About Meraki Talent

Recruiting top talent for UK financial services firms and global professional services firms

Meraki Talent

Meraki Talent is a recruitment and selection business focused on supporting the hiring needs of international professional services firms and financial services firms across the UK. We have two separate but congruent product offerings – a comprehensive recruitment service to firms operating with the UK's financial services market and a service focused on the global mobility of professional services talent.

From our offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London our consultants operate as specialists in their market verticals:

Investment management & asset servicing, governance, risk & compliance, accountancy & finance, tax, audit, technology & change, marketing & distribution and business support.

Our financial services team recruits on a permanent, interim and temporary basis UK-wide, operating on a preferred supplier basis for many leading organisations.

Our international accountancy business specialises in the mobility of audit, tax, transfer pricing, forensics, M&A and offshore funds professionals globally. Our key locations include the Caribbean, Channel Islands, France, Malta, Switzerland, Germany, Australia and Scandinavia.

Our management team

Andrew Welsh


Andrew has been in financial services recruitment in the UK since 2001, and founded Meraki Talent in January 2015.
Andrew’s extensive market knowledge has enabled him to develop an enviable track record in senior hiring and establishing teams providing multi-functional recruitment services to financial services firms across the UK.

Laura Drysdale


Laura initially trained as a chartered accountant before moving into professional services recruitment in 2001. Laura is recognised as one of the foremost experts in the mobility of talent for Big Four and top 10 firms having set up and established the largest international recruitment business in the UK. Laura won “Glasgow business person of the year” in 2013 and is a mentor for the Career Ready programme.

Diversity & inclusion

Meraki Talent is an equal opportunity employer, committed to promoting equal treatment in employment, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

As a recruitment business, the role we play in supporting our client partners to achieve their diversity and inclusion objectives is at the forefront of our minds. We achieve this through specific ad targeted attraction, careful selection, well thought out offers and well established working practices.

We have a range of policies, procedures, training and controls which educate our people to ensure our approach to hiring on our client’s behalf is inclusive and non-discriminatory, providing a diverse range of candidates.

We are members of the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion which has given our team access to a range of resources to increase awareness and ensure our working practices are always inclusive.

We are also a Disability Confident Committed Employer and our Director Laura is a Career Ready mentor, championing the social mobility aspect of diversity and inclusion.

Meet Nicola Martin

Nicola is an associate director and shareholder of Meraki Talent. She is our diversity & inclusion champion and drives value from our relationship with ENEI.

I'm passionate about diversity and inclusion and am proud to be helping shape Meraki’s approach to this very important topic. It's important to me as a business owner that our team feels safe and included and that we're able to work with a diverse candidate base."

Accountancy & Finance

Business Support

Investment Management

Investment Operations

Risk & Compliance

Technology & Change Management

Interim solutions

Accessing a flexible talent pool is crucial for financial services businesses to deliver tactical change and strategic plans. Meraki Talent's interim solutions provision gives clients efficient access to interim talent, with limited risk. 

At Meraki Talent we have a team of consultants who specialise exclusively in providing interim and temporary staff across a range of functions including:

Pre-qualified flexible resources 

Our team are trained in employment and industry regulations relevant to the hiring of interim resource including Agency Worker Regulations, Employment Agencies Act and IR35.

Additionally, we have an internal compliance manager who undertakes candidate vetting of all candidates before they go onsite with your business. As standard these checks will include:

  • Employer references for the past five years
  • Credit checks
  • Criminal checks
  • Verification of professional and educational qualifications

We also to undertake enhanced disclosure checks upon client request. Quality, qualified and pre-screened interim talent is available to you at short notice, UK wide.


Careers with Meraki Talent

We asked our team what they enjoy most about working at Meraki Talent. These are their top four reasons:

Career progression

We have experienced significant growth since launching in 2015 and are set for further expansion in new office locations and sectors. These plans will lead to many unique and exciting opportunities for our consultants to grow and progress. We understand the importance of having great people in our organisation, who are all striving for the same goals and work as a team to support each other in achieving them. As much as we are growing and working with some of the largest organisations in the world we still maintain the family environment and approach to how recruitment should be done.

Management team

Alongside our candidates, we want to see our consultants succeed, and so we do everything we can to help them achieve their professional goals. Although consultants run their own desks autonomously, they never feel stuck if they have a problem as we’re always on hand to give input and advice. We lay the foundations for our consultants to grow and develop in line with the business. That’s why we provide continued support with training and encourage a supportive and collaborative office environment. There is no such thing as a silly question; our highly experienced management team are regularly and easily accessible.


Here at Meraki we do recruitment slightly different to other agencies. Because of our culture and personality as a business, people like working with us. We adopt a fully consultative approach to get to know the smaller but often important details about our candidates and clients. Knowing them better and really understanding what makes them tick, makes a big difference to the outcome and ensures greater satisfaction for everyone in the long term. We care about our candidates and support them in finding the perfect job; seeing them progress throughout their career and taking pride in knowing that we were a part of their success is why we do what we do.


Our office is a friendly, inclusive, supportive, result-focused, engaging, fair, exciting, energetic and most of all fun place to work and progress. We’re not a large global listed agency or a high street recruiter, nor do we want to be. We have a unique culture where people are treated as professionals and given a huge degree of autonomy. With that of course brings responsibility and ownership, as well as learning opportunities for all.

Why work for Meraki Talent

Hear more from our team as to why they enjoy working at Meraki. 

If you would like to find out more or think you would make a good addition to the team, contact laura.drysdale@merakitalent.com.

Internal jobs

Recruitment Consultant - Business Support
 Location: Edinburgh  Salary: Competitive salary + commission + benefits  Job type: Permanent  Closes: 12 days

Recruitment Consultant - Associate Level / Graduate Trainee
 Location: London  Salary: Competitive salary + commission + benefits  Job type: Permanent  Closes: 45 days

Graduate Trainee Recruitment Role in London office

Principal Consultant - Financial Services, Permanent Hires
 Location: Edinburgh  Salary: Attractive basic and strong commission scheme  Job type: Permanent  Closes: 46 days

Experienced recruitment professional required for established desk in our Edinburgh office.

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