About Us

Sitka is the specialist recruitment agency founded by two friends and former colleagues.

Together we have more than 25 years’ recruitment experience. And, together, we match ideal candidates to their ideal roles.

That’s what Sitka is all about. Filling a gap in the market for a specialist, management and director level recruiter, Sitka delivers great service and great results. And we’re a business that pays far more than lip service to commitment and integrity; these are at the heart of everything we do. 

 

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Karen Birch

Director

Karen is an experienced recruiter, having spent 16 years working for Hays Specialist Recruitment. During that time, she recruited at all levels of finance, from finding the best graduate talent to senior finance appointments.

Her career has included the business management of regional teams and the senior operational management of finance, HR and procurement teams.

Karen left Hays in the summer of 2016 to join forces with Ita and co-found Sitka.

Karen deals with commercial clients across various industries, as well as with the public and third sector. A recruiter through and through, she is a great communicator, interested in the people she meets, and passionate about doing the best job, in the best way, for every client and candidate.

Karen’s enthusiasm and human approach to her work has been described by candidates and colleagues as inspirational.

Ita McNeil-Jones

Director

Ita has nearly 20 years of experience in senior recruitment, marketing, and business development spanning the private, public and third sectors.

She spent 11 years with Hays Specialist Recruitment, progressing to the role of Business Director within just six years. With a clear focus on delivering high quality services to both clients and candidates, she always specialised in appointing managers and directors to key roles.

Ita left Hays in 2011 and worked as Corporate Events Manager for the Welsh charity, Tenovus Cancer Care, before becoming Business Development Manager for Cardiff and Vale College - one of the largest further education colleges in Wales – where she helped develop the College’s commercial function. It was there that she identified a need for a Wales-based recruitment agency that could provide ideal, quality candidates. Ita co-founded Sitka to be that agency.

Ita’s peers describe her as professional, tenacious and driven. She is extremely enthusiastic about talent development and about working with organisations to ensure they attract and retain the right people.