ABOUT AVATAR  

ABOUT AVATAR  

Our mission is to provide a professional 5-star service with
excellent values, honesty and integrity.

We offer a completely bespoke and personalised consultancy approach to recruitment for both candidates and clients.

We are exclusive search and selection specialists ensuring we find the right candidate to match your role, whatever it takes.

Meet the Leadership Team

Miranda Wilsnagh

Miranda our COO is a search & selection Specialist with 25 years’ experience in business ownership and various recruitment & leadership roles in the UK and SA. Miranda has considerable experience in Consulting with Global Clients to improve operations, talent management processes and implementing strategies for sustainable growth. Miranda has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by HR Directors and C-Suite Executives, and knows how to help them using a consultative-approach, identifying problems by asking the right questions, taking the time to understand the requirements and demonstrating value throughout the resourcing cycle.

Miranda’s IT & CyberSecurity experience started 2002 securing an elite SOC team for a leading CyberSecurity client placing 100% of vacancies retained for. There isn’t a rare CyberSecurity Candidate Miranda and her team can’t conjure up, drawing on a 20-thousand strong LinkedIn network, our reputation and client base, to access the very best candidates in the market. Providing skilled resources in the Cybersecurity space, we work very closely with our clients to cover all areas of Information and Cybersecurity, servicing international leading companies across a number of market verticals including global management consultancies, market leading security vendors and global BlueChip Organisations.

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Lester Little

Lester is a thorough and tenacious Headhunter that delivers results. He has over 18 years’ experience implementing solutions to his clients Executive hiring challenges which span cross sector, discipline and continents in countries such as Australia, Dubai, South Africa, USA and the UK.

Lester is a true Search specialist and is able to deliver “cream of the crop”, passive talent shortlists for Specialist, Management and Executive requirements to a range of clients from “Startups”, SME and “Blue Chips” to advance their business and manage any potential hiring risk.

Lester’s work has always encompassed helping Corporate clients place key roles that they have not been able to source solutions for, as well as investment grade specs whereby the acquisition and attraction of the markets top commercial and technical talent is required to accelerate performance, change and deliver on ROI expectations.

He has now joined Avatar Recruitment as part of a dynamic team that provide superior talent acquisition and delivery services to clients within the Technology and Financial Services Sectors, locally in the UK and abroad.

Lester is always happy to network with potential clients and career seekers who are welcome to get in touch to arrange a friendly and confidential discussion regarding their career and hiring needs. The favourite part of Lester’s day is celebrating a successful placement with his team and adding value to candidates and clients alike.

CHRIS DYKES

Chris Dyckes

Chris started her career in retail culminating in an operational role where she worked alongside HR both in the recruitment and training of staff. Her role gave her the opportunity to work with IT, Finance, Marketing and Customer Services, along with Distribution and HR to communicate effectively across the business, understanding the synergy required to work as a team.

A change of career led her into the recruitment industry where it seemed there was a natural progression into the specialist sector of accountancy. Her strong interpersonal skills, dedication to quality service, industry knowledge, along with a successful record of recruitment and managing teams led her set up Avatar, providing support to both clients and candidates with a personal touch as well as a caring and quality driven approach to her work as stock standard.

Chris is now an Associate Director with Avatar subsequent to the collaboration with Skye Business Solutions this year. We are very excited about the future; with the growing team and renewed energy and focus we can only but do great things moving forward.

Chris has worked at all levels of recruitment from global companies to SMEs, even including The Prince of Wales Office. Chris is happiest when she is able to share her expertise including employee law and market insight.

William Wilsnagh

William has over 30 years’ business experience with more than 20 in business ownership and various executive leadership roles as MD, COO / CEO & Non-Exec across Information Technology, Recruitment, as well as Executive and Commercial Management industries; delivering sustainable growth in businesses operating in SA, UK, Europe, and the Americas.

William moved into IT early in his career, completing many international IT certifications as well an MSc in Information Systems and currently an MSc in Executive Coaching & Behavioural Change. Probably the most enjoyable part of William’s day is when he wears his Executive Coaching and / or Business Advisor hat, making a difference at a really strategic level.

William’s CyberSecurity experience started as Director of Software Solutions & Information Security at Altech NamITech, with both the 7x24x365 secure operations centre (SOC), first in Africa; and the Verisign 14-tier Trust Centre issuing advanced digital certificates, falling within his remit.

William’s experience also includes recruitment, onboarding & deploying of CFO’s, FD’s & COO’s placed with businesses throughout the UK.

Client Testimonials

William Wilsnagh

“We were in a bind, we were struggling to find an appropriate Devops Developer, trying multiple platforms and paths. We were just not finding the right fit. We needed a developer for a very short term project. Then they found us. They helped source the right skills, experience and qualifications and they were there to assist at every step and guide us. They managed to find us the perfect developer for our project, that was a perfect fit. The developer came in, knocked the project out of the park and we were never happier. They are the best thing to have happen to our organization. They will always be our first step when acquiring developing resources.”

Malcolm de Bruyn SEAD Cape Town

William Wilsnagh

“Simply can’t recommend them highly enough. They assisted us with an ATS and affordable recruitment which both proved invaluable. Their knowledge and work ethic were excellent and we will not hesitate to use their services again.”

Jamie Stuart-Campbell Vending 4 You

William Wilsnagh

“Avatar offers a very professional approach and the ability to work as a ‘business partner’. Their attention to detail, honesty and diplomatic handling of issues are in my opinion admirable qualities.”

Lafarge Cement

William Wilsnagh

“Avatar’s knowledge, experience and completely impartial advice has been highly valued by Hartwell Finance over many years. The skilled candidates sourced have been absolutely right for our business and have all grown to become an integral part of our success.”

Hartwell Finance

William Wilsnagh

“Their Recruitment Solution has given us a strong belief in direct recruitment and we plan to continue to work with them in our future recruitment. We brought through some very strong candidates with their resources and managed to find us the skills we needed for our roles, something we struggled to affordably do in the past.”

Ruth Wildman ACS Technologies

William Wilsnagh

“In a market place where there are regrettably all too many unprofessional and inefficient operators, I have by contrast found Avatar’s own approach to be highly professional and focused. Their strong relationship building skills allow them to fully understand their clients’ business with highly effective results time after time.”

Fujitsu Technology Solutions International

William Wilsnagh

“Avatar has always provided exceptional service and through their flexible approach has met the demanding needs of a fast moving multi- lingual environment. Great results, personable, high integrity.”

Harley-Davidson Financial Services

William Wilsnagh

“Miranda implemented a customised Recruitment System for us on an incredibly affordable platform, and it is saving us hours and hours of legwork.“

Adrian Greensmith, Director, Heritage Healthcare Windsor

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