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Paul McGilloway MA,



I have to admit HR or Recruitment wasn’t the career path I had planned. Now I’m a director of an HR recruitment business! So what happened? Well after a first degree in Philosophy and a Masters in HR the plan was a life of academia. But as I gained my CIPD I thought it prudent to work in HR and see the “Ulrich and 3 legged stools” outside of a text book. Now, back then, to start a career in HR meant Admin and lots of it. Whereas recruitment of HR professionals meant more talking than paperwork. A better fit for all concerned.

From here, the practical seemed more exciting than the theory and recruitment within HR gave me a chance to not just understand how one HR dept functioned but several, every week. And for the past 16 years – with the exception of a couple of years travelling and a year in South America – I’m still as passionate as when I started. I’ve been fortunate to see a lot of changes within HR as a profession: from the early days of a mainly transactional function through to being a serious business partner to an organisation.
Having held management positions in FTSE 100 recruitment companies and run specialist agencies the key to success is to offer a transparent and honest service and possess a depth of experience to understand both a clients business and candidate’s motivations. And at Stangate HR (previously Stangate Hollis) I can guarantee a truly customer centric long term approach as opposed to a sales or KPI driven environment.

Paul Withers,


My interest in Recruitment evolved from the completion of a BA(Hons) in Industrial Relations and HRM. After entering the recruitment industry in 2000, initially specialising in technology and professional services, I was fortunate enough to be able to combine my academic study with my growing experience of the recruitment sector.

In 2005 I joined a Specialist HR Recruitment company and have enjoyed spending the last 13 years working with HR professionals either helping them to recruit for their own teams or providing support in their career development activities.

After 5 years working within a large corporate environment, I made the decision to venture out on my own and provide HR Recruitment Services across East Anglia and London/South East.   During this time, I have experience working with a wide range of businesses, however have had particular success within the Technology, FS/Professional Service and Knowledge based sectors. I also spent several years living within the DACH region and worked on a number of assignments across Central Europe.

In 2018, I joined Stangate HR with a focus on developing HR Recruitment activities from our new office in Cambridge.

Lara Rutherford,


I fell into recruitment after graduating with a History degree from Reading University. I thought it would be a fill in career whilst I decided what I really wanted to be and 15 years later I am still in recruitment and I love it! I now have a young family with their demands to throw in the mix but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I have learnt an incredible amount over these years having specialised in Human Resources recruitment in London and the South East. I first worked with a FTSE 100 recruitment firm and then moved to a boutique HR consultancy. Over time through meeting HR career professionals and helping them find their dream role and spending time with clients understanding their requirements, not just role content but team and culture fit, I know I am in the right career and really pride myself on the service I deliver. Customer satisfaction is paramount and nothing is more rewarding than receiving positive feedback and striving to achieve this each time is my main motivator.
Since having children I moved away from London to the Home Counties to be near family. The key has been to find a specialist consultancy who I felt passionate about working for but also who understood my personal circumstances. Then I found Stangate HR and working as part of their niche team allows me to operate at my best. I can truly say that we take the time to really understand your needs and requirements and with our in depth knowledge, work tirelessly to provide a transparent and honest service, building long term relationships as we get to know you.

If you would like to meet up for a coffee and a chat instead, then that’s great with us. Just let us know beforehand so we can prepare some tea and biscuits.

Call us on 01908 726 087