As a founding Director of Abacus Consulting, William has been in the business from day one and takes a leading, hands-on role in shaping the organisation as it continues to grow. From the outset, he has been focused on creating a true Professional Practice in the Recruitment industry, an environment in which all staff can take collective responsibility for upholding the high service levels and values of the Abacus Brand, whilst developing personally according to their individual strengths. William’s key aim is to maintain the Abacus culture by retaining the best Consultancy staff currently working in the financial recruitment market across the region and attracting new talented, like-minded professionals to the business, to further enhance the success and reputation of the firm.
Jeremy joined Abacus after a career as a financial journalist and analyst in London. His financial and investment background naturally led him to take control of the group’s day to day financial affairs and cash management. It is this full time focus on the financial position that has supported an unbroken record of profitable growth whilst at the same time maintaining the company’s financial independence. Jeremy looks after all aspects of the company’s finances and financial planning, the maintaining and negotiating of key supplier relationships and also plays a lead role in planning the group’s direction. This will continue as Abacus embarks on the next stage of its strategic plan.
Michelle first came across Abacus Consulting when working as an Accounts Assistant in 2003 and she registered as a candidate looking for finance work. Having been so impressed by the level of service and care she received from Abacus as a work seeker, Michelle asked if she could join the team as a Consultant herself! Since joining the business in 2004, Michelle’s enthusiasm for offering the highest levels of service to candidates remains undiminished, offering the benefit of her many years experience working in finance for some of the most recognised and established local businesses herself, as well as her first hand knowledge of what a difference a good consultant can make to your career search.
Katherine has enjoyed huge success developing the temporary side of our business since joining Abacus in 2008, prior to which she had worked locally in recruitment for 3 years following a successful career in financial services. In addition to providing short term cover for projects, holidays and sickness, Katherine has ably fulfilled major campaigns where up to 30 temporary staff have been required simultaneously, due to restructuring or relocation. During the recession, the temporary market was critical to many of our clients, not to mention those candidates unfortunately effected by redundancy, and throughout this time Katherine proved herself a trusted and reliable partner to those in need on both sides. As a result, she now has a loyal portfolio of long term, professional interim staff, as well as strong relationships with temporary recruiters across the region looking to take up their services.
Matt joined Abacus in April 2013, having worked for a number of financial recruitment specialists across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire for the previous 9 years, adding the value of his extensive market knowledge to the business, as well as bringing a high number of strong personal client relationships. This has worked well with the re-launch of our Luton office, where Matt’s passion for business development has helped Abacus quickly get established as the financial recruitment partner of choice for many of the areas leading employers.
Warwick had worked in the local area for a well known national financial recruitment business for 9 years, before joining Abacus Consulting in November 2013. As an expansion to our Temporary and Contract division, having specialised in this market for most of his career, Warwick was an instant success in his new role. As well as making a significant individual contribution, he has quickly helped the Interims team develop new clients and build to become almost an equal contributor to the business as the permanent division.
Debbie joined Abacus in September 2014, bringing over 15 years of experience recruiting at a qualified level across all our core counties. Subsequently Debbie was already a well-known operator in our region, a platform from which she has continued to develop a strong portfolio of new candidates and clients from the established Abacus database. With many of the customers that Debbie works with likely to require her skills as a recruiter when looking for staff in their own teams, once she has placed them in a new appointment for themselves, the relationships she builds are of great long term mutual benefit.
Louise managed all the administration for Abacus from 2005 through to 2015, since when she has been responsible solely for supporting the Luton and Bedford teams. Louise’s input has been crucial in ensuring the operation runs smoothly and that we are able to effectively maintain our high levels of customer service. Having worked in the local financial recruitment market for longer than any of us, since 1990, Louise also has encyclopaedic knowledge of the careers of many of our candidates, as well as knowing most of the “movers and shakers” in the finance departments across the region, so she is an invaluable source of information for our Consultants!
Emma joined Abacus Consulting in July 2015 to bolster the Administration team and since then she has provided invaluable support for all the Consultants in the Northampton and Milton Keynes offices. Her previous experience working within a national financial recruitment consultancy provided Emma with a perfect understanding of the challenges of organising the lives of demanding, admin-shy frontline staff and she quickly made her presence felt accordingly! In addition to providing admin support, Emma has also taken responsibility for co-ordinating Abacus’ Social media presence, and for updating and cleansing information on the company’s database to ensure our client records are continually accurate and effective.
Jake joined Abacus in June 2017 as his first role in external recruitment, following a successful career in Recruitment Process Outsourcing for the major financial services client of an international recruitment consultancy. Working closely with high level stakeholders in that Key Account Management role was an ideal preparation for Jake to join the qualified team at Abacus, proven by the ease with which he has already developed strong relationships with a number of new businesses recruiting at a senior level across our Bucks and Northants regions. When Jake joined us, it was critical that we found someone with the ability to liaise credibly and effectively with our qualified candidates, to ensure the successful development of our Northampton team, and he has quickly repaid our faith in him being the right man for the job!
Mo joined Abacus Consulting in 2001, shortly after the company was launched, and was the longest serving member of the team at the time of her death in March 2018, following a lengthy battle with cancer. During her time with Abacus, Mo provided more of a counselling service than just helping people find a job, and as such she was greatly valued and respected by the huge number of Part Qualified Accountants across the region for whom she helped to chart long term career success.
As such a loved and valued colleague, Mo is sorely missed by her Abacus family and she is an impossible act to follow, but we will do our best to protect her legacy and memory by following her exemplary example of investing so much time, passion and concern in her customers to ensure that they all make secure the best possible outcomes in their working lives.