About Us

One Avenue Recruitment and Consultancy was founded by James Ellis-Smith and Michael Rawlings. They had spent considerable time researching, developing and planning their strategy to take the Food Delivery Tech Industry and Hospitality Industry by storm with a new, fresh and innovative approach to both sector’s ever changing needs.
The company has now evolved into a business that has one of the best reputations in the country for understanding the needs of clients and candidates alike, and to deliver for them an unrivaled service.
One Avenue has a unique recruitment skill set within these Sectors.

  1. A True Understanding of in house and consultancy recruitment
  2. An in depth knowledge of on line recruitment strategies
  3. Unparalleled Operational Knowledge within the Hospitality Sector and Food Delivery Tech Sector

Our Team

James Ellis-Smith
Managing Director

James’ passion and expertise for this industry it has culminated with him holding senior positions in high profile companies. With 15 years of Operational experience within the Hospitality Industry at all levels prior to starting One Avenue Recruitment, James has an appreciation of the pressure and prerequisites needed to succeed. James has been Directing Operations, Consulting, Recruiting, Developing and Training across a spectrum of disciplines during this time, thus earning him high respect and admiration within the industry.
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Michael Rawlings
The Late Great Michael Rawlings

Michael’s career had seen him hold Senior Operational positions both here in the UK and abroad. During his time Managing, Operating and Recruiting, Michael’s belief of “truly understanding people at all levels is paramount in exceeding their expectations”. This ethos will never change and Michael’s passion and devotion to One Avenue spurs the team on every day.

Lucy Hadley-Smith
Recruitment & Business
Development Manager

Lucy’s deep rooted passion for hospitality and her experience of the commercial and operational side of the business began whilst growing up and working in her family owned independent restaurants both in the UK and Spain before pursuing a career in Sales.
Having worked at the UK’s leading hospitality job board for 8 years, operating across the Restaurant, Pubs & Bars, Hotels and Recruitment Consultancy Sectors, and successfully working with some of the UK’s largest hospitality employer brands by helping companies attract, recruit and retain employees Lucy cemented her love affair with hospitality.
Now with a decade of experience in Hospitality and over 20 years combined experience in Online Recruitment Strategies and Recruitment & Business Development, Lucy has an acute awareness of the recruitment challenges that hospitality companies face both from a commercial and operational perspective and she is a firm believer that a company is only as good as the people it keeps…
This led Lucy to her vocation at One Avenue Recruitment where she is committed to providing a consultative approach to recruitment and delivering a bespoke and personal service to all clients and candidates alike at all levels of management within the hospitality sector.

Jason Riseborough
Recruitment Consultant

Coming from a hospitality background, Jason soon fell in love with all things food  and grew a huge passion for the industry .

Over time, Jason progressed his operational career by supporting an International Restaurant group across the UK, leading their training and development department, helping open numerous restaurants.

After a number of wonderful years working operationally within L & D, Jason incredibly successfully, transferred his skill set into recruitment.

Since launching One Avenue’s chef division, Jason has been instrumental in its growth, and has developed a great reputation within the industry of truly understanding and delivering on our company’s clients and candidates requirements.


Rosie Da Silva
Recruitment Consultant

A natural foodie with international hospitality experience.

Rosie’s natural zest for life and positive energy matches her passion for the hospitality industry, and recruitment within it.

Rosie creates amazing longstanding relationships with her candidates, ensuring that they achieve the right career path for them.


Guy Bradley
Recruitment & Business
Development Manager

Guy’s experience in the restaurant industry spans over 30 years, having risen through the ranks from bartender to Operations, and on to open his own restaurants.

Having worked with some of the worlds most recognisable brands, in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia, Guy has a strong focus on culture and brand standards, and consults with many of the leading restaurant groups in London and the UK on recruitment solutions from an Operational standpoint.