We have big ambitions to permanently change the way people hire and get hired, both in the legal and other white collar sectors, using GDPR compliant, content-rich, value-added recruitment techniques. We place transparency, charity, and candidate control at the heart of our model.

Route1 was founded in the UK in 2015 and is headquartered in London. Our founders and investors include experienced lawyers, digital entrepreneurs, recruitment consultants and HR professionals.

Candidate Control

Meet the team

James Cole

Founder & Director

James has had a 25 year-long career practicing corporate law in London and New York. He co-founded Route1 in 2015.

Kiran Chauhan

Director & CTO/COO

Kiran has an MSc in Computer Science. He has worked across several technology businesses, specialising in the creation and operation of marketplace platforms. Kiran is the key product designer for Route1 and heads our digital media strategy.

Henry Whittaker

Director & CFO

Henry has a degree in Engineering from the University of Oxford, has experience in management consulting and hedge funds (on the investment side) and has been working in startups for seven years. He is currently a founder and CFO of Octer, a retail data platform.

Tom Fielden

Operations Manager

Tom studied Archaeology and History at the University of Southampton and has ten years experience within Operations, most recently at an international awarding body. Tom is focused on delivery across all Route1 platforms.

Nick Kaufmann


Nick studied Politics at the LSE and started his career at HM Treasury before leaving to work as a corporate financier, specialising in Equity Capital Markets. He had spells with Schroders and Citigroup. Nick is on the board of a fintech startup and advised TomTom on its IPO.

Melinda Rishkovski

Advisory Board Member

Melinda has worked as a corporate lawyer in the US, UK, and Russia. She has worked in Moscow as General Counsel for Baring Vostok Capital Partners and more recently was a partner with Baker Botts. Melinda advises Route1 on fundraising and its international development.

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