About AWS

AWS was established in 2010 as an independent boutique Search Consultancy. We work exclusively on a retained basis, and will provide you with access to an extensive database of high calibre candidates.  All our candidates are vetted to the highest standard for suitability, and we approach and shortlist leaders who will make your organisation thrive.

The managing directors have a wealth of experience working at a Senior Level within the sector. They draw on their own considerable backgrounds to develop a comprehensive understanding of the needs of your organisation and deliver partnership driven campaigns and strategic appointments that contribute to your existing team and objectives.

We pride ourselves on; honesty, transparency and sensational customer service for both candidate and clients alike.





Working in partnership with the Non-Profit, Public & Private Sectors.

Working in partnership with the Non-Profit, Public & Private Sectors.

Make your next call to AWS

Whether you are looking for a rewarding and exciting opportunity or you would like us to assist you with recruitment we would be delighted to hear from you. AWS are fully committed to building honest, long lasting relationships with all our candidates and clients. You will benefit from our wealth of knowledge of the Third Sector, and our flexible approach to each individual tailored assignment.

Don’t just take our word…

I’ve known Alan for a number of years and have recently had the pleasure of working with him to recruit into the team at the NSPCC. I can’t recommend him highly enough. From first conversations with great advice and knowledge to a completely smooth, personal, targeted and professional recruitment process we now have the outstanding candidate we were hoping for. Alan took time to really listen and understand our needs, he went the extra mile and has great client management skills. We will be working with Alan and AWS again in the future.

Paul Cockram, Head of Fundraising, NSPCC Scotland

Alan is more than just a recruitment specialist, he acts with a great deal of integrity and insight as a trailblazer in recruitment. I’ve known Alan now for several years and can wholly recommend his ability to become a firm part of any recruitment strategy. He is a great communicator, takes on feedback extremely well and is someone you can rely on to get the job done. He is driven and has strong ethical values and this is certainly reflected in the charity recruitment he undertakes. Working with Alan both as a candidate and client over the years has cemented my trust in him as my first choice recruitment specialist.

Sanjay Singh, Senior Programme Manager, The People’s Postcode Lottery
AWS sourced the CEO for OneKind and their assistance was invaluable. The calibre of candidates they were able to present was very high. They were also able to take the time to provide advice to potential candidates to ensure that they were all equally briefed in preparing for their presentations to the Board.
Sara Bannerman , Chair, One Kind
Donna McKay
Donna McKayDirector
Donna McKay is the co–founder of AWS and heads the Public and Private Sector divisions, focussing on Executive level appointments in the UK. Donna has overall responsibility for the Operations within AWS and in particular developing the firm’s profile within Higher Education/Food and Drink Industries. Prior to establishing AWS, Donna specialised in financial service appointments and then leadership positions within public, not for profit and private organisations. Donna has over 15 years’ experience with recruitment, and has successfully appointed into a wide range of business sectors from SMEs through to FTSE listed organisations. Donna is a graduate from Heriot Watt University with a BSc in Chemistry and holds a Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry from Glasgow Caledonian University. The early part of Donna’s career was spent recruiting NHS professionals for a specialist medical recruitment agency in Edinburgh.
Alan Surgeon
Alan SurgeonDirector
Alan is the co-founder of AWS Search & Selection and is the Head of the Not For Profit division. His areas of expertise for the Non Profit Sector include; Income Generation, CEO and Board Level Appointments. After working in the Third Sector in a variety of roles, Alan was approached by one of Scotland’s leading Search firms to lead the team focussing on Executive Appointments for Non-Profit organisations. In 2010 Alan established AWS, a boutique headhunting firm for the Public, Private and Non Profit Sectors in the UK. He was shortlisted for the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Awards for 3 consecutive years and is also a Trustee for Scotland’s oldest Animal Rights/Campaigning Organisation – OneKind. Alan graduated from Napier University in Edinburgh with a Bachelor of Science, and holds a Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Open University.

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If you’d like to speak to one of our Executive Search team please call our offices in Edinburgh: 0131 341 5511 or London: 0207 0188 556.

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