About Alayna Smyth

I am a higher education specialist search consultant that solely focuses on placing Human Resources experts into the Higher Education Sector.

I have supported leadership appointments such as Chief People Officer, Human Resources Director and Head of HR across the permanent, FTC and day rate contract markets. Alongside generalist posts my key specialist areas are organisational development, EDI, employee relations, human resource systems, rewards and HR change transformation.


  My approach to recruitment: My approach is customer centric aiming to deliver the best result for both candidates and clients.

  The best part of the job: The best part of my job is working with and supporting people daily. Being an integral part of peoples career journeys by providing  professional and financial development.

  My biggest win to date: Having 8 candidates start in one month all placed with different clients. 

  What this role has taught me: To roll with the knockbacks and keep in sight the opportunities we have both professionally and personally.

  A bit about me: I was born in South Africa and love to travel. I went to University of Exeter and have a degree in Psychology.  I’ve also got a jet-black cat called chicken. As well as this, I enjoy Cooking, travelling and support West Ham.

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