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 Technology & Software Development Recruitment Specialist

Harry is a specialist IT Recruitment Consultant working across the UK market. Having started his career resourcing for IT Consultants in Europe, he soon got offered the opportunity to progress quickly and became an established consultant.

Harry’s enthusiasm for his subject matter has allowed him as an IT Recruitment Consultant to build strong relationships with candidates and clients alike, covering the whole of Europe as well as nationally in the UK in a diverse range of roles ranging from SAP Consultants, to Senior Test Analysts, to Ruby on Rails Developers. Harry decided to make a change to focus on the UK market.

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 opportunity.

With experience of sourcing IT Consultants in Europe as well as in the UK, Harry has a broad knowledge of the IT industry in many areas including; 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.

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.

Lyndsay Colegate

Meet Our Resourcer

Lyndsay specialises in identifying and screening talent for seven consultants at Astra, as well as supporting the future growth of our brands, working closely with our other group companies and offices. Lyndsay makes it her mission to draw the best candidates to our national clients via many different forms of medium.

With a degree and professional background in law, working for 3 different legal firms, Lyndsay is able to identify great talent and establish strong professional relationships with candidates, ensuring they receive valuable advice on their potential and that they are kept informed of possible opportunities.

Lyndsay is proud of her ability to find the impossible in the quickest time, monitor supply, keep a daily handle on key relationships, manage advertising in various forms of media, and uphold the company ethos by providing a truly premium service to our clients.

Carol McGeary

Meet our Business Development Director

As well as being a company Director Carol also recruits within our Hospitality and Leisure and Waste divisions

Having been in the recruitment industry for over 20 years Carol has a wealth of knowledge as well as a very loyal and diverse candidate following.

Carol's main experience is within the Hospitality and Leisure sector where she managed recruitment campaigns for most of the major players.

Carol also recruits within our Waste division where we specialise in providing sales and management staff.

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

Brian specialises in delivering recruitment projects for companies across the UK and is focused on finding the best talent to fit the ethos of your company. He works in a highly personal way to tailor the recruitment solution that will work best for your organisation and has a proven track record of successful, on-time, project delivery.

Whatever your needs, Brian will be happy to meet with you so that he can understand your requirements and be able to identify the best solutions for you.

We are able to manage everything during a project:

Advertising, marketing and PR for your company and the roles
Initial screening and selection of candidates
Right to work and compliance checks for candidates
Interview Days/Assessment Centres
Final offers
Facilitation and co-ordination of training for successful starters with your company

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