The Headhunting Team

Read about our team of senior-level recruiters and why they are best to service your executive search requirements. 

Laura Walters The Candidate

Laura Walters

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.


Simon Clarke The Candidate

Simon Clarke

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.


The Candidate Brian Matthews

Brian Matthews

Brian has built up nearly 20 years of recruitment experience across a range of sectors, now specialising in Digital covering Marketing, Media, Creative and IT. His solid relationships with clients across the Northwest and beyond are active and developed, giving him insight into many planned senior hires. Whether its advertising agency side or client side, he has unparalleled success in applying his own headhunting methods to successfully deliver search and selection results. As Managing Partner of The Candidate, he oversees the entire recruitment team and deals with senior roles from across the agency client base and has full access to tens of thousands of prospective candidates.

To get in touch with one of our award-winning team call 0161 833 1044. 

Find out more about our search and selection services here. 

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It didn’t take long to build rapport with Laura, as her excellent communication skills shone through from the start. She placed me in my most recent position and was very thorough in liaising between myself and my prospective employer at the time - an often understated skill. Moving to a new city for the position at short notice was not going to be easy, but Laura made sure I was as informed and prepped as possible when going through the interview stages and seemed to always have my best interests at heart. One of the most personable recruiters I have worked with, and I will certainly be calling her first when I am considering changing position again!

Michael, CRM Manager, July 2017