Our Team

Anthony Brooke


About Tony

Tony has been in recruitment since 1997, initially with Hays plc recruiting accountants, before switching to legal recruitment in 1999 with Sacco Mann. He has built strong relationships across the North in Private Practices large and small, acting for lawyers at all levels including partners.

Having co-founded Florit Brooke in 2007 he now leads Brooke Thornham Consulting and enjoys the hands on involvement in fee earning as well as having strategic responsibility for the business going forwards.

Tony is known for being refreshingly honest, but demonstrates time and again that the foundation of this approach is his detailed market knowledge and meticulous attention to supporting the candidate and client.

Outside of work he is learning electric guitar and is gradually acquiring several instruments along the way, most recently a Guild Bluesbird to add to a Fender Jaguar.. a Sheraton 2.. a Mini Maton (bought second hand from a chap who lives in a windmill).. and a Norman acoustic.. and he always has his next guitar in mind.

He enjoys weekends away as often as possible, and bakes exceedingly good Christmas cakes for a substantial list of family and friends, and always one for the office!

Contact Details

0113 4873080 (DDI 0113 4873081)

07879 446552

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Gemma Crossley

Principal Consultant

About Gemma

Gemma commenced her career at a reputable Lancashire law firm and gained invaluable skills and experience that have served her well in her role as a specialist legal recruiter. Gemma launched her recruitment career almost 10 years ago and has specialised in legal recruitment for the past 7 of those, focussing on qualified recruitment at all levels across Yorkshire and the North West. Her client list is wide-ranging and covers a variety of different types of law firms, from well-regarded regional practices to international practices.

Prior to moving into legal recruitment Gemma also spent time working in the field of organisation development with large public and private sector clients in relation to their leadership development projects. This experience has given Gemma further depth of knowledge when advising law firm clients in relation to their recruitment and talent management strategies.

Gemma’s approach is thoroughly consultative, she prides herself in being authentic and trustworthy and is highly recommended for these qualities by candidates and clients alike. She is particularly passionate about client relationships and networking and so within Brooke Thornham she takes a lead as regards our marketing and sponsorship initiatives and is heavily involved in managing our valued relationships with the Junior Lawyers Divisions throughout the region.

Dedicated to ensuring that legal professionals receive impartial and honest advice regarding their career choices, Gemma and is always happy to offer career guidance and assist where she can.

Outside work Gemma enjoys running and has taken part in numerous 10km, half marathons and a full marathon on behalf of a range of charities including Women’s Aid, Age UK, Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Leeds St Gemma’s Hospice.

Contact Details

0113 4873080

DDI 0113 4873083

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Harriet Ullyott


About Harriet

After passing the Legal Practice Course, Harriet spent three years working at Walker Morris, servicing clients in the financial services industry. This gave her first-hand experience of both the legal and financial services sectors.

She joined Florit Brooke in 2015 as a Resourcer and has remained as a Consultant through the transition to Brooke Thornham Consulting in 2018. Her focus is Yorkshire and the North East where she works with a number of regional and niche firms.

Outside work, Harriet has a passion for sport and regularly plays netball for a number of local teams, enjoys Crossfit and takes part in long distance runs for charity.

Contact Details

0113 4873080

DDI 0113 4873082

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Rebecca Ford Johnson

Executive Coach

About Rebecca

Rebecca is an executive coach specialising in working with lawyers. Having been a Partner at Baker McKenzie for several years, she has first-hand experience of many of the challenges faced by lawyers.

Whether you are looking to progress to the next level, are finding it hard to achieve any work-life balance or struggling to achieve your career goals, Rebecca’s warm and candid approach can help you identify any stumbling blocks, gain some clarity of thought and develop a plan to take forward.

Contact Details

07738 144589

Frances Cushway RCDP

Career Coach

About Frances

Frances is a qualified Career Coach and is on the CDI Register of Career Development Professionals. In 2018 she was shortlisted for Career Coach of the Year. She works with clients in the UK and worldwide both privately and in an organisational setting. She is experienced at helping clients of all levels through career transitions to find the work and career they can’t wait to do.

Frances is a former BBC Producer and prior to that worked in Recruitment in PwC. She is trained in the use of psychometrics and other recruitment tools and has designed assessment centres. In addition to extensive development and coaching experience, she has a degree in Psychology and a PGC in Career and Talent Management.

Frances takes a client centred approach to her career coaching and uses solution focused techniques. She is passionate about her work and her style is warm, empathetic, flexible and supportive. She takes an intuitive approach though and will challenge you where needed.

Specialisms: Career Coaching | Women Returners | Maternity Coaching | CV Review | Personal Brand Development | Personal Marketing | Networking | Interview Skills | Career Planning | 1-to-1 Coaching | Workshops | LinkedIn

Jemma Kirman


About Jemma

Jemma enjoyed a successful career in architecture and interior design and is a Chartered Designer. She practiced both employed and also self-employed, though in recent years she has moved into administrative roles in sales environments which combine her project management and customer liaison skills.
She joined Brooke Thornham Consulting in spring 2018 to take responsibility for all of the administrative support functions for the business, compliance, co-ordinating marketing efforts, liaising with suppliers, and certain finance functions.
Outside of work Jemma enjoys looking after her 3 boys, running and keeping fit, gardening, upcycling furniture, decorating and all thing ‘property’. She also loves travelling to hot countries, music, and walks around English Heritage sites so there’s an interesting period property to take in.

Contact Details

0113 4873080

DDI 0113 4873084

Helena Ireland


About Helena

Helena has entered the recruitment sector directly having graduated with LLB Law from the University of Leeds in 2018. Whilst studying she has worked in the leisure sector and in sales, and also enjoyed work experience in legal environments. She has chosen a move to legal recruitment to give her plenty of client contact in a competitive environment.

Outside of work she has a passion for cross country racing and regularly takes part in the Leeds parkrun. Helena enjoys reading in her spare time and her favourite author is Sebastian Faulks. She is also a member of the Reading Revolutionaries, a charity devoted to the promotion of literature and the improvement of secondary school children’s reading abilities. Helena is a polite and friendly individual, who is committed to ensuring that all legal professionals receive helpful and honest guidance regarding their career choices.

Contact Details

0113 4873080

DDI 0113 4873086

Join Us



Recruitment Consultant – Private Practice or In-House

(Competitive earnings, company iphone and laptop, pension, 30 days holiday.)

We believe there are significant market opportunities for our business and we can only capitalise on those by growing the Brooke Thornham Consulting team – our clients want us to do more and we are keen to respond to that demand. Diversifying our client focus, and extending our geographical coverage are both high on our priority list, and we’ve a wealth of client connections to develop further if we can find the right people.

Our systems are cloud based and through a combination of modern technology and progressive management we are able to entertain flexibility for prospective employees, and that is core to our proposition.