History of Propel

​Propel was founded in 2001 by Melina Jacovou and Emma McNamara, and started out as a small digital recruitment agency focusing on digital advertising and media. By 2007 we had cemented our reputation as the leading independent digital recruitment agency in London. Four years later, in 2011, Propel was celebrating its 10th birthday, its 1500th placement and had established a Client Side, Creative and Propel Executive Branch of the business. Now, in 2014, we put our success down to our ability to adapt to and keep up with the ever-changing digital market. We have a contracts team, a mobile media team and a technical team and a growing number of consultants across the business. Have a look at our timeline below to see what we consider to be some of the highlights over the years.



June – Founded by Melina Jacovou and Emma McNamara

September – Move to new office – Eastcheap Street, London


January – Key Hire - Elton, our Operations Manager joins Propel


Feb - Melina Jacovou named in the Hospital Club's “Top 100 Influential People in Digital”

May - 1000th placement!

October - Launch of the Client Side Team


June – Propel London 10th anniversary

November - Melina wins the inaugural MARA Award for ‘Best Recruitment Boss’


April – Move to new office – 55 Greek Street, Soho

October – Key Hire - Simon Church joins the Board


January – Key Hire - James Webb employed as a graduate Resourcer (and is now Commercial Director!)

February – Move to new office – Tavistock Square Gardens


May – Key Hire – Kim Knapman is hired as a consultant in the Digital Team (she is now Sales Manager!)

June – Move to new office – Wardour Street, Soho


May – Launch of Propel Executive

August – Move to new office – Leicester Square


March – Key Hire – Zoe Kendle joins Propel as Financial Controller

May – Propel’s Finance Director Eric Ainsworth retires and joins the Board

June – Key Hire - Thomas Chambers joins the Board

November – Propel wins ‘Best Large Agency’ at the MARAs


Biggest Team in the history of Propel...and growing!