Aspen People Ltd is a UK executive search firm working in partnership with a broad range of 3rd sector and Not for profit organisations, helping them attract the highest calibre individuals.


Our professional team have delivered executive search assignments across virtually all functional specialisms enjoying particular success at Chief Executive and Managing Director level. Our Board Room practice is recognised as a leading catalyst in attracting Chair, Non-Executive and Executive Board appointments. Our team work closely with clients, championing a partnership ethos, enabling us to gain genuine insight into their corporate culture and a true view of their needs.


We are committed to building close, productive relationships with all our clients and candidates. They benefit from our skilled professional team, robust procedures, specialist experience across all sectors, truly impressive networks and a creative, flexible recruitment process.


Key contacts:

Catriona Mackie and Debbie Shields are the key contacts in Aspen for all 3rd sector and charity recruitment.  Both are extremely well networked and have covered all levels of roles across the 3rd sector. 


Catriona Mackie

Catriona Mackie


Catriona has worked on a number of assignments from 3rd sector to public sector appointments at a senior level through to difficult to fill appointments within specific sectors. She has also appointed a number of the Chief Executive appointments into local and national charitable organisations.  She has a very good understanding of the challenges the sector faces and also the ambitions of the sector.


Debbie Shields

Associate Director

Debbie is a key member of the Charity and 3rd sector Executive Search team here at Aspen, and is a highly experienced recruiter with many years experience covering various sectors at a senior level.  Having worked in the 3rd sector for a number of years before joining the world of recruitment, She has a particular interest in the sector and has worked with all shapes and sizes of charities and non profit organisations on Senior Management, Board and leadership level positions.  Still very active in the sector, Debbie maintains a vast network and is Vice President of membership organisation - Scottish Women in Business, Chair of SAY Women, a charity that works with female survivors of childhood sexual abuse and a Member of ACOSVO’s Chair’s network.


Member Benefits:

  • Aspen are delighted to offer a discounted rate to ACOSVO Members, on a case by case basis on professional recruitment fees.
  • Aspen offer an initial consultation to talk to any Member about their recruitment requirements, process or needs free of charge.
  • Aspen are happy to talk confidentially to any Member about career options/development, free of charge.


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