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 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. I joined the company in May 2003 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 list of publishing contacts and am always keen to add to this. While working successfully on a wide range of senior and mid-level appointments in both print and digital, I am equally interested in your executive head hunt requirements.  I cannot stress enough the importance of selecting the right talent to join your organisation and I am proud to say that Inspired Selection has an excellent record of success in sourcing this talent.

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 Search Director

I am the Search Director at Inspired Search & Selection and based in the London office. With over four years’ experience in publishing recruitment at Inspired, most recently as the Associate Director, I am now heading up the Executive Search division to focus on and develop senior level headhunting. Prior to publishing recruitment, I have a background in professional services and data analysis which has informed my current approach to Search which is driven by market and business intelligence. When I’m not in the office, at a publishing event or out meeting publishing people, I can be found taking country walks, at the theatre or trying out London’s vegetarian dining options.

Tel: 0203 668 6727

Verity Hawson Associate Director

I am the Associate Director at Inspired Search & Selection. I re-joined the team in November 2017 following three years’ spent working with world-renowned educational publisher, Oxford University Press. The insight I gained into the various functions of the business, and how the different job roles intersect to bring the products to life, has been hugely valuable. This, combined with my prior experience in publishing recruitment, has allowed me to build on Inspired Selection’s cohort of educational publishing clients, and talented candidates, and qualify them, with the experience and knowledge that I have gained, to ensure that we always have relevant opportunities matched with only the very best profiles in the market. I studied Modern Languages and Management Studies at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and speak Spanish and French; I hold a Master’s degree in Publishing. 

Tel: 0203 668 6739

Esme Richardson Senior Consultant

Hi, I’m Esme and I am an Associate Director at Inspired Search & Selection. 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, 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 Senior Consultant

My name is Helen and I am a Consultant at Inspired Selection focussing on roles in Trade publishing across digital and print. I am passionate about the industry and have worked with both mainstream and independent publishers, including Titan and Penguin Random House. My area of experience is in sales and publicity; I also freelanced for a small poetry press called Eyewear Publishing managing their campaigns and book launches. I like the creative and commercial side of publishing and this is evident through my career path so far. 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. I relish connecting the right candidates with our clients and building on my network of contacts in the industry. I am a vivacious bibliophile with a love of the arts and sunny people.

Tel: 0203 668 6741

Jennie Hooper Senior Consultant

Hi, I’m Jennie and I am the Senior Consultant for Inspired Selection London. I focus on the temp market across the publishing industry, covering all sectors from Academic, Education, Trade, STM and Professional. I bring 17 successful years of recruitment experience to Inspired, 14 of which has been running an extremely busy temp desk within social care and medical. 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

Chloe Rhys Consultant

Hi! I’m Chloe and I am the Junior Recruitment Consultant here at Inspired Selection. I focus on entry-level positions across the Publishing industry. I recently graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in English Literature and a keen interest in the Publishing industry, so I find it very rewarding to help people get their first roles in the industry. Outside of work, I can usually be found running, feverishly trying to get through my ever-growing reading list or experimenting in the kitchen.

Tel: 0203 668 6737

Chloe Daniell Consultant - Temps

I’m Chloe Daniell and I joined Inspired Selection in December 2016 to manage and grow the Temps desk. Since launching this in April 2016, the service has proved to be very popular and so my aim will be to continue this growth and build a team of Temp Recruiters in 2017. I am based in the London office and come to Inspired after having had previous success in building a brand new Temps Desk within the Social Care Sector. When I’m not in the office I can be found catching up with friends and family, taking on challenges to raise money for a number of different charities, like a 175 mile Cycle to Paris, Skydiving, 10K runs and much more.

Tel: 0203 668 6729

Rhiannon Griffiths Resourcer

My name is Rhiannon and I am a Resourcer at Inspired Selection. I am passionate about publishing and people and I first heard about Inspired Selection at a ‘Get into Book Publishing’ course I attended at University College London. I am excited to be meeting publishing professionals and being part of their path and story. My educational background is in Law and I graduated from the University of Exeter in 2016, after which I spent some time away travelling in Australia and New Zealand. I am a very pro-active person; in the past I have completed a number of voluntary projects, including a charitable expedition to Namibia, cricket coaching and time on my university’s committee for the Howard League for Penal Reform, in which I was the Publicity Officer and then President. I am a lover of the arts and all things creative, and outside of work I enjoy musical theatre, reading and travelling to new places and meeting new people.

Tel: 0203 668 6733
Suzy Astbury
Managing Director
0203 668 6731
Donald Smith
Deputy Managing Director
01865 657 024
Tarren Vos
Operations Director
0203 668 6725
Abigail Barclay
Search Director
0203 668 6727
Verity Hawson
Associate Director
0203 668 6739
Esme Richardson
Senior Consultant
0203 762 2491
Helen Youngs
Senior Consultant
0203 668 6741
Jennie Hooper
Senior Consultant
0203 668 6728
Chloe Rhys
0203 668 6737
Chloe Daniell
Consultant - Temps
0203 668 6729
Rhiannon Griffiths
0203 668 6733