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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, Sales Manager

Hello my name is David and I'm the Sales 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

Carrie Sherring, Senior Consultant

Hi, my name is Carrie and I joined Ascendant having previously worked in sales and account management roles, with some marketing thrown into the mix too. Having spent 4 years working in our Northampton office, I am now happy to be working alongside Bea and Stella on the temporary desk in Milton Keynes. 

I enjoy the fast-paced nature of working in recruitment and the way you get to meet some amazing and surprising people, who you would never come across in everyday life. No two days are the same except they all seem to fly by! I am also lucky enough to work with some rather fantastic people!

I would love to say my spare time is spent casually strolling through art galleries or training for a triathlon, but I’m far more likely to be spotted at a soft play area awkwardly detangling one of my children from some kind of weird contraption! If we’re not out and about, we’re making things – my home is like the sanctuary for all the Blue Peter rejects, my dining room table is currently home to a football pitch made out of a pizza box!

I look forward to working with you!

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Sue Beckett, Consultant

I didn’t really intend to start a career in recruitment, but after registering with an agency in Milton Keynes for temporary work back in 1994 I was offered the opportunity to work there as a consultant – thank goodness I didn’t get the temp assignment on offer or I wouldn’t have had the chance to work with some amazing colleagues, candidates and clients over the last 25 years.

I’ve spent over 17 years of my career based in central London and have experience both in agencies and managed service recruitment, I've been involved in handling high volume recruitment as well as working with SME's - I even once recruited an EA of Michael Flatley of Riverdance fame!!

My life outside of work is all about socialising with friends and family – usually over a couple of glasses of prosecco and good food, I have a passion for shoe and handbag shopping... not after prosecco though!! 

I am still extremely passionate and enthusiastic about the job I do and I’m loving being back in Milton Keynes where it all began - working with Nick and the team here at Ascendant Recruitment.

So, 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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Beata Jablonska, Consultant

My name is Beata (Bea for short) and I joined the Ascendant team in Autumn 2018 after career at Starbucks. I loved my time at Starbucks and still miss the coffee!!.  I am supporting our temporary desk focussing on office roles. I love the fast pace here and I really enjoy meeting new people every day. Knowing that we found someone their dream job makes my day! 

I love the team at Ascendant because they care about the candidates and the clients - they great bunch who are always ready to help.

Having moved to the area only 11 months ago, I am still finding my way around – so far, we are loving Milton Keynes and we’ve made some great friends already.  My life outside work consists of looking after my two boys who are always full of energy. We love being out and about and spending time with friends. Time at home is spent with Lego bricks and Indiana Jones…

Having vast retail experience in fast pace environment and having employed hundreds of employees to work in stores managed by me, I aim to bring great understanding of the opportunities for candidate’s expectation as well as client’s expectations.

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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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Anna Elder, Consultant

In 2007 I walked in to register with a recruitment agency... the rest is history. Even now, 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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Stella Watts, Consultant

Hello, my name is Stella and I joined the Ascendant Team in February 2019. I support our Temporary Desk alongside Beata and Carrie to help find the best candidates. After previous careers in the Music Industry as a Graphic Designer, and later as an Academic Researcher in Pollination Ecology living in Peru and Israel, I have spent the last four years working in Recruitment.

My experience in recruitment spans many sectors - from Biotechnology and Science to Finance and IT. Working on the Temporary Desk is very fast paced, very challenging and totally different from my previous roles in Recruitment! Here at Ascendant, every day is different, we have great team spirit which really helps. The thing I enjoy most in this job is meeting our candidates face to face and helping them find their ideal role.

I’m still really passionate about Conservation and Biodiversity, so outside of work I continue to publish my research in Scientific Journals (>1,000 citations). Indoors, I enjoy watching Scandi Noir and World Cinema on Walter Presents, and sharing food and wine with friends. Outdoors I enjoy Mountain Biking, Hiking, Travelling, Music Festivals; particularly following Swedish band First Aid Kit on their tours!

I love the buzz of finding and placing candidates, so I look forward to helping you soon.

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Paula Barnes, Consultant

Hi, I am Paula; new to Ascendant and also new to recruitment.  However, I have brought with me a wealth of experience as I have previously been a Conference and Events Organiser, an Estate Agent, a Careers Officer and an Assessment and Development Consultant! 

I am originally from Tring in Hertfordshire but have lived in Milton Keynes for the past 6 years with my husband, two daughters and… their boyfriends, who came to visit one night but have never gone home!  There is never a dull moment in our house and at night we often resemble the Waltons as there is a “Goodnight” from each of our bedrooms around the landing several times!  As you can imagine, we start bedtime early!!!  I have a passion for cooking and use this as my relaxation.  I enjoy spending time with family and friends and dining alfresco when weather permits.


I am looking forward to a new challenge managing the Industrial Desk, so please don’t hesitate to put me to the test!

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