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Sam Small – Owner/Founder of Sam Small Recruitment

Sam graduated from Portsmouth Polytechnic with a degree in Fine Art in 1985. From the beginning she was determined on a career in advertising and soon found her first job as an Account Executive at a small agency in the Kings Road, London. Though her initial intention was to move into a creative role, she found her niche in account management where she stayed for nearly 20 years, moving from consumer agencies to healthcare agencies over that time. Her last position was as Account Director at Grey Worldwide where she worked on a number of blue-chip healthcare accounts.

In 2004 she left Grey and set up Sam Small Recruitment, with the idea to specialise in recruiting into the growing sector of healthcare communications. The focus of the business has always been on giving personal attention to candidates and tailoring roles to the candidate’s needs.

The business is one of only a few in the sector to have thrived over nearly 10 years, and Sam is now supported by four search consultants, with a growing list of healthcare agency clients, including major consultancies such as WPP and Publicis.

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Kelly Richardson

Kelly began her career with various Secretarial roles, starting with Carnation Foods in 1983. Kelly is a real people person and always had a natural ability to sell. Moving away from secretarial positions, she went on to sell office furniture, stationery and Vauxhall Motor Cars; becoming the top salesperson for two years running. Kelly joined Huntsworth Health in 2002 where she was Office Manager and PA to the CEO, in 2010 she decided to create her own company working on a freelance basis to a number of clients including Sam Small Recruitment. Having spent over eight years with Huntsworth Health, Kelly had a head-start working in an industry she knew very well. Initially working as a researcher and then progressing into the area of recruitment, Kelly has built lasting relationships with many of the clients and candidates that she works with.


Aisling Corr

Aisling graduated from the University of Birmingham with a First Class History Degree in 2014. She joined SSR in January 2015 as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant and has spent the past year developing her understanding of the industry. Aisling has recently been promoted to Search Consultant and has made advertising, creative, med ed, writing and market research placements. Outside of work she enjoys yoga and a busy social life, and maintains an interest in modern history.