Testimonials

  • “I’ve known Christine for nearly 10 years as a candidate and more recently cooperating with Grafton Haymes as a guest blogger. As a candidate, she is a recruitment consultant that puts the relationship at the centre of her work. During the years she has proactively kept in touch with me and when I was looking for a new role, listened to my interests and needs, and gave advice on what was possible and where compromises may need to be made in the job search. It has been and continues to be a real pleasure to work with Christine.”

    Barbara Babcock
    L&D Consultant & Coach

  • “I’ve dealt with Paul Grafton initially as a candidate, where his ability to keep me informed and motivated was a breath of fresh air, compared to some of the bigger, more arrogant head-hunters. Subsequently as a client (in the job that Paul had found for me), I was refreshed by his personal (and personable) approach to meeting my recruitment needs. Paul was always prepared to go the extra mile to complete the brief. His attention to the finer points of client service and relationship management is impeccable.”

    Paul Stone
    HR Director
    Uniserve Group

  • “Having applied for a role via Grafton Haymes, I found Christine to be professional and it was clearly important to her to satisfy every aspect of the job profile through her questioning. Unlike a lot of mainstream agencies, Christine demonstrated a high degree of integrity. She wasn’t just interested in placing someone, but genuinely interested in ensuring, that the ‘fit’ was a perfect one. Christine fully understood her brief and set expectations at the beginning of all our conversations. A first class and truly unique recruitment professional. I wouldn’t hesitate to appoint Christine either to seek out talent on my company’s behalf or to help me in my search for work.”

    Madline Greenwood
    Previously HR Manager
    Crest Nicholson

  • “Paul Grafton helped us to find not one, but three, first-class Trainers who are currently delivering a Management Development Programme they wrote themselves. The reason I manage this team of top Trainers is because Paul recruited me into my position too! What more can I say? Thanks, Paul!”

    Dave Melling
    Previously HR Organisational Development Manager
    Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • “Christine is the first Consultant that I ever worked with who I felt really got to know me as an individual in order to properly understand my aspirations and motivations. She treats her candidates with respect, stays in regular contact and cares about making sure that they find the right opportunity. Her support during my job search was genuinely “consultative” and we have stayed in contact through a number of job changes. She has since provided me with professional market data that I have been able to use in my new role which was highly useful and willingly provided. Christine is personable, attentive, professional and an expert in her field and I would recommend her to anyone.”

    Blair Beavis
    University Relationship Manager, EMEA
    Johnson & Johnson

  • “Christine is consummate professional with integrity and high level capability I have now worked with her for several years and always found her level of knowledge in her field invaluable to myself when making key strategic career decisions.”

    Diane Milliard
    Head of Global HR & Recruitment

  • “I would like to thank Christine for the professional guidance that she gave me when applying for my current role. The support and advice that she gave me throughout the application process was invaluable and now, six months in, I couldn’t be happier. I would definitely recommend Christine to both candidate and any employer seeking a HR professional.”

    Amy McNeil
    HR Manager
    Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners

  • “Paul is an excellent Consultant and PA have used him several times to help recruit for their HR Manager roles. He listens to what we want, and understands our culture and as a result we’ve recruited three HR Managers through him.”

    Jacqueline Beasley
    Recruitment Manager
    PA Consulting

  • “We have worked with Grafton Haymes to assist with a number of opportunities within our Human Resources department. We have always found Grafton Haymes to be professional and efficient and to provide honest opinion to help guide us on choices of candidate and to carefully manage our expectations. They take the time to gain a thorough understanding of the business and the role as well as the cultural environment. In our experience we have been presented with quality candidates in a timely manner and have received balanced advice in relation to making our final decisions.”

    Amanda Underwood
    Previously Head of HR
    Gordon Ramsay Holdings

  • “Many thanks for your personalised and thoughtful candidate selection.  It was clear that you had invested the time to really understand our requirements.”

    Bruce McLeod
    Finance Director
    Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners

  • “Christine is a truly professional recruitment consultant. She is an expert in her field and is extremely prompt and courteous in making regular updates and giving feedback. She pays attention to both the small details and the bigger picture. I would highly recommend Christine to any candidate or client alike.”

    Emma Baker
    UK HR Manager
    Playtech

  • “Thank you so much for everything, I’ve really enjoyed working with you. Such a refreshing change from the huge recruitment factories that don’t treat anyone as an individual! If any of my HR friends mention that they are on the lookout for their next role, I will certainly refer them to you.”

    Elizabeth Clayton
    HR Generalist

  • “I have valued my relationship with Christine in the capacity of both client and candidate over many years. She has a deep knowledge of the recruitment market and works with integrity to match candidate to both job role and organisational culture.”

    Lynne Cornell
    HR Manager

  • “Paul was invaluable to me in securing my new role. He was pro-active, professional and knew the market I wanted to enter whilst being friendly and approachable – a perfect person to guide me through my move in-house.”

    Alex Bird
    Employment Law Consultant

  • “I just wanted to take the opportunity to tell you, that during my job search, you have been the most professional and respectful recruiter I have worked with. I am very grateful and look forward to working with you on any future opportunities that arise.”

    Clair O’Brien
    HR Manager

  • “Christine worked with me to find my current role as a Learning and Development Specialist. From our first conversation, to my first day at work, Christine was supportive, knowledgeable and utterly reliable. She took the time to understand the type of role I was looking for, found an appropriate vacancy and gave sound advice on the role and company throughout the recruitment process. It was great to feel that there was someone on my side throughout the process and I cannot recommend Christine highly enough.”

    Kate Nicholls
    Learning & Development Specialist

  • “Christine supported me through the recruitment process for obtaining my first new role in nine years. She was able to understand the industry demands and specifics of both the role and company she was recruiting for as well as my experience and career aims as a candidate. As a candidate, this meant I was fully prepared for the recruitment process, kept fully up to speed with the process and it has been a pleasure working with her.”

    Rebecca Jones
    HR Advisor
    Saipem UK Ltd

  • “Paul has supported a complete restructure of the HR function, supporting us in finding candidates which were suitable both in terms of skill and fit to the organisation. Through working with Paul over several projects, he has been able to reflect individual facets of the team in the selection criteria for new members, supporting the development of a well rounded and effective team. His contribution to the development of our HR service is unquestionable.”

    Liam Slattery
    Previously Head of Resourcing and Organisational Development
    Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • “I have worked with Paul for nearly five years as both a client and as a candidate in fact, he has placed every HR professional I have ever hired! What sets Paul apart is the time he takes to truly understand the culture, approach and HR direction of the company. He then uses this to hand-pick candidates which hit the mark every time. When I went to Paul as a candidate, he was honest, realistic and supportive providing sound advice on viable career options and an accurate picture of the HR market. Finally, he’s great fun to work with which is always a bonus!”

    Simon Hickie
    Previously HR Director
    Rightmove

  • “I just wanted to say a big thank you for all your support.  There are many out there who call themselves consultants/associates – but they wouldn’t make you a decent shadow!  And I intend to be very vocal about Christine McCorry whenever the situation arises.”

    Jackie Hammond
    HRD Partner, Learning & Development
    Rail Safety & Security Board

  • “Paul Grafton’s knowledge of the industry, the people and the environment is second to none; he is professional, supportive and showed a high level of integrity, providing honest, well balanced advice and feedback every step of the way. The most refreshing element is Paul fulfills his promises, often going the extra mile that makes you as a candidate feel special. I cannot emphasise the difference Paul made to the recruitment process and Grafton Haymes will be my first point of contact for any future recruitment.”

    Yvette Kay
    Previously International Learning & Development Specialist
    Starr Companies

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