The Sitka team

Specialist recruitment agency for finance and accountancy, marketing and HR roles

We are a specialist recruitment agency based in Cardiff combining traditional recruitment and ‘search and selection’ techniques to find the qualified candidates Welsh organisations need to be competitive.

Our mission is to help more employers and candidates in south Wales have a successful and enjoyable recruitment experience, whether it’s for permanent or interim positions.

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Meet the team

Ita McNeil-Jones

Ita has over 20 years of experience in senior recruitment, marketing, and business development spanning the private, public and third sectors. She spent 11 years with Hays Specialist Recruitment, progressing to the role of Business Director within just six years. With a clear focus on delivering high quality services to both clients and candidates, she always specialised in appointing managers and directors to key roles.

In 2016 Ita identified a need for a Wales-based recruitment agency that could provide ideal, quality candidates. Ita co-founded Sitka to be that agency.

Ita’s peers describe her as professional, tenacious and driven. She is extremely enthusiastic about talent development and about working with organisations to ensure they attract and retain the right people.

Karen Birch

Karen is a highly experienced recruiter, having spent 16 years working for Hays Specialist Recruitment. During that time, she recruited at all levels of finance, from finding the best graduate talent to senior finance appointments. Her career has included the business management of regional teams and the senior operational management of finance, HR and procurement teams.

Karen left Hays in the summer of 2016 to join forces with Ita and co-found Sitka.

A recruiter through and through, she is a strong communicator, interested in the people she meets, and passionate about doing the best job, in the best way, for every client and candidate.

Karen’s enthusiasm and human approach to her work has been described by candidates and colleagues as inspirational.

Our Values


We believe that openness and honesty are fundamental to successful recruitment. We don’t make promises we can’t keep.


We consider partnership integral to successful recruitment; thanks to mutual respect and commitment with our clients, we have a strong track record of delivering.


We don’t stop at good enough; we are meticulous in our approach and genuinely care about getting every appointment right.

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