About Us

SLR’s mission is to connect the right skilled tradespeople to busy shipbuilders. Our vision is to be known as the leading marine recruiter operating across the UK, providing staffing solutions for multiple shipyards.

Meet Sarah

Director of SLR Marine Recruitment

Sarah, our founder and director, embodies the essence of leadership and empowerment. Driven, knowledgeable, and selfless, she inspires us to strive for excellence in everything we do. With her entrepreneurial spirit and kind heart, Sarah leads by example, guiding us to uphold the highest ethical standards with integrity and honesty.

We are immensely grateful for Sarah’s leadership and unwavering dedication. Fondly known as the “hummus queen”, Sarah’s infectious energy lights up our office every day.

There truly is only one Sarah Roads!

At SLR Recruitment Solutions, we think it’s so
important to be transparent and fair. It defines who we are as a company and gives you a measure of the people who make up our team.

Why choose SLR Recruitment?

We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver results. When you partner with SLR Recruitment, you can expect:

Honesty and transparency:

We don’t promise the earth, but we guarantee honesty. If we can’t help, we’ll tell you upfront. However, with our extensive network and expertise, we're confident that we can find the right solution for your needs.

Exceptional service:

Our team of dedicated professionals are committed to providing personalised service tailored to your unique requirements. From initial consultation to project completion, we’ll be with you  every step of the way.

 Reliable support:

We understand the challenges of project management in the maritime industry. Whether you need support during peak contract periods or assistance with ongoing projects, we’re here to help. Let’s have a conversation about how SLR Recruitment can support your projects.

The Team

At SLR Recruitment, we pride ourselves on our ability to not only talk the talk but also walk the walk. With a commitment to delivering on our promises, we empower each other to excel and succeed in every endeavour.

Sarah Roads – Founder / CEO

Eight years ago, I made the decision to take full responsibility for my business decisions. After dedicating 12 years to working in recruitment for others, alongside being a mother to two active boys, I was inspired to create a business that would accommodate my family commitments. SLR specialises in supplying contractors within the Marine and Industrial sectors, aligning perfectly with my passion for recruiting.

Now, with a team of experienced recruiters trained in-house, we have dedicated permanent recruitment consultants who excel in white-collar roles within the Marine sector.

Laura Playfoot – Operations Director

I joined SLR in December 2023 after Sarah approached me. With 18 years of experience in the recruitment industry across agency, internal, and large MSP and RPO contracts, I focus on growing permanent roles within the Marine, Aerospace, Defence, and Energy sectors. I have led large teams of recruitment consultants and account managers and have driven £million projects.

SLR's unique selling proposition (USP) and collaborative approach align well with my values. I prioritise transparency, clear communication, and excellent service delivery, supporting clients with their hiring processes and providing market intel.

I'm proud to work for SLR, and I appreciate the flexible work-life opportunities offered by Sarah.

Tatum Isaacs – Account Manager

Joining SLR 18 months ago, I've truly found my niche. Despite coming from a background in hairdressing for 20 years, I've seamlessly transitioned into this role, drawing on the skills gained from my previous career. Thriving in client-facing roles and networking, being an account manager suits me perfectly.

Working at SLR has provided ample room for growth, and I'm excited about the prospects the next year holds on my journey with SLR.

Sophie Groves – Recruitment Resourcer

New to recruitment, I've already achieved remarkable results. Placing the right trades with the right clients has become my passion and talent. I enjoy connecting with candidates and learning about different trades, finding fulfillment in the placement process. As a married mother of two, managing a busy schedule comes naturally to me.

Recruitment is now LIFE and I can't wait to build it and watch it grow!

Jodie Gover – Recruiter

Joining SLR in March this year, I'm navigating the dynamic world of recruitment. With a background in sales, customer service, and international long-haul cabin crew, I sought a workplace where I could build a career while balancing my passions for travel and connecting with diverse individuals. SLR has provided an empowering and supportive environment where I feel challenged and encouraged to achieve my goals. In a short time, I've made a significant impact within the company and look forward to what the future holds.

Mo Wright – HR Administrator Wizard

The rapid expansion of the business led to a need for admin and HR management which is where I came in. I support SLR to ensure compliance around employment law and streamlining systems and processes. I am thrilled to be part of the team and proud of how far SLR has come.

Hannah Payne - Cook – Payroll

I believe we meet the right people at the right time and that is true for Sarah and I. After covid, I did not want to return to my full-time corporate role and fortunately Sarah needed support for a business that complimented SLR. I love the flexibility of the SLR team and how we celebrate each other’s highs and support like a family through the lows. I can honestly say I am so grateful for the opportunity I have been given.

Sammie Burr – Recruitment Resourcer

I fell into this role after Pandemic hit and my professional dancing career came to an end on Cruise Ships... I now am FULLY immersed into the world of recruiting & honestly loving it.

Alongside this I am a fully qualified Personal Trainer - and lucky enough to teach a variety of online fitness classes - which you can find at: www.sutrapro.com/sammiebfitness

I have extensive experience working with people from all walks of life from all over the globe, dancing professionally, being a barmaid, future cruise sales assistant and promotional model. I believe in having the perfect work/life balance & ultimately want to give the best experience to all through recruitment & my fitness business!

Phil Clements – 15-02-23

What our clients say

A very friendly and easy to use agency, took the time to come and see the working environment first to make sure the right candidates were selected, They worked tirelessly to help us fill our vacancy with the right person.

Caroline Tyler – 15-02-23

What our clients say

I can't think of a business owner and team of people who care more about the community of Portsmouth! Sarah is committed and an expert in the marine refit and shipbuilding sector

Christian Scarboro –

What our clients say

I would like to say how friendly and efficient the staff are at SLR and  give a special mention for Tatum who helped us through a challenging time. She dealt with the situation with professionalism and passion and she is a credit to your organisation.