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We are a privately-owned, vibrant and knowledgeable finance and technology recruitment consultancy based in Edinburgh and London.

Ceres was founded to offer a dedicated service to finance and technology professionals that matches the fundamental ethical principles of Chartered Accountants – integrity, objectivity, professional competence, due care, confidentiality and professional behaviour.

We are proud to work with some of the UKs most dynamic organisations and we have an in-depth knowledge of both the business and recruitment challenges that high performing teams face.

Delivery is key to our success and we are strategically placed to reach and engage the top professionals across the UK. We offer a range of flexible solutions including interim placements, permanent recruitment and executive search, from newly qualified to Partner/C-level positions.

With more than 25 years combined accountancy and finance recruitment experience, Ceres has quickly become the trusted recruitment partner of some UKs most respected financial services organisations, technology departments, finance departments and business leaders.

Andrew Murphy


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After studying Economics and Accountancy at Edinburgh University, Andrew started his career in recruitment in 2007 and has a strong track record in successfully sourcing high-quality accountancy, finance and technology professionals for leading organisations across the UK and Europe.


Andrew has extensively supported some of Scotland's most ambitious accountancy practices from sole practitioners to Big 4. Previously he has supported high-growth start-ups including Skyscanner, Xing and JustEat and worked with a range of FTSE 250 organisations and several of the UK's leading financial services organisations.


A former competitive athlete, Andrew has represented Scotland and GB at cycling. These days he enjoys distance running and is a member of a local running club

Andrew is based in Edinburgh with his wife, 2 children and dog. He enjoys travel, and following football and rugby.

Derek Blackhurst


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Derek began his career in recruitment in 2005 and has worked for some of the UK's leading consultancies and in-house with Dell. He has developed an in-depth knowledge of the UK professional services technology market.


Derek has extensive experience of creating tailored hiring strategies and solutions for a varied client portfolio including the Big 4, international blue chips such as Barclays, JP Morgan and Aegon, and high growth startups.

A keen sports fan, Derek enjoys following football and regularly attends games. He is an enthusiastic follower of the NFL and has a vast collection of American sports memorabilia. 

Derek is based in Glasgow with his long-term partner and their daughter. When not spending time with his family, Derek enjoys keeping fit and is currently training for a half marathon.


83 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2ER  Tel: 0131 370 8487

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