Anna Smith, Co-Founder & Recruitment Director

Anna Smith

With nearly 30 years industry experience (14 years in marketing agencies; 15 years in marketing and creative recruitment), I am a bit of a veteran!

I am one of the founders and take the lead across all of our permanent sectors - Creative, Digital, PR, Marketing, Client Servicing and Delivery. I am also still very much hands-on!

With the many years I have within the industry, I have access to a vast network of people, which is an essential channel to exhaust the marketing for suitable candidates.

I'm extremely driven by my values of empathy, openness, fun and hard work, and these are lived by, not only in my day to day work, but also filter through every touchpoint here at Beyond The Book, and ultimately have a positive impact on client and candidate experience and results.

I love talking, listening, consulting, project managing, and working tirelessly to delivery. I can promise you a positive experience.

Outside of work, I can be found enjoying wine, laughs, my local pub, my dog (Sonny) and my spot on my sofa.

“I was so happy to have Michelle reach out to me and find me my ideal job! We built a wonderful relationship during the application process as she was always happy to help me with any questions or queries and was just overall super lovely and a delight to work with. Her communication and recruiting skills are outstanding. I can't recommend her enough and anyone would be so lucky to work with her!”

“Before you get a candidate from Michelle you can rest assured that 2 things will happen! You will get a detailed overview of skillsets and she will have spent the time making sure that any candidate arrives prepared. Michelle imbues the core values set out by Anna at BTB in that they care about what they do and have detailed knowledge of the Digital Market. I would recommend Michelle and BTB to anyone looking for quality candidates to any business.”

“Having found my position redundant just as the pandemic hit, I stumbled upon this agency and reached out. Not only did they put a huge effort into supporting me during the search, but they checked in regularly to share updates. I am now working for a much better company than before. Lastly a little side story - once I started the new role, I received a good luck card personally written by the team. That is a sign of real class. whether you’re looking for hires or a new job, I can’t recommend this company highly enough.”

“Having worked with Anna, Kaisa and the team at Beyond the Book for a number of years I can honestly say how professional, accommodating and reliable they all are. I have used them to supply freelance cover and have also been on their books myself. From both sides of the fence, I cannot recommend them enough. They are always my first port of call for Permanent and Freelance positions.”

“Having only started my freelance journey earlier this year, I got in touch with Kaisa after a friend's recommendation and I'm glad I did! Kaisa knew all about my skills, experience and the type of contracts I was after which meant she has consistently delivered the perfect opportunities for me. I will continue to recommend Kaisa to friends and colleagues, she's a pleasure to communicate and work with.”