John O’Brien


About John O’Brien

John O’Brien is the owner, founder, and Chief Executive of Dovetail Human Resource Services which started in Newbury in 1989. Our goal at the time was to become the best and most successful independent recruitment company in the Berkshire area and offer our customers innovative solutions to their resourcing needs (In essence it was not just Martin Luther-King who had “a dream” ).


In 1989 we were the first in the country to offer a comprehensive child care facility to help parents return to work dovetailing the needs of companies, candidates and children ensuring our customers access to the very best candidates available. Today there are hundreds of similar childcare facilities run by schools, employers and local authorities based on our original idea.


Dovetail has grown from a one man business in 1989, to a multimillion pound turnover business with numerous contractors working at various sites across the UK and in France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Ireland, Turkey, Greece and Slovenia and have placed candidates with our international customers in various European locations as well as Singapore, Hong Kong, China, India, USA, the Middle East, the Far East, and South Africa.


John was born in England and educated in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and is a Fellow of The Institute of Recruitment Professionals and Vice Chairman of the West Berkshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


John attributes Dovetails success to the fantastic staff who have worked for us over the years, we are a people business and we have been truly privileged to work with some fantastic people.


John is passionate about his family and has four children who all live in the local area. His hobbies include golf, squash, dancing, keeping fit and he loves music and travel which he hopes to do more of in the near future.


‘When I look back at the last 30 years I am proud of our achievement and delighted with our current Management team who will take Dovetail to even greater success in the future’.