‘’Steph has worked on several key briefs across Client Services and Production for Craft London. She recently placed a candidate in our Client Service Team. Steph proved to be a solid recruitment partner to us and introduced us to some talented, well-matched candidates. She kept us up to date throughout the process, providing quick feedback following interviews and was always available out of hours or for last-minute changes to interviews (even when on holiday!). We have built up a great relationship with her. A credit to DNA’’.
Kat Denham, Senior Talent Partner
'Who and what Ali doesn't know within the agency world isn't worth knowing. Having the support of someone who understands every part of the recruitment process and can give honest and informative advice is key to making the right decisions when taking on a new role. Ali was able to give me that support and make sure that the role fitted both my needs and that of my new company. I would recommend Ali and DNA to anyone.'
George Perry , Global Business Development Director
"Jo has truly been a pleasure to work with. Her calm demeanour and reassuring pep talks have guided me through the process to land me a dream position! Jo always kept me in the loop and never hesitated to answer any of my questions, keeping me well informed during the recruitment process."
Melanie Callender, Senior Marketing and Brand Manager
"What you get with DNA Recruit is the comfort that they understand your business, culture, role and opportunity from the inside out, not only for the candidate but for you too. I've worked with DNA recruit for several years and always find them to provide an impeccable service. DNA Recruit are a real pleasure to work with and are always my first call when headhunting a senior role. DNA Recruit bring a market leading retained search offering and state of the art technology to help speed up the process for both the candidate and the client alike. They are the best headhunter / recruiter I have ever worked with as both a client and a candidate…and would not hesitate to recommend DNA as they will never let you down.”
Nick Hurd, CMO
"My time working with Steph throughout my interview process, job offer, and negotiation period with GDR has been exceptional.I have found Steph to always be of a positive and bubbly disposition. Always helpful in interview prep, talking through the job offer, and particular emphasis on after I’ve got the job. Reaching out to me, seeing how I’m doing, is my wellbeing going well, am I enjoying the role. Which I haven’t really experienced from any other recruiter before.I highly recommend Steph as a person, for her work, and the service that she provides. DNA are lucky to have her there."
Louise Bell , Account Director
"I have recently been accepted for a new role due to DNA and more specifically Gemma's support.The recruitment process is incredibly hard work when you are attempting it solo, and after many rejections and frustrations I decided to call up on DNA for recruitment support - and I am so happy I did.From the start DNA was incredibly helpful and assigned me to Gemma who has been, in short, wonderful. Every step of the process from initial conversation, potential opportunities, regular updates, honest conversations about my options, through to the success and administration of the role Gemma has been incredible.She has been motivating, honest and personal and I genuinely felt she had my best interests at heart. It was, considering the process, a pleasurable experience."I owe the next phase in my career to her and DNA and humbled by the work they have put in."
Dan Ball, Account Manager
"I met Stephen soon after I started intensively looking for a new job. From the beginning, it was clear that his approach is different compared to many other recruiters. Unlike others who would rather ask for your expectations first and then try to prettify the job description to fit into your expectations, he first presented the company and the open position as it is, without hiding anything, and then asked me how I felt about it. It was clear he wanted to make sure that I am fully committed as well before proceeding with the interview, because he wanted to avoid wasting everybody’s time in case it is obvious that I can’t really imagine myself working there. That gave me the impression that he earned the respect and trust of his clients by recommending only the best candidates who fit into the company’s culture and open position. Because of that I felt confident that I will not be just another candidate, but one of few who will actually get the full attention of the interviewers and be able to present myself as who I really am and demonstrate my skills. He was there throughout the whole process of employment and called me as soon as possible every time he got new information. Although this is my first fully remote job, and it was the first time my company employed someone from my country, Stephen’s experience and reliability made the entire process completely stress-free, because I knew he would have helped me resolve any obstacles in case they had come up."
Dean Leibner, Fullstack Software Development Engineer
"Dear Gemma, we have all been super impressed by the standard of candidates put forward from DNA. I know it’s a tough job market but if you find the right agents who’ll look hard enough there is always great talent out there to meet. We interviewed 8 candidates for the AD role and all three shortlisted are from DNA. Thank you for all your hard work"
Sharon Richey , Global MD
"Finding the 'right' role in the agency world can be tricky and it's taught me the value of having a strong network of ally's that can introduce you to the right people. I fortunately happen to have Ali within my network and have had the pleasure of working with him the last couple of weeks. Not only have Ali and Sarah paired me with the fantastic Ingenuity, but have been available and open to support me all the way throughout the process from introduction to offer. I start my new exciting position with Ingenuity next week and I couldn't be more grateful to the team at DNA Recruit for their professional, expert and friendly approach. If you're in need of a true expert in the agency field with quality connections, I certainly would recommend Ali and DNA Recruit”
Toby Cosser Hindle, Account Director
“I have worked with the DNA team as a client and candidate for 18 years. I have always found them professional, trustworthy, and driven to do the best possible job for me in both roles. They appreciate the importance I have placed on finding excellent people and, from a personal perspective handling my career progression sensitively DNA stand out in their field and are one of the only a few recruitment consultancies I can genuinely recommend.”
Sam Jordan, COO
"Stephen introduced me to the exciting world of AKQA and he helped me to get involved with the new role at VolvoCars as an AKQA consultant. He's absolutely been a star in the procedure and helped a lot to facilitate the contract despite all the delays and busy life routine I had. I highly recommend Stephen to any contractor out there looking for a new opportunity!"
Ehsan Hatami, Senior Software Engineer
"As this was my first time working with Gemma, as many do when working with recruiters (for the obvious reason of spamming), I proceeded with trepidation. Unlike many recruiters however, who contacted me on my recent job search, Gemma had clearly done her research. She contacted me with a role that she knew I would love. Not only had she actually read through my LinkedIn page, she was able to provide all the information I needed.Her consideration to my needs, including workplace culture, remuneration and progression all stand to show her experience and passion for recruitment. Naturally conversational, inquisitive and genuine, Gemma made the hiring process a breeze. My concerns and experience throughout the process, were always her main priority. Sufficed to say, my experience was stress free, I was fully prepared prior to any meetings with her client and she demonstrated a significant confidence in me at all times. So often, recruiters reach out with little to no substance to their experience or the role of which they are promoting.I can’t thank Gemma enough for her time, hard work and most importantly her support. I encourage anyone looking for a role to get in touch."
Laurie Perfect , Media Sales Manager
"Looking for a new role is never straightforward, especially when you don't know exactly what you want, and your inbox is swamped with unsolicited messages from recruiters.However, I'm glad I made the decision to reply to Stephen's message. The role he had in mind for me piqued my interest, and following several very honest & insightful calls with him, I interviewed for the role and ultimately accepted it.Throughout the entire process, Stephen was on hand to deal with all of my questions & concerns, both professional & personal, allowing me to make a fully informed decision.I would have no hesitation in recommending Stephen to all my friends & colleagues, and would happily work with him again in the future."
Kevin Bonett , Senior UI Developer
"Gemma is by far my favourite recruiter. (Sorry Ali) She not only finds us the best candidates and understands our business she is a pleasure to deal with. She has attention to detail, she always comes through with the best candidates and just in general a gem to deal with. Couldn't recommend her anymore highly!!"
Clare Harper , Client Services & Commercial Director
"Gemma really understands events and experiential which is truly a rarity, in my experience of working with recruiters over the past 13 years. Gemma has a genuine warmth, a friendly approach and is invested on matching the right candidate with the right role. I had a thoroughly positive experience and would highly recommend Gemma and DNA."
Doireann McMahon, Freelance Project Director / Exec Producer, Events & Experiential Marketing
"Having worked with Ali and his DNA team before, it was a delight to meet Gemma, who exceeded all expectations and beyond in her ability to work quickly and secure interviews. A telephone conversation was had with her on Wednesday afternoon and by Friday lunchtime I had accepted an offer.She was incredibly quick, and I could easily tell she had an amazing rapport with in-house hiring managers of the companies I was put in to, especially as my new role didn't exist until Gemma spoke to her connection there.Gemma kept me informed at all times, even out of working hours and was very easy to deal with. The whole process from start to finish was, excellent, professional and of a 5* standard. I highly recommend Gemma and the DNA team for an outstanding level of service and network."
Zoe Edwards , Senior Events Producer
"This year I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ali, Sarah and the DNA team to find a role for a second time (the first being back in 2016). Once again it’s been an absolute joy. Their approach is to find the right fit for you not merely a job or a job title, I find that so very refreshing. I trust them implicitly, and I don’t think I would use anyone else to help me find a job ever again, not that I plan on looking again for a very long time!"
Lucy Downing, Client engagement director
“I'm not going to bore you with the impressive professional skills possessed by Ali and the team at DNA Recruit - as their successful track record speaks for itself. Instead, I'd like to go for a human approach and describe DNA's careful and precise nature. DNA Recruit is different from any of the other experiences I've had with other recruiters. Their team of experienced and skilled people led by Ali, an honest individual, were always ready to help and support the client and me. Language or cultural barriers aren't a problem with Ali, as he understands your needs even when 800 miles away, literally! It has been such a pleasure to work with him, and I would highly recommend DNA Recruit to both anyone searching for their dream job and any company in need of a new member of staff.”
Daniele Falzone, Managing Director
Cheil Italia Srl
“The keyword that I would use to describe DNA is pro-active. Ali was fantastic at approaching the types of organisations that would make a perfect fit for my aspiration. He did so from the point of real understanding. He spent time understanding my experience and what I could bring to an organisation, and what I was looking for from my next appointment. Ali understands the business and the role, and I found him insightful as we discussed my next move. Fast forward ten years, and I still love it!”
Ashley Patterson, Executive Planning Director
“DNA get digital and understand very quickly how to match candidates skills and experiences with roles at a digital product agency. The calibre of candidates is excellent and their ability to listen not just to the agency but to the candidates and the sorts of roles they are seeking, is second to none.”
Rebecca Crook, Chief Growth Officer
"We’ve used DNA ever since we set up Initials back in 2006 (as well as a few years prior to this in previous lives, Ali originally introduced Richard Barrett and I, so we have him to thank for Initials being born) What I like is their proactivity, presenting us with solutions that we didn’t know we needed. They can be like a dog with a bone sometimes…but often that is what’s required in this day and age, as Ali will remind us throughout any particular candidate search process. And it’s only when you look back at the colleagues that have joined the agency over the years, that you begin to appreciate their contribution. Keep up the great work DNA!"
Jamie Matthews, CEO
“Working with DNA has really opened our eyes on talent search. Ali and his team provide a combination of in-depth sector knowledge and long term vision. They’re genuinely decent people to work with. They’ve given us real value and insight into determining what we really need in a candidate and found us the right people, quickly and without fuss Without hesitation, I would recommend DNA as a key strategic partner to any agency needing to invest new talent.”
Rod Taylor, Managing Director
"Ali and the DNA Recruit team have been a partner to BWM for almost a decade. We have met some great talent through them many of whom still work for us today. Despite the long distance between Sydney and London we still feel the personal care and commitment Ali brings to every assignment."
Jamie MacKay, Founding Partner & Chief Strategy Officer
“DNA exudes partnership. They strive to understand your business, culture and needs so that their talent connections truly hit the mark. They're wonderful about proactively sending through people of interest because they sincerely care about helping individuals and businesses find the right professional opportunities and fit. Strategic, personable and highly professional, I strongly recommend DNA.”
Cheryl Hatfield, Senior Vice President & Managing Director
“Working with Ali and his team has been a pleasure. Firstly, he gets great, well-matched roles and secondly, he makes the whole process seamless throughout. I am delighted with the role Ali has found me at Clockwork and couldn't recommend DNA highly enough.”
Richard Dutton, Managing Director & Co-founder
“DNA is different from other agencies I’ve worked with because of their ability to react quickly with what I need. I found the whole experience professional from start to finish and we keep using DNA as our preferred recruitment agency.”
Stuart Bradbury, Managing Director
“I think we gave Ali the near impossible brief. We wanted a senior strategist brand expert, with global operational expertise who understood retail, retailers and with previous tobacco experience. The attitude from Ali and the team was always positive and their constant pursuit for the right person gave us hope that we would indeed find the superhero we were searching for. We found our superhero thanks to Ali’s drive to get us what we needed. No stone was left un-turned and the manner in which this process was carried out was open and honest all the way. It was a pleasure to work with the team and look forward to doing so again in the future.”
David Fox, Chief Executive Officer (Middle East and North Africa)
Ali and the team over at DNA Recruit really are there 'For The Journey'. The hiring process can be one of many twists and turns and it's crucial to have a team of great people in your corner. DNA remained relentlessly supportive and dedicated throughout a 6-week rigorous interview process which ended very happily ever after, with the landing of my next dream role. The team over there are detailed and comprehensive in the way they go about their work and don't miss a trick when it comes to giving advice and feedback throughout the process. A big thank you from me to Ali and the team for helping me secure an offer for the role I knew I wanted from when DNA first told me about it!
James Elston - Head of Planning
WPP Global Team Synthesis
I joined DNA a couple of months in and worked with Ali and the team to set up business processes and the early days of creating the brand. As a fresh graduate, everything was new to me and from invoicing to copywriting I learned it all. The main skills I developed at DNA were in self-discipline, to be curious and absolutely ruthlessly persistent. I also learned a heck of a lot about relationship building and that chatting endlessly on the phone could be a genuine career path! Ali's ability to piece together seemingly abstract pieces of information to create a new bond was and continues to be, an inspiration to me as my career has progressed. I'm grateful to DNA for teaching me really valuable working skills and look back on my years there very fondly. I would really recommend the opportunity to any other new graduates out there finding their way.
Alice Thomas, Digital Manager