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 and today specialises in Part-Qual & Qualified finance market. Oh, he's also a Director of the business.
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.
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! Ian also looks after Business Intelligence and Analytics recruitment.
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, team and take us to new heights. We think the size of us today shows how successful this has been. In 2019, Alex successfully launched the East Midlands Finance Awards. Alex also heads up our Executive Search brand.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Matt joined Distinct in the latter half of 2020 as our new Head of Finance for Milton Keynes & the Southern regions. It’s great to have Matt on board to support the ongoing development of our brand into this market. Since joining, Matt has set up camp in our Milton Keynes office and is gradually growing the Finance team down South.
We kicked off 2021 by welcoming Seb to our Finance Team in Milton Keynes. Bringing three and a half years of financial and accounting recruitment experience to the team, Seb has a background in all areas of part-qualified and clerical finance positions and is responsible for temporary and permanent positions in MK, Northampton, Luton, Aylesbury, Bedford and Home Counties.