“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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 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
“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
“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 in Charlotte Bound!
She made me 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 through Charlotte! I just felt I had to share that”
Ike Chukwu, Finance Systems Analyst
“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
“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
“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 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 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.”
Director of Finance
“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.”