Recruitment specialist in HR, Sales and Operations


We are an independent, family run specialist recruitment agency which brings expert recruitment consultancy to businesses that are hiring into HR, Sales and Operations.

When it comes to HR, we have combined, over 30 years of experience and we have managed hires across a wide variety of industries at all levels. Expanding into Commercial recruitment since 2016, we have developed an enviable track record and a unique service in this space. 

As a talent partner, we bring experience, passion and a wealth of knowledge in addition to a proven track record. We bring these attributes together to offer a recruitment service that is consultative, quality driven and founded on sector expertise and interest.

Our extensive experience in both blue chip and boutique recruitment agencies, combined with sector knowledge and HR qualifications / understanding, enables us to use a variety of attraction and selection methods to deliver the talent that you need. Being small and agile, we are able to invest, personalise, adjust and develop innovative ways of resourcing talent with rapid turnaround times.

We have a 100% success track record in delivering to retained mandates. The service offers a deeper level of consultancy, research and process management than you will find elsewhere and be used to. We are proud to have also developed Resourcing Consultancy Services that can give you access to our expertise around benchmarking roles, department structure, resource planning and interview support.  

Furthermore, for SME businesses, we offer a unique pricing structure that is designed to spread cost and share risk (only available to businesses who meet SME employee number and turnover requirements).

We are all about working in partnership and we are driven by making a difference.

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Managing Director

Professional highlights: 11 years with a blue chip recruiter, consultant through to Director. 5 years with a boutique recruiter as Director. Founder of Andrew James.

Other professional considerations: HR Degree. Experience in HR departments before recruitment. ILM level 5 in Executive Coaching. Certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Referral Specialist

Outside of work interests: Family, Exercise science, Fitness, Nutrition, Wellbeing, Tennis, Politics, People.

Things I love to do: Transforming peoples fitness at, Tennis. Obstacle course racing. Reading. Cooking. Training. Playing superheroes with my kids.

Things I can’t stand: Sitting still!




Professional highlights: 5 years with a blue chip recruiter, consultant through to Team Leader. 4 years with a leading global engineering and technology services company, working within recruitment. 4 years and currently employed as HR/Recruitment Manager for an iconic sports manufacturing brand (3 days per week). Alongside this, Director of Andrew James Recruitment.

Other professional considerations: 1st Class Marketing Degree. Significant experience of both agency recruitment and in-house HR and recruitment.

Things I love to do: Play and learn with my kids. Listen to music. Shop, much to my husbands’ disapproval! Read and learn about wellbeing, nutrition, cooking, how to be the best version of ourselves.

Things I can’t stand: Lack of attention to detail and being without challenge!

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Our Beliefs

  • Treat people as you want to be treated.
  • Honesty is always the best policy.
  • Make decisions for the long term.
  • If you’re going to do something, do it to the best of your ability.
  • There is no failure, only attempts and learning opportunities.
  • Always try to improve.
  • Healthy body, healthy mind.
  • Work in a way that is the most productive, both to your performance and to your happiness.
  • If you don’t love what you do, be brave, take time to understand what you love and go get it.
  • If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
  • Invest in people and invest in yourself.

What people say about us when we help

“The ITF worked with Andrew James Specialist Recruitment recently to assist with the search for an HR Manager. Andy presented a thorough and diverse shortlist of candidates and the selection was very much in line with our discussions around the role and what we were looking for.   Andy takes the time to ensure he understands the priorities and the way the client works before presenting candidates for review plus will ensure he knows the individuals well enough to be secure in presenting them.  We are delighted with our successful candidate and the process was very smooth.”

Jane O’Sullivan – HR Director

What people say about us when we help

“Andy recruited our new HRD and our CEO, senior colleagues and myself, could not have been more pleased with the service we received from Andy.  The whole process was personal, of the highest professional standards, efficient and constructive.   We would pick out in particular, just how much Andy made the search his own; he immediately built a close and effective working relationship with us and made us feel that we were really important to him as a client and that our needs were his needs.  Communication between us couldn’t have been better and we were regularly updated and consulted as the search progressed to a successful conclusion.  We were introduced to some outstanding candidates, were given great advice as we progressed and every detail was set out and well, taken care of.  Care is the key word here, we felt totally cared for as a client and that so seldom happens during a search.  We cannot recommend Andy and the service he and his team give, highly enough.    A thoroughly professional, caring and demonstrably effective service, which made the whole process both productive and enjoyable.  Thank you from BMT, and here is to many future searches.”

Anne Segall – Director of Human Resources, BMT

What people say about us when we help

“Andy is extremely diligent and knowledgeable in the world of recruitment. Andy is one of the most professional recruiters I have had the pleasure of working with. The most important thing to Andy is making sure that he places the right candidate with the right company. I would highly recommend Andy from a client and candidate perspective.”

Rachel Stedman HR Manager (Generalist)

What people say about us when we help

“As a hiring manager, Andy is one of those recruiters who doesn’t just fill jobs but looks to find candidates who will be an asset to a team/business. He takes time to understand the type of candidate you’re looking for and when presenting a candidate gives real insight. He gives information quickly, isn’t afraid to challenge convention and above all is great to deal with. I’ve used Andy to recruit for sales roles that are different in terms of skills/behaviours, background requirements and salaries.”

Rob Thomas UK Sales Director

What people say about us when we help

“Andy stands out from the crowd! He is honest, hard working and very personable. I have known Andy for several years and would recommend Andy as a business partner to any HR professional looking to start a long-term relationship with a dedicated HR consultancy/agency. Andy gave me solid professional advice and helped me make better decisions for my long term HR career.”

Richard Sliwinski (FCIPD) – HR Director

What people say about us when we help

I have known Andrew for many years, and throughout he has stood out. Completely genuine, and clearly determined to ensure people and companies come together, for lasting working relationships. I highly recommend working with him, both as an individual and as an organisation.”

Simona Hamblet – Leadership and Lifestyle for Lawyers

What people say about us when we help

“Like most people in sales management roles you end up with a lot of connections from the recruitment industry as you never know when you’ll need one. For a couple of years I didn’t need to actually recruit anyone, but I did have contacts who were looking for work and I shared Andy’s details with them. The feedback from them was very positive, with relevant roles, interviews, great communication and finally new roles. So when it was my time to add to my team I met with Andy and two other agencies and gave them the same brief. Two failed miserably, guess who succeeded. The next time I needed a role filled I repeated the process, same results. Next time I need someone for my team, Andy will be top of my list.”

Simon Kitto – Head of Sales at Gilchrist & Soames

What people say about us when we help

“Andy has been a superb support for SHL’s Commercial recruitment needs over the past few years, placing some really strong candidates and working diligently and tirelessly to understand our requirements and match them! It is always a pleasure working with Andy, his professional service but also personable nature is second to none. I look forward to continue to work with him in the future and would highly recommend!”

Emma Banyard Assoc CIPD

What people say about us when we help

“Andy has helped me on several occasions to find interesting new roles. If you’re looking for someone to open doors to Sales or HR roles then he has a wealth of contacts and some very good employers that he deals with. He takes his time to speak with you and really understand what you want, what you’re interested in, and also what you don’t want. He makes working with him feel like a very personalised experience and you feel he has a real passion to place you into the right role. He comes highly recommended.”

Richard Smith Senior Consultant, HR & Human Capital Management

What people say about us when we help

“I’ve experienced both sides of the coin working with Andy; as a candidate seeking a new challenge and as a recruiting manager seeking a new addition to our growing L&D team. On both occassions, to work with Andy is to have a truly reliable partner on board. He takes time to fully understand the scope of the search and works with you in a flexible and responsive way as the recruitment process evolves. When speaking to Andy, you always feel as though you’re the first person he has spoken to that day. He genuinely seeks to add value to his clients at every turn. I highly recommend Andy and HR Heads for your search, especially if you are looking for a unique L&D professional that doesn’t fit the standard profile.”

Adam Cartledge – Global Head of Sales Talent at Reed Exhibitions

What people say about us when we help

“I worked with Andrew as a candidate and found him to be relentless in his support and guidance. He made me feel as though he truly was working for and with me. An insightful judge of capability and character, he is a savvy recruitment industry professional. Andrew’s openness and integrity make it easy to work with him on a long term basis. I have no hesitation in commending and recommending Andrew in the fields of high level professional recruitment / headhunting.”

Paula Martins – Learning and Organisational Development Manager, International at Royal Carribean Cruises Ltd

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