Employers

About Sidekicks

As a revolutionary concept in support recruitment, Sidekicks was launched in 2015 in response to demand for an ethical recruiter which acts with integrity, champions diversity, invests in new technology, and delivers on its promises.

We are the only recruiter in London pioneering the adoption of gender and ethnicity blind CVs. We are strong advocates for diversity; when you hire through us, you can be confident that our moral code is as robust as yours.

Types of roles we specialise in

We place right across the administrative spectrum – only the best and most capable:

  • Receptionists
  • Head Receptionists
  • Corporate PAs
  • Private PAs
  • Board PAs
  • Concierges
  • Personal Assistants
  • Executive Assistants
  • Business Assistants
  • Sales Administrators
  • HR Administrators
  • HR Officers
  • Marketing Administrators
  • Office Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • Legal Secretaries
  • Facilities Administrators
  • Typists
  • Trading Assistants
  • Team Secretaries
  • Secretarial Team
  • Leaders

  • Presentations Specialists
  • Admin Team Leaders
  • Float Team Leaders
  • Office Juniors

– if the remit falls within administrative support, it’s what we do.

Permanent


We represent the best talent in London – many on an exclusive basis. Hiring support talent is an investment: financially, emotionally and practically, and we’re here to make the process smooth, efficient and enjoyable. Hiring the right support will often deliver a measurable impact on a company’s productivity and profitability. We’re here to ensure that you hire right, first time.

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.

Temporary


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 in this market, 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.

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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

Managing Director

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.

jessica@sidekicks.london
Direct Line: 020 7292 8741

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.

peter@sidekicks.london
Office: 020 7292 8741

Gillian Wake

Head of 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.

gillian@sidekicks.london
Mobile: 07980 901 194

Temporary

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.

catherine@sidekicks.london
Direct Line: 020 7292 8746

Molly Cockram

Talent Manager

Molly is a charismatic and unique recruiter with experience in a wide variety of industries ranging from leisure to consultancy, including internal and external recruitment.

Molly is also a qualified health and fitness professional so she has a naturally supportive approach and is committed to helping people realise their own potential and achieve greatness.

Molly is a very honest and straight talking individual with a can-do attitude who thrives on building key relationships and dedicates herself to exceed goals and find solutions whilst delivering a quality service.

molly@sidekicks.london
Direct Line: 020 7292 8745

 

Permanent

Julia Aaltonen

Head of Permanent Talent

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.

Julia@sidekicks.london
Direct Line: 020 7292 8748

Ellie Hollier

Talent Manager

Ellie is a former Events and Communications Assistant with a Masters in English Literature from the University of Nottingham. Ellie benefits from excellent prior administrative experience gained within both temporary and permanent positions. This unique knowledge 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.

ellie@sidekicks.london
Direct Line: 020 3397 5371

Rowena Osborne

Talent Manager

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.

Rowena@sidekicks.london
Direct Line: 020 3397 5380

 
 
 

Operations and Specialists

Olivia Huntrods

HR and Operations Manager

Olivia is a history graduate with valuable prior experience within the secretarial recruitment industry. Having previously worked as a consultant for a leading recruitment group within the sector, Olivia fully appreciates the importance of client and candidate synergy.

Hard working, efficient and focused, with a high level of integrity, Olivia enjoys building relationships and trust. As our HR and Operations Manager Olivia is our ‘go to’ person and the lynchpin of the Sidekicks team.

olivia@sidekicks.london
Direct Line: 020 7292 8742

Gemma Rose Thomas

Programme Lead - 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.

gemmarose@sidekicks.london
Office: 020 3709 5250