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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

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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Friday Peacock, Office Dogsbody

Hi, my name is Friday and I am the office dogsbody here at Ascendant Recruitment. I live with the MD Nick and I’m the unofficial leader of the pack, a dogged worker and happy to take the lead on most tasks.

I’m particularly adept at maintaining the security of the office. This involves keeping an eye out for the postman (who I don’t trust!) and bringing delivery drivers to heel. I’m also skilled at sniffing out food from bins and ensuring nothing tasty goes to waste, although this often lands me in the doghouse.

I also enjoy meeting and greeting visitors to the office, collaring members of the team for cuddles and unleashing my endless enthusiasm and boundless energy.

Since I started at Ascendant Recruitment I’ve learnt that every dog has its day, you should never bite the hand that feeds you and, as I’m a young dog, I can still learn new tricks.

In my spare time I enjoy jumping into streams, chewing things and rolling in fox poo, although this last activity is a real bone of contention between me and Nick. 

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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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Gemma Jones, Senior 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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Izzy Hussain, Consultant

Hi my name is Izzy and I work in the Finance Division of Ascendant Recruitment. From a very young age I’ve always enjoyed interacting with different people so by the age of 18 my first role was in a call centre based in Stoke on Trent. This meant speaking to customers on a daily basis, problem solving and supporting them where and when I could. I loved it!! It was great getting to speak to lots of different people every day.

By the age of 23 I wanted to make even more of a difference so the next step in my career was into recruitment. I secured a role for a national recruitment agency where I specialised in finance and accounting recruitment.

Fast forward three years and I decided to make an exciting move to join Ascendant Recruitment, Nick and his team! The team I’ve joined specialise in the placement of highly skilled finance and accounting professionals into temporary, contract, and permanent positions. I work with some of the biggest organisations in the region through to start-up companies who we’re helping become established.

My strong finance background and excellent industry knowledge working within the excellent reputation and infrastructure that Ascendant Recruitment provides means that I’m able to provide a great service to companies searching for talent and candidates looking for their next opportunity.

I absolutely love the satisfaction and pleasure I get from placing people into work and know this is the career I’m going to remain in for a long, long time! I look forward to helping you soon. 

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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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Jessica Sawbridge, Consultant

Hi, I’m Jess and I work with the temporary team here at Ascendant finding candidates their next office role. I joined the team in October 2018 having come from an operations/customer relations background. The change in my career has been refreshing and I have loved my job since I joined the AR team!

I’m very passionate about helping people and finding our candidates their perfect roles. There is no better feeling than knowing you’ve made someone’s week by placing them in a great job!  The days might move at 100mph but we have a great team here and I will always make time for my clients and candidates.

Outside of work I keep my fitness up by going to the gym and keep my fitness down by being a massive foody!  I’m a classically training ballet dancer and dance a couple of nights a week too. I love dogs like mad and am a religious tea drinker.

If you’re looking for a change of career, or need an extra pair of hands in your team, please drop me an email or give me a call, I’ll always be happy to help.

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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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