To grow a great company, you require great people.

A BIT ABOUT US

HEALTH & FITNESS INDUSTRY SPECIALISTS

We’re dedicated to the Leisure, Health & Fitness industry and fascinated by the innovation of technology and consumer trends within it.  Our extensive global industry network enables us to plan, manage and execute business-critical recruitment assignments across the UK & EMEA.

Our true dedication to the industry we serve has enabled us to form trusted partnerships with some of the world’s leading industry brands and people. Whether you’re hiring or seeking your next senior role, our commitment to excellence and professionalism ensures an industry-leading recruitment experience.

Assignment Categories

C-Suite & Leadership – Sales Management – Fitness Tech & Digital Health – Club Operations – Franchise Development – Product – Fitness & Spa Management – Marketing – Customer Experience – Head Office

ADAM SMITHERS

FOUNDER OF FOLLOW THE OAK

Adam founded Follow The Oak in 2017 after being disillusioned with the traditional methods and strategies employed by recruitment providers.

In previous experience as General Manager within one of the UK’s most innovative SME’s, Adam formed an integral part of a senior management team that achieved substantial growth across the UK & Europe. The teams he was tasked with strategically building to support an expanding client portfolio became a fundamental part in the business achieving great success.

Adam says – ‘Having worked both sides of the recruitment process, I started Follow The Oak with an unwavering commitment to provide a superior representation experience for the candidates whose careers will help shape the organisations we support”.

adam@followtheoak.co.uk / +44 7904 079242 /

WHY USE US?

Sourcing, selecting and mapping exceptional talent for your business is a critical but time-consuming process. When daily operations demand full focus, we are able to offer industry leading recruitment services that remove pressure and allow your teams to concentrate solely on business-critical objectives. 

Industry Expertise 
Our outstanding knowledge of the commercial Leisure, Health & Fitness industry allows us to truly understand your business offering, its challenges and the competition. We’re well placed to advise on hiring strategies and facilitate introductions with remarkable industry candidates capable of driving your business forward.

Talent Community
Through our dedication, credibility and integrity we are proud to represent a remarkable global network of industry achievers capable of leading and supporting business critical objectives across national and international markets.

CLIENTS WE’VE WORKED WITH

TESTIMONIALS

"UNDERSTOOD OUR BUSINESS"

Recruitment is challenging at the best of times but with Adam we have found a partner that has really taken the time to understand our business and has provided only very high quality candidates. His swift responses, coupled with a genuine passion to find the right candidate makes him a very trusted partner of Precor UK.

Steve Carter – Managing Director – Precor UK, Amer Sport Cooperation

"HIGH LEVEL PROFESSIONAL"

Adam is a high level professional to the full extent when it comes to Recruitment Support. Adam knows his business very well and he managed all related parties through the process in every aspect which is needed to make this whole recruiting journey a success. Congratulations and keep on working in such a professional manner.

Hubertus Effinger – Country Manager, Germany, Austria & Switzerland - Myzone

"ONE OF THE FINEST AND MOST RELIABLE RECRUITERS"

When working within a leadership team, recruiting the best people is arguably the most important responsibility and essential to the success of the business. Adam has proven to be one of the finest and most reliable recruiters I’ve worked with. His impressive dedication, knowledge and understanding of the Fitness industry means he’s not only expertly placed to advise on the market he’s also vastly networked. I trust him with my recruitment needs and look forward to collaborating again on future projects.

Tony Ali - UK Country Manager - Freemotion Health & Fitness

"MADE THE PROCESS EASY"

Adam made the whole process of finding and securing a new job easy. From the initial introduction Adam provided direction and a clear understanding of the role, along with continued support throughout. If you are looking for a new job or require someone to handle the process I would definitely recommend Adam.

Fraser MacKenzie – Regional Sales Manager – Precor UK

"PLEASURE TO WORK WITH"

Adam has been an absolute pleasure to work with. Made the journey very easy and ever the professional I’m so grateful for all the help! Adam you’re a star!

Stacey Smith – Account Manager – Life Fitness

"FANTASTIC RECRUITER"

Adam is a fantastic recruiter and it was a pleasure to work with him. He is professional, fun and extremely knowledgeable on the fitness industry. I love my new job and cannot thank him enough!

Louiza Deevey – Education Sector Sales Executive – Matrix Fitness

“BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE THE ROOTS”