Experienced Finance Directors are ideally placed to understand the needs of clients looking for finance professionals. Helping a business clarify the real requirements of a role, understanding the cultural fit and advising on the correct selection criteria are second nature to us - full time, part time, permanent or temporary.

Supported by our FDs, who have run finance teams in the SME, Corporate and charity sectors, our consultants focus on specific areas of the finance function and between them they can recruit for every role in your team. Whether you want a Finance Director or Financial Controller, a Finance Business Partner or a Business Analyst, a Management Accountant or a Finance Manager, a Credit Control Manager or a Payroll Assistant, one of our Consultants will find you the right candidate

And not just permanent staff.  If you need a finance professional, senior or junior, for maternity cover, project analysis and delivery, acquisition, integration or cashflow management, we can help there too.

Advice for Clients

Invest in the best people you can afford.  Even amongst junior staff. Especially amongst junior staff!  They underpin the whole of your finance function and provide the controls that instil confidence in the team.

And make sure you have the right people doing the right jobs.  Don’t get hung up on job titles.  We can help you with differences between a Finance Director and a Financial Controller so let us come and pick your brains on what you want your new recruit to do and we can find you suitable candidates.

Advice to Candidates

Some of the skills, knowledge and positive attitude inherent in good candidates are not always apparent from their CVs. We will help draw these out of you and provide an honest assessment (and recommendations) of the types of role and environments that suit you.

We will prepare you for your interview, including where relevant, advice from our own FDs, to improve your chances of a successful placement.

Finance Consultants


Mark Raven

Finance Director

Mark has been involved in Woodrow Mercer since its formation in 2012. He is an experienced Finance Director, having worked in a permanent and interim capacity at this level for over 25 years. In recent years he has also recruited for a number of large corporate and SME clients at both FD and FC level. Fiercely competitive, he loves the challenge of a Tough Mudder.


Neil Muffitt


With more than 25 years experience around board room tables, Neil believes that objectivity and an ability to challenge the status quo are essential for effective FDs. He currently recruits and manages the team of portfolio FDs and in his spare time has been known to tread the boards in the local amdram society.


Emma Dutton


Emma initially joined Woodrow Mercer as a Portfolio FD having spent the last 20 years operating as a CFO / FD for a number of SME’s and Plc’s. As a Portfolio FD she specialises in project work for Financial Management and Restructure and Recovery. Emma also heads up our Hull Office and manages our senior finance division specialising in the recruitment of FC’s FD’s and CFO’s. In her spare time, she enjoys road cycling, rock climbing and mountaineering.


Stephen Clough

Regional Director Manchester

Steve is a PwC-trained FCA who has operated at board level for the last 30 years. He has been Finance Director at a variety of businesses, ranging from start-up to PLC and latterly provides part-time FD services to businesses in the Northwest. Steve heads up Woodrow Mercer Finance’s Manchester operation and recruits senior finance personnel into clients, as well as advising on the optimal structure of a finance department.


Natalie McGregor

Associate Director

Having spent seven years with a blue-chip recruiter, Natalie has a strong track record in recruitment with experience of working across many sectors. She now specialises in the recruitment of entry level and part/newly qualified finance roles and manages this division across the North of England. A keen runner and boxer, she has temporarily put her sporting pursuits to one side as she focuses her energies on her young family.


David Clark

Associate Director

David joined us in June 2017, having worked for Michael Page for 9 years. For the last 4 he was business manager within their interim finance division in West Yorkshire, where he recruited across all industry sectors. He will now continue to act as an interim specialist for senior finance appointments at qualified level across Yorkshire. David has built his reputation on a strong technical understanding of his clients and candidates needs, resulting in a high level of repeat business. Outside of work David is one of our sportier members of the team as a keen darts and poker player.


Ryan O'Toole

Associate Director

With over seven years experience having previously work for Venn Group and Michael Page, Ryan has joined Woodrow Mercer to set up a new temporary & permanent transactional finance team. In his spare time he plays a lot of football, attends boxing classes, sees his family and gets dragged around IKEA by other half!


Suga Mahmood

Senior Consultant

Suga joins the organisation with 8 years of specialist recruitment experience. Having always specialised in interim recruitment, Suga is quick to grasp what you need and will find the best solution for you. Her approach is honest and open with a focus on delivering for her clients. Her success is built from strong candidate relationships who value her approach and her commitment to do her best. Outside of work, a mum to two superheroes who have absolutely no problems running rings around her!


Jodie Lazenby

Recruitment Consultant

Jodie has been working in the financial services sector for over ten years, predominantly within the insurance industry. In 2017, he made the executive decision to change careers and successfully transitioned into a recruitment consultant, specialising in the placement of insurance professionals. Having developed a new skillset and thorough understanding of the recruitment sector, Jodie joined Woodrow Mercer Finance as a Credit Control Specialist.


Olivia Egan

Sales Support Manager

Olivia recently joined Woodrow Mercer in October 2018 and she has come on board to assist Sara Clark. Olivia has worked in FMCG recruitment for over 3 years working in the Sales Support team so is best suited to providing top class support to the transactional team!


Niamh Hellewell

Candidate Consultant

Niamh has recently completed her apprenticeship at Woodrow Mercer in January 2019 doing an amazing job. She is now a full-time candidate consultant assisting Natalie McGregor in transactional finance recruitment. She enjoys spending time with her friends, when not at work you will find Niamh either at the gym or eating out with them!​


Georgia Dutton

Candidate Consultant

Georgia has recently started an apprenticeship with Woodrow Mercer in February 2019. She will be spending her time in both our Leeds and Hull offices assisting Dave Clark and Emma Dutton within the financial recruitment division. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, and when she isn’t at work she’ll be found on a dancefloor​

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Candidate Testimonials

I have worked with Sara for a number of years and she recently placed me in my 2nd consecutive role.  Sara is a credit to Woodrow Mercer and an absolute pleasure to deal with.  She is different to the rest of the recruitment agents I have dealt with and this is why she stands out.  She always takes the time to listen to what I want from a role and I know I am a very picky candidate - I was looking for nothing short of perfect!  She only ever sends relevant opportunities to me which is hugely important.  Whilst busy holding down a job and trying to find another I don't want to be bombarded with things that aren't within the parameters of what I've asked.  She always keeps me in the loop and deals with my impatience perfectly, ensuring she is as up to date with the progress on interviews as much as possible.  She often makes herself available late on an evening to speak, she is always there to listen and never rushes me off the phone.  I really wanted to share my appreciation for a top class recruiter!

I received excellent advice from Natalie.  When my girls are more grown up and self-reliant then I will seek to work with her again.  I think that she is a step above other recruitment consultants, by far.

Woodrow Mercer are a professional and friendly company who are very easy to work with. Sara managed to find me my ideal job move in one go with no messing and her support every step of the way was a refreshing change. I would highly recommend both Sara and WM if you are looking to find your next role in a stress free and supportive way!

I would like to say a massive thank you to Sara at Woodrow Mercer Finance.  Right from the start she put my needs first and listened to everything I was looking for. I would recommend Sara to anyone looking for a new career.

I cannot recommend Sara at Woodrow Mercer Finance enough. She was extremely helpful, professional and supportive and was instrumental in finding the right job for me. From day 1 she gave me the confidence to strive for the perfect job for me and I thank her for everything she has done.

I cannot thank Sara and Woodrow Mercer enough for helping me find my new role. They have matched me perfectly to the right role, company and team. In doing so, I've fitted straight in and never felt happier.  They have been there for me with great advice from the very beginning, going above and beyond to help me in every way possible.  It has been such a pleasure to have met and worked with Woodrow Mercer Finance.

Thanks to Sara and Woodrow Mercer!  They have been a pleasure to deal with throughout this whole process.  I feel like we are now on a 'sending out Christmas cards' basis!

I  would like to thank Sara and Woodrow Mercer Finance, for their help and dedication in finding me the type of work I was looking for with the hours specific to my needs.