• 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.

    Expertise
    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. Mary also develops the marketing strategy and organises Astute’s successful series of business breakfasts.

    Expertise
    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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    Jennifer Fitzgerald

    Consultant

    Following her education & A-Levels, Jennifer began her career in accountancy and finance within accounts payable. Astute Recruitment successfully placed Jennifer to a great client where she embarked on her AAT studies reaching level 3. A few years later, Jennifer decided to explore the world of recruitment with Astute in September 2018 and we are delighted to have her!

    Expertise

    All permanent non-qualified accountancy and finance positions across Derby, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire. Positions Jennifer recruits for include: – Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Assistant Accountant, Part-Qualified Accountant, Assistant Management Accountant, Assistant Financial Accountant, Bookkeeper, Payroll and more.

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    Richard Bowe

    Senior Consultant - Interim Division

    A highly respected and experienced recruiter, Richard joined the Astute family in September 2019 as a Senior Consultant. Richard’s successful recruitment career spans some 22 years including the provision of fully qualified accountants across the East Midlands before specialising in Financial & Accountancy recruitment in 2003.

    Expertise

    All fully qualified interim, temporary to permanent and fixed-term contract appointments across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and Leicestershire. Interim appointments include Interim Finance Director, Interim Financial Controller, Interim Management Accountant, Interim Financial Reporting Manager, Interim Company Accountant

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    Sarah-Louise Wykes

    Associate Director

    Sarah-Louise originally joined Astute in 2012 after a successful career as an Assistant Accountant. With her hands on experience of accountancy, she has developed excellent relationships within the local market. From starting as a Trainee Consultant, Sarah-Louise achieved 4 promotions and now, after a break to follow an opportunity to recruit finance professionals internationally, we are delighted to announce that Sarah-Louise has started 2020 back into our team!

    Expertise
    All ledger clerks , including supervisors and managers, bookkeepers, assistant accountants and aspiring part qualified accountants on a temporary, permanent and contract basis within Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire.

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    Tom Norton

    Consultant - Qualified Division

    Following his 2:1 Degree in Education, Tom chose a change of direction career wise into professional consultancy. Following a further successful few years in search and selection at C-Suite, Director level, Tom has recently begun his career at Astute focussing on Senior Qualified Permanent recruitment across Derby, North & South Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and North Leicestershire.

    Expertise

    Permanent qualified accountancy recruitment including Finance Directors, Financial Controllers, Finance Managers, Financial Accountants, Management Accountants and all other roles.

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    Charlotte Sproat

    Consultant

    Charlotte began her career pursuing the performing arts. Successful A-Levels and a distinction in Technical Theatre Design & Technology from Nottingham University led to jobs including working at the Edinburgh Fringe. Whilst media and the arts remain a firm passion, Charlotte was offered the opportunity to work in recruitment in the Middle East, gaining a grounding across finance, operations and general management. After returning to the UK, Charlotte joined Astute in January 2019 where she has been highly successful placing permanent candidates across all non-qualified finance positions. Charlotte has just celebrated her 1st work anniversary at Astute. Heres to many more years of success with us!

    Expertise

    Placing permanent non-qualified accounts assistants and clerical/ transactional finance staff across a number of roles including: Part Qualified Accountant, Accounts Payable/ Purchase Ledger, Credit Control, Payroll, Assistant Accountant, Assistant Financial Accountant, Assistant Management Accountant, Bookkeeper. Areas Charlotte focusses on are Derby, South Derbyshire, Staffordshire, North Leicestershire and South Nottinghamshire.

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    Andy Lilliman

    Recruitment Business Development Manager

    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. 2020 has got off to a great start with Andy’s well deserved promotion to Recruitment Business Development Manager. His new role sees him combining his market knowledge and collaborative style to continue Astute’s client share across the East Midlands.

    Expertise

    Andy is able to engage with clients at all levels across our disciplines, developing long-term future relationships. Providing advice and expertise from managing hiring processes to implementing bespoke recruitment strategies that his team at Astute can fulfil!

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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.

    Expertise

    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

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