About AWS

AWS has a wealth of experience working with Charities and the Third sector around the UK. Our presence in Edinburgh and London puts us in easy reach of our clients and candidates, ensuring access to the best talent and opportunities nationwide.

As an independent boutique Consultancy, we work exclusively on a retained basis, and will provide you with access to an extensive database of high calibre candidates.  All our candidates are vetted to the highest standard for suitability, and we approach and shortlist leaders who will make your organisation thrive.

Examples of our clients include…

  • Registered Charities

  • Voluntary Sector Organisations

  • Charitable Trusts

  • Social Enterprise Projects

  • Education, Colleges & Universities

  • Arts, Culture & Heritage

Working in partnership with Charities and the Third Sector.

Working in partnership with Charities and the Third Sector.

Make your next call to AWS

Whether you are looking for a rewarding and exciting opportunity or you would like us to assist you with recruitment we would be delighted to hear from you. AWS are fully committed to building an honest, and committed relationship with all our candidates and clients. You will benefit from our wealth of knowledge of the Third Sector, and our flexible approach to each individual tailored assignment.

Don’t just take our word…

I’ve known Alan for a number of years and have recently had the pleasure of working with him to recruit into the team at the NSPCC. I can’t recommend him highly enough. From first conversations with great advice and knowledge to a completely smooth, personal, targeted and professional recruitment process we now have the outstanding candidate we were hoping for. Alan took time to really listen and understand our needs, he went the extra mile and has great client management skills. We will be working with Alan and AWS again in the future.

Paul Cockram, Head of Fundraising, NSPCC Scotland

Donna helped me get my current job. A pleasure to work with, always keeping you up to date on what is going on and taking the stress out of looking for a new job.

Nikki Neesam, Community Fundraiser, Chest, Heart & Stroke

Alan is more than just a recruitment specialist, he acts with a great deal of integrity and insight as a trailblazer in recruitment. I’ve known Alan now for several years and can wholly recommend his ability to become a firm part of any recruitment strategy. He is a great communicator, takes on feedback extremely well and is someone you can rely on to get the job done. He is driven and has strong ethical values and this is certainly reflected in the charity recruitment he undertakes. Working with Alan both as a candidate and client over the years has cemented my trust in him as my first choice recruitment specialist.

Sanjay Singh, Senior Programme Manager, The People’s Postcode Lottery

Donna was fantastic to work with in every way. She guided me through a long and complex interview process and kept my spirits up throughout. With Donna’s expert support I landed my present wonderful job with Marie Curie. I am so grateful for all that she did.

Ellen McCance, Philanthropy Manager, Marie Curie UK

Alan and the team at AWS Recruitment have worked with us to recruit various posts over the past few years ranging from fundraising roles to Board members. We have always found AWS to be friendly, helpful and extremely dedicated to helping us to get the right person for the role.  They work with us, offering advice and feedback throughout the recruitment process and their communication is always honest, clear and balanced. We are extremely grateful to Alan and his team for their assistance over the years and plan to continue to work with them if and when we need to recruit for relevant roles.

Simon Philips, Business Manager, The Rock Trust

Alan is a superb recruitment consultant. His service is personal, supportive and absolutely responsive to ones individual needs. Alan is sociable and really ‘gets it’ when it comes to fundraising. I would recommend looking no further than AWS Recruitment.

Matthew Middler, Fundraising Development Manager, Royal Caledonian Educational Trust
Donna McKay
Donna McKayDirector
Donna began her career as a Scientist before moving into Healthcare Recruitment. Donna has worked in recruitment for a number of years sourcing candidates at Senior and Executive level, particularly in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. Donna has a keen interest in charitable organisations associated with the Education, Arts, and Health. She is currently a Trustee at North East Edinburgh Counselling Service (NEECS).
Alan Surgeon
Alan SurgeonDirector
Working with Charities since 2001, Alan has held several positions, mainly within Fundraising. With over 10 years’ experience within Search & Selection and specifically within the Voluntary Sector – Alan is well placed and extremely well networked to assist you in sourcing the very best talent for your organisation. Alan is a Trustee for One Kind, a charity focusing on ending cruelty to Scotland’s pets and wildlife.

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Can we help?

If you’d like to speak to one of our Executive Search team please call our offices in Edinburgh: 0131 344 4646 or London: 0207 0188 556.

Contact us
AWS Executive Search & Senior Appointments


We are Headhunters. We work in partnership with you, providing a retained Executive Search service and access to our network of high calibre candidates.

AWS Consultancy


We can provide Fundraising Consultancy services, Board Audit, and Strategic planning advice for Charities and the Third sector.

Trustee & Board Level recruitment services


Whether it is a Trustee, Chair or a remunerated Non Exec position within your organisation, we can provide a tailored and honest approach to find the best leader needed for your organisation.

Fundraising Recruitment


AWS are experts in recruiting high calibre Fundraising Professionals throughout the UK. As a niche consultancy we have over 10 years experience within Fundraising Recruitment.


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