Meet the Team
Sophie Bubb – https://www.linkedin.com/in/sophiebubb/
Sophie was the founder of dSb in 2016 after over 11 years at Michael Page International (MP) within their Retail & Fashion business. Working her way up from Consultant through to Director level, she was instrumental in the start-up of MP’s Buying & Merchandising and Design & Development divisions, as well as driving these roles Internationally across the business.
She now focusses her efforts entirely outside of the UK & Ireland, on Internationally based Commercial & Creative product roles for the General Merchandise & Fashion sectors.
As the in-house entertainment planner and incentive trip travel agent, the motto ‘work hard, play hard’ is something which she ensures is an inherent part of the dSb business.
Nick Bubb – https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-bubb1/
Nick is the other half of the partnership with Sophie, both professionally and personally. Similarly at Michael Page for a number of years where he lead their retail offering across the South, Nick then joined two ex-colleagues’ recruitment business and, as Director, was instrumental in growing it from 8 heads into a leading National Retail focused agency of 40. He joined Sophie at dSb in 2019.
Nick’s recruitment focus has remained the same over the years, People Management and Field Operations roles across Retail & FMCG, with a particular interest in enabling retail management candidates to shine in other Consumer sectors. This has included rail, airports, healthcare, care and the employability sector.
Nick’s passions in life are his bikes (road, mountain, watt….pick any) and his family (in that order?!)
Annabel Plowman – https://www.linkedin.com/in/plowmanretail/
Business Manager – Product (General Merchandise & FMCG)
Apart from being our Social Media queen, Annabel is our highly knowledgeable and experienced General Merchandise (GM) & FMCG Head Office Product specialist. She had a prior career in Retail Management before starting in Recruitment in 2014. She trained within a global corporate Recruitment Agency, followed by a team management for an SME Agency, before joining dSb Recruitment in 2020. She recruits within the Retail/Wholesale/Supplier sectors across all roles which take product from concept to delivery.
With the ability to fit it around our flexible culture, Annabel started couch to 5k in 2022 and is still going running 3 time per week, which helps keep her sane and fit enough to run around after her gorgeous son Dexter
Francesca Hedger – https://www.linkedin.com/in/francesca-hedger-33530a40/
Business Manager – Creative & Marketing
Fran has worked within recruitment since 2012 having joined Michael Page International on the Graduate Scheme where she was in the same team as Sophie, so they love having the chance to work together again! Since then she has been highly successful within two other recruitment businesses and been with dSb since 2021, bringing her extensive network, expertise, and passion with her. She is our Creative and Marketing specialist in London and the South of England, across a range of consumer related industries.
Not only does Fran give her all to her work, she also volunteers on a regular basis for the Samaritans helpline, and they are very lucky to have her.