We are specialists in the recruitment of DV & SC security cleared technical roles

We are experts in Cloud Engineers

We are specialists in Data Analysts

We are experts in UX Designers

Established in 1981, Datasource has an enviable proven track record of delivering flexible contract and permanent recruitment solutions to leading global companies.


Investors in People Platinum

We are part of the 2% of UK business population to achieve this.


Agency spend

Our services make up to 89% of our clients Key Account spend.


Active candidates

Each one qualified, cleared and vetted.


Years in business

It was an extremely proud moment, celebrating our 40th birthday in 2022.

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Industry Leading

An industry leading and trusted recruitment agency, we are Investors in People Platinum & ISO 9001:2015 accredited. 

We value our relationships with our clients and our customer service is second to none.

We understand the challenges your company faces and we can use our many years of experience and specific expertise to recruit the best IT and Tech talent for you.

Our history

1982 .

Datasource was founded by Bill Macleod in Camberley, UK. It was a huge leap with a young family in tow.

1983 .

Datasource moved to Cheltenham after securing a huge contract with Smiths Industries now GE Aviation to supply software and test engineers, along with NATS, Ferranti & GEC Marconi.

1985 .

Soon Datasource became known for software engineers and local government bodies signed Datasource up to supply them too. Other clients included; Lucas Industries, Matra Marconi, Kelvin Hughes & Inmarsat.

1995 .

Stuart Macleod joined the family business shortly after graduating Cardiff University with a degree in Business Management.

1998 .

Datasource became a HMG certified supplier to local and National Government Departments helping to support the fight of National Security.

2003 .

Moved into 83 Promenade to support the local cyber community.

2004 .

Stuart became the Managing Director & Shareholder.

2005 .

Lindsay Babbage joined the business as an administrator.

2015 .

Lindsay Babbage became Shareholder Director.

2016 .

Datasource began to deliver permanent placements. Turning Datasource into a Contract & Permanent Recruitment Business.

2017 .

The Datasource Consultancy Division was born.

2018 .

Datasource became an IIP Gold awarded business & began it’s journey delivering resources to huge Blue Chip Tech Firms.

2019 .

Datasource won the Family Business of the Year award.

2019 .

First Platinum Recruiter and Recruitment Business Partner – Lauren Gallagher.

2021 .

Datasource rebranded!

2022 .

Datasource became an IIP Platinum awarded Business

2022 .

Datasource celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Business! 

2023 .

Lauren became Key Account Director

As someone who has had contact with you in the past, I felt that your text message felt like a more personal touch and that you genuinely cared. Emails are so easy to miss/ignore but texts feel different. Phone calls can so easily be at an inopportune time so a text and then call to follow up made me feel like I mattered.

Tom Smith, Agile Business Analyst (SC Cleared) at MoD

It’s been a really great experience working with you and Datasource for the last 3 years :) and I’m very happy to work with Datasource again in the future.

I have enjoyed working with Datasource for the past 7/8 months and would highly recommend you to any potential contractor or company looking for an agent.

Our accreditations

Cyber Essentials Plus
Disability Confident Committed
Investors In People Platinum

Our process

We follow an in-depth process at Datasource, ensuring that every client gets the best level of service.

  1. Supplier briefing
  2. Refer a friend incentives | Recruitment events | Linkedin video advertising | Pull team resources
  3. Qualify candidate
  4. Compliance and security checks
  5. Submission sheet
  6. Submit onto portals: Taleo, Fieldglass, Ariba, Jobtrain
  7. Acknowledgement email - right to represent
  8. Touch point call for client feedback about candidates they are interested in
  9. Good luck email sent to candidate along with interview information
  10. Teams interview and/or technical tests
  11. Offer is made and negotiated
  12. Obligations and legislations discussed
  13. Offer accepted
  14. Prep candidates
  15. Touch base with candidates monthly
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Our sectors

With nearly 40 years of experience recruiting technical roles, we pride ourselves in providing recruitment solutions for:

Our Team

Future focused leaders

Our commitment to training and development, paired with our experienced and future focused experts is what sets Datasource apart in our sector.

Stuart Macleod, Lindsay Babbage and Lauren Gallagher make up our passionate leadership team, with over 35 years of experience between them, their aptitude and proficiency is unrivalled.

Lindsay Babbage

Company Director
01242 521 358 · Send an email

Stuart Macleod

Managing Director
01242 521 358 · Send an email

Lauren Gallagher

Key Account Director
07487 266 210 · Send an email

Aisling Macleod

Accounts Department
01242 521 358 · Send an email

Emily Coates

Recruitment Consultant
07462 667 619 · Send an email

Alex Ashdown

Head of Administration and Business Operation Support
07827 049 194 · Send an email

Jennie Hopkinson

Business Support
01242 521 358 · Send an email


World's Best Office Dog

Georgie Kerssenbrock

Recruitment Consultant
07552 318 259 · Send an email

Yazmin Rahman

Graduate Recruitment Consultant
01242 521 358 · Send an email

Lucile Vaillant

Head Hunter
07848 894 344 · Send an email

Rhianna Saunders

Sourcing Consultant
01242 521 358 · Send an email

Joseph Hall

Recruitment Consultant
07425 293 033 · Send an email

I have worked with Lindsay in two respects. Lindsay and her team placed me in a role which I stayed in for 5 years before moving on to progress my career. I have also since worked with Lindsay and her team as one of my key suppliers providing high calibre, niche resource requirements. In both respects Lindsay has always been incredibly professional, proactive, and always keen to think outside the box to support requirements. 

Ed Walden, Procurement Manager at BAE AI

Companies we have helped

Bae Systems
Dxc Technology
Fcdo Services
Frazer Nash
Pa Consulting

Director Editorial

"I want to start by saying, I LOVE recruitment!

At the very beginning of my career I set out with one goal in mind, to make significant amounts of money for a business whilst building a successful career in an office based environment. I am so proud it’s what I have achieved!"

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Datasource lives and breathes its clients. Our goal and mentality is to really get to know your company and requirements to grow and maintain an exceptional relationship built on trust and partnership.