Allen & York Green Recruitment and Executive Search

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Allen & York's mission is simple. We connect purpose-led organisations with purposeful people. We call it Sustainable Recruitment Solutions. Working with individuals, technical experts, talent acquisition specialists and recruitment teams to recruit individuals to look after the environment and people working within it.

Our specialist recruitment areas include Environment, Energy, Sustainability & ESG, Health, Safety & Wellbeing. We'll partner with you to attract and hire a skilled, diverse workforce to deliver your requirements and grow your teams.

We've built a vast network of talent, managed by dedicated professionals, we're passionate about creating great places to work globally. Whether you're a big-brand corporate, a consultancy, non-profit or NGO, we can help you hire and deliver value all through your recruitment process.

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Executive Search

We have a global network of senior managers and executives, all across the private, public and third sector, ready to deliver purposeful leadership.

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Whether perm, fixed-term or contract, our tried and tested recruitment process works. Experts in search, we deliver great candidates, quicker.

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Tailored Solutions

We'll partner with you to design a talent acquisition strategy to meet your needs. Whatever your requirement, at whatever level, we have a solution to suit.

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We deliver fast, flexible hiring solutions for your dynamic and ever changing needs - whether contract, freelance and interim we have the network to deliver.

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  • Our story began way back in 1993

    Founded in 1993 by Mark Allen, an environmental graduate, Allen & York was one of the first recruitment consultancies to specialise in Environment and Sustainability hiring. Inspired by his passion for the environment, Mark began to form what would become lifelong partnerships with environmental organisations across the world.

  • We continue to grow into new markets

    The end of the 90s saw Allen & York establish a new Corporate Health and Safety Division to support recruitment in the HSE sector. Aligned with our environmental offer, we remain committed to helping ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of people in the workplace.

  • Picking up awards along the way

    The new millennium saw the first of many awards won by this niche Recruitment Consultancy. The Investors in People Award was presented by Sir Adrian Cadbury and cemented our commitment not only to the markets we recruit in, but also to the people who make Allen & York a great place to work.

  • Evolving our offer in a changing landscape

    Half way through the 2000’s saw the establishment of a new Planning & Built Environment Recruitment Division to support the Green Building sectors. Resourcing in the Sustainable building sector, environmentally responsible and resource-efficient, ensures we’re doing our bit to help our clients do all they can for the planet.

  • Bringing bags of Energy and enthusiasm

    Driven to serve the wider Sustainability community, we built an Energy team to hire for Energy Services and Renewable Energy to support the Renewables and Green Energy Sectors. With technical understanding and a drive to support clean energy recruitment, Energy remains a core offer within Allen & York.

  • Continuing to deliver Sustainable Recruitment Solutions

    With the growing focus on sustainable practices, it was a natural progression for us to establish a new Sustainability Division. Designed to support Sustainability and Green Corporate Governance, we are proud to have been one of the first niche recruiters to be working in the space.

  • With specialist Researchers making a difference

    With moves in the market and technological advancements, it made sense for us to create a specialist Research Division to support the delivery of Strategic, Executive & C- Suite hires. With an in-house team, we’re able to ensure that we use the most focussed and effective research techniques and cutting-edge search tools to reduce time to hire and find the best matches for all of our clients. 

  • We're a far cry from your usual recruiters

    2016 saw a move for the business – quite literally. Situated in beautiful countryside offices, our new HQ in Farrs House and Gardens in Wimborne, Dorset meant our ethos and our culture could be combined in one physical space. An 18th century property, steeped in history, Farrs House appears in the Historic England website and was the inspiration for the Thomas Hardy novel "Barbara of the House of Grebe".

  • Celebrating 25 years of purpose-led recruiting

    We were pleased to celebrate our 25th Anniversary in the recruitment sector in 2018. As pioneers in environmental recruitment, we’ve come a long way and our core sectors of Environment, Energy, Sustainability, Health, Safety and Wellbeing continue to be areas that we’re incredibly proud to recruit within.

  • We remain committed to recruiting across the green economy

    We remain committed to recruiting across the Environment, Energy, Sustainability, Health, Safety and Wellbeing sectors. We’ll continue to support the global agenda for combating climate change, helping build a sustainable circular economy and working with our clients to transition to more responsible business models and hiring practices. We’re excited to see what the future brings.

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All about people

Want a role where you help grow the green economy through matching great candidates with purposeful companies? We're looking for experienced Recruiters, Resourcers and Researchers, on a flexible, autonomous basis to help us build back better.

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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I)

ED&I sits at the core of the Allen & York service offering. Delivering talent based on equality of opportunity fits within our values of being open, honest and accountable, alongside promoting equality and fairness across the recruitment landscape. We support equal opportunities in employment and oppose all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of gender, gender reassignment, race (including colour, nationality and ethnic origin), disability, sexual orientation, marital status, part time status, age, religion or belief, political belief or affiliation or trade union membership.