What we do

Formed in 1998, the Kage Partnership is a specialist recruitment consultancy focusing on fundraising, PR and marketing appointments for the not-for-profit sector in London and the South East.

Our aim was to provide a different kind of recruitment experience and acknowledge that we work on behalf of two sets of clients - job seekers and recruiters - both of equal importance to us.

At the heart of our work is the emphasis we place on customer service, honesty, integrity and also friendliness. We are approachable and unpushy - we hope you can always call us with any query or need for advice, however small.

We are very proud of the fact that the majority of our clients have either used us before or have been recommended to us.


How we do it

Well, firstly, we have been doing this for some time and so have significant collective knowledge about the not-for-profit sector in general, and experience of placing fundraising, marketing and communications staff in particular. We also have a genuine interest in the subject matter - we enjoy what we do and, hopefully, this shines through whenever you come into contact with us.

We are small and always have been - a choice we made many years ago - which helps to ensure that we are accessible to all of our clients. We hope you will always find a familiar sounding voice at the end of the telephone.

Our aim is to carefully guide both our client groups through the whole of the recruitment process.

Friendly faces

Liz Grimes, Director

Liz started the Kage Partnership in 1998 having spent the previous 6 years in charity recruitment. This, after 5 years in the Diplomatic Service with over half her time spent working at the British Embassy in Helsinki.

Outside of work, Liz is sports mad and plays hockey for a local team (agriculturally, it has to be said) and also runs regularly. She's a football nut and is a long suffering Liverpool FC fan. She also likes eating (a lot) and loves all things Scandinavian.

Vladka Wiswall, Relationships Manager

Vladka joined the Kage Partnership in January 2014 after 3 years at a London-based charity focusing on Asian affairs, working on corporate and diplomatic relations.

In her spare time she is known to travel the world and make mouth-watering dishes to share with her ever-hungry co-workers!



Jessica Stoddart, Relationships Manager

Our newest member of staff is Jessica Stoddart who joins us after 5 years of co-ordinating the admissions for a busy group of Nursery Schools. Prior to this she spent many years working in the world of TV.

Outside of the office Jessica loves to be in the great outdoors and will often be found trekking across some windswept wilderness or scaling the odd mountain peak. When not conquering new heights, Jessica has tried her hand at a few triathlons, enjoys swimming in natural lakes and is a recovering Netflix addict.


Lois Hare, Office Manager

Lois came to work for us in 2001 to help with envelope stuffing and we haven't been able to get rid of her since! Prior to this, Lois worked in the NHS as an Information Manager before moving to London to join the information team at the National Deaf Children's Society.

In her spare time, Lois cycles, runs and is a hockey umpire. She can also be found in the kitchen with a balloon whisk in one hand and the latest cookery book in the other.

Leni, Canine

Our newest member of the team.  Unlike Woody, she doesn't sleep very much and so is only allowed into the office on very special occasions.  In her spare time she likes running round in very big circles, jumping on top of other dogs and eating sardines.


A quick introduction

Charity clients A-M

  • ABF The Soldiers' Charity
  • Action on Hearing Loss
  • Age UK
  • Autistica
  • Breast Cancer Care
  • Breast Cancer Now
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Children with Cancer
  • Campaign to Protect Rural England
  • Cystic Fibrosis Trust
  • Dementia UK
  • Elephant Family
  • For Jimmy
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Historic Royal Palaces
  • Hope and Homes for Children
  • King's College London and King's Health Partners 
  • Leonard Cheshire Disability
  • Livability
  • Marie Curie

Charity clients M-Z

  • Medical Aid for Palestinians
  • MIND
  • mothers2mothers
  • MS Society
  • National Children's Bureau
  • Noah's Ark Children's Hospice
  • Orchid
  • Pancreatic Cancer UK
  • Place2Be
  • Prince's Trust
  • Rethink Mental Illness
  • Saint Francis Hospice
  • School-Home Support
  • St Luke’s Healthcare for the Clergy
  • The Eve Appeal
  • The Wimbledon Guild of Social Welfare
  • Volunteering Matters
  • Womankind Worldwide
  • Women for Women International
  • WWF

Singing our praises

 “Kage is just what I was looking for as a recruiter.  They are efficient, straightforward to deal with and friendly. They offer great insight and genuinely impartial advice on strategy and candidates.  They take the time necessary to understand the brief and are determined in their search for suitable candidates."

Simon Daniels
Head of Development
Historic Royal Palaces

 "Liz and the team at Kage are a cut above the rest! They want to understand exactly who you are so they can find the best fit for you. I felt so looked after every single step of the way and appreciate the whole team's constant communication and attention to detail. They made the process of finding a new job smooth and painless. Thank you!”

Natalie Machta
Head of Philanthropy


Patting our backs

"I cannot thank Liz and Vladka enough for the bespoke support and guidance they gave me in helping secure my position at Leonard Cheshire Disability.Not only are they clearly extremely knowledgeable and experienced at recruiting for the third sector, but they are wonderfully personable and reassuring. I would not hesitate to recommend Kage and fully intend to stay in touch with the team!”

Laura Hepburn 
Gifts in Wills Officer
Leonard Cheshire Disability