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 that add value to your organisation.


Our team, experienced in both public and private sector recruitment, are able to offer creative and tailored solutions via a model that allows us the freedom to work with the best interests of our clients and candidates in mind.


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Opus was established in June 2014 as a solution to the large temporary resourcing costs many local authorities face following traditional methods of recruiting staff.


Since then, we have continued to grow and diversify our business, forming joint ventures with several local authorities across the country, expanding into private sector recruitment and launching our own supply teaching business, Opus Teach.

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

  • Providing skilled temporary and permanent 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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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.



Selena Ayling
Associate Director, Managed Services

Selena Ayling

Associate Director – Managed Services


Selena brings to Opus over 20 years’ experience within Public, Private and Third Sector. With 13 of those years predominantly with Public Sector, this is her sector of choice and where her true passion lies.


Selena has a real passion for Social Values and this is always at the forefront of any strategy, knowing that this can make a real difference for an amazing service and set us aside from our competitors.


Outside of work, Selena loves to spend time with her two beautiful daughters and as an avid snowboarder, can’t wait for them to be old enough to bring them along for the fun!



Sam Goody
Associate Director, Commercial Services

Sam Goody
Associate Director – Commercial Services


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.


Today, as Associate Director of Commercial Services, Sam’s focus is overseeing private sector, social work recruitment and supply teaching recruitment.


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



Tom Brown
Associate Director, Business Services

Tom Brown
Associate Director – Business Services 


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 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.



Kevin Bennett
Quality & Compliance Manager

Kevin Bennett

Quality & 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.



Shona McCullough
Operations Manager

Shona McCullough
Operations Manager


Shona joined Opus in April 2016 after years of experience in local government administration. In June 2017 Shona was appointed Senior Administrator, followed by  Assistant Operations Manager in April 2019 and was promoted to Operations Manager in May 2021.


Her duties now include overseeing the recruitment and administration teams in Suffolk, Cambridge and Peterborough 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 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!



Greg Andrew
Operations Manager

Greg Andrew

Operations Manager


Greg joined Opus as Assistant Operations Manager in July 2018, bringing with him an extensive background in both temporary and permanent recruitment.


Greg oversees the Opus teams within the Northamptonshire Unitary Councils, Milton Keynes Council  and the Northamptonshire Children’s Trust and ensures that all three of the contracts’ needs are fulfilled operationally to agreed service levels.


Outside of work, Greg is also a DJ and has travelled across Europe for events.



We inspire confidence and realise opportunities for people and organisations. We make a difference by adding value, pace and doing the right thing in the marketplace and for our wider communities.



To deliver quality, innovative people solutions through a collaborative and transparent approach underpinned by our values.




A firm belief in the reliability, truth or ability of someone or something. We are fair, honest and act with integrity at all times.



A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities or achievements. We are supportive, empathetic and treat people as individuals.



The quality of being outstanding or extremely good. We are professional experienced and knowledgeable.


The quality of being able to adjust to new conditions. We are solution driven problem solvers and responsive to change.



The combined action of a group, especially when effective and efficient. We are building a positive team, continually learning and developing.



Opus People Solutions is owned by Suffolk County Council and comprises of several trading companies. Together with its sister companies, Vertas and Concertus, Opus is part of Suffolk Group Holdings.


The Main Board is the primary oversight body for Opus, and its responsibilities include providing leadership, approving long-term strategy, reviewing management performance, and meeting our clients’ ambitions.


To view our governance structure, please click here:  Opus Governance October 21



Vertas is one of the fastest growing facilities management companies in Great Britain, delivering services in cleaning, catering, security, energy management, environmental, education management, grounds and landscapes, passenger transport and property management. With over 4,000 colleagues, Vertas delivers its services sustainably, making a difference to its customers, partners, people and the planet.



Working across numerous specialisms, Concertus is a passionate multi-disciplinary design and property consultancy. As a company, it strives to provide innovative solutions for clients, ensuring exceptional service is delivered.



Opus People Solutions is a family and prides itself on being flexible and supportive of a dynamic and diverse workforce who are growing
in their careers. There is very much a two way relationship between the business and our people; we invest in and support our team, but have expectations in terms of productivity and achieving our objectives.


Our people drive our successes and will always be instrumental in moving the business forwards and adapting to change.


We place great importance on the health and wellbeing of our people and have developed a comprehensive reward package for our employees.




Corporate Social Responsibility


As a public sector owned company operating in the local recruitment market, corporate social responsibility is important to Opus. Our code of conduct outlines activities that we have committed to including making ethical business decisions, building a culture that promotes fundraising for charity and supporting the wider community with projects.

Inspire Suffolk have been our charity partner for the past two years and we have organised a number of fundraising events including quizzes and bake sales. We also work closely with their programme tutors to help deliver employability workshops.


In addition to fundraising, we regularly support a number of local projects including:


  • CV writing and interview preparation workshops for the unemployed
  • Mock interviews with local schools
  • Work experience with local schools
  • Work experience for disabled people (coming soon in 2020)
  • Sponsoring council and charity awards
  • Mentoring apprentices at the East of England Apprenticeship Challenges
  • Enterprise advisors for the Primary World of Work Initiative


Charity Partnership Timeline

““It’s been a pleasure to work with Opus People Solutions as their Charity of the Year. They are very dedicated to improving the lives of our local young people through their involvement in our programmes and fundraising of almost £4,000 to date to support Inspire Suffolk’s work in the local community”.

Sara Warburton, Events & Fundraising Officer (Inspire Suffolk)