Interims & Recruitment

Eastside Primetimers offers specialist interim, executive charity recruitment and search services to the not for profit sector. We are dedicated to supporting the charity sector to recruit the best candidates at a senior level, thereby strengthening leadership teams and increasing the capacity and effectiveness of social sector organisations.

Our knowledgeable team pride themselves on guiding you through the recruitment process – whether you’re looking to secure an outstanding  interim manager, permanent employee or new board member.  We understand how challenging leadership recruitment can be, so we work with you to find a bespoke solution that saves both time and money, whilst delivering the very best candidates for you and your organisation. Our offer is further supplemented by the vast experience, networks and knowledge of the charity sector that we have built up over hundreds of consultancy projects.

As you would expect, we ensure that our approach is fully inclusive and reaches a diverse range of potential candidates. We use Applied’s Job Description Analysis Tool, which is focused on improving the inclusivity and conversion rates of the job description/spec such that a richly diverse set of candidates apply (or are not turned away as a result of reading the description).

Our executive search approach includes a targeted search campaign utilising multiple networks as well as a mix of media and job boards.  We have found this method to reach a far more diverse pool of candidates that advertising alone would do and have had great results recruiting candidates from under-represented groups using these methods.

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 quality candidates; candidate search/headhunting; selection, assessment and shortlisting; interviewing; virtual onboarding; and expert advice on resource gaps.

Our Team

  • Bernice Rook, our Director of Membership and Recruitment, specialises in the human side of organisations and has a wealth of experience advising on staffing and resourcing issues in the social and commercial sectors.  She also leads on the development and recruitment of the Eastside Primetimers consultancy, interim and board talent pools.
  • Paul Venning has an impressive track record in executive search and human resources consultancy. His primary focus has been on recruitment, retention, organisational design, benchmarking and development of key talent.
  • Marlijn Wijkhuizen has many years of experience of working in the not-for-profit sector, designing and heading a variety of successful corporate and community partnerships programmes, as well as driving high-level, strategic volunteer support to charities and social enterprises.
  • Julia Perry is a fully accredited Behavioural Analyst and has in depth experience working with CEOs and senior leaders to help them make the best relevant recruitment decisions and also identify and develop the best fit for leadership teams.

Our Impact

To be as effective as possible in the work that they do, charities and not-for-profit organisations need the best senior leadership and governance teams they can get. We also work to prioritise diversity and inclusion in our recruitment approach, as charities must look like the people they support and there is overwhelming evidence that diversity in top teams improves organisational performance as well. By helping transform organisations for the better, we hope to help them transform the lives of their beneficiaries.

In addition, 25% of our company profits go to our Eastside Primetimers Foundation. The Foundation provides free events and resources and has a dual mission. First, it helps individuals from other walks of life with career transitions into the not-for-profit sector (some of whom may go on to become consultants or interim managers with us). Second, the Foundation explores issues relating to the Future of Work in the sector including flexible work, wellbeing, diversity, automation and intergenerational workplaces.

 How can we help you?

For more information or to discuss your resourcing needs or recruitment options, contact Bernice Rook on 07973141178 or at

NOAH Enterprise“Eastside Primetimers and their consultant Paul Venning helped us to appoint two staff to our senior management team. Paul took the time to thoroughly understand our organisation, and also got to know each candidate well. EP’s consultant Julia Perry then carried out psychometric testing for shortlisted candidates for two senior roles. Having these detailed reports challenged the panel’s gut instincts about candidates, which made the process more inclusive, and gave us a deep understanding of each person. I would thoroughly recommend this service to any organisation wishing to gain deeper insight into individuals or groups of people” David Morris, Chief Executive Officer
Talkback“With Eastside Primetimers, we went from identifying the need for an interim Finance Director to finding a good candidate in a space of two weeks. Very high level of customer focus and getting it right for us” Jeremy Hay, Chief Executive
Scleroderma and Raynaud's UK (SRUK)“Excellent service, very much tailored to our needs and not the usual one-size-fits-all approach. I would highly recommend Eastside Primetimers’ recruitment service to others and in fact have already done so” Sue Farrington, Chief Executive
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
NOAH Enterprise“Eastside Primetimers recruitment consultant Marlijn Wijkhuizen was critical to helping us finding two new fundraising and HR trustees for our board, with a real dedication to work we do combatting poverty and homelessness, and did so at a time of growth and change for our organisation. I would thoroughly recommend this service” David Morris, Chief Executive Officer
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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