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Redwood Search Team

We believe in developing long, successful relationships with our candidates and clients.

Arlene Gray Redwood Search Malvern

Arlene Gray


Arlene Gray left South Africa in 2004 and on arriving in the UK, Arlene decided to change career and left the world of finance. Her first job here in the UK was as a Recruitment Consultant and although not having much idea of what the role involved, Arlene found herself working in the fast paced role of healthcare recruitment where she was responsible for placing candidates throughout the UK.

In 2007 Arlene decided to leave her role and to become an independent agency specialising within the commercial sector, which then developed into her joining the franchise operation of Capital Strategy Associates in September 2008 – just as the recession began in the UK. Working from home, Arlene developed excellent relationships within the Worcester market and saw growth within the business during this difficult time period. As the business developed Arlene was able to move out of her dining room/office and into offices in Malvern and to grow her team of recruiters. The decision was taken to move the offices to Worcester in 2014.

Michelle and Arlene joined forces in 2014 and over time this resulted in Michelle becoming a business partner.

We decided in 2016 that we wanted to branch away (pun intended) from Capital Strategy Associates, and Redwood Search was born.

Arlene loves finding the right role for her candidates and supporting them in their next career decision. Arlene prides herself in offering her clients an excellent level of service, and enjoys working alongside them to help them find their perfect candidate.

Recruitment as it should be!

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Michelle McGovern Redwood Search

Michelle McGovern


Michelle McGovern began her career in recruitment in the early 90’s joining Adecco in London where her first role was at their Baker Street branch. After 6 months, Michelle was promoted to Branch Manager of Notting Hill Gate and worked with the BBC and Marks & Spencers. Michelle’s love of travelling saw her working and travelling throughout Australia where she also worked for Adecco in their Sydney branch.

Michelle has worked in the Worcester area for many years now and has established good relationships with local and national companies providing them with the right staff to take their business forward. Michelle enjoys building a good working relationship with her clients and candidates and benefits from many recommendations which is proof that she can indeed recruit!

Now a partner in Redwood Search, Michelle is even more dedicated to helping people find the right role for them and will offer credible career advice if required and takes great pride in placing the right people in the right jobs. A confident recruiter with exceptional recruitment experience as well as always looking on the bright side of life!

As we say here at Redwood Search – Recruitment as it should be!

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Anja Djiallis – Senior Recruitment Consultant

Anja Djiallis

Candidate Manager

Anja Djiallis is our Candidate Manager here at Redwood Search. Specialising in resourcing talented candidates to help support our Senior Consultants.

Anja has previously headed up the Architecture, Civil and Structural department at Redwood Search. Working with Main Contractors, Developers and Consultancies providing Contract and Permanent recruitment solutions with clients based across the UK.

Originally from South Africa, Anja now finds herself in Worcester where she lives with her husband and young daughter.

If you are looking for a new opportunity or help with your specialist vacancies in this sector then please contact Anja who can offer expert advice. To contact Anja you can reach her at anja@redwoodsearch.co.uk

As we say here at Redwood Search…..Recruitment as it should be!

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Karen Heaton

Karen Heaton

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Karen Heaton began her career working in sales and marketing developing her skills working in various industries resulted in a promotion to Operations Manager. When she relocated to Worcester in 2011, Karen began her recruitment career using her sales and marketing skills and quickly made a positive impact on the Worcester recruitment scene. Attracting high calibre candidates along with offering an excellent service to clients. Karen has created a unique brand specialising in customer service, administration, sales and marketing roles providing qualified personnel in both temporary and permanent vacancies

Karen is an experienced and confident recruiter who likes to offer a solution to her clients, by getting to know their business which ensures the right candidates are placed, saving valuable time and money.

When not working Karen like to relax with her family – cooking, travelling, gardening and long walks are among her hobbies.

As we say here at Redwood Search………Recruitment as it should be!

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Clare Newton

Business Development Manager

With a background in sales spanning almost 20 years Clare Newton brings her experience in Sales and Commercial recruitment to the team. As the Business Development Manager at Redwood Search, Clare finds having worked previously in a 360 Consultants’ role extremely insightful when working with her Clients. She strives to understand not just the right ‘boxes to tick’ when filling a vacancy, but also the personal and cultural fit of the candidate required by the business. In doing so this creates long lasting relationships with a variety of cross sector business and enables the Consultancy team to place candidates in roles where they will be happy, have longevity and ongoing success.
When she’s not at work Clare enjoys crafting and spending quality time with her family.

As we say here at Redwood Search………Recruitment as it should be!

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Roxanne Hatam-Tabrizi

Roxanne Hatam-Tabrizi

Recruitment Consultant

Meet Roxanne, With a background in journalism, marketing, and business development, she’s no stranger to the art of communication and finding the perfect match. Having started her recruitment career 18 months ago, she’s successfully transitioned into the world of recruitment, initially specializing in the technical sector and later expanding her expertise into commercial recruitment. With a keen understanding of the IT/Commercial recruitment landscape, she excels at placing highly skilled candidates in their ideal roles.

When she’s not busy finding the next superstar employee, you can catch Roxanne performing with her two bands in the local scene.

If you are looking for a new opportunity or help with your specialist vacancies in this sector, then please contact Roxanne who can offer expert advice. To contact Roxanne, you can reach her at roxanne@redwoodsearch.co.uk

As we say here at Redwood Search………Recruitment as it should be!

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Jess Gwynn

Recruitment Consultant

Jess started her career 3 years ago within the recruitment sector after going back to university to study Business Marketing and HR Management as a mature student. When Jess moved back to Worcester from the countryside, she found it rewarding to help people find their next career move and has worked in both commercial and hospitality sectors.

Jess lives with her fiancé and stepson as well as her small dog Milo and is extremely excited to be getting married in October. In her spare time, Jess enjoys long walks, sports and travelling.

If you are looking for a new opportunity or help with vacancies within the Commercial sector then please contact Jess who can offer advice, CV advice or help you find your next career role.

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