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I just wanted to say how great you and the team have been yet again.
— Drug discovery consultant
It has been a pleasure working with one of the nicest men I know.
— Commercial Director of a PLC

About us

Who we are...

Rob Barton formed RBA (Robert Barton Associates) Ltd in 1995 as an independent, can do, adaptable proposition.

From a standing start RBA has grown into the successful recruitment and consultancy business that it is today, proving that our innovative and personal approach is highly effective and appreciated by our clients and applicants.

We now have an established history and a long track record of consistently satisfied customers. Our well-won reputation is jealously guarded – we work to ensure our customers, whether old or new, are delighted by what we do.
Sarah Barton has worked for nearly thirty years with international leaders from around the globe in high level administration roles, recruitment and career coaching, and in coaching people in their written and verbal communication.
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Rob has over twenty five years' corporate experience from field sales and national accounts to main board director running sales teams in the competitive recruitment industry. The last seventeen have been as a self-employed consultant working as a top-end corporate sales resource, a recruiter for clients and a psychometric testing practitioner.

Educated at Dover College and commissioned into the Royal Highland Fusiliers from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1977, he served as an infantry platoon commander with postings in Germany, Edinburgh and Northern Ireland and as a demonstration officer at the School of Infantry in Warminster, completing his service as a training instructor in Edinburgh and a qualified jungle warfare instructor.

On leaving the army, he spent three years in field sales and business development, moving into senior appointment recruitment and executive search serving on the senior management team of AEA (Edinburgh) Ltd as a director of its two recruitment companies. In 1995 Robert Barton Associates was born, initially as an executive recruitment organisation designed to partner with organisations looking to increase their effectiveness through recruiting people with the right skills, values, character and chemistry, but over the years it has continued to diversify and grow into something much more.

Clients have described Rob as strongly relational, flexible, driven yet creative, with a 'can do' attitude.
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After studying for an HND in Business Studies, Sarah settled in Edinburgh where she was appointed as PA to one of the world's leading animal geneticists in the University of Edinburgh, and then to the Professor of Agricultural Resource Management, making sure everything happened behind the scenes, including attendance at international symposia and events, together with the proofreading and publication of research papers.

Since then she has worked for nearly thirty years in high level administration roles, honing her organisational, interpersonal and presentational skills, working with international leaders from around the globe.

Since 1995 she has helped develop Robert Barton Associates into the company it is today, including being closely involved with its recruitment and careers coaching, writing CVs and resumes and giving one-on-one advice sessions and interview technique. Having taught English and trained as a proofreader and copy editor (with a range of clients across the private, public and NGO sectors), she also helps people communicate more effectively through both the written and spoken word so they can live lives of greater joy and accomplishment.

Clients have described Sarah as highly enthusiastic, affirming, empowering and provocative in a confidence-building way.

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