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-K

  • Age UK
  • All We Can
  • Anne Frank Trust
  • Auditory Verbal
  • Breast Cancer Care
  • British Heart Foundation
  • British Lung Foundation
  • British Paralympic Association
  • British Red Cross
  • Chelsea Pensioners
  • Crisis
  • Cystic Fibrosis Trust
  • Dementia UK
  • Glass Door Homeless Charity
  • Grassroot Soccer UK
  • Greater London Fund for the Blind 
  • Hospice UK
  • JDRF
  • Kidscape
  • King's College London & King's College Health Partners

Charity clients L-Z

  • LandAid
  • Magic Breakfast
  • Mind
  • MS Society
  • National Children's Bureau
  • Noah's Ark Children's Hospice
  • Pancreatic Cancer UK
  • Place2Be
  • Poppy Factory
  • Prince's Trust
  • Pursuing Independent Paths
  • Royal Medical Benevolent Fund
  • Scope
  • St Luke's Hospice
  • St Mungo's
  • Teach First
  • The Brooke
  • Wood Green
  • WWF
  • Zoological Society of London

Singing our praises

 “The warmth, knowledge and professionalism that I received from the Kage Partnership was key in helping me enter the third sector. The guidance I received from the team, as well as how much they genuinely seemed to care about my future, fostered in me the confidence and inspiration to begin to forge a career within a charity that I truly feel passionate about."

Ishan Ladak
Supporter Services Coordinator

"Kage Partnership provided wonderful support to the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund this Summer. We couldn't have hoped to find a better new team member who, aside from being incredibly talented, experienced and energetic, is also an absolute delight to work with.  This is with entire thanks to the care, attention to detail and dedication that Liz Grimes and her team bring to each of their candidates and clients. Thank you Liz and Vladka!"

Sarah Stewart
Head of Fundraising
Royal Medical Benevolent Fund


Patting our backs

"I can't thank the Kage Partnership enough. As someone coming from the commercial sector, they were the only recruitment consultancy that made time to understand what experience I had to offer and how best to align it to achieve my aim of securing a suitable role in the not-for-profit sector. Within a month of meeting Liz and Jessica they had sourced several suitable roles for me, one of which I've gladly accepted. Their help, support and guidance were vital in making the transition to this sector possible. I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone wanting to do the same." 

David Annand 
Corporate and Community Fundraiser
Transform Housing and Support

Your privacy

In helping you with your job search, or to assist you in filling a vacancy, we collect personal information from you so that we can provide the best possible recruitment service to meet your individual needs.

The type of information we collect from you will depend on whether you are a job seeker or a recruiter, but in either case we will only collect what is necessary for the purpose of finding you a new job, or a new member of staff. For this reason, we are processing your personal information under the lawful basis of Legitimate Interest. Please read our Privacy Policy for further details.

We may use your contact details to send you our fundraising newsletters and annual salary survey which we hope you will enjoy reading, but you will always have the option to unsubscribe at any time.

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Our commitment

We are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. We will always ask your permission before passing your information on to a third party, such as a recruiter, and will keep your personal information safe and secure.

We will only collect and process information that we need for the recruitment process, and will always try and make sure your information is kept up to date and accurate.

If you contact us to say that your details have changed, or you wish to unsubscribe from mailings, view your records, object to your data being processed or would like us to erase any of your information, we will deal with your requests promptly and confirm we have amended our records accordingly.

If you have any questions about what data we collect and how we use it, please do not hesitate to contact us. To read our full Privacy Policy please click here.


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