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Arcus Search specialises in recruiting at all levels, for permanent, contract, interim and executive roles within the Technology, Insurance and Financial Services sectors.

Our personal approach works

We want to be the antidote to automated recruitment, there is no ‘word-matching’ of CVs here.

We are passionate about people, work hard to get to know our candidates and clients, and forge lasting relationships which are built on trust.

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  • Darrin Mathie

    Darrin Mathie

    Managing Director

  • Darrin Mathie

    Darrin Mathie

    Managing Director

    Building on over 15 years of experience in the Insurance, Financial Services and Professional Services sectors Darrin founded Arcus Search to provide a dedicated and personal approach to client and candidate partnerships – something he felt was not always prevalent in today’s recruitment world.

    A bit of background…

    I have always enjoyed developing new business, and working towards growth, helping to generate revenue for the companies I work with through strategic talent appointments.

    What I love about my job

    Simple – making a difference, cultivating long term relationships, supporting individual growth, partnering with candidates and clients.

    I’m most proud of…

    My family and my business

    An interesting fact…

    My guilty secret: I love catching up on a bit of desert island discs whilst on the move.

    In my spare time…

    I enjoy the weekends when I get to spend time with my wonderful wife and two awesome boys. I get to walk our Jack Russell in the forest and if I can get a game of golf in at some point, then life is good!

  • Lisa Webb

    Lisa Webb

    Operations Director

  • Lisa Webb

    Lisa Webb

    Operations Director

    Having worked with Darrin for several years in a previous role, she wanted to join him at Arcus as she felt her operational skills, combined with his recruitment experience would form a solid partnership for success.

    A bit of background…

    I’ve worked in recruitment since 1999, and have a real passion for driving operational excellence throughout an organisation to ensure that it has a solid/scaleable platform to aid growth. I knew from early on that the opportunities for success were unlimited, and all you need is enthusiasm, a good work ethic and to be surrounded by like-minded individuals.

    What I love about my job

    Unlimited opportunities, satisfaction in utilising my skill set, the team I am working with and seeing a business go from strength to strength.

    I’m most proud of…

    The legacy I have left in the businesses I have worked for, the talented individuals I have had the pleasure of working alongside, the friends I have met along the way,  and when I was runner-up in the Best Newcomer category at the Hamilton Bradshaw Awards 2013!

    An interesting fact…

    I gave birth to a daughter in January 2018 who has shown me a whole new meaning to life.

    In my spare time…

    I like making memories with my family, and I’m also a big sports fan – Formula 1, Netball, Tennis and Golf, and I also drive my family Tanning Shop business on the side!

  • Haaris Mahmood

    Haaris Mahmood

    Director

  • Haaris Mahmood

    Haaris Mahmood

    Director

    Haaris worked with Darrin in a previous role, and greatly admired his industry knowledge and achievements so much that he wanted to work alongside him to further promote and partner Arcus’ clients.

    A bit of background…

    Having attended Loughborough University in my youth, I was persuaded to make the move further north to Cheshire with my wife. I’ve eight years of recruitment experience encompassing sales publishing, finance, change, data, technology and corporate governance.

    What I love about my job…

    I love the fact that I have the opportunity to provide, genuine, honest, credible, consultative, dynamic, passionate, proven, expertise to our candidates and clients. The market I serve is a network-based, relationship-led environment, and the ability to get in front of these professionals is a real passion of mine. Understanding their motivations, professionally, personally, whether it be client or candidate and the ability to understand and support is what drives me on a daily basis.

    I’m most proud of…

    Without giving away the names of my clients, I have successfully built Change-Data-IT teams for a number of underwriters, brokers, consultancies and further suppliers to the insurance market. I have provided talent that has allowed my clients to Insource, evolve from greenfield or mature brownfield environments, in the above disciplines. I’ve also been a confidant, consultative and knowledgeable talent partner to my clients, where they can rely on me for market intelligence in order to identify the key skills, level, character, remuneration we need to propose to the market when building a team or teams. From a candidate perspective, my biggest compliment is that my clients become my candidates and vice versa. My network trusts me to remain confidential, professional, knowledgeable, honest and deliver for them.

    An interesting fact…

    I was a Tottenham Hotspur youth goalie from U14 through to U17 level and I am a huge Tottenham Hotspur fan.

    In my spare time…

    I’m an avid gym goer, and I have three children to fill my time! My boys are huge football fans and actively participate, and my wife and daughter keep us all on our toes.

  • Dean Mathie

    Dean Mathie

    Consultant

  • Dean Mathie

    Dean Mathie

    Consultant

    Dean is an experienced sales consultant who has the desire and ability to help others whilst understanding their needs and providing ongoing support & advice while maintaining a personable and consistent approach throughout.

    A bit of background

    My career history has provided me with the confidence and knowledge which combined with my positive focused nature to learn and hone my skills as I grow in this industry.

    What I love about my job

    Meeting new people and learning what drives them. Being there and developing something more than business relationship… a more personal and trusting one.

    I’m most proud of

    Myself… I appreciate those around me and value what I’ve learned from them.

    Interesting fact

    Appeared in the TV show Outlander back home in Bonnie Scotland.

    In my spare time

    Outside the office I’m committed to spending my time with family and friends. Weekends are packed with attending the gym but the real reason is for the sauna and jacuzzi facilities.

  • Carlie Grainger

    Carlie Grainger

    Consultant

  • Carlie Grainger

    Carlie Grainger

    Consultant

    Carlie has nearly 18 years’ experience in the insurance industry working in underwriting and broking companies in the London market.

    She joined the recruitment industry in 2019 to specialise in the insurance sector using her in-depth market knowledge and understanding of the industry to strengthen her role as a recruiter.

     

    A bit of background

    My time in the insurance industry has enabled me to specialise in an area that I really understand and enjoy working in. It also allows me to continue to work with the people that I have built strong relationships with in the past.

     

    What I love about my job

    Being able to help clients and candidates find the right fit for them, your job is such a big part of your life and I feel very grateful being in a career myself that allows me to help others.

     

    I’m most proud of

    My son, I have taught him to try your best and always be kind, and I am very proud that he is adopting both of these traits and many more.

     

    Interesting fact

    I attended an introductory to counselling course in 2019.

     

    In my spare time

    Outside of work my time is spent with family and friends, going on long walks and enjoying the countryside. I love cooking and baking, apparently I make a cracking banoffee pie!

  • Fady Moawad

    Fady Moawad

    Consultant

  • Fady Moawad

    Fady Moawad

    Consultant

    Fady is an experienced Cyber Security Recruitment Consultant with a strong passion for helping to match the right people with the right jobs. He does this by building strong relationships and truly understanding each candidate’s expectations and ambition and matching it with the right company for them.

     

    A bit of background

    I have a year’s experience in the cyber security space and a track record of placing technical and non-technical cyber security professionals in several industries. I feel my dynamic and personable approach allows me to work many roles and sectors within the cyber security space.

     

    What I love about my job…

    I love being able to help people find jobs that will change their lives for the better. A career change or a new job can be a stressful process. Having the opportunity to provide genuine and honest consulting to candidates and clients alike, which takes some of this stress away, is the most rewarding part of my job.

     

    I’m most proud of…

    Since starting a career in recruitment, I have been extremely proud of all my previous placements. The feedback I hear from both candidates and clients and how my contribution made a change is something that truly motivates me to work and do more each day.

     

    An interesting fact…

    I moved to the UK in 2012 from Egypt at 17 years old. In less than 3 years I self-taught myself English. Completed both GCSE and A levels simultaneously and secured a place at a British University. I still remember not being able to speak and being turned away from colleges and now I am excelling in a career in sales.

     

    In my spare time…

    Outside of work, I enjoy running or swimming and spending time with my family and friends. And sometimes also some Fortnite!

  • Paul Parker

    Paul Parker

    Consultant

  • Paul Parker

    Paul Parker

    Consultant

    Paul is an experienced Recruitment Consultant who has a background in pairing Change, IT and C-Suite individuals with companies across the full breadth of the Financial Services Industry, including Insurance, FinTech, Retail Banking, Buy and Sell Side Trading and InsurTech. He has joined Arcus to build on a successful career and partner with firms at the forefront of innovation in their industries.

     

    A bit of background

    I attended St Mary’s University in Twickenham to study Sport Science (a completely relevant degree for my current career…). Post University, I started my career in Fraud Analytics, where I learned an awful lot about the good, bad and truly ugly side of humans! I then discovered a passion for recruitment and haven’t looked back since!

     

    What I love about my job

    The favourite part of my job is hearing feedback from clients on the work their hires are doing. Most of my placements make real changes to the organisations they join and I get to see the changes first hand. I also love building out teams from scratch, from inception to completion finding the right resources for a successful project is the reason I get out of bed.

     

    I’m most proud of

    My Family

     

    Interesting fact

    I’ve broken 26 bones in my time, with 13 of them coming from a single rugby tackle…

     

    In my spare time

    I like to attempt challenges that are way above my station and not bother training for them in any capacity. Recently I decided it was a good idea to cycle in the London-Surrey 100 which had absolutely no benefit to me. I also enjoy playing the occasional game of golf and in my past I used to chase eggs for a living.

  • Isaac Otesile

    Isaac Otesile

    Consultant

  • Isaac Otesile

    Isaac Otesile

    Consultant

    Isaac is an experienced Cyber Security Recruitment Consultant with a wealth of experience in matching Information and Cyber Security professionals of all levels with the best organisations and projects on a Contract and Permanent basis. He particularly has an interest in Information Security but isn’t limited to this area, other areas of his expertise are: GRC, Security Engineer, IAM, Cloud Security, OT Security and eDiscovery.

     

    What I love about my job…

    I love being able to help people, it’s something that I get satisfaction from especially when the right candidate is placed into the position that suits their needs and skill set. I enjoy bridging the gap between client and candidate providing top quality guidance on both ends.

     

    I’m most proud of…

    Receiving Rookie of the year in my first year of Cyber Security Recruitment. I am also proud of the positive impact I have made in some of my candidate’s lives, helping them to negotiate the best package.

     

    An interesting fact…

    I am bilingual and can speak English and Yoruba which is a language in Nigeria.

     

    In my spare time…

    Outside of work, I enjoy fashion designing, reading books and spending time with friends and family.

  • Emma Mood

    Emma Mood

    Operations Assistant

  • Emma Mood

    Emma Mood

    Operations Assistant

    After being introduced to Darrin & Arcus Search, Emma was drawn to the ethos of the company and how important building and maintaining relationships is to them. She holds similar values and felt she could bring her previous industry experience to the team.

     

    A bit of background:

    I have been in the recruitment industry since 2006 and have experienced a variety of roles across the back office including administration, compliance, contracts & legal, and supplier & relationship management. I have gained a lot of experience with the functional side of the business but also the communication and building relationships side. I’ve learnt that each area plays its own important role to contribute to a company’s success.

     

    What I love about my job:

    I love the variety in my day and the various projects that come up to research and put my mind to. I really enjoy supporting my colleagues, working as a team and being able to assist our contacts with any queries they have too.

     

    I’m most proud of:

    My two sons – they are both kind, polite & full of beans!

     

    Interesting fact:

    I love to travel and spent a year living, working and travelling in Australia. It’s hard to pick a highlight but I did fall in love with the Daintree rainforest in the North East.

     

    In my spare time:

    Spending time with family & friends is top of the list. We spend a lot of time walking and cycling as a family. I am also a keen runner and if there’s any time leftover, I love getting stuck into a good book.

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