We work on building long-term relationships, by refusing to cut corners and prioritising our client’ and candidates’ interests over anything else.
Thanks to Roy’s help, we recruited an outstanding Finance Director a year ago in October 2019 . We had two agencies working on the search in a head-to-head. Roy had recruited for us previously in Finance whilst the other brought me into the Klarius Group of Companies as CEO and continue to work with us across functions.
The measures of a great recruiter are (i) the quality of the candidates they bring, (ii) their speed and responsiveness and (iii) their ability to bridge between candidate and company to deliver a successful outcome.
Roy excelled across all three at the time, introduced the successful candidate who has now proven to be an exceptional member of both our Executive Leadership Team and Board. Thank you!
Mark Brickhill, CEO of the Klarius Group of Companies, Stoke on Trent.
We recruited our Senior Financial Controller via Roy Duncan. He took the time to understand our company and its culture before starting his search. Not only did he put candidates forward with the right technical skills but also the right aptitudes and attitudes, to enable us to find the right candidate.Two years on, our Financial Controller is still with us and has recently been promoted, so all in all we are very pleased with Roy’s services and would use him again when we make our next financial hire.
Ed Franklin, Business Director, Moixa London
Practical CFO works hard with growth and turnaround clients; building plans and processes to help clients achieve their objectives. High quality finance teams are key to this and PCFO enjoys working closely with Roy Duncan to recruit the right people;
1. Roy is a trained accountant and so understand the work that he’s recruiting for.
2. Roy works hard to understand the culture of the client to find the right new recruit who will fit and stay long term.
3. Roy appreciates that not all financial controllers are the same and their strengths and developmental needs fit into different situations.
Matt Topham, Director, Practical CFO, London
Roy took great care to understand our organisation, the requirements of the role and how an individual needed to fit into an existing team. The investment in Roy’s services was worth the time saved filtering a large number of applicants and identifying a suitable short list. We successfully recruited a new addition to the Accounts Team who has made a strong contribution and will remain a long term employee by being a great fit with the team.
Jonathan Byrne FIH, Operations Manager, The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, London
We are a young company with systems that have built up piece by piece as needs dictate. They work but are not well integrated. We needed a Finance Manager to bring some order and control to this, based on sound financial principles; to streamline the important and cut out the frivolous. Roy understood this perfectly, found just the person, and took away the headaches
Jonathan Gibbs, Managing Partner of Isledon Partnership LLP, London
As a growing family business we came to a point where we knew our limited accountancy skills had got us so far but there was a lot more that could and should have been happening. It was at this point we were introduced to Roy by our Relationship Director at the bank who assessed what we were doing and then recommended that we should recruit a finance manager.
Roy also advised on the kind of salary and package the different options would cost. Roy then helped put together a comprehensive finance manager job description and carried out the initial round of interviews before making any recommendations.
I would use Roy again without hesitation if the situation arose and have no doubt in recommending him to anyone that seeks help, advice or just wants to recruit a good finance person.
Michael Jackson, Director Universal Tyre and Spares Ltd, Hayes, Middlesex
We were referred to Roy to help us fill a newly created accounting position within our company. Roy took the time to understand the role, and throughout the process he listened to feedback we provided and was in constant contact.
We are pleased with the results and enjoyed working with Roy during the process.
Giancarlo Ghiretti, CFO/COO at Caravela Coffee
“ RGDuncan found us a group financial controller who has met and exceeded our expectations. Roy really took time to understand our business and delivered as promised.”
Richard Boxal, CFO, Underground Toys Ltd London
“We hired Roy to find us a group financial controller, and are very happy with the results. A very professional process at a reasonable cost.”
Steven Pither, Owner, HRS Investments Ltd Watford
“Roy was able to put forward several suitable finance manager applicants based on the brief provided. The candidate chosen in August 2011 is still with us and has proved to be a great asset to my company. I have no hesitation in recommending Roy for really professional and personable service.”
Richard Shestopal, Owner, Shesto Ltd, Watford
“I found Roy to be very dedicated to the task at hand, supportive and always available, when we needed to engage a new Financial Controller.”
Phil Key, CEO, Lime Technology Limited., Abingdon OX14
“Roy is simply a specialist in his area with a thorough understanding of his market. As a Professional Chartered Accountant I have recommended Roy to my clients and he has introduced perfect candidates. I would not recommend anyone that I do not have complete faith in and Roy will always be top of my list. I also recommend to Roy those looking for employment, be it colleagues or clients who come to me for advice. He always treats them with respect and uses his skills and knowledge to match them to the right opportunity. I have no hesitation in recommending Roy to those looking to recruit finance professionals or to those professionals looking to make the next step in their career.”
Mark Saunders, Owner, Wilder Coe Chartered Accountants, london NW1
“Thank you for the time and attention you gave to finding the right candidate for our accounting role. You listened to our requirements and matched these to the right person, following which you were actively involved in ensuring a smooth transition for the new recruit, from making the offer to finally joining our firm. I have no reservation in recommending you to anybody needing to fill an accounting position!”
Michael Kkafas, Executive Director, United Trust London W1
“We have hired RG Duncan on several occasions. Roy and his team are incredibly meticulous over the process. Every detail from the brief, talent skills, credentials and personality are given a complete and thorough diagnostic of scrutiny. It shows and on more than one occasion that the processes necessary to recruit the right calibre of business professional is essential. Roy has been very hands on in recruiting CFO’s, FD’s, and senior board Non executive Directors and Chairman for various companies that we have put forward. A true professional company that operates with complete integrity, trust, professionalism and in confidentiality. I would have no hesitation in recommending Roy or RG Duncan for future and intrinsic hiring.”
Geoff Hudson-Searle, Director, HS Business Management Ltd, London EC3
” Roy delivers a very thorough, professional service. We have found his experience and wise counsel to be a very important part of our recruitment process. Most certainly our ‘go to guy’ for accountancy recruitment!”
Peter Ruchniewicz, Partner at Collins Benson Goldhill LLP, London W1
“The company needed to recruit a financial controller to improve standards of financial management and reporting. Up until this point, all of the day-to-day processing was being carried out by bookkeepers, with management accounts and salary preparation for 90 staff carried out by the external accountants. However, the company had an immediate requirement to recruit for the new role as it was growing and needed stronger financial management and control. Roy understood our requirements and found the ideal candidate.”
Bruno Zoccola, CEO Valentina Fine Foods, London
“We have worked with RG Duncan Accountancy Recruitment to fill positions in our Finance team over the past few years. Roy and his team spend time to understand the brief and the selection of candidates that can fit the culture of a small organisation is done with particular care. We have no hesitation in recommending RG Duncan Accountancy Recruitment.”
Jean-Marc Choblet, Managing Director at TAJFO LTD
“Roy has helped me recruit several people over the last 8 years, He has always managed to identify exactly who I needed and find the right person for the job. The proof of this is that all the hires have not only stayed in the job for several years but also been promoted and given extra responsibilities”
Ian Swycher, Director, Accouting Help
“RG Duncan were a great help to us when we faced the sudden and unexpected loss of our financial controller. They took the trouble to visit our offices and understand our business. As a result of their diligence, a perfect candidate was presented to us – one who had the technical skills and the cultural fit for BLT. We think of BLT as uncommon recruiters – a recruitment business which takes great care to find the right candidate for the role. We found a kindred spirit in RG Duncan.”
Director, Management Consultancy Recruitment at BLT (Beament Leslie Thomas) – email@example.com
“Like many small business owners, I eventually became weary of spending late nights in the office on book keeping, billing and administration. I was aware that I needed help, but didn’t feel suitably qualified to identify a suitable replacement who could ensure these matters were dealt with to my usual exacting standards. I admit that initially I had been reluctant in enlisting the services of a recruitment specialist: I was wary of paying exorbitant fees in return for a mediocre candidate. Thankfully, an associate of mine referred me to RG Duncan. Roy came to meet me at my office and spent a considerable time listening to and understanding my needs and the challenges in my business. He selected three Accounts Manager candidates who were all eminently qualified for the position: after a smooth interview process, I finally selected the candidate who I felt I would be able to work with most effectively. Roy remained in contact after the hire to ensure I was happy with the placement. RG Duncan’s fee structure was extremely fair and I look forward to enlisting their services again as my business grows.”
Alex Caplan, Synergy Associates, IT Consultancy, W1
“It is a pleasure doing business with RG Duncan. It makes a real difference when the recruitment consultant has met our client and the candidates, and that is the RG Duncan way. My firm draws up the job spec and person profile and RG Duncan does the legwork. We see a small number of CVs, we interview a few appropriate candidates, our client sees the best one or two candidates. So recruitment for our clients does not absorb a great deal of our time or our clients’ and the success rate RG Duncan has achieved is impressive. We recommend RG Duncan for recruitment of accountants.”
Nigel Reynolds, Partner, Accountancy Practice, Chingford
“We have used Roy`s services a number of times over the years and still have a number of members of staff recruited by Roy, which is testament to the quality of candidates he can provide. Roy understands things as a finance person, and therefore appreciates the actual skills that candidates need.”
Martin Dunne, Business Adviser, Non Executive Director & Business Angel, London EC4
“RG Duncan has covered several recruitment assignments to find financial controllers on behalf of my clients. I have always found them to be very professional, fully understanding the needs of the client and the recruitment brief and providing an excellent range of candidates. I really appreciate the advice given throughout the process. I would have no hesitation in using RG Duncan on future assignments.”
Tim Southern, Owner, Southern Consulting, London TW12
“We have recently used the services of RG Duncan to recruit a new internal financial controller. What sets Roy apart from every other recruiter I have ever dealt with is that Roy came to visit me at my office. He took the time to really understand my requirements. Roy then personally interviewed every candidate and only sent those who were suitable for the position. It is the attention to detail that has led to one very happy client.”
John Helfgott, Partner, Highwood Financial Services, Watford
“We have used RG Duncan for a number of years and Roy has helped us to fill several ‘out of the ordinary’ positions. We have always been impressed by his attention to detail, the experience he brings and his persistence in finding the best match. Having dealt with any number of recruitment agencies over the years, his most unique and welcome feature is his willingness to listen and act on what we are saying. Our feedback is noted and has a real impact, something which is far more challenging when you are recruiting for an unusual role. Roy is chiefly concerned with finding the right person rather than simply pushing out CVs. We have no hesitation in recommending his firm to anyone, so long as he doesn’t get too busy to deal with us!”
Andrew Hunt, Managing Director, Mirage Resources Ltd., Family Office, London W1
“RG Duncan provides an intelligent and diligent service as a recruiter of financial staff, and shortlists relevant and capable people carefully matched to the job description and person profile.”
Robert Murphy, Finance Director , MyBusinessFD, London EC2
“I have recommended RG Duncan to a number of my clients and they have always provided an excellent service. My clients have commented on their high quality service, attention to detail and ability to find the right person for the job. I have no hesitation in introducing them to my clients.”
Paul Chapman, International Commercial Manager , HSBC, London W1