Meet the team

Meet the team

As an established, experienced & dedicated team, we specialise in finding you the ideal finance industry placement

Greg Thorpe

Greg started his career in recruitment in 1985, managing the Basingstoke, Woking and Guildford offices of Accountancy Personnel before founding Howett Thorpe in 1988. Greg is a high profile member of both the local business community and the recruitment world, but still retains a ‘hands on’ approach to his business managing Executive appointments. Outside of Howett Thorpe Greg spends his time with his family and playing the occasional round of golf.

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Greg Thorpe

Catherine McMillan

Catherine started her recruitment career in 1988 within Accountancy recruitment. Catherine joined Howett Thorpe to drive the growth of the business and is responsible for its strategic development. Catherine brings a wealth of experience to the business and is excited about taking Howett Thorpe to each new stage of its development. Outside of Howett Thorpe Catherine is busy with her three children and far too many animals.

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Catherine McMillan

 

Ed Dalton

Ed heads up our HR & Talent Solutions business. He brings 18 year’s recruitment experience to Howett Thorpe, many of which were spent in London recruiting across the City, before moving out to Surrey with his young family in 2010. Ed has worked with SME’s through to global Plc’s delivering professionals across a broad spectrum of industries and has a firm personal focus and interest in retained senior search to Director and Board level.

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Ed Dalton

 

Julia James

Having started her professional career in finance working as a Management Accountant for Procter and Gamble, Julia joined Howett Thorpe in 1999. She prides herself on providing a quality, consultative service which cements long term relationships with both clients and candidates and has developed invaluable business networks over the years. Julia is responsible for the strategy and management of all individual financial specialism’s as well as having personal responsibility for the Senior Finance Division specialising in qualified recruitment, retained assignments and advertising campaigns. Outside of work Julia can either be found in the gym or enjoying nice food with friends.

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Julia James

 

Julie Mott

Julie started working within the recruitment industry in 1998 and has worked across an array of specialism’s including Office Support, HR, Procurement and Accountancy & Finance.  Julie is now responsible for the management and strategic growth of Howett Thorpe’s Farnham operation.  Julie has experience of providing first class recruitment services to SME clients through to Global Businesses, developing bespoke recruitment solutions to suit volume campaigns and single hires.  Julie is proud to be described as a business partner by senior stakeholders within her clients and has established strong and lasting relationships with both candidate and clients. Julie believes whole heartedly in providing the right solution rather than any solution. In her spare time Julie enjoys trying out the next fitness trend or at least talking about it!  The execution of the latest fitness trend continues to be a challenge……

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Julie Mott

Laura Underhill

Laura has worked in recruitment since 2004 and joined Howett Thorpe in 2010.  She has previously recruited across other specialist areas including Recruitment Process Outsourcing which gave her a valuable insight and appreciation of the challenges faced by recruiting companies.  She provides an honest, consultative service which is achieved through listening to her clients needs in order to obtain a thorough understanding of their business and culture. Laura is responsible for the Accountancy Support Division and specialises in part qualified appointments across Surrey and Hampshire.  In her spare time she is keen on all things equine related and has previously competed at a local level. She is also a big fan of Bikram Yoga but still has a lot more practicing to do until she resembles a pretzel!

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Laura Underhill

Kathryn Lee

Kathryn joined Howett Thorpe in 2007. Opportunities within Public Practice, Audit & Tax are her primary focus. Kathryn works closely with candidates throughout their careers from graduate and trainee to Director and Partner level, across service lines including Corporate Recovery & Insolvency, Corporate Finance, Corporate and Personal Tax, VAT, Book Keeping & Accounts and of course, Audit (both Internal and External). Kathryn maintains strong relationships with a range of accountancy firms across the South East from Independent Firms to the Top Tier and Big Four and manages a full range of Public Practice accounting jobs on both a permanent and temporary/contract basis. Kathryn enjoys property renovation and is kept busy travelling from our office in the South to her home in the North East.

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Kathryn Lee

Richard Stirling

Richard is a Business Studies Graduate and has been working within the field of Accountancy & Finance recruitment since 1999. Richards’s invaluable experience and success rate is due to his superb ability to build effective long-term relationships, with both clients and candidates. Richard always goes the extra mile to provide a first class customer service. Richard manages Howett Thorpe’s Slough office recruiting both Temporary & Permanent positions from Finance Directors to Accounts Clerks. In his spare time Richard enjoys spending time with his family, Golf and the Guitar.

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Richard Stirling

 

Sam Morgan

Sam has specialised in Accountancy and Finance recruitment since 2004.  Sam has always operated in the Surrey market and has worked with some of the world’s largest brands building teams and developing contacts. Sam has built a reputation providing the highest quality of service to both candidates and clients. Long term client and candidate relationships are Sam’s sole focus. This collaborative approach has resulted in her retaining close business relationships that have spanned over a decade. Sam specialises in the interim and contract market across the Weybridge area. In her spare time Sam enjoys spending time with her family.

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Sam Morgan

William Backshall

William commenced his recruitment career in 2014 having been a Golf Professional for the previous 10 years. William now recruits for Accountancy Practices from Independent firms to the Big 6, across Accounts, Tax, Audit and Corporate Finance & Recovery. He is rapidly expanding his network of candidates at all levels through his passion for providing outstanding service and events such as Howett Thorpe Golf days. Away from the office William spends time with his young family, doing DIY and enjoys the occasional non-business related game of golf.

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William Backshall

 

Richard Latham

Richard started working within the recruitment industry in 2002 and has worked across an array of specialism’s including Accountancy, Pensions & Insurance markets.  Richard is now responsible for the management and strategic growth of Howett Thorpe’s Reigate office. He is excited about developing the office to the level he has done in previous roles in London, Sussex and Kent through building long term relationships with clients and candidates and working to a high level of professionalism and standard of service. Richard is a keen sportsman however these days tends to watch more of it than participate in!

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Richard Latham

 

Thomas Thorp

Thomas started his recruitment career in 2013 after finishing college with an extended diploma in Business Studies. His recruitment career began within the engineering industry; he gained experience covering the UK and Middle Eastern markets on various appointments. Thomas has always been interested in the finance industry and since joining Howett Thorpe now focuses on transactional level finance throughout Surrey and Hampshire. Thomas’ recruitment principles are based around relationship building and making sure the best solution is provided to both candidates and clients to ensure strong long term relationships are developed and maintained. Thomas is interested in motor-sport and holidays.

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Thomas Thorp

Edward Hendrick

Edward started his recruitment career back in 1992 and quickly progressed from Consultant through to a Regional Director. He has subsequently recruited across a number of different specialism’s including M&E, Commercial, Executive Search, Procurement and Finance. Edward has joined Howett Thorpe to focus solely on the permanent qualified finance market covering Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire. He has recruited for SME organisations right through to Blue Chip corporates. Outside of work Edward is a long suffering West Ham fan, he is a keen golfer although his handicap is going north!!

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Edward Hendrick

 

Gary Brignall

Gary started recruiting for qualified and part qualified finance professionals across Surrey and Sussex in 2005 and has built a reputation within the market of providing an honest, transparent and consultative service.  Working with a wide range of clients from FTSE 100 listed businesses through to local SME’s, Gary works as a recruitment business partner with his clients, ensuring he gains a full understanding of their needs and the business culture. Gary is a firm family man with 4 children to keep him busy and is a keen sportsman, having followed Chelsea FC throughout his life.

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Gary Brignall

Cheryl Ramsden

Cheryl started working within recruitment in 2008 specialising in Accountancy and Finance across Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire. She prides herself in her thorough, consultative approach and excellent service standards. Cheryl is responsible for the Part-Qualified and Qualified by Experience financial recruitment, partnering with SME clients through to Global businesses. Out of the office, Cheryl enjoys spending time with family and getting up to mischief with her young son.

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Cheryl Ramsden

 

Chris Williams

Chris started working within recruitment in 2004 following a career as an Osteopath. He has recruited within the finance and accountancy discipline across multiple industry sectors across London and the South east of England. He has recruited at all levels within finance with a particular interest in the qualified market. Chris has been responsible for managing a number of key accounts and looks to deliver a transparent recruitment process through building strong relationships. Away from the office Chris has a keen interest in motorsport and has worked for 3 years within endurance and formula motorsport on an international level.

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Chris Williams

 

Claudia Carley

Claudia has joined our HR & Talent Solutions business and brings experience as both a Recruitment Consultant and a CIPD qualified Senior HR Advisor.  With a wealth of experience in both positions, she has invaluable knowledge and understands the importance of the HR function within an organisation.  Building sincere relationships with both clients and candidates is the most important part of recruitment to Claudia and being entrusted to find the candidate their perfect role and in turn the client the perfect person to join their team.  Claudia is very family focused, loves spending time with her son, has a keen interest in photography and running.

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Claudia Carley

 

Pippa Needs

Pippa has worked for Howett Thorpe since 1997 and is an integral part of the business, managing our most business critical areas. Pippa is responsible for payroll for temporary staff, IT and Admin support, Human Resources and compliance. Pippa enjoys the versatility of her role and is always available to help her colleagues and provides an exemplary level of support. In her spare time, whilst not looking after everyone at Howett Thorpe Pippa looks after her two girls and enjoys long walks with the dog!

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Pippa Needs

 

Karen Cranstone

Karen stated her career working in the Bank of England and remained there for 17 years working within IT, where she helped set up the computer software system for the stock exchange which went live in summer 1990. After a period of time bringing up her children she decided it was time for a career change to do something that had always interested her and started work with Howett Thorpe in the Finance Department. Having studied for her AAT she now carries out all aspects of accounting from payroll, to producing the monthly accounts. Karen loves to go on adventurous holidays where she cycles or hikes across countries such as India.

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Karen Cranstone

 

 

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  • 100% again another well matched candidate. The whole accounts department now consists of HT candidates.

    Practice Manager Legal Company in Surrey
  • We have used Howett Thorpe for a number of roles. The relationship we have with the staff there is excellent and we know it's only a quick call and they will have everything in hand.

    Human Resources IT company in Surrey
  • Richard was fantastic - great quality CVs and a pleasure to work with, would definitely use Howett Thorpe again.

    Human Resources Catering Company in Middlesex
  • Excellent service as usual! Wouldn't use another agency - Howett Thorpe are the only agency that don't harass me every other week!

    Finance Manager Leisure Industry in Surrey
  • Julia is a joy to work with. Understands needs of role and company. Fourth recruitment done for me and has yet to provide a CV I wouldn't hire. She is the reason I use Howett Thorpe, a real asset you.

    Group Financial Controller IT company in Hampshire
  • Julia has saved me so much time and effort by ensuring that I get the right CV's. She has made sure that the process runs as smoothly as possible, and is a pleasure to work with. I cannot recommend Julia highly enough.

    Group Financial Controller IT company, Surrey
  • Laura was amazing and made me feel at ease the whole way through the whole interview process to getting the job.  She really is one in a million.

    Group Financial Controller G Potts
  • We have worked with Laura for several years now and she always manages to understand our needs, she is a dream to work with.

    Finance Manager Import Company in Surrey
  • Very helpful and prompt in arranging suitable candidates.

    Processing Manager Business Services in Surrey