About Centrum

About Centrum Solutions:

Our Centrum Solutions Founders, Mitch Read & Leon Lloyd met back in 1995 where they were playing for Leicester Tigers Academy in the centres and went on to become lifelong friends. Fast forward to today, they have reached the perfect moment with a realignment of career paths.

20 years in Sport and 20 years in recruitment has given us the opportunity to develop a business which showcases our passions, whilst giving us the ability to give back and help others who find themselves in the same predicament.

Quite simply, our business is about enabling our clients to achieve step changes in performance by identifying and appointing the best talent in the market“.

The Centrum Team Code:

At Centrum Solutions, we have created a ‘Team Code’ that as a business, we live and breathe. It’s a symbol of our values, what we stand for and how we work. Explore the page further and learn about the Centrum Team members.

Leon Lloyd

Leon had a successful rugby career signing professionally for Leicester Tigers at the age of 16. This was where he and Mitch first met and where they both played together in the centre (Latin translation = Centrum). Leon’s career at Leicester and Gloucester culminated in winning 6 Premiership titles, 2 Domestic Cups and back-to-back Heineken Cup trophies. He also represented the Barbarians on 5 international tours and has proudly represented England at every age group level making his full international debut against South Africa in 2000.

As one of the Co-Founders and CEO of the Switch the Play Foundation, Leon led the UK’s first charity that focuses on assisting athletes and members of the military with their transition and development into the next phase of their lives. Having successfully transitioned into the world of business himself, he published his first book, ‘From Boot Room to Boardroom, where career transition is the main focus.

Combining his passion for sport and business, during his own transition out of sport, he went on to graduate gaining a First-Class (Hons) degree in Business Leadership and Management. His final dissertation topic focused on how sports clubs and organisations can better help prepare their athletes for life after sport. More recently, Leon graduated with an MBA, earning a Distinction grade where his thesis was again around transition and the employability traits of elite athletes.

He forms part of a Government Advisory Board, (Office of Veterans Affairs) that is tasked with enhancing the Government’s commitment to veterans.

Military Talent Acquisition Manager

Matt was born in Cambridge in 1989 and joined the Royal Navy in 2010 as a Warfare Officer. His first ships were HM Ships Ocean and Bangor, which saw him deploy on Operation Ellemy. He served in mine hunters HMS Cattistock and Quorn as the Gunnery Officer. Then as the Navigator on mine hunters HMS Grimsby, Shoreham and Pembroke. These jobs saw him visit over 15 countries in 5 years, conducting operations with numerous international partners.

In November 2015 he became the Commanding Officer of HMS PURSUER, a role he had looked forward to fulfilling since before joining the Royal Navy. Between 2015 and 2017, Matt was deployed three times around the UK and Northern Europe. Following his Command, Matt worked in a number of HQ roles. Working as an operations manager, project/programme manager and chief of staff.

Matt left the Royal Navy in March 2022 after 12 years to work as a Queens Harbour Master Pilot, a lifelong dream of his. At the same time, he was given the opportunity to work with Mitch and Leon at Centrum. Allowing him to work in a passion area for him, helping others prepare for their transition. Matt lives in Helensburgh, Glasgow with his partner Sophie. Matt is a keen rugby player and coach, and enjoys sailing and spending time being bossed around by his two children.

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