Meet The Team

Whether we are selecting the right talent for your business needs or working with you to identify your ideal career opportunities, we would love to meet you. Inspired Selection has dedicated teams of publishing specialists chosen for their expertise in specific areas of publishing. It is our priority to provide you with the most relevant consultant for your needs, and offer you the professional, friendly and efficient service that has made us the trusted publishing recruitment specialists we are today. Through attending industry events and conferences throughout the year we maintain an up-to-date knowledge of the publishing industry, including its key trends, and we stay abreast of the opportunities and challenges faced by publishers around the world. We share our knowledge with the industry through hosting regular events and writing a blog where professionals can gain further insight into different markets and industry ‘hot topics’.

Suzy Astbury

Suzy Astbury Managing Director

I’m Suzy and I’m the Managing Director at Inspired Selection. After university I spent five years working in the publishing industry in rights, sales and marketing roles. I started recruiting for the industry in 2008 and have never looked back. I am a true people person and believe that talented people are central to a company’s success. I use the same methodologies when recruiting for Inspired as for my clients. I’m very proud of Inspired and its people; we all feel privileged to work for the publishing industry and are constantly looking for ways to add value to the services we offer companies and candidates. I continue to take an active role in recruiting: I’m normally working on headhunt or executive search assignments, so get in touch if you are on the lookout.     

Tel: 0203 668 6731

Donald Smith Deputy Managing Director



I’m Donald and I’m Deputy MD at Inspired Selection. Working from our office in central Oxford, I specialise in sourcing talented candidates for the ACADEMIC publishing sector, print and digital, across all functions including Editorial, Marketing, Business Development, Production and Operations roles. I’ve been with Inspired Selection for over 15 years having spent 21 years in publishing at senior levels within sales and marketing roles at HarperCollins and Kingfisher Children’s Publishing. I have seen many changes within the industry but what does not change is the need for talented individuals! I have an excellent range of publishing contacts and am always keen to add to this. Please get in touch for a confidential discussion.

 

Tel: 01865 657 024

Tarren Vos Operations Director

My name is Tarren and I have been with Inspired Selection since May 2008, based at the London office. I worked at both Hays and Fortis Bank before moving to Inspired and taking up the role of Finance Controller, then moving on to become the Operations Director. At Inspired I look after finance and operations, making sure everybody has what they need and that all our systems are running at an optimum. I will be happy to help should you have any queries relating to invoices, advertising, HR, IT and general office equipment. I also manage the website and am the technical go-to person for the company. I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa before relocating to the UK in 2004. In my spare time I enjoy exercising and spending time with friends and family in the great outdoors.     

Tel: 0203 668 6725
Abigail Barclay

Abigail Barclay Search Director

I am the Search Director at Inspired Search & Selection and based in the London office. Seeing a market demand for a more professionalised approach to hiring at the Executive level, alongside an interest from publishers in reviewing a wider pool of talent for their Executive hires, I launched the Executive Search division of Inspired in January 2017 to build on the previous executive recruitment that we’ve been doing since ‘99. I partner with publishing companies and information providers, of all shapes and sizes, to source for them leadership, senior management team and Executive positions. This varies from replacement roles, interim roles, new divisional heads, MDs, VPs, NEDs and of course C-Suite positions.

Do get in touch for a confidential conversation. 

Tel: 0203 668 6727

Verity Hawson Associate Director

I am Associated Director at Inspired Selection, and manage the recruitment of all the Educational publishing jobs. I previously worked in the ELT division of a large international publisher, and enjoy being able to use the insight and experience I gained in the sector to better understand the roles I work on. Thanks to the talented cohort of candidates I work with I am able to appreciate the challenges faced by our clients in this rapidly changing publishing landscape, and I find it fascinating to see how educational organisations are adapting and innovating in order to stay one step ahead of market demands. 

I love languages, I speak French and Spanish but wish I spoke more. My two little boys keep me on my toes, and when I am not running around after them, I like to sit on a terrace with a good detective novel and a glass of something bubbly.

Tel: 0203 668 6739
Esme Richardson

Esme Richardson Associate Director

Hi, I’m Esme and I am an Associate Director at Inspired Search & Selection where I specialise on mid-senior level recruitment for the Professional Publishing Sector. I re-joined the Team in March 2018 after spending two years’ working in Executive Search within the Retail industry where I gained experience working on a huge breadth of different job roles. This, combined with my previous experience in publishing recruitment has enabled me to continue to build on Inspired Selection’s fantastic candidate and client base in the Professional Division where I work with traditional professional and B2B publishers in the legal and financial sector, as well as supporting professional membership bodies, associations, institutions and charities across all job functions. Using the knowledge and skillset I have built from working outside of the sector there is nothing I love more than introducing brilliant candidates to our wonderful clients! I studied Physical Geography with Science Communication at Royal Holloway University and when I’m not working you will usually find me scaling the globe looking for exciting places to travel to, working on my allotment or cooking up a storm in the kitchen!

Tel: 0203 762 2491
Helen Youngs

Helen Harradine Senior Consultant

My name is Helen and I am a Senior Consultant at Inspired Selection specialising in finding and placing talent within the Trade publishing industry. I am passionate about the future of the industry and come from a publishing background myself having previously worked with both mainstream and independent publishers, including Titan and Penguin Random House. I was Chair of the Society of Young Publishers in 2014 after working on their events team for two years and I am still waving the SYP flag by talking on panel events sharing advice as a creative careers expert. I absolutely thrive and relish connecting people and building on my network in the industry. I am vivacious bibliophile with a love of the arts, positivity and sunny people; in my spare time I train and run marathons for charities like Book Aid International and The Book Trade Charity, read a book a week and go on hiking holidays. 

Tel: 0203 668 6741
Jennie Hooper

Jennie Hooper Senior Consultant

Hi, I’m Jennie and I am the Senior Consultant for Inspired Selection London. I focus on the very busy temporary desk, across the publishing industry. Covering all roles from entry level to director’s and above within Professional and Trade and mid to senior level within the STM sector. I bring 18 successful years of recruitment experience, and the success has continued upon joining Inspired Selection, seeing the demand for temporary staff increase within a very exciting industry. I am a bubbly individual who loves nothing more than socialising and networking. I find the publishing world fascinating and I am excited to be a part of the industry.

Tel: 0203 668 6728

Kristy Collingbourne Researcher & PA to the Managing Director

My names Kristy and I am the Researcher and PA to the MD at Inspired Selection. I have a degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Chichester, and am building a background in editorial. Outside of work I can be found scribbling away, working on a new story or with my nose in a book. I am usually busy travelling all over the country but still enjoy the home comforts with my family and friends.

 

Tel: 020 3762 2114
Chloe Daniell

Chloe Daniell Consultant

I am Chloe Daniell and I manage the Entry Level Desk here at Inspired Selection. With a number of people looking to get into publishing, I meet with candidates every day to understand exactly what they are looking for and where they would be a good fit in terms of role and company, as they often come with similar levels of experience. I enjoy the variety of working across our five key sectors and come with 4 years’ experience in recruitment, having previously also worked on our temporary desk. I enjoy meeting new people at networking events and finding out about the exciting developments within the publishing industry. When I’m not in the office I can be found walking the countryside with my dog, at the gym or watching the motorbike racing!

Tel: 0203 668 6729
Rhiannon Griffiths

Rhiannon Griffiths Junior Consultant

My name is Rhiannon and I am a Junior Consultant at Inspired Selection. I am passionate about publishing and people, and first joined Inspired Selection in 2017 as a Resourcer, assisting the consultants across all roles. I am now working on the temporary desk, and I recruit all temporary roles across Educational and Academic Publishing, along with junior temporary roles in STM. I work on a fast turnaround and enjoy matching up candidate and client needs. My educational background is Law; I am a graduate from the University of Exeter, after which I spent some time travelling around Australia and New Zealand, meeting people from all walks of life. I am a lover of the arts and all things creative, and outside of work I enjoy musical theatre, reading and travelling. 

Tel: 0203 668 6733

Shalini Bhatt Junior Consultant

My name is Shalini Bhatt and I am a Junior Consultant at Inspired Selection. This is my first role in the publishing industry after working in high-end hospitality since university. I studied English Literature in York as an undergraduate and Publishing as a postgraduate whilst working my way up the hospitality ladder with glowing customer service skills. I’m looking forward to bringing these skills to meeting publishing professionals and starting peoples’ journeys with entry level roles. Outside of work, I enjoy finding new restaurants and bars to try and I am trying to learn how to box to keep fit.

Tel: 0203 762 2113

Theresa Ngo Operations Assistant

I’m Theresa and I’m the Operations Assistant at Inspired Selection. Before coming to Inspired,  I worked in the beauty sector for quite some time. My job crosses between the finance and operations side here at Inspired. When I’m not here, I like to spend time with family or try new arts & crafts classes.

Tel: 0203 668 6724
Suzy Astbury
Suzy Astbury
Managing Director
Tel:
0203 668 6731
Donald Smith
Deputy Managing Director
Tel:
01865 657 024
Tarren Vos
Operations Director
Tel:
0203 668 6725
Abigail Barclay
Abigail Barclay
Search Director
Tel:
0203 668 6727
Verity Hawson
Associate Director
Tel:
0203 668 6739
Esme Richardson
Esme Richardson
Associate Director
Tel:
0203 762 2491
Helen Youngs
Helen Harradine
Senior Consultant
Tel:
0203 668 6741
Jennie Hooper
Jennie Hooper
Senior Consultant
Tel:
0203 668 6728
Kristy Collingbourne
Researcher & PA to the Managing Director
Tel:
020 3762 2114
Chloe Daniell
Chloe Daniell
Consultant
Tel:
0203 668 6729
Rhiannon Griffiths
Junior Consultant
Tel:
0203 668 6733
Shalini Bhatt
Junior Consultant
Tel:
0203 762 2113
Theresa Ngo
Operations Assistant
Tel:
0203 668 6724