Team

Donna Barnes

Meet our Ops 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.

Jarek Grzeskowiak

Meet our IT 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 Construction Specialist

Brian specialises in the supply of temporary, contract and permanent staff at all levels within the Construction and related industries across the Devon, Cornwall and Plymouth areas.

He has spent 7 years recruiting for many of the top companies within the Construction industry such as the Apollo Group, Mansell PLC, Midas Group, Kier Group, ISG Pearce and Cowlin Construction specialising in positions ranging from, Construction Manager, Estimating Manager, Land Buyer, Contracts Manager, Project Manager, Site Manager Managing Surveyor, Project Surveyor, Quantity Surveyor to Site Supervisor, Site Foreman and Finishing Foreman, Trades & Labour, covering the whole of the UK.

Brian is focused on finding the best talent to fit the ethos of your company and works in a highly personal way to tailor the recruitment solution that will work best for your organisation including retained assignment and project management.

Kim Lewis

Meet our Logistics Specialists

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.

Stephen Thomson

Meet our Engineering and Technical Specialist

Stephen's main sector of expertise is Engineering and Technical, He has gained his knowledge through working in this industry for over 14 years. He has developed a solid reputation within the food manufacturing sector in Devon and Cornwall. He has been able to expand on this experience to offer national coverage.

His client base includes prestigious companies such as Tulip Foods, Samworth Brothers Distribution, Vion Foods, Tamar Foods, Kensey Foods, Duchy Desserts, Harrier LLC, Pipex PX, Polestar Wheaton, David S Smith PLC amongst others.

Stephen covers disciplines ranging from Multi Skilled Engineers, Production Supervision and Management, Supply Chain Management, Health and Safety, Technical managers, Hygiene, Quality control, and Continuous Improvement.

During his time spent with Astra he has developed an approach that offers a tailored service in order to match each individual clients’ specific requirements. Because he has a passion for the industry, offering a consultative approach he attracts high profile clients and candidates who are able to trust in the service they receive.

Carol McGeary

Meet our 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.

Coral Pell

Meet our Sales Specialist

Coral has been very successful at assisting our clients to find the right sales staff for their organisation.

With a number of years experience in the this industry Coral can very quickly identify the correct fit for the organisations she works with.

We recruit over a large number of industries across the UK and manage a sizable number of re locators.

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