Team

Donna Barnes

Meet our Operations Director

I am an extremely passionate, focused and inspirational business owner and recruiter who believes in giving exceptional customer service. If you want a bespoke personal recruitment solution then look no further. As our company ethos supports I am continuously striving for Mutual Success.

Having started Astra Recruitment 4 years ago I have now grown it to a 2 company group with 11 staff. My vision is to continue with this aggressive growth strategy to enable us to offer a truly total recruitment package to all of our clients.

Harry Fry

Meet our Logistics Recruitment Specialist

Harry is a specialist Logistics Consultant working across the UK market. Having started his career as a resourcer for Consultants focussed on the European market, he soon got offered the opportunity to progress himself and became an established consultant.

Harry’s enthusiasm for his subject matter has allowed him as a Logistics Consultant to build strong relationships with candidates and clients alike, covering the whole of the UK in a diverse range of roles.

With Harry’s main focus: introduction of the best passive candidates as well as active candidates on the market to the right clients, Harry has built a trusted reputation, reliably sourcing the right people for the right opportunities.

Whether you are an experienced worker or graduate and looking to make the next step in your career within the Logistics industry; if you are seeking a truly consultative recruitment service, please do not hesitate to contact Harry to discuss your options.

Oscar Bennetts

Meet our Specialist Logistics Consultant

Oscar is a specialist Logistics Recruitment Consultant working alongside some of the leading organisations across the UK. Starting his career as a Resourcer gave him a strong foundation in sourcing top talent particularly from the passive market.

This experience led to Oscar taking on his own Logistics desk where he has forged meaningful and lasting relationships with some of the biggest names in the business.

With a strong candidate base Oscar is able to meet the needs of his clients quickly and effectively in this ever demanding industry.

Sue Cowan

Meet our Industrial Recruitment Specialist

Sue is an experienced Industrial Recruiter, with a wealth of experience in the temporary labour markets, providing a range of temporary staffing solutions to businesses throughout the Plymouth and South West areas. Sue has a strong record that includes staffing for local authority clients, large corporates and SMEs.

Sue's in-depth experience within the Manufacturing, Industrial and Technical sectors allow her to source & select high-quality and reliable staff throughout the South West.

Whether you require flexible, short-term staff as a one off, or long-term solutions in volume, Sue will be happy to help provide the staff your business needs.

Jane Bassett

Meet our Payroll and Accounts

Jane has a wealth of experience having looked after payroll and bookkeeping in environments ranging from Civil Service and corporate through to SMEs.

Jane is the primary point of contact for all accounts or payroll queries and she is always happy to help.

Simone Harper

Meet our Engineering & Technical Specialist

I am an experienced senior recruitment specialist with nearly ten years’ experience working within both RPO and specialist niche recruitment.

I work with many blue chip organisations as well as SME's on a national basis, specialising within engineering, manufacturing, production and technical roles at all levels from director through to team leaders and supervisors.

I have worked with a broad range of clients including FMCG, pharmaceutical, print, automotive, aerospace/defence and scientific/research.

My commitment to this fast paced environment is to maintain a professional and committed approach whilst delivering a first class service to both my candidates and clients.

I am always keen to keep up to date and be knowledgeable in my market, I am very happy to have a chat, so please get in touch!

Neil Roberts

Meet our Technology Recruitment Specialist

Neil is a technology recruitment consultant experienced in sourcing and recruiting for contract and permanent roles within the following industries, Automotive, Electronics, IT & Telecoms. Covering job titles from Software Developers to Software Architects and Design Engineers to Management and Senior Management.

If you are looking for the next step in your career or you are looking for people to join your team then please do get in touch.

Kim Lewis

Meet our Logistics Specialist

In a previous position Kim started the Logistics Recruitment desk and grew it to be one of the companies’ best performing teams in less than 18 months.

Having moved from one of the Nation’s most successful recruitment companies with offices worldwide, she has taken the decision to join Astra Recruitment because of our open and honest approach to recruitment and our fun yet professional environment which is also enjoyed by our clients and candidates alike.

She is totally dedicated to finding the right candidate the right job with the right company and always have an eye for advancement of my candidates to benefit my clients.

She has successfully placed candidates with John Lewis, Asda, Koch West House, Robert Wiseman Dairies and many other National operators but she also enjoys working with smaller companies and family businesses, Her goal is always to find the right person for the right job and this is what motivates her every day.

If you have a role or if you are looking to take the next step in your career in Logistics the please get in touch.

Jarek Grzeskowiak

Meet our Technology & Software Development Senior Recruitment Specialist

Jarek is a technology recruitment consultant experienced in sourcing and recruiting for various permanent roles within following areas; software development, systems and infrastructure administration, business intelligence and data warehouse development, project and programme management, web design and development, electronics, embedded software engineering as well as managerial roles at various levels.

Whether you are an expert or a graduate - if you are going to make the next step in your career or enter the World of work in the IT industry and you seek for truly consultative recruitment service please do not hesitate to contact Astra IT.

Brian Rossiter

Meet our Projects Manager

Name: Brian Rossiter

Position: Quality Co-ordinator

Sector: Project Recruitment

Time In Recruitment:11 Years

Why should Brian represent you?

Although Brian has earnt his recruitment stripes as a consultant, his main area of expertise is now within the deliverance of recruitment projects for companies nationwide. Brian has valuable experience in providing a comprehensive recruitment project, which can really tap into a business’s ethos, framework and recruitment goals.

Using tailor-made business solutions, Brian can help to assist companies with:

• Advertising, marketing and PR.
• Screening and selection of candidates.
• Compliance checks.
• Interview Days/Assessment Centres.
• Final Offers.
• Facilitation and co-ordination of training for successful starters.


Throughout all of Brian’s projects he balances a complementary blend of professionalism and approachability. He’s a quality communicator, sustains an analytic mind and his organisation skills are exemplary; so much so that he can juggle a few projects at once.

5 specialities/core recruitment skills.
Understanding client requirements & implementing these. Very organised. Able to handle large volume of recruitment projects. Achieve client targets and maintain communication. Hospitable.

Clients Brian has worked with.
Wolf Minerals, SGS, CA Blackwell, Taziker Industrial, Cuddy Group.

Q&A

For you, what makes Astra unique?
Great working environment & culture.

What’s the best thing about being in recruitment?
Being able to help those find employment and the diversity of work.

If there was one thing you could change about recruitment, what would it be?
Less transactional, recruiters do themselves a disservice when they fall into a sales fight.

Recruitment is supposed to be the most stressful job on the market – how do you deal
with this stress?

Getting up on stage.

What we may not know…
Acted with a professional theatre company.

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