Case studies


Social Housing


Multiple roles across the Finance team

Client profile

L&Q is a charitable housing association and one of the UK’s most successful independent social enterprises. The group houses around 250,000 people in more than 105,000 homes, primarily across London and the South East. Already one of the country’s largest housing associations, L&Q has ambitious plans to build 100,000 new homes over the next ten years.



As an L&Q preferred supplier, Robertson Bell is regularly tasked with a diverse range of assignments. In line with L&Q’s unique position within the social housing sector – they are a high-growth, commercially-focused organisation –  recruitment projects require a consistently high level of candidates. L&Q accept only exceptional talent with exemplary qualifications and experienced.


Key considerations and challenges

  • Perceived lack of career development opportunities in the not-for-profit sector for ambitious, commercially astute finance professionals – particularly within the top 1% of candidates, which is L&Q’s target recruitment marketplace.
  • Remuneration for many vacancies is typically below private sector pay for similar roles.
  • As a dynamic, fast-growing organisation, L&Q frequently require candidates with niche skillsets and specialist expertise, requiring a bespoke approach to recruitment.


Since Robertson Bell’s appointment to L&Q’s preferred supplier list in 2017, we have worked to build strong relationships with the organisation’s hiring managers. This gives our consultants deep insight into L&Q’s workplace culture and practices, and also into the niche skill-sets required for many of their specialist roles.

With a strong in-house HR team, L&Q frequently rely on Robertson Bell to recruit hard-to-find talent with tightly defined expertise and experience. To deliver on challenging assignments, we’ve assigned a specialist team with shared responsibilities, which gives us the operational agility to respond instantly, and to devise innovative solutions to the most demanding recruitment challenges.

We have also worked closely with the L&Q team to develop efficient processes, including a secure portal which allows seamless communication between hiring managers on Robertson Bell consultants.


Robertson’s Bell’s status as a long-standing preferred supplier is evidence of our ability to deliver exceptional results on challenging assignments spanning a broad range of finance disciplines – from systems and accounts payable, to specialist development finance.

L&Q employ only the very highest calibre finance professionals, and only by working in partnership with their hiring managers, and buying into their bold and ambitious vision, can we engage and attract top talent that meets their extremely high expectations.

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