About AFR Consulting

Since launching in 2004, AFR Consulting has developed into one of the most established financial recruitment companies for the business and accountancy community across the region.  We believe we are successful due to the director led service we provide to our candidates and clients which is both personal and professional, with the emphasis on quality rather than quantity.

Due to the length of time we have serviced this region we have an extensive knowledge of candidates and companies across the area which is of great added value to all our customers (candidates and clients alike). We pride ourselves on having accurate and up to date knowledge of the market which is essential whether you are looking for a new job or looking to recruit.

We are proud of the network and reputation we have built up over the years and feel our approachable manner is one of the key reasons for our success. Numbers are your life, people are ours.

Click on the name below to see profiles about the AFR team members.

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Simon Speak – Director & Senior Recruiter

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My role

I deal with mid to senior level placements in Lancashire and North Manchester. During my 22 years of experience I have recruited roles at all levels into companies ranging from start-ups to SME’s, larger companies and listed businesses.

My goal is to help companies recruit and retain great people for their finance department. This is achieved by understanding both my clients and candidates’ needs, deploying the market knowledge I have gained over the years through working exclusively on accountancy and finance vacancies.
I still get a lot of satisfaction ensuring clients and candidates find the right match and am well placed to advise you on your next career move and the current market for talent in the Lancashire and North Manchester region.

Outside of work

I am married and have three young children who keep me very busy. I am a keen snowboarder and when possible I like to play squash and go out on my mountain bike, I also enjoy cooking and gardening.

Top recruitment tip

Always be honest when discussing your skills and experience, you never know who knows who…..

simons@afrconsulting.co.uk  

Tammy Smith – Director and Senior Recruiter

My role

Since starting my financial recruitment career in January 2000, I have always focused on transactional level placements for Accounts Assistants and Clerks, Purchase Leger Managers and Clerks, Credit Controllers of all levels and Payroll.  Over the past few years, I have moved to also cover Assistant Accountants and Accounts Managers, covering any recruitment below £30K.  I specialise in Lancashire and the surrounding areas.

Background

I completed a degree at the University of Central Lancashire and then like many people fell into recruitment. Upon graduating, I registered with a Recruitment Agency hoping to find a role that would give me office experience and they offered me a temporary position working within their office.  I then caught the recruitment bug and have now been within the industry for 21 years!

Why AFR?

I previously worked with Simon and he approached me in 2008 to set up a Junior Division within AFR Consulting as at the time they only specialised in placing Qualified and Part Qualified candidates and didn’t have anyone that covered the level I did.  I knew AFR as a competitor and they had a great reputation in the market place and seemed to work in the same way as I did so I jumped at the opportunity and I’m so glad I did.  After being in recruitment for 21 years, I can honestly say I still love my job and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.

Outside of work

Me, my fiancé and our lovely dog moved into a 300 year old cottage so a lot of our spare time is spent working on that.  I am from a very large family and I love spending time with them.  I am also still very close to my school friends and my uni friends and socialise a lot with those.  We love holidaying in the UK and have spent a number of summers with our dog in North Cornwall.  We love Padstow and have sampled some of the most amazing sea food there at Rik Steins Seafood Restaurant as well as Jamie Olivers restaurant in Watergate bay.  I haven’t tried surfing yet but never say never! Maybe this year….

 

Top recruitment tip

Always go with your gut instinct.  If there is something that doesn’t seem right it probably isn’t!

tammys@afrconsulting.co.uk

Yvette Owen – Office Manager

My role

My position is Office Manager covering a wide range of duties including all of the administration side of recruitment; formatting CVs and placing adverts together with compiling the accounts for the office, payroll, invoicing, credit control and management accounts.

 

Background

I grew up in the Chorley area and having left school at 16, have spent the last 18 years working in an administration or accounting environment.

Why AFR?

I applied for a position with AFR in 2005 when the business was less than a year old and was excited at the prospect of working for a young, growing company with big plans for the future. I had the opportunity to take a position where I could make the role my own, establishing procedures and assisting in the growth of the business.

Outside of work

The majority of my spare time is spent with my husband and two daughters. We love to travel when possible, particularly the GreekIslands, having been married on Santorini in 2008. I also love food, both cooking it and eating it – I am often trying out new recipes on my family.

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K Sereice
K Sereice
15:00 15 Oct 20
I would rate this company well for supporting me. I was needing professional advice to know if I was going in the right direction, for a future job role. Sarah helped me with alot of advice. Thank you
Adele Gaskell
Adele Gaskell
19:11 03 Sep 20
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Jack Croft
Jack Croft
15:56 06 Aug 20
After completing university during the current global pandemic I thought it would be near impossible for me to get employment, However after finding a very interesting job online and with Tammy guiding me though the interview process I was able to feel more confident in myself and abilities.Again thank you Tammy! 😁
James Thomason
James Thomason
15:36 06 Aug 20
Tammy from AFR was brilliant friendly polite and proffesional. Tammy kept me updated and informed with the progress and feedback for my appication and interviews and I secured the position with the salary I was looking for.Thanks
Magda W
Magda W
18:47 15 Mar 20
I would like to use an opportunity to thank for the support that both Tammy and Sarah gave to me throughout the whole interviewing process. They both made me feel confident in myself to go to the interview as tbh if it wasn’t for them I would have struggled a lot more during the whole process ( never been to one before). Tammy Smith was absolutely amazing !!!!!She made me feel comfortable, provided me with all information I needed to succeed!She is also very warm, super friendly and... approachable, very reliable and informative. Honestly, I cannot thank them enough as they are just perfect career match makers!!!!!AFR Consulting/ Tammy Smith - you are a life changer!!!!Thank you very much!!!!read more
Jo English
Jo English
18:33 12 Mar 20
I had an email to let me know about a job opportunity and after a chat and a video interview that seemed to go really well, I was offered an interview.I cant praise them highly enough as they gave me the self confidence and information I needed and got the job.Three months later, yes it was the right job for me thank you everyone for your hard work.
Karina K
Karina K
23:01 07 Nov 19
Really impressed with AFR Consulting and their speedy effort to find me suitable employment. Tammy and Sarah really had my best interests at heart and the whole experience was much more of personal service than a business transaction as found at other recruitment agencies. I would certainly be using them in the future after trusting them to find me the perfect job.
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