Emma has been a terrific partner to Mattel. Her network delivered top talent and her service levels exceeded expectations. We look forward to a long term partnership with Emma and the Pask team!
Not sure how you do justice to what an amazing business partner Debbie Pask is but here goes! We worked together on a project in 2017 and from the first moment we spoke, I knew she had it. Quickly working out the culture of the business, she tested our thinking, pushed for clarity and gained a deep understanding of the organisation; with that, she then provided us with the perfect mix of candidates - right experience, right background, right profile. She also supported us on a complicated offer process providing the perfect balance for both sides to get to a deal. Unlike other headhunters, she’s super flexible, down to earth, responsive and is only interested in a sustainable long term solution for both sides. A rare jewel in the crown in this arena... couldn’t recommend her more highly!
These days there is a great deal of talk about the merits of authenticity, inclusion and empathy. Seldom have I experienced these simultaneously from someone I have just met. Debbie was recommended to me by a senior HR executive, as an exemplar of a Search Principal who genuinely partnered with both candidates and clients alike. As a candidate, meeting Debbie was a literally breath of fresh air, 100% present to the conversation she was a strong an active listener, picking up not only on the nuances of what I said, but the pauses, the gaps and those the telling non-verbal’s, using them as cues to explore further. This resulted in a rich dialogue where she understood in technicolor detail, not only the ebbs and flows of my career, but far more importantly, my mindset, drivers, fears and aspirations. Often in similar situations candidates can often leave feeling drained, unworthy and simply just not good enough. I left feeling energized, confident and inspired by what may be possible, it reminded me of the Robert Ingersoll quote “we rise, by lifting others’’. Debbie’s mindset was not to seek to examine ‘fit’ but rather to explore ‘contribution’, welcoming of diverse views and experiences and alert to the ways these could bring creativity, agility and super charged performance to her clients. Her website is testament to the value she places upon relationships which are built on trust and integrity, this is evidenced by the impressive number of candidates that have become regular and high-profile clients. In this day and age where all too often the humanity is forgotten in our haste to win the war for talent, Debbie has redefined the search methodology in her own unique way. If you are looking to engage a search firm, where organizational performance and human potential are blended seamlessly – look no further!
After 25+ years with my previous employer and wishing to re-enter the minefield that is finding a new job, a mutual connection suggested I speak with Debbie. Turned out to be the best investment in time I made in my efforts to secure a new role. Debbie has a wonderfully warm personality that naturally brings out the best in people, it certainly did with me. She’s not afraid to ask the difficult questions that really get you to think about your aspirations and where your passions and skill set best fit. I liked her honesty and her challenge because that made me change my approach, become more focussed and gave me confidence in my ability – this reflected in the subsequent connections I made through her good guidance and willingness to recommend other great individuals like her, the interviews I undertook, and ultimately enabled me to obtain a fantastic role at L&C. I have no hesitation in recommending Debbie to anyone who is looking for professional, challenging yet empathetic and practical career guidance. Andrew Thomas at L&C
Debbie recently successfully completed a challenging assignment to recruit a People Director for Newton - she is undoubtedly the strongest exec level recruiter with whom I have ever had the pleasure of working. Debbie came highly recommended from a number of sources, and exceeded all our expectations. She is hugely knowledgeable in the HR recruitment field, and extremely well connected. Her time investment into understanding Newton, our business, and what makes us tick was exemplary - this paid off in spades as she searched the market. It has also left a legacy in our business: people (of all levels) still speak about meeting Debbie. The process, from start to finish, was extremely efficient, with excellent unprompted communication to us throughout. Debbie managed a number of stakeholders at our end, candidate notes were comprehensive and professional, and all candidates were superbly briefed before meeting us. Debbie's insight into candidate's strengths and weaknesses made our job much easier. She was very agile throughout, and determined to do an excellent job for us.
Pask Partnership found and placed me at Carphone Warehouse as The Reward & Corporate HR Director. They were extremely personable, straight forward and more importantly honest throughout the process. They continued to keep in touch following my appointment an no doubt I will be using Pask Partnership again.
Pask Partnership undertook a search for a Regional Head of HR for The Lifeways Group in late 2015. They took time to understand fully the organisation, the context and the specific requirements of the role, and as a result provided me with a very strong candidate shortlist, from which we were able to make a great appointment. Pask Partnership are a class act and a pleasure to work with.
If you want a first class, truly unique client or candidate experience then look no further than Paskpartnership. I have worked with Debbie as both client and candidate, and can say that every interaction has been superb. Debbie is ruthless at getting ‘under the skin’ of the role, the behaviours and experience required but most importantly, understanding the organisation and cultural fit. This has been particularly important when placing HR professionals into a very commercial, but highly creative environment like Aegis Media. She focusses on building long term, lasting relationships at an individual level which ensures that she identifies and places the very best candidates and talent in the market. She always operates with integrity and honestly, and her open communication style leads to a positive recruitment experience. I have always found that Debbie is truly commercial and understands the real value HR can drive at all levels within an organisation and as such the candidates that she places reflect these values. Most of all, I thoroughly enjoy working with her – she is fun and approaches everything with a fantastic sense of humour which at times can be invaluable!
I worked with Pask Partnership in order to hire a key member of my international HR team. I was immediately impressed by their deep understanding of the technical elements of the role and of our organisation and its culture. They produced an excellent briefing document and I found their candidate assessments to be extremely thoughtful, balanced and crucially an accurate evaluation of what I latterly found at interview. They produced a shortlist of high quality candidates against very tight timescales that were imposed on them and they managed the candidate experience for all extremely well. They also worked closely with me to handle all salary negotiations, and I have been impressed by their ongoing interaction with both me and the candidate we appointed. In short I feel I received an extremely personalised, considerate and impressive service from Pask Partnership and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone who is looking to bring HR talent into their business
Pask Partnership and I worked together to hire my backfill as Talent Acquisition Director – a particularly tough brief given the context. I found them hugely collaborative from the start. They took the time to get under the skin of the organisation, but more importantly were happy to flex the way they worked to suit my style and the style of NBCUniversal. They were responsive to our needs & timeframes, adapted their approach to the feedback that they received and challenged in a positive way throughout. Most importantly, one of the final candidates took the time to let me know what a positive experience he’d had with Pask Partnership.
Debbie provides the quality of service you’d love to get from a search partner, but which you only too rarely receive. She works hard to make sure that both the client and candidate experience is top notch and is particularly good at making sure that the lines of communication stay open at all times. Through her behaviour Debbie demonstrates a genuine interest in a long term relationship rather than just a quick fee. She is also good fun and easy to work with. If you are looking for support for a senior HR hire, or if you are a HR professional looking for a new role, I would not hesitate to recommend Paskpartnership as one of the best firms in the HR market
I have known Debbie for over twenty years and have experienced working with her both as a candidate and client. For me her integrity and passion for doing the right thing shines through, resulting in outstanding placements of great people. I have introduced her to a number of HRD’s across sectors and everyone says the same i.e. brilliant to work with Debbie, she totally gets our requirements and acts with total professionalism along the recruitment journey. So no matter how complex your requirements are I would highly recommend Debbie as a truly outstanding recruiter to provide you with high quality talent
Pask Partnership have provided excellent candidates to us over many years and use their extensive knowledge of the market to source a wide range of high quality candidates. They are also a strong business partner and adviser to us as the client. I would strongly recommend their services.
I have worked with Pask Partnership on more than one occasion and found them to be professional and responsive in their approach. On each occasion I have been delighted with the outcomes.
I have known Debbie for a number of years and have valued her immense energy-levels, vast network and invaluable ability to cut to the chase to offer sound advice and wise counsel on career matters. Debbie operates as a ‘partner’ whilst working with you and manages relationships on a long-term basis rather than as a slave to any particular fee. This approach, when working with you as either a candidate or client, is a refreshing one; and when combined with the behaviours articulated above generates a significant value-add to decision making
Paskpartnership offers a truly unique resourcing experience both for the client and candidate. This is entirely due to Debbie’s approach that ensures a highly successful customer experience throughout the complete resourcing process. Debbie not only very quickly understands the role, the required skills, behaviours and experience of suitable candidates, but also is highly commercial and gets the organisational context and political environment which means I have been able to hire excellent candidates who have added significant value to the organisation. She has also has acted as an advisor helping me on a number of occasions, shape a number of roles for which I have needed to recruit. I have also been a candidate of Paskpartnership and Debbie is someone I have built a long term relationship with and is one of the first people I would contact when considering a new career move. She holds strong values in ensuring the candidate, as well as the customer, has a good experience of the recruitment process regardless of the outcome, which is becoming increasingly rare in the recruitment industry. I consider Paskpartnership as one of the best niche organisations operating within the recruitment industry
Debbie is someone I have known for over seven years. She has a great in depth and pragmatic knowledge of the HR market. A key strength is her ability to provide great straight and objective advice. Debbie also has that much needed ‘can do’ attitude with a real focus on her customers. I’ve never needed to chase her up once on anything and she always makes you feel as if you are the only client in the world that she is working on. The even better thing about this quality of hers is that she applies that equally, whichever side of the fence you are on, i.e. candidate or client. Debbie is easy to engage with, very professional and proactively offers helpful advice about how to present yourself in the best way for a specific role. Through Debbie I have changed roles this year to a position which is really adding to my career experience
Pask Partnership managed the recruitment of a recent Regional Head of HR position for me. Their approach was extremely professional and personable. They took a lot of time to understand the position requirements and the Company which they used to accurately and perceptively create a detailed candidate brief. They shortlisted a number of quality candidates which gave me a range of choices as a hiring manager. All the candidates were well prepared for the assessment process and already had a good understanding of the Company and position. They all spoke highly of the experience they had had with Pask Partnership which reflected well on the Company. Pask Partnership helped me to refine what I was looking for and were very open and honest on where they thought that they could add the most impact and what other options may be available. Most importantly, we hired the right person for the job! Pask Partnership invest in forming long-term relationships with employers and candidates, are well networked and provide valuable insights into the HR market. I would highly recommend that any HR recruiter or candidate connect with them.
“Debbie is simply one of the most effective search executives with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working. From a candidate perspective, I absolutely got the sense that Debbie is driven by doing the right thing for the candidate and for the organisation. There is no pressure, just a desire to get things right. Debbie is excellent at keeping in contact, keeping all parties informed and instinctively knowing the next step that will move matters forward. Wonderful!”
Pask Partnership are great recruiters - they are everything you need from a Consultant, discreet, results-focused, good value and speedy. When other Consultants spend time sending you dross, Pask Partnership will listen and send you exactly what you need - they have worked for me many times and I recommend them.
Debbie Pask has been a trusted professional and strategic resourcing partner of mine for a number of years. Her professionalism, business understanding and commercial acumen are unquestionable. However, what I personally value most is the authenticity, commitment and candour she demonstrates in her handling of every assignment. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending her – if you are interested in attracting business savvy, high potential and effective HR professionals that make an immediate impact on performance, speak to Debbie.
I have known Debbie Pask for 15 years. She has worked with me in partnership for all of that time and has successfully placed HR candidates with me when I have worked in a number of different sectors. Debbie really does make a difference and she adds quantifiable value. She has never given me an off the shelf solution, nor does she just “trawl” a database. She listens and provides valuable insights. The biggest frustration a client can have is the lack of timely contact. Debbie has never once failed to return a phone call when she has promised to do so. I have picked her brains on many occasions in the last decade or so. She always keeps me in the loop and always delivers on an assignment. Debbie has an incredibly deep knowledge of the HR sector and is able to draw on an extensive network. What I value the most about her is her honesty, integrity and professionalism
I am absolutely delighted to offer a testimonial for Debbie who is a true example of someone who recruits with absolute integrity and a focus on the right outcome, a rare breed in my experience. Debbie is someone who has precisely the right blend of knowledge, insight, credibility, reliability, effectiveness and character to succeed. She knows what is required, how to get it done and is prepared to have the difficult conversations as well as the easy ones. Crucially, Debbie understands the value of building true and lasting relationships and she is open, honest and very easy to do business with, keeping clients informed throughout an assignment and making contact from out-of-the-blue when something interesting crops up – typically well before others have heard of it. The recruitment market is full of people and providers who promise much yet under-deliver, chasing sales targets at the expense of the outcome. Debbie, meanwhile, builds lasting trust through relationships, understands the market and sectors, and brings genuine insight to each assignment. It is a compelling blend and I recommend her services to without hesitation
Pask Partnership brought me in to NBCUniversal and did a fantastic job of making my candidate experience enjoyable and totally stress-free from beginning to end. Their understanding of what their client was looking for, plus their insight into their business, was invaluable in helping me prepare for the interview process. They were great at keeping me up-to-date on the status of the role. Their communication style is really open and honest and I would definitely hire them as a supplier if I needed an external partner to recruit a senior HR role.
From a candidate perspective it was a pleasure to work with Debbie. I felt that we were working in partnership to ensure that there was a fit between my skills and the roles suggested rather than being forced into what was available. So often in this process you feel the Recruiter is just interested in the financial rewards but with Debbie it was about building a working relationship. Throughout the interview process until the end of the assignment I felt totally supported. Debbie always returned my calls and ensured I was well prepared for each interview. I felt I could trust Debbie and call on her at any time. Many Recruiters work hard to please the hiring organisation, sometimes at the expense of the candidate. This was not the case with Debbie and she built successful relationships with all the stakeholders. Debbie has successfully placed me in a number of roles so there can be no higher recommendation.
Debbie is extremely professional and an excellent consultant. She has a terrific network that she is able to draw on, but what I like most about her is the way she provides a service that goes above and beyond what is normally required. You can depend on her to provide that personal touch, with both style and integrity. I thoroughly recommend her work.
Having known Debbie for a number of years, she recently led a search for a Global Recruitment Director for me. Not only was she a joy to work with, but through her expert understanding of the market place as well as through her seasoned expertise she delivered a high quality shortlist and ultimately a very strong outcome, whom I am sure we wouldn’t have hooked without Debbie. Thanks Debs!
We have been trying to fill an open position in Germany for some time, which proved very challenging due to the specialised nature of the role. Debbie did a great job in finding us an excellent pool of candidates to choose from. In addition she represented our company so well, that this was a major reason for candidates to take a special interest in working for us. Thanks to Debbie this position has now finally been filled with a highly suitable person that meets our expectations
I have known and worked with Pask Partnership for more than seven years. They are honest, trustworthy and dependable. They always deliver on their personal commitments. They are also very well connected and leverage their network very well indeed. Pask Partnership will try new avenues to fulfill their commitment and will work incredibly hard to deliver. If Pask Partnership cannot help you, they will say so. If they can help you, they will work incredibly hard to deliver to your specification. You can count on them.
I have worked with Debbie for the last 19 years and will continue to do so in her new venture. During this time, I have been the HR Director for a number of companies and Debbie has shown the flexibility to support me in a number of business sectors from financial services to telecommunications to FMCG. In each of these businesses, Debbie has undertaken recruitment assignments both in HR and other functions such as important sales roles. Each time she has adopted a very focused and professional approach and persists until 100% successful. She adopts a thorough project management approach to each piece of work and as a Client you are kept fully briefed whilst she always delivers to the commitments she makes. What really makes Debbie’s contribution so valuable is her advice and deep thought which she gives to any brief; she will therefore help challenge your thinking and ensure you have the brief just right. She has excellent people skills and builds great relationships within the business which of course helps any busy HRD as line managers can go directly to Debbie and value her counsel. Debbie also brings such a wealth of knowledge of the market because she networks to keep up to date with her clients and the talent pool in HR in particular. And most important, in my opinion, she is great fun to work with; we have always managed to have a good laugh whilst maintaining a serious results focused approach! I have always chosen to use Debbie, not the business she has worked for, so I am delighted she is in her own venture where she will no doubt be successful being able to build on her vast experience and skills.