Meet the Team
We have a team of experienced professionals ready to help you.
Alex Callister — Managing Director
Alex launched Trial Balance in early 2008 having previously operated as branch manager with another privately owned accountancy recruitment consultancy in the Southwest. He is a well-known recruiter within the industry having recruited accountancy staff in the southwest for a little over sixteen years.
As the business has grown, Alex has taken a step back from frontline recruitment in order to focus on the company’s further development. He remains a key point of contact for clients and candidates wishing to discuss senior level recruitment whether in practice, commerce and NFP.
Dave Becker — Senior Recruitment Consultant (Commercial Finance) - Permanent, Temporary & Contract Vacancies - Cornwall, Devon & Somerset
Dave started his career in finance recruitment in 1998 and has recruited both temporary and permanent staff at all levels from junior accounts to group Finance Directors in commerce/industry, charity, not for profit and public sector. He has worked in many geographical locations but settled in the southwest in 2008 and before joining Trial Balance had been working for one of our competitors. Dave joined the business in 2010 as a Senior Consultant within our commercial accountancy division.
Carly Kellow — Senior Recruitment Consultant - Accountancy Practice - South Wales
As our longest running employee, there isn’t a great deal that Carly doesn’t know about our approach to recruitment, particularly where the sourcing of staff for accountancy practice is concerned. Initially joining Trial Balance in 2008 as Office Manager she found herself frequently assisting clients operating within the profession, not withstanding the juggling of our general office admin (and keeping our boisterous team under control!).
Carly is well known to practice based clients and candidates in the Southwest of England, and now heads up our dedicated recruitment service for the South Wales area.
Stephen Roach — Senior Recruitment Consultant (Commercial Finance) - Permanent, Temporary & Contract Vacancies - Cornwall, Devon & Somerset
Steve joined Trial Balance in early 2012 having previously been employed as recruitment advisor and NVQ assessor for a large leisure group. He is a qualified NVQ assessor with strong exposure to business development and account management. He quickly became a very popular consultant, gaining a loyal following by candidates and clients alike. Having initially been employed to head up our temporary finance division, Steve now works with a wide range of clients seeking temporary, contract and permanent candidates at all levels.
Rob Emsley — Senior Recruitment Consultant - Accountancy Practice - Southwest England
Rob joined Trial Balance in 2015 with a remit to further develop our accountancy practice division. Rob brings 14 years of experience in finance recruitment having previously worked in Cornwall, Yorkshire, and Sydney, Australia for both blue chip and boutique finance agencies. He has a wealth of knowledge of recruiting at all levels within practice, commerce, public sector and financial services and prides himself on his customer-centred approach to recruitment.
Elle Benjamin — Senior Recruitment Consultant (Commercial Finance) - Permanent, Temporary & Contract Vacancies - Cornwall, Devon & Somerset
Elle joined Trial Balance in the spring of 2014 having relocated to Cornwall from sunny Sydney!
Elle initially acted as our point of contact for candidate-orientated administration, supporting our candidates with documentation requests and temporary payroll.
Elle has more recently moved into a full Recruitment Consultant’s vacancy, having proven that she has an excellent understanding of our industry and a great rapport with our clients and candidates.
Phone: 0845 303 7380
Craig Amarilli — Senior Recruitment Consultant (Commercial Finance) – Permanent, Temporary & Contract Vacancies – Dorset/Gloucestershire
Weymouth born Craig heads up our Dorset office with prior recruitment experience coming from various sources. After directing staff recruitment as a retail manager, he joined HM Prison Service where he liaised with external agencies as part of the resettlement process, including CV preparation and interview guidance.
He also steered prisoners through internal recruitment processes utilising skill sets and role matching accordingly ensuring longevity throughout. As a result, he is the highest security cleared member of the team!
Phone: 01202 007077/01452 226538
Dan Saunders — Senior Recruitment Consultant (Commercial Finance) – Permanent, Temporary & Contract Vacancies – Dorset/Gloucestershire
Dan joins the Trial Balance team with long term experience gained in senior level retail management and recruitment. Previously employed by one of the UK's largest homeware retailers, Dan’s role took him throughout the Southwest, South Wales, the South coast and Gloucestershire. Overseeing the recruitment of 300+ employees across the business nationally, Dan joins us with a great deal of experience gained on the other side of the desk. This vast experience makes him a perfect part of our commercial recruitment team.
Dan has a professional approach to all aspects of recruitment and prides himself on doing the right thing for his clients and candidates.
Gary Hale — Senior Recruitment Consultant (Commercial Finance) – Permanent, Temporary & Contract Vacancies – Somerset, Bristol & Bath
Gary joined the Trial Balance team in late 2013 and takes principle responsibility of our busy Taunton office serving clients and candidates throughout Somerset, Bristol & Bath.
An experienced accountancy recruiter, Gary joins us with in excess of ten years industry exposure, much of which gained with some of the UK’s best-known brands. He possesses strong experience in commercial and public sector finance recruitment, serving large and small organisations and supplying candidates at all levels of experience.
Gary acts as our resident umbrella specialist and is on hand to assist contractors with any payroll outsourcing queries.
Phone: 01823 230266
Anna Trewhella — Finance Manager
Anna generally remains (or at least prefers to) in the background and handles matters relating to the businesses finances. She also operates as a Director of the business. If you’ve a query on your invoice or we owe you money, Anna is your port of call.
Phone: 0845 303 7380
Molly Dog — Credit Control
The youngest member of the Trial Balance team, Molly is also regarded as the laziest, preferring to sleep whilst others work.
When she is awake and alert however, she makes an excellent Credit Controller though it has been said that her diplomacy might benefit from a little tweaking.
Phone: She's a little phone shy