‘Neil was instrumental in helping me through the recruitment process and assisting me to secure the right job for me. He was very supportive every step of the way and was also in constant contact. I found Neil to be ultimately professional, knowledgeable and also very personable and would recommend Telfer Partners for anyone looking to secure employment within Higher Education.’

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Andy Neale, Strategic Account Manager, UK & Ireland, Clarivate Analytics

‘I don’t like getting contacted by recruitment companies. Generally, they’ve done poor research and are just trying hit numbers. Neil is different. From the first contact through to my successful placement he has been thoughtful, professional, and has clearly thought everything through. He has held my hand when needed, kept me fully informed, and made sure I’ve felt comfortable throughout the process. I have no hesitation in recommending Neil and his company.’

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Matthew Cashmore, Digital Director, Blackwell’s

‘Having recently worked with Neil on successfully placing a Regional Sales Manager – APAC, I would like to say that he has shown the utmost level of professionalism and integrity at every stage of the recruitment process. His knowledge of the book industry and the talent within it are impressive. Neil has the ability to partner with the business and build relationships with candidates, to find the right person for the role. I would highly recommend Neil and Telfer Partners to any organisation wanting to find high-quality talent matched to their needs.’

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Enza Andrews, HR Business Partner, Bertram Group

‘I was very lucky to be contacted by Emma Graham. Through her I’ve found my better job so far, she has been always very nice and supportive from the very beginning of the recruitment process, always available for questions also outside her working hours. Highly recommended, her and the whole team of Telfer Partners.’

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Matteo Lachetti, Enterprise Development Specialist, O’Reilly Media

‘Neil provides a very professional end-to-end service for executive recruitment. He establishes requirements carefully, thinks laterally about attracting the right range of candidates, is judicious through the offer stage and checks in through the onboarding stage to ensure the recruitment was sound.’

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Myles McGinley, Director of Regulation & Business Performance and Responsible Officer, OCR

‘I can categorically say that I would not be about to move into my exciting new post as Senior Programme Development Manager with Wiley without Neil Telfer. Neil identified me through my profile in LinkedIn as an appropriate applicant for the position and brought it to my attention. I’m so pleased he did, as he was dead right – this was an ideal opportunity for me to progress my career with the skills and experience I had.
Further, Neil was continuously supportive throughout the recruitment process and proactive in both getting information and negotiating preferences on my behalf. He was always willing and available to communicate, responded quickly to my emails, followed up rapidly on my requests and made the whole process as painless and fruitful as it could possibly be. I can recommend working with Neil without hesitation.’

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Andrew Doig, Senior Programme Development Manager, Wiley

‘I have partnered with Neil Telfer on various roles over the past 18 months and he has supported us very well during this time. He has recruited to varying levels of roles which have often been challenging and quite niche. I would not hesitate to recommend Neil as an excellent recruitment choice for your business.’

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Jenny Boyd, Senior People and Culture Manager, Public Library of Science (PLOS)

‘I was introduced to Neil by one of our owners to help locate 2 senior sales executives in the UK. Neil is one of the best partners I have worked with – not just in the recruiting area, but across a wide spectrum of consultants and partners. He internalized our vision and needs very quickly, located ideal candidates through targeted contacts in his network, thoroughly screened and prepped the candidates prior to sending us resumes, and most importantly kept us on task when we were distracted. It was the last part that really set him apart from other recruiters – he had just the right sense of urgency to keep us focused without coming across as being impatient or overly aggressive. I will engage Neil again if I have future openings in the UK. Thanks for a job well done Neil.’

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Michael Conner, Senior Vice President Global Sales & Marketing, Safari Books Online

‘I have known Neil for a few years, and have worked with him multiple times in the past to recruit for my teams. I have always been impressed with his professionalism, his efficiency, and high-quality support throughout the whole process from start to finish. More recently, I have been fortunate enough to work with Neil to secure my own next exciting position, and have found Neil’s support throughout the process invaluable. I would highly recommend Neil to anyone looking to recruit or looking for their next role. Thank you, Neil.’

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Jane Wiejak, Head of Marketing, Adam Matthew Digital

‘Neil runs an excellent executive service business focused on the executive space. He is highly knowledgeable about education and adjacent industries including edtech – and all the relevant roles that come as part of them. I have known Neil for a number of years and I can vouch for his professionalism, his due care, his attention to service and detail. Most importantly, he delivers. Most recently, I commissioned Neil with a unique requirement to source candidates out of industry and he delivered with great candidates and an excellent final match. The whole team really put in significant effort to find the right candidates with the right experience and within budget. If you are looking for an executive search firm for the education space, speak to Telfer Partners first.’

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Rahim Hirji, COO, EtonX

‘Neil has worked with us on a number of positions including senior hires. He has a great network in STM Publishing and is always very professional and courteous. Neil will always be very honest about whether he can support you with your requirements and he also provides me with valuable insights to the industry. I would happily recommend Neil as a recruiter for other publishing companies.’

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Katherine Hyett, International HR & Recruitment Manager, Royal Society of Chemistry

‘Neil understands the market place and crucially, exactly what I am looking for and thus his candidates are always on the mark. Working with Neil means I do not spend time sifting through CV’s of inappropriate candidates and once things are in motion Neil is communicative and efficient, ensuring the entire recruitment process runs smoothly.’

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Mike Done, UK Head of Sales for HE Learning Services, Pearson

‘Neil was really helpful as I applied for my latest role, giving excellent advice and feedback. He offered to help me prepare for the interview and presentation and offered lots of support. By far the most attentive recruiter I’ve worked with – thanks, Neil!’

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Kim Eggleton, Research Integrity & Inclusion Manager, IOP Publishing

‘I have no hesitation in recommending Neil and Telfer Partners. I experienced an exceptional level of service from Neil – probably the best to date. He is very efficient, personable, supportive and thorough. I was kept up to date at all points and any queries were handled swiftly. I look forward to working with Neil again in the future for any recruitment requirements at my new company.’

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Sally Edwards, Head of Operations, GOBI/EBSCO

‘Neil is one of those rare recruitment consultants who are able to communicate his clients’ needs to candidates clearly and effectively. He translates a client brief and supports candidates right through the recruitment process with a clear understanding of his client’s needs. He inspires confidence and helps candidates put their best foot forward ensuring his clients’ needs are reflected in the advice and support he provides. It is Neil’s ability to listen and communicate with clarity that makes it a pleasure working with him. Neil is a great recruitment partner if you are either recruiting or being recruited.’

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Sumi Sastri, Head of Marketing, British Standards Institute

‘I had never been through a recruitment consultant for a role before and I cannot praise Neil’s support as an applicant enough. From advice on how best to present yourself (on paper and in person) to how to get the best offer for your circumstances his counsel was the best. Now I am on the other side of the table and recruiting staff I can see how his approach of really understanding the needs of the client and the applicant have a massive impact on the recruitment process.’

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Esther Jubb, Head of Academic Services, Pearson

‘Neil is one of the best recruiters with whom I have had the pleasure of working. He is true to his word and offers a level of service that few recruitment companies can match (or seem willing to match). He kept every one of his promises.
In addition, his advice and understanding of the roles he recruits for are excellent. He takes the time to understand the roles and whether or not the individual would fit. Sadly in recruitment, too many companies focus on getting people through the door and pushing them into unsuitable roles. Neil’s company is the opposite and he takes the time to understand your goals and aspirations prior to assessing your suitability for any role.
I can recommend Neil highly enough, his patience with clients and his professionalism behind the scenes was a second to none. If you have been let down by recruitment companies in the past (as I suspect many of you have) then giving Neil a call will restore your faith. I am sure that many companies make promises, to provide the level of service that professionals expect, Neil was the only one that I have found to keep his promises through his actions.’

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Mark Wallace, Head of Partnership Management, Pearson

‘Thanks to Neil’s expert guidance, advice and support I landed my dream Marketing Manager position with SAGE Publications. Neil was there at every step of the process offering advice on tailoring my CV and covering letter to ensure my skills could be clearly seen to fit the role, through to interview guidance, and kept in communication once I’d started at SAGE. I’m so thankful to Neil for everything he did and would recommend Telfer Partners to friends and colleagues looking for their next position. Thanks again for everything, Neil!’

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Eleanor Howell, Journals Marketing Manager, SAGE Publishing

‘Neil worked with us extremely diligently and efficiently. We engaged Neil to help hire for a key role within the team. Neil took the time to truly understand the brief and present a range of good candidates for the role. He is focused, professional and keen to understand any potential concerns- all completed within a calm and assured way. I would absolutely recommend Neil’s services.’

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Martin Mullin, Director Global Sales, Better World Books

‘Neil has helped Numérique Premium in recruiting its new sales manager. He brings his expertise in the academic market to the process as well as a solid network. Both enable him to introduce carefully selected candidates in record time. We will be happy to work with him again!’

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Yannick Dehee, CEO, Numerique Preimium

‘Rachel is an outstanding professional. She helped me through the interview process for my new position and took me step-by-step through the whole process. She was quick to reply to any of my queries, gave me excellent advice and clearly knew what the employers were looking for for this role. I would definitely recommend Rachel. She is not only a professional and very well prepared, she also takes a personal interest and assists for the best outcome for each candidate. Thank you Rachel for your support and help.’

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Alice Gatsouli, ELT Managing Editor, British Council

‘Telfer Partners delivered a great recruitment service and simultaneously filled two vacancies for new roles at our company. Neil’s excellent communication and professional demeanor were very welcome. I will use them again.’

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Paul Carey, Chief Financial Officer, Pastest

‘Neil has been fantastic throughout my whole experience with him, very professional attentive and helped me secure a dream role. I highly recommend him as a recruitment consultant.’

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Daniel Angelo Othman, Account Director, The Chartered Institute of Marketing

‘Neil has been an absolute superstar during my recent recruitment. His friendliness, professionalism, and support was most certainly the best I have been privileged to during my entire career. His early morning and late evening phone calls and emails made me feel that I am not just a number, but that Neil and his organisation applies real compassion, understanding and true care for any candidate they deal with. Neil’s recruitment experience was self-evident throughout the recruitment process and his guidance and assistance have proved to be invaluable to me. I shall gladly recommend Neil and Telfer Partners to any potential candidate, as well as any organisation planning on recruiting, without much effort. Neil and Telfer Partners, you were absolutely amazing and such a pleasure to deal with, thank you. I hope to enlist your services in the future, as recruitment opportunities arise.’

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Stephan Terblanche, Regional Sales Director – Central & Southern Africa, Wiley

‘Sarah is fantastic to work with. She gave me great tips for applying for my position and helped me feel prepared for the interviews. She also had good advice when it came to salary and benefits. Sarah was hugely supportive and encouraging at every step, and I felt that she really championed me with my employer (and vice versa!). I really appreciated her professional approach; it helped me feel confident that the job would be a good fit for me.’

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Emily Chenette, Team Manager-PLOS One, Public Library of Science

‘Emma is delightful and truly professional. She has helped me get an outstanding position and offered me support even after the documents were signed. Thank you, Emma!’

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Alexandra Nicolescu, Technical Support Analyst, ProQuest

‘Neil and his team have supported my management team and I for more than a year to source and recruit great people to join the Content, Production and Logistics department at Pearson. It doesn’t seem to matter what the timeframe is that we are working with Neil and the team deliver. Neil supported me just before Christmas 2013 to source and successfully recruit a new Operations Manager at a time when many people were saying that I should wait until the New Year. I would recommend Neil and his expert recruitment talents unreservedly. Thanks, Neil.’

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Helen Coleman, Business Transformation Lead, Pearson

‘Adam Matthew has worked with Neil for several years and he has successfully recruited a number of our existing workforce. Neil is always approachable and easy to work with. He has excellent knowledge and understanding of the publishing sector but has also been able to help us with a number of other roles because he understands our company culture and business needs. I enjoy working with Neil and would recommend him as a great recruiting partner when looking for new employees.’

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Alex Hemns, Senior HR Manager, Adam Matthew Digital

‘Neil & Telfer partners played a crucial part in the recruitment process for my current role. Not only Neil was extremely clear on the options waiting for me, he was also of great professional guidance during the various recruitment steps, always keeping in mind my point of view and my expectations. He established both a professional and a human bond,  an aspect that earned him my trust. I therefore strongly recommend Neil and his company, they deliver an excellent and carefully tailored service.’

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Maria Laura Tognoli, Associate Editor, Public Library of Science

‘Neil Approached me with Job opportunity via Linkedin, gave me a clear picture of the Job, Neil made great profile analyses before he contacted me, he was aware exactly of my area of expertise and my employment history, Neil believed I am the perfect match for this Job, He provided me with valuable tips and advises to become at the end the first best candidate for this job, I am hired now and one of the main reasons was Neil, Thank you, Neil, for your outstanding support, professionalism and knowledge, I would highly recommend Neil’s services to everyone who is need of such extraordinary support.’

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Arwa Falazi, Regional Sales Manager, MEACA – Global Research, Wiley

‘Neil has provided me with excellent support, care and assistance during my recruitment process. I have never met a greater recruiter than him. I really appreciated his honest feedback and advice, his speedy responsiveness and the personal approach he has displayed in each conversation. Thank you for your encouragement and belief in my skills.’

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Dilber Nurdinova, Head of Business Development (Executive Education), London Business School

‘Emma connected me with a perfectly suited job opportunity that I was ultimately successful in securing, thanks to her friendly and professional help and support. She was quick to help with questions all the way through the process, was effectively tenacious with organising the interviews, and provided a consistent level of useful information and gentle encouragement. Having had varied levels of interaction with recruitment help in the past, Emma really stood out as providing the best experience end to end and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to help with your job search.’

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Anna Bowers, Product Manager, Pearson

‘I have recently had the great pleasure of working with Rachel as a candidate for a role. My first impression of Rachel was that she not only knew her topic but also clearly knew what kind of questions and experience her client was looking for in the right candidate. She came across as very well-spoken and interested in answers given to questions. As I progressed along the journey during interviews for the role, my first impression was not only confirmed, it was built on as well. Rachel checked in with me, gave me good insight and advice and definitely made sure that I was able to put my best foot forward. Rachel’s professionalism is outstanding. She is also friendly and shows a genuine interest. I would highly recommend Rachel – she is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

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Katy Snoodyk, Procurement and Inventory Manager, GOBI (EBSCO)

‘I worked with Neil during my time with Connect Books while conducting a campaign on recruiting a new Regional Sales Manager for APAC. Neil provided us with very knowledgeable and professional candidates who fitted well into our expectations. During this process, Neil was very supportive and patient, and communication between the candidates, him as recruiter and us went very well.’

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Ronald Jaeger, Regional Sales Manager, GOBI Library Solutions (EBSCO Information Services)

‘Neil is an exceptional recruiter in that he really listens to what both the company and the candidate are looking for and matches people not just based on their experience but their potential for growing into a role. He is also brilliant at understanding the personalities within a team and securing people who fit with the organisation not just because of their skills but also their temperament. Neil is, without doubt, the most genuine and ethical recruiter I have ever worked with.’

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Christine Brett, Commerical Director, GPrX Data Ltd

‘Neil is a very knowledgeable and helpful recruiter within the educational publishing industry. He helped to set up my interview with Pearson and provided really great guidance on how to approach it. He also listens to what your skills are, what your career aims are and suitably presents the right opportunities, unlike other mainstream recruitment agencies.’

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Ben Hutchens, Communites and Stakeholder Manager, Pearson

‘Neil’s professional guidance was instrumental to me during the recruitment process for my current role. I felt very well supported and informed throughout. When we discussed different opportunities, Neil made a realistic assessment of my skillset and background and was able to identify the role that was the best fit for me. The pre-interview support I received helped put me in the right frame of mind to succeed. I’m extremely grateful to Neil for making this a smooth process and for supporting me each step of the way, and would not hesitate to recommend the services of Telfer Partners.’

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Laura E Simmons, Managing Editor, Community Journals (Genetics) at Public Library of Science

‘I would highly recommend Neil who made all the difference in helping us appoint the right person for a pioneering and senior training role. Neil provided a better service than competitor companies by a combination of really listening to our needs, a deep and detailed knowledge of the higher education and publishing sectors; and a great work ethic.’

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Sarah Phillipson, Director of Customer Experience, UK and Scandinavia, Pearson

‘As a candidate, I would recommend Neil from both the candidate’s view as well as companies thinking of using Neil for recruitment. Neil was honest, clear and open in informing me about the opportunity which helped me to understand if it was the right move for me. This expanded when preparing me for the different stages of the recruitment process which I found extremely valuable. Also, it was refreshing when I joined to have the right expectations from the outset rather than being sold a dream, this is so helpful from a companies perspective in recruiting for the long term. A great experience from beginning to end.’

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Rhona Macdonald, Account Executive, O’Reilly Media

‘My experience with Telfer Partners and Emma Graham, in particular, was excellent. The role I was contacted about was exactly what I had been looking for and suited my professional experience and career expectations. Emma shared information and provided support throughout the application process and interview stage in a way that exceeded my expectations and previous experience with other recruiters, obtaining clarification for a task and giving excellent feedback and recommendations. She went way beyond what is traditionally expected, in a calm, informed and generous way. I am very grateful to Emma and would recommend working with her and Telfer Partners if approached and the opportunity is appropriate.’

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Jorge Freire, Educational Technology Specialist, University of Westminster

‘I worked with Neil to recruit for a new, specialised role. After one quick phone call, he had a clear idea of the kind of candidate we were looking for and soon he was sending through some interesting CVs. I met with a variety of different recruitment agents to get the role filled but he was the one who came through with the results with the minimum amount of fuss and sales patter. When we were able to open up a second position Neil was quick to help and both positions are now filled thanks to his help. I’d work with him again and he comes highly recommended.’

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Helen Baillie, Lead Strategist – Marketing Automation, Wiley

‘I embarked on my hunt for a new role just before the covid-19 lockdown. Telfer Partners were the first company I contacted as I know the team have a deep understanding of the Publishing industry. Indeed most have come from roles within the industry. The team were fast to respond, to speak to me to work through my needs, understand in detail my experience and skills set and get me set up with alerts. They were also helpful in giving me guidance on what I should be doing to get prepared for the work involved in securing the right role for my next move. This extended from writing impactful applications to stand out against other applicants to focusing on the right interview preparation to ensure I nailed it on the day.

I was concerned that my plan to change roles might be thwarted due to the covid-19 lockdown. However, this could not have been further from the truth. Working with Telfer enabled me to find the right role. They kept the whole process on track. Kept me fully informed and supported me through each stage of the interview process, including negotiating my overall package once I had successfully secured my role.

If you are looking for your next move I would highly recommend working with the Telfer team.’

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Maxine Durnin, Senior Product Manager, SAGE

‘Neil has always surprised me with the inventiveness and energy he displays in discovering talent. He has been of great service on several occasions and I think would reward anyone who used his services. He made himself an expert in our field and outclassed bigger London agencies.’

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David Harrison, Global ELT Sales and Marketing Director, Cambridge University Press

‘Emma was consistently lovely and professional throughout the entire job process. She introduced me to the position which really suited my professional and personal interests and provided consistent updates throughout the different stages. As a result of her diligence and negotiations on my behalf, I am now employed. I would highly recommend Emma and her colleagues for anyone looking for a change in career or employment.’

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Dr Charles Beacroft, Student Success Advisor, Kings College London

‘Neil handled all aspects of the employment process in a truly professional manner. From his initial contact with me through LinkedIn to the courteous follow up once I was in post, I have been impressed by Neil’s approach throughout. Excellent work – thank you, Neil.’

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Emma Pathare, GCC Field Editor, National Geographic Learning ELT

‘Neil contacted me regarding an awesome opportunity in SA. The recruitment process was a long one and Neil supported and coached me every step of the way. Neil clearly has excellent relationships with his clients and was able to prepare me for what I could expect in the interviews. I got the job and am extremely grateful for the support. Telfer has got to be the best recruitment company I have ever engaged with. I cannot recommend them highly enough!’

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Tami King, Account Manager, Africa, Proquest

‘Emma recently helped me move into a new role. I can’t praise her highly enough. She understood my needs and concerns and worked with me and my new employer to create a situation we are both really happy with. I would have no hesitation in working with Emma and telfer partners again in the future.’

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James Wilson, Service Development Manager, Pearson

‘Neil was the consummate recruitment advisor and I would recommend him to all who are looking for a new role in medical publishing. From the first inquiry to final congratulations, Neil was supportive, efficient, and friendly. His knowledge in the area of medical publishing was clear and it was refreshing to deal with a recruitment expert who understood my role and could advise on important elements for my application.’

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Zena Nyakoojo, Senior Managing Editor, F1000

‘Neil took the time to understand my career to date in detail as well as my expectations from the role. Only once we had worked through these details did he suggest a role he felt would be a strong fit. Neil was very supportive throughout the application and interviews; always offering his support and feedback. He was quick to respond to any email or phone call. Thanks, Neil!’

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Liat Shimron, Senior Market Research Manager and Innovation Champion, Pearson

‘I can only say positive things about my interaction with Emma. She was supportive and helpful all the way through my application for my current role, providing feedback and guidance on all stages of the process and helping to secure me the best package when I was offered the role. Her warm and positive attitude made her a pleasure to deal with.’

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Claire Poste, Content Producer, Pearson

‘Neil’s help in finding the perfect candidate for our vacancy was invaluable. We are a not-for-profit, learned society with specific requirements. We were recruiting for a Publications development Manager. Neil listened to our ideas and ensured that the candidates he selected for our role were suitable. All the candidates put forward were all of a high caliber. We are extremely happy with our choice, who has settled in perfectly within our environment.’

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Carol Chessis, Executive Secretary & HR Officer, London Mathematical Society

‘Neil supported me throughout my recent recruitment. This was recruitment into a new sector and the first time I have used a recruitment consultant and it was a very positive experience throughout. From the outset, Neil was friendly, accessible, supportive and constructive. He was great at keeping in touch and providing useful advice at all stages of the process, which was invaluable. It is clear Neil understands the STM sector in detail and understands how to help candidates prepare for success. I am thrilled to have secured my new position and would recommend Neil and Telfer Partners to anyone thinking of joining or moving in the sector.’

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Kate Tonge, Director Communications & Marketing, Royal Society of Chemistry

‘I had the pleasure of working with Emma throughout my application journey, the experience was professional, productive and really enjoyable. I was kept right up to date with information and details as soon as they became available- through email and over the phone. Emma really listened to me and took on board any questions or queries I had and worked hard to resolve them. She provided me with support from initial contact, right through to contract signing! I would recommend Emma to anybody looking for a recruiting partner as my experience was extremely positive!’

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Geraldine Murphy, Lead Learning Designer, Pearson

‘I have worked with Neil both in recruiting staff and in my own job search and on both occasions, he has been highly professional, personable and responsive. He has an expert understanding of the publishing industry and an acute sense of good fit between people, roles and organisations. I would recommend him unhesitatingly and hope to have the opportunity to work with him again.’

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Matthew Walker, Publishing Director, International Education Business, Cambridge University Press

‘Emma was knowledgable, supportive and incredibly reliable throughout the recruitment process. She is clearly someone who is energised by finding a good match between the role and candidate and I am very thankful for her hard work. Emma knows the Education industry well and her warm personality shines through with every interaction; I highly recommend working with her and Telfer Partners.’

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Alex Pirie, Head of Student Recruitment & Admissions @ Istituto Marangoni

‘Neil approached me with a job he thought would suit me a few weeks after we had a very genuine and thorough chat about what I was looking for in the next stage of my career. It was basically the perfect role for me: a step up in terms of responsibility for me as a project manager, with the added bonus of finally being able to use my languages in a job. Throughout the process, Neil was incredibly quick to reply, always very friendly and never seemed in a rush to get me off the phone, which I really appreciated. He went above and beyond the normal call of duty to look into particular queries I had, and seemed genuinely pleased when I was offered the job. I’m really looking forward to starting my new job, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Neil to friends looking for something new, too.’

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Rachel Hurst, Implementation Project Manager, ExLibris

‘Neil is one of the best recruitment people I have worked with, and as a result, many of my staff have come through him. He takes the time to get to know our needs and learn our culture really well. Once embarked on a search, his service and communication are excellent – you really feel that there is an individual, personalised service being given. I have always felt that I am able to trust Neil’s personal honesty and integrity 100%, and that is so important when it comes to recruitment. I’d recommend him highly to anyone looking to recruit sales, marketing or editorial staff at any level.’

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Ben Ashcroft, Vice President, Commerical, De Gruyter