Leeds Community Foundation

Jonathon Morgan of Morgan's City Living (right) banging the gong for Leeds in welcoming new 100 club members (left to right) Lynne and David Jackson, Kenton Robbins of Rilwood Associates, and Tom Riordan, chief executive Leeds City Council.  

LEEDS Community Foundation has celebrated the generosity of the people of the city and thanked its supporters for helping to distribute millions of pounds over the last nine years to help vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

At a gathering in Leeds Civic Hall, more than 100 donors, supporters and volunteers from community groups, companies, families and individuals heard how since the Foundation was founded in 2005, £20m has been distributed in grants to other charitable and community groups across the city.

Jonathon Morgan of Morgan’s City Living (right) banging the gong for Leeds in welcoming new 100 club members (left to right) Lynne and David Jackson, Kenton Robbins of Rilwood Associates, and Tom Riordan, chief executive Leeds City Council.

The Foundation now has £15m in endowments funds and is able to make grants worth almost £3m a year ranging in size from £100 to over £50,000.

“This is an awful lot of money that has made a staggering difference to thousands of people in Leeds,” said Steve Rogers, one of the trustees of the Foundation. On their behalf I’d like to say an enormous thank you. The people of Leeds have a big heart.

“Looking back there is a huge amount to celebrate. Looking forward there is still huge amount to do,” he added.

Some of the tough issues faced by the city were highlighted by the other speakers Tom Riordan, chief executive of the City Council and Sally Anne Greenfield, chief executive of the Community Foundation.

Mr Riordan praised the Foundation and said: “Leeds Community Foundation fulfils a vital role in the city providing support to community projects, investing in the areas of Leeds which are the most disadvantaged and helping to create links with the local community. At a time when local needs are increasing and central budgets are getting tighter, the Foundation provides an excellent way for the private sector and individuals to get involved and support the city. It is a huge asset for Leeds.”

At the event a special presentation was made to the wife and family of the late Jimi Heselden, the Leeds business man and benefactor who gave millions to charities across the city through the Foundation.

Another key group of people who were thanked was the Foundation’s 100 club, founded by city businessman Jonathan Morgan, whose target is to get 100 people to give £1000 a year which is then used for the Foundation’s running costs.

Finally, the two local groups in Leeds to receive the very first grants made by the newly founded Foundation in 2005 were present – SLATE that run a number of projects employing people with disabilities, including a furniture store, community café and charity shop, and Heads Together, which works with schools in East Leeds encouraging young people through creativity.


New Home for Rilwood


Rilwood Associates opens new office in Leeds

After ten years as a resident of Wira House Rilwood Associates has moved to new premises in Horsforth after completing £1mil acquisition and refurbishment project of the Springwood House building, the renovation was part of the on-going development of the business and helps further establish them as one of the UK’s leading search and selection firms.

Kenton Robbins Managing Director said: “this further investment in the business not only give’s us a great location that’s accessible to candidates and clients, we’ve developed the building with our people in mind by clearly defining two distinct environments for the team work and relax in, they have the ability to be focused and professional on the main office floor, then also make use of the outstanding facilities in the recreational level with a canteen and areas to relax. We plan to make a further investment in the New Year when work commences on the Gymnasium on the lower ground floor this will further enhance the building and help us to continue to attract the very best talent in the market place” “the work environment is such a motivator if developed with thought and care, the investment has given our team the ability to enjoy the work space, as they spend a significant part of the day here”

About Rilwood

Rilwood Associates is a specialist UK-based search and selection firm, which works around the world with global organisations, individuals and partners, to deliver a range of highly effective recruitment solutions, utilising a collective of experienced people and our experience to meet your needs of talent capital.

In business for over 10 years, Rilwood Associates has built up an enviable reputation as an outstanding firm of individuals committed to business and recruitment excellence, clarity of thought, value-driven and focused on delivering positive, sustainable results for clients and people.


For further information, please contact:

Operations Manager, Anna Cox  08712 888 888


Springwood photo 5 (2)Springwood KitchenSpringwood Sales Floor spring offices


Interviewing for a Recruitment position

**Preparing for Interview as a Recruitment Consultant**
We interview lots of candidates every year in our search for talent. In order to help candidates make the best of themselves, we’ve put together a basic guide which you might find useful.

Follow the link above to get a better idea of what we’re looking for in our recruitment superstars of the future – any comments or questions welcome.

Dress for Success

So you’ve got the interview arranged for the job you want… what next?

There are a range of things you need to consider, and one of those things is your personal presentation. How you come across in the first seconds can make or break your chances, even before the interview proper has begun.

Getting on the right career path could be worth a huge amount of money to you over future years. Why not put a little investment into it, and give yourself an edge over the competition?

Here are some pointers on dress code from Pat Lister at Topaz Image Consultancy to get you thinking…

  • Research the company and find out what their branding values, culture, expectations and standards are (may be influenced by industry or sector work environment and location, quality standards, statutory requirements); they may have a dress/grooming code or policy.
  • Dress appropriately for interview and as if you are already a member of the team and have been successful in the interview process. Dress to suit the employer’s expectations of all its employees, managers and leaders. Consider what those who interview you will be wearing and what their position and influence could have on the outcome of the interview. Do they expect conformity – suited/booted, collar and tie, uniform or corporate colours or clothing? Be smart and professional and look the part.
  • Wear understated accessories. No Mickey-Mouse watches, diver’s chronometers; no clunky bracelets or earrings, no body piercing jewellery on display. Minimal “bling”. Good quality handbag, briefcase, portfolio, pen, spectacle case (leave big bags/luggage, rucksacks at reception)


The new wave at Rilwood

Congratulations to the four new Consultants who have just completed their induction training!

Our bespoke training programme consists of two weeks blended theory and practical sessions, ensuring our new staff have the best possible grounding before taking to their markets and wowing their clients and candidates.

Delivered by award-winning trainer Chris Mercer-Jones, feedback from delegates is always excellent.

Our new Consultants will be given 1-1 support and coaching as they take their first steps in the business, and will have the benefit of many decades of recruitment experience around them in their teams. We aim to develop people to their full potential here, and support people into a sustainable and rewarding career.

For more information on our current vacancies, please check out the “Work For Us” section, or apply directly in confidence to

New website goes live!

Rilwood, in partnership with Flair Creative and Wonder Media, are proud to announce its new website for 2012.  Operations Manager James Willerton commented: “We wanted something which reflected the professionalism and scale of the business, and which didn’t fall into the usual recruitment clichés of improbable groups of smiling people in suits looking successful.

The new look is fresh.  At Rilwood, we do the basics of recruitment exceptionally well.  We get to the heart of the value-add by finding great recruits for our clients; placing people who make positive impact to business in these challenging times.

I believe our new website shows a modern business with expertise in key vertical markets, and a focus on doing the things which get results.”

The new site goes live as Rilwood looks to build on 8 years of growth.  The business continues to invest in its people and infrastructure as it builds on an enviable track record.

London Office Move

In order to provide an improved environment for staff and visitors, the London office moved to prestigious offices in the City from 1st December 2011.

Mark Beattie, who runs the office as well as operating as Business Manager over the FMCG division, has had a busy time!

The new office gives bright and modern meeting facilities for clients and candidates, and is situated in a vibrant part of the City, next to the Barbican Centre, two minutes walk from the Barbican tube station.

Given the expansion plans of the business, it was also important to find a new location which gave the room to bring in more consultants, and provides a great place to work or meet.

For more information on our London business, please contact us on the main Rilwood number, or Mark Beattie directly on 0207 826 8518.