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Our Approach

The Candidate’s approach to marketing, digital and creative recruitment is to offer candidates and clients a knowledgeable and reliable consultative service. Our marketing industry experience and recruitment skills offer a great solution to help place candidates quickly and effectively. Experience the difference that working with our team will have, contact us now. 

Meet our Team

Colin Telford

Managing Partner

Colin Telford

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 sites for eBay.

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Brian Matthews

Managing Partner

Brian Matthews

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.

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Laura Walters

Marketing Recruitment Director

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.

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Simon Clarke

Recruitment Operations Director

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.

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Caldon Henson

Marketing Recruitment Manager

Caldon Henson

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 digital marketplace and an excellent knowledge of the day to day running of online businesses.

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Emma Burke

Agency Recruitment Manager

Emma Burke

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.

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Alison Livesey

Recruitment Business Manager

Alison Livesey

Alison has 8 year's digital recruitment experience, working across Yorkshire and the North West.  Having worked both agency side and in-house, Alison has built up an excellent network of candidates and has strong channel knowledge. 

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Rachel Wilson

Senior Recruitment Operations Co-ordinator

Rachel Wilson

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.

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Melanie Telford

Marketing and Operations

Melanie Telford

Melanie heads up all things marketing, communications and operations within The Candidate. She is the go-to person for just about everything and if she doesn't know, it isn't worth knowing! She focuses on marketing and is the main contact for external projects such as the Manchester Metropolitan University, Agency Life Scheme and the recently completed JEMMS project in collaboration with Salford University. In her spare time, you can usually find her at the airport heading off for a city break or walking around the peaks! 

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Megan Cross

Senior Marketing Recruitment Consultant

Megan Cross

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

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Isabelle Turner

Digital Marketing and Operations Executive

Isabelle Turner

Isabelle joined The Candidate as a Digital Marketing Intern whilst studying Marketing at the University of Salford.  After completing her internship and her degree, she is now our Digital Marketing and Operations Executive. 

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Leif Radford

Marketing Recruitment Executive

Leif Radford

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.

 

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Sophie Parkin

Marketing Recruitment Executive

Sophie Parkin

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.

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Will Knox

Digital Marketing Intern

Will Knox

Will joins The Candidate with a passion for Digital Marketing. He is currently studying Business Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. Joining us as an Intern he has worked on many important aspects of Digital Marketing including administration of the CMS, social media, blogging and more. 

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Ashleigh Boyle

Agency Recruitment Consultant

Ashleigh Boyle

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. 

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Millie Cossins

Brand & Offline Marketing Recruitment Manager

Millie Cossins

Millie has 9 years recruitment experience across the North West and Yorkshire and focusses on Brand, Communications and Offline Marketing roles. Her strengths are the ability to build strong, lasting relationships with both clients and candidates enabling her to provide them with a great recruitment experience.

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Helen Logan

Marketing Recruitment Consultant

Helen Logan

Helen joins the team with 6 months recruitment experience within the construction industry but her passion for digital marketing is what attracted her to The Candidate. 

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Dominique Henshaw

Creative Recruitment Manager

Dominique Henshaw

Dominique joins The Candidate with 3 and a half years’ experience recruiting within the Creative sector. With previous agency experience and a Graphic Design degree herself, her industry knowledge and ability to identify talent is first-rate. Having previously run a lucrative temp desk in London, she now heads up the creative offering at The Candidate, working across temp and perm hires.

 

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Bethany Hillan

Recruitment Executive

Bethany Hillan

Bethany joined The Candidate after graduating from the University of Leeds where she completed a master’s degree in Political Communication and a BA in Communication and Media. Her experience in social media marketing and sales is what brought her to the Candidate.

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Rebecca Birch

Digital Marketing Assistant

Rebecca Birch

Rebecca joined the team on a permanent basis after initially joining us as an Agency Life Intern. She is now looking after our Social Media Accounts, website, and content management, whilst completing her Marketing Degree at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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With an unprecedented growth in digital, media and eCommerce over recent years, talent creation is becoming increasingly more pressing for clients recruiting candidates at the top level of management including directors. It is no longer only required at middle management level.

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