Emma Head, Creative Development Director & Interim Recruitment Specialist

Emma Head

I look after freelance and contract resource across Creative & Design, Artwork & Production, Film & Motion ,UX & Product and tech for agencies and in-house across the UK.

I come with 22 years industry experience (2 years in marketing management and 20 years in dedicated creative recruitment). I also work on select permanent Creative, UX & Product roles and work on strategies to raise the profile of BTB and special projects.

I started in recruitment almost 20 years ago for a small marketing recruitment firm in Bristol, the moment I started in recruitment, I knew that this was the right career for me, I love talking to people and forging long term relationships - it’s been very rewarding to watch junior creatives that I have placed go on to great things, many of whom are now creative directors or owning their own agencies, which is lovely to watch as people’s careers develop.

After over 20 years dedicated to creative recruitment, from both a freelance and permanent capacity, I have built up lots of long-standing relationships with talented freelancers, and I do love helping out clients with any freelance requests, no matter how last minute.

Having scrutinised and prepared for IR35 Off-Payroll changes for the past 2 years, I am internally known as the IR35 ‘Oracle’, which has put a lot of freelancers' and clients' minds at rest that we can advise on each placement and ensure that compliance is met for everyone’s peace of mind.

Outside of work, I can be found baking up a storm in my kitchen!

“As a recruitment consultant, Emma never fails you. She will help you as much as she possibly can, even working well into the evening if it means someone gets an important gig. Very aware of her client’s needs and which person is best for that client to hire. I personally cannot recommend Emma highly enough. If any company owner wants to be sure of a positive, rewarding and successful appointment then give Emma a call.”

“​Rebecca helped me from the get-go - consistently updating me on the process and being there on hand with any questions I had. She was clear about next steps and helped me get the role I'd been looking for! I have and would continue to recommend Rebecca to people looking for their new role!”

“I could not be more delighted with Anna’s thorough and tenacious attitude in finding the best candidates for our vacancy. She is an excellent communicator and immediately understood what I was looking for. I can’t recommend Beyond the Book enough for any business looking to recruit in the Marketing industry.”

“I was lucky enough to connect with Michelle during my redundancy and from start to finish she was fantastic. She found me a fantastic job that was not only a great industry fit, but also a great cultural fit. She was professional, friendly and incredibly supportive. I’d highly recommend Michelle to anyone looking for a job.”

“Emma is quite simply a superstar! She has represented me as a freelancer for many years and she has a definite passion for what she does. She is incredibly personable, yet equally professional, her industry knowledge is second to none, her passion infectious, her help and advice freely given, and her feedback brutally honest. If you are a creative looking for work, or a company looking for creatives, I recommend Emma all day long,”