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        Public sector and not-for-profit recruitment founded on transparency, flexibility and results.

        Allen Lane was established in 2004 to provide a more personal service than that possible in large corporates and to offer a fresh and down to earth approach to recruitment, founded on transparency, flexibility and long-term objectives.

        Within public sector and not-for-profit, our recruitment expertise spans permanent, interim, executive search and managed services across business intelligence, finance, IT & digital, legal & governance, housing & property services, operations & strategy project & programme management and commercial & procurement.

        Why Allen Lane?

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        Over 550 current temporary assignments
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        Delivering recruitment services to over 150 clients at any given time.

        Partners whose trust we’ve earned Our clients

        Our Journey

        20

        04

        Founded in a bedroom by James Allen and Ben Lane before moving into our first office in Oxford Circus

        05

        1st hire – Lester Fernando – now Business Director at Allen Lane

        06

        Celebrating our first major milestone of achieving our 100th placement

        07

        Growing equals bigger offices – we moved to 50 Pall Mall, a short stroll away

        08

        As finance recruiters, became ‘sector specialists’ with the aim of leading our markets

        09

        Our permanent division was established.

        10

        As we grew, our team were invested in supporting charities aligned to them and started participating in significant charitable events to support fundraising. The first one being the London to Paris bike ride. We also achieved Sunday Times Fast Track recognition.

        11

        Recruiter Fast50 Award and Amsterdam reached on 2 wheels by many for charity

        12

        We hit ‘30’ headcount and launched our Consultancy Services offering.

        13

        Sierra Nevada conquered and Allen Lane named #1 by iON – UK’s most profitable recruitment company per head

        14

        10 year celebrations included being named by iON as #1 in UK’s top gross margin / Consultant (any industry, any sector), moving to Mayfair (King St), climbing Kilimanjaro and cycling from Dublin to Doolin – the latter two for charity.

        15

        We established our IT recruitment division and won ‘Growth Company of the Year’ at the Recruitment International Awards – sandwiched by a charity trek to the Great Wall of China.

        16

        Recognised by Recruitment International for multi-vacancy / cross-department Central Government Recruitment Campaign (Campaign of the Year) and established our procurement business

        17

        Change afoot with appointments of Managing Directors and creation of North West Business, before a charitable fundraising Cross-Channel sail.

        18

        Transylvania trekked for Terrence Higgins Trust as Outsourcing Inc acquired Allen Lane

        19

        New start as CEO appointed internally, Executive Search business launched and a unique partnership with Government Finance Function was created

        20

        Created our hybrid working environment in reaction to COVID following record start to the year.

        21

        Completed successful recovery of COVID and launched a series of webinars to support both candidates and clients.

        22

        Introduced Strategic Advisor, launched our legal & governance division, ran our first Academy and conquered the Norwegian Fjords over land, sea and under stars 2023 for four charities.

        23

        Launched our housing and property services division and achieved #4 in Recruiter Hot 100 (most profitable recruitment companies)

        Meet the team

        Alex Evans

        Alex Evans

        Head of Healthcare Recruitment

        Finance

        Alex Evans

        Head of Healthcare Recruitment

         

        Alex is responsible for our Healthcare finance practice and leads the North West regional office having returned to his home town in 2016 after over 8 years in our London office, where he developed his outstanding reputation for customer service and real sectoral insight. He exudes professionalism, a fresh perspective, a cheery disposition and a wealth of experience from over 20 years in the recruitment industry, in the UK and Australia.

        Clients choose him for his honesty and reliability, and for his track record of delivery.

        Widely considered the nicest person to ever work in recruitment, Alex loves his museums and excursions and is a National Trust member, which enables him to release his children into the wild over the weekend. Alex has been sung to by the lead singer of the Lighthouse Family and, when wearing a hat, has been mistaken for Woody from Toy Story.

        Amber Joe

        Amber Joe

        Consultant

        IT & Digital

        Amber Joe

        Consultant

         

        After living in Australia for 2 years, Amber returned to the UK to study Philosophy at the University of Liverpool. Since graduating in June 2022, and taking a 3-month trip to South America, she has been specialising in interim IT / Digital Recruitment across the Government and Charity sectors. Amber oozes energy, charisma and intelligence and is incredibly passionate about the quality of her work.

        Amber is a self-proclaimed selective sports fan, watching both Man Utd and Formula 1 only when the stakes are high. With a love of both hiking and travelling, in her free time you will find her looking at lists of the top National Parks and planning her next holiday!

        Ben Tuckfield

        Ben Tuckfield

        Senior Consultant

        IT & Digital

        Ben Tuckfield

        Senior Consultant

         

        Ben’s significant recruitment experience includes engineering, housing, education and technology within the public sector. At Allen Lane, Ben specialises in recruiting permanent IT professionals across the public and not-for-profit sectors.

        Ben is a big fan of most sports. He enjoys playing golf (badly), skiing and is a lifelong Spurs fan. He’s a keen DIY enthusiast and has renovated 3 properties and a proud father to his little boy!

        Beth Young

        Beth Young

        Business Director (Charities, Housing & Education)

        Finance

        Beth Young

        Business Director (Charities, Housing & Education)

         

        A history graduate, Beth joined Allen Lane in 2007 after previously running an interim finance division of a large UK recruitment firm.

        Beth is responsible for our Not for Profit, Housing and Education recruitment division and is hugely passionate about the charity sector in particular in which she has recruited peerlessly during her AL career.

        Beth used to play the classical guitar until an addiction to having long nails won out! She has an intense fear of heights after being stuck at the top of a rollercoaster ride for over an hour with only billowing smoke and Mambo Number 5 playing on repeat for company! Beth is selfless with her time and a systems guru and has helped implement 3 CRM’s at Allen Lane!

        Bryony Thomas

        Bryony Thomas

        Business Manager

        Finance

        Bryony Thomas

        Business Manager

         

        Bryony joined Allen Lane in 2015 having previously spent 6 years in Milan working predominantly as a Brand Consultant within the fashion world. A UCL graduate and former AL “Performer of the Year”, Bryony specialises in the permanent, senior and executive recruitment of senior finance professionals within the Charity and Arts sectors.

        Amongst Bryony’s claims to fame are over 8,000 friends on social networks, some of whom she actually knows, as well as being the only female guest at Paris Hilton’s private party in Milan. She is incredibly hard-working, optimistic by nature and loves spending her spare time with her husband, daughter and dog Rocco!

        Chris Hatcher

        Chris Hatcher

        Business Manager

        IT & Digital

        Chris Hatcher

        Business Manager

         

        Born and raised in Essex, Chris is a Business Information Systems graduate from University of East Anglia, and an MBA graduate of 2019. He joined Allen Lane with 9 years of interim recruitment experience and specialises in interim IT and Digital recruitment in Local Authorities across the UK.

        Chris is an avid fan of all sport and watches as much of it as he can in his spare time, especially when his beloved Arsenal are at home . When he’s not watching sport you can find him in the kitchen mastering his culinary skills, and has big plans to visit as many places in the UK as possible with his partner and daughter.

        Ridhi Vaid

        Ridhi Vaid

        Senior Consultant

        Legal & Governance

        Ridhi Vaid

        Senior Consultant

         

        Ridhi initially joined Allen Lane to deliver talent for the Interim and Permanent IT teams before joining the growing Legal & Governance practice as a 360 Interim Recruiter in 2023.

        Ridhi is from good old Streatham but moved to the states at the tender age of 15, returning in 2022 when Allen Lane came calling. Living in both the UK and US for so long makes for a pretty awkward accent. Most days she’s English and some days she’s American, depending on the weather. In her free time, she loves to travel, hike, explore new restaurants and try her hand at pottery.

        Simon Winter

        Simon Winter

        Business Manager

        Finance

        Simon Winter

        Business Manager

         

        Another ex-Morgan Hunter with significant experience, our 2022 “performer of the year” has several years’ experience recruiting accountants across the Public Sectors and beyond. Initially all things “education finance”, he has increasingly become a vital cog in our interim local government finance machine.

        Simon is proudly the only person in Morgan Hunt’s 25 year history to win their prestigious George Miller award twice (an award voted for by colleagues to recognise company values in practice). He has a morbid fear of birds (pigeons in particular!) after being attacked by a neighbour’s chicken as a child.

        Sian Negal

        Sian Negal

        Business Manager

        Finance

        Sian Negal

        Business Manager

         

        Sian joined in 2022 with significant financial recruitment experience, initially in our not-for-profit permanent recruitment team (covering Bryony’s maternity) before joining the local government permanent finance team in late 2023. Sian has a depth of experience that emanates throughout her work, which extends to supporting and empowering people in their professional development, and has a strong track record of managing retained executive search and multi-vacancy campaigns.

        Sian has a keen interest in supporting positive mental wellbeing. Having gained a Diploma as a meditation teacher, Sian uses her skills to help others use meditation to manage their wellbeing. Sian also meditates daily and is always happy to help others to develop their own practice – if they are interested of course!

        Pujan Thakrar

        Pujan Thakrar

        Senior Consultant

        IT & Digital

        Pujan Thakrar

        Senior Consultant

         

        Pujan studied Politics at the University of Nottingham before starting (via a stint in compliance) in IT recruitment within the public sector in 2010. After a ‘brief stint’ in Financial Services recruitment (5 years), she has returned home to what she knows best joining Allen Lane in 2023 as a specialist, permanent IT recruiter across the Public and Not for Profit Sectors.

        Pujan enjoys watching football, supporting Liverpool and is a theatre enthusiast enjoying anything from small independent productions to big musicals. Pujan is a keen singer and dancer and AWFUL at both but adamant to show the world you don’t have to be good at what you enjoy!

        Philippa Watkins

        Philippa Watkins

        Business Director (Local Government Finance & Procurement)

        Finance, Procurement

        Philippa Watkins

        Business Director (Local Government Finance & Procurement)

         

        Philippa joined us in January 2023 after previously leading a large interim Local Government Finance team for Penna, working in partnership with CIPFA. Our first external Director appointment, Philippa brings a wealth of expertise in interim, executive and permanent recruitment and recruits into, and leads, our Local Government (Finance) and Procurement practices.

        Philippa has a few loves… including travelling, champagne, shoes, handbags and is a big foodie. Philippa recently adopted a rescue cat called Frank who, like her owner, is full of sass!

        Niraj Thakkar

        Niraj Thakkar

        Head of Legal & Governance Recruitment

        Legal & Governance

        Niraj Thakkar

        Head of Legal & Governance Recruitment

         

        Niraj is from West London and has lived there all of his life. Shortly after finishing secondary school Niraj started his recruitment career at Morgan Hunt where he spent just under 5 years building a growing a public sector Legal and Governance team. At Allen Lane, his remit is to not only recruit permanent legal & governance professionals across the Public Sector, but to lead and build an outstanding L&G practice to complement our other service areas.

        Niraj is passionate about aviation and travelling. He is currently working towards his private pilot’s license and managed to fly a plane by himself at 16. He likes to travel as much as possible and is aiming to have completed 35% of the world in by 2028. In his spare time, he enjoys watching football and socialising with friends and family.

        Lester Fernando

        Lester Fernando

        Business Director (Central Government & Managed Service)

        Finance

        Lester Fernando

        Business Director (Central Government & Managed Service)

         

        Lester is a law & psychology graduate who was the first one to join Allen Lane. After a successful 6 years with Michael Page (where he was consecutively ranked in their global ‘annual Top 5 performers’) he has not looked back since his arrival in 2005. Lester is a Director within Allen Lane who has recruited in Central Government on an interim and consultancy basis for over 20 years. He also looks after the ever-growing Government Project Management practice.

        Whilst at a Government function at No.11 Downing Street, Lester got lost and accidentally navigated his way into the reception of No.10 to be greeted by armed guards curious as to what he was doing there! Lester loves his cricket and once accidentally hit Courtney Walsh for 6 and he has also run out two former Test cricket captains whilst batting with them. On an Allen Lane trip, Les met his idol, Shaggy and serenaded him with “Oh Carolina”, his karaoke ‘go-to’.

        Laura Kelly

        Laura Kelly

        Senior Consultant

        Finance

        Laura Kelly

        Senior Consultant

         

        Laura joined the Allen Lane team as a Senior Consultant in our Interim NHS Finance team in 2023. Previously, she had run her own recruitment business in appointing senior professionals within the Health & Social Care sector having originally qualified as a nurse in 1998 before working her way through Registered Management into an Executive role within the Social Care sector. Passionate about supporting others, Laura is driven to deliver a personalised, high-quality, professional yet ‘human’ approach.

        Laura has 2 children, Caitlin and Noah and fits right into Allen Lane as a karaoke expert who took this passion a step further by joining a band in 2010, when she became lead vocalist and fronted a Disco, Soul and Funk band!

        Kieran Williams

        Kieran Williams

        Head of Public Sector Property Recruitment

        Housing & Property Services

        Kieran Williams

        Head of Public Sector Property Recruitment

         

        Kieran graduated from the University of Essex with a 2.1 in Accounting and Finance, with the intention of having a high-flying corporate finance career before recruitment came calling (after a stint as a Vintage Wine Broker which we’re secretly more interested in). Since 2015, Kieran has been recruiting housing and property management professionals across the Public Sector – his remit at Allen Lane – as we challenge him with building the UK’s #1 Property Recruitment practice.

        Kieran is an F1 Enthusiast, albeit his dream of being an F1 driver has not quite materialised. He is a keen traveller & explorer and has been to over 30 different countries. Not all 5 star though, he enjoys wild camping, hiking and mountain climbing.

        John Sergeant

        John Sergeant

        Business Director (Interim IT)

        IT & Digital

        John Sergeant

        Business Director (Interim IT)

        We were delighted to bring in John’s expertise and personality in 2017 to enhance our IT recruitment service offering. He had previously spent a decade at Venn Group and Keystream, where he established himself as a market-leading interim IT recruiter, and currently recruits interim IT professionals into Central Government and is the Director responsible for interim IT recruitment in Central and Local Government at Allen Lane.

        John is a long-suffering Nottingham Forest fan, being far too young to remember any former glory days. He once met his namesake former BBC reporter and Strictly Come Dancing legend, John Sergeant, who point blank refused a “selfie” and moved back to Lincolnshire in 2023 with his young family.

        Kane Pfeiffer

        Kane Pfeiffer

        Business Manager

        Finance

        Kane Pfeiffer

        Business Manager

         

        6 years into his recruitment career, Kane joined Allen Lane to amalgamate his own Local Government sector experience with our own. He specialises in placing interim finance and PM professionals across the UK.

        Kane outside of the office is dedicated (borderline obsessed) with poker, having collected a few trophies from the West London Circuit. A dream of his would be to win the WSOP Main Event. Other than poker, he can be found playing golf (borderline terribly), basketball and is partial to baking from time to time.

         

        Chris Maddison

        Chris Maddison

        Business Manager (Education and Housing)

        Finance

        Chris Maddison

        Business Manager (Education and Housing)

         

        Chris studied Politics at the University of Sussex and entered recruitment in 2005, at Venn Group and then Boston Hale before joining Allen Lane in June 2021. Chris heads up our interim Education finance recruitment team and specialises in mid to senior interim appointments within educational institutions.

        Chris spends his weekends and spare time with his partner and daughter and is a passionate Watford FC fan and has been a season ticket holder since 1990. When not at Vicarage Road, Chris can be found listening to Oasis and Stereophonics whilst cooking some of his favourite dishes.

        Darshan Dixit

        Darshan Dixit

        Senior Consultant

        IT & Digital

        Darshan Dixit

        Senior Consultant

         

        After graduating in Biomedical Sciences, Darshan facilitated setting up the UK operation of a multinational conglomerate before turning his hand to IT recruitment, joining Allen Lane in summer of 2022 where he specialises in recruiting interim IT & Digital professionals into Local Government.

        A lover of relics from a bygone age, he’s most often found wondering around museums, antiques shops or in a dated car. Other pastimes include drinking copious amounts of tea, playing (very good) cricket and being in a love hate relationship with golf.

        Ed Stroud

        Ed Stroud

        Business Director (Permanent IT & Central Government, Housing & Property, Legal & Governance)

        IT & Digital

        Ed Stroud

        Business Director (Permanent IT & Central Government, Housing & Property, Legal & Governance)

         

        Originally from Windsor, Ed studied Human Geography at Cardiff University before starting his career in recruitment (recruiting and managing significant teams) at Morgan Hunt, where he spent 9 years before joining Allen Lane in 2019. Ed leads our permanent IT, Legal & Governance, and Property & Housing practices; and personally specialises in permanent and executive IT recruitment across the Public Sector as well as being the brains behind many of our bids and tenders.

        Ed is a keen runner and completed the London Marathon in 3 hours, 28 minutes as well as raising over £2,000 for charity and finished in 3:28. An even keener traveller, he has so far travelled to 38 countries, highlights of which include Sri Lanka and a road trip up the West Coast of the US.

        Iain Slinn

        Iain Slinn

        Senior Consultant

        Finance

        Iain Slinn

        Senior Consultant

         

        Born in Bolton, Lancashire (not Greater Manchester!), Iain graduated from Manchester Metropolitan university with a 2.1 MSc degree in Biomedical science in 2019 and decided to put that degree to use in recruitment at Hays, where he stayed for 3 years before joining Allen Lane in 2023.

        Iain recruits finance professionals into Charities, Education and Housing organisations.

        Iain is a big fan of outdoor sports, and is always trying to branch out into new things. He is hoping to continue adventuring with hiking and skiing across the globe and tick off things off his ever growing bucket list.

        Jack Cox

        Jack Cox

        Senior Consultant

        Finance

        Jack Cox

        Senior Consultant

         

        After graduating with a degree in Ecology in 2018, Jack enjoyed a ski season in Champoluc, Italy before returning to complete an MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity at Southampton University. An ex-Royal Marines Officer Trainee, Jack specialises in permanent finance recruitment within the Central Government and Healthcare sectors.

        Jack has been an avid rower since the age of 12 and has competed at Henley Regatta. He also enjoys a range of physical challenges involving great views, including skiing, rock climbing and mountaineering.

        Jack Murphy

        Jack Murphy

        Business Manager

        Finance

        Jack Murphy

        Business Manager

         

        Jack graduated with a Law Degree from Greenwich University after which he spent 5 years at Morgan Hunt as a Finance recruiter into the Public Sector before joining Allen Lane specialising in permanent senior and multi-vacancy mandates in the Local Government arena.

        Jack is a Londoner through and through, has never lived anywhere else and couldn’t imagine living in a quiet village. Despite that, he is a lifelong Newcastle United fan and is enjoying their new found riches. He used to bowl during his teens, and once won a national bowling competition and one day he plans to drive across America.

        Joe Tyrrell

        Joe Tyrrell

        Business Manager

        IT & Digital

        Joe Tyrrell

        Business Manager

         

        Joe joined Allen Lane in 2018 after three successful years with Venn Group specialising in Healthcare IT & Business Intelligence Recruitment, and has expanded his expertise combining contingent labour interim recruitment with driving and supporting Healthcare IT Consultancy programmes of work.

        A long-time suffering West Ham fan and fashionista, Joe is partial to a bit of a sing-song in the office and once came off second best in a paintball shoot-out with Damian Lewis.

        Mike Driver

        Mike Driver

        Strategic Advisor

        Mike Driver

        Strategic Advisor

         

        Mike’s career before joining Allen Lane was completely focused on the Civil Service. He started his career delivering face to face services to the public before moving into a policy, strategy finance and project roles. He’s an accountant by profession and is the former President of his Charter Institute (the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)). He has held some incredibly interesting and challenging roles, including the Chief Financial Officer at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Head of the Government Finance Function at HM Treasury, Senior Responsible Officer for the Managed Quarantine Service, and Interim Permanent Secretary at the MOJ. We are privileged that Mike is our strategic advisor, supporting the CEO and the team to implement strategies and plans to deliver both organic and dynamic growth. His ambition is to help Allen Lane and its amazing team to become the recruiter of choice for the public and charitable sectors.

        Mike spends most of his spare time with his family. He always has at least one book on the go at any time, and he plays bridge (mainly socially but sometimes more competitively). He loves Italian food, wine, and culture (including opera) and is lucky to have a house in Abruzzo. He also enjoys pottering in the garden, walking, and exploring London.

        Taylor Richardson

        Taylor Richardson

        Senior Operations Coordinator

        Operations

        Taylor Richardson

        Senior Operations Coordinator

         

        After graduating in English Literature in 2017 from the University of Leeds, Taylor worked in Operations at a college in his hometown Portsmouth for a year, before leaving the UK to travel Australia for 3 months. After falling in love with the Australian East Coast, Taylor decided to extend his stay and live in Sydney for a further 2.5 years before returning to the UK in 2021 to join Allen Lane. Taylor is a key part of the Operations’ supporting with payroll, invoice finance, and assisting with the onboarding processes for our interim practice. He has also proved a brilliant support on key projects.

        In his spare time you’ll find him occasionally jogging and more frequently, with friends – a glass, or 2, of wine in hand.

        Phillipa Taylor

        Phillipa Taylor

        Senior Operations Coordinator - Accounting Technician

        Operations

        Phillipa Taylor

        Senior Operations Coordinator - Accounting Technician

         

        Hailing from Durban, South Africa, Pips flew the SA nest after finishing High School to try out life in NYC and went onto complete a BA in Corporate Communication at Varsity College. It was towards the end of 2019 where she moved to London, just in time to begin life at Allen Lane before the pandemic took over. As part of our Operations’ team, Pips specialises in payroll, works closely with our managed vendor clients and also supports our permanent business activity.

        Pips was one of the first people to understand the trials of undertaking a new role 100% remotely, having started at Allen Lane just 5 days before lockdown, and she thrived! Living so far from home, she cherishes spending time with her friends and family, in particular the annual family ski-trip.

        Miranda Brotherton

        Miranda Brotherton

        Operations Project Manager

        Operations

        Miranda Brotherton

        Operations Project Manager

         

        Hailing from Adelaide, Australia; Miranda graduated with a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She travelled to London in 2015 and never returned, and specialises in the implementation, execution and management of major projects; earning her our top performer award in 2022.

        Miranda enjoys playing tag rugby in her spare time. She has a passion for travel (having been to over 30 countries!) and loves learning about new cultures, including trying different foods – Thai and Mexican are her favourite two cuisines.

        Lauren Naude

        Lauren Naude

        Senior Operations Coordinator

        Operations

        Lauren Naude

        Senior Operations Coordinator

         

        In August 2020, Lauren packed her bags and started a new chapter in London taking the well-trodden path from Cape Town to Allen Lane having graduated a year earlier with a BA in strategic Brand Communications at Vega College, Cape Town, where she also completed an Internship with a Wedding & Events Specialist. As a key part of our Operations team, Lauren works with the Local Government Interim team with their onboarding process, as well as assisting with payroll, the permanent team and putting her event planning skills to good use!

        With roots in Zimbabwe, Lauren is a country girl at heart (especially when it comes to her favourite music genre) with a love for all things outdoors although Cape Town certainly brought out her city side and her passion for good food. Lauren’s weekends are filled with lots of park walks and adventuring around the city, catch-ups with friends, and most importantly attending her church service on Sundays.

        Maurice Goldstone

        Maurice Goldstone

        CEO

        Maurice Goldstone

        CEO

         

        Maurice joined Allen Lane in September 2009 having run permanent and interim finance recruitment teams at a global recruitment businesses following a graduate scheme at a leading independent consultancy. Heading up our permanent recruitment team initially and involved in many of our start up areas, Maurice was made Managing Director in May 2016 and CEO in April 2019.

        A sports nut and a regular dislocator of [both] shoulders, Maurice is that rare breed of Mancunian Manchester United fan. Keen golfer and chef; most of his spare time is spent with his wife, daughter and cockapoo!

        Jemma McClean

        Jemma McClean

        Operations Manager

        Operations

        Jemma McClean

        Operations Manager

         

        Jemma went to the University of Leeds where she studied Psychology, beginning her career evaluating and working with prison inmates before “escaping” to the slightly less intimidating but equally fascinating world of recruitment as our Operations Manager at Allen Lane. CIPD qualified, Jemma’s role varies from policies and webinars to supporting interim candidates placed within the Central Government sector, as well as working on permanent recruitment campaign microsites. She also organises initiatives for fellow employees, such as Mental Health First Aid training, as our Well-being Champion.

        Jemma enjoys going to the gym to unwind, is an excellent artist, visits galleries in her spare time and is partial to the odd pint of Guinness. No stranger to a Netflix binge, her favourite and most recommended show is American Horror Story which she’ll wait before sharing with her baby girl!

        Heather McDowell

        Heather McDowell

        Operations Coordinator

        Heather McDowell

        Operations Coordinator

         

        After making the big move from New Zealand to London in 2020, Heather spent her first couple of years in London nannying and studying marketing, and had her first taste of the operations world with Allen Lane when she joined us part-time in 2022. She has since discovered her interest in all things compliance and payroll, gained some valuable recruitment industry and operations experience, and re-joined Allen Lane in 2023 as a permanent member of the Operations Team ad is contemplating working towards an accounting qualification. Heather works within the operations team, supporting the NHS and IT teams. She also helps the business with payroll and internal IT issues.

        In her downtime, Heather can be found going to spin classes and the gym, trying every brunch spot in London, or planning her next adventure/city break! She is a proud cat-mum to ragdoll cat (who likes to feature in Teams meetings on WFH days) and will eagerly show anyone photos of him at the slightest sign of interest.

        Tessa Addison

        Tessa Addison

        Operations Director

        Tessa Addison

        Operations Director

         

        Tessa is a human resources graduate from South Africa and also holds a post graduate diploma in teaching. Tessa joined Allen Lane in summer 2008 as a Research Consultant to provide front line support to the recruitment team and became a Director of Allen Lane, responsible for our crucial Operations’ division (with particular personal focus on all things payroll, and all things important), in 2022.

         

        Susie Bradby

        Susie Bradby

        CFO

        Susie Bradby

        CFO

         

        Susie graduated in Australia with a commerce degree majoring in accounting and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG (Melbourne), before coming to London via the Cayman Islands. She joined Allen Lane in 2017 after a career across professional services, financial services and Central / Local Government; and is our amazing CFO.

        Susie loves to travel and has visited her favourite country Italy more than 25 times. Her aim is to learn Italian in time for her wedding… 9 years ago. She remains at the beginner stage. She loves playing sport with her family and revelling in Australian sporting triumph.

         

        Tom Rimmer

        Tom Rimmer

        Consultant

        IT & Digital

        Tom Rimmer

        Consultant

         

        After graduating with a degree in International Business at Loughborough University, Tom spent one year in North Wales as a procurement analyst working on a wind farm, and 2 years in a business analyst role at a trading house in the oil and gas division, before joining Allen Lane in 2022. He recruits IT professionals as part of our permanent Public Sector offering.

        Following several shoulder dislocations Tom’s involvement with sports is kept safely on the side lines. He especially enjoys watching rugby, cricket or football and is a huge Welsh rugby fan (for his sins). At the top of his bucket list is to go on a Lions rugby tour!

         

        Tom Malyon

        Tom Malyon

        Business Manager

        IT & Digital

        Tom Malyon

        Business Manager

         

        Born and raised in South London with a short stint in the States, Tom joined Allen Lane in January 2023, 8 years after the start of his successful recruitment career. Tom has a wealth of experience of Digital and Technology recruitment into the Public Sector and specialises in Interim and Managed Service Digital, Data and Technology People Solutions into Central Government.

        Tom is an ex-semi-professional football player but had to hang up his boots up at an early age due to injuries, and now enjoys lighter exercise and watching Chelsea. Tom and his young family enjoy travelling and visiting new places around the world.

        Suzanne Brighton

        Suzanne Brighton

        Senior Consultant

        Procurement

        Suzanne Brighton

        Senior Consultant

         

        Suzanne has been specialising in senior level interim and permanent recruitment across the public and not-for-profit sector since 2017, recruiting across all senior levels (up to CEO) predominantly within Local Government. Suzanne is responsible for interim and permanent procurement recruitment across the UK.

        Suzanne’s favourite hobbies are tennis, bottomless brunches and watching soaps (every night). Outside of these, you will most likely find her being pulled around the countryside by her uncontrollable puppy or at the karaoke bar, emptying the place…

        Steve Wills

        Steve Wills

        Business Manager

        IT & Digital

        Steve Wills

        Business Manager

         

        Steve joined Allen Lane after three successful years at Sullivan and Stanley, where he started as a resourcer before being promoted twice – a feat he has matched at Allen Lane. Steve joined us in early 2020 to help enhance Allen Lane’s IT presence focusing predominately on Central Government appointments before being tasked with leading our interim NFP and Education IT presence.

        Originally from Melbourne, Steve is a fan of all sports. He played a lot cricket in his youth and despite a selective memory, is happy to talk about his favourite tests wins with most English fans. He once played a club game with his father, during which he unintentionally dropped a catch off Wills snr’s bowling. His early work experience included time spent in the Australian army and he has worked tirelessly in support of the Ukraine.

        Stephanie Robinson

        Stephanie Robinson

        Business Manager - Central Government

        Finance, Procurement

        Stephanie Robinson

        Business Manager - Central Government

         

        Stephanie worked for the Cabinet Office, primarily in the Government Recruitment Service as a senior account manager, for over 4 years prior to joining Allen Lane,. Her diverse work experience includes Director-level government recruitment and has worked in both London and Melbourne. At Allen Lane, Stephanie does executive permanent recruitment, particularly within the central government arena, having worked closely with BEIS and the MOD in her previous role and is keen to help expand our senior offering.

        Stephanie is from Melbourne, has a drama degree and half a law degree, and enjoys reading, running, travelling and spending time with her family. On her move from Melbourne to London she de-toured and spent 6 months in South East Asia and would love to live in Italy. She loves F1 and tennis, and is an avid Spurs supporter which causes a lot of distress at weekends.

        Ed Kelly

        Ed Kelly

        Associate Consultant

        Finance

        Ed Kelly

        Associate Consultant

         

        A Sheffield lad, Ed is currently studying at Royal Holloway University of London. In the third year of his Business and Management BSc, he has chosen Allen Lane as the venue of his placement year on the back of work experience in 2022 and will be exposed to as much recruitment (candidate facing) as we can throw at him.

        Poor Ed has been a Leeds United fan for a number of years and his my spare time, he enjoys going to the gym as often as possible. He has a black belt in karate and used to teach classes, is a computer nerd and is the only Allen Lane employee to choose, rather than fall into, recruitment!

        Vicky Milne

        Vicky Milne

        Operations Coordinator

        Operations

        Vicky Milne

        Operations Coordinator

         

        Vicky grew up in the Kruger National Park and later moved to London in 2023 via Cape Town, South Africa. Vicky is an invaluable part of the Operations’ Team, supporting the business with a ‘little bit of everything’.

        A dog lover, when Vicky moved to London, it was with her 3-legged rescue dog in tow and often spends her weekends looking after as many dogs as she can. Vicky has a degree in Psychology from the University of South Africa, as well as a degree in Politics and Philosophy from the university of Cape Town.

        Joshua Greenhalgh

        Joshua Greenhalgh

        Senior Consultant

        IT & Digital

        Joshua Greenhalgh

        Senior Consultant

         

        Joshua joined Allen Lane in September 2023 after a highly successful start to his career in Sydney where he recruited widely across the IT sector for NSW Government. Joshua specialises in recruiting interim IT & Digital professionals into Local Government.

        Originally from Sydney, Joshua is big fan of the NRL (National Rugby League) and was a fullback for his junior club until under 16’s. After his recent travels through Europe, Joshua has a newfound love for exploring new countries and will take as many opportunities as he can to see as many new places as possible.

        Robert Waugh

        Robert Waugh

        Head of Procurement Recruitment

        Procurement

        Robert Waugh

        Head of Procurement Recruitment

         

        Robert studied Geology at university before deciding his skills were better suited to working with people rather than rocks. Since graduating, Robert spent over 6 years at Venn Group building their procurement team before joining Allen Lane to head up our procurement practice, recruiting interim & permanent procurement professionals across the public and not-for-profit sectors.

        Robert is a big rugby fan and supports Harlequins. Whilst he hung up his contact rugby boots a couple of years ago, he now spends most of his time playing tag rugby across different leagues in SW London.

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