Opus.
Dynamic, innovative –
a different type of
recruitment agency.

 

We specialise in working with clients to provide, cost effective, high quality end to end recruitment solutions either directly or via our managed service offering.

 

With a particular expertise and heritage in Public and Not for Profit sectors, we have deep insight in how these organisations work which sets us apart in the market.

 

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OUR HISTORY

 

Opus People Solutions was established in May 2014.

 

Our dedicated team has considerable experience in the temporary recruitment industry, both in the private and public sector, with a track record of delivering successful solutions for client contingent resourcing needs. We are an experienced managed service provider and maintain a supply chain of over 80 recruitment agencies and contractors to enhance our service offer.

We provide a cost effective professional temporary recruitment service, including:

  • Providing temporary workers to clients
  • Offering a fully managed recruitment service

Accredited by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) we operate to its Code of Conduct, all relevant government legislation and best industry practice assuring our clients of the highest ethical and compliance standards.

 

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MEET THE TEAM
Paul Lowes
Managing Director

Paul Lowes
Managing Director

 

Paul is an experienced senior HR professional with an extensive career in the public sector, spanning Local Government, Fire and Rescue and Higher Education. He also spent several years running a successful business, unrelated to recruitment and HR, in the private sector.

 

Paul leads Opus with his vast range of skills, knowledge and experience, gained from a variety of exciting business and leadership roles. Paul ensures that Opus successfully delivers an excellent, compliant and customer focussed service that is dynamic, innovative and different.

 

Outside of the office, Paul’s interests include rugby, fine wine and spending time with his family.

 

         

Brad Sinclair
Finance Director

Brad Sinclair
Finance Director

 

Brad has extensive knowledge in Business and Finance, joining Opus from public practice where he acted for a variety of businesses of all sizes, across a number of industries. With experience in Business Advisory, Auditing and Financial Management, Brad heads up the Finance function for Opus focusing his time on strategic planning, financial control, management information, statutory compliance and overall efficiency to ensure the business is performing to its capabilities to maximise its opportunities, and mitigate risks.

 

Brad trained with a Top 10 National Firm of Chartered Accountants and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA).

 

In his spare time, Brad is kept on his toes by his young children and when he can enjoys attending music concerts and playing/watching football.

 

         

Sam Goody
Recruitment Operations Manager

 

Sam joined Opus in July 2018 as Recruitment Operations Manager, bringing with him an extensive background in management and social work recruitment. This included working with Senior Managers, Assistant Directors and Directors nationwide, to recruit interims for very specific and often sensitive senior social work vacancies.

 

Sam oversees the operations and recruitment functions across Opus People Solutions, Opus Teach and Opus LGSS in Ipswich, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes and enjoys the variety that this role brings.

 

Outside of work, Sam is a talented cook and once made it to the final interview stage on MasterChef.

 

         

Tom Brown
Business Services Manager

Tom Brown
Business Services Manager

 

Tom joined Opus in August 2016, having enjoyed several years working in local authorities.

 

Tom is an integral part of the leadership team at Opus and holds responsibility for all business administration. Alongside the systems and technology elements of his role, Tom leads on all marketing and promotional activity with his team and leads on major projects within the business.

 

Outside of work, Tom enjoys a busy family life and also fits in some football and running when time allows.

 

         

Abby Muhs-Brown
Assistant Operations Manager

Abby Muhs-Brown
Assistant Operations Manager

 

Previously a Senior Recruitment Consultant, Abby has recently taken on the role of Assistant Operations Manager.

 

Having initially joined as a temp in 2006, Abby was part of Suffolk County Council’s HR department for many years, giving her a wealth of HR knowledge.

 

Abby was involved in the initial talks surrounding the creation of Opus and was excited to move forward with the company. She is a really positive member of the team, who quickly builds up trusting relationships with everyone she meets.

 

When she’s not at work, Abby loves spending time outdoors with her new baby.

 

         

Kevin Bennett
Process & Compliance Manager

Kevin Bennett
Process & Compliance Manager

 

Kevin joined Opus in April 2017. He brings extensive knowledge and experience to the role having previously worked for Suffolk County Council for 15 years in a fast paced HR department where he led a successful front office HR team over several years.

 

He has experience of working on TUPE transfers, departmental restructures, implementation of IT systems, HR data reporting and process re-engineering.

 

Outside work he has a busy family life, but when he does find the time he likes to play and watch football. In the last few years he started running and since then has complete two marathons and numerous half marathons.

 

         

Charlotte Banks
PA to Managing Director and Finance Director

Charlotte Banks
PA to Managing Director and Finance Director

 

After graduating with a degree in Business Management, Charlotte worked for a large private sector recruitment agency specialising in IT and business support roles. She joined Opus as a Recruitment Consultant in May 2016 bringing a wealth of experience with her.

 

In September 2017, Charlotte stepped away from recruitment to provide executive support to the directors at Opus. During her time at Opus, she has managed the recruitment team and now oversees the marketing team alongside her PA role.

 

Outside of work, she enjoys shopping, holidays abroad and working out at the gym.

 

         

Shona McCullough
Senior Administrator

Shona McCullough
Senior Administrator

 

Shona joined Opus in April 2016 after years of experience in local government administration. In June 2017 Shona was appointed Senior Administrator.

 

Her duties now include overseeing the administration team and project work.

 

In her spare time, Shona enjoys watching live music, reading a good book or going on holiday.

 

         

James Carr
Head of Social Work Recruitment

 

James joined Opus as Head of Social Work Recruitment in October 2018, having previously worked for a large health and social care recruitment agency.   

 

James uses the experience gained from his previous roles in social work recruitment, within his new role as Head of Social Work Recruitment at Opus. James works across all of Opus’ locations and enjoys building relationships within the councils to help fulfill their recruitment needs.

 

In his spare time James enjoys football and has previously scored in the FA Cup and won two cup finals at Portman Road, missing a penalty in one of them!

 

         

Hannah James
Recruitment Consultant

Hannah James
Recruitment Consultant

 

Hannah joined Opus in June 2017 as an Administrator and was promoted to Recruitment Consultant in August 2018. She is currently studying for her REC Level 3 Certificate in Recruitment Practice.

 

Hannah’s duties now include registering candidates and recruiting to various roles for Suffolk County Council and Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils.

 

In her spare time, Hannah enjoys walking her dogs in the countryside and spending time with family and friends.

 

         

Jimmy Jarvie
Recruitment Consultant

 

Jimmy joined Opus in January 2019 as a Recruitment Consultant. He has worked in recruitment for nearly three years and has experience within the Health and Social Care sector.

 

In Opus, Jimmy’s duties now include registering candidates and recruiting to various roles for Suffolk County Council and Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils.

 

In his spare time Jimmy likes to produce music, as well as play the drums and sing. He also grew up in South America and hopes to travel to every country in the world.

 

         

Vision

To be the recruiter of choice within the public sector in our chosen markets

 

Mission

To offer our clients alternative, innovative and cost effective approaches to their temporary recruitment needs

 

Governance

To view our governance structure, please click here

 

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Values

TEAMWORK

We are building a positive team, continually learning and developing

 

RESPECT

We are supportive, empathetic and treat people as individuals

 

EXCELLENCE

We are professional, experienced and knowledgeable

ADAPTABILITY

We are solution driven problem solvers and responsive to change

 

TRUSTED

We are fair, honest and act with integrity at all times

Charity Partnerships

 

This year we have partnered with Inspire Suffolk as our charity for the year.

Inspire Suffolk is a charity dedicated to supporting young people onto a positive future. Each day, they work at the forefront of helping young people to overcome challenges onto positive next steps in their lives back into employment and further training. They run life changing personal development programmes, motivational education courses and engaging sport activities for local young people and children.

Their personal development programmes change young lives, tackling a range of issues that they are facing. Students learn many new skills to enable them to work as a team, build up confidence and self–esteem and build key skills for work and life, all which play a key part in helping to find positive sustainable outcomes.

Amongst their sport activities, they offer ‘free to access’ sport sessions to provide activities for children & young people to take part in without the barrier of cost, to build confidence and skills and keep them busy taking part in positive activity!

Inspire Suffolk works tirelessly to support the young people of our county and beyond, and with our help, they can do so much more!

We will be taking part in a number of activities and events throughout the year, in support of Inspire so keep an eye out to see what we have planned.

 

Previous Charity Partnerships

2018:

 

In 2018 both our Opus People Solutions and Opus Lgss teams partnered with a charity for the year. Opus People Solutions and the Cambridgeshire Opus LGSS team supported EACH (East Anglian Children’s Hospice) and the Northamptonshire Opus LGSS team supported Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. Both were incredibly deserving charities and we are proud to have raised a total of £3637.44 across all locations from our various fundraising activities held throughout the year.