Meet The Team


Nick Day
Managing Director

Nick Day

Nick Day is the founder of JGA Payroll Recruitment, a niche Global Payroll Recruitment Consultancy. An MA graduate, Nick is both REC and AIRS Qualified in recruitment practice and possesses over 15 years specialist global payroll recruitment expertise.

Nick began his career as a payroll recruitment consultant in 2002 where he developed to become one of the most successful experts in the industry with a proven track record of providing SME, FTSE and Global listed clients with niche Payroll candidates across all levels, all sectors and all locations.

Believing the industry needed a new approach to candidate search and selection, Nick decided to launch JGA Payroll Recruitment in 2008.  Subsequently, JGA has followed a unique, proactive and focused inbound 24/7/365 digital strategy designed to engage passive talent so his team can provide clients with the best payroll candidates the industry has to offer –  the top 15%.

Nick has developed JGA to become world-class payroll recruitment consultancy.  They have access to phenomenal networks of specialist payroll professionals which they successfully access for client engagements every day. A leading payroll recruitment authority, Nick and his team specialise in placing permanent and temporary payroll vacancies ranging from EMEA & International Payroll Directors, Payroll Managers and Payroll Executives through to Payroll Administrators, Technical Payroll & HR Implementation Consultants and Project Managers.

JGA Recruitment continue to utilise cutting edge digital technologies and big data analytics to improve candidate attraction strategies to attract the best payroll talent for their clients.

If you need any assistance with your recruitment process or finding a new role, contact him on:

Email: nick@jgarecruitment.com 

Telephone: 01727800377

I have known Nick for 14 years. I have always been impressed by his professional manner and dedication not only to his work at James Gray Associates (JGA) but also to his family. He has worked hard to build JGA Recruitment into a very successful business. But what has impressed me the most about Nick, is that he has real integrity, a rare virtue in the world of recruitment. – (Ms) L.P


Abu Choudhury
Sales Director

Abu Choudhury


Steve Yardley
Associate Director

Steve Yardley

Steve is an Associate Director at JGA Recruitment and specialises in Senior HR, Payroll and Reward Recruitment. Steve loves to work with clients on complex roles and truly enjoys talking to the best in the business. He loves to travel to obscure places and subsequently has had a few close calls. For example, he was once chased on foot by a very angry Hippo while on Safari in Zambia. Steve has mainly worked in recruitment however whilst backpacking around Australia he once held the job of ‘Banana Humper’.

If you need any assistance in finding or placing a role in HR, Payroll, and Reward, please do not hesitate to contact him on:

Email: steve@jgarecruitment.com

Telephone: 01727800377

I would simply like to say that Steve puts the interests of his candidates first and will always try his best for them. On top of this he is both efficient and professional in his dealings – (Ms) H.R


Paul Dargavel
Associate Director

Paul Dargavel

Paul is an Associate Director at JGA who specialises in Payroll recruitment at board level. He also specialises is Payroll & HR Software Consultancy recruitment. Paul is one of our most experienced members of staff with over 20 years in Payroll recruitment! Paul enjoys working at JGA due to its low staff turnover compared to our competitors, as he sees JGA as a family. Clients see the benefit of this as well.

He is passionate about recruiting for the payroll industry because the biggest thrill he gets is from applicants who return to him seeking advice on how they can develop as payroll professionals and working with them to achieve that. Two achievements Paul has made whilst being at JGA are being the top JGA Consultant in 2017 / 2018 and being the JGA TFF Fantasy Football King! Outside of work Paul’s main hobbies including running (he really wants to do the London Marathon) and spending time with his family.

If you need any assistance in finding or placing a role in Payroll, please do not hesitate to contact him on:

Email: paul@jgarecruitment.com

Telephone: 01727800377

Having used several other suppliers, I am delighted to recommend Paul as being a credit to the industry of specialist payroll recruitment. (Mr) A.D


Tom Croughton
Principal Recruitment Consultant

Tom Croughton

Tom is a Principal Recruitment Consultant here at JGA, specialising mainly in Payroll, HR, & Reward recruitment.

Tom has nearly 3 years’ experience working in recruitment for the Payroll, HR & Reward sectors and he has made some fantastic professional relationships & friends in the process! Tom loves visiting clients, building relationships and helping them find solutions to their problems. He enjoys working on complex positions and gets a kick from helping clients find the best people where other agencies haven’t been able to! This may sound clichéd, but he genuinely loves the feeling of assisting candidates find their dream job.

Since starting at JGA, Tom has managed to buy his first property, and coming up to a year he’s loving it!

Tom started as an apprentice just 3 years’ ago. He was the fastest promoted consultant ever at JGA and he is now helping others learn the ins & outs of the industry.

Outside of work, most of Tom’s Saturday afternoons are dedicated to his passion which is rugby. He currently plays at Old Albanians RFC and he is now back into the swing of things after a string of injuries.

If you need any assistance in finding or placing a role in Payroll, HR, or reward, please do not hesitate to contact him on:

Email: tom@jgarecruitment.com

Telephone: 01727 800377


Matthew Pyne
Senior Recruitment Consultant

Matthew Pyne

Matthew is a Senior Recruitment Consultant and is a member of the payroll team here at JGA Recruitment. He has worked at JGA Recruitment for 2 and a half years and possess a further 8 and a half years recruitment experience across engineering, IT and defence sectors. He enjoys working in a busy team environment and constantly bench-marking himself against his colleagues. He finds that the team are very supportive of each other and share their expertise across our specialist areas in order for us to be as successful as possible in finding the best candidates for our clients.

Learning a completely new sector from scratch can be a bit daunting for an experienced recruiter but he has  learned a lot during his time at JGA about the payroll, HR and marketing sectors whilst still being able to draw upon his knowledge in his previous specialist areas. This has proven beneficial on a number occasions for the team with his work on some senior IT positions helping us to further enhance some very important client relationships.

Matthew is a Tottenham Hotspur fan and is a big fan of sports in general. Sadly his playing days are at and end after breaking my hip whilst ice skating a few years ago! He also writes pub quizzes for charity in his spare time and has raised £000’s for charities such as Muscular Dystrophy UK, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, The OLLIE Foundation, Cancer Research UK and many more. As an ex-holiday representative, Matthew is also a very sociable person.

If you need any assistance in finding or placing a role in Payroll, please do not hesitate to contact him on:

Email: matthew@jgarecruitment.com

Telephone: 01727800377


Laura Richards
Senior Recruitment Consultant

Laura Richards

Laura is a Senior Recruitment Consultant here at JGA who specialises in end to end Payroll recruitment. She is an extremely experienced recruiter with 7 Years in the industry. She is passionate about her role as she loves finding people their dream jobs and seeing people’s careers progress.

One of Laura’s most fond memories of being in the industry was during her first year of being a recruiter when she won ‘best newcomer of the year’, beating over 500 other recruiters! In Laura’s free time, she likes going to festivals, but most of all she loves spending time with her husband, kids, & her dogs.

If you need any assistance in finding or placing a role in Payroll, please do not hesitate to contact Laura on:

Email: laura@jgarecruitment.com

Telephone: 01727800377


Ros Winchester
Office Manager

Ros Winchester

Ros is the Office Manager at JGA, and has a varied role handling anything from finance, projects, internal recruitment/HR, and organising events/trips away. She also supports an extremely busy MD who is growing and expanding the business. Ros has worked in Recruitment and Executive Search companies for many years and in different roles.  She has also worked within consultancies specialising in Pharmaceutical recruitment, Business Improvement and Accountancy. As the company has grown and expanded, Ros’s role has changed and developed; there is always something new to be involved in.

Ros enjoys working at JGA as it is a fast-moving environment with a positive and hard-working team. Two achievements that Ros has whilst being with JGA are coordinating the move to our new offices in a very short space of time and implementing a new accounts system. In her free time, Ros is an intermittent keep fit enthusiast – she’s either at the gym, doing HIIT classes three times per week or doing nothing at all! She is also proud to be involved with a charity which supports homeless people living on the streets, and she finds delivering food/hot drinks early in the morning to them a very humbling experience.

If you have any enquiries regarding the company, please contact Ros on:

Email: ros@jgarecruitment.com

Telephone: 01727800377


Carmella Skelton
Accounts & Credit Controller

Carmella S

Carmella is the Accounts and Credit Controller here at JGA. She has enjoyed bringing her previous accounts/credit control experience to her role here, which has helped her assist in making some small changes to our invoice process which has resulted in speedier payment times. Money ‘coming in’ promptly always feels good to her and she is passionate to keep it that way!

Carmella feels that her greatest achievement in life has been raising her two sons and she couldn’t be prouder of them both.

A more personal achievement was, from never having run before… training, running and completing the Great North Run (half marathon) in 2hrs 28mins!

Her hobbies include baking, reading, socialising and the occasional G&T. Carmella absolutely loves being outdoors, so she always enjoys a bit of walking or cycling.

If you have any enquiries regarding the credit control & payments, please contact Carmella on:

Email: carmella@jgarecruitment.com
Telephone: 01727800377


Aaron Herkanaidu
Digital Marketing Manager

Aaron Herkanaidu

Aaron is the Digital Marketing Manager at JGA Recruitment, and specialises in Social Media Marketing, Advertising, and Content Creation. In 2018 Aaron completed his degree in BA Business Management & Marketing (Hons). Familiar with marketing theories and techniques, Aaron has been able to utilise what he had learned and put it into practice here at JGA. He is passionate about his role as he is able to lead the Digital Marketing at JGA, taking on new projects to further increase JGA’s online market presence. He also loves that he is able to be very creative with his role, and because of this he never gets bored! Whilst being at JGA, two of Aaron’s greatest achievements are graduating from University and successfully completing his internship with JGA. In his free time Aaron practices Taekwondo once a week, plays the guitar, cooks, and enjoys producing music.

If you have any enquiries about JGA’s online marketing, or any online brand partnership opportunities, please do not hesitate to contact him on:

Email: aaron@jgarecruitment.com

Telephone: 01727800377


Dale Austin
Marketing Recruitment Consultant

Dale Austin

Dale is a Recruitment Consultant that specialises in the search and selection of mid to senior level marketing professionals. He has now nearly spent two years at JGA recruiting the top marketing talent in the industry.

The marketing industry is very creative so lots of the clients and candidates he speaks with are both fun and outgoing! He is passionate about marketing because the industry is always changing, there are so many avenues to explore as a marketing professional. There are not enough hours in the “working” day to keep on top of everything so when he is speaking to people who really understand the industry, he knows they are keeping up to date with everything outside of work too and that is passion.

One of his greatest achievements at JGA is working in the team that was nominated for 3 awards at the Digital Marketing Recruitment Awards. With the marketing division only launching in 2016, those nominations alone were proof of how far the team has come in such a short period of time. A personal achievement of his is joining and representing a new badminton club as of 2019. It has always been a passion of his and he finds that his flexible working hours give him more time for matches and coaching too!

Dale’s main hobby outside of work is badminton without a doubt. He used to play a lot when he was younger, and he has started everything again recently too. Club nights happen once a week for him and he has badminton coaching as often as he can get it in!

If you need any assistance in finding or placing a role in Marketing, please do not hesitate to contact him on:

Email: dale@jgarecruitment.com

Telephone: 01727800377


Sarah-Louise White
HR Recruitment Consultant

Sarah-Louise White

Sarah-Louise is a recruitment consultant here at JGA specialising in HR Recruitment. Sarah-Louise is most passionate about her role as she enjoys finding people their dream jobs and hearing the excitement and passion in their voice when they are successful. So far whilst being at JGA, she has achieved the highest first placement in the company’s history and she has moved into her first home. A pretty exciting time for her! Sarah-Louise’s hobbies outside of work include attending Arsenal football matches and baking.

If you need any assistance in finding or placing a role in HR, please do not hesitate to contact her on:

Email: sarah@jgarecruitment.com

Telephone: 01727800377


Aydin Elgen
Marketing Recruitment Consultant

Aydin Elgen

Aydin is a Marketing Recruitment Consultant, currently supporting businesses across the UK hire and retain the top 15% of local marketing talent. He has over 4 years’ experience partnering with SMEs across the UK with temporary, contract and permanent recruitment. Coming from a generalist background, he has successfully placed staff across admin, sales, customer service, accounts and marketing. Aydin enjoys his role as he always looks forward to the day when he tells a candidate they’ve successfully secured a new role and then sees them enjoying the same role many months later. For Aydin, there is nothing better than helping someone find a role that positively changes their entire life. Since being with JGA, Aydin’s achievements include keeping his sanity and winning a key account with a digital marketing agency. In his free time, he enjoys binge watching Netflix series, gaming and going to Old Trafford to watch the best football club in the world play.

If you need any assistance in finding or placing a role in Marketing, please do not hesitate to contact him on:

Email: aydin@jgarecruitment.com

Telephone: 01727800377


Max Neads
Payroll Recruitment Consultant

Max Neads

Max is a Recruitment Consultant here at JGA specialising in Payroll Recruitment. In 2016, Max completed his degree in Law at The University of Liverpool. His previous experience includes working as a Product Implementation Specialist for one of the world’s largest Job Boards in the Czech Republic.

He is passionate about helping other people achieve their full potential in their careers and he hates to see wasted talent. Max is proud of achieving a good degree at University and succeeding in a challenging role after moving and working abroad. Outside of work, Max loves to travel! So far he has visited:

  • Vienna
  • Madrid
  • New York City
  • Ayia Napa
  • Prague

And many more!

If you need any assistance in finding or placing a role in Payroll, please do not hesitate to contact him on:

Email: max@jgarecruitment.com
Telephone: 01727800377


Laura Ruddlesden
Marketing Recruitment Consultant

Laura Ruddlesden

Laura is a Recruitment Consultant here at JGA specialising in Marketing Recruitment. Laura has recently graduated from Cardiff university with a joint honours degree in English literature and philosophy. Coming from a sales background, she is very excited to be in a recruitment role!

Laura is passionate about her role as she loves offering a friendly service and helping candidates progress further in their Marketing careers. Laura believes that it is vital that people love their career, but it is equally important that they work for a company they love. Afterall, careers can be lifechanging!

Outside of work, Laura’s hobbies include adventuring to new places, outdoor photography of nature, and going for runs!

If you need any assistance in finding or placing a role in Marketing, please do not hesitate to contact her on:

Email: laurar@jgarecruitment.com
Telephone: 01727800377


Rachael O’Brien
Marketing Recruitment Consultant

Rachael O’Brien

Rachael is a Recruitment Consultant here at JGA specialising in Marketing Recruitment. Rachael has a sales background in the Real Estate industry and is very excited to be using her skills in recruitment.

What makes Rachael passionate about her role is that she loves finding people life-changing jobs and speaking to amazing clients & candidates on a daily basis. An achievement that she is most happy with in this role is gaining two new clients and representing two talented candidates, getting them to the interview stage in her second week of working for JGA.

Outside of work, Rachael loves socialising & spending time with friends. She also has a keen interest in shopping and anything to do with fashion… she loves handbag shopping!

If you need any assistance in finding or placing a role in Marketing, please do not hesitate to contact her on:

Email: rachael@jgarecruitment.com
Telephone: 01727800377