Gemma Watmough

Strategic appointment marks next phase of ambitious Yorkshire-wide growth plans

Leading recruitment agency Castle Employment Group is pressing ahead with its West Yorkshire growth plans through the strategic appointment of Gemma Watmough to head up its Leeds office.

Gemma, a highly experienced accountancy and finance recruiter, joins a 5-strong team and will be responsible for driving Castle’s expansion ambitions in West and South Yorkshire.

Building on its outstanding reputation for recruiting permanent, temporary and interim workers across its 9 specialist divisions, the business is busy supporting clients to recruit the people they need to meet their growth plans. Although specialising in accountancy and finance, Gemma will join the team in Leeds to help meet demand from the already well-established client base where Castle currently recruit to engineering and manufacturing, procurement and supply chain, HR and business support.


Gemma said: “I’m delighted to have joined Castle with the focus on expanding our presence in the West and South Yorkshire markets. Having over ten years of experience working within accountancy and finance recruitment, I’ve built up a strong network of both clients and candidates within some of the region’s key businesses, ranging from SMEs to PLCs. “I can’t wait to reconnect with all my contacts and tell them all about how we can not only provide talented accountancy and finance professionals but can add value and really make a difference within Yorkshire, which is something I feel really passionate about.

“It has been really refreshing to join a team of such highly motivated, passionate and successful individuals and, along with the support of the senior leadership team, I’m really excited to see what myself and the wider team can achieve in the coming months.”


Director Jessica Russell said: “Gemma’s appointment paves the way for further expansion and growth, and allows our already successful team of recruiters to further support our clients in the region.

“We have been working across the West and South Yorkshire markets for many years, primarily supporting manufacturing companies, but with Gemma joining the business we are now able to further expand our client base by supporting professional services clients.

“Our accountancy and finance team has an unrivalled reputation in Yorkshire and I can’t wait to see the results I know Gemma will deliver to both her clients and candidates.”


Castle was founded more than 55 years ago and has offices in Leeds, York and Hull, with its headquarters in Scarborough.

The business has more than 40 members of staff across its 9 specialist divisions and a HR consultancy which provides expert advice on employment law and health and safety.

Castle’s market-leading consultants provide knowledge and insight into the labour market that helps them secure the best people in a highly competitive environment while representing candidates in the best possible way to secure positions they will thrive in and enjoy.

A values-driven business, focussed on culture, not revenue, Castle believes in providing a vibrant working environment for its team and giving back to young people and local communities through its ESG programme.

A highly active member of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, the business is also one of the category sponsors of the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards.

Candidates and businesses will be able to meet Gemma and her team at Leeds Job Fair at Headingley Stadium on Wednesday 12 April.

For more information, call the Castle Leeds office on 0113 457 4595 or email

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