• We are proud to have a team of dedicated and professional staff working for Astute Recruitment, and you can find out more about them below.

    Sarah Stevenson

    Managing Director

    Sarah is one of the founders of Astute Recruitment, and has built an unrivalled reputation placing candidates in this market since 1997. Recent winner of the East Midlands ‘Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year award and the Derbyshire Times’ Entrepreneur of the Year award.

    All levels of fully qualified and qualified by experience interim and temporary recruitment across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

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    Mary Maguire

    Managing Director

    Mary is one of the founders of Astute Recruitment, having worked the qualified market within the East Midlands since 2003. She has an excellent network of business owners, Managing Directors and Chief Executives not only who she has placed staff to, but also given consultative advice and support.

    Qualified, qualified by experience & senior part qualified recruitment, on a temporary, permanent and contract basis across Nottingham, Derby and South Derbyshire.

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    Annie Adams

    Senior Consultant

    Since joining Astute in 2017, She has just achieved her Senior Consultant promotion! Annie joined Astute after spending 6 years in recruitment within the finance and social care sectors.  Her passion and enthusiasm to be able to work for an SME recruitment consultancy sourcing temporary workers for local companies really shines through. Working for a company that cares about placing the right people in the right company at the right time is really important to Annie.


    All Temporary, Temp to Permanent and Contract/ Interim assignments across the East Midlands including all ledger clerks, supervisors and managers, bookkeepers, assistant accountants and aspiring part qualified accountants


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    Rose Heppell

    Commercial Consultant

    Rose joined Astute in 2017 following a great introduction to recruitment for twelve months in a different recruitment sector. Her infectious sense of humour and great ability to communicate with candidates and clients at all levels has meant in a short time she has become a valuable member of the team. She has a great knack of truly understanding client’s requirements for a wide range of non-finance positions.


    All non-finance office positions including supervisors and managers from administration, marketing, customer services, HR and Personal Assistants on a temporary, permanent and contract basis across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

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    Vijay Patel

    Divisional Manager - Qualified & Executive

    Vijay joined Astute in 2018 and brings over 13+ years’ experience having worked for a variety of SME and corporate recruitment firms delivering recruitment mandates for qualified sub board and board level finance professionals across the East & West Midlands.


    Utilising his passion for networking, building an enviable network across Heads of functions / Board Directors, Vijay is driving the strategic growth of our retained Executive Search.  He is managing our established Qualified Finance division across Derby and Nottingham.

    Vijay delivers exclusive and retained executive searches within C&I and professional services across the Midlands.

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    Andy Lilliman

    Senior Consultant - Qualified Division

    Andy joined Astute at the beginning of 2018 as a Senior Consultant working on permanent fully qualified accountancy positions across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. With a career spanning 11 years in recruitment across London and the East Midlands, Andy’s in-depth knowledge of the local market and his ability to provide an efficient 360 degree recruitment service has complimented the existing Qualified team. Andy is able to provide confidential career advice to candidates and honest market intelligence to clients.


    Andy is able to source all levels of qualified accountants from newly-qualified management and financial accountants in C&I and Practice through to Finance Managers, Commercial Accountants, Auditors, Financial Controllers and more.

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    Tiarna Boler

    Office Administrator

    Tiarna has been with Astute since May 2016 when she joined us part-time whilst completing her photography college course.


    Office administration. Tiarna keeps abreast of all the CVs that need adding/ amending and helps out with payroll and projects. A talented photographer she is also helping us on the marketing side with our events