Macildowie Announces New Talent

Midlands based specialist recruitment company Macildowie, has announced the appointment of four new team members.

The new starters will be joining the best small company to work for in the Midlands, after Macildowie ranked seventh in The Sunday Times Best Small Companies to work for list.

Having worked in the recruitment industry for 13 years, Kerry Thurman joins Macildowie with a wealth of experience recruiting HR professionals on a permanent, contract and temporary basis.   Macildowie is keen to utilise this experience, with Kerry being tasked to head up HR recruitment in Warwickshire.

A Loughborough University graduate, Row Davies previously worked for a successful hospitality and catering recruitment agency.  Row quickly progressed through the ranks to the position of branch manager. At Macildowie she will be working on the recruitment of HR roles in Leicestershire and surrounding areas.

Kate Hallam, a CIMA qualified Accountant (ACMA), joins Macildowie as a financial controller.  Kate cut her teeth at Kitbag Limited, where over a six-year period she rose to the position of finance manager.  She joins Macildowie from Vision Express where she initially worked as a divisional finance manager, before being promoted to the position of group management accountant.

Macildowies Talent Pool trainee scheme is resulting in many fantastic additions to the team, and Pippa Haggart is the latest. A recent graduate from Oxford Brookes University, she joins Macildowie through the scheme and will begin training as a recruitment consultant.

Commenting on the new appointments, Macildowie director James Calder said:

“We are delighted to have such a range of great talent joining us at Macildowie.  We are always dedicated to finding the most qualified and driven people for the positions we have available.”

“Kerry, Row, Kate and Pippa will be great additions to the team, they join us at a time that Macildowie is continuing to grow, with many new exciting projects coming up in the future.”

James added, “We continue to develop our Graduate trainees through the Talent Pool scheme, and have had some fantastic feedback on our work with local universities.  Recent workshops for undergraduates have seen us deliver successful training programmes in social media recruitment and how to excel in a new work environment.”

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Chips Are Up For Macildowie Stars

Four hard-working staff members at specialist recruitment agency Macildowie, found they’d hit the jackpot after they earned a trip to Las Vegas.

Arran Jaiswal, the manager of the Derby office; Claire Coombs, a senior consultant in the Nottingham office; Jamie Draper, a senior finance consultant from the Northampton office; and Matthew Gissing the manager of the Northampton office all won the trip after hitting their personal targets at the end of the last financial year.

The quartet was accompanied by James Taylor and John Convey, directors at Macildowie.

The company, which specialises in HR, finance, procurement and supply chain recruitment, hit the headlines last year when it came 19th in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work For, making it the highest placed Midlands recruitment consultancy.

Director, James Taylor said: “We know we have hard working staff, and when they reach personal milestones, we like to reward them. Not only does this show that we value what Arran, Claire, Jamie and Matthew have done over the last year, it also serves as a benchmark for what our staff can strive to – even in a recession.”

During the trip to Vegas, the four checked into the prestigious Venezia Bella Suites, before enjoying a meal and dancing the night away as VIP guests at the exclusive Lavo restaurant and club. On the second day, they took in the spectacular Cirque du Soleil, and to top it all, they even managed to get a table next to rock star Tommy Lee at the Hard Rock Café!

Macildowie has been running these schemes, aimed at incentivising staff during traditionally quiet periods of the year, since 1998. As a result, members of the team have visited far-flung destinations such as Miami, Cape Town and Dubai – all because they’ve achieved their goals.

James added: “We’ve also run a number of other incentives during the year, all aimed at getting the best from our excellent team. Each year they deliver and the effects of this are not only felt in the great work environment, but also in the service levels to clients”.


John Convery, James Taylor, Arran Jaiswal and Claire Coombs in Las Vegas.