Who are we?



Hawkwood specialises in the recruitment of HR & Talent professionals in to the Technology, Creative and Media sectors on a permanent, contract and freelance basis.

We have been in formation since March 2016 and are super-proud of our amazing client base which ranges from early-stage start-ups to larger, household names.

We are small and unashamedly so. We love being niche because it means we can keep very close to the market – more time dealing with people, less time endlessly trawling the web to find them!

Whilst we’re not claiming to be revolutionary, we take candidate care very seriously. We don’t always get it right, admittedly, but we endeavour to differentiate ourselves through treating candidates as human beings.

This includes delivering on promises, keeping in touch, detailed interview preparation, providing market updates and thorough CV feedback.

The great thing is that this also really benefits our clients too! We get lots of new candidates via referrals and their employer brands are represented in a positive way!

Lastly, we think we’re pretty fair and transparent. Recruitment can be expensive, we know that, so we charge reasonable fees, don’t charge cancellation fees on executive searches, only bill on the pro-rated salary and are happy to have grown-up conversations about temp-to-perm fees.

Kristian James, Founder

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So what made us believe that we could make it work?

A deep understanding of HR

While many recruitment agencies seem to have set-up their HR divisions as an off-shoot of another recruitment business, Hawkwood is a true specialist with a comprehensive knowledge of HR.

An opportunity to differentiate through candidate care

Whilst this should be the norm, Hawkwood genuinely endeavour to keep you updated on the market and vacancies you are being considered for, provide you with proper CV feedback and advice, as well as generally not over-promising and under-delivering.

Long-term relationships over short-term gain

No cancellation fees on retained searches, fair fee rates, grown-up conversations about ‘temp-to-perm’ fees, and only hours worked billed on for part-time roles. These are a few examples of how we wish to demonstrate our commitment to harnessing long-term, trust-based relationships with our clients.

  • I engaged Hawkwood to help me hire an in-house technology Resourcer – not an easy find! They listened to my needs carefully and didn’t try to change my requirements to suit the candidates he was working with. Every candidate they supplied was relevant for the role and we made a hire incredibly quickly. This was my first experience in hiring someone to report to me and I found Hawkwood to be very supportive and they gave loads of good market advice. I would recommend Hawkwood to clients and candidates alike.

    Victoria Bradford – Talent Acquisition Manager, World First
  • It has been an absolute pleasure working with Hannah. She spent the time to get to know our company culture, helped me to scope out the job spec and develop my understanding of the type of candidate that would suit the role. She sent through excellent candidates, always kept me up to date with feedback and helped to secure an amazing new recruit for my team. She’s also very funny, optimistic and really cares about finding the right person for you and the right opportunity for the candidate. I can’t recommend her enough!!

    Philippa Munitz – Head of People, Capital on Tap
  • I have recently used Hawkwood to recruit an In-house Recruiter and was thoroughly impressed with the service. They understood what I needed and helped me refine the brief, prior to sending me a strong shortlist of candidates, from which I subsequently made a hire. The process was extremely straight-forward and I was kept updated throughout. I would not hesitate to recommend Hawkwood to anyone looking to recruit an HR role.

    Egle Skorobogatoviene – HR Director, Stepstone
  • I approached Hawkwood initially for some advice regarding my job search – I found them to be very knowledgeable about the market and they spent considerable time giving me expert advice which really helped shape my job search. I secured an excellent position with a leading venture builder and am grateful for their help. I would highly recommend Hawkwood to individuals looking for a new opportunity and companies who are looking for a trustworthy and reliable recruitment partner who takes the time to listen and understand.

    Lottie Barnfield – HR & Talent Manager, Salary Finance
  • Hawkwood have successfully placed all members of my People Team, along with myself! They took time to get to know both my business and the existing team. We were then given a variety of candidates – all offering something different until we found the right match. Communication is always engaging and warm and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to clients and candidates alike. Thank you!

    Morwenna Adams – UK Head of People, Hall & Partners