Testimonials

Testimonials

  • RHASS Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    We at RHASS have used the services of Aspen People over a number of years to assist with our senior level recruitment. Without fail we have been impressed by their understanding of the needs of our unique organisation and the strong field of candidates they always attract. Nigel, Kelsey and now Liam have built a very good working relationship with us and we thank them for their work on our behalf.

    Alan Laidlaw - RHASS CEO
  • Thenue Housing Association Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    I want to say a huge thank you to all at Aspen People for assisting us with the recent recruitment of our Property Development Manager. This was the first time that we had worked with Aspen, and I am sure it will not be the last. Our key contact at Aspen throughout this process was Mike Orr. He assisted our Recruitment Panel through the recruitment process, and his professionalism in dealing with each of our high quality candidates was exemplary. Mike organised all of the administrative side of the process very methodically, and that itself allowed us to focus on the candidates rather than the process. As a result we ended up with a superb appointment which we are all very pleased and delighted with. Aspen make what appears to be a daunting task very manageable, methodical and enjoyable. We will not hesitate to ask them again for assistance should the need arise.

    Charles Turner - Thenue Housing Association Chief Executive
  • Glasgow Clyde College Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    Aspen did a first-class job in attracting a strong field of candidates and in supporting the College through the recruitment process. We are very pleased with the service provided and with the outcome.

    David Newall - Glasgow Clyde College Chair
  • Victim Support Scotland Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    We have recently used the services of Aspen to recruit twice, for Trustees and a Chief Executive. Both exercises were successful and we were highly impressed by the responsiveness, support and results. In particular, the advice and professionalism of the Director, Catriona Mackie, was first class. It was also evident Aspen have a strong network and understand the Scottish public sector scene well. I would recommend their services.

    Alastair MacDonald - Victim Support Scotland National Chair
  • Inverness College UHI Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    Dear Donogh, I wanted to write to say thank you to you and your team for your help and support through our recent Principal and CEO recruitment process. With this being the first time I had been through such a process, I particularly wanted to thank you and Liam for the reassurance and guidance you provided to me as we went along. At every stage of the process I felt well informed, well supported and confident that the insight, advice and guidance we received was objective and fair. A number of candidates for the post also commented that they felt well supported by Donogh and were treated really well throughout. Undoubtedly this helped them to show us their very best as they progressed through our process, which I'm delighted to say, ended with a superb appointment.

    Neil J Stewart - Inverness College UHI Chair, Board of Management
  • RHASS Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    I would very much like to thank Nigel for his professionalism, particularly in the way in which he conducted the pre, during and after process of my successful application. Aspen People were thorough from start to finish with thanks also attributed to Kelsey for her detailed support.

    Successful Candidate - RHASS Commercial Director
  • Davidson & Robertson Rural Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    Aspen People/Impact provided an excellent service during our recruitment of a new Operations Manager. Nigel, Mike and Kelsey were very professional and they did exactly what they said they would do, resulting in a straightforward and successful process and appointment. We would not hesitate to recommend them to any organisation that is recruiting.

    Clare Morton - Davidson & Robertson Rural Operations Manager
  • Private Sector  Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    I applied for a role advertised by Aspen Recruitment; from the application, throughout the interview process, and to a successful offer I found them to be highly professional, communicative and supportive. I would recommend Aspen for recruiters and candidates.

    Successful candidate - Private Sector Operations Manager
  • ABE Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    I am writing to express our gratitude for your team; management and support in the recent search for our CEO - a very successful search indeed! In particular, colleagues wanted to note the professionally organised process. I personally wanted to record my thanks to you and colleagues for the great support I was given at all stages of the search - it was immensely valued. Please pass on our thanks to Lauren Neil and Donogh O'Brien in particular for all their input to this search - their expertise was noted and praised by colleagues and by candidates similarly.

    Keith Ramsay - ABE Chair
  • CrossReach Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    I am very grateful for the support which Catriona and her team provided us in recruiting our new CEO. Aspen are extremely professional and organised the process so well from start to finish. Nothing was too much trouble and it was a pleasure to work with them

    Mari Rennie - CrossReach Head of HR
  • Hjaltland Housing Association Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    I cannot speak highly enough of Nigel and all the team at Aspen People. They provide an extremely friendly and courteous service for which I am very grateful. I appreciated the professionalism, pragmatism and honesty they demonstrated and most importantly we ended up recruiting a very good candidate.

    Bryan Leask - Hjaltland Housing Association Chief Executive
  • Inverclyde Council Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    Dear Ken and Katy. I write to you both to thank you for your continued help and support throughout the recruitment process for our Chief Executive. The insight, advice and clear assessment of candidates you were able to provide throughout the whole process was invaluable.

    Steven McNab - Inverclyde Council Head of Organisational Development, Human Resources & Communications
  • Royal Caledonian Education Trust Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    Aspen People managed the process for recruitment of our new CEO. We were impressed with the efficiency and attention to detail that characterised each stage from advertisement to final appointment. We appreciated the quality of the guidance we received and are confident that the successful outcome is right for the Trust.

    Malcolm Noble - Royal Caledonian Education Trust Chairman
  • Orkney Housing Association Ltd Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    Orkney Housing Association Limited have just concluded a successful campaign to recruit a Director of Finance and Asset Management using Aspen People as a recruitment partner. We have had very positive experience and a high quality field of applicants to select from and were impressed by the approach and support from Aspen throughout the process.

    Craig Spence - Orkney Housing Association Ltd Chief Executive
  • Glasgow Clyde College Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    Donogh, thank you to you and your team for the support you gave us in recruiting a Clerk to the Board. The service we received from the team at Aspen was excellent and very professional and more importantly we have managed to recruit the right person for our role.

    Lorraine McGaw - Glasgow Clyde College Director of Organisational Development
  • SAUWS  Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    Aspen People provided the Student Association of the University of the West of Scotland with great service and support in a period of great change within the charity. They helped the recruitment of the organisation's first Chief Executive. Their guidance and constructive updates made the recruiting process an enjoyable and beneficial experience. Aspen People enabled us to get multiple high calibre candidates and made the process a huge success.

    Jack Douglas - SAUWS President
  • West of Scotland Housing Association Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    I was delighted with Aspen's straight forward, no nonsense, business approach. They got it right first time for us when it came to recruiting our new Director of Finance and Corporate Services. They did exactly what they said they would do, when they said they would do it, they listened to our needs and delivered exactly the person we were looking for.

    Lynne Donnelly - West of Scotland Housing Association Chief Executive
  • The Gannochy Trust Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    "As a Board we debated at some length the best way to carry out the process and whether we should continue the Trusts historical process of using its own network. We feel that in using your services we have been able to carry out an advertised open process, draw from a far wider network, raise the Trusts profile and at the end of the day we feel that you have delivered four very strong candidates."

    Dr James Kynaston - The Gannochy Trust Chairman
  • Moray College UHI Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    "Aspen People provided us with an excellent service during our recruitment of the Principal and Chief Executive of Moray College UHI. Donogh's wide knowledge of the sector provided us with a very competitive field from which to chose. Discussions with him throughout the process were invaluable. We certainly felt supported in our decision-making by the whole Company."

    Jana Hutt - Moray College UHI Chair
  • NMMS  Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    "Having been through the recruitment process for a range of posts in the past my experience had been quite different to going through the process with a recruitment agency and I have to say so much better. Aspen were great, in particular Ken who made sure I knew what was happening at each stage and that I had all the information I needed, that in turn boosted my confidence and gave me the support and encouragement I needed. Their professional conduct is excellent and I would recommend them to any organisation that is recruiting in the future."

    Mhairi Cross - NMMS Chief Executive (successful candidate)
  • The Conservation Volunteers Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    "Working with Aspen from the start was a pleasure. Catriona understood our needs and the sector within which we operate. Catriona and Kelsey worked with us every step of the way to deliver a very customer focussed process which I would recommend to anyone else looking to work with a recruitment organisation that feels so different to many others out there."

    Orla Cochrane - The Conservation Volunteers People and Change Director
  • Scottish Borders Housing Association Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    "Nigel's enthusiasm, understanding our needs and insight into the market ensured two successful appointments into business critical roles and a field of strong candidates to choose from."

    Julia Mulloy - Scottish Borders Housing Association Chief Executive
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    "I was very pleased with the efforts made by Aspen in helping us recruit a new Director of Horticulture and Learning. The process was managed well throughout, taking all the pressure off us as the client and Nigel's flexible personable approach made everything very easy and straightforward to manage. Ultimately they found us a great candidate!"

    Ian Hardman - Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Head of HR
  • NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    "As a candidate I am very impressed by Donogh and the team at Aspen. The team invested a considerable amount of time in me ensuring I was fully briefed and prepared for each stage of the recruitment process. I would have no hesitation in using Aspen again as a candidate and will use them as a recruiter if the opportunity presents."

    Shortlisted Candidate - NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Director of HR
  • University  Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    "I have nothing but the highest praise for Aspen and for the way you dealt with me all the way through the process and I was given every chance to prove myself as the best candidate... Aspen are by far the best recruitment agency I have ever had dealings with and I will not forget it."

    Shortlisted Candidate - University Head of Service Role
  • Dundee and Angus College Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    "Due to the retirement of the current Principal, Dundee and Angus College engaged Aspen to recruit a new Principal and Chief Executive. Aspen helped us create and run an innovative and professional selection process which captured the College's ethos. This not only gave us complete confidence in the candidate appointed but also resulted in an enjoyable and positive experience for the unsuccessful candidates and the stakeholders involved, all of whom left with a great impression of the College."

    Angela McCusker - Dundee and Angus College Chair
  • UHI Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    "It was a great pleasure to work with Donogh O'Brien and his colleagues at Aspen People during the recruitment process for the Chair in Creative Industries. From the client perspective, great care was taken to ensure that there was purposeful and detailed communication, particularly during the crucial latter stages of the appointment process. Donogh's insight and experience were invaluable throughout and this was also very much appreciated."

    Dr Neil Simco - UHI Dean of Arts, Humanities and Business
  • SAC Consulting Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    "I found Nigel Fortnum and his team at Aspen thoroughly professional in helping me work through the recruitment process for my appointment to SAC Consulting"

    Mike Wijnberg - SAC Consulting Managing Director
  • SEPA  Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    "Aspen provided innovative recruitment solutions to ensure the involvement and support of the entire SEPA Agency Board. I was very impressed by Aspen's service throughout the recruitment process, particularly in identifying a very competitive group of candidates. Aspen's support during the interviews and subsequent discussions throughout the appointment process was invaluable."

    David Sigsworth - SEPA Chair
  • SEPA  Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    "I am delighted to have secured the prestigious role of Scottish EPA Chief Executive and found the process co-ordinated by Aspen to be professional and well run."

    Terry A'Hearn - SEPA Chief Executive Officer
  • Penrith Farmers' & Kidds' Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    I found Nigel Fortnum thoroughly professional, he created a relaxed yet focused environment which allowed me to express myself freely so I felt confident he gained a true representation of myself. Nigel was always on call and gave reassurance and clarity when needed without it being overbearing.I found Aspen People enthusiastic and professional, they engendered a relaxed but focused atmosphere to the recruitment process which allowed myself to give a true representation of myself.

    Stephen Lancaster - Penrith Farmers' & Kidds' Managing Director
  • Penrith Farmers' & Kidds' Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    Nigel Fortnum promised 5 quality first interview candidates and delivered on time. High level support throughout the selection and appointment process resulting in a successful appointment. I can recommend Aspen wholeheartedly.

    Richard Morris - Penrith Farmers' & Kidds' Managing Director
  • Skills Development Scotland  Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    Having worked successfully with Donogh and the team at Aspen a number of times, I would recommend them as one of the "go to" organisations for leadership (executive and non-executive) appointments in Scotland and beyond.

    Damien Yeates - Skills Development Scotland Chief Executive
  • UHI Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    From the client perspective, we were particularly impressed with the energy and enthusiasm for the task, the competence of the headhunting and the no surprises approach. We were delighted by Aspen's dedication to customer service, not only to us as the client, but critically to all applicants who engaged with the process and were ultimately unsuccessful.

    Fiona Larg - UHI Chief Operating Officer & University Secretary
  • Church of Scotland  Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    "We found that Aspen really listened to our requirements. Additionally we greatly benefited during the interview stage from the presence of Director, Catriona Mackie who displayed understated, impressive insight."

    Seonag Mackinnon - Church of Scotland Head of Communications
  • UHI Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    I found your candidate approach, refreshing, supportive and very positive. I feel you have a new approach that universities would find attractive in their searches for senior staff.

    Read More Clive Mulholland - UHI Principal
  • SCDI Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    I was delighted with my recent Aspen experience which led to my appointment. Donogh and his team went the extra mile to deliver a true partnership service which focused on the key aspect of the journey, the person undertaking it!

    Ross Martin - SCDI Chief Executive
  • CMAL Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    It is particularly pleasing to find a company that is still willing to put in that additional effort, not only by relieving the stress to some extent, but also, in my opinion, to apply basic customer service.

    Candidate - CMAL Finance Director
  • National Charity Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    I have consistently experienced excellence on each and every occassion that I have engaged with the organisation. I can compare this to other competitors in the field and I believe that you offer a highly professional service, excellent engagement with candidates at all times pre and post assignments. Staff are very personable at all levels.

    Candidate - National Charity Executive Director
  • Social Investment Scotland Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    The objective of the activity was to bring in a number of high quality and credible Non Execs and without the knowledge and reach that Aspen brings we simply would not have achieved the excellent outcome that sees SIS with a board that is right for an ambitious and fast growing organisation.

    Peter Russian - Social Investment Scotland Non-Executive Director
  • Queen Margaret University Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    Our Account Manager delivered an excellent service and worked closely with HR to achieve the best candidates for the high level, diverse roles advertised. We have been very happy with our experience.

    HR Department - Queen Margaret University Edinburgh
  • Aberdeen City Council Professional Recruitment Scotland Testimonial

    We valued the partnership working style the team displayed. We knew the project was in safe hands

    Valerie Watts - Aberdeen City Council Chief Executive