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Distinct’s Accountancy & Finance team is currently the largest team in the business. With over 100 years of recruitment experience between us, we take the time to understand what’s really important. Whether you’re a candidate or client, you’ll be supported by a group of consultants who know the market well and will work hard to understand who you are and what you’re looking for.

Working with Purchase Ledger clerks through to FTSE CFOs and everything in between, we support a broad range of businesses; including large blue chips and exciting SMEs, placing candidates into temporary, fixed term and permanent positions.

The team is headed up by Ryan Jaiswal, one of the original founders and a shareholder of the company. He is supported by one of our Director’s, Alex Alcock, the man behind the much-celebrated East Midlands Finance Awards.

We don’t take ourselves too seriously, but we’re driven in our mission to make Distinct the GO TO brand for Finance recruitment and for the East Midlands to be the best place in the UK to develop a career in this industry.

Ryan, Arran, Michelle, Ian, Alex, Imogen, Claire, Louise, Tia and Aynsley recruit for a range of roles across the Finance & Accountancy sectors:

  • Exec / Board level; e.g. Finance Director / Chief Financial Officer
  • Head of Department; Technical Accounting & Commercial areas
  • Financial Accounts
  • Management Accounts
  • Clerical / Ledger Finance
  • Financial Control
  • Financial Analysis
  • Audit, Tax & Treasury
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Ryan Jaiswal.

Director | Accountancy & Finance Recruitment

On 4th January 2016 – the Finance recruitment team was, just Ryan, who has led and managed teams of Clerical, Part-Qualified and Qualified finance recruiters for several years. Covering recruitment of all finance roles across all locations from Payroll to Heads of Finance was...a busy time! Ryan established PSL relationships across a mix of Blue Chip and SME businesses.

Fortunately, help was on the way. The following month, Distinct’s Director, Arran Jaiswal, was able to join the team and help deal with the busy workload. Arran joined Distinct from another recruitment business, where he was also a Director and grew a successful finance brand across many areas of the Midlands. Arran focused his efforts on senior relationships and appointments across the Midlands.

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Michelle Cracknell-Leafe.

Senior Interim Finance Consultant

As the Distinct brand grew, the need for a dedicated temp recruiter continued to build. Fortunately, through sheer luck many years ago and a random house share, Ryan first met Michelle – aka The Vegan. Michelle joined us in August 2016 and has amongst many Vegan stories, developed our interim offering brilliantly. Michelle has close to 10 years-experience specialising in interim finance recruitment in the East Midlands. To put it simply, she knows pretty much all there is to know about interim finance recruitment in the East Midlands.

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Ian Hallam.

Senior Finance Consultant

In January 2017, we were joined by a former colleague from our old business in Ian Hallam. Ian specialises in finance recruitment between £20,000-£50,000 and with 7 years-worth of experience in this area, adds a wealth of knowledge to the team. Ian and Ryan share the Part-Qual & Qualified finance market at Distinct – so at this level, whether you’re recruiting or looking for a new job, you have two heads rather than one looking after you!

Fast forward to August 2017 and Distinct pulled off a great coup to secure Alex Alcock to join the team. Alex was the go-to man in the senior finance market in the Midlands and came to Distinct to grow the brand, the team and take us to new heights. We think the team growth shows how successful this has been. Alex is tasked with growing our brand across new regions, areas and our event offering. Keep an eye on the events scene and you’ll see some of his ideas coming very soon.

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Imogen Talbot-Slack.

Clerical Finance Consultant

In September 2017, one of our rising stars joined the business – Imogen has since truly taken the market by storm and has an impressive track record placing clerical finance staff in Nottingham and Leicester at both blue chips and SMEs. Imogen now has over 2 years’ experience in this area and specialises in recruiting on both an interim and permanent basis. She’s also keenly taken on the role as the team and wider company social rep!

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Claire Fletcher.

Senior Interim Finance Consultant

In March 2018, Michelle’s partner in crime joined the finance recruitment team. Claire (AKA Fletch) came armed with 20 years recruitment experience. Michelle and Claire handle all interim finance recruitment in Nottingham and Derby upwards of £250 per day, or £50,000. Claire and Michelle also share their market together, again two heads helping rather than one. Both Michelle and Claire juggle a hectic family life at home, and a hectic time at work, therefore both work 4 days a week with each other covering their day off.

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Lou Carling.

Senior Finance Consultant

The growth hasn’t slowed in 2019 and the year kicked off with a bang when Louise Carling joined in January. Louise added another 15 years recruitment expertise to the team and is one of our specialists in senior finance recruitment on a permanent basis working closely with Alex and Aynsley. Louise has worked alongside most of the team for many years and has a deep understanding of the local market both a technical finance perspective, as well as incredible knowledge of her client’s organisations.

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Tia Billinger.

Clerical Finance Consultant

At Distinct, many of our consultants operate in fantastic duos and Imogen’s right-hand woman joined in March. Tia has over 4 years finance recruitment experience and specialises in clerical finance recruitment in Derbyshire and Leicestershire, another one of our fantastic rising stars at Distinct. Tia is one of our resident fitness enthusiasts, so if you’re looking for tips she’s the go-to person! Maybe not restaurant tips though...

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Aynsley Buggy.

Senior Finance Consultant

Bringing to the team another 14 years recruitment experience comes Aynsley Buggy. A seasoned operator in the East Midlands finance network, Aynsley joins our senior finance recruitment team working alongside Alex and Louise. Aynsley, similarly to many other members of the team has been there and done it in recruitment for many years and prides himself on the advice he can give based on these years of knowledge. Aynsley looks after both interim and permanent finance recruitment.

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Elliot Langley.

Finance Consultant

Elliot joins us to work on our Part-Qualified Finance Recruitment offering. Elliot is an experienced Accountant himself having worked for Boots and Experian before making the move into a career within recruitment. Elliot has sat in your shoes and understands the challenges in roles, career progression opportunities and will be a great person to advise and support. He’s a keen Forest fan so maybe in a better mood depending on results at the City Ground.  


Collaboration is everything. You have individual needs and requirements, and we get that. Whether it’s an interim or permanent role, we tailor our approach specifically to you and the assignment at hand.

Our clients include:

  • cooper-parry
  • boots
  • experian
  • specsavers
  • vision-express
  • next
  • games-workshop
  • refresco
  • pendragon
  • sccl
  • joules
  • sunspell
  • blenheim-chalcot
  • dunelm
  • university-of-nottingham
  • derby-university
  • sc-johnson
  • post-office
  • holland-and-barrett
  • pentland
  • wowcher
  • volkswagen
  • keystone
  • dimensions
  • commify
  • dead-happy
  • greene-king
  • paul-smith
  • thorntons

We believe doing the right thing is always the right thing. Whether you’re looking for your next role, or someone to join your team, we recognise that everyone is different and will use our experience to support you every step of the way.

But don’t just take our word for it, see what our clients and candidates say about us below.

We always aim to get the best possible match for our clients and candidates.

We deal with careers every day and know that changing jobs is one of the most stressful and important life stages for anyone. So, when you’re thinking about your next career move, our approach is to get to know you through an informal chat over a coffee or using our video-chat platform, Distinct Live. This way we can truly understand your background, career aims, and what’s important to you.

We also offer other free services including CV & LinkedIn profile workshops, career development and networking events. We will share our market knowledge and work with you to improve your chances of securing your next job. Ultimately, we want to help you in your job search.

We’re not ran by KPI’s, so we will never put a candidate forward for a role that isn’t right for them, even if that means a small shortlist of 1 or 2 people – they will be the right people.

We get to know our clients’ culture and people within so that when you’re looking for someone to join your team, we can represent and promote your brand effectively.

If you decide to work with us exclusively, we will dedicate ourselves to fill your job with the best candidate on the market and with minimal disruption to your day job. In other words, we’ll take your “recruitment headache” away from you and prioritise the position to ensure a speedy resolution.

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