Meet Cerco

Chris Barlow

Managing Director

Chris is the Managing Director having taken on the ownership of the business in July 2017. After many years in main stream recruitment Chris joined Cerco IT Training as Head of Recruitment in 2003 with the remit to set up and launch a brand new initiative a Recruitment Division, a first for Cerco which had been training only since it was established in 1989. Graduates of the training scheme now had a dedicated team to assist them in finding suitable IT engineering opportunities.  The new divisions business levels grew year on year and became an integral part of the Cerco Group so much so that in 2010 it was decided to stop selling training  and rely solely on revenue from Recruitment. In recognition of this Chris was made a Director of Cerco  a position he has held ever since.


Rebecca Knapper

Head of Core Business

Rebecca joined Cerco in 2010, initially brought on as a Sales Consultant to generate new business and to create fresh opportunities. Following a positive start to her career with Cerco in this position, she then moved over to the Recruitment department and has since lead and managed large, nationwide deployments for key customers. Within this role, she organised and planned project schedules, not only managing engineers on a daily basis but upholding and developing customer relationships which resulted in her quickly being promoted to Senior Recruitment Consultant.

Following many successful years in this role, Rebecca now heads up the Core Business division of Cerco, leading the team who are responsible for all the accounts that fall into the fundamental area of business.



Richard Haslam

Head of New Initiatives

Richard leads the New Initiatives team within Cerco, helping the company grow the emerging accounts and to achieve its ambitious business goals.

Having worked in the IT industry for 30 years, Richard started as a Field Engineer working in Central London and latterly the north of England for various large corporate IT providers. After several promotions, Richard became a service manager for Computacenter within the Lloyds / HBOS account, before leaving to head large engineering support teams in Fujitsu Siemens and Fujitsu Services.



Peter Leeson

Head of Technical Services

Peter attended the Cerco IT training course after wanting a change of career. He then went to work as Field Service Engineer and worked on various contracts before returning to Cerco as a trainer. He then then progressed to training manager, then Head of Technical Services.

His role along with his team is to ensure that we select the best people to train to become Cerco engineers and that the training is kept up to date and delivered to a high standard.