Quite simply, The Candidate was formed due to market demand from both clients and candidates for a better quality of service. We can offer this by merging recruitment and media backgrounds with both experience and talent.


Colin Telford

Colin Telford - Managing Partner

Colin has over 16 years experience working in agencies and built a real skill for accurately identifying client's requirements and delivering them within their respective markets. Whether it's maximising volume of online leads driven from media owners for Marks & Spencer Financial Services or increasing quality of customer driven from affiliate sites for eBay, he can be sure to meet their needs. Now having successfully turned his hand to recruitment, Colin is The Candidate's Media Specialist with ample market understanding to meet any brief. 

Likes: White wine, Australia, Horse Racing, Festivals, Family

Dislikes: Milk, Laziness, Mosquitoes, Dub step, Gin, American Sitcoms

Brian Matthews

Brian Matthews - Managing Partner

Brian has over 16 years recruitment experience across all sectors. Having managed and developed recruitment consultants and managers alike for 14 years. Taking a pride in his long standing relationships with candidates and clients, he is keen to bring his ethos, passion and drive into the media marketing recruitment. The Candidate has been launched with the focus being on all businesses most valuable commodity- its people. By combining his recruitment knowledge and Colin's media background, they believe that they will create a tailored service. Brian regularly contributes to job hunting resources such as The Sun newspaper employment section, Total Jobs and The Candidate blog to name a few.  

Likes: Thai Food, Man United, Playing Golf Poorly, Running Marathons and Beer

Dislikes: Lateness, Negativity, Marmite, Gin, Queuing for Anything

Laura Walters

Laura Walters - eCommerce Recruitment Director

Laura has a significant senior candidate network that powers her executive search and selection successes. She has unprecedented access to a significant level of passive candidates who are open to developing their senior careers.

Having spent 10 years in media sales developing a nationwide network, she is now Recruitment Director and focuses on Senior Hires within eCommerce, Fashion, Finance, Travel and Media Sales.  

She has developed strong relationships with many of the top-flight companies across a range of sectors in the region and is well respected as a successful and dedicated professional head hunter.

Likes: Animals, good food and any wine, country pursuits, 90's music, Filofaxes, Italy and The Cotswolds

Dislikes: Animal cruelty, being unorganised, traffic jams, time wasters and bad manners

Simon Clarke

Simon Clarke - Recruitment Operations Director

Simon has spent 8 years working in recruitment in the Northwest and successfully built the core Advertising Agency Recruitment Department within The Candidate.

His strong relationships with the Big 3 Media agencies and many other creative and marketing outfits in the region gives him direct access to the most senior vacant agency roles in the market at any time. 

His success comes from being briefed as soon as the vacancy becomes live and filling it quickly using local and national and international sourcing and engagement practices.

Likes: Food, Wine, Music, Football, Books,

Dislikes: Wind and Rain (at the same time!), Katie Hopkins, Group gym sessions

Caldon Henson

Caldon Henson - eCommerce Recruitment Manager

Caldon joins The Candidate with 3 years B2B sales experience within eCommerce and the digital market. Having serviced and worked for a number of digital businesses, he has a strong understanding of the eCommerce marketplace and an excellent knowledge of the day to day running of online businesses. Caldon has a real interest in all things digital, and likes to keep up with all the latest trends in the industry.

Caldon is a keen sportsman which unpins his competitive nature and desire to excel and be best. A quality which will only strengthen The Candidates reputation, as the leading digital marketing recruitment agency.

Likes: Football, Theatre, Art, Music Festivals, Food, Comedy Store

Dislikes: The Cold, Losing, Celery, Washing up, Hangovers

Emma Burke

Emma Burke - Agency Recruitment Manager

Emma has recruited into Marketing, Advertising and Digital agencies in the North West and Yorkshire for the past 7 years, and has built a strong network of client and candidates during this time.

She prides herself in being ethical, honest and hardworking in her approach. With a strong knowledge of the industry, she makes targeted introductions to candidates based on their criteria, skills and experience rather than talking through a list of available jobs and loves meeting with her clients to talk through the most important aspects of their business, and find out more about their culture.

Outside of work, you’ll usually find her at The Metropolitan in Didsbury with friends or eating out at a restaurant.

Likes: Eating out, Rum, Trainers, Whales/Fish, Italy

Dislikes: Bad manners, Mustard, HIIT sessions, Spiders, Sambuca

Rachel Wilson

Rachel Wilson - Senior Recruitment Operations Co-ordinator

Originally an English graduate, Rachel found her way into recruitment through the Education sector. Having spent 18 months working in recruitment, she has a solid knowledge of the recruitment process, and possess the organisational skills to progress in this job market. Many of the skills gained from her time as a Recruitment Consultant are easily transferrable to the position of Senior Recruitment Operations Coordinator.

The most important thing to Rachel is finding the right candidate for the right job - which is the main thing that drew her to The Candidate.

Likes: Cats, Penguins, Football, Beer, Gigs, Sarcasm,

Dislikes: Lies, Malibu, Mushrooms, Sharks

Melanie Telford

Melanie Telford - Executive Resourcing and Candidate Engagement

Melanie joins the Executive Search and Selection team to support this busy department with the day to day requirements of candidates and clients. Her role focuses on finding the best fit person for the Executive level roles. Outside of work she likes to travel and is always planning her next adventure.


Likes: Wine, Coffee, Travelling, and her iPhone

Dislikes: Heights, Spiders, Being Late, Rudeness

Kicki Holm

Kicki Holm - Digital Marketing Assistant

Kicki joined the team on a permanent basis after joining us initially as Agency Life Intern. During her internship, she loved the hands-on experience of digital marketing.

She has over 3 years experience in email marketing and sales and is now looking after our social media accounts, website and participates in all marketing projects within the company.

Outside the office, Kicki studies her Masters in Digital Marketing Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University. 

Likes: Coffee, Travelling, Positivity, Giraffes, Dogs, Funny People

Dislikes: Moaning, Being Late, Laziness

Steve Allen

Steve Allen - eCommerce Recruitment Consultant

Stevie joined The Candidate recruitment team, after moving from York to Manchester. He comes with over two years experience in digital marketing and events management and has a wealth of knowledge using all media platforms. He's extremely competitive and passionate about placing the best candidate for the top role.

As if he isn't busy enough Stevie also has a passion for music and enjoys music production.  Most recently having his track feature on the Mercedes Benz advert.

Likes: Manchester City, Electronic Music, Films, Snowboarding, Cooking

Dislikes: Traffic, Cats, Negativity, Beans

Megan Cross

Megan Cross - Senior eCommerce Recruitment Consultant

Megan is our Senior eCommerce Recruitment Consultant and joins us from a strong media sales background. Her key strength is her ability to build and maintain relationships with key clients and she is always working hard to deliver and exceed client expectations.

At The Candidate she is committed to delivering tailored client and candidate recruitment services and going the extra mile to ensure the best fit for each role is achieved. 

Likes: Seafood, Wine, Festivals and Travel

Dislikes: Negativity, Mess, Sharks and Arrogance

Isabelle Turner

Isabelle Turner - Marketing and Operations Executive

Isabelle joined The Candidate last summer as a Digital Marketing Intern whilst studying Marketing at the University of Salford. After completing her internship, she decided to enhance her knowledge and skill set by joining the CRT department on a part-time basis as a Recruitment Operations Assistant. 

Now that Isabelle’s graduated, she joins The Candidate full – time as a Marketing and Operations Executive where she looks after our website, social media accounts and other marketing projects.

 Outside of work, Isabelle likes to shop, spend time with her friends and family and find new cocktail bars!

Likes: Prosecco, Sarcasm, Dogs, Meerkats, Chocolate

Dislikes: Bad Manners, Spiders, Liars, Tequila

Leif Radford

Leif Radford - eCommerce Recruitment Executive

Leif joins The Candidate with over 2 years of experience in Marketing and Design. After reading for a degree in English, he utilised his strong analytical skills to gain invaluable insight and hands-on experience within the world of eCommerce.

As one of six brothers, he’s used to having to compete for everything he wants. He is also perceptive and has a keen eye for detail, which enables him to notice things others often overlook. Therefore, he hopes the combination of his competitive spirit and skills of deduction will give him an edge when it comes to searching for those elusive top performing candidates.

Outside of the office Leif enjoys putting his boots on and exploring nature or having a few drinks and dancing (probably badly) in a bar with his friends.

Likes: Comedy, 80’s Music, Open-Mindedness, Forests and Mexican Food

Dislikes: An Empty Wine Glass, Spiders, Nuts and Tequila

Sophie Parkin

Sophie Parkin - Ecommerce Recruitment Executive

Sophie graduated University with an English & Sociology degree, but it is her experience in marketing and media sales that set Sophie on the path of recruitment with The Candidate. 

Her main strength is creating great relationships with clients and candidates by putting their experience first. 

Outside of work, Sophie enjoys reviewing music festivals, drinking Rosè wine in the sun and trying out new restaurants.

Likes: Festivals, Carbs, Sloths, Rosè wine

Dislikes: Rude people, Cats, Coffee, Being tired

Ashleigh Boyle

Ashleigh Boyle - Recruitment Consultant

After graduating with a history degree from Aberystwyth University, Ashleigh moved to Manchester to start her career in recruitment. She now has 3 years recruitment experience across the North West and specialises in digital marketing roles. Outside of work Ashleigh can be found hunting down live bands in the Northern Quarter or trying to persuade her friends to go camping.

Likes: Music, Being outside, History, Olives, Festivals and Gin

Dislikes: Queues, Baked Beans and Reality TV

Helen Logan

Helen Logan - Recruitment Executive

Helen has moved to Manchester from Edinburgh after studying Business Management with Marketing at Edinburgh Napier University. With 6 months recruitment experience already under her belt, she is looking forward to recruiting into the digital sector which she is passionate about. Outside of work Helen enjoys visiting the gym, travelling, meeting new people and making cocktails.

Likes: Travelling, The Beach, Cocktails, Going to the gym and Fajitas

Dislikes: Tomatoes, Being Bored, People who walk slow and Doner Meat