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    The ethos and thinking behind Coleman James

Our Story

Coleman James Ltd is a specialist independent recruitment firm focused exclusively on Construction and the Built Environment industries.

Founded by Andrew Mackay, a professional recruiter with over twelve years’ experience of working in senior roles and in directorships for national and international recruitment firms, our vision is to raise the bar in terms of recruitment service provision for your sector.

A passionate and focused MD with the ambition of being the market leader within this sector, his brand has a personal meaning and he has an ethical approach to business. The company takes its name from an inspirational lady in Andrew’s life, his late Grandma Audrey ‘Coleman’ and ‘James’ is his middle name. With initial backing from two north east business leaders, Andrew has established solid foundations for the firm and due to his enviable reputation, has been able to attract key talent to join him on this exciting journey. After all, you are only as successful as the team you employ.

The firm is underpinned by strong core values; Integrity, Knowledge, Relationships and Excellence and our aim is to out shine our competitors on every level.

The term ‘specialist’ is commonly used; however drawing on our extensive recruitment experience, vast sector knowledge and highly successful track record, we are proof that by investing the time to build strong relationships, our strategic approach to recruitment adds value and ultimately ensures Coleman James becomes your recruitment partner of choice.

You have very specific recruitment requirements, our capabilities and market knowledge within the Building, Civil Engineering, Facilities Management (FM), Housing and Technical sectors and ability to recruit for the full range of industry roles from white collar directors to non-executives in temporary and permanent positions makes us the ideal partner to fulfil your recruitment objectives.

With focused resources tailored to your specific discipline, we add value through our market insight, the sourcing and successful placement of high-calibre industry experts and our ability to deliver tangible results ahead of our competitors.

Whether you’re a client looking for a specialist recruiter to work with you and achieve your commercial objectives, or a candidate seeking expert advice regarding your next move. Coleman James Recruitment is the partner of choice.

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Meet The Team

Andrew Mackay

Andrew Mackay

Managing Director

After 12 years working in senior roles for national & international recruitment firms, Andrew founded Coleman James Ltd.

Astrid Clough

Astrid Clough


Astrid is a Director at Coleman James specialising in Facilities Management and Maintenance positions, recruiting across the UK.

Beth Cullen

Beth Cullen

Associate - Construction

Beth heads up the Construction Division. With >7 years experience she is a highly successful recruiter & senior manager.

Dave Clazey

Dave Clazey

Associate - Architecture

Dave’s expertise lies in Architecture & he has successfully recruited nationally in this field for over 16 years.

Robyn Keelin

Robyn Keelin

Senior Consultant - Building Services

A highly experienced recruitment consultant with over 14 years’ experience of recruiting within the Building Services industry.

Stuart Ashton

Stuart Ashton

Senior Consultant - Commercial

An ambitious, self-motivated Recruiter. Stuart is focused on the commercial Construction market.


Nina Mihcioglu

Nina Mihcioglu

Senior Consultant

With 7 years recruitment experience, Nina is a Senior Consultant within the Construction Division.

Callum Bennett

Callum Bennett

Recruitment Resourcer - Building Services

Callum is responsible for supporting contract, temporary & permanent placements across the Building Services Division.


  • "Andrew worked closely to find the next job which met my aspirations and career hopes. Its through his relationship with his client base that I found my next contract."

    Quantity Surveyor

  • "I’ve dealt with Andy for over ten years and would highly recommend anyone working within Construction and the Built Environment to speak to Coleman James. They’re by far the most professional recruiters I’ve dealt with; their understanding of the sector is first class and their national connections lead to exciting opportunities. Andy has secured a number of high profile projects for me throughout my career, opportunities are well sourced, information is accurate and all matters dealt with professionally and confidentially. I trust him and his firm to represent me and would recommend others speak to Coleman James so you can understand why their approach to recruitment stands out from the norm."

    George Trueman, Site Manager

  • "Dave you are amazing! I got the Job! and I want to tell you how grateful I am for your assistance in this process. You assisted me through it all I know that your recommendation played a significant role in helping me obtain the opportunity I was seeking. Without your recommendation, I do not feel that my application would have made the same impact. Thanks again for your kindness and patience, in taking your time to help me find the perfect Job."

    Elisabeth Matuki , Architectural Technologist

  • "Dave is a great guy to work with. He knows the people he is trying to place in employment and has a good relationship with prospective employers. He also helps to smooth the way with helpful advice and insights."

    George Rowell, Architectural Designer & Project Manager

  • "I was professionally approached by Andy when he became aware I was looking for a new opportunity. He is very friendly, approachable and has vast sector knowledge. Andy worked in partnership with me to find the most suitable job for the stage of my career. Through his connections he set me up with relevant interviews and I was successful in securing my new role. I enjoyed working with Andy and would recommend Coleman James to anyone who works in the Construction & Built Environemnt sector."

    Site Engineer

  • "Coleman James approached me with a fantastic opportunity at one of the leading construction companies in the area. Andy's knowledge of the industry enabled him to answer all of my questions and he also assisted me with the process and etiquette of changing jobs."


  • "I've worked with Dave on a few positions, he's knowledgeable, communicative and supportive as an agent, and he’s usually one of my first contacts when I'm looking for a new role or seeing what’s in the pipeline."

    Adam Henson, Architecture & Planning Professional

  • "Robyn is a very well connected professional in the M&E industry with an impeccable reputation. She played a crucial role in furthering my career to the next level, securing me with my current employer where I have gone from strength to strength. Robyn is friendly, professional and a real pleasure to work with. She has a really good eye for pairing people with the right employer, I wouldn't hesitate in recommending her services."

    Snr Revit Technician

  • "I was looking for a career move within building design so I contacted Emma Horton at Coleman James. After our initial discussion I felt confident their professional approach combined with their knowledge of the design industry, both locally and nationally would ensure I would be introduced to the right companies. After interviews with different design firms I was offered the career move I was looking for. The process was simple and professional and Emma’s personable manner made communication easy via email and over the phone. I would recommend Coleman James and Emma to individuals looking for a career move or to companies looking to attract new talent."

    Building Design

  • "I tried and tested a number of recruitment agencies and was recommended Coleman James by a friend. I can confidently say that it was the best decision I could have made. The experience Emma Horton provided was A class, keeping me up to date with recommended jobs and relevant information on a regular basis. It was made apparent to me very quickly Emma was excellent at her job as she sent my CV to a potential new employer and within hours I had received a phone call back from her organising an interview for the following day. Much to my delight I secured the job. Emma continued to support me in wanting to discuss the interview and ensuring it was the best pathway for me to follow. Furthermore, my profession is somewhat in a niche field therefore appreciated Emma had a challenge. This being said Emma acted fast and found the perfect job for me. Being unemployed is somewhat stressful and daunting however, Emma released that pressure from me and did a lot of the ‘leg work’, I merely had to attend the interview and get the job. I am ever so grateful for the advice and professionalism Emma provided and therefore would highly recommend Coleman James as a recruitment agency."


    Why Coleman James?

    • Our sole focus is to deliver an exceptional recruitment service for the Construction and the Built Environment industry.
    • You have very specific recruitment requirements, our vast experience and knowledge of your sector enables us to leverage our extensive network to achieve the best outcome for all stakeholders (Clients & Candidates) which saves time, money and adds real value.
    • People matter to us. We build relationships, establish trust and have a duty of care to our clients and candidates.
    • We aim to raise the bar in terms of recruitment service provision and deliver... Every time!