Our values



With a strong moral code, integrity underpins the ethos of how we operate.


We enjoy working with each other, winning together is a big part of who we are.


We are an award-winning team with an unrivaled reputation for matching great talent with successful businesses.

Our Focus

We’re here to help businesses and candidates thrive by supporting the South West business ecosystem. We want to keep great talent local, to help bolster a brighter future for the region.

Our focus is simple. Every business has different needs which is why we keep our service flexible. We find you the best people for your business, that fit the needs of the role and match the culture of your company.

Who we are

  • We’re regional specialists with over 35 years experience working with longstanding and startup businesses across the South West.
  • Our team of experts are highly skilled across multiple disciplines including Legal, Finance, Marketing, Business Services, Tech, HR, Operations and more.
  • We have over 350 five-star Google reviews, more than any other business in the region.
  • We meet with every client and candidate we work with so that we can expertly match the two together. We get to know your business inside out, understand your needs so we can find the best person for the role.

Our candidates

  • On average we receive 18 applications per role, compared to the national average of 13.
  • We only share candidates who have undergone two screening interviews with us.
  • You’ll only receive top-quality CVs. For every two CVs we send, on average a hiring manager will interview one of those candidates.
  • And we have a 3:1 interview rate, meaning you only need to conduct three first interviews to find the perfect person.
  • We have over 25k candidates on our database.
  • Our team work tirelessly to find the right people for you with a robust candidate search. 33% of the candidates we place did not apply for the role!

Hire with confidence

  • We have a 57% fill rate, compared to an industry average of 18%.
  • Our average time to fill is just 41 days.
  • We have a low fallout rate, less than 2% in the last 12 months (2023).

Our History


Celebrating 35 years

Celebrating 35 years of connecting candidates and employees in the South West!


CA Tech Talent Launched

In the Spring of 2022, we launched our sister brand, CA Tech Talent. Focused solely on Technical and IT roles, we are the only dedicated Tech recruiter in the local region.


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.


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


Celebrating 25 years!

Cathedral Appointments celebrate 25 years in business.


New Recruit - Jo Howell

Jo Howell joined the business in November 2012


Ranked Top 10

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


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

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


Best Regional Recruitment Agency Award Winners

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


Investor In People Award

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


Celebrating 10 years!

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


New Recruit - Jo Caine

Jo Caine appointed to cover maternity leave and never left!


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

Client | Fraser Anti-Static Techniques

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

Client | Link Asset Services

Fantastic service received by Jo Howell at Cathedral Appointments. Extremely personable and so lovely to deal with, she was proactive, professional and reliable. Her input helped me to successfully land a role and return to an industry I'd been away from for a few years. Highly recommend Jo and the team at Cathedral.

Suzette K

Candidate | Accountancy and Finance

I worked with Georgia for the first time and found her to be totally professional, and friendly, and she couldn't have been more helpful if she tried. She made looking for a new role seamless. I would definitely recommend using Cathedral Appointments for anyone either looking to recruit or seeking employment.

Elaine F

Candidate | Manufacturing

Charlotte guided me through the process and always ensured to keep up to date. It was great having someone there that was knowledgeable and couldn’t do enough! It enabled me to successfully secure a new role and I would highly recommend Charlotte and the team's services at Cathedral Appointments.

Oliver S

Candidate | Marketing

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

Client | Foresight Financial Planning

Meet the team

Joanne Caine

Joanne Caine FIRP DipRP

Managing Director

Jo joined Cathedral Appointments over 25 years ago and now leads the business alongside Clodagh, who joined the company in 2021. Jo is a local employment expert and a former board member of Exeter’s leading business membership organisation, Exeter Chamber. She is also a Fellow of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and has an Associated CIPD membership.
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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. Clodagh then moved back to her home city, Dublin where she spent four years in a variety of roles for eircom. 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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Jo Howell

Jo Howell BTEC BA & MGT

Recruitment Manager

Jo joined Cathedral Appointments in 2012 after over 20 years in recruitment spanning the whole of the UK - Aberdeen, Home Counties, Greater Manchester and the South West! She recruits for both Financial Services and Accountancy professionals and is known in the office for finding the needle in the haystack candidate where no one else can!
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