Andy File Associates Ltd is currently celebrating 12 years in business. Here MD Andy File tells unLTD all about the organically grown recruitment firm – and introduces the team behind the ‘professional, passionate and personable’ service

The team has over 85 years’ combined experience from a variety of recruitment backgrounds ensuring the experience to find you your next job, or match your company’s needs to candidates and source the talent required.

Andy File Associates Ltd offers a professional, passionate, and personable service to which our clients and candidates have testified, with a proven track record of success.

Every team member has been with the company for at least five years. We know how important it is to create a positive experience for candidates and clients, but we also know that can only come from a positive workplace.

Debra Foster – associate

Debra has worked across several sectors in business development/sales and marketing roles and has held various senior management positions.

Her ability to communicate confidently and articulately and her keen listening skills are key to providing a good experience for clients and candidates.

Three words that describe my approach

Professional, responsive, and helpful.

Something about me…

Debra enjoys seeing the family, walking, reading, Greece, girlie breaks, café culture and clothes shopping/browsing.

Anne Braithwaite – business manager

Anne has over 30 years’ recruitment experience in both private and public sectors, recruiting across the board for a wide range of organisations from SMEs to blue chip companies. It’s a surprise for Anne to find a role she’s not filled before.

Three words that describe my approach

Professional, efficient, and supportive.

Something about me…

Anne loves rugby, rock music and her favourite staycations.

Rebecca Thomas – associate

An innovative recruitment consultant with seven years experience at Andy File Associates and a further three years working for the same national agency as Andy.

Three words that describe my approach

Friendly, understanding, and consistent.

Something about me…

Rebecca loves all things art and design and likes to holiday in Italy and discover new places to visit.

Daniel Owen – operations manager

Dan recruits in different industries from IT sales/technical to heavy engineering. He comes from a strong sales background and previously sold many different products from media to football sponsorship and recently apprenticeships and exhibitions.

Three words that describe my approach

Knowledgeable, honest, and supportive.

Something about me…

Self-confessed sci-fi and movie ‘nerd’, Dan enjoys spending time outside work with wife Elizabeth, daughter Erin, family and friends, with an occasional game of golf thrown in.

Andy File – MD

Over 25 years’ recruitment experience, 13 years with a national agency.

I started Andy File Associates in 2009 with an initial investment from friend and Sheffield entrepreneur Paul Collings of and have steadily grown the business and team of associates.  We recruit across the board from financial director to playground installation labourers.

Three words that describe my approach

Passionate, conscientious, and empathetic.

Something about me…

I’m a sports lover including rugby, football and cricket. I’ve played rugby for Dronfield Rugby Club since graduating from Sheffield University in 1994, including two seasons as 1st XV Captain.

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Client testimonial – HRM | PR & Creative

We have been working with the team at Andy File for a while and have been very impressed with all aspects of their service. They take the time to understand our business to ensure they select the right candidates for us. Our recent appointments were candidates Debra successfully sourced for us. I would absolutely recommend Andy File Associates to other businesses.

Allie Dransfield, head of client management – HRM