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A Word from the Founder

Having spent 20 years in the recruitment industry progressing from Consultant to Director level, I have not only seen the perception and reputation of my chosen industry crumble. I have personally witnessed a distinct change. Recruitment Agencies were once delivering a consultative service to HR on vacancy advertising, candidate screening and interview processes resulting in accurate placement outcomes. Now it feels like the majority are working like a conveyor belt of sales calls, bulk CV submissions, interview targets and bums on seats. Leaving a huge void and lack of trust between HR and recruitment agents. What went wrong?

In the haste to submit a CV before their competitors, a keyword skill search on a job board replaced matching and the screening process became hollow. In my opinion this paired with recruitment activity targets is what gave the industry a cut throat reputation of ‘seeing what sticks’.

I couldn’t leave an industry I love, but I could offer an alternative. It was time to evolve, harmonise and re-build those bridges, as lets face it HR and recruitment MUST work hand in hand and in line with the business and its people strategy.

We give SME’s on demand and retained access to great HR, Recruitment, and Training talent that would not necessarily be required or affordable on a full time basis.

We give volume hirers the tools to remove their reliance on recruitment agencies and improve internal recruitment strategies by bringing recruitment in-house or providing an outsourced internally branded recruitment service.

How we see it… We’re all in business to make profit. If we can assist or train you to get your hiring and retention right whilst keeping your spending down, we are positively contributing to the success of your business and the future of our economy.

Whether you are looking to outsource all or part of your HR practices and recruitment processes, reviewing your internal recruitment strategies or thinking of bringing recruitment in-house OutThere the HR and Internal Recruitment Strategists can help.

If you’d like to discuss any of our services, please do get in touch. Myself, or a member of my management team will be on hand to help you further.



Meet the Team

Sarah Close

Founder and Director

During my career I have covered many aspects of recruitment and HR from a Recruitment Consultant, to a Recruitment Agency Director and as a hiring manager to a business owner. I have led many high volume recruitment projects, managed target specific search campaigns, designed and delivered induction programmes and assessment centres, implemented recruitment strategies and selection processes in line with HR objectives, as well as conducting my fair share of interviews.
I see a huge opportunity for positive changes within my industry and believe we are already making progress.


Teresa Riekert

Associate Director

Teresa develops strong relationships with our clients, is relentless at solving HR queries and seeing a job through to completion.  She has proved her skills and capabilities in both Recruitment and HR over the recent years at OutThere.

Teresa is pictured here just before her maternity leave started.

Teresa is a complete professional and is at ease when communicating with Business Owners, Managers and Directors.  Her previous work experience in the “Executive Search” Sector paired with her 2 years CIPD study and her Psychology degree obtained at Cardiff University has given her the career platform to later specialise in HR and be the perfect candidate for our HR and Recruitment Outsourcing.

Leanne Simpson

Customer Relationship Manager

Leanne is very passionate and fully committed to provide each candidate with a positive application experience.  By managing expectations (an OutThere motto) and white labelling herself she will ensure that our clients employer brands are represented in the most straight talking, honest and positive light.

Leanne is very creative in her approach to searching, sourcing and screening.  From Competency based interviews through to assessment centre design and psychometric profiling. Leanne is relentless at protecting her 100% hit rate ratio on Interviews attended to vacancy offered.

Her wealth of experience comes from Sales and Business Development within the hospitality sector.  Leanne can adapt easily to changing priorities and consistently manages multiple recruitment campaigns.

Laura Bowyer

Employment Law Consultant

Laura Bowyer, our chosen Employment Law Consultant has worked in the legal sector for many years, As well as being a specialist in her field, Laura is an Accredited Workplace Mediator and can provide legal representation at Employment Tribunals.

Laura has successfully handled a variety of employment law, mediation and escalated HR cases. Tribunals attended to date have covered all aspects of employment law including Unfair Dismissal, Discrimination, TUPE and contract disputes.

Laura shares OutThere’s clear and straight talking approach, coupled with our passion for care, attention to detail and always going the extra mile.


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