Our values



Cathedral Appointments are corporate members of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and uphold their standards and ethics.


If you are looking for a proactive recruitment agency that works with you to achieve positive outcomes, then look no further.


We are an award-winning team with an unrivaled reputation for placing the right job candidates with the right businesses.

Our Focus

Cathedral Appointments are Exeter's leading specialist independent recruitment consultancy. We take a professional approach to our work with candidates and businesses in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.


As a job candidate, if your CV fits with the type of roles we recruit, we will:

  • invite you to meet with one of our highly experienced recruitment consultants
  • discuss your skills/experience/aspirations to ensure we are able to match you with suitable existing vacancies
  • work with you to identify potential opportunities

For businesses seeking to fill a position, our recruitment services process is thorough and effective:

  • We actively advertise on latest job boards and social media
  • Use industry-leading software provides instant access to a comprehensive database of potential candidates
  • We offer a wide range of additional services including training, testing and salary benchmarking
  • Our rates are competitive - we offer value for money
  • We are corporate members of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and uphold their standards and ethics


Our values make are what us what we are. They are at the heart of everything we do. As a business we strive to:

  • Provide the best levels of customer service.
  • Keep open communication lines, to maintain honesty and integrity throughout.
  • Provide the highest quality recruitment service.
  • Be accountable and exceed expectations.


Our History


New Recruit - Jo Caine

Jo Caine appointed to cover maternity leave and never left!


Celebrating 10 years!

Cathedral Appointments celebrates a milestone 10 years since opening their doors!


Investor In People Award

Proud to achieve Investor in People status for the first time in 2000


Best Regional Recruitment Agency Award Winners

Proud to be awarded with 'Best Regional Recruitment Agency' accolade for the first time!


New Recruit - Lynsey Skinner

Lynsey Skinner joins the business in January 2004


Best Regional Recruitment Agency Award Winners for the 2nd time!

Thrilled to achieve, for the second time, 'Best Regional Recruitment Agency Award'


Ranked Top 10

Cathedral Appointments are ranked in the 'Top 10 Recruitment Agencies' by job hunters by online recruitment site Jobsite


New Recruit - Jo Howell

Jo Howell joined the business in November 2012


Celebrating 25 years!

Cathedral Appointments celebrate 25 years in business.


New Recruit - Sophia Damshenas

Sophia Damshenas joined the business in April 2016


New Recruit - Dani Osborne

Dani Osborne joined the business in June 2016


Exeter Living Awards

Cathedral Appointments sponsor a category in the Exeter Living Awards


Celebrating 30 years!

Cathedral Appointments celebrate 30 years in business


Exeter Living Awards

Cathedral Appointments sponsor a category in the Exeter Living Awards


Cathedral Appointments Expands

Clodagh Murphy joins the team as a Director. Clodagh is a business leader, holding over two decades’ worth of experience in the tech and IT sectors.


'Sophia, you have helped me get my foot in the door, and be well on my way to achieving my career dreams! I cannot emphasise how thankful I am to you.'


Satisfied Legal Candidate

Dani has placed me in a couple of positions which have both been a great match to my skills and personality. She has always worked with my best interests at heart and the whole team provides a very professional service. I would have no hesitation in recommending Cathedral Appointments to anyone looking for either a job or to hire staff.


Satisfied Candidate

'Jo and the team offer a professional and dedicated recruitment service, taking the time to understand our recruiting needs and providing expert sector insight where needed. It has been a pleasure to work with Jo and I would not hesitate to approach Cathedral again for future vacancies.'

Lawrie Tawse

Cherry May Financial Planning Ltd

'Just thought I would drop you a line to let you know that (company) have officially taken me on after my probation.
I just wanted to say that I am sorry Dan as I don't think I expressed how grateful I am for your help in getting me the opportunity to work at such a great company. Cathedral were by far the best agency I have dealt with.'


Satisfied Technical Candidate

'Andrei gave a great service both candidate and client side, listened carefully to our requirements and made sure all parties were well prepared throughout making the process straightforward. Andrei always acted with integrity and honesty and managed the whole recruitment process very well. I would highly recommend.'

Andrew Appleton

Red 1 Ltd

'Andrei - I particularly enjoyed working with you. You have been straight, honest and fair. You gave me the chance to convince you and initially I convinced the client too. You also briefed me very well.'


Satisfied Candidate

I've recently relocated to Exeter from London and Cathedral Appointments placed me in a role that's a great fit with my background. I've been very impressed by the quality of support I received throughout the interview and job offer process, and the focus that the team had (and Jo in particular) on making sure the role was a good match in terms of experience, opportunity and organisational culture. Thoroughly recommended.


Satisfied Candidate

'Just wanted to pass on my thanks for a superb meeting this morning Lynsey. I believe you got a very good understanding of my background, current position and intentions; I also got from you some superb insight and a huge amount of confidence in working with you going forwards. Your knowledge of the local IT market is clearly significant and your network expansive which is impressive. The names you came up with were of course similar to mine but you also know organisations I’ve not heard of before; even ones on my doorstep who I’d not heard of but look very interesting.'


Satisfied IT Candidate

'We have used Cathedral Appointments for a number of years to help us recruit staff and we have always been delighted with the high standard of service from the team and the quality of the candidates they put forward. They have taken the time to understand our business and the type of person that we look for which has helped us to attract and retain some excellent people to our team. Sophia is an absolute pleasure to work with and we look forward to continuing this in the future.'

Recruitment Contact

Parnalls Solicitors, Launceston

'I've experienced Lynsey whilst looking for a suitable role for myself and then as a manager requiring a number of technical positions. Both experiences have been excellent. During the past 6 months of recruitment, Lynsey has found excellent candidates for my vacancies, provided me with background to the candidates where it's missing on the CV and ensured each candidate turned up. Lynsey keeps in touch, irrespective of any vacancies and provides valuable insights into the technical resource status for Exeter and the surrounding area. I recommend Lynsey for any technical recruitment requirements and for any former colleagues looking for alternate employment.'

John Brett

Nexus Open Systems

We’ve worked with a number of consultants across different divisions over the years and we’ve always found Cathedral Appointment’s service to be very professional and efficient. They understand our requirements and are always excellent in putting a number of different options in front of us from which we’ve made many successful appointments. They have a brilliant understanding of the local market and we would highly recommend them.

Sarah Robinson

Fraser Anti-Static Techniques

'Jo again thank you for your assistance in obtaining my new position, I have to say, again Cathedral Appointments has been outstanding in supporting my employment search. I still can't believe that within a week of contacting you, not only did you manage to secure me an interview, but provided enough information for me to research the company and its needs to make a fantastic impression at interview.
I will not hesitate to recommend Cathedral and yourself to any of my associates and friends in the future.'


Satisfied Candidate

Excellent service. I got made redundant at the end of January, went to see Jayne @ Cathedral appointments and within 3 days I had an interview and started work the next day! So professional and friendly, have been recommending Cathedral appointments to all my friends and family. Thank you so much.


Satisfied Candidate

Link Asset Services have had a long and successful relationship with Cathedral Appointments. We have been very satisfied with the consistent level of service received and the quality of candidates provided. Their consultants have invested time in getting to know our specialist fund administration and accounting business and to ensure they fully understand our requirements. We feel we are a valued client.

Gary Woolfries

Link Asset Services

We are a small business with only occasional need for additional staff but, having tried using various job sites and advertising, would recommend their service for the time it saves in filtering and meeting candidates. We have used Cathedral Appointments a number of times over the years and been impressed with the time they spend getting to know us and our business and the resultant calibre and “good fit” of the candidates that they subsequently introduce to us.

Tim Bishop

Foresight Financial Planning

Meet the team

Joanne Caine

Joanne Caine FIRP DipRP

Managing Director

I joined Cathedral Appointments in 1998 to cover a maternity leave and never left. I now own the business and love my job. I've a great team of consultants who work with me in ensuring that Cathedral Appointments provide an excellent service to candidates and clients alike. I've gained an excellent knowledge of the local employment market and have long established relationships with many leading employers in the area. I recruit for a number of commercial organisations as well as the public and not for profit sectors and have a strong network of HR and Executive contacts in the region.
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Clodagh Murphy

Clodagh Murphy MBA; BSc Business & IT


Clodagh is a business leader, holding over two decades’ experience in the tech and IT sectors. Her career began in 1996 working in San Francisco for a Mutual Fund Company, Montgomery Asset Management. Clodagh then moved back to her home city, Dublin where she spent four years in a variety of roles for eircom, the incumbent telecommunications provider. In 2003, Clodagh relocated to the UK and has had a number of leadership roles in Tech & IT Services businesses, including KCOM Group PLC, where she progressed to Managing Director of Eclipse Internet and grew that business from £20m to £40m turnover.
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Lynsey Skinner

Lynsey Skinner DipRP

Recruitment Manager - Technology

Having joined Cathedral Appointments in 2004, Lynsey has built over 18 years of recruitment experience within the region. She took over the Tech Division in 2016, building on her existing knowledge of tech, and has continued to develop strong partnerships with a wide range of businesses across the South West to find their future tech superstars. Lynsey is passionate about innovatively aiding clients with their recruitment campaigns as well as providing insight and expertise into the sector to help fulfil those more challenging roles. She also provides IT support to the business on a day-to-day basis.
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