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Kyna Associates

At Kyna Associates, we’re unashamedly selective recruiters.

Because we believe that a career is a journey, and not a destination, we choose to work with only the most credible people.

We form genuine partnerships with both our clients and the candidates we recruit. Our partnership approach enhances our understanding of the vacancy and the responsibilities of the role, as well as our client’s culture and wider commercial objectives.

Close partnerships with candidates ensure we only represent those whose experience and aptitudes we have a complete understanding of. They are only represented for the opportunities they genuinely want, the roles they are best suited to, for the best employers to work for.

We strive to nurture talent, expand our network and increase our knowledge of the sectors in which we work. By working in this way with only the best, we enable businesses to flourish and careers to soar.


I’ve worked with Kyna Associates on a number of roles and apart from the obvious metric – that they fill them with great talent – I’ve been particularly impressed by their transparency and refreshing approach to managing candidates. Unfortunately ethics is talked about rather than demonstrated by many recruitment companies but Kyna Associates do a great job of representing in the market place and I am happy to endorse them as recruitment partners.

Matthew Sagar

Recruitment Manager

Mickey and the Kyna team have provided invaluable support to me when I have been recruiting for a number of roles this year. They take the time to truly understand the culture of Towergate, as well as the requirements of the positions I have been recruiting for, and as a result always put forward a selection of appropriate candidates for interview. The quality and suitability of the candidates often leave me wishing I had more roles to offer!

They are a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend them to others.

Jo Kennedy, Head of Marketing and Partnerships, Towergate Insurance, Broking division

Jo Kennedy

Head of Marketing and Partnerships

Towergate Insurance, Broking division

Having been on both sides as a recruiter and candidate seeking work it comes of some surprise when you come across an agency that is more interested in understanding the clients requirements and the individual’s themselves. James is that type of person and by investing his time in understanding the key strengths of an individual he is able to get the right result for both the candidate and the perspective employer.

James is a highly capable and professional individual, what would you rather have – an agency doing the right by you or an agency who deals with numbers that we are normally accustomed to…

Abdul Hoque

Project Manager

Combined Insurance

Recruiters fall into two classes – CV box shifters on one side and the few real professionals on the other. I have used James’ services for a number of years and he is certainly in the latter category. I need someone who appreciates how essential it is to really understand my business requirements but also the importance of meeting and interviewing prospective candidates face to face before they are submitted. In essence I need targeted quality placements, which is why I use James and why he has been so successful.

Neil Martin

Director of Technology and Business Systems

EDI Pearson

In 2009/10 I was involved in setting up an insurance company for Tesco Bank as part of a joint venture they had entered into with Ageas Insurance. James was a trusted recruitment partner during the project who helped us to place several change specialists who took key project manager roles. He had a good understanding of our requirements and our business and always put forward quality candidates for the vacancies that were placed with him.

Kate Constable

HR Project Manager

Ageas Insurance

Mickey has been working with me on my marketing recruitment needs for over two years now and I’ve never failed to be impressed with the quality. Mickey’s collaborative approach means he truly understands our business culture and the requirements of the roles thereby ensuring that I receive appropriate candidates so I don’t waste my time reviewing unsuitable CVs.

Delyth Lee

Retail Marketing Director

Towergate Partnership Ltd

I have worked with James on a variety of highly specialist senior IT assignments over the last 9 years. On all occasions James has provided an exemplary service. He has outstanding domain knowledge, and has quickly short listed highly suitable candidates each time I have worked with him taking the stress out of recruitment. James is a result driven professional who lives up to his commitments. When I need to fill a post James the first recruiter I call.

David Brown

Director Software, Maxim


James was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to assist and help prepare for my interview. He is truly an asset to Kyna associates.
8th October, 2020
Very professional from start to finish. Went above and beyond explaining everything and sending verbose documentation which was very helpful.

I also got a phone call with productive feedback which has become quite a rarity.
17th September, 2020
James approached me with a role which was a good fit for my profile, acting quickly and efficiently to secure me the role within 2 weeks of our introduction.
During this time communication was excellent and the attention to detail in preparing for each stage of the process was excellent.
I am sure I will use James again for recruiting future roles.
16th September, 2020
From the beginning to the end, it was a pleasant experience with all the support I needed to succeed
28th July, 2020
James was fantastic throughout the whole process (which was a fairly long one). Was engaging and thorough in giving advice, both personal and business.

Kept on top of everything. My feedback to my new company was that he’s the best recruiter I’ve had to date and I stand by that.

Also, sounds like a top guy in general!
11th March, 2020
Have guided all through the end & prompt.
6th March, 2020
Excellent service from James Gittins. He "gets it" in every sense: the technology, the psychology, the recruitment process. He provided me with valuable and thorough advice, made sure he accurately translated my profile to his customer and his customer's needs and requirements to me, and was always on top of things, punctually facilitating the process. I look forward to working with James in the future, both as a candidate and a recruiter.
27th February, 2020
I have been working with Kyna for the last 2 years and it has been an absolute pleasure. James works hard to ensure that a good partnership is formed between the individual and Kyna as well as the client.
I would recommend Kyna to anyone who is looking for a placement.
23rd December, 2019
Clear, polite and helpful throughout, I would happily recommend them.
6th August, 2019
Very professional
9th April, 2019
James is a kind, professional and, very cooperative person who helped me to get a job in a leading technology company. I recommend Kyna Associates’s services to all the applicants looking for job in the UK.
6th December, 2018
I've worked with many recruitment agencies whilst trying to hire technical staff, and there's a lot of average to mediocre agencies and recruiters out there. So when I first spoke to James at Kyna as a potential candidate for a role, I was very impressed. He provided a clear description of both the role and the company and having done a lot of work with them in the past, was able to answer the questions I had.

Throughout the interview process, James provided guidance and support and was always happy to chat about my own experiences with recruitment for IT roles. He was very clear in his communication between the company and myself and would follow up with emails where necessary.

Based on this experience, I would be more than happy to recommend Kyna Associates and I'm looking forward to working with them again in the future.
28th May, 2018
Mickey Purewal is single-handedly the best recruiter I've ever had to work with. His professionalism was outstanding at ever step of the process. I would highly recommend him.
16th February, 2018
Very professional and helpful in their approach.
9th February, 2018
Kenya helped me to take a next step in my work career and I'll never be grateful enough! But not only that. They taught me all the tricks to smash an interview and they helped me gaining confidence by finding my strengths and weaknesses.

I loved working with Kyna and in particular with James that followed me step by step ensuring that I was always prepared any time I interacted with the company which allowed me to present myself with much more confidence!
8th February, 2018
Mickey offered fantastic guidance and support throughout the whole process.
6th February, 2018
They helped me refine my CV and break free of silly CV lessons I'd been holding on to since school (10 years ago!). I was well prepared for the interview thanks to their help and they were supportive throughout.
2nd February, 2018
Professional at all times, honest, trustworthy and effective. They certainly stick to their line about forming long term relationships and being selective. I'd always be glad to have them on my side, whether as a candidate or a hiring company.
19th October, 2017
I was kept well updated throughout.
25th September, 2017
HIghly automated set up of the contract start process. Use of timesheets and the active participation of the client to generate invoices and make payment makes good sense (although my contract hasn't started so I've yet to see how this works in practice). However, already a much better experience than my last contract.
2nd August, 2017