Leeds-based finance recruitment consultancy Headstar has made three appointments and a promotion to further strengthen its team of recruitment experts and associate finance directors, following a record year of growth which, despite the challenging backdrop, saw the company’s revenue increase by 25%.
Alex Law joins as a senior consultant in the company’s growing transactional finance division. A well-known name in the Yorkshire transactional market, Alex arrives with a four-year track record of building long-term relationships.
He’s joined by Ross Wallace, who has been appointed as a consultant in the company’s accountancy practice division. With over seven years’ experience, Ross specialises in advising and placing accountants in practice and he will play a key role in helping the company’s burgeoning accountancy practice division to grow further.
Completing the trio of appointments is Jordan MacDonald, who joins Headstar as an associate consultant. He’ll focus on the recruitment of permanent qualified and part qualified accountants, advising companies on how to attract the best of this highly sought-after candidate group as well as guiding individuals on their career options.
The company has also promoted Linda Garrett, who joined the business on a training programme in 2019, to the position of consultant in the transactional finance division. In her new role, Linda will focus on helping businesses to invest in a strong transactional team, an area of the finance function that’s often overlooked by many companies.
The appointments and promotion come as demand for the company’s range of SME-focused finance consultancy and recruitment services continues to surge. Headstar recorded its strongest quarter to date between January and March 2021, fuelled by 15 new client wins and the placement of 39 candidates in a variety of interim and permanent finance roles.
Headstar’s commercial director Natalie McGregor said: “Demand for our straight-talking, evidence-based advice in both the management and recruitment of finance teams has never been higher, with our 14-strong team providing clients with reliable finance people when they’ve needed them most.
“The appointments of Alex, Ross, Jordan and Linda, who each bring the same down to earth character that we look for in our consultants, mean we’re now better placed than ever to connect businesses with good finance people to help them through the challenges ahead.”
The business, originally known as Finance Directors Yorkshire, was established over 30 years ago and has grown significantly in recent years, expanding its client and contractor base which consists of a wide range of UK SMEs, mainly based in Yorkshire, including PureGym, Mamas & Papas and CNG Energy. Alongside placing permanent and interim finance staff, Headstar also provides a range of consultancy services, designed and delivered by experienced finance directors, including turnaround support and part-time finance directors.