About Us

Talent in the Cloud:Our Story

The who, why, when and where!

Who ?


We are a highly experienced and dedicated team who share a common interest - to improve the way companies recruit by combining technology and human expertise. Together, our founding team has many decades of international experience in recruitment, talent acquisition, marketing, operations and customer service that i unrivaled in the markets we serve.

Darren Franks

Darren Franks, Founder & CEO is a thought leader in modern talent acquisition strategies. Darren offers a unique perspective having lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  Darren’s career began in London 17 years ago with a publicly listed staffing business before being approached to join a start-up technology & telecoms recruitment firm. During his 16 year tenure, Darren consulted and advised a vast array of customers on talent acquisition strategies including Middle Eastern sovereign wealth funds, magic circle law firms, consulting firms, OEM’s, international telecoms operators and VC backed start-ups.

Darren’s passion for digitization, transformation and people analytics allows him to design, build and operate talent acquisition programs and strategies for almost any business. He’s a firm believer that finding the right blend between technology and human capital is the ultimate way to deliver excellence.

Darren is married with 2 children and spends the majority of his time with customers across the African continent helping organizations embrace the future of Talent Acquisition.

richard alden

Richard Alden, Non-Executive Director served, until November 2015, as chief executive officer of Wananchi Group, a fast-growing communications operator, providing DTH, cable internet and business services in East Africa. Previously he was president of TOA Technologies Europe and the chief executive officer of ONO, the largest cable television operator in Spain. He joined ONO prior to its launch in early 1998 and helped oversee the development of the business from inception to a company now serving over 1.9 million customers taking some 3.5 million services.


Marco Baptista, Associate Director was born and raised in Zimbabwe. After he completed his education he relocated to the UK which he has called home for a very long time.

Being fully bi-lingual (Portuguese & English), Marco has built a large network of contacts throughout the PALOP region and naturally across other African states. Given his work ethic and relationship building abilities, can quickly identify the best solutions available and put steps in place to ensure successful delivery and within expectations.

Marco is passionate about technology and coming from a 360 recruitment role, truly believes this is the future of Talent Acquisition. In his exact words “If I didn’t believe in TalentintheCloud then I would not be here”

If Marco is not at the office or being kept on his toes by his wife and kids, he likes to get away and enjoy a round of golf finishing off on the 19th hole.


Meghan Lee Mare, Lead Account Manager Grew up in Cape Town and began her career in hospitality, managing numerous high profile restaurants and leading international hotel groups.

Meghan joined TalentintheCloud in 2017 and quickly became ‘part of the furniture’. Meghan’s approach to business and the ability to build relationships with customers and candidates alike makes her a rare find.

Meghan is married to Chris and as a classicly trained artist, spends her spare time in the art studio


John Paul de Sousa, Digital Marketing Manager spent his early years as a personal trainer, a retail manager and even a pro-wrestler  (no kidding, we’ve actually been to one of his fights!).

JP is passionate about Marketing and his key role at TalentintheCloud is to market our clients to the correct audience using the latest tools. techniques and strategies.



Things have changed and are continually evolving! Expectations are ever higher, recruitment psychology is more scientific, the cloud offers Anytime-Anywhere service delivery and customers are demanding ever increasing ROI. As experienced recruiters, we could see the industry was failing in its obligation to grasp the change and deliver the best for its users (both candidates and employers alike).
So, we created TalentintheCloud to not only meet today's needs but those of the future. Our DNA is to embrace continual change so that everyone benefits – employers, candidates and of course our team. Regardless of all the tools we use, we never forget that this is a people business.



Our head-office is located in London, with our delivery and support teams in Cape Town, South Africa. We have truly embraced remote working and have given serious consideration to the tools we use to help us collaborate on a daily basis.



TalentintheCloud was conceived early in 2016 after the founding team decided that enough was enough, and took matters into their own hands. Things had to change, and we set about making that happen.

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