What others say

We are extremely grateful to all of our clients who choose to work with us. We will always do everything we can to maintain the highest possible levels of service and delivery. We are even more grateful to those who have been able to take some time out of their busy day to write a few comments.


Judges’ comments: “It’s fantastic to see the next generation of recruiters in this category, and the judges had a hard time deliberating over the winner. For a company of this size MLC showed impressive financial growth but coupled with strong ethics and core values. It appears that the entire organisation is bought into the strategy and values of the business.”

I have recently retained MLC Partners to recruit my VSM CFO post (£135,000) for South East London Commissioning Alliance, having failed to find the right candidates through NHS Jobs and all other routes. MLC Partners were not a firm I was previously aware of but they came across with passion and enthusiasm when we met them, took a thorough and challenging brief, and we felt that if we awarded them the business it really mattered to them. In the event, I have been more than satisfied with the process and their candidate reach in the market, and the thorough and professional approach they have undertaken for us.

MLC Partners have been honest, thorough and relentless in their pursuit of a longlist, from which a shortlist of previously unapproached candidates was produced, the shortlist was approved and we were successful at appointing to this hugely important role. MLC Partners were able to assess our requirements of the role correctly and have been able to sell our organisation and role both passionately and effectively to relevant senior executives. They have been available at all times, and have kept the team at SELCA fully updated throughout the recruitment process. I can thoroughly recommend MLC Partners for any Band 9/VSM retained recruitment.

Andrew Bland

Accountable Officer , South East London Commissioning Alliance

I have worked with Pete as a client several times over the last few years, and more so recently in his capacity as founder of MLC Partners. Pete has, for many years, been the ‘go-to’ person for HR resourcing solutions, whether these be interim or permanent. In my experience, Pete looks to build effective relationships as a primary core to the way he does business, whether this be with clients or candidates. Working with Pete and MLC more recently, we have found that they take the time to send profiles of high quality candidates having taken the time to really understand what we have wanted from the person, and the expectations of the role. In addition, we’ve even been able to consider more creative solutions to some difficult to recruit posts, which other agencies have not been willing to consider. We have been very happy with the service from Pete and the team at MLC who continue to evidence a strong presence in the industry.

James Devine

Chief Executive, Medway NHS Trust

After 4 ½ years of contracting with various agencies, joining MLC was a really refreshing experience. Sarah treats you as an individual, using her time and energy to concentrate on the relationship building aspect of the recruitment process; this unique approach must be the way forward in recruitment.

Saif Jalal

Finance Manager, MHRA

Sarah’s enthusiasm for the central government market is evident and her genuine and personal approach is incredibly refreshing. It is great to have such a knowledgeable and passionate recruiter offering you support. Sarah’s level of service has by far exceeded every other agency experience since I began contracting in 2014
John Hatzakis

Finance Consultant, Cabinet Office

Sarah is absolutely fantastic at identifying roles which are ideal for me, particularly with respect to my professional growth. Thank you Sarah for making my job search an enjoyable and relaxed experience! Your expertise and support are unmatchable!
Fauzia Manzoor

Contractor, OGA 2020

Working with Sarah from MLC has been a pleasure. Recruitment of a high calibre candidate was seamless with MLC focussing on delivering quality over quantity. The first proposed candidate matched the role perfectly and has quickly become an integral part of the team.
I look forward to working together moving forward.
Tom Clarke-Knowles

Head of Operational Finance, Cabinet Office

There is a big difference between getting a job, and moving your career forward in a workplace you love. Sarah takes the time and care to genuinely understand your needs before suggesting suitable roles. I don’t feel as though I’m just a number with MLC, I feel like I have somebody on my side who is invested in the best outcome for me. I could not recommend MLC more highly for a professional service and helping me get roles which I love.
Victoria Abrams

Finance Manager, Committee on Climate Change

Working with Sarah feels more like how partnering with an agency should be. I have worked with a few agencies since arriving in London and it gets very tiring being pushed towards the wrong roles. MLC listen but also challenge me. They really know their clients and the insight I received throughout the process was completely honest and accurate.
Nick Adye

Finance Business Partner, Dept for International Trade

I have been a contractor for ten years and worked with a number of agencies, and although the experience has generally been good, it has been a functional relationship, rather than offering a personal service. MLC Partners have a more bespoke offering. Sarah provides the best pre-interview briefings and advice I’ve ever received, is willing to go the extra mile and genuinely interest in me and my career.
Sarah, many thanks for your on-going support and I wish you and the company well!
Sharon Coles

Financial Consultant, Dept for International Trade

Working with MLC partners has been great for us because they really took the time to get to know our organisation and only put candidates forward for jobs with the right skills and personality. Unlike other recruitment agencies, MLC place people according to their ability and potential helping us with some of our hard to fill vacancies. Since working with us on some initial contracts, they regularly call just to catch up and check on how their candidates are getting on; dealing with any concerns I have immediately.

It is brilliant to work with an agency that genuinely wants candidates to progress and succeed in their careers and work with organisations to find the right candidate, not just any candidate. Steve and Pete have always been professional, honest and reliable. As an NMNC framework agency, with a high understanding of the NHS and commissioning environment I would not hesitate in recommending MLC to anyone.

Tina DeBond

Head of HR Operations, NEL Commissioning Support Unit

It was an absolute pleasure working with Theo.

His customer focus is exceptional as he helped me with big and small issues, resolving all of them. Theo is friendly, professional and very personable and I look forward to working with him again.

Saj Minhas

Turnaround, Transformation & Mergers, PMO Leadership

I was at the bottom of my job search crisis curve when I heard from Sarah at MLC and frankly, I wasn’t overjoyed at dealing with another recruiter. I am so glad I did! Speaking to Sarah is like taking a breath of fresh air. She was incredibly genuine throughout and we quickly built a solid rapport.
Amy Hayes

Regulatory Supervision Manager, Council for Licensed Conveyancers

Finding new role can be stressful sometimes and it can drain your motivation levels to the lowest, but I am glad that Sarah acted as a critical friend and supported me during this, especially when the market was really quiet, and things weren’t moving as expected!
Mudassar Rafique

Interim consultant, Public Sector

Right from the first message Sarah sent me on LinkedIn, I was impressed and could tell she would be different from other recruiters, everything about her approach was to the highest quality. Even though you refer to yourselves as a start-up recruitment company, you guys are already the best out there.
Thanks again for all your help and I wish you all the best.
Toyin Ologohobo

Regulatory Supervision Manager, CLC. Permanent placement

Josh is not a “typical recruiter” – he takes pride in his service and it is clear that the long term relationship with his contacts is the most important thing to him.
Paul Cain-Renshaw

Interim Programme Director, Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups

MLC Partners were highly responsive and helped us find an exceptional individual for a highly specialised leadership role in our organisation. Josh supported the search and recruitment process efficiently and without needing excessive briefing.  I would have no hesitation in recommending Josh and the team at MLC Partners to other colleagues in the sector.
Oliver Lake

Executive Director of Transformation, NEL

Josh always sources credible candidates and makes the recruitment process very easy! What I respect about Josh the most is his honesty and understanding of the role. He does not shy away from having difficult conversations and fully tailors his service to the clients need. I would happily recommend josh and the MLC Partners team to anyone looking for help in recruitment.
Zohaib Nurmohammed

Assistant Director - Financial Turnaround, Kings College Hospital NHS FT

Every contact I have had with MLC PARTNERS to date has left me feeling that MLC PARTNERS have a professional, proactive, refreshing outlook and one that truly cater for the individual. Both Josh McLeod and Theo Diejomaoh are extremely knowledgeable about client industry. I was very impressed in my recent contacts with Theo who went the extra mile (not experienced this before!) working all hours including Sundays to ensure I had the right information to prep for an interview, Theo was very attentive and reliable. I recommend him highly as a recruitment consultant and look forward to our next opportunity to work together. Thank you Theo!
Shamoly Aaron

Interim Principal Public Health Strategist

MLC are a strange bunch – but in a good way.
My experience has been that they see me as a unique individual, with particular needs and requirements, and willing to do certain types of work in certain types of ways only. Rather than put me in a pile of CVs that they can send out, I have found that they have tried to fit their service around exactly what I need and have not sent me off for interviews or meetings that make their stats look good but don’t really help me.
I am very pleased with the placement I am doing through MLC and although I doubt they make much profit from me I appreciate the regular contact, advice and check ins that I get.
So strange, unusual, bespoke, specific – but definitely worth working with.

Mark Wall

Director - Communications Consultancy

In November 2015 I joined several executive recruitment agencies looking for a senior management role that matched my interest and skills. I was particularly impressed how MLC probed deeply into the kind of position I was looking for, considered my personality and how that would match with a prospective employer. He was thorough in his approach, extremely amenable and offered appropriate support and advice. I would have no hesitation in recommending MLC for employer and client – a highly professional agency.
Sally Wentworth-James

Head of Education, South East Coast Ambulance Trust

Pete Marshall has a good philosophy that is simple: get to know the client, get to know the candidates and get to know the deliverables. He is to the point, genuine and will tell it like it is but what is most important is that he cares deeply about developing lasting relationships and doing a good job, from experience of delivering complex change in the NHS, that allows you trust his judgement. This company will be a force to be reckoned with in the future and as well as commending MLC Partners to you, I wish them the best of luck for the future.
Steve Mason

CEO, RealWorldHR

I have known and worked with Pete Marshall for over 5 years, and during this time he has delivered an exceptional service, one that is professional and respectful. Pete will always deliver high quality candidates within the timeframes he commits to, and ensures the communication between us is up to date and timely…. Pete has provided a number of high quality candidates all of whom have been successful in their interim roles in delivering key projects.
… His knowledge of the markets and the NHS is remarkable and always on point, and he often shares information that is beneficial to the department.
Ushma Patel

Head of Resourcing, Camden & Islington Foundation Trust

I just wanted to say thank you to Daniel Abrahams for his help in securing my new position. I have to say that the level of support offered by Daniel and MLC has been excellent. The regular updates, progress calls and briefings have been very helpful and at no point in the process was I left wondering about what was happening or in any doubt about the next stages.

It makes a change to be continually supported and treated like a professional candidate rather than a commodity. Thank you.


Candidate recruited into a Senior Estates and Facilities position

Pete recruited me to my current post as Portfolio Manager in the Transformation team at GSTT. As a candidate, my experience of the overall process was very positive and a few things particularly stand out. From my initial meeting with Pete, I was impressed the depth of his knowledge about GSTT and his client’s needs – in this case the Director and Head of Transformation. This was really important and gave me great confidence in him and the process, despite any initial reservations I may have had about communicating through a third party. Pete kept me really well informed and coached me through each stage of the recruitment, giving helpful feedback along the way. It was clear that his aim was to find the best fit between the candidate and the client and I really felt that my interests were being considered at every step of the process.

Jonathan Grellier

Portfolio Manager, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

We have worked with MLC Partners for the last few months as we sought to recruit to a number of posts within the Commercial Services team. MLC Partners took time to understand both the requirements of each role, but also to understand the organisational culture. They have taken a considered approach to sourcing candidates and we have successfully filled 6 posts, both permanent and freelance positions. MLC Partners have demonstrated that their targeting approach, ensuring that the candidates they present to us are a fit both in terms of skills and cultural fit, creating a seamless, efficient recruitment process. MLC Partners are now are “first point of call” whenever we have a vacancy within the team.
Karen Wise and Karen Denton

Karen Wise, Head of HR for GSTT Commercial Directorate,, and Karen Denton, UK and International Resource Manager, GSTT.

I just wanted to drop you a quick email to acknowledge the excellent work of Pete Marshall. I have had some rather poor experiences of recruitment consultants in the past, however, Pete has been exceptional from start to finish with my appointment to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Louise Frayne

Head of HR & Organisational Development, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Pete has recruited interims for me and placed me as a candidate over a number of years. I have always found his knowledge about the market, his professionalism, honesty and all round customer care, to be of the highest standard.
I really appreciated the honest advice he has given me over the years, updates about roles and regular phone calls just keeping in touch. If you treat your candidates right, then they may refer you to employers or be in position to need your services as an employer themselves, so keep on doing what you’re doing!

Sunni Morzaria

Recruitment Manager, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust

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