Leeds-headquartered finance recruitment consultancy, Headstar, has made a senior hire to its 22-strong team as it looks to keep up with growing demand amongst businesses for interim finance professionals.
Specialising in senior interim finance roles, Katy Ashdown joins the team as a manager within Headstar’s burgeoning Interim Finance Division. The role will see Ashdown, who has more than 14 years’ experience of the finance recruitment market, work with businesses of all sizes, including larger corporates, across West and North Yorkshire, to resource their interim needs and connect them with high-quality senior finance professionals. In particular, she will focus on sourcing finance business partners, financial controllers and specialist project-based roles.
Her appointment comes as the interim market continues to go from strength to strength, with Headstar’s Interim Finance Division reporting a 51% increase in revenues over the first five months of 2023.
David Clark, director and senior finance recruitment specialist at Headstar, said:
“With an ongoing skills shortage across the country, we’re finding companies of all sizes are turning to interims to make sure they don’t fall behind and to kick off key business improvement projects. At the same time, we’re also seeing a growing body of finance professionals who want greater flexibility, now that the market has settled in response to previously uncertain IR35 changes.
“As a result, we’re experiencing record demand for our services in this area and that means we’re in the fortunate position of being able to expand our talented team once again.
“Katy joins us as one of the most well-known interim recruiters for finance in the region. She is the ideal person to help us grow our interim division, possessing the contacts, market knowledge, experience and, most importantly, the signature Headstar ‘down to earth’ character we look for in all our consultants.”
Headstar, originally known as FD Yorkshire Limited, was established 35 years ago and has grown significantly in recent years, expanding its client and contractor base which consists of a range of SMEs, as well as larger corporates including Next, RSM, NG Bailey and British Garden Centres.
Alongside placing permanent and interim finance staff, Headstar also provides a range of consultancy services, designed and delivered by experienced finance directors, including turnaround support and part-time finance directors.