“Hi all at Robertson Bell

It has been a delight working with you over the past months, you have been an excellent partner.  I thought you listened well and supported me with excellent advice and tools which have led to some fabulous candidates and finally some superb recruits. The highest compliment I can give is that this process has felt very much as if it was all WaterAid rather than WaterAid and Robertson Bell, you fitted us so well.

Thank you for your support”

Paula Laird – WaterAid, Director of Finance and IT 

“Robertson Bell are the best they helped me find a job after a long break of 8 months. Jamie was extremely good who actually head hunted my CV and contacted me about the opportunity and only because of him I applied. He was so helpful and friendly. I think everyone is so caring and make sure you are always kept up to date with the process.”

Fahrah Ahmad

“Steph initially got in touch when I applied for an 8 week role. Since then her ongoing support to me  has been invaluable and through her negotiating skllls I have been extended twice. After the contract was up, Steph managed to secure me a long term solution with the same Client and showed her support on a personal level by identifying a new option to the client relating to the skills and knowledge I already had. Due to her knowledge and working relationship with them she knew my role and pointed out that I was individually business critical and would be a loss at an important point. I cannot thank Steph enough for her personal touches and the time and effort she took to touch base regularly and constantly point out my strengths and positives to ensure confidence remained high. I am now in a position I adore and couldn’t be happier.”

Cheryl Figg


“I recently engaged with Robertson Bell to recruit for a very specific technical role, having failed to secure the right candidate through our own recruitment campaigns. On engaging Michael he took the time to understand the dynamics of our operating environment and how this position would fit within the wider structure of the Department. Michael was clear as to the relative lack of the supply in the market for this niche role. Nevertheless his regular interaction with me was proactive, professional and positive. Michael was extremely targeted in his approach sending only a couple of CVs for us to review, which showed us how well he knows his market and our needs. He kept me in the loop throughout the process to ensure we engaged with the candidate through the clearance stage. I would highly recommend him and Robertson Bell.”

Department of Health & Social Care, Section Head – Finance & Operations

“I recently engaged with Robertson Bell to recruit multiple vacancies for my financial planning and management accounts team. Michael was very understanding of our specific needs and sent us a diverse high-quality candidate shortlist as I was looking to appoint to a number of posts across the team.  I have been very impressed with the quality of the candidates and how Michael has lead the whole process, keeping me informed throughout. The use of their In-Sight video platform was really helpful with the interview panel being based in multiple locations able to review the shortlisted candidates at their convenience.

I would highly recommend him as a specialist in the market.”

Department for Education, Head of Financial Planning and Management Accounting

“Robertson Bell recently delivered a retained recruitment campaign of 22 vacancies with our Finance, Governance, Assurance and Risk teams with a 100% success rate for us here at the Department for Education. The roles ranged from HEO (Assistant Accountant) through to Grade 6 (Senior Finance Manager) with a good spread across our different sites. Robertson Bell managed the whole process professionally from end to end, keeping our team here at DfE fully informed and involved at each stage, and were on hand whenever I (the contract manager) or the individual vacancy managers needed to get in touch with them.

I was particularly impressed with the strength and diverse shortlist of candidates presented to us which also meant we didn’t have to go through full processes for all of the campaigns due to healthy waiting lists from our early recruitment. And through the use of In-Sight, their online recruitment platform, it reduced the time commitment on our vacancy managers as it meant they could narrow the shortlist down to the most suitable candidates at an earlier stage.

Overall, I have been very impressed with the level of service, knowledge and expertise of the team and have no hesitation in recommending them. As a result of their support, we have managed to fill some of our most specialist posts with no outstanding vacancies across the whole directorate.”

Department for Education, Chief of Staff

“Michael and Jack at Robertson Bell were amazing and extremely professional. They were constantly on hand to answer any question I had or to offer advice. I was kept informed at all points during the process and never felt out of the loop. Even after being offered the job they still got in touch on multiple occasions to ensure I had everything I needed and to help push the onboarding process along. I cannot recommend them enough.”

Beth Gardiner

“Michael and the team at Robertson Bell were professional, friendly and efficient throughout my recent job application with the department of education.  They responded swiftly to emails raised and kept me informed each step of the way.  Their feedback and prompts when needed were a welcome helping hand along the way.

I cannot recommend them enough.”

Dawn Dodds

“Just wanted to say thanks to Jamie Palmer. He is a great listener and stands out from other recruiters. His dedication to prepping you for interviews is very helpful and he does good research of the company he is pitching to. The constant keep in touch and building that relationship stands out. Robertson & Bell are a professional company with years of experience. Issy is also fantastic and a great recruiter. Robertson and Bell share there candidates for job roles which stands out from other recruitment agencies. I would recommend them as they keep you updated rather than having to chase yourself. Thanks once again Jamie and Issy.”

Imran Husain

“Robertson Bell has exceptional and very professional staff. My experience with Issy, Yuon, Jamie and other consultants has been amazing. Well done guys!!”

Olu Okelola

“I contacted Kate at Robertson Bell when I first started job hunting as I could see they had a good number of charity roles. Kate got back to me straight away, and was great. She really listened to what I was looking for, asked me good questions about my experience and was able to send me a range of suitable roles very quickly. Within a few days I had an interview, and now a fantastic new job. Highly recommended.”

Jennifer Lipscombe

“I have been recently placed to a new finance role through Robertson Bell and my consultant was Stuart Thomson. This role exactly matched with my previous experiences and his selection of the role and a great organisation for me was fantastic! Throughout the selection process he kept himself very professional and friendly. He made each stages in the selection process memorable for me!!! Really impressed.”

Tomy Joseph

“Applied on line for a position Steph contacted me near immediately, the swiftness and ease we set up my account and the speed the she gained me an interview is beyond compare many agencies need to take a note from Stephanie’s technique. Very pleased and very very impressed.”

Gary Blackburn

“After 15 years in investment banking I wanted to switch industry entirely, which is not as easy as it seems. All other recruitment agencies were not interested but Robertson Bell not only took this on but also placed me in a role I could only have dreamed about. They were supportive and terrific.”

Victoria S

“I recently used Robertson Bell in applying for a not-for profit role. My main dealings were with Jamie Elliott who I found very helpful and professional throughout the application and interview process. He was willing to spend plenty of time discussing the role, the organisation, my own plans for the future and tips for a successfully interview. I feel he went above and beyond with this and ultimately this led to me thankfully securing the position. I have just completed my first week and am very happy with the role and organisation.

I would have no hesitation in highly recommending Robertson Bell and Jamie.”

James Magee, Accountant

“Chelsea is an absolute star and has restored my faith in recruiters after a few bad experiences recently.
Super service and genuinely interested in you. Matched me perfectly to a position I’m sure I’m going to love.
I’d recommend this firm to anyone looking for a real genuine people focused service.”

Neil Knowles

“Very professional and helpful staff. In particular, Stephanie Grainger, who has now placed me in 2 different and consecutive temp roles. She is very talented and friendly. She truly invest her time in building relationships with candidates and really helps them to find roles.”

Servet Ege

“I have used Robertson Bell as both a candidate and an employer and cannot fault them.

Kate Marriott recruited me to a role that is a perfect fit. She took the time to understand what both I, and the employer, were looking for to ensure that the right person was in the right role. She was honest, supportive, interested and an absolute pleasure to deal with throughout.

When a few months later I was in the position of needing to recruit, I went back to Kate who once again found the right person for the role. I think that having taken the time to know me and understand the business she was able to screen candidates effectively so that we did not have to.

Highly recommended!

Julie Cure – Tusk Trust, Head of  Finance

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“An excellent service from start to finish, a very high level of proficiency, attention to detail and support from Steph at Robertson Bell. Was very professional and was a step ahead all the time through the process and what a process!”

Ify De Meks

“We had struggled to source suitable candidates from other providers for our permanent Financial Controller vacancy and therefore contacted Robertson Bell for help.  They not only provided us with an extremely competent long list and the successful candidate, but were extremely responsive, able to take calls very early in the morning and well into late evening. I would not hesitate to recommend them to others.”

Heather Blackwood – ECITB, Director of Finance

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“I was very institutionalised through many years in the military and was a bit scared doing agency work with associated risks, worries and insecurities. How wrong was I! I was lucky enough to touch base with Issy Symmons at Robertson Bell and she was lovely, reassuring and very patient with me. Whether the questions were professional or more technical (ie registering, use of a payroll company or filling in timesheets!) the company, through Issy, have been marvellous. I trust no one, but recommend this company and it’s engaging and polite staff. I look forward to continuation of work through them and their professional advice. I haven’t felt so valued and supported since my military days. ”

Tim Jones

“I’ve recently worked with Robertson Bell on a retained recruitment exercise for 5 roles, ranging from a couple of senior management accountants to a trainee accountant role.
Stuart managed the whole exercise incredibly well, starting off with a real interest in what the roles entailed, wanting to really understand more than just what was written within the Job Description. The result of this was a set of really strong candidates, and we were able to successfully appoint to all of the roles we were advertising. The biggest challenge during the whole process was actually choosing the successful candidates after the interviews were concluded as we had 6 excellent, appointable candidates for two of the roles. I think there are worse positions to be in though!
I’d definitely be more than happy to work with Robertson Bell again in the future.”

Adam Coates, Tower Hamlets Homes – Head of Finance

“Matt is my favourite recruiter – he has placed me in about four roles to date. It all began with him finding a CV online and taking the time to have coffee with me to thoroughly understand my career so far, ambitions and aspirations. He made some suggestions re direction which I have valued to date. I would highly recommend working with Matt both as an employee and client – they do listen and match suitable candidates – not just on paper but with culture, interests etc. It is always a pleasure working with Matt;

I would recommend working with him.”

Theresa Dokpesi FCCA

“Harry has worked tirelessly to try and get me the right programme manager for the role in HEFCE and I am pleased to say that they started today.

I am sure my verbal brief has not always been clear which meant we have had three iterations of CV’s before shortlisting to 3. Harry ensured I got someone in post within 3 working days which is just brilliant.

I wanted you to know that I have been very pleased with the work that Harry has undertaken for HEFCE and the dedicated time and effort he has devoted to getting me the outcome I was looking for.”

Alison Jarvis, Head of Finance


“I received a first rate professional service from my dealings with Robertson Bell. My recruitment consultant, Andrew Burnage, made the process extremely straightforward and acted with complete integrity throughout. I would highly recommend Robertson Bell to both recruiters and candidates.”

Terry Shaw – Project Accountant


“I would like to say, my experience with Robertson Bell has been excellent, my agent was Andrew Burnage, I have had two jobs with Andrew, very helpful preparing me for interviews and always keeps in touch.

I would use and recommend Robertson Bell all the time.”

Manj Thakore,  Procurement Officer

“I have known Lesley now for several years both as a candidate and as a recruiter.  Her knowledge of the sector is unmatched in my opinion.  She brings some incredibly talented people to the table.  She has helped me so much and I won’t hesitate to contact her first when I next need the services of a recruitment specialist.

Apart from all of that she is just such a bubbly person and an absolute pleasure to work with and nothing is too much trouble. She is great!”

Chris Beynon – London North West Healthcare Charity, Head of Fundraising

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“Robertson Bell provided a prompt, modern and professional recruitment service.  The candidate videos were a helpful innovation for the initial sifting, and they handled all of the candidate interactions well. I’d definitely use them again”

Conrad Hall – Brent Council, Chief Finance Officer

Brent Council

“I recently had a very good and professional experience as a candidate. They treated me professionally during the whole process from application to positioning me in a great NGO. Very happy with their services and Michael was great during the whole process.”

Evita Kavvada, HR Advisor

“I’ve had consistently great service from the team over the past 4 years, both as a candidate and hiring manager.”

Karen MacLaughlin, International Finance Manager

“I have gone through Robertson Bell for a couple of applications including one for which I was successful in getting and have always received fantastic service.  The recruitment consultant called Michael Swinburn managed the application process and I felt I was always kept in the loop, that my questions were always answered and interviews followed up for useful feedback to improve my future chances. I never once had to phone up to ask what was happening to my application, in fact I’m pretty sure Michael was on holiday with his family whilst keeping me up to date with the progress of my application and negotiating my starting salary. I would definitely use them again as it was probably the smoothest application process I have experienced.

Praveen Premkumar, Fundraising Manager

“Lesley does the most important thing a recruiter can do…she understands our organisation and the subtle cultural nuances that make the difference between a successful selection process and productive new joiner and an early doors leaver.

What makes Lesley at Robertson Bell different from the rest is that she is prepared to challenge my thinking and assumptions and allows me to challenge hers.

She is very well connected and has a refreshing openness not often found these days.

Finally, I trust Lesley as if she is a regular member of our team. Importantly candidates like her too for all of the above reasons.”

Ian Hicks – SSAFA, Director of People and Organisational Development


“I have worked with Robertson Bell on several occasions, each occasion my point of contact was Stephanie Grainger.

Stephanie has always gone out of her way to find the best possible opportunities and even when I have worked elsewhere, she strives to keep me updated.

She is a true professional, an outstanding person and I wouldn’t hesitate to use her again in the future, or recommend. Thank you Steph.”

Matt Kennewell, Interim Accounts Payable Analyst

“Michael has successfully recruited a number of roles for me, providing useful insights into how to position and cost the different roles. He worked with me very closely to understand exactly what kind of candidate I was looking for, enabling me to identify the ideal candidates and make offers as quickly as possible. I really appreciated his support in working with successful candidates to negotiate favourable start dates and to ensure that all documentation was in place to avoid any delays. ”

Louise Posocco, Director of Finance and Operations


“Lesley Botterill provided the best ever experience that I have had with a recruitment agent throughout my entire career spanning some 20+ years both as a candidate and a recruiter!

From the initial contact, meeting, job application and recruitment process I have never felt so valued and supported. All of this was done with Lesley’s wonderful personal style and great humour that immediately set me at ease and enabled me to be the best candidate I could be.

I was kept up to speed every step of the way, given detailed and useful information about the hiring organisation that enabled me to better tailor my application and ultimately secure the role I wanted.

I thoroughly recommend working with Lesley and Robertson Bell without hesitation.”

Kate Macbeth, Associate Director – Marketing & Digital (Candidate)

“I’ve been recruited by Harry at Robertson Bell, and I’ve used Harry to recruit into a role I had within my team – so both sides of the fence! I’ve found him to be professional, vocal, supportive, and challenging in an appropriate way. A very useful ally to have when up against timelines or an unusual set of requirements.”

Craig Pemberton, Chief Finance Officer

“Matt at Robertson Bell worked with me in the search for suitable candidates for a number of roles within my team. He listens and understands my challenging requirements and on all occasions has sourced good quality candidates. Matt and Robertson Bell provide a very professional service and I would recommend them to all engaged in a search for temporary or permanent staff.”

Mark Ennals – The Bar Council, Financial Controller


“I’d just like to say, you have a real gem of a recruitment consultant!

I was made to feel like I was a valued prospect rather than just another name on your books. Not only did she get me the position at Imperial, but she was available and supportive at every step, from our initial conversation to finally confirming I’d landed the job. I’ve worked with many agencies in the past but no experience has matched that which Robertson Bell provided! I just felt I had to share that”

Ike Chukwu, Finance Systems Analyst

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“Kate was amazing to work with. She is clearly very well connected across her industry, she acts professionally yet is very personable. I felt that she understood exactly what I was after and ensured she found a role to fit me rather than shoe horn me into a role that wasn’t quite right. She was very efficient and kept everyone in the process up to date. I would happily work with Kate again.”

Sarah Dixon, Financial Controller

“Kate is a fantastic recruitment agent, only offering roles that I was interested in where I would also be a good fit for the company. For two job hunts she has kept me up to date with developments when relevant and is willing to offer assistance no matter how busy she is, helping me with interview skills relevant to the sector and also providing unbiased insight and advice. What’s more is she was quick to settle an issue that neither me nor the HR officer could resolve, meaning there was little delay to my start date. I would thoroughly recommend Kate as a recruiting agent for job hunters and recruiting companies alike.”

Jenni Oakley, Finance Support Manager

“I contacted Robertson Bell to request candidates for a maternity cover, at quite short notice. They responded rapidly, understanding the needs of the role perfectly.  I was sent a range of high quality candidates to interview, ultimately appointing one of them to the role.

The service Robertson Bell provided was professional, friendly and flexible. I would thoroughly recommend working with them.”

Andrea Van-Sittart, Head of Community Outreach Development

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“Imogen contacted me regarding a Finance manager position back in April.  She helped me all the way from submitting the application with the charity on my behalf to putting all the wheels in motion when I was offered the position.

Imogen was very helpful throughout the whole process and approached things in a very professional but friendly manner.  She has also kept in contact with me to make sure that things in my new role are ok and that I’m happy with the decision I made.”

Blerina Rrapushi, Finance Manager (Candidate)

“The service, help and support I have received from Harry Peasnell in recruiting our Financial Controller has been excellent. The covering letters he asked the candidates to write supporting their CV were very helpful and a great addition in assessing candidates for interview. The quality of the candidates were also very good and he listened and understood what we were looking for. There were lots of ups and downs with the recruitment but Harry did everything that he could to iron out the issues as well as being open and honest at all times. I have no hesitation in using Robertson Bell and Harry in particular for further recruitments.”

Serena Jacobs, Strategic Lead Finance

”Excellent service.  Always willing to listen to candidate requirements and key attributes and match CV’s very strongly. This meant Harry and the extended team had plenty of success placing solid candidates into the business.”

Phil Spall, Interim Finance Director

”Kate, many thanks for finding our next Bookkeeper. We are extremely pleased with the service we have had from Robertson Bell. This candidate is the exact match to the profile we requested. Many thanks to you for taking the time and effort to get this sorted quickly and efficiently. We are more than happy to use the services of Robertson Bell in the future.”

Kelly Feltham, Practice Manager

”Harry and the team were extremely professional and quickly understood requirements of interim roles we were looking for. Harry identified multiple suitable candidates immediately, sent through CV’s swiftly and arranged interviews very promptly. Harry was also a great support in onboard individuals into the organisation and has regularly checked on progress through the contract period. Thoroughly impressed with service and calibre of candidates.”

Emma Hickey, Deputy Finance Controller

“Michael has an in-depth knowledge of the 3rd sector market, expresses genuine interest in his clients and is keen to spend time listening and offering solutions. Michael is a rare recruiter who builds relationship with the long term in mind rather than favouring short term gains. It facilitates the development of a trustworthy and mutually beneficial relationship. In periods when I am interested to hear about the market, I know I can count on Michael.”

Raphael Perret, Head of International Finance

“I have received a really good service from Payroll and everyone at Robertson Bell today. All, especially Noreen have looked after my time-sheet query and with a speedy resolution to my emergency payment today.

I am really satisfied with the professional approach and responsive manner my query was dealt with.”

J A Lewis, Credit Controller

“I have worked with Robertson Bell to recruit for a number of roles and each time they delivered an honest and thoroughly professional service.

They took the time to understand the role we were recruiting for and the type of person who would be a fit for us; this, together with a genuine knowledge of the candidates they put forward, meant that we shortlisted a number of their applicants for roles at the Group. We were also kept well informed throughout the whole recruitment process which ran extremely smoothly.

Their market knowledge is excellent and I have no hesitation in recommending them.”

Mohit Jain, Deputy Finance Director


“I have always found Matt extremely professional to work with not only as a customer looking for agency staff but on a personal level when I have moved to various interim positions.”

Richard Slatford, Head of Finance


“Harry, you have definitely been one the best and most supportive recruitment consultants I’ve come across in my 6 years contracting. Thank you for all your help. Really appreciate this.”

Bijal Datta, Finance Manager (Candidate)

“Michael was an expert recruitment agent. Head hunted me for a position with Tropical Education Trust.”

Geoffrey Boateng, Grants Manager-Risk and Compliance (Candidate)

“I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Michael on two occasions, and, on both, he has impressed me with his genuine warmth, his ability to really listen and understand his client’s needs and his skills in both building and brokering long term professional relationships. Michael treats his client’s as individuals; on occasion, being more insightful about their drivers than they themselves are prepared to admit! Moreover, his encouragement, enthusiasm and, in particular, advocacy on your behalf, is like having a cheerleader spur you on throughout the whole process.”

Hiranya de Alwis Jayasinghe, Grants Accountant


“I have found Robertson Bell to be highly attentive and professional in the service they provide. We have worked with them on several appointments and they have always delivered an honest, consultative service.

I find Robertson Bell straightforward to deal with and they take the time to understand the personalities and experience needed within the department to be able to match candidates efficiently.”

Tanya Hilborne, Group Finance Manager


“Thanks Stuart for all your help in securing my assignment, dealing with your organisation has been an excellent recruitment experience. The position involves living away from home, which has its challenges and you have been very supportive, ensuring that everything has gone as smoothly as possible for me. Big thanks also to Shonagh who regularly contacts me to see that all is well. This is my first assignment with Robertson Bell and I have been very impressed at the professionalism of your Team. ”

Ray Davey, Interim Deputy Chief Finance Officer (Candidate)

“I have been very happy with Robertson Bell. I have regular dealings with the team who are all very nice and have done well at building relationships and working on a personal basis. Their online time-sheet system is also very smooth and easy to use.”

Philip Warner, Head of Financial Planning


“ICE has used Robertson Bell on several assignments, both in Finance and Fundraising. We’ve been very pleased with the service. Unlike some of their competitors, Robertson Bell do listen and understand what we want, and vet candidates properly. They also seem to have very good quality candidates on their books. No hesitation in recommending them.”

Group Finance Director


“Lesley was great throughout the process, providing insight into the organisation together with timely and clear communication and encouragement at every stage.”

Jamie Grier, Head of Fundraising (Candidate)

“We asked Robertson Bell to help recruit an Interim Financial Controller, to assist with the re-structuring of the department. I had a tight deadline to fit in with our year end despite this Robertson Bell gave us some excellent candidates from which we appointed.”

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“Thank you, you went the extra mile to secure me the right role at the right time and believed in me. I look forward to speaking to you again soon.”

Adriana De-Heer, Finance Manager (Candidate)

“Michael is one of the few consultants who I have found to be most professional, understanding my key requirements when searching for the next role in terms of career progression.
He has always been able to give an excellent overview of potential clients, providing an invaluable insight into the dynamics of suitable organisations which may be of interest.Above all, the mark of a great consultant for me is one who offers their congratulations when I have secured a role they were not assigned to!

I would highly recommend Michael to new clients, both as a candidate and recruiter.”

Saf Rahbour Finance Manager – Global

“You have been really great in supporting me through this period of change and have gone the extra mile in helping me. I feel much happier and confident, so thank you, its definitely the opportunity that I was looking for.”