Ross Katz

Role: Founder

Ross is the Founder of VirtueTech Recruitment Group and has over 15 years’ experience within the tech recruitment industry. Ross graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Nottingham, attaining a 2.1. Ross began his career at Real Staffing Group and demonstrated a natural flair in sales, achieving UK top consultant in his first and second year of business, competing with over 500 other consultants.

Ross quickly climbed the career ladder and in 2013, he joined Gravitas Recruitment Group as a Business Manager to set up and establish the Banking and Financial Services Desk which was highly successful enabling him to build and acquire further teams spanning DevOps, Cloud, Infrastructure as well as the Commercial IT division. In 2018, He was promoted to Associate Director.

In 2021, Ross’s passion for recruitment led him to pursue his own personal venture and so, he decided to set up VirtueTech Recruitment Group. Outside of work, Ross is a huge family man, and loves spending time with his friends, family and particularly his little one, Rafi. Ross also loves long walks in the countryside accompanied by his crazy beagle Narla and is a huge supporter of Tottenham Hotspur.

Chantelle Smith

Role: Principal Consultant

Chantelle graduated with a degree in Marketing and Business Management, attaining a First Class Honours. In 2016, Chantelle began her recruitment career at Cozens Recruitment Group in South Africa. She then moved onto HR Company Solutions in 2017, where she was promoted to Senior Recruitment Consultant only after being in the field for just one year. In 2020, Ross contacted Chantelle and convinced her to move to London and join the Financial Services and Banking Division at Gravitas Recruitment Group. After much convincing, Chantelle moved to the UK in October 2020 and worked across the DevOps market and liaised with FinTech and Blockchain clients.

Chantelle’s appreciation for Ross’s leadership style led her to join VirtueTech Recruitment Group in October 2022. Currently, she works as a Principal Consultant, liaising with many of our commercial and Financial Service clients.

Outside of work, Chantelle is passionate about running and often competes in marathons and other running competitions. She also is a huge foodie at heart and is fantastic at cooking.

Joe Merefield

Role: Principal Consultant

Joe graduated with a degree in Business Management from the University of Winchester. After graduating, he worked for Gravitas Recruitment Group for three years and was promoted to Senior Consultant within two years of starting his career. Most recently, he has worked for the likes of Investigo, and was brought on board to further build and develop the Financial Services Desk.

In March 2022, the opportunity to work again for Ross Katz arrived, but this time it involved setting up and leading a brand-new financial business unit and so Joe became VirtueTech Recruitment Group’s very first hire.

Joe currently is a Principal Consultant and manages the entire Financial Services Desk. Outside of work, Joe is an avid football lover and supports Manchester United. Joe also has a passion for gaming, travelling and most recently, he has been learning to speak Portuguese in his free time.

Shivani Shah

Role: Client Engagement Lead

Having graduated with a degree in Biomedical Sciences, Shivani previously worked for Gravitas Recruitment Group and brings a wealth of experience within the Tech Recruitment industry.

In 2021, Shivani decided to pursue further education and attended law school whilst working for a top city law firm. Having attained a First Class Honours at law school, a unique opportunity to join VirtueTech Recruitment Group presented itself and thus, Shivani joined the organisation in January 2023 as the business’s first Client Engagement Lead and manages the brand-new client engagement function.

In this newly created position, Shivani focuses on developing client relationships and further developing their brand and goals as a committed business partner. Shivani takes on a consultative approach when it comes to her client’s hiring needs. She offers advice on several matters including job specification writing, home-working policies, IR35 as well as the different ways in which her clients can attract both female and diverse talent in an ever-growing saturated tech community.

Shivani also spearheads all of the VirtueTech events and will soon be launching her very own podcast, interviewing industry leaders about their successful careers.

Outside of work, Shivani loves spending time with friends and family. She’s a true foodie at heart, loves travelling and enjoys Bollywood dancing.