About Us

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Our Story


With a recruitment career spanning over 2 decades and a passion for sports, Vijay Patel, Managing Director, decided to combine both.
Taking his 2 favourite sporting icons, F1 Lewis Hamilton, and Golf legend Tiger Woods, he launched Hamilton Woods Associates.


HWA began to grow with the launch of its 2nd Division before the Covid Lockdown strikes! HWA reacts quickly, reducing its operations to a full remote model. Out of Lockdown, we launched HWA East Midlands and move to our new head office in Castle Donington and the launch of 2 further Divisions.


A year of change and stability, a great half year performance which allowed further expansions and growth with 2 further Divisions, Housing & Property Services & Sales Support/Operations.


A steady year with the launch of our 2nd office in Birmingham, focusing on Professional Services, Qualified and Executive Search. This year is a challenge as we look to stabilise our investment within a growth driven business, looking at our Marketing, Branding and Social Media presence to continue our growth plans into 2023.

Our Approach

Are you finding it difficult to identify and retain first class talent in today’s challenging market?

Hamilton Woods Associates with its established Divisions, is a full service, boutique head hunter and financial recruitment consultancy, passionate about securing the best candidates for our clients and the best opportunities for all our qualified candidates.  

Our unique and exclusive approach to your recruitment needs is engaging and consultative, priding ourselves on our ability to listen to your requirements before we advise you on the best course of action.  Through collaboration with you we’ll recommend the most sensible means to identify your candidate including:

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Contingent & Exclusive Recruitment

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Interim & Management Resource Placement

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1-2-1 Training and Psychometric Testing

Having developed and invested heavily in the best technology and people, to search for track and engage with candidates, Hamilton Woods continually reviews the changing landscape of talent attraction and retention to lead from the front.

Our success in the market is the result of long term relationships which have evolved for over a decade. Proud of the fact that the majority of the work undertaken is repeat business, both our clients and candidates benefit from this deeper level of understanding about their backgrounds and businesses.

Our Divisions

Hamilton Woods Associates operates as a specialist recruiter and search firm, differentiating itself from much of our competition. Our Divisions provide both our clients and candidates with a comprehensive and in-depth market knowledge of the roles they specialise in, underpinned by our market expertise within Accountancy and Finance and a combined 50 years of recruitment experience.



A specialist division delivering Qualified and Sub Board level mandates within Commerce & Industry, underpinned by our market expertise within Accountancy and Finance and utilised by our clients who are looking to appoint a qualified accounting professional.

Housing &
Property Services

A multi-faceted specialist division, providing solutions surrounding Housing Management, Supported Housing, Housing Options and Property Services across the not-for-profit and private sector.


Our specialist division provides expert recruitment solutions across all transactional finance departments. This division offers a tailored approach to ensure the best possible resolutions to recruitment needs from Purchase Ledger to Payroll to Credit Control, from entry level up to management.

Our Values

“Driving for Excellence”

Our values shape the culture, they reflect what is important to us and makes us work hard to ensure the highest standards are part of the:

Hamilton Woods Associates (HWA) DNA.

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Ensuring both the clients and candidates know what to expect at all times through clear communication to all concerned.

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Well Networked

We are experts within our specialist market, with the right relationships, we bridge and develop those key partnerships to address the need when sourcing for qualified professionals.

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Providing both clients and candidates an advisory service, and recommendations based on being experts in our specialist market.

Why Hamilton Woods

All HWA consultants understand the importance of their obligation to ensure that the candidates and clients we work with feel that they are treated with respect and integrity.

Our consultants will provide:

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Commercial Perspective

Take a long term commercial perspective, seeing the benefits of doing the best for clients and candidates even at the expense of short term gain.

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Direct Approach

Are up front, honest and direct. If we don’t feel we can help for any reason, we’ll say so and point you in a different direction.

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Will work to the highest standards of professionalism when representing both individuals and businesses.

Meet the Team

James Wood

Managing Director

Bethan Hall

associate director

Alex Rowland

Managing Consultant

Lucie Houston

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Elli-Mae Pugh

Business Support Coordinator

Hannah Doyle

Principal Consultant

Join Our Team!

We are always looking for experienced and passionate members to join the team