“With the retirement of the incumbent CEO, our challenge was to identity and appoint the right candidate with the skills and experience required to take Family Housing forward into its next stage of development. EMA came highly recommended. The complete process, starting with the initial scoping meeting, through to job advertisement, the short-listing of candidates, followed by first and final interview and appointment was completed in three months. From start to finish Ian and his team delivered a high quality and professional service. Ian, with his wealth of experience in HR and recruitment, provided invaluable support ensuring that we appointed the right person as our next”
Chair, Family Housing Association
Castles and Coasts
“EMA recently assisted us with the recruitment of a Housing Services Director. Their approach was responsive and flexible to our needs. Ian Robertson is knowledgeable and helped us to deliver a positive outcome to our recruitment. We would most definitely engage EMA and Ian again.”
“EMA have recently supported Thirteen with the recruitment of new members for three of our group committees.
Throughout the process EMA were professional, knowledgeable, accessible and helpful, providing a wide range of high quality candidates and effective support and guidance at each stage of the process, which has resulted in 5 excellent appointments to Thirteen’s governance structure.”
Director of Governance
“Bernicia recently launched its most ambitious strategy yet, the delivery of which relies on the skills, expertise and quality of staff we employ. EMA have been a valuable partner in recruitment and resourcing activities in support of this; sourcing an excellent field of candidates for Executive Director roles, alongside sharing their industry insight to help develop our Employer Value Proposition, ensuring we offer a competitive and attractive reward package to retain and attract an expert talent pipeline.”
Director, People, Culture & Communications
“We recently worked with EMA on the recruitment of two Executive Directors. They provided an excellent service that was both professional and responsive. I have no hesitation in recommending EMA to potential clients.”
“We invited EMA to assist us with the recruitment of our new CEO. EMA’s experience and useful advice assisted us through all of the key stages ensuring that we had a rigorous process resulting in a very satisfactory outcome.”
South Lakes Housing
“EMA recently assisted South Lakes Housing in our successful search for a new Chairman. Their sector knowledge was second to none and their work was professional, highly reliable and responsive to our needs. Ian Robertson developed a bespoke website for the recruitment and conducted personality questionnaires to assist with the selection. I would have no hesitation in recommending EMA and will definitely use their expertise again.”
Cath Purdy (OBE)
“Over the last six months we have used EMA to recruit at both non-executive and executive team level. From start to finish both recruitment processes were clearly focussed, professional and efficient. Anne, and her supportive team, have an excellent working knowledge of candidates both in and out of sector. This approach facilitated a record number of high quality applicants from a wide range of backgrounds for both campaigns. As a result we have successfully recruited to all posts.”
White Horse Housing Association
“When our outgoing CEO of 27 years retired we had no hesitation in appointing EMA to manage the search and recruitment process. EMA have a genuinely collaborative approach and took the trouble to really understand the differing requirements of being the Chief Executive of a relatively small, rural, housing association such as ours.
From advertising to appointment, Pauline Drissell, as Lead Consultant, guided the Board through the process. As a result of the testing 2-stage process, which included invaluable personality profiling, we were confident about making a good appointment from the strong field of candidates. The support provided by EMA’s administrative team was also first-rate; we received complimentary feedback from the other final candidates about how well the process had been handled. All in all a job well done.
I would like to congratulate Anne and the team on their tenth anniversary and wish them well for the future. I would have no hesitation in recommending EMA for their professional, pragmatic and personable approach.”
Chair – Wiltshire Rural Housing Association
“EMA assisted us with the successful recruitment of 2 Directors into our Executive Leadership Team structure. I found their experience and knowledge invaluable to the selection process. They spent time getting to know and understand Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd and our ambitions and expectations. Congratulations on your success over the last 10 years and I wish Anne and the team all the very best for the future.”
“Harrogate Housing Association is a very small association with just six staff. To recruit to any post is a challenge but to recruit only our second Chief Executive since our formation in the 70’s was incredibly daunting. That’s why we turned to Anne Elliott and EMA. I have worked with Anne for many years and have seen the results of her team’s efforts. We were very happy with the service we received and were able to appoint a great candidate from a very strong shortlist. Thank you”
“EMA have assisted SLH in the appointment of a new, revitalised, Management Team that will take SLH forward to deliverfurther achievements. The professionalism, experience and seamless recruitment process offered by EMA is outstanding and the outcome has been brilliant, we would have no hesitation in using EMA again to recruit to key posts such as this.”
If there was one company I am happy to provide a reference for it is EMA. Anne worked very well with the Board and myself. The support from EMA was highly professional and extremely insightful enabling PCH to select the best Chief Executive candidate”
“To appoint one Director is hard enough. To appoint four at the same time and create a new Executive team is very tough. Thankfully, with excellent advice and support from EMA, utilising their many years of housing sector experience, we have been able to appoint a great set of Directors to help myself and our Board deliver our new corporate strategy. These are exciting times for Severn Vale Housing and EMA’s input has been a critical part in ensuring our future success.”
Former Chief Executive
“Anne and the team at EMA provided fantastic professional advice, support and insight in our recruitment of a new Executive Team and Board Directors. Anne’s approach is always one of working in partnership. This ensured the appointment of excellent candidates to our Executive and Non-Executive roles.”
Former Chief Executive
“Ian Robertson has undertaken a number of high profile recruitments for Community Gateway Association and we have been impressed with the process and the outcomes. In particular we have had good feedback from applicants with regard to the information made available to them, the candidate friendly approach and the detailed feedback. The innovative use of different assessment methods has enabled those involved in the process to gain a clear picture of the interviewee and we have been able to involve tenants and Board members in our recruitment campaigns to great advantage. The recruitment of our Director of Resources, was recognised by the Times 100 with an innovation in involvement special award.”
Former Chief Executive
“EMA provided excellent support and advice recently, when Muir Group, had the key task of recruiting a new Chief Executive. I am very grateful to Anne Elliott, Pauline Drissell and the EMA colleague’s for their help and would most certainly wish to involve them in any future key recruitment tasks”
Former Chair, Muir Group
“We have used EMA on a number of occasions for senior staff recruitment. I have found them to be professional, well connected in the market and thorough in supporting us through the recruitment process.”
Together Housing Group
“Together Housing Group engaged EMA as our retained HR Consultant to provide an Executive recruitment service for the role of ‘Group Services Director’. EMA showed real flexibility during all stages of the process with candidates commenting that they really appreciated the psychometric testing feedback as an important part of their development. The psychometric testing methods were particularly valuable, by tapping into EMA’s expertise in this area and getting its guidance on choosing the right assessment tools, in conjunction with our process, we were in a strong position to identify the best candidate. All Board Members stated that they found the process a good one with excellent presentation of the results. A responsive and professional service which delivered a faultless process.”
“We worked with EMA leading up to and immediately following transfer of housing stock from Council to recruit to 8 key posts. EMA fielded a team of professional consultants who clearly understood our business and had direct relevant experience and knowledge which ensured that Cartrefi Conwy received appropriate timely services and advice. Anne Elliott and all of the EMA team including went out of their way to ensure that their service delivery helped alleviate some of the pressure for the executive team during a time when our resources were lean. They also went that extra mile further to deliver very personalised services, what they promised on time and to an exceptionally high standards.”
“RBH has used the services of EMA to help recruit 3 members of its Executive Management Team over the past 12 months.Each time EMA’s service has been extremely professional and tailored to our specific needs and requirements. On each occasion theyhave delivered the outcomes we wanted. The latest of these commissions was to recruit a new Chief Executive for the organisation.
This followed the well publicised difficulties in respect of previous attempts to recruit to the post during 2007. It was therefore very important that we got a positive outcome and that our parent Council was appropriately engaged in achieving this. I am happy to say that with EMA’s help this was the case. I would have no hesitation in recommending their services to other ALMOs.”
Stafford and Rural Homes
“Stafford and Rural Homes were recently assisted by EMA consult to recruit two essential posts in the new organisation It was important that we recruited the right balance of knowledge and experience against the need to have the right person to assist in cultural change within the organisation . People with the drive and ability to achieve right first time services and assist our drive towards excellence The team from EMA consult were marvellous. We were confident they were able to understand what we were looking for and deliver an exciting and challenging process that involved managers Board and customers in the selection A job very well done.”
Irwell Valley Homes
I have had the pleasure of working with EMA Consultancy on several occasions, including the recruitment of our new Chief Executive.
EMA colleagues are extremely professional, approachable and they feel like part of the Team, ensuring they understand the organisation, plus respecting views of the people they are working with.
EMA colleagues are meticulous, with an eye for detail, hitting stringent deadlines to achieve the best result for the organisation and colleagues.
I would unreservedly recommend EMA Consultancy who will provide a first-class service.
PA to Chief Executive/Facilities Manager