Mark Walker is a founder and director of Integris having established the company with Kevin Popat in 2002 after six years working as a consultant and manager at Robert Half International.

"I work on the Search & Interim team focusing on senior appointments and interim assignments. During the last 18 years I have built up a strong network of candidates and clients, many of whom have been contacts throughout that time. I believe that the trust and friendships that are built over time play an important part in my role. I often meet people just to catch up, have a drink or a bite to eat; it is not all about immediate business.

Outside of work I am a strong believer in the work/life balance. I enjoy eating out, drinking good wine - or beer for that matter - and walking in the countryside with my spaniel, Montgomery. I go skiing every year, but other than that my sporting activity is restricted to being an enthusiastic spectator. Later this year, at the ripe old age of 42, I am due to become a father for the first time, which should put paid to most of those pastimes."