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Our mission

Zinc is redefining the reference check. Offering new formulas for referencing, unlocking new data and opening up new insights. Propelling referencing from a painful part of your process - to the most impressive. Zinc’s scalable technology will facilitate unforgettable candidate journeys.

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Charlotte Hall
Co-founder
A natural disruptor, Charlotte has a flair for organic marketing solutions. With a keen eye for design, in her spare time Charlotte can be found throwing on the wheel at her local pottery studio.
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Helen Gilroy-Powell
Content Lead
An academic with a creative streak. She has a PhD in linguistics and is now taking an MSc in Marketing. In her downtime, Helen loves crocheting with a cup of tea and the latest Netflix series.
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Lenard Pratt
Software Developer
A master of all trades, Lenard works on both the front and back-end of Zinc. When he isn't working or studying for his BSc in Computer Science, he manages his competitive fantasy football team.
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Luke Shipley
Co-founder
A recruiter-turned-developer who has grown 3 startups, featured on Dragons Den, and has sourced talent globally. When he’s not coding, he can be caught eating peanut butter from the jar.
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Peter Brooke
Co-founder
An experienced CTO and renowned Agile leader, Peter has delivered innovative products in Blockchain (Tailster) Finance (Lloyds) and IoT. A family man with two daughters and a growing guinea-pig army.
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Sanjeev Ponnapula
Tech Lead
A highly ambitious (and competitive) developer and problem-solver. At Zinc, he’s built and integrated our Vue application. Out of work, Sanjeev can be found in deep warfare playing League of Legends.

Advisors

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Alexandra Kelly
Employment Entrepreneur
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Keith Teare
Tech-Unicorn Entrepreneur
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Fabian Vogelsteller
Ethereuem Core Dev

Our story

Luke, one of the founders of Zinc, spent the best part of a decade in the field of recruitment. He saw a field plagued with inefficiency, prejudice and a lack of transparency. One problem stuck with Luke, a problem that encapsulated the issues in recruiting - referencing. The practice is plagued with poor candidate experiences, bias, data wastage, and inefficient processes.

Luke believed a fairer, transparent process was possible. One which was quick, easy and productive for every party. A process enabling candidates to own their data, and companies got the in-depth, unbiased insight they needed.

At the beginning of 2019, team Zinc defined what they are passionate about...

Our vision:

  • Zinc will become the go-to formula for referencing - with or without our tools.
  • Zinc will create the fabric for the future of sustainable work data.
  • Defining new forms of referencing, creating an industry standard for applicant referencing.
  • Shift behaviors in referencing, opening up new information to extract.

Why:

  • Helping shape the future of work, a future that cares about privacy.
  • Initiating interviewing that respects individuals time & work data.
  • Spread widespread referencing knowledge, leading to safer, more productive practice for all.