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All our consultants are former full time Compliance practitioners and since 1996 we have developed a reputation with our clients as the most professional recruitment consultancy in service as well as technical knowledge, whilst at the same time candidates learnt that more than any other competitor we put their career planning and interests first as well as being able to bring our experience of working in the role to bear.  We are pleased to say our team have unusually all been with us at least 10 years and include;

David Symes (Group MD) – David qualified as a Chartered Accountant then moved to Banque Indosuez in Audit. In 1988 as the original Financial Services Act 1986 came into force he joined the Guardian Royal Exchange (a FTSE 100 Insurance Group, now part of AXA) to help set up their first Compliance Department as Deputy Head of Group Compliance, in charge of Fund Management and later all Regulated Insurance activities. In 1994 he moved into recruitment, setting up CRS in 1996 and also working as a Compliance Consultant as well as assisting various UK bodies on Compliance or HR issues e.g.

  • chair of the Institute of Chartered Accountants London Area Compliance Group which he co-founded in 1988
  • co-chair of the UK Chapter of ACAMS (the global largest international membership organisation in AML & Financial Crime) 
  • has advised the UK's leading technical publishers & conference organisers on the history & current operation of Compliance & Regulation and structured the first bespoke matrix Compliance Salary Survey as to sectors & levels/responsibilities
  • writes technical articles and has spoken at Conferences (recently APCC & CISI) and on the Radio on similar

Darren Ruskin (Director) – Darren started his career in Market Regulation at the London Stock Exchange where after nearly three years he left to take on in-house compliance roles. He first spent 18 months at Daiwa SMBC in an equities front office compliance role before moving to Sucden in a similar function for two years, also now looking after commodities trading. He then worked at ADM for a further two years in Compliance covering all products including derivatives, until joining CRS in 2005.

David Crook (Senior Consultant) David worked for a variety of major City firms (including Aviva Global Investors, Goldman Sachs and UBS) in Compliance and Risk roles for over 10 years until moving into Compliance Recruitment in 2013 and joining CRS in 2017

Patricia D’Arcy (Operations Manager) – Patricia started work training as a Customer Services Manager with a leading retailer before working as an administrator in a legal team and finally spent 18 months as a Recruitment Consultant for Administrative staff before joining CRS in 2007.



We operate in Ireland as Compliance Recruitment Ireland (, a partnership with Compliance Ireland a multi-disciplinary management consultancy practice who specialise in regulatory affairs for the Irish financial services sector, handling both domestic and IFSC businesses (set up in 2006 and run by qualified professionals)