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Management Team

Nick Peacock, Managing Director

When I conceived Ascendant Recruitment in 2002 I dreamed of simplicity. I wanted us to be known for attracting the best people in the market whilst simultaneously working with the best companies. Launched in 2003 Ascendant Recruitment was based on simplicity, straightforwardness, honesty and a real desire to serve. Fast forward to the present day and I think I can look back and say that within the realm of Office Support Recruitment we have achieved our initial aim of being the leading Independent Office Support Recruitment Company in Milton Keynes – but we take nothing for granted!

My main responsibility remains to ensure my team adheres to the vision and values of our company – simplicity, straightforwardness, honesty and a desire to serve. But in addition, my role is broadly split between making sure our existing clients are very happy with our service and supporting David, our Operations Manager, to develop our consultants.

I’m also passionate about two more things! Recruiting and retaining the very best and most talented Recruitment Consultants in the region. I’m very lucky to have, what I believe to be, an awesome team, so I’m trying to reward them by developing the single best working environment in Milton Keynes; don’t worry they are providing me with lots of suggestions! We work hard but we have lots of fun too – so if you’d like to discuss a career at Ascendant Recruitment with, please call me on 07780002696.

Outside of work, you’ll find me watching my children play a various selection of sports, or playing golf at Woburn G.C.

Thank you for reading – if I can be of service please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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David Forbes, Operations Manager

Hello my name is David and I'm the Operations Manager for Ascendant Recruitment. My goal is to provide the best service possible to both my clients and my candidates whilst placing people into the very best opportunities Milton Keynes has to offer. In my nine years within the sales industry, I have learnt many lessons, such as ‘all hard work produces profit’ and the best sales people ‘listen more than they speak’. How can you possibly provide the service people desire and require if you haven’t listened to them?

I’m passionate about making my clients and candidates happy and I get a real buzz from helping them fulfil their career and staffing ambitions. I enjoy finding ways that I can help new customers achieve their personal ambitions, through taking a real interest in their needs rather than mine. For some strange reason, this friendly interest means we usually do business together!

Outside of work, I love various sports and helping people, I’m very competitive! I currently run, captain and play for a local football team sponsored by a local charity, as well as having the pleasure of running several youth works for my local church. I love helping young people, whether that be helping them to persist and push through on the football pitch or being there to care.

I also loved and used to play a lot of Rugby at school and support Liverpool FC - I'm definitely an outdoor’s kind of guy!

In short, I love helping people. I love my job and I love a challenge, so if you feel like finding a good job or finding a new employee…. Please call me and put me to the test! 

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Milton Keynes Office

Kelly Charles, Senior Consultant

My name is Kelly and I run the Permanent Office Support division here at Ascendant Recruitment. I just love my job! I love the fast pace of life, so I really think that working in recruitment is perfect for me! My role demands that everything is done yesterday, so that’s why my days go very, very quickly!

Working at Ascendant Recruitment has widened my business sector knowledge because one minute I can be supporting a software company, the next minute a firm of solicitors and the next a charity. The variety of the companies I work with means that no one day is ever the same.

I’m driven by a passion to deliver more than my clients will ever demand so I will do whatever it takes (legally) to get the job done! Please see how I’ve gone the extra mile so far.

In my spare time, you find me watching my beloved Arsenal (no comments please)! I also get up bright and early to try and fit in as many gym sessions as I can. If you are looking for a move and you want someone to work their socks off on your behalf, please call me.

I look forward to working with you soon. 

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James Cooke, Senior Consultant

Hello my name is James and I work on the temporary desk at Ascendant Recruitment. My aim is make sure I give 100% to both the candidates and clients I work with and provide the best service I possibly can.

Having worked in sales for 3 years, I started my career in Estate Agency before deciding to make the move to recruitment in 2014! I love my job and have met some great people since I started. As someone who has worked for a large organisation and now a smaller independent business, I believe this has put me in a fantastic position when it comes to doing my best for my candidates and clients.

Outside of work I like to participate in various sports. My favourite is football! I play on Saturdays and Sundays so football takes up the majority of time when I’m not working. My favourite football team is Chelsea and I try and go to matches as much as I can. I spend the rest of my time off with friends socialising, meeting new people and spending time with my family.

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Jenny Harding - Team Administrator

Hi, I’m Jenny and I’ve travelled about a bit, living in France, Spain, Holland and Germany before settling in Milton Keynes. I love it here; there’s miles to run and loads to do. I moved here with my family and two dogs, a Jack Russell called Lily, and a chocolate Labrador called Jessie, who got me running in the first place.

I seem to have a knack for organisation, and making order out of chaos, and after registering with Ascendant, I was given the chance to start my career in administration, starting with all the lovely filing!

I work in the temporary team and, amongst a host of other tasks, I help to write job adverts for our website, which I love as it gives me a chance to be creative.

I’m always by the phones for help and advice to candidates, or hunting down references and filling in splendid spreadsheets!

When I’m not straightening and underlining things, I’m out running as fast as possible with the Labrador, deep in a good novel, or playing on my PS4.

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Anna Swinson - Team Administrator

Hello! I’m Anna, often referred to as Anna #2 at Ascendant… I’ve not often joined a company where there is another Anna…  I joined Ascendant as Team Administrator for the Permanent Team in February 2018.  I have brought to them a fair few years of experience in Administration, Customer Service and Account Management.

Away from the office I have three children who, without fail, keep me busy, not to mention Dolly the dog!  When I’m not putting dinner on the table at home, I love eating out, especially fine dining.  If I can’t swing a meal out, you’ll find me catching up on TV dramas and box sets.

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Gemma Jones, Consultant

Hi, my name is Gemma. I joined the Ascendant team in August 2016 as an industrial temporary and permanent recruitment consultant, based at our Milton Keynes office. 

I am proud and extremely passionate about what I do. I have a true passion for helping people find a career which will make them and the client truly happy.

I specialise in the industrial market and I have placed hundreds of candidates in temporary and permanent employment. If you are looking to work in an industrial environment, whether you have no experience or you’re a fountain of knowledge and you are looking for a new challenge, please do not hesitate to call me.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, family and friends. I enjoy going to the gym and am always trying to hit new personal bests.

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Anna Elder, Consultant

In 2007 I walked in to register with a recruitment agency... the rest is history. 10 years on, having placed a large number of candidates across a variety of different business environments, I still get a thrill out of satisfying the demands of candidates and clients alike. Intuition plays a key role here, as well as the ability to listen and adapt.

I am somebody that doesn't like to let others down. Keeping promises, meeting deadlines and delivering quality of work are especially important to me. These give me the motivation to put 100% in to all that I do and drive me to be the best I can be.

Recruitment is a competitive industry, teamwork is crucial. I look forward to working with a team of like-minded people who share the same vision and values.

Outside of work I have two energetic young children that keep me on my toes. Being a Mum requires a huge amount of organisation, prioritisation, negotiation, problem solving etc. skills that will also be of great benefit to me in my role at Ascendant Recruitment. As a family we love holidaying, anywhere the sun is shining. The beach is very much our 'happy place'.

I also enjoy keeping fit. I ran my first marathon earlier this year, raising £4,000 in the process which was an incredibly rewarding experience. 

Whether you're on the hunt for a new role or need help finding the right person for your team, I'd love to hear from you.

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Sue Robinson, Consultant

I began my career in recruitment 19 years in the commercial sector recruiting for all office based roles.  In addition to recruitment I have also had a particular interest in HR and now I’m lucky enough to be  combining the two here at Ascendant  -  specialising in HR recruitment. I love  building relationships  and enjoy  the challenge of finding that perfect candidate for my  clients and that perfect job for my  candidates.   

My life outside the office mainly involves looking after my gorgeous two boys  and supporting them in their activities - mainly football! I actually love being a football Mum - more so in the summer months! When I do get some free time I like to go for a run or catch up with friends over a glass of wine or meal.

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Sharan Lidder, Consultant

Hello, my name is Sharan and I joined Ascendant in March 2017. I manage the recruitment of temporary and permanent professionals into Accounts & Finance roles. I have worked in Recruitment and Account Management roles since the age of 23, and without giving my age away I have over 12 years recruitment experience.

The experience has been varied, from working in a national recruitment agency to a smaller independent one more recently, specialising in Finance and Accounts. I also have in-house recruitment experience with a leading retail company recruiting for their head office Finance roles. 

What I like about Nick and his team at Ascendant is the fact that they all are passionate about candidates and clients and they love what they do. I love talking to clients, getting to know their business and the types of candidates that will continue to make them a success and finding those star candidates for them.

I have vast experience of working with clients in Commerce as well as Public Practice, and believe it or not, I love those “hard to fill” Audit or Tax roles. The great sense of achievement I get when I fill them brings its own reward.

When I’m not working I like to spend time with my husband and ferrying my 2 daughters around to swimming, karate or guitar lessons. We love travelling as a family and have been lucky enough to go to some of the most amazing countries around the world.

I look forward to hearing from you and working with you on your next Finance or Accounts vacancy.

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