jacqui elliott & bell milne

With a shared passion for people & small business we forged a partnership based on supporting people like us in business to get the best results from their teams.

Combining our past experiences in recruitment, human resources, retail, marketing and sales we have been able to support business in all sectors find the best talent possible and then manage them to their full potential.

So firstly, you are in good company! We are highly capable and people centric professionals but we are also people in business who experience the same things you do – and we pride ourselves on knowing small business aches and pains and applying realistic strategies to help you achieve your business goals. Your success is ours!


So what do we know? The landscape of business, people and talent has changed dramatically in the digital age, and the nature of the workforce is completely different, so out with the traditional recruitment & HR strategies and in with astute and savvy approaches to the evolving business world!


Our focus here at Astute is to understand your business, your future and your needs. This is so we  can captivate your desired talent through creative and interesting attraction strategies and give you best practice support to keep your superstars thriving. With the best in the business on your team, don’t stress, we’ve got you covered!


Not only will we provide a strong mix of HR & recruitment expertise, we add in a cracking sense of humour, and ensure our partnerships are not only fruitful, but enjoyable!

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about jacqui

My major passion in life is meeting entrepreneurs and learning about their journey. There is nothing more courageous than putting everything on the line to realise your dreams.

I hate mushrooms, spring is my favourite season and I have a secret lifetime crush on Dick Van Dyke.

I love every aspect of what I do, but behavioural profiling is the most fun! Helping people discover who they are and how to get the most out of themselves is very rewarding.

Astute is the realisation of my dreams and there is nothing else in the world I would rather be doing. 

about bell

I have always been motivated by helping others and sought a career where I could combine my passion for people and business. Seeing people flourish in their careers and enjoy what they do is what gets me up every morning.


I enjoy tennis (although I am not very good), my weakness is attention to detail - I am much more focused on the big picture and  my goal in this business is to demonstrate that you can and should always pursue your goals, no matter the risk!