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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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 recruitment service, including:

  • Providing  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.



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.



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

Charlotte Banks
PA to Managing 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
Assistant Operations Manager

Shona McCullough
Assistant Operations Manager


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


Her duties now include overseeing the recruitment and 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 has recently completed 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.


Hannah is currently on maternity leave.



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.



Charlotte Meara
Recruitment Consultant


Charlotte joined Opus in February 2019 as a Recruitment Consultant. She has worked in recruitment for nearly nine years and has experience across a range of sectors running busy temps desks.


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


Outside of work Charlotte enjoys spoiling her two young daughters and is an avid jet setter having travelled around America, Australia and the South Pacific.



Megan Stevens
Permanent Recruitment Consultant


Megan joined Opus in April 2019 as Permanent Recruitment Consultant. Megan has extensive experience in both public sector and recruitment, having previously worked as a project manager for local authorities before moving into recruitment in 2015.


Megan has taken on a new role at Opus, focusing  on recruiting to permanent vacancies, and uses her knowledge of local government policies to find the right candidates for our hiring managers


Out side of work, Megan is a keen hockey player and used to be captain for the hockey club where she previously lived.




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



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



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We are building a positive team, continually learning and developing



We are supportive, empathetic and treat people as individuals



We are professional, experienced and knowledgeable


We are solution driven problem solvers and responsive to change



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



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)