Vintage HR – Is HR coming back in ‘style’?

Our good friend Clare from the successful HR consultancy People HR will explore this interesting and thought provoking topic. Is an organisations’ HR department the equivalent of what Chanel is to the world?  A timeless classic, that has always been there, but to stay relevant in the changing world, has had to adapt and evolve […]

Pay Trends and Hybrid Working Practices for 2024

2024 is proving to be a challenging year for HR departments as they seek to manage employee expectations. Unprecedented pay awards last year, alongside increased costs, has created an affordability challenge for many employers in 2024. Meanwhile, hybrid and flexible working practices have come to the fore as employers seek a greater office presence from […]

Has Your Employee Social Media Policy Kept Pace With Business Practice?

We are delighted to welcome back Katie Bowen Nicholas – Hegarty. Katie will asking  ‘Is your social media policy up to date with your business practices?’ The use of social media is now deeply integrated in many employee’s job roles and duties, such as for promotion and marketing, recruitment and communication purposes. Due to this, […]

Positivity for Success

Could you benefit from a little more positivity in your life? Positivity is the tendency to be positive or optimistic in attitude. Positive thinking is when we consciously cultivate positivity in our minds to help us to believe we can get through anything. It’s been scientifically proven to improve our work, life, physical and mental health and relationships. […]

An Introduction to Neurodiversity

We ran this session on Neurodiversity last year –  it is a very hot topic and  the session was immensely popular.  In fact so popular we have been asked to run it again. In this workshop you’ll get a simple introduction into all things Neurodiversity, with tangible ideas on how to create a neuro-inclusive workplace. […]

Cracking Career Conversations

Katy Walton returns with a brand new session We know that career and development opportunities are high on the wish-list for people when they’re looking for a new role. We know that many companies find these areas are often the worst performing in engagement surveys We know that they’re also often the most cited reasons […]


Alex Smith

Recruitment Specialist

I’ve worked in recruitment for the same agency for over 12 years, covering finance, office support, construction, and engineering. Temp and perm. Previously, my line of work was within banking and estate agency.
Favourite food: “Curry (Hot)”
Favourite film: “Heat”

Outside of work

“Gym 5 days a week. Home life consists mostly of entertaining a 3 year old! (for clarification – my son)”

Alex on ACR

“Very refreshing to work for a recruitment agency that genuinely care for their candidates and clients”

T: 01733 235298

Sarah-Jane Bond

Recruitment Specialist

I have spent the majority of my career working in Operational and Project Management roles. I first worked with ACR about 25 years ago as a candidate. ACR secured me a role at RNIB, where I stayed for 15 years, finishing as Head of Operations. Recruitment has always been a big part of the roles I have undertaken and is something that I really enjoy. When you match a fantastic candidate with the right client there is no better feeling!
Favourite food: “Has to be any dish from the Mediterranean”
Favourite film: “There are many, love a chick flick, especially ‘The Holiday at Christmas”

Outside of work

“I love socialising with friends, can always squeeze a bit of retail therapy in around volunteering at Deeping Rangers FC, running their hospitality on match days.”

Sarah-Jane on ACR

“I couldn’t have been more delighted when Nel asked me to join the company and have felt at home since day one. They really do care about providing the best service for their clients and candidates, building genuine relationships with both. The team culture is second to none, everyone supporting and looking out for each other. It is a pleasure to come to work every day.”

T: 01733 235298

Emily Roach

Recruitment Specialist

Emily was a Primary School Teacher for 10 years, before moving into the EdTech space, as a Relationship Specialist for MATs. She joined ACR in July 2023 and particularly thrives when recruiting for Account Management, Customer Service and Sales roles.
Favourite food:
“Spag bol or pizza”
Favourite film:
“The Notebook – or any romantic chick flick really!”
Outside of work
“I have a 1-year-old, so love fun family weekends with my fiancé and son more than anything. Time socialising with friends and family is where I’m happiest.”
Emily on ACR
“The unique culture, values, and style at ACR is polar opposite to other recruitment agencies and what I believed recruitment was. Having previously been a Relationship Specialist, I feel I’m doing the same thing! No hard sell, we truly care about our candidates and clients, and the team culture is 2nd to none!”
T: 01733 235298

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