Elise Walsh


Elise is a founding Partner at Pratap Partnership and helped to set up the business in April 2019. She is one of the longest standing professional practice and in-house tax recruiters within the Yorkshire region. Elise partners with many of the region’s leading professional practice firms and in-house tax functions and having worked in the market for over 15 years, Elise can leverage off her longstanding network and local expertise.

  • Trained for three years in corporate tax at an international accounting practice before beginning her career in recruitment.
  • Elise leads on executive finance recruitment campaigns for professional practice across Yorkshire for roles including Partner, Head of Tax and Head of M&A.
  • Having trained in tax, Elise has a strong understanding of the tax market and has been retained to recruit exclusively for many in house tax roles nationally.
  • Elise is a graduate in Business Finance from the University of Durham.

Quick facts about Elise



Elise lives in Ossett with her husband and 2 young sons, George and Oliver.


House Building

After finding the perfect plot of land in the perfect location, and due to being married to an architect, Elise decided to build her own house and manage the project herself. Despite it all being rather stressful at the time, she claims it was definitely the right decision, resulting in her now owning her dream home.



Elise was proud to complete the Great North Run for Breast Cancer Care alongside fellow Partner, Gillian McBride and still runs regularly to keep fit. She attends regular classes at the gym and has recently taken up Yoga.

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"I pride myself on honesty and integrity, alongside the knowledge I have of my sector which has allowed me to establish the large network I have today. Having worked with Nik, Nicola and Gillian for many years setting up Pratap Partnership was the proudest moment of my career and I am delighted with what we have already achieved as a business"

Working in recruitment for 15 years

Elise has been working in recruitment for 15 years and is one of only a small number of consultants who specialise in professional practice recruitment in Yorkshire. Regarded as an expert in her field, her network has naturally evolved throughout her career due to the fact she has followed many candidates through from being newly qualified, to being directors and partners within the region’s leading firms.

A graduate of the University of Durham and Corporate Tax trained.

Elise started her career in an international accountancy firm on a graduate training scheme, where she worked for three years before deciding that Tax was not the career for her.

She decided to explore other avenues and a friend suggested she should consider recruitment. She took the leap and managed to combine her background and experience of professional practice with recruitment and has never looked back.

Elise spent 10 Years working for Hays Senior Finance, ultimately as Head of Professional Practice for the Yorkshire Region and it was there that she met Nik and Gillian. From there, she moved on to a privately invested business, again, heading up recruitment for Practice. As an expert in her field, Elise has a deep understanding and passion for the professional practice market and has built up some fantastic relationships with her clients over the years, who have grown to trust and value her knowledge and opinion of the local market.

In April 2019 Elise helped to set up Pratap Partnership alongside fellow founding members and claims that this was the proudest moment of her career to date.

“We use Elise at Pratap Partnership regularly and very successfully for our recruitment needs.  It’s obviously important when recruiting for a role to be able to find great candidates but what sets Elise apart is her ability both to listen to what we want and to understand the culture of our firm. I can honestly say, I have never interviewed a candidate Elise has put forward who wasn’t worth interviewing and that’s what makes her one of our recruiters of choice”

Andy Irvine, Partner - Shorts

“I had a great experience as a candidate with Elise Walsh at Pratap Partnership when applying for the position of HR Director, she kept me informed every step of the way. She was thorough in her process and friendly at interview and provided helpful guidance and feedback at each stage. I'd definitely recommend her as a consultant.”

Liz Reynolds, Candidate

“Elise has supported us with the recruitment of a number of key hires across the practice in the last year.  They key to this being successful is she took the time upfront to genuinely understand our culture, vision and growth plans for the practice.  This allowed her to speak knowledgeably about our practice to potential candidates. In addition to this, during the actual recruitment phase she ensures she obtains detailed feedback from both the potential employer and candidate, so that both get an opportunity to address any concerns head on.”

Hamish, Managing Partner

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