Darinka Bradley | Managing Director
Darinka’s passion for recruitment runs in the family - her mother was a key figure in the industry! Following a very successful career working for several of the large recruitment players, Darinka followed in her mother's footsteps, kick-starting a career in the talent resourcing industry.
It wasn't long before the mother-daughter duo joined forces and began their own recruitment business in 1993. This proved to be an exciting and highly regarded partnership culminating in two branches providing a full recruitment service to an extensive client base.
Upon her mother’s relocation to Spain, Darinka decided to continue with the business and relaunched under Aldena with the same staff, work ethic, traditional values and heritage.
Role Model: Karen Brady
Crush: Robbie Williams
Fav Food: Praline and Cream Ice Cream
Fav Drink: Peach Bellini
Fav Film: The Greatest Showman
Recent Testimonials for Aldena Associates
“Our talent is finding yours”
I started working at FCA in January 2017 and from the very beginning till date Aldena have been immensely helpful and supportive throughout this journey with me. They have been extremely friendly and wholeheartedly assisted me in good and bad times. I can openly vouch for their authenticity, honesty, care and commitment towards all of their temps. I cannot express how comfortable my experience has been with them, especially Darinka who has been more then a point of contact but not less then a friend. Thank you so much for the consistency of friendliness over these years, I will definitely and 100% recommend for everyone to use Aldena Associates in assisting them for job search!
We have worked successfully with Aldena over a number of years; Harry and Mark recruiting Regional Sales Executives for us around the UK. They took time to understand our business and specific personnel requirements and we look forward to continuing to work with Aldena over the years to come.
Great service from Mark and Harry at Aldena Associates supporting us in finding a new ASM for South East Area. Excellent knowledge of market and more importantly listening and understanding our requirements to make sure the candidates met our needs. Highly recommend using these guys.
I can definitely recommend Aldena, very helpful and focused. Able to select candidates that really match the profile needed, with the appropriate experience and skills. A pleasure to deal with!
Aldena successfully recruited a Design Manager role at the start of 2020 for us in Buckinghamshire. They were competent, efficient and simplified the recruitment process. Would recommend Aldena, and particular thanks to Darinka, Mark and Harry!
Mark is an expert at building rapport and understanding the needs of his clients. He takes pride in the caliber of the candidates that he presents. In the competitive landscape that is recruitment, having a point of difference is key, under Mark’s directorship, Aldena’s point of difference is the very friendly way it ensures it understands its customer.
”I have worked for Aldena Associates for the last year six years and would recommend them to anyone and everyone. Lisa and Darinka go over and above to help me as much as they can. They are the best Agency I have worked for ever! I feel Aldena’s service is excellent and I have never had any issues with the service.It is a very good agency and I feel that staff are looked after by Aldena and the candidates are always made felt part of the company. The approach is very proficient.”
”I have had the pleasure of using Aldena Associates for my recruitment needs recently and found them to be totally professional, knowledgeable and in touch with the requirements of a busy organisation. Both Darinka and Lisa are highly approachable and genuinely go above and beyond meeting the expectations of their clients.
I look forward to the next time !”
”Having completed varying assignments through Aldena Associates I can honestly say that my experience has always been very straight forward. It has been a pleasure to have worked with Darinka and her colleagues as they have always had a focussed and supportive attitude towards my employment opportunities and have been more than helpful throughout the whole process. I look forward to using their services again should they be required in the future.”
”Aldena Associates are the upmost professionals in the industry. Darinka and Mark were a pleasure to work with. They are well organised and communicated with me throughout the process of finding and securing an employment opportunity. I would work with them again in the future.”
”Aldena Associates really listened to the type of role I was looking for and they were excellent at communicating with me. Highly recommend to those looking for a new jobs.”
”As a current temp contractor through Aldena, I am very impressed with the high level of organization and professionalism in all operations. They are very tentative and able to quickly accommodate any requests whether its regarding pay matter or enrollment into pension scheme. They operate with the highest level of diversity and inclusion, needless to mention their ability to understand the individuals where you don’t feel you are just a number. Although, this is my first temp role, Aldena processes made it feel like the only difference from permanent roles is the higher pay rate. I will happily work with Aldena anytime in the future.”
”I have worked for this company for nearly two years and cannot fault them. Lisa and Darinka go over and above to ensure I am happy. Could not see myself working for anyone else.”
”Had a great experience using Aldena. My contact was Darinka and she was knowledgable, helpful and quick to respond.”
”I am a recent graduate and was contacted by Aldena Associates through LinkedIn. Thanks to Aldena Associates I now have my first job since graduating. The person I dealt with at the company was incredibly helpful and supportive throughout the job process, from preparing me for my interview to checking how my first day went. I thoroughly recommend Aldena Associates do anyone looking for employment! My experience with the company exceeded my expectations.”
”I really recommend Aldena – both Harry and Darinka were amazingly helpful when helping me find a new role. They were always quick to respond and happy to help, from sending me job descriptions to checking in with me after my first day.”
”Mark and Harry at Aldena were a pleasure to deal with and offered me encouragement and support during the recruitment process. Thank you 👍”
”From the moment I submitted my CV to Lisa at Aldena, the support and advice I have received has been second to none. I have now secured a fantastic new opportunity and want to thank Lisa for all her help and support. A fantastic agency who I would highly recommend.”
”Aldena Associates secured me a fantastic role. Throughout, they were efficient, friendly and informative – an excellent service.”
”Great support!! Harry were very helpful and amazing. He were always quick to respond and happy to help.”
”Professional and quick service throughout the whole process. Harry was simply fantastic and could not recommend him enough! Don’t bother with the other recruitment agencies go straight to Aldena!”
”Great company to work with. Darinka and the team are very helpful and respond to every query quickly and efficiently.”
”I wanted to share my experience with Aldena Associates. I had the pleasure of dealing with Lisa Assili, from start to finish she was nothing but professional! She was so positive and genuine that I felt regardless of any outcome that I was dealing with people who care about you as well as their clients. Thank you Lisa and I wish you all the best, keep up the great work!
I really look forward to starting my new position with a fantastic company.”
”I had just started looking for a job, after being off work for a year, when I received a call from Darinka, the MD for Aldena Associates at 5pm one Tuesday afternoon. She had seen my CV on LinkedIn. She knew it was short notice, but there was a two day assignment locally the next day at 9am and asked if I would be interested in taking the role. I accepted and the next day she called me saying the company were very impressed with me and could I stay on for the following week. This turned into three months and Aldena were always professional, efficient and informative. I have now been offered a full time permanent Receptionist position with the company and just signed the contract. Aldena were really happy for me and we look forward to meeting each other and her team this Christmas.”
“I would firstly like to say a massive THANK YOU for being tremendously supportive from the first time I spoke with you. You saw potential in me and really believed that I would be a perfect fit for the role and thanks to you, I was and I got the job! I am so appreciative of your constant support throughout the interview process and after. Working with you has been stress-free and amazingly swift! I cannot wait to join a fantastic company with the help of your services. Thank you once again Darinka, you are fantastic at what you do. The card sent home was also such a special and personal touch, I loved it and am so grateful.”
“My apologies for the late response to say a big thank you for the flowers… they are beautiful… what a lovely surprise! Also a huge thank you for all your help and support you have given me right from the word go. You made the process so speedy and stress-free in a way that I’ve not experienced before with an agency. I can’t believe I applied for the job one day, interviewed the next and offered the job the next day, and here I am having finished my second week. It’s been a steep learning curve, as with all new jobs, however I’m all round delighted to be working for Lennons. Once again, a big thank you Lisa for going the extra mile to make my experience of getting back into the workplace such a stress-free and smooth transition. Kind regards. Liz”
“When returning to work after a 3 year break, my self-esteem was pretty low. I was worried that I might not be able to find a job offer suitable for me. However, after receiving a call from Lisa and chatting with her, her professionalism and enthusiasm really helped me to overcome my worries. As a result of both Lisa and Darinka’s effort I’m now working for a fantastic company with some brilliant people. Moreover, I now have my confidence back. Both Lisa and Darinka have been very helpful and supportive from day one. I can always relay on their help and support-which is great! They also paid me a surprise visit in the office just before Christmas and brought some sweet gift! –becomes sometimes little things mean a lot.”
“I’m happy with the service. Aldena have been helpful and really professional. I’d recommend this agency to anyone.”
“I have worked for Aldena for the past 3 years and I have always found Darinka and Lisa helpful, professional and supportive, I would have no hesitation in recommending Aldena Associates.”
“Working for Aldena is like being part of a big family, they are always helpful and will always try to place you in a position that is right for you so that you are comfortable and that you can grow in knowledge and experience. I have been in my position for nearly eight years, and over theses eight years I have always known that Aldena are there to help and encourage me.”
“Very supportive on the first day, I would say the whole week at the start of new role. Any queries answered same day, no matter what: holidays or pay.Honestly, nothing to complain about.”
“I would like to thank you for your excellent service, dealing with my timesheet in productive way with on time payment and prompt, helpful professional answers to my questions.”
“I applied for a Graduate role through Aldena Associates and I was contacted by Lisa very quickly to acknowledge receipt of my application. After our initial discussion Lisa was kind enough to put me forward to meet the client and two interviews later, I had secured the job. I cannot thank both Lisa and Darinka enough, especially Lisa, who constantly kept me aware of how my application was progressing and gave me feedback from the client. I am very excited to be starting my new role and could not have achieved this without you. You are both thoroughly professional, friendly and helpful and I look forward to working with you in the near future.”
“I was contacted by Aldena agency in regards to a temp role recruiting at FCA Automotive Services ( Finance company). Lisa and Darinka were both very friendly, welcoming and supportive. This role was in relation to the motor industry I had always wanted to be part of, hence why I wanted to go for it and therefore it was very ideal for me. They guided me passionately through the process of applying and attending the interview. They gave me thorough background information towards the business and the expectations required. Overall I feel very comfortable and highly satisfied with the journey so far and last but not least I would like to add on I appreciate the promptness of our email convos! Thank you Lisa & Darinka…Keep it up”
Mark Polloway | Associate Director
Mark is a high-achieving Director and Business Leader with over 25 years senior Sales and Commercial Management experience across the corporate and independent sectors. Leading companies including Philips & GE Lighting. Implementing strategies to propel organisations to market leadership while seeking value-adding solutions to drive growth, profit and the promotion of a positive organisational identity.
Expertise with business start-ups and acquisitions, working in the corporate and SME arenas within B2B and B2C along with E-Commerce and Online Retailing environments.
We are delighted that Mark joined forces with Aldena, resulting in a strong alliance.
Role Model: My Mother
Crush: Heather Locklear
Fav Food: Thai
Fav Drink: Disaronno & Coke
Fav Film: East is East
Harry Polloway | Head of Resourcing
Harry hails from a Retail Management background working for high-end luxury stores including Flannels and Ted Baker.
After experiencing a career in sales and relationship building which included recruitment responsibilities, Harry decided to follow in his father's footsteps and embark on a journey into the world of talent management.
He is an approachable and versatile individual with an unbridled sense of commitment and professionalism who we know will prove to be an invaluable asset to the team .
Role Model: Richard Branson
Crush: Tom Daley
Fav Food: Chinese
Fav Drink: Pink Gin & Lemonade
Fav Film: Dreamgirls