About Us

With 25 years (and counting) in catering & hospitality recruitment, we have helped thousands of businesses and candidates fulfil their requirements, and they’ve come back to us time and again for help with their next move.

In fact, a large proportion of our placements come through clients and candidates recommending our service.

We believe that such high levels of customer satisfaction are due to our extensive expertise, our personal touch, and our flexible approach.

We take the time to get to know each company and candidate that we work with and go the extra mile to support them through the recruitment process.

Our Team

Anne Kisbee

Anne’s focus is primarily on kitchen staff, recruiting chefs at all levels for many of the South East’s catering businesses during her career. Having joined Ashdown in 1990 when the company was formed, she understands the unique issues faced by those working in the industry as a whole, as well as having in-depth knowledge of the marketplace in the South East region.

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Anne Kisbee

Laura Backhouse

Laura deals with all the front of house and hospitality roles. She focuses on bespoke placements meeting the individual needs of both candidates and clients alike. Having joined Ashdown in 2003 Laura has an in depth knowledge of the industry together with years of experience of our unique levels of service.

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Laura Backhouse

Leigh Colbran

In order to meet increasing business levels, Leigh has joined the team to recruit for both chef appointments and front of house roles. Leigh has a good all round knowledge of the Hospitality Industry and is therefore well placed to assist you and confidently exceed your expectations!

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Julie Burt

Julie has now taken over as Office Manager assisting with aspects of the day to day running of the business including handling the accounts, invoicing and supporting the consultants across all aspects of their role.

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Julie Burt