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Employment Agency in Exeter

South West Recruitment Specialists

The job you choose has an enormous impact on your life and finding the right position to fulfil your ambitions can be a challenging process.  As South West recruitment specialists we understand the market and have 30 years of experience helping people across Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset to find jobs that get them excited about working.

Understanding your requirements

We take time to get to know you, your background and your interests meaning we find a role that matches your personality as well as your skill set and career ambitions. It’s about more than putting you forward for the first vacancy that roughly fits your experience or technical skills we want to make sure the culture and opportunities for progression are a good fit too.


We recruit for a variety of positions across a huge range of sectors throughout Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.  We can discuss your career aspirations within industries like Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing, Legal, Leisure, Tourism, IT, HR, Sales, Marketing, Transport and a whole lot more. We offer permanent, interim, contract and temporary roles. Our team will work with you to find out the type of job you’re looking for and discussing your options from there.


We understand and have long standing in-depth relationships with a wide range of businesses across the South West and this helps us understand different options available to you for your next career move. We take the time to understand you and your requirements in the same way. We will invite you to have a chat with us and we can look at your experience, education, interests and ambitions to help you identify some of the professional environments in which you could flourish. We can also point out training and professional development opportunities that could help you take your career to the next level. A short chat could be all it takes to give you something clear to aim for.

Cathedral Appointments

Our personal approach to building strong relationships over time marks us out as the leading agency in the South West. We build lasting relationships with our candidates, helping to support you in your new job and throughout your career with all the interview and career advice you need to prosper. It’s what we have been doing since we opened our doors for business in 1988 - and since then we have become the leading independent South West recruitment agency, with a diverse mix of clients across the region and beyond. 

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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

"I commend Cathedral, and Georgia especially, very highly. From the outset Georgia has a naturally easeful but thorough approach that puts one at their ease while teasing out all the pertinent points that an employer would want to know. Alongside the skills, Georgia subtly takes time to get to know her candidates personalities in an efficient and effective way. Once satisfied with a deeper understanding of talents, motivators and background, thereafter Georgia takes all the burden off ones shoulders.
Georgia has the tenacity to marry candidates to clients and hand picks opportunities to present to get candidates before proceeding to spec out, which is a bit of a dark art and having owned my own agency, a consultant like Georgia is very much sought after! Recognition of this must go to Cathedral for their 360 degree training.
Thereafter Georgia takes all the pressure out of negotiations of terms which makes the whole lifecycle thoroughly pleasurable and I can see why Cathedral have such a strong foothold in this corner of the world. With diverse and long standing clients, which in turn attracts an abundance of candidates, it's a win win for all.
I cannot thank or praise Georgia highly enough. Committed, caring and savvy, such a great ambassador for all concerned."

Odette D

Candidate - Office

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

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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


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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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