Permanent Recruitment

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

We have been helping organisations find solutions to their recruitment needs, resourcing issues and skill gaps for many years, using our in-depth knowledge of the sector and our extensive networks to help leaders transform their fortunes and the lives of their beneficiaries.

Why choose Eastside Primetimers?

  • We are charity sector specialists working exclusively within the not for profit sector
  • We are knowledgeable and experienced, having been providing senior permanent recruitment, interim manager recruitment, board recruitment and consultancy services for the last 15 years
  • We have an extensive network of senior level talent which we continually nurture and grow
  • We are creative and determined, which is the exact combination of skills that is needed. We undertake a fresh desk approach with every assignment as each role is different, whilst also leveraging our extensive networks.
  • Our approach is fully inclusive, reaching a diverse range of potential candidates and searches can be tailored to under-represented groups.
  • We have a track record of success

Our approach 

We generally recommend a combination of targeted advertising and professional search/headhunting techniques when recruiting to permanent roles.  Our approach is bespoke and relationship-based.  We will take the time to get to know your organisation and to understand your needs, so that we are able to act as ambassadors for you throughout the recruitment process.

We can summarise our general process as follows:

  • Establish the recruitment plan and timescales – consulting with the relevant stakeholders to determine needs, context and requirements
  • Confirm the detailed brief including job benchmarking, salary setting, putting together the job description, person specification and candidate information pack – we will work with you to ensure that the job spec, ad and information sent to candidates are all written in a way which is engaging and fully inclusive
  • Executive search, use of networks and bespoke advertising and use of networks – we will be selective about the places we advertise and the networks we will approach. We will not simply rely on advertising but will use professional search/headhunting techniques to find and approach relevant potential candidates.
  • Transparent processes that meet the equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusivity test – the process will be clear and transparent to all concerned so that we reach and engage a diverse range of candidates in a way which is fair to all.
  • Interviewing, assessment and evaluation of candidates – we would be the first point of contact for all potential candidates, we will go through the applications, shortlist and carry out the first round of interviews.  These would be structured, and competency based, focusing on the specific skills, behaviours and characteristics necessary for the role.
  • Discussing and presenting short listed candidates – we would provide you with a description and our insight on the top candidates from which we would help you to select the frontrunners for your shortlisting interviews.
  • Facilitating your interview process – we are happy to advise/help you plan out your interview process to inform your interview format and decisions.
  • Behavioural assessments/psychometrics – we offer a variety of behavioural assessment services which many of our clients have found to be extremely useful when recruiting to key roles. The assessments provide valuable information which can be used both at the selection stage of the recruitment process, to assist in onboarding your chosen candidate and to look at team dynamics.
  • Assisting with the offer negotiations – we can help to land your preferred candidate. We have found that having an intermediary who can assist with the negotiations on salary and terms, take up professional references etc. can be extremely beneficial.
  • After care – on your behalf we will professionally feedback to those who have not been successful so that they reflect positively on your organisation.

Our Team 

Bernice Rook, our Director of Membership and Resourcing, heads up our Recruitment Services. Bernice specialises in the human side of organisations and has a wealth of recruitment experience.  She advises on staffing and resourcing issues, 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.  She 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.

Paul Venning is our lead consultant.  He has an impressive track record and wealth of experience in executive search and human resources consultancy. His primary focus has been on recruitment, retention, organisational design, benchmarking and development of key talent.

Paul and Bernice may be assisted by our in-house research team or other experienced recruitment consultants depending on the requirements of the role.

How can we help you?

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


NOAH Enterprise“EP’s consultant Julia Perry 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, helping us avoid hiring an ‘interview specialist’ instead of a suitable candidate. As a values-based organisation, it was also valuable to gain an insight into not only the behavioural strengths of the candidates, but what drives and motivates them personally. After the recruitment project, we also invited Julia to provide her insights as part of our senior team development. 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
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

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