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Our People

James Leigh (left) & James Moorhouse (right)

James Moorhouse

Our founder and Director, James graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in History before taking up his first role in recruitment with the world’s largest recruitment agency.

Within 12 months James had established the most profitable desk in the region, but he found temp recruitment lacked the long-term client relationship building and specialist sector insight he craved.

So in 2006 James joined a leading executive recruitment group in Leeds where his career developed rapidly from trainee to senior manager heading up multiple teams.

With a passion for motorsports, James became familiar with the lubricant and oil corporate sponsors who supported his favourite sport. This shared interest saw James develop relationships with companies across the downstream oil industry, including lubricants, additives, fuels, oil trading and shipping.

By talking with his contacts, James saw an opportunity to deliver a better service to this sector, and it was a natural step for James to found ABN Resource.

Redefining recruitment for the downstream  oil industry, James prides himself on providing industry leading result delivery for global retained executive search, outstanding levels of communication and highly professional career guidance.

Seen as a trusted leader in the energy sector, James is now a regular speaker (speaking at prestigious events such as the UEIL congress) and has written for popular industry publications – such as Lube Magazine – providing insight on industry topics and recruitment strategies. 


James Leigh

James joined ABN Resource as a shareholder in April 2016.

His remit is to deliver growth and development of ABN Resource internationally in downstream and midstream oil markets.

After spells living and working in France, Australia, New Zealand and Asia, James chose to specialise in recruitment within the Oil industry in 2011.

As his career and experiences developed, James saw how the recruitment industry could be perceived in a whole new light – and how it could be redefined to work more effectively. He knew there was an opportunity to explore his new way of thinking.

James had known James Moorhouse for a number of years, and it became increasingly apparent that both shared identical values and a common vision about what would truly benefit both the clients they served and the employees within the company. James was invited to join ABN Resource, and he jumped at the opportunity to help bring their vision to life.

James is a highly knowledgeable and well networked recruiter across global downstream and midstream oil markets.


Want to know more about working with us? Speak to our international oil and gas recruitment consultants today.


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