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Chris Huffen

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    Notts, Derbys, Lincs, Staffs & South Yorks

    0115 947 0200
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  • Title: Commercial Director
  • Location: Notts, Derbys, Lincs, Staffs & South Yorks
  • Discipline Summary: Commercial Director
  • Phone number: 0115 947 0200
  • LinkedIn Url: https://www.linkedin.com/in/macildowiefinancejobsch/?originalSubdomain=uk
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    Outside of work, Chris's main passion is sailing, but he is also a big F1 fan and fast becoming a Leicester Tigers fan. He’s given up on ever trying to enjoy or learn to play golf…

Chris joined the business in 2011 as part of the Macildowie Training Programme and progressed through our Part-Qualified, Qualified and Senior Financial Recruitment desks. As part of a business growth strategy he recruited for Blue Chip clients in Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes, quickly growing and developing his desk.

After a successful period of growth in those markets, Chris established our Milton Keynes division, before returning to Leicester to run the Financial recruitment team. Following his success in those roles, Chris became Regional Managing Director for the North East Midlands and South Yorkshire.

He also specialises in Senior Executive Finance Recruitment across the wider East Midlands.

Chris' Client Testimonials

ALEX HILL

Commercial Finance Manager at Weetabix

"Chris Huffen was excellent. He listened understood what I was looking for but challenges me in the right way about what my next step needed to be. Really appreciated all his support."

SHETUL MASHRU

Group Marketing Accountant / Analyst (Manager) at Travis Perkins / Wickes

“I thoroughly recommend Chris for your recruitment needs, because he makes the recruitment process more structured and simplified than others, thereby ensuring a smooth journey from candidate registration to employment offer(s).

His competency and professionalism is the reason as to why I have already recommended Chris to my colleagues and friends looking to progress in their career.”

VICCI TAYLOR

Recruiter (Credit Risk, Finance and Marketing) at Barclaycard

“I have worked with Chris since joining Barclaycard in November 2011. Chris' understanding of Barclaycards requirements and culture is second to none and has provided some outstanding candidates. He always has Barclaycards best interest at heart and can see that his view is quality rather than quantity. I look forward to working with Chris in the future and would highly recommend Chris as an exceptional recruiter.”

Darius Matusiak

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    Leics, Northants, Warks, Milton Keynes & London

    0116 222 2590
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  • Title: Managing Director - Partnership
  • Location: Leics, Northants, Warks, Milton Keynes & London
  • Phone number: 0116 222 2590
  • LinkedIn Url: https://www.linkedin.com/in/macildowiehrjobsdm/?originalSubdomain=uk
  • This consultant enjoys...:

    Outside of work, Darius enjoys keeping active, developing property, learning about financial markets and learning about mindset and motivation.  

  • Testimonials (Consultant) :
    • Quote: Darius helped us do this by delivering a free 90 minute workshop that was focused on helping us to optimise our Employer Brand. It helped us define our 'purpose,' and create more of an awareness as to why someone would want to work for our business.  We were also given some great insight into how to enhance the interview experience and which levers to pull on LinkedIn to leverage the brand., Quote Reference: Jessica Davies, Internal Communications and Engagement Partner at Joules
    • Quote: Darius was highly recommended to me by a colleague when I was seeking my first HR job post-graduation and I can absolutely see why. He took the time to genuinely understand my level of skill and experience and subsequently put me forward for several relevant roles with a range of well-known organisations. He has been friendly and professional throughout my job search. I particularly appreciated his efforts to ensure I was making the decisions that felt right for me in relation to potential roles. I would wholeheartedly recommend Darius to anyone looking for an HR role in the Milton Keynes/Northampton area., Quote Reference: Ruth Harley, HR Graduate at Whitbread
    • Quote: I've worked with Darius on several HR requirements we've had as a business and would recommend him highly as a recruitment consultant. Darius has proved himself to be a true professional and sees the value in building up long term relationships with his clients in order that he is regarded as a partner to them. Darius has built his strong relationship up with the Norbert Dentressangle recruitment team through his demonstration of integrity and desire to understand our business, which in turn leads him to submitting only the most qualified candidates., Quote Reference: Katie Shaw, Internal Recruiter at Careers@Hudson

Darius joined Macildowie in 2010. Having built an enviable reputation as an HR recruiter of choice across Northamptonshire, and leading our HR and Sales and Marketing Divisions, Darius was appointed as Regional Managing Director for the South East Midlands. He also specialises in Senior Executive HR Recruitment across the East Midlands.

Darius has pioneered various networking and Thought Leadership events for our customers and believes that working in a true partnership based on transparency and trust is the key to a long term sustainable relationship.

Des Potter

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    RPO
    Nationwide
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  • Title: Head of RPO
  • Location: Nationwide
  • Discipline Summary: RPO
  • Phone number: 0115 947 0200
  • LinkedIn Url: https://www.linkedin.com/in/despotter/

I’m a recruitment outsourcing expert.

Having worked for three of the country’s most successful recruitment outsourcing firms, in different guises and across vastly different accounts – from Operations Manager of the largest MSP in Europe, to the lone running of an SME-sized RPO – I’ve experienced a lot in my nearly 10 years in recruitment.

I believe the future for permanent recruitment for every company SME-sized and above, should be a partnership focused RPO. Most businesses state that their people are their biggest asset, and an RPO is the best recruitment method to protect those assets when they’re in the process of entering your business. In tandem with Macildowie’s Retention Service, our RPO is also the best way to help protect those assets when they’re already in your business too.

I believe all RPOs should focus on three key things for their clients: cost, time and talent.

In a post-Covid-19 society, these things will matter even more - with budgets being tighter, smaller teams doing more, and the importance of “the best, not the first” candidate being paramount - and therefore the benefit of an RPO relationship to businesses will be even greater.

Macildowie’s RPO has those three elements at its heart, but it can go further than that, and in what we believe, a unique way.

Macildowie’s RPO is small and flexible and as such its service can genuinely be tailored to exactly what your business needs from a recruitment function (something that larger outsourcers with significant overheads are unable to do). We’re also able to offer two exceptional value-adding services which – from what I understand no other competitor is currently doing – in our Retention Services and People Hub facility. All of which is underpinned by years of quality Macildowie service.

My aim is for Macildowie RPO to be a trusted and valued partner for our clients, delivering on the three key objectives of cost, time and talent – and doing it in a unique way that we can be proud of.

Kate Oliver

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    Human Resources
    Leics, Northants, Warwicks, Coventry & Milton Keynes
    Salaries £30-80k

    0116 222 2590
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  • Title: Regional Manager
  • Location: Leics, Northants, Warwicks, Coventry & Milton Keynes
  • Discipline Summary: Human Resources
  • Phone number: 0116 222 2590
  • LinkedIn Url: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-oliver-a9a603b2/
  • This consultant enjoys...:

    I am really in to my health and wellbeing, I work out in my home gym (more glamorous than it sounds) 4 times a week and enjoy running, mainly to counteract the wine I drink at the weekends! I am also and the team cook in our house and find it quite therapeutic after a day in the (virtual) office.  I also enjoy taking Lola (my cockapoo) out on little adventures. 

After living the dream in France for 5 years Kate made the move into recruitment after moving to London. Here, she cut her teeth in a busy and competitive environment but in 2018 made the move out of the costly city to head to the Midlands in pursuit of a new dream! Joining Macildowie and initially covering Junior HR in Leicestershire she has now progressed to Managing Consultant level responsible for the recruitment for temp, contract and permanent HR roles £35,000p.a. and above in Leicestershire, Coventry/Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes, She also has a fab team in Emily and Richenda who cover the more junior role in those regions, and works alongside Sarah-May who has joined the team to cover London.

Lewis Gregory

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    Public Sector
    Nationwide
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    0115 947 0200
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  • Title: Recruitment Consultant
  • Location: Nationwide
  • Discipline Summary: Public Sector
  • Phone number: 0115 947 0200
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    Outside of work, Lewis follows Leicester City Football Club and also plays for his local team, although he will be the first one to tell you that he’s a very average footballer. Lewis loves to spend time with Friends, travel and exercise.

Lewis joined the Public Sector team at Macildowie in September 2023 after spending some time travelling across South East Asia. His background is as an Internal Recruiter for a Technology company and he has experience recruiting in challenging markets with a niche hiring criteria.

Margarita Fedoseyeva

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    Public Sector (Local Gov)
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    0115 947 0200
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  • Title: Managing Director
  • Location: Nationwide
  • Discipline Summary: Public Sector (Local Gov)
  • Phone number: 0115 947 0200
  • LinkedIn Url: https://www.linkedin.com/in/margarita-fedoseyeva-a260431b/
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    Margarita enjoys Tennis, walking, & travelling.

Margarita is the Divisional Director for the Public Sector and Not for Profit Division which she established in 2018. She has been covering Public Sector and NFP since 2004 and has had national role since 2006, so she has strong knowledge and understanding and initiatives that affect the sector. The Division is responsible for permanent, fixed term and interim recruitment as well as consultancy solutions across Finance, Procurement & Commissioning, Project, Programme Management & Transformation, Marcoms, Regen & Economic Development, Policy and Performance, Planning as well as Executive appointments. The Division covers Local & Central Government, NHS, Education, Social Housing and Charities across the whole of the UK.

The Division has recently secured a place on the Crown Commercial Services RM6160 Public Sector Framework that covers the NHS and the Wider Public Sector. We also work in partnership with CIPFA and help sponsor events and seminars for the wider CIPFA members across the Midlands and nationwide. In addition Margarita and the team is able to offer psychometric assessments during restructures as well as new recruitment processes and deliver tailored client and candidate LinkedIn and CPD events.

Naomi Osborn

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    Human Resources
    Lincolnshire & Peterborough
    Salaries to £50k

    0115 947 0200
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  • Title: Recruitment Consultant
  • Location: Lincolnshire & Peterborough
  • Discipline Summary: Human Resources
  • Phone number: 0115 947 0200
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    Naomi is a proud dog mum and can be found out and about with her springer spaniel most weekends.

    She’s also a complete foodie, loves travel and is happiest on the beach with a pina colada! 

Naomi joined Macildowie having previously spent 5 years working as a pharmaceutical representative. She is part of the HR & Marketing Team and is responsible for HR roles up to £50,000  across Lincolnshire and Peterborough. Naomi recruits for both permanent and interim roles, helping professionals take the next important steps within their HR careers.

Rachel Wynne

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    Human Resources
    Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire & Staffordshire
    Salaries to £40k

    0115 947 0200
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  • Title: Recruitment Consultant
  • Location: Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire & Staffordshire
  • Discipline Summary: Human Resources
  • Phone number: 0115 947 0200
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    Rachel loves to travel and has previously been to the likes of Bali, Australia, Jamaica and Tokyo is next on her list. Besides this Rachel is an avid film watcher with an appreciation for Christopher Nolan films. 

Rachel joined us on the September 2022 graduate scheme after studying Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, specialising in mental health. Rachel has joined the Nottingham-based Human Resources recruitment team covering the areas of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and Staffordshire. Rachel prides herself on being an extroverted and keen employee who works hard to ensure her candidates and clients receive premium customer service.

Richard Haaker

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    Executive Search
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    0115 947 0200
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  • Title: Managing Director
  • Location: Nationwide
  • Discipline Summary: Executive Search
  • Phone number: 0115 947 0200
  • LinkedIn Url: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richardhaakerexecsearchexecjobs/
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    Richard graduated from Birmingham University with a degree in Geography and in his spare time enjoys hiking, photography, drawing and playing guitar.

Richard is the Managing Director of Macildowie’s Executive Search and Outplacement Support capabilities and as such has full oversight for the operations for both practices. Richard is responsible for sourcing Director and C-Suite level candidates for private sector companies on a retained basis. Margarita Fedoseyeva is responsible for executive search for private and NFP organisations. From an outplacement perspective, Richard manages workshops focussed on improving employability.

Richard also runs Macildowie’s MD/CEO Mastermind Forum and our NED Network. Both are peer-to-peer mentoring and networking groups which meet ona quarterly basis. Please connect with Rich if you would like further details.

Prior to working at Macildowie, Rich has recruited into both the private and public sectors in the UK, Australia and New Zealand in a specialised recruitment career that spans 20 years.

Sarah Daniels

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    Executive Search
    Nationwide

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    0116 222 2590
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  • Title: Head of Practice for Marketing
  • Location: Nationwide
  • Discipline Summary: Executive Search
  • Phone number: 0116 222 2590

Sarah Whatley

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    Human Resources

    Salaries to £70k

    0116 222 2590
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  • Title: Recruitment Consultant
  • Discipline Summary: Human Resources
  • Phone number: 0116 222 2590
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    Sarah enjoys having fun and making memories with her young family. She loves to travel to new places and always aims to have a holiday booked somewhere in the sun.

Sarah joined Macildowie in July 2022 after working in the travel industry for 15 years. She is a part of the HR team, recruiting for temp roles and paying up to £70,000. She prides herself on the customer service and people skills she has gained throughout her career and is looking forward to starting a new and exciting profession in recruitment.

Simon Lydon

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    Public Sector
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  • Title: Associate Director
  • Location: Nationwide
  • Discipline Summary: Public Sector
  • Phone number: 0115 947 0200
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    Outside of the workplace Simon enjoys playing rugby and keeping fit; although his ageing bones means he spends more time injured than playing! Other than that his young family of four children keeps him on his toes!

Simon joined Macildowie in February 2022 after 19 years with a blue-chip recruiter as the Associate Director for the Public Sector business.

Simon leads the team that specialises in the provision of consultancy services across their core disciplines of Finance, Procurement & Commissioning, Project & Programme Management, HR and Marketing.

He personally recruits permanent roles within Local Government whilst continuing to build their brand across the UK with the aim to make the Macildowie name synonymous with a consistently, high-quality delivery of services within Local and Central Government, NHS, Education, Charities and Housing.