Tarka Talent

An Introduction

Tarka Talent may be a new name, but we have been active in the recruitment industry for over 7 years. We work closely with our clients to understand their recruitment needs completely. Focusing on the Strategy, Transformation, and Change Management space, across permanent and contract, we use the latest recruitment technology and our unrivalled knowledge of the industry to identify and approach the best candidates in the market.

Richard Longstreet


I launched Tarka Talent as a specialist recruitment consultancy in the Strategy & Transformation marketplace. Building on my background as a Management Consultant and my recruitment expertise, I take time to understand both my candidate’s and my client’s requirements to provide a first-class recruitment experience. 

After graduating from the University of Durham in 2013, I began work as an Associate Consultant for a large corporate recruitment agency. Unsure if recruitment was for me, I left to join the graduate scheme at Capgemini Consulting (now Invent). At Capgemini I learned the ins and outs of the consulting industry, gaining experience across Financial Services, Utilities, Transport and the Public Sector.

After an early promotion off the graduate scheme at Capgemini, I was drawn back towards the world of recruitment by my internal work to improve Capgemini’s graduate recruitment activities: creating new strategies for engaging with the best candidates, improving the gender-split of applicants and developing the assessment process.

This work made me realise my true passion was for recruitment.

So, I moved back to recruitment in 2016 to set up the Strategy & Transformation recruitment practice for 3Search. Working across consultancies and directly with industry clients, I built a number of amazing relationships which I’ve brought across to Tarka Talent with me.

In 2021, with the backing of the 11 Investments group, I decided to break my practice away, into my own recruitment consultancy, Tarka Talent.

Sam Temperton

Delivery Consultant

After an economics degree at York, and a brief foray into the world of student welfare support, I moved back down South and to London to enter the world of recruitment.

I cut my teeth in change and transformation recruitment, before joining up with Richard to support the launch of Tarka Talent – a strategy and transformation specialist.

It is testament to the hard work he has put in and relationships that he has built as a management, and recruitment, consultant that I have so much excitement for the growth journey ahead with Tarka Talent.

In my spare time, I enjoy the company of friends and a hard fought game of tennis. I’m a reluctant supporter of West Ham and look forward to many disappointing games under the lights of the Olympic stadium. I make a fantastic chicken shawarma, and a terrible Spanish omelette