Who we are

The first thing you need to know about us is that we are a close knit team of professional recruiters based in Exeter in the South West of England.

We are creative and passionate people who love our work and love to see our clients genuinely happy that we have been able to find them a new team member or a job that will secure their future.

Our office is a happy and welcoming place to visit for all our clients, whether they are looking for work or looking for people to fill their vacancies.

Pop in and see us, tell us about your vacancies or send us your CV.

Meet the team

We have the best people for the job... meet them!

Sarah Knight

Managing Director

Sarah began working in recruitment in 1998 after relocating from the South East to Exeter. As a ‘top performer’ who doesn’t like to be held back by convention, Sarah’s answer to not being able to find a senior position in a recruitment agency locally was to start her own!  Sarah wanted to create an agency that was all about delivering top notch service, as well as a great place to work. Those two fundamentals still sit at the heart of everything she and the team does.

More than a decade on, Sarah enjoys making the process of hiring or finding a job as smooth and as stress free as possible. As a result, Sarah West Recruitment continues to go from strength to strength. 

In 2018 the team helped more candidates and clients than ever before. Job offers, placements, candidates registered and jobs worked on were significantly up on 2017. Several local companies now trust Sarah West to find their new employees, exclusively.  

In her spare time Sarah loves taking on some crazy sporting challenges, raising money for charity in the process. She’s climbed Kilimanjaro, ran the London Marathon, jumped out of a plane, completed the reputed hardest sportive in the UK - the L'Etape Wales/aka the Dragon Ride, cycled from London to Paris, swum round the Scilly Islands, completed the Dart’s 10k swim and has completed a number of triathlons – to name but a few of her achievements. This year she's cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats - 980 miles in 9 days. Find out more about this challenge!

Sarah says:

"I love what I do and I'm so thankful I went with my gut instinct to set up my own agency over ten years ago. 

“I still dance round the office each time I make a placement. It doesn’t matter if it’s working for the public or private sector, finding a position for a senior executive, building a new team for a start up or helping someone to get their career off the ground. I absolutely love my job!

"This year's a big one in terms of my sporting challenge. The cycle's in September and involves almost a year of training. It's a tough one but I honestly can't wait...bring it on!" 

Lisa Veale

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Lisa comes from an office management and HR background before she joined the Sarah West Recruitment team in 2014 as a Recruitment Consultant. Having been on the ‘other side of the table’ when recruiting staff, Lisa is now able to draw on her experience when recruiting. She understands what’s important to both the hiring manager and the job seeker and works hard to make sure that both are happy and kept up to date throughout the recruitment process. Lisa runs the Commercial Office division and spends her days working on administration, technical support, customer service, finance and HR roles.

Out of work Lisa enjoys keeping fit, walking with her Labrador and keeping up with the rugby as a big Chief's fan.

Lisa says

“My background in HR prepared me well to work in recruitment. I’ve seen the recruiting process from both sides so I have a unique view of what it’s like from everyone’s perspective. It can really help.”

Robyn Warwick

Recruitment Consultant

Robyn comes from an account management, sales and hospitality background and has recently spent six months travelling the world before joining the Sarah West team.

While travelling, Robyn decided it was time to leave the hospitality industry behind and focus having a career doing something that excites her and makes her look forward to the week ahead. She’s absolutely passionate about finding people their dream job! 

Robyn looks after our Sales Division so is constantly on the look out for people who have experience or who fancy carving out a career in this industry. She’s happy to have a chat if you’d like to find out more about the kind of roles she looks after or simply to find out if sales is going to be a good fit for you. 

In her spare time, you’re likely to find Robyn on a rugby pitch as she’s part of the Cullompton Ladies team. She also enjoys movies, keeping fit, eating out and quiet evenings with a glass of wine.

Robyn says

“I couldn’t be happier to have joined the Sarah West team and I’m thoroughly enjoying the world of recruitment! I’m a people person through and through so getting to work with great candidates and clients is right up my street. I’ve recruited for my own team in a number of roles before –so I’m used to finding that perfect fit for a team!”

Julia Samuel

Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator

Julia provides support for the recruitment team as well as to developing Sarah West Recruitment’s marketing activities. 

Relocating to Devon had long been in her ‘life plan’ and in the summer of 2017 she decided to bite the bullet. If you want any top tips about moving to the South West, Julia’s the person to speak to! 

In terms of her career history, Julia has broad marketing and communications experience. The first 12 years of her working life was spent with BT, starting out on BT Syntegra’s graduate programme, progressing to senior marketing manager and finally making the leap to internal communications.

After having her daughter, Julia took a career break and set up her own venue styling business. It gave her the opportunity to keep her business brain ticking over, with the flexibility to work around family.

Five year's on Julia went back to an office based role managing internal communications for The Cambridge Building Society. 

Julia says

"Being part of the Sarah West team and getting to learn the ins and outs of the recruitment industry has been amazing. I still love learning! 

"I'm able to use and build on the skills I already had that's been a bonus and being based in Devon has been absolutely the right move - I'd recommend it!"

Sky Randall

Recruitment Consultant

Sky’s career before joining the Sarah West Recruitment team focussed on Administration and Office Support in the care and charity industries. A big part of her job was to work with managers to identify the most suitable care giver for the clients they were supporting – which is where she developed her passion for matching people to the right role and finding clients their perfect fit too. 

Having got a taste for recruitment, Sky decided to make the move to the industry permanently and joined the Sarah West team! She’s now works closely with Lisa in our Office Division. If you’d like to know more about the roles she’s working on, or just want to find out a bit more about a career in this area in the South West –she’d love to hear from you!

Outside of work, Sky’s doing a degree in Criminology and Psychology as she’s slightly obsessed with anything crime related on TV! When she’s not studying, Sky loves a good read, can rustle up a mean sticky toffee pudding and dabbles in photography. What a busy bee!

Sky says:

“I absolutely love building on the experience I had of working out what skills, experience and personality someone has and where best they’re going to be a great fit. 

“The variety of people I get to talk to and meet as a Recruitment Consultant gives me a real buzz. It’s a pleasure to work together to understand what’s going to be someone’s dream job – and make it happen of course! Equally, I love the challenge of working out what’s going to be a great fit for all of the clients we work with.” 

A few words from our clients

  • I know that if I’m interviewing a candidate sent by Sarah West that they’re going to have what I’m looking for and be a good fit for us culturally too. Everyone we’ve employed has stayed with us for the long term that gives us the consistency I’m looking for as well