Charity Interims & Recruitment

Eastside Primetimers offers specialist interim, executive recruitment and search services. With a substantial record of appointing to leadership roles on an interim, permanent, and board basis for a wide variety of social sector organisations, and as a social enterprise ourselves, we have a genuine understanding of the not for profit sector and of the staffing issues you face.

As you would expect, we ensure that our approach is fully inclusive and reaches a diverse range of potential candidates.  Our executive search approach includes a mix of media as well as a targeted search campaign utilising both social media and the wide networks that we have access to.  We have found this method to reach a far more diverse pool of candidates that advertising alone would do and have had good results recruiting candidates from under-represented groups using these methods.

We are experienced in writing inclusive job adverts, job descriptions and person specifications and are committed to recruiting in a fair and transparent way, working alongside our clients and candidates to make the process as straightforward as possible for those involved.

Over the years, we have built a unique network of senior-level individuals, with 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 skills gap, 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 could include attracting the right quality of candidates; candidate search/headhunting; selection, assessment and shortlisting; interviewing; virtual onboarding; and expert advice on resourcing issues.

Our Team

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; assessment and selection; board appointments and permanent and interim recruitment. She is also leads on recruiting to, developing 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 07973141178 or at

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
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
Bowel Research UK“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 Research UK“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
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
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
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
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
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

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