Hannah Cottam

Board Member and Director

Hannah Cottam began her recruitment career in Manchester in 1999, before making the move to Sydney - where she took up a position with a leading recruiter working as a Senior Consultant within their financial division.

Upon return to the UK in 2004, Hannah joined Sellick Partnership as a Senior Consultant at Sellick Partnership’s Manchester office, setting up the Legal arm of the business along with Marianne Sellick. As a valued member of the business, she went on to become Legal Director in March 2006 and more recently Group Director in 2008. She also headed up the opening of Sellick Partnership’s Leeds office in 2009.

Hannah takes a pro-active and strategic approach to the business, supporting its growth and development. As a portfolio head, she is responsible for identifying new products and processes that the business can adopt, ensuring that Sellick Partnership is ahead of the competition and continually exceeding expectations.

Out of the office, Hannah takes a keen interest in outdoor pursuits and keeping active. She regularly participates in triathlons and enjoys climbing, cycling and off-road running as well as visiting unusual holiday destinations with friends and family.
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International Women's Day: Why Are 2 in 3 Women Still Reluctant to Seek

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Sharing the Responsibility - Shared Parental

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