Helping our customers represent their communities and deliver outstanding public services

Our specialist Public Services & Not-for-Profit team are highly experienced at supporting organisations with a social purpose in hiring talent across multiple specialisms. We are passionate about delivering a high quality and personalised service to our customers to reflect their individual needs.

The JSS - Public Services & Not-For-Profit team are experts in our markets and offer an honest and solutions-based approach to recruitment.

Our Market Insights

Depth and breadth of knowledge to draw on

Our specialist market know-how spans Finance, IT & Digital, Procurement & Commercial, Human Resources, Legal, Transformation, and Estates & Property. Across these markets, we’ve sourced talent for multiple appointments at Executive, Senior & Mid-Management levels.

What’s more, whether you need talent in these areas on a permanent or fixed-term contract basis, through retained search or contingent recruitment, we can help. If it’s an interim solution you’re after, we have an extensive network of trusted interims who are fully vetted, quick to grasp strategic needs and swift to make a difference. We also offer consultancy services where appropriate.


Meet the team

  • Group Managing Director

    David Cairncross

  • Marketing Manager

    Sophie Carrillo

  • Director, Public Services & Not-for-Profit

    Adrian Watts

  • Co-CEO and Co-Founder

    Simon Smith

  • Head of Operations

    Nichola Peagam

  • Co-CEO

    Scott Beckson

  • Executive Director and Co-Founder

    Rashi Elkinson

  • Associate Director, Public Services & Not-for-Profit

    Nia Ross

  • Click here to meet the rest of the team


Promoting a culture of diversity

At JSS, we are authentic and genuine when supporting our customers commitment to equal opportunities for all, whilst ensuring as an organisation we practice what we preach.

We strongly value diversity across all its dimensions, including social background, race, gender and disability. Our staff are trained in inclusion and avoiding unconscious bias, driven at Board level by our co-founder and Diversity Champion Rashi Elkinson. All recruitment processes are fully inclusive focused on the best person for the job regardless of any protected characteristic, and we ensure all advertisements and materials use inclusive language and promote equal opportunities. We promote the Disability Confident scheme and guaranteed interviews wherever appropriate.

We recognise the risk in headhunting senior candidates of perpetuating lack of diversity; for this reason we specifically target diverse candidates, reaching out to a wide range of target organisations including large private sector customers. 

We make the interview process as inclusive as possible; where appropriate, we can support remote interviewing or invite candidates and customers to our fully accessible offices.

Within JSS - Public Services & Not-for-Profit, we support our customers by hosting round table diversity & inclusion discussions to ensure the subject remains top of the agenda and we continue to ensure the organisations we support reflect the communities that they serve.

But commitment to diversity is about actions and outcomes much more than words and good Intentions; last year we appointed 71% of women and minority candidates into senior appointments and we maintain our commitment to identifying diverse and representative shortlists.


Going the extra mile

We believe that in order to fully partner with the charitable sector, we must contribute to their good work, which Is why we've partnered with Connections at St Martins, a leading homeless charity. Our commitment includes a significant corporate contribution, as well as fundraising and volunteering throughout the year. To read more about our partnership, click here.

We prioritise Diversity and Inclusion – from clients, to candidates, to our own employees – and are committed to challenging bias. We place a strong focus on gender diversity; JSS Co-founder Simon Smith is a Non-Executive Director of workingmums.co.uk. Our Group Managing Director David Cairncross is also the Chair of the Advisory Board for a leading education, skills, and employment charity, Step2Skills. They support lifelong learning and development among adults through a wide variety of training and improvement courses and programmes.

To contribute to the wider conversation and raise awareness on several relevant yet challenging topics, we frequently publish research & insight-based articles. We cover topics spanning inclusive recruitment, sustainable initiatives, company culture, and leadership coaching for the introverted. We are also committed to support the development of early talent through our internship programme.