Meet Our Team

Elena Baeva

Elena Baeva

Founder and CEO

 

 

 

The driving force behind the company, Elena speaks 6 languages has two masters degrees, is a great cook, mother and has lived all round the world. She’s still had time to build 15 years’ experience in Dynamics working for Microsoft UK (managing the relationship with key partners) and for Microsoft ISV (running global channel).

Elena set up 365 Talent Portal to respond to the market needs and oversees the strategic growth of our business.

Steve Sydee

Steve Sydee

COO

 

 

 

With a passion for live music, books, maps, cars, motorbikes, cycling and good football, Steve brings over 25 years of experience in software consultancies as both a full time employee and an interim manager/freelance contractor, winning Microsoft UK Partner of the Year three times.

He covers most aspects of the business, overseeing quality and style and making sure we delight our customers and consultants.

Polina Yordanova

Polina Yordanova

CTO

 

 

 

One of the most energetic and enthusiastic people you will ever meet, Polina has launched numerous international start-ups, many online portals and runs our team of professionals that are highly skilled in web design, database development and support.

In what spare time she allows herself, Polina provides professional coaching and mentoring to international businesses and enterprise professionals around the world.

Sandra Koutzenko

Sandra Koutzenko

Resource Director

 

 

 

A French national living in the UK, Sandra is an unusual blend of online gamer, ballroom dancer, computer hardware nerd, cat lover, as well as a writer with a strange and enormous passion for the English language.

At 365 Talent Portal, she runs our resourcing strategy and manages all our placements, helping customers find exactly the right consultants for their projects.

Nicole Griffiths

Nicole Griffiths

Talent Resource Manager

 

 

 

Nicole is a South African who, whilst living in London, gained many years experience in marketing and the IT recruitment industry. In her spare time she is a marathon runner who enjoys hiking, beach walks and spending time with friends and family.

At 365 Talent Portal she is responsible for sourcing candidates, making sure our customers project requirements are fulfilled in a timely and effective manner, and that candidates are placed in their perfect role.

Annette Pilbeam

Annette Pilbeam

Talent Sourcing Specialist

 

 

 

Annette has experience in Customer Service, having spent ten years assisting business customers in Royal Mail. In her spare time she enjoys cycling and working out at the gym in the effort to get and stay fit, the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

She is now a Talent Sourcing Specialist with 365 Talent Portal, enjoying making contact with the various consultants she approaches.

Jay Patel

Jay Patel

Community Manager

 

 

 

Jay is a Business and Management graduate with a strong background in customer service and experience as a Business Analyst for a leading telecommunications company. An avid fan of sports, Jay can often be found writing online blogs on many of them. He also speaks four languages, and is looking to venture out in learning a fifth language this year. At 365 Talent Portal, Jay is our Community Manager and is the first point of call for our new and existing consultants, helping our consultants get the most out of 365 Talent Portal and providing them access to the training materials.

Dan Rosehill

Dan Rosehill

Business Development Manager

 

 

 

A qualified barrister, a great drummer and a highly experienced Dynamics recruiter, Dan recently joined 365 Talent Portal as our Business Development Manager. Having worked in the world of Dynamics for almost 5 years, Dan has an extensive Dynamics network and is well positioned to advise on hiring strategy.

When not touring round the country with his band, Dan looks after many of our Gold customers and works to ensure that 365 Talent Portal becomes the first port of call for all Dynamics recruitment drives.

Arun Varma

Arun Varma

Business Development Manager

 

 

 

Always with a smile on his face, Arun has had a variety of sales and customer service roles with companies such as The Wall Street Journal at Dow Jones, The Economist, and Charles Tyrwhitt. He enjoys watching films and television series, reading, socialising with old friends, and making new ones along the way.

At 365 Talent Portal, he is responsible for growing the business through building relationships with people and companies who can benefit from using the portal.

Juliet Maguire

Juliet Maguire

Account Manager

 

 

 

Our self-motivated and highly professional Account Manager has over 15 years’ experience as a Senior Internal Technology Recruiter & Talent Acquisition Professional. Juliet also has extensive experience within the IT Permanent and Contract marketplace, across multiple roles, having worked both in-house and agency side. With a background of working within IT (and having been a contract developer herself!), Juliet has a solid understanding of the various roles and systems we deal with.

Myriam Girard

Myriam Girard

Digital Marketing Manager

 

 

 

After growing up in France, Myriam has done so many things – managed corporate relationships for Goldman Sachs, Marketing & PR for Chinawhite, built web businesses, and set up her own well-known clothing brand.

At 365 Talent Portal, Myriam runs our Product Marketing, Digital Marketing and PR strategy, in between a new passion for interior design and rebuilding her new house.

Aykut Ekici

Aykut Ekici

Direct Marketing Manager

 

 

 

Aykut has recently finished his MBA in marketing having been living, studying and working in London since 2010. In that time, he has worked in government offices, managed a high-end chocolate store and flown an airplane. He has been playing various musical instruments for years, as well as creating music and short films.

Aykut is our Direct Marketing Manager, making sure that the 365 Talent Portal brand gets known even better throughout the Dynamics world.

Faisal Smith

Faisal Smith

Social Media Manager

 

 

 

With a keen passion for all things digital, Faisal loves to stay on top of tech trends. He brings a wealth of experience in customer service, team management, growth hacking and digital marketing to our scene. In his spare time he loves online gaming, country walks, eating spicy Asian food and is also a professional cosplayer.

At 365 Talent Portal, he runs our Social Media presence, developing and implementing the strategy for each platform and managing the day-to-day content to ensure our community stay up-to-date with our latest blogs and on-goings.

Louis Geller

Louis Geller

Non-Exec Director

 

 

 

Louis is very well known throughout the Microsoft s space, having had a highly successful career in IT spanning 30 years. He has worked across a wide range of organisations, from small boutique software houses through to global IT organisations such as Microsoft, HP & VMware. At Microsoft UK, Louis built the Microsoft Dynamics sales team and also ran strategic alliances. He has been pivotal in many of the key Dynamics projects and brings 365 Talent Portal a vast network of contacts within Dynamics customers and partners. He also set up an SAP reseller business in the past.

Philip Stride

Philip Stride

Non-Exec Director

 

 

 

Following 11 years in management consultancy, Philip has spent the last 14 years managing various leading Microsoft Dynamics CRM & ERP partners. Currently Head of Sales at Maginus, previously he was running Systems Advisers Group (SAG) in the UK, and InfoData Solutions, Managing Director at Multi Group and Touchstone, and Commercial Director at eBECS. With great experience in recruiting to build partners from £2m to £30m turnover, Philip brings 365 Talent Portal a great network of contacts and process knowledge.

Mike Burdett

Mike Burdett

Non-Exec Director

 

 

 

Mike has spent a lifetime in ERP software. Here are some of the impressive roles that Mike currently plays: Chairman at Electoral Reform Services Ltd and Fusion Internet Solutions Ltd; Non-Exec Director at Norland Managed Services Ltd and HealthWatch West Sussex. Previously, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Scala Business Solutions. Mike brings us vast experience, having set up and advised many successful start-ups and having been on the board of some large Microsoft Dynamics customers and partners who faced exactly the resourcing problems that 365 Talent Portal solves.