Eastside Primetimers offers specialist recruitment services for charities and not-for-profit organisations. We have been helping organisations find solutions to their recruitment needs, resourcing issues and skill gaps for 15 years, using our in-depth knowledge of the social sector and the challenges it faces, to help leaders transform the lives of their beneficiaries.
We have a strong track record of recruiting to interim, permanent, and board roles and as a social enterprise ourselves, we have a genuine understanding of the staffing issues the social sector faces. Our approach is bespoke and relationship-based. We take the time to get to know your organisation and to understand your needs, so that we are able to act as ambassadors for your organisation throughout the recruitment process and adapt our approach to your requirements.
With our network of senior-level individuals, we have been able to attract the highest quality pool of interim managers, consultants, board members and permanent recruits. Whether you want to shape a new senior management team or board, fill a key role, or boost performance, we can provide both the insight and the people to make it happen.
Quality recruitment takes up substantial time and resource – we are happy to assist with the entire process or to provide support on particular aspects where an independent view or extra resource would be of benefit. This can include attracting the right quality of candidates, selection and shortlisting, interviewing, and expert advice on resourcing issues and skill gaps.
Bernice Rook, our Director of Membership and Resourcing, heads up our Recruitment Services. Bernice specialises in the human side of organisations and advises on staffing and resourcing issues; governance and board appointments and permanent and interim recruitment. She is also responsible for recruiting, nurturing and maintaining the quality of the Eastside Primetimers consultancy talent pool.
Bernice previously worked in recruitment for the Vedior Group as Branch Manager at Beresford Blake Thomas and then as regional Resourcing Manager for Randstad. Having gained a master’s degree in occupational psychology, Bernice has helped all kinds of businesses to identify gaps and weaknesses in their executive teams and used her extensive experience of leadership resourcing and recruitment to source and secure the right candidates for them.
How can we help you?
For more information or to discuss your resourcing needs or recruitment options, contact Bernice Rook on 07973 141 178 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Age UK Islington “We engaged Eastside Primetimers and their consultant Julia Perry to deliver a bespoke Leadership Development Coaching Programme, during a period of change in our organisation. Julia’s experience as an accredited behavioural analyst enabled her to adapt her coaching style for the different personalities involved. I particularly valued the structure of the programme, which allowed four department heads to trust in the confidentiality of their individual sessions with Julia, while at the same time staying accountable to Age UK Islington as a whole”
Andy Murphy, CEO Jesus Fellowship Community Trust“I can say that Adam Stebbings has been a tremendous support and I would like to express my thanks to Eastside Primetimers for your part in facilitating their placement with us. Adam’s assistance has been indispensable, and we are very grateful for it”
Daniel Morriss, Trust Manager and Trustee The Arvon Foundation“David Lawrence has done a wonderful job as Interim FD for us at the Arvon Foundation. He had the right skills, knowledge and expertise to resolve many issues that Arvon was facing and his warm, charming personality made him a great cultural fit too. He was a great ambassador for Eastside Primetimers and I would not hesitate to use your services again, should the need ever arise”
Dr Judith Abbott, Trustee Malvern Special Families (MSF)“Following a period of successful growth, MSF were faced with the challenge of replacing a highly experienced, long-standing CEO who relocated away from Malvern for family reasons. We asked Eastside Primetimers to take on a difficult recruitment brief to find a first class leader with strong strategic, operational and financial management experience, experience of working with children and families and/or people with disabilities, and a proven track record in fundraising. Not only did their specialist consultant Paul Venning find a great and varied shortlist, he also worked closely with two of our Trustees every step of the way, including accompanying them at shortlist candidates interviews in Malvern and onboarding the successful Chief Executive candidate”
Gareth Jones, CEO Action for Kids“Eastside Primetimers supported us with new trustee integration and the facilitation they provided was a very good start to this important process for us. It enabled our board to have fully informed discussions and make better decisions on important organisational priorities we were considering at the time”
Graham Duncan, Chief Executive River and Rowing Museum“EP’s help in recruiting new trustees for The River and Rowing Museum was invaluable; testing (and improving) the trustee specification, identifying strong candidates and managing the process efficiently. I recommend them!”
Howard Jacobs, Vice Chairperson Brook“Bernice was a fantastic support when we were recruiting our new Head of Fundraising. She took the time to really understand the role and how it would fit in with the organisation and as result we were presented with an excellent selection of quality candidates. Bernice was supportive throughout the whole recruitment process and I would highly recommend her services to other organisations.”
Jo Oxlade, Director of Business Development Shak (South Hampstead and Kilburn Community Partnership)“Working with Eastside Primetimers was very productive for us. They were professional, efficient and the process has resulted in four new board members and a plan to transform our governance, bringing extra capacity to develop the organisation and sustain benefit for our beneficiaries into the future”
John Boyle, Director Bowel and Cancer Research and BDRF“Following the merger of Bowel & Cancer Research and the Bowel Disease Research Foundation we needed to appoint a Chief Executive to the new organisation. There was a great deal of complexity within our organisations with which Eastside Primetimers were always helpful and patient. They came up with an excellent list of potential candidates from which we eventually appointed one. We are tremendously grateful to them”
Paul Reynolds, Chair Bowel and Cancer Research and BDRF “After Bowel Cancer & Research and the Bowel Disease Research Foundation merged, we were looking for a new CEO with empathy for both organisations, but also the drive to make the merger successful. The insights we received from Eastside Primetimers consultant Julia Perry about our candidates were very useful. We thank her for going above and beyond, particularly taking the time to talk through the candidate profiles with our various stakeholders”
Paul Reynolds, Chair