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Theo Smith

Founder at Neurodiversity At Work

manchester, United Kingdom


Once upon a time I was a professional Actor. I now use my thespian skills to entertain my daughter and son.

As part of the Zinc leadership team I help organisations understand how in 1-2 clicks they can automate all their background and reference checks globally in one go. No more worrying about making mistakes with checks that can have huge negative and liable legal implications. Why put that pressure/responsibility on a HR or Recruitment Admin? Leave it to us ;)

I’m Neurodiverse and a Neurodiversity advocate, inbox me or read my blogs on #ChatTalent or listen to my podcast Neurodiversity - Eliminating Kryptonite & Enabling Superheroes!

Amanda Kirby and I have a book out this year 'Neurodiversity at Work: Drive Innovation, Performance and Productivity with a Neurodiverse Workforce'

It can be ordered from most bookshops on and offline including Amazon, Waterstones and WHSmith.

I’m a futurist and therefore highly focused and adaptable to all things change and transformation, whether that be technology, operations, people and strategies.

My annual feedback normally highlights my enjoyment of talking! So why break a habit of a lifetime? I talk and engage at events where I feel I have something to offer.

I seriously love connecting with people and sharing experiences and ideas;
so feel free to reach out to me ;)
Mobile: +44 (0) 770 6576941
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Neurodiversity ? Recruitment Change and Transformation ? Recruitment Technology ? Employer Branding ? Employee Value Proposition ? Community Management ? Content Marketing ? Social Recruitment ? Career Coach ? Executive Search ? Headhunting ? Talent Acquisition ? Talent Mapping ? Resourcing ? Market Analysis ? Direct Sourcing ? Recruitment Strategy ? Recruitment Team ? Recruitment Function ? Candidate Attraction ? Recruitment Campaigns ? Assessment Centres ? Recruitment Projects ? New Recruitment ? Candidate Sourcing ? Blogging ? Public Speaking ? Training ? Sourcing Ninja ? Black Belt in Internet Recruitment

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Manchester
Speaking Topics: Neurodiversity, Evidence Based Recruitment, HR Tech Startup

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Company Information

Company Type: Company

Areas of Expertise

Future of Work 35.83
HR 33.71
Marketing 30.85
Social 30.55
Innovation 30.13
Emerging Technology 30.19
Diversity and Inclusion 50.05

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
Federal & Public Sector
Higher Education & Research
Professional Services

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6 Article/Blogs
May 07, 2019
We’re walking blindly into Wachowskis the Matrix combined with the essence of George Orwell’s 1984.

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Tags: Marketing, HR, Future of Work

The Ultimate Guide To Social Media Marketing
March 01, 2019

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Tags: Social, Marketing, HR

January 07, 2019
How we can all start to look at making our environments, workplaces, recruitment processes a little better and more Neurodiverse friendly for 2019.
It's not as difficult as you think and could plug into other key initiatives and strategic objectives! + it feels good to do good things ;)

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Tags: Future of Work, HR

December 13, 2018
We've created a Rat Race in a world where only certain types of candidates need apply. Well it's time we put a stop to it and opened the doors to all types of applicants.

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Tags: HR, Future of Work

Leading from Da Back of Da Class
October 18, 2018
You’re dyslexic or have AD(H)D, or a combination which is not uncommon, clearly you’re going to play second best to more ‘perceived academic’ candidates.

Well you may well play second best! But that shouldn't be the case and here's why...

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Tags: HR, Future of Work

July 05, 2018

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Tags: Future of Work, HR, Marketing

1 Book
Neurodiversity at Work
Kogan Page
August 03, 2021
An organization's employees are its biggest competitive advantage. Performance gains can be achieved through cost saving, process improvement or technology adoption, but the biggest difference is made by people. This means that recruiting, engaging and retaining the very best talent has never been more important.

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Tags: Diversity and Inclusion, Future of Work, HR

2 Media Interviews
Candidate engagement and understanding the candidate market with Theo Smith
Jobs The Word
July 01, 2019
Understanding the candidate market with Theo Smith

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Future of Work, HR

Theo Smith talks with Bill Boorman at Unleash London
April 01, 2019
Neurodiversity, Tru, Unleash and more...

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Tags: Future of Work, HR

1 Podcast
Ep 176: Evidence Based Recruiting
Recruiting Future Podcast
July 01, 2019
It is fantastic to see the increasing use of data-informed strategies in talent acquisition. However, while the industry is making progress in this area, generally there is still a lot more to be done when it comes to the use of data in recruitment marketing. Most recruitment marketing is not as sophisticated targeted or optimised as it can be, and that’s a real problem for employers.

My guest this week is Theo Smith recruitment manager at The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. NICE is an organisation with research and data at its core and Theo has been doing a great job at bringing an evidence-based approach to their recruitment marketing.

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Tags: Marketing, HR, Future of Work

1 Speaking Engagement
Evidence Based Recruitment
In-house Recruitment
May 30, 2019
Research-Driven Recruitment: Hitting the Target Every Time

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Tags: Future of Work, HR

3 Webinars
Cambridge Analytica in Recruitment
Candidate ID
June 25, 2019
We really need to think about data.

In this webinar, Adam and Theo Smith discuss the impact of data in recruitment, the opportunities, and the risks.

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Tags: Social, HR, Future of Work

April 16, 2019

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Tags: HR, Future of Work, Diversity and Inclusion

Recruitment Marketing Framework Panel Discussion
September 13, 2018
Watch this experienced panel, as we have an open discussion on the ideal recruitment marketing framework.

We looked at how you define objectives, research your audience, create content, distribute that content, and nurture and engage talent.

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Tags: Future of Work, Innovation, Marketing



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