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Headstar continues growth with three new appointments

Leeds-headquartered finance recruitment consultancy, Headstar, has expanded its team with three new hires, as demand for its services continues to grow.

Rachel Porteous has been appointed as a senior consultant. Specialising in the placement of finance professionals in transactional level roles on a permanent basis across Yorkshire, Rachel arrives with an excellent track record of building new client relationships and providing outstanding levels of service.

She’s joined by Mohammad Rahman, who takes up the role of associate consultant in the transactional finance team after graduating with a first-class degree in Human Resource Management. In his new role, Mohammad will work with the team to find quality people to fill interim transactional roles across Yorkshire. He joins at a time when Headstar is seeing growing demand from businesses for temporary placements, as they look to reorganise post-pandemic and adjust to new ways of working and the current economic climate.

In addition, Sharon McCutcheon has been appointed as marketing manager to provide maternity cover. She will lead on the development and delivery of a marketing strategy to complement the business’ growth objectives, raising the profile of its services and burgeoning events programme.

These latest appointments follow a raft of internal promotions in its 21-strong team and come as the business prepares for further growth, with the aim of building a team of 35 consultants by 2030. Demand for its finance recruitment and consultancy services, such as turnaround support, continues to grow, with its team of consultants placing a record number of candidates (95) in roles in the first half of this year.

Headstar’s operations director, David Clark, said:

“We’re really pleased to welcome Rachel, Sharon and Mohammad to the team. Their arrival comes as we continue to see strong demand for both our recruitment and finance consultancy services and means we’re better placed than ever to connect businesses with good finance people to help them through the testing times ahead.”

On his appointment to the Headstar team, Mohammad Rahman said:

“For somebody with no previous experience in recruitment, I place a massive importance on feedback and development. I think what really sold Headstar for me was the level and depth of feedback I received, even in the interview stages. It made me wonder, if it’s this detailed when I don’t yet work with them, imagine how thorough it will be if I do.”

Headstar, originally known as FD Yorkshire Limited, was established 35 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 Tile Giant.

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.

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