• 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. Winner of the East Midlands ‘Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year award and the Derbyshire Times’ Entrepreneur of the Year award, Sarah’s reputation as one of the East Midland’s top recruitment professionals has grown and grown. Outside of work, Sarah is a highly successful horsewoman, having won many trophies. Happily married, her energy and passion for recruitment has seen her become a truly ‘astute’ businesswoman. We are very lucky to have her!

    Expertise: All levels of fully qualified and qualified by experience interim and temporary recruitment across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, as well as heading up the transactional division at Astute.

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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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    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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    Liz Champion

    Consultant - HR, Back Office & Administration

    Starting her career within a legal firm, Liz made the switch into the world of recruitment 10 years ago. After gaining promotion from Recruitment Consultant she began working for another award winning Derby business, in a business development capacity. The lure of the recruitment world beckoned though, so we are delighted to welcome Liz to our team as a proven recruitment professional who brings a lot of experience around building client and candidate relationships!

    Expertise:  All permanent HR and back office support roles across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and Leicestershire. , South Derbyshire, Staffordshire, and North Leicestershire. Opportunities Liz recruits for include: – HR Advisor, HR Co-Ordinator, HR Manager, Office Manager, Customer Services, Sales Support and many more!


    Kelly Thomas

    Marketing Director

    Kelly joined the Astute team in June 2022.

    She is highly skilled marketing professional, who has more than 25 years experience leading teams across a range of sectors.

    Kelly is responsible for devising and delivering the company’s growth strategy, attracting new business, developing partnerships and firmly establishing Astute Recruitments positioning as the East Midlands Top Financial Recruitment Consultancy.


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    Matt Morgan

    Senior Consultant - Qualified Division

    After a successful recruitment career spanning 20 years, we are delighted to welcome Matt as a senior consultant to our growing permanent qualified team at Astute. Matt has been able to develop long-term relationships with candidates and clients within the IT, Engineering and Construction sectors, sourcing talented qualified professionals across a range of disciplines. His experience includes working on international senior hires, executive headhunting, retained and contingent recruitment.

    Happily married with two children, Matt is the third member of our team to be a parent with a busy family life! He is also a keen footballer!

    Expertise: All levels of fully qualified permanent recruitment across Nottingham & Central Nottinghamshire areas.

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    Jessica Starns

    Senior Consultant - Transactional Finance

    With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with Education, Jess began her successful career within sales. Jessica secured her first recruitment role placing apprentices within corporate businesses and SMEs across the East Midlands. She has great experience of building and maintaining client and candidate relationships.  We are all delighted that Jessica has joined our team at Astute at the end of 2021, to bring her enthusiasm, and cheerful personality to our growing team! In just a few short months, she has already made several successful placements and we look forward to more!


    All permanent non-qualified accountancy and finance positions across Derby, South Derbyshire, Staffordshire, and North Leicestershire. Transactional finance roles Jessica recruits for include: – Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Assistant Accountant, Part-Qualified Accountant, Assistant Management Accountant, Assistant Financial Accountant, Bookkeeper, Payroll and more!




    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