About Sidekicks

Sidekicks proudly provide exceptional support staff. Run by a highly experienced team, our reputation is superb, our standards rigorous and our attention to detail acute. As featured in the Financial Times and BBC News, whatever type of support you’d need, we’d be delighted to assist you in hiring right: first time.


We represent the best talent on the market, often on an exclusive basis. Making a hire is an investment – financially, emotionally and practically – and we’re here to make the process smooth, efficient and enjoyable.

Our processes and standards are meticulous. Understanding what you want and need – and why – enables us to promote you as a top tier employer in the market. We run an industry leading database which allows for smart searching across our networks, alongside a highly discreet targeted approach for high level talent. In addition, our staff are adept at engaging with passive talent too, meaning we find the people you really want – not just the ones that actively apply to job advertisements.


Hire the very best pre-screened talent on the market by the day, week or month. Your business needs to remain lean, responsive and effective, and hiring high quality support staff who can hit the ground running and truly save you time is an essential part of being agile in a competitive environment.

We are scrupulous about our processes. Our Temps have gone through a full competency based interview (not just a skills run through). Our standard referencing procedure covers five years’ work and one additional personal reference, whilst most agencies will aim to reference the last two years’ of work only. Why do we take the extra time to do this? Because we get to know our Temps thoroughly, we are only interested in the very best service and we’re here to minimise your risks.


We supply exceptional household and private staff in the UK and internationally. We work closely with our clients, their Family Offices and trusted advisors to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the uniqueness of their requirements. We appreciate that this individual will be entrusted with the most personal of family matters and as such, finding the perfect addition to your household team is of the utmost importance to us. A small, dedicated team, we promise discretion and complete dedication to sourcing only the highest calibre of candidates.

Diversity and ethics

Our commitment to ethical recruitment is a core part of our reputation. We are the only recruiter in London pioneering the adoption of gender and ethnicity blind CVs: when you hire through us, you can be assured that our moral code is as robust as yours. 


Who we are

Our vision is simple: we aim to place our talent in their dream jobs and to deliver to our employers their dream talent. We pledge to consistently work to outperform expectations of what a recruitment business can be and to help our talent and employers create partnerships that prove to be even greater than the sum of their parts.

Jessica Williams


Jessica’s enormously successful career as an Assistant spanned just over a decade. During that time, Jessica supported prominent employers within various industries, including investment banks, hedge funds, retail and residential property and high-profile individuals throughout the UK and Asia.

Jessica understands that superb operational support has the capacity to transform a business’s bottom line. As a highly experienced Assistant, Jessica grew frustrated with the restrictive service provided by traditional secretarial recruitment agencies and shocked at the lack of understanding of the nature of her role. As a result, Jessica founded Sidekicks in 2015.

Jessica has been an Affiliate Member of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) since 2015, and writes about current employment issues in her column for the Huffington Post.

Direct Line: 020 7292 8741

Catherine Sinclair

Head of Temporary Talent

As a qualified Business Psychologist, with 4 years experience in temporary recruitment and a background as a temporary candidate, Catherine brings invaluable insight to the recruitment process.

After completing her Masters degree at Manchester Business school, Catherine worked with clients across a range of industries and roles. She truly understands the criticality of providing a high quality and seamless service. Catherine works at an incredibly fast pace, recognising client needs in regards to getting temps to bookings as soon as possible, without compromising quality.

Catherine is passionate about candidate development, client satisfaction and getting the right match between the client and the candidate. She enjoys working with others, building genuine and authentic relationships with ease. Hardworking and positive, Catherine is dedicated to providing an exceptional and relatable service.

Direct Line: 020 7292 8746

Julia Aaltonen


An outstanding recruiter with an impressive track record filling roles across a breadth of industries in both the creative and corporate worlds, Julia holds a Masters degree in Real Estate and Law from Cass Business School and is passionate about secretarial recruitment done properly, with integrity.

Having started her career in 2005, Julia cut her teeth in secretarial agency, establishing herself as a top performer and trusted ally to both employers and talent, whilst getting results. Julia knows her market inside out and is experienced at working at Chairman and CEO level, possessing a thorough understanding of the day to day demands placed upon senior management and how an effective PA can transform working lives.

Direct Line: 020 7292 8748


Izzy Basson

Talent Manager, Permanent

With over four years experience working as an Investment Assistant for HNW clients prior to joining Sidekicks, Izzy has a wealth of knowledge in the Financial Services Industry. Her diligence and positivity coupled with her passion for excellence combine to make her a natural recruiter.
Izzy accomplishes success for both her clients and candidates with her enthusiasm, natural ability to form personal relationships and an impeccable attention to detail - all key factors in delivering a bespoke approach for every individual.

Izzy's determination to align her candidates' desires with her clients' needs ensures that she creates a lasting impact with everyone she works with.

Direct Line: 020 7292 8747

Ellie Hollier

Talent Manager, Permanent

After graduating with a Masters in English Literature from Nottingham in 2014, Ellie spent two years gaining valuable experience working within administration in London. In January 2017 Ellie joined Sidekicks, where she applied her unwavering commitment to quality to the recruitment sector, with remarkable results. Ellie's unique understanding of her market, coupled with her enthusiastic and proactive approach, means that Ellie is genuinely passionate about representing her candidates to the highest possible standard.

A keen communicator and puzzle solver, Ellie genuinely understands the importance of harmonising company culture with each individual candidate’s needs and personality to deliver the perfect match, every time.

Direct Line: 020 3397 5371

Rowena Osborne

Talent Manager, Permanent

Rowena’s impressive career in PR prior to moving into Recruitment has imparted an enviable network of contacts within several key industries. A graduate of the University of Newcastle, Rowena spent five years within PR before moving on to found the Macaroon Cooks domestic staffing agency, where she was responsible for providing cooks and assistant cooks to private clients both in the UK and abroad.

Rowena is empathetic, reliable and highly intelligent with a keen eye for detail and a natural flair for building strong, long-lasting relationships. A true perfectionist, she will leave no stone unturned to ensure that she gets it right first time.

Direct Line: 020 3397 5380

Operations and Specialists

Olivia Huntrods

HR and Operations Manager

Olivia has been responsible for heading up the HR and Operations functions of the business since 2016. She acts as the first point of contact for all new hires, and is responsible for looking after the careers and wellbeing of the whole Sidekicks team.

After graduating in History, Olivia enjoyed a successful career in talent management, working as a consultant for a leading London recruitment group before joining Sidekicks. Olivia’s move into HR was a logical next step, born from her innate ability to design, build and nurture strong teams of people.

Olivia’s natural warmth, empathy and desire to unlock the potential in others places her firmly at the heart of the Sidekicks team.

Direct Line: 020 7292 8742

Gemma Rose Thomas

Head of Work to Recover

Gemma Rose Thomas is a Leadership & Performance Coach, and Mental Wellness Coach. Gemma is passionate about helping people to discover their full potential and create a life that is lived by design, not by default.

Gemma's passion for coaching lies in its ability to be future focussed. Unlike psychotherapy or counselling it is not looking to ‘fix’ the past or change it. It is that aspect of coaching which makes it a valuable tool for moving forward in the direction of change and can facilitate well rounded recovery from physical and mental illness.

Gemma is a qualified coach, member of the National Council of Psychotherapists, and the Guild of Coaching and NLP.

Office: 020 3709 5250

Peter Carter

Finance Director

Peter Carter, ACMA, has a Big Four background, having trained and spent his early career within PwC.

Peter has held various financial management roles in businesses from healthcare to engineering, and has also run small businesses focusing on the design industry. As Director of Finance, Peter is responsible for the smooth, efficient running of Sidekicks’ Finance division.

Office: 020 7292 8741

Gillian Wake

Head of Marketing and PR

Gillian has been working in communications for more than 10 years. She began her career as a conference producer before moving into PR with Skillsmart Retail, the sector skills council for retail, and then John Lewis, where she was responsible for press relations for 39 branches of one of Britain’s top brands. From John Lewis, Gillian moved to Islamabad, Pakistan, following her journalist husband’s job.

There she worked as a communications consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as well for a human rights law firm working with prisoners facing the death penalty. In her spare time, Gillian has helped friends with various PR projects including producing and launching a book on emerald miners in Afghanistan with a world-renowned photojournalist. Gillian currently lives in Paris with her husband and daughter.

Mobile: 07980 901 194

Sidekicks Private

Victoria Onions

Head of Private Talent

A multilingual trained Private Chef, Victoria graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris in 2011 before graduating from the University of Nottingham in 2013 with a BA in French and Spanish.

In her capacity as Chef, Victoria has worked for both HNW individuals and families, as well as corporate entities, giving her a unique understanding of the priorities and demands of a private family household environment. Three subsequent years spent within Executive Search saw Victoria work within a variety of sectors and functions, from Fashion to HR, covering both national and international remits.

Victoria represents a broad range of candidates, many of whom are exclusive to Sidekicks. As a result of her experience within both private households and recruitment, Victoria has a rare perspective. Her deep understanding of the private household landscape has imparted her with the ability to source the perfect candidate whilst instinctively grasping the unique and individual needs of each employer she works with.

Direct Line: 020 7292 8744

Simon Treadgold

Non-Executive Director

Simon joined the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in 1983 after attending Marlborough College. He was Commissioned into the Welsh Guards and subsequently served in the Army for twenty years, leaving in the rank of Major.

During his time in the forces, Simon served in the UK, Northern Ireland, Hong Kong, Belize, Brunei, US, Canada and Germany. Key appointments held during his service included Adjutant of New College, Sandhurst, Company Commander on operations for two separate occasions and a two-year spell working directly to the Head of UK Special Forces. He accumulated a wide range of experience in operations, staff and training appointments.

After leaving the military in 2003, Simon has very successfully broadened his remit, with time spent working as a Security Consultant, Business Development Manager, HR Manager and General Manager (UK). During an 18-month period as HR Manager he was responsible for the sourcing, recruitment and selection of over 250 consultants, including senior non-executive and management opportunities. Simon travelled extensively during this period to such locations as Iraq, Angola, Sudan, Kazakhstan, Egypt and Syria.

Direct Line: 020 7292 8740