Team

Donna Barnes

Name: Donna Barnes

Position: Talem Group Operations Director

Sector: Business Strategy

Time In Recruitment: 20 Years

5 specialities/core business skills.
Strategic Vision. Project Delivery. Leadership. People Development. Entrepreneurship.

Clients Donna has worked with.
Royal Mail. Toshiba. St Ives.

Q&A

For you, what makes Astra unique?
A group of hard working and genuinely nice people who add value to the candidates and clients they meet.

What’s the best thing about being in recruitment?
Every day is different and you never know what’s going to happen next.

If there was one thing you could change about recruitment, what would it be?
The perception people have of recruitment.

Recruitment is supposed to be the most stressful job on the market – how do you deal with this stress?
Drink champagne and lots of it. I also enjoy the benefits of exercising.

What we may not know…
I’ve been an award-winning banger car driver.

Sue Cowan

Name: Sue Cowan

Position: Specialist Recruitment Consultant

Sector: Construction

Time In Recruitment: 16 Years

Why should Sue represent you?
Sue is the longest standing recruitment consultant in the office. Her experience within the industrial industry is priceless for the Astra team. She has an in-depth knowledge in the manufacturing, distribution and hospitality sectors, and has dealt with every type of contract clause including sourcing candidates for temporary, permanent and contract work.

Due to her long reign in recruitment, Sue knows the process inside out. She is brilliant at liaising with her business clients as well as relaying information to her candidates and helping them to best prepare ahead of job opportunities.

5 specialities/core recruitment skills.
Relationship building. Sourcing good quality candidates. Remain approachable. Maintaining long-term relationships. Staying flexible.
Clients Sue has worked with.
PipexPX, Advanced Medical Solutions, West Country Group, Marjons University, Hunter Stoves, Call Caterlink.
Q&A

For you, what makes Astra unique?
Aim to provide the very best quality candidates at a competitive rate.

What’s the best thing about being in recruitment?
The variety – no day is the same.

If there was one thing you could change about recruitment, what would it be?
The admin involved.

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

Keeping on top of the market and any opportunities. And going on Holiday once in a while.

What we may not know…
I’ve built 31ft of decking from scratch.

Neil Roberts

Name: Neil Roberts

Position: Specialist Recruitment Consultant

Sector: IT

Time In Recruitment: 2 Years

Why should Neil represent you?
Neil is one of Astra Recruitment’s top performers. His skills at building long-term partnerships with his clients as well as truly understanding his candidate’s credentials and aspirations, is a real determining factor for his success.

Like others in the Astra team, Neil has a true appreciation for the sector he works in and enjoys the ever-changing world of IT. His typical roles within Automotive, Electronics and IT; includes Software Developers, Design Engineers and Senior Management.

5 specialities/core recruitment skills.
Sourcing candidates. Business development. Servicing clients. Building long-term relationships. Actual interest in technology.
Clients Neil has worked with.
Chess Dynamics, Ashridge Engineering, Seich, City Bus, Eclipse.
Q&A

For you, what makes Astra unique?
Nice working environment, friendly company and freedom to expand my desk.

What’s the best thing about being in recruitment?
Enjoy finding work for people who are unemployed and struggling to get back into work.

If there was one thing you could change about recruitment, what would it be?
People’s perception of Recruitment Agencies.

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

Keep things simple and try not to overcomplicate. Outside of work my wife, dog and Land Rover helps me to de-stress.

What we may not know…
Qualified Barber.

Tamsin King

Name: Tamsin King

Position: Specialist Recruitment Resourcer

Sector: IT

Time In Recruitment: 2 Years

Why should Tamsin represent you?
Tamsin has a great knowledge and passion for IT, which remains a real bonus for when it comes to sourcing the right candidate. She has a friendly and approachable manner that helps candidates to feel at ease throughout the entire recruitment process.

Her main skill lies within resourcing and aiding the IT recruitment team in discovering talent on the market. Her meticulousness, methodical approach and great eye for spotting niche yet quality candidates, has made her one of the best recruitment resourcers in the entire Astra team.

5 specialities/core recruitment skills.
Sourcing candidates. CV screening. Job advertising. Team player. Building rapports with candidates.
Clients Tamsin has worked with.
Fluid Branding, Mandarin Creative, Chess Dynamics and Wilton Bradley.
Q&A

For you, what makes Astra unique?
Relaxed yet pro-active environment which promotes good team work.

What’s the best thing about being in recruitment?
Helping people to enhance their careers, which in turn improves their lifestyle.

If there was one thing you could change about recruitment, what would it be?
More predictability would be nice, although I guess it keeps us on our toes!

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

Gin and listening to music (outside of work).

What we may not know…
I used to play guitar in an Indie Band.

Wendy Soanes

Name: Wendy Soanes

Position: Specialist Recruitment Consultant

Sector: Engineering

Time In Recruitment: 17 Years

Why should Wendy represent you?
Anyone who has been in the recruitment industry for 17 years should be competent, understanding and efficient in the way they work; and Wendy is just that. Knowing the process inside out, as well as grasping client needs and respecting the wishes of her candidates, has all become second-nature for Wendy. Her honest approach and expertise in recruitment allows Wendy to offer her clients and candidates with a clear, engaging and insightful service.

As part of the Astra’s engineering team, Wendy is well rehearsed in dealing with a variety of professionals from the engineering world, from construction and mechanical to more contemporary roles in biomedical sectors. Despite her long-standing experience in the recruitment industry, Wendy still shares the same enthusiasm for getting results, as she loves nothing more than helping her candidates secure their dream job whilst also improving the services of her clients.
5 specialities/core recruitment skills.
Building Relationships. Understanding Business Needs. Transparency. Candidate Care. Awareness To Industry Change.

Clients Wendy has worked with.
BandVulc. Rittal. Samworth Group. Telstra.
Q&A

For you, what makes Astra unique?
Autonomy to run my desk like my own business.

What’s the best thing about being in recruitment?
Fulfilling people’s needs, both client & candidates.

If there was one thing you could change about recruitment, what would it be?
Our reputation and how we are perceived as an industry.

Recruitment is supposed to be the most stressful job on the market – how do you deal with this stress?
I don’t see it as stress as I thrive helping people, so I love what I do!

What we may not know…
I recruited and trained over 100 Father Christmases for Sydney shopping malls and department stores.

Carol McGeary

Name: Carol McGeary.

Position: Director.

Sector: Executive/Internal Recruitment.

Time In Recruitment: 20 Years.

Why should Carol represent you?
Carol has been in the recruitment industry for over 20 years, making her the perfect pillar for the Astra team. Over her recruitment reign Carol has developed innovative methods to help business clients reach their true potential.

Although Carol remains Co-Director, she still gets involved in the nitty gritty and her specialist areas are taking care of executive searches and filling senior management vacancies. Due to her experience in the industry, Carol has built up a wide range of valuable contacts and is determined to evolve new relationships as well as maintain existing.

5 specialities/core recruitment skills.
Building Strategic recruitment strategies. Networking. Understanding of market. Assessment Centres. Ethical.
Clients Carol has worked with.
Bourne Leisure, SWR, Wolf Minerals, Biffa, HarrierLLC, Tulip Foods, Samworth Brothers, Folk2folk, Moortech and many more!
Q&A

For you, what makes Astra unique?
We own a technical awareness to the industries we recruit for. Every consultant remains totally focused on delivering a quality service to both their clients and candidates.

What’s the best thing about being in recruitment?
Knowing you are helping candidates along their career path and assisting companies find the right people to support their growth.

If there was one thing you could change about recruitment, what would it be?
The image some recruitment companies leave on the industry, which makes it more difficult for us to initially gain trust.

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

Buckets of bubbles!!!!

What we may not know…
I love to sing.

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