporting the Investment Process, Clare is responsible for the day-to-day operations within Tempting Ventures.

Prior to joining Tempting Ventures, Clare was an Executive Assistant to the Group CEO and CFO at Norman Broadbent, a listed Executive Search firm.

Clare has a wealth of operational recruitment and Investment experience, having previously been an EA and Office Manager at Recruitment Entrepreneur.

Clare is too humble to say it, but Ryan and Melissa would be lost without her.

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Peter De Norville

Peter is a long standing friend of tempting and leads our corporate advisory practice.

James Musgrave, Non Executive Director (Classically trained)​

James Musgrave graduated for Trinity College Dublin before qualifying as an ACA at PWC.

James is currently FD at Capita Resourcing PLC where he has a long standing relationship with Ryan and Melissa, having previously been on the Board of Recruitment Entrepreneur as Finance Director.