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Our team are experts in their individual areas, so you’ll always get professional advice and service.

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What our clients say

Ali approached me 6 years ago about an interesting role. It was a perfect fit and has allowed me to grow and progress my career at the pace I wanted to.

He's remained a great sounding board for industry context and keeping tabs on the marketplace. He has always had good talent available and a handle on where the new opportunities lie.

My go to man for serious talent conversations.

Damian Moran - Director, Media Arts Lab

Ali and the team challenged my view on recruiters and made the normally stressful process of changing jobs effortless. I'm convinced no other agency in London has their relationships within the experiential industry and would recommend them to anyone pursuing a career within the sector.

Dan Hall - Business Director, The Field

Unlike a lot of recruiters, DNA Recruit go the extra mile to truly understand the needs of both candidate & agency. Where many measure their success on monthly commission, DNA Recruit take real pride in fostering long-term partnerships to ensure a great candidate/agency fit. As a candidate looking for new challenge after 5 years at my previous agency & a 6 month career break in South America, I found DNA Recruit's had an unrivalled knowledge of agency land (from the big networks to the small independents) & invested a lot of time in giving me an honest insight into each vs my brief. Another massive pull with the guys at DNA Recruit is that they cut the spin and always give it to you straight down the line. Needless to say, I'd definitely recommend DNA Recruit highly.

Sam Sheterline - Client Services Director, ODD

My brief was quite challenging, I was looking for a senior digital marketing role in the South West, I had been looking for around 4 months (by myself and with other recruiters) and jobs at that level were few and far between. Ali's approach was brilliant, he asked me for a wishlist and made me prioritise my demands and called me after a couple of weeks with a potential opportunity.

What was really clear when he presented me with this opportunity was that he had really listened to me, and had worked really hard to find the right thing. But his efforts didn't stop there, both Ali and Poppy were proactive and helpful the whole way through the process. Without DNA Recruit I would never have landed my new role, which also happens to be my dream job

Lucy Downing - Digital Marketing Manager, Nkuku

I have known Ali for many years now and the good thing about him is he understands our business and what we are looking for, I have come to trust his judgement and he works hard to make things happen

Nick True - Chairman & Founder, TLC

Having worked with DNA Recruit for over 5 years, I’ve been continually impressed with their tireless efforts to put both candidate aspirations and client needs first. Smart tuition clearly sits at the heart of the business – consistently placing the right people in the right home. An absolute pleasure to work with.

Nick Stickland – ECD and Founder at ODDLONDON

When we as a family decided to make the move to the UK from South Africa starting to look for work in a foreign market was a very daunting thing. Until I met Ali and the crew at DNA Recruit. Far from being a recruitment agency they took the time to understand the person first and the need second and with that helped build a solution for me. They organised the initial calls, the follow ups the trip over and the final negotiations and helped make what could have been a very stressful process and lot easier! A pleasure to work with and - without doubt – the best agency I have ever worked with. Period!

Chris Wildish - Director of Communication, Ogilvy Action

The key word that I would use to describe DNA Recruit is proactive. Ali was fantastic at going out to approach the type of organisation that would make a perfect fit with my aspiration. He did so from a point of real understanding. He spent time to really understand 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 to be really insightful as we discussed my next move.

Ashley Patterson - Executive Planning Director, WDMP

Ali and the team at DNA Recruit are a force of nature. They are passionate, driven and highly professional. Their energy and dedication sets them apart from the crowd – and it’s all backed up by genuine market expertise and contacts. A pleasure to deal with.

Richard Glasson - COO, Hogarth

I have worked with DNA Recruit, both at DLKW and now at DLKW Lowe, for the past 3 or 4 years. Ali Wallace and his team have always been enthusiastic. They are a straightforward and easy bunch to work with. They have put forward good candidates from a wide variety of interesting backgrounds and have helped us to get the right talent in on pretty challenging briefs.

Jamie Elliott - Deputy Managing Director

Working with DNA Recruit has really opened our eyes on the importance of working with a trusted headhunter - Ali and his team provide a combination of in-depth sector knowledge and long-term vision. And they’re genuinely decent people to work with. They’ve given Geometry Global a 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 Recruit as a key strategic partner to any agency needing to invest in new talent from senior through to grads.

Simon Heath - Global HRD Geometry Global

Our blog

Ali Wallace: Seven things I’ve learned in my 17 years Recruiting
I’m Ali Wallace, founder and CEO of DNA Recruit. This year, we are celebrating ten years of business and in light of this, I’ve decided to share the top seven things I have learned in my 17 years as a recruiter. Even after 10 years of running DNA, I’m still learning on the job and taking in infor... read more
Six leading ad women on the barriers to female success
Our very own Natasha Stark, a Women of Tomorrow Awards judge and associate director, client services, asked six leading women in advertising two questions each about the barriers to success. Did they think the same way? Cilla Snowball, group chairman and chief executive, AMV BBDO One of the many ... read more
Women of Tomorrow Awards: Interview with Alice Hooper
Ahead of the Women of Tomorrow Awards our Director, Robin Longes, sat down with previous winner Alice Hooper to discus working in the industry and life after the awards…. How did you first get into advertising and why? I’ve always loved advertising. As a child, I used to recite TV ads to my famil... read more
Four things I have learnt in my four years at DNA
This month, our very own Natasha Stark celebrated her four year anniversary with DNA. She talks to us about the four most important things that she has learnt over the past four years. Discover her four important tips below: 1. Put time into building close relationships with candidates Finding so... read more

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