Meet the team

We really care about our people and believe that our eclectic mix of personalities makes for an effective, unique recruitment experience. Meet our team!

Sandra Patel-Stewart Director

Transition Partners is headed up by Sandra Patel-Stewart, a knowledgeable and respected recruiter who has been a driving force in the technology and business transformation sector for over 15 years.

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Sandra is well-known for her ability to get to grips with a situation quickly and rapidly immerse herself in any project she’s working on. Plain-talking and with an open, honest approach, she builds long-term relationships with clients and candidates and considers many of them friends. She’s known for her determination and creativity and also for her utter belief that with commitment and hard work, anything is possible.

Sandra launched Transition Partners in 2011 with the desire to bring a higher level of service to technology recruitment, and to provide expert advice on how to employ and retain staff. She is qualified with a degree in Business Information Technology from the University of Manchester. Her training gives her a unique insight into what drives and motivates top-performing talent.

"I have worked with Sandra on a number of placements. She works tirelessly to find the right candidate and is the only agent I have used where the CVs are true quality and I feel like the sifting has already taken place. Sandra is personable and good to work with.”

Jo Graham, IS&T Global Services Director, Bupa

Emma Hanson Technology Consultant

For over a decade, Emma has been the go-to girl for recruiting talent, focusing on Software Development, Project/Programme Management, Project Analyst and PMO roles. She has an unrelenting passion for wanting to place the best people into the right roles, seeing recruiting as the most important strategy an organisation can focus on.

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Emma joined Transition Partners as a dedicated technology specialist in 2013, working closely with the Director to drive Transition Partners forward in their ambition to be the number one technology, digital and business transformation recruiter. Proactive and enthusiastic, she uses both a traditional and a networking approach to recruit candidates who are not only leaders in their field, but fit well into the company culture. Her enthusiasm is infectious. She won’t stop until she gets a result.

“Emma recently recruited me into a new role in a new company and throughout the whole process she was professional, diligent and an absolute pleasure to deal with. She maintained regular contact with me to ensure everything was progressing as expected and followed up once I had started the role to ensure all was in order. The whole experience was painless and smooth and I would definitely recommend Emma as a recruitment consultant to anyone.”

Jo Tunstall, Head of Delivery Operations, Experian

Elly Greaney Recruitment Business Manager

Elly honed her recruiting skills career in a candidate-driven marketplace — and it shows.  A vibrant and personable consultant, Elly has a strong network of contacts that has allowed her to be successful in countless headhunting and networking-based searches across a range of sectors.

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Joining Transition Partners in 2014, Elly sees her role as the perfect opportunity to combine her love of people with her extensive knowledge of recruitment. With her ability to lead, develop and inspire our team to deliver the best possible service, she feels she can add value to both sides of the hiring equation by helping her candidates achieve their career goals and her clients to grow their business through the selection of dynamic candidates.

Her strong work ethic, attention to detail and boundless enthusiasm have helped her achieve top results. In our opinion, she raises the bar in the delivery of quality recruitment solutions.

“I would like to thank Elly for her assistance and in-depth support during the recruitment process. Certainly the friendliest and the most welcoming recruiter I have ever come across. The helpful advice I received from Elly was fantastic and I would not hesitate to recommend her.”

Noushin Rezapour Asheghi, Research and Innovation Analyst, Equifax

Rose Blackburn Recruitment Resourcer

Rose joined the team in January 2017 following completion of her degree in Criminology at Leeds Beckett University, graduating with a 2:1. She has several years of experience within the Customer Service industry and is looking to develop and expand on her existing skills whilst also gaining experience within a driven, fast paced environment.

Rose specialises in placing both contract and permanent positions across IT, Change & Transformation with a specialist area of Software Testing across the UK.

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Rose is an ambitious individual, who thrives under pressure, joining the challenging industry of recruitment due to the fast-paced nature and the opportunity to build positive relationships with both clients & candidates.



Greta Matulionyte Recruitment Resourcer

Greta joined the team at Transition Partners in June 2017 after several years of experience within the Hospitality Industry. Greta uses her excellent customer service skills and forward-thinking approach to source the best candidates in the market, she excels in build lasting relationships with the clients. After completion of her BA in History at University of York, Greta takes great pride in her critical reasoning and analytical skills to deliver exceptional results.

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Greta specialises in recruiting roles within Software Engineering with a specialist area of Java and PHP Development. She is an enthusiastic and approachable recruiter, who is always prepared to have an open conversation in order to establish relationships with both clients and candidates.

Dan Lee Recruitment Consultant

Dan joined the team at Transition Partners in 2016 after spending 5 years in a successful career in Sport and Exercise in Australia and New Zealand. Dan has a wealth of experience in the customer service industry, he prides himself on building positive relationships and providing excellent service to candidates and clients alike.

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Since undertaking the role Dan has excelled in completing nationally recognised qualifications that help to maintain the high quality staff standards set by Transition Partners.

Dan specialises in recruiting for roles in IT Architecture and is currently expanding both his candidate and client database across the UK.

Dan is passionate individual who enjoys building and developing positive relationships, he is determined to succeed and to provide the highest level of service possible to all candidates.  A hardworking, positive and reflective approach ensures Dan analyses the requirement of all his clients and allows only the top level candidates are selected for each of his roles.

Lewis Ellliott Recruitment Resourcer

Lewis joined the team at Transition Partners in September 2017 after spending 3 years in a prosperous career in hospitality management in Australia. Lewis has vast experience within the customer service industry, he prides himself clients on creating a positive customer journey and on providing excellent advice to both candidate and clients.

Since undertaking, the role Lewis has excelled in completing nationally recognised recruitment qualifications that help to maintain the high quality staff standards set by Transition Partners.

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Lewis specialises in recruiting for roles within Project Management & Infrastructure and is currently expanding our candidate database across the UK. He is a passionate and pioneering individual who enjoys nourishing positive candidate relationships, he is determined to succeed and to provide the highest level of service possible to all candidates on behalf of Transition Partners.

Rheanne Smith Consultant

Rheanne joined Transition Partners at the back end of last year following 2 years within the recruitment industry. She has spent the last 18 months specialising in IT Recruitment within Yorkshire, building a solid network of contacts with both candidates and clients.

Rheanne is a very friendly, approachable character making her a great Recruitment Consultant. She takes great pride in her excellent networking ability and effective communication skills ensuring she builds and maintains long lasting, professional relationships.

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Rheanne specialises in recruiting both permanent and contract opportunities across a range of areas within IT but has a particular interest in Business Intelligence. She is very persistent in making sure she delivers to the highest possible standard to both candidates and clients.

It’s a pleasure to work with Rheanne as a preferred supplier to Sopra Banking Software. Rheanne takes the time to listen to our specific requirements and understands our company needs. Rheanne keeps in regular contact with candidates and myself every step of the way ensuring as smooth recruitment process.

Jamie Ainley, Sopra Banking, Head of Internal Recruitment

Matt Bailey Recruitment Consultant

Matt joined Transition Partners in January 2018 after a relocation to Leeds, West Yorkshire. A self-proclaimed nerd at heart, specialising in Web & Software Development, Matt actually started out as a Junior Programmer and attained qualifications at College and University to begin his career in that field.


Born with a natural flair for relationship building and working with people, Matt quickly migrated towards more of a technical sales role and after a successful couple of years decided to delve into the world of recruitment. Now an extremely dedicated consultant, with solid technical knowledge and a wealth of experience building new business relationships and placing the right candidates with the right employers, Matt strives to deliver a first class service to all of his candidates and clients.

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The team at Transition Partners supplied us with very relevant CV's for all the roles we were recruiting right across our Business Change function. Their hard work, resilience and determination to source suitable candidates certainly paid off as they filled the majority of roles over our other suppliers.

Jenny Lumsden, UKAR

Transition Partners stand out from other recruitment agencies due to their outstanding client service, they have worked to ensure that a strong relationship has been built between the hiring managers and the team. Transition Partners use this relationship to gain a large breadth of knowledge about my business and to truly understand our requirements, gaining my confidence in the candidates they provided.

Jo Graham, BUPA

Sandra has always provided a professional service, identified candidates with the appropriate skill and experience, and acted in a very communicative manner at all times. I think the overriding benefit that Sandra offers is maintaining a strong relationship with her customers at all times and as a result she builds an excellent understanding of the business and your requirements.

Jamie Smith, Equifax

I have used Transition Partners and dealt with Sandra for over 1 year. I have always found her able to source the right candidates for me where others have often failed. Sandra is always polite and professional and a pleasure to do business with.

Jonathan Abbott, CAPITA