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        Welcome to your local government recruitment and career hub

        Local government plays a vital role in delivering essential services, fulfilling specific duties that are closely aligned with the daily lives of our local communities. As such, the importance of highly-skilled professionals cannot be overstated. Our understanding of the unique challenges and demands on local authorities enables us to source experienced local government professionals that share your ethos and meet the technical requirements of the role.

        From finance and operational to policy, IT and governance, our established network of skilled professionals spans all levels of expertise. This enables us to fill the talent gaps necessary, on a permanent, interim and executive search capacity. 

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        Our Markets

        Given public accountability and budgetary challenges, local government organisations require multi-skilled finance experts. We source and connect organisations with finance professionals that have a track record of ensuring transparent financial governance and effective allocation of public funds.

        Typical roles we recruit:

        CFO / Finance Director
        Head of Finance
        Head of Financial Accounts
        Head of Finance Business Partnering
        Financial Controller
        Finance Business Partner
        Financial Accountant
        Project related finance professional

        Continue to provide safe and affordable living spaces by engaging the housing and property services professional’s adept at managing your assets effectively, all while adhering to regulations to meet expectations. From planning and development to maintaining existing properties, we’ve got you covered.

        Typical roles we recruit:

        Director of Property
        Head of Property
        Head of Asset Management
        Mechanical & Electrical Manager
        Estate & Facilities Manager
        Capital Works Project Manager
        Compliance Manager
        Building Surveyor
        Repairs Manager
        Fire Safety Manager

        Leverage our extensive network of skilled IT and digital professionals with a track record of seamlessly integrating the technologies needed to support digital transformation that is positively impacting the way local government organisations serve their communities.

        Typical roles we recruit

        IT leadership roles including CTO, CIO, CISO
        Security, AI & Data professionals
        DevOps / Infrastructure Engineer
        Data /Solutions/ Enterprise Architect
        Programme and Project Management
        Software Developer
        Business Analyst

        Safeguard the interests not only of the community you serve but your organisation, by investing in the legal and governance talent we provide, that understands the local government landscape and can translate the laws and regulations into a robust legal and governance framework.

        Typical roles we recruit:

        General counsel
        Senior Lawyer
        Solicitor
        Senior Case officer
        Legal Advisor
        Head of Governance

        Implement a strategic approach to procurement that maximises value and efficiency of your organisation and the communities you serve. Our procurement professionals understand both the technical aspects and the broader implications of public sector procurement from negotiation and contract management to compliance and sustainable development.  

        Typical roles we recruit:

        Director / Head of Procurement
        Procurement Manager
        Specialist sustainability professionals
        Category Manager
        Contract Manager
        Procurement Officer / Analyst

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        Permanent recruitment

        Every successful organisation lies in its workforce. Identify and secure the right people who are skilled and aligned to your organisation’s people needs, culture and vision. Experience seamless hiring processes, reduced time and effort, cost efficiencies and increased retention – all contributing to your long-term success.

        Investing in our permanent hiring solutions means investing in the future of your organisation.

        Interim recruitment

        We recognise that organisations require agility, adaptability, and quick recruitment solutions to address and overcome ever-evolving challenges within the charities, not-for-profit and public sectors. Leverage our interim and temporary recruitment services, designed to engage and attract exactly the talent you need, when you need it.

        Whether you’re transforming, managing projects with specialist requirements or filling recent talent gaps, we’ll deliver interim talent for immediate value.

        Executive Search

        The right leadership has a profound impact on an organisation’s trajectory. That’s why our executive search services are laser-focused on introducing and connecting you with the experienced industry experts who have already navigated the unchartered territories ahead.

        Leverage our expansive network, industry insights and rigorous evaluation methods to secure the transformative leadership you need to transform your public sector, charity or not-for-profit organisation.

        Managed Service

        Access to the best talent while optimising costs and improving productivity. Our managed services drive your recruitment and streamlines your costs and operations to achieve growth through a comprehensive workforce strategy of talent acquisition and management.

        Across the recruitment lifecycle, we take care of all of it – from sourcing and onboarding to performance monitoring and continuous improvement.

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        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!

        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.

        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!

        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.

        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.

        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.

        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.

         

        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.

        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.

        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!

        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!

        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…

        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!

         

        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!

        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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