With an expert understanding of their individual specialist sectors, our time-served team members bring a highly personal, consultative and can-do approach to executive search.
Each of us understands the importance of forging relationships built on trust, transparency and teamwork and we are always looking for innovative ways to source and secure the very best leadership talent.
Since inception, many of Scotland’s most influential and leading organisations have put their trust in Aspen People to support their Board and Executive level recruitment campaigns. Over 90% of our clients prefer to retain our professional service, and we are indeed very proud that return to place their faith in us to deliver further recruitment services built on authenticity, action and accountability.
As every successful professional services business knows, word of mouth and referral are fundamental to ensuring ongoing success. That’s why we are delighted that so many of the candidates and clients that we have assisted are prepared to toot our trumpet.
Just completed working with Emma on an Executive appointment within my organisation. During our initial conversation through to our successful appointment I found Emma to be highly professional, knowledgeable and extremely competent in her interactions and ability to source a wide range of potential candidates. Emma was easy to deal with, an excellent communicator and was fair and honest in her interactions with me. Emma was able to be flexible to our particular needs and exceeded our expectations of the process, providing a high level of service but also being friendly and helpful throughout. If you have the pleasure of working with Emma I am sure you will say the same.
Debbie Kerr – HR, Borders College
Aspen provided an excellent executive search service for recruitment of a new Director of Customer Services, following a recent senior team restructure. The whole process was smooth, professional and produced the right result; a high quality shortlist and an excellent candidate appointed, who is keen and ready to get to work. Mike’s service was top rate throughout with very good support, advice and insights.
Jason MacGilp – Group Chief Executive, Cairn Housing
Debbie recently assisted us in the recruitment of two high profile senior roles at Scottish Canals. Debbie has a great up to date knowledge of the Executive market in Scotland across a wide range of sectors which was an enormous benefit during our recruitment process. Debbie led and managed the recruitment process professionally from beginning to end, selecting some of the best candidates at that level in Scotland for our consideration. Debbie is highly experienced and knowledgeable in her field, a highly effective and diligent professional that I would have no hesitation in reaching out to for recruitment support in the future.
Denise Miller – Head of People, Scottish Canals
“Debbie was very supportive through the recruitment process, taking time to get to know the organisation and candidates. She has great knowledge of the charity sector and this was really valuable throughout the recruitment process. I’d recommend Debbie and the team at Aspen for offering a professional service that delivers considerable value during executive appointments.”
Gail Burden – CEO, Sleep Scotland
“I am delighted to have secured the prestigious role of Scottish EPA Chief Executive. Donogh and his team supported me brilliantly right from the first approach and at every subsequent stage in the process, I was never in doubt. This strategy enabled me to focus on my day job and concentrate on what really mattered.”
Terry A’Hearn – SEPA Chief Executive Officer
“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
“Nigel Fortnum, Mike Orr and Katy Gall led our efforts to cast our net widely and deeply, supporting all the candidates in their ambition to succeed our CEO.
“Throughout the process their professionalism shone through, developing the talent identification strategy and delivering the recruitment details in equal measure. The outcome? A great result!”
Ross Martin – Link Group Chair
“We received great support from Debbie Shields at Aspen People in our search and appointment of our new Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ron Culley”.
Alice Harper – Quarriers Chief Executive Office
“Social Investment Scotland has now been supported by Donogh O’Brien and his team at Aspen during two cycles of recruitment for a Board Chair and other Trustees.
“During both processes, we have found Aspen’s input to be first rate – not only in terms of their networks and reach, but most importantly allowing us to focus on having quality interactions with candidates.
“We would have no hesitation in recommending Aspen to other charities and social enterprises”
Alastair Davis – Social Investment Scotland Chief Executive
“Debbie Shields placed me in a fantastic interim role with Changing Faces. She was informed, helpful and highly skilled at aligning the organisation’s and candidate’s needs. Personally and professionally she was a joy too. I highly commend both her and Aspen.”
Marie McQuade – Changing Faces, UK Charity Consultant and Interim Head of Scotland
“We engaged Aspen to support the search and selection of a new Chief Executive for the Charity and Housing Association. Throughout the process Nigel Fortnum provided wise counsel and support whilst Kelsey Sinclair administered with great care. Aspen generated an impressive list of high quality candidates that more than met our aspirations. We were delighted with the eventual outcome of the process”.
George Lowder MBE – Scottish Veterans’ Residences and Housing Association Chair
“We engaged Aspen to help recruit a Head of Policy. Catriona Mackie and Katy Gall quickly established what we needed and put together a plan to achieve this. Throughout the search process the professionalism and support was first class, coupled with warmth and humour.
“Not only has it been hassle free and value for money, it has resulted in the appointment of a super candidate. I would not hesitate in recommending Aspen to other organisations”.
“We have used the services of Aspen 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 Fortnum and Kelsey Sinclair have built a very good working relationship with us.”
Alan Laidlaw – RHASS CEO
“Aspen 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
“Working with Aspen from the start was a pleasure. Catriona Mackie understood our needs and our sector. Alongside Kelsey Sinclair, she 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.”
Orla Cochrane – The Conservation Volunteers People and Change Director
Partnerships & Accreditations
APSCo (The Association of Professional Staffing Companies) is the only membership body dedicated to representing excellence in the professional recruitment industry. Since its founding in 1999 it has grown rapidly to become the authoritative, trusted and innovative voice for the professional recruitment sector, representing organisations and affiliates from sole proprietors and boutiques to international blue-chips.
The APSCo badge is recognised by candidates and employers as the differentiating quality mark in professional talent acquisition.
We are strategic partners of ACOSVO, the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations. ACOSVO exists to inspire, excel and develop leaders by providing a wide range of topical events, development opportunities and relevant services.
Aspen is proud to be accredited by the Living Wage Foundation. The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate that is voluntarily paid by 7,000 UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a wage which meets everyday needs – like the weekly shop, or a surprise trip to the dentist.
Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats. Aspen sees this accreditation as essential reassurance for our clients that our IT is secure against cyber attack.