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The Candidate’s approach to marketing, digital, creative and analytics 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’s role at The Candidate is all things business operations, from contracts to commercials, systems to strategy through to planning and perfecting. He aims to ensure that our consultants have all the necessary tools to offer clients and candidates the best and most effective consultative service. He’s worked in an agency environment now for 20 years and has a firm understanding of the structures that need to be in place to make a successful business. He co-founded the agency and has helped it grow to its successful position in the region as the leading marketing and tech recruitment agency.

At home Colin is a family man who is married and is having some success with raising two kids.

**Colin was the first media buyer in the UK to buy a paid search campaign back in his advertising agency days in the early naughties!**

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Brian Matthews

Managing Partner

Brian Matthews

Brian’s role within The Candidate is to lead and develop all recruitment activity. He founded The Candidate with Colin with a view to build a recruitment agency that serviced a candidate short market. Leading the team through recruitment pipeline, development of consultants through to directors, strategy for the growth of the business- his role within the agency is all encompassing. Brian still remains active with hands on recruitment projects and even after 18 years within recruitment, still takes genuine pride in successfully working with both candidates and clients.

Outside of work- Brian is a family man, a massive Man United fan and when not at Old Trafford or home, you need not worry he can be easily found at his local pub having a pint or two!

**Brian still likes to be reminded that he won Recruitment boss of the year 2016!**

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Laura Walters

Recruitment Board Director

Laura Walters

Laura joined The Candidate 7 years ago and is extremely proud of how the business has grown and the fact that the business still shares the same values as it did at the beginning; exceptional service, industry expertise and working on a consultative approach. She has a significant senior candidate network that powers her executive Search and Selection successes having unprecedented access to a significant level of passive candidates who are open to developing their senior careers. She was awarded Recruitment Consultant of the Year 2015,  which has no doubt led to her comfortably taking up her Recruitment Board Director position. She also volunteers for Bloom North a professional network and community for women in communication, using her massive network to recruit and enrich members.

Laura is a country girl at heart but one that loves nothing more than a large glass of wine listening to 90s music with friends!

**She is a Freeman of the city of Chester and a campanologist (extra points if you know what that is without Googling!)**

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Elliot Muscant

Non Executive Director

Elliot Muscant

Elliot has been immersed in the digital economy since 1999 when he co-launched the digital division of one of the industry's biggest advertising agencies.  Having since operated as CEO of said agency, co-founded a new digital advertising business, and supported a number of eCommerce companies in a non-executive capacity, Elliot brings a wealth of experience helping clients to unlock performance excellence through talent.

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Caldon Henson

Head of Recruitment

Caldon Henson

Caldon offers a wealth of knowledge across all areas of recruitment within the digital and e-commerce space. His consultative and tailored service has supported the growth of some of the region’s most successful businesses. Along with supporting a long list of businesses with team relocations to the North West where market insight and strength of network have proved invaluable.

Away from recruitment you will most likely find Caldon on the golf course, or watching tutorials about golf.

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Emma Burke

Associate Director

Emma Burke

Emma has worked with Marketing, Digital and Creative agencies in the North West for over 10 years, and is passionate about providing a high level, honest and efficient service to both her candidates and clients. She recruits roles across client services, project management, creative, digital and offline media.

Outside of work, she has a very cute (yet extremely cheeky) Cockapoo called Bertie, is a big fan of a glass of wine and will quite happily chat to you all day long about gardening and interior design.

**If she hasn’t already told you, she met Wes Anderson in Paris and it remains, so far, the best moment of her life**

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Alison Livesey

Associate Director

Alison Livesey

Alison has 8 year's digital recruitment experience, working across the North West. Having worked both in house and agency side she has a great understanding of both channel and business commercials. Since becoming Associate Director she continues to work senior level digital and ecommerce roles and specialises in building out new teams within North West based clients along with one off hires.

Outside of work Alison is a wine drinker, mountain hiker and food obsessive!

**Alison has visited Ibiza every year since she was 18 years old and has no plans of breaking this outstanding record**

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Leif Radford

Associate Director

Leif Radford

Leif's role at The Candidate has evolved over time, he now heads up the Analytics Department and in his own words uses his (more than) slightly obsessive and over analysing brain to work with some of the brightest candidates in the UK. He particularly enjoys helping people find a job that works for them, as well as exploring the significance of workplace culture.

Out of the office he is a houseplant hoarder, red wine drinker, and disco listener.

**He is a proud sponsor and first time public speaker at Manchester Measurecamp 2019!** 

 

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Sophie Parkin

Senior Marketing & eCommerce Recruitment Consultant

Sophie Parkin

Sophie focuses on our eCommerce and fashion clients. From Merchandisers to Social Media, she thoroughly enjoys helping her clients strategize needs for hires within their business. She loves to help people find the right role and set their path for the future.

In her spare time, she loves Yoga, reading, watching Real Housewives whilst cuddling her dog & drinking wine.

**She’s created an Instagram account to help small businesses continue through the pandemic.**

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Christian Bloor

Senior Brand Recruitment Consultant

Christian Bloor

Christian joins The Candidate with over seven year’s experience within the recruitment industry. He prides himself on integrity and is always keen to bring this to the forefront of relationships with both candidates and clients.

Christian plays golf and football any chance he can. He is, for once, enjoying being a Liverpool supporter living in Manchester. 

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Blake Thompson

Senior Contract Recruitment Consultant

Blake Thompson

Blake is part of The Candidate’s Tech Contract division, bringing over 5 years’ contract recruitment experience to the team. Having dealt with IR35 since its rollout in the public sector in 2017 Blake has a firm understanding and a demonstrated history of helping contractors and businesses navigate the landscape providing advice and expertise on both outside & inside IR35 assignments.

When he’s not brushing up on the latest IR35 news Blake enjoys cooking new and exciting cuisines from around the world, and subsequently having to make a sandwich when they don’t work out as planned.

**Blake is a big advocate for sustainable living and is always looking for and trying new things to live a greener, lower impact life (tips & hints always welcome!)**

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Jack Such

Senior Technology Recruitment Consultant

Jack Such

Jack is a Senior Recruitment Consultant in The Candidate’s Technology team. After beginning his career in Digital Marketing and having a natural drive for all things tech, he realised his passion for recruitment when he helped his first candidate find her dream role. After graduating from his MBA studies, Jack returned to The Candidate to help the region’s most exciting businesses secure Tech talent through positive recruitment strategies.

When Jack’s not at his desk or banging his head against a wall learning to code, you’ll find him keeping fit in the gym, playing rugby (badly) and blasting guitar riffs (badly) in his home studio.

**Jack loves his weekends in North Wales with his family where he’s training for his first Marathon in 2021.**

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Felix Peach

Analytics Recruitment Consultant

Felix Peach

Felix is an integral part of the analytics team here at the candidate. He has strong interpersonal & analytical skills, developed from his background in Psychology, which means he focuses on ensuring candidates are matched with a company and job role that aligns with their personality and their career aspirations.

Outside of work he is a laid back character, has music playing constantly (mainly hip hop and dance music) and enjoys watching/playing sport, particularly football as he is, stupidly, a devoted Arsenal fan.

**He loves old man/pub sports (darts, golf, snooker), and has won a darts tournament in the past!**

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Elliot Jones

Marketing Recruitment Executive

Elliot Jones

Elliot or (ET) as he is commonly known in the office, makes up one half of our junior Marketing and eCommerce recruitment team, from a young age he’s had an interest in all things digital so The Candidate was naturally a good fit for him. He always strives to take out the formality of recruitment and loves building a genuine rapport with both candidates and clients.

When he’s not at his desk, you can catch him pranking Caldon or hiding from Brian.

Outside of work, he loves Skiing, stripey tops, good food and terrible jokes.

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Melanie Telford

Marketing and Operations Manager

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 and partnerships. 

In her spare time, you can usually find her at her caravan in Wales or walking her crazy pooch, Ralph!

**Melanie did her driving test 6 times and is an impeccable driver because she had so many lessons**

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Emily Evans

Financial Controller

Emily Evans

Emily joins The Candidate as our Financial Controller with over 8 years of experience in the Accountancy world, bringing lots of enthusiasm to the role. She has plenty of experience working with both large and small companies looking to grow both internally and externally. She comes from an Accountancy firm and has experience in an external advisory capacity and with general practice business requirements.

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Chris Reynolds

Consultant

Chris Reynolds

Chris has worked in recruitment and search and selection for over 30 years. Since then, he’s worked across the globe helping his clients recruit and develop their people. Chris helped to recruit Brian into his first recruitment job in October 2000. He’s worked with Brian and Colin from the beginnings of The Candidate, and with a potent combination of psychometrics and interview techniques continues to help them bring in the best.

In his (going) spare moments, Chris plays the drums and listens to a wide variety of music.

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Doggy Otis

Barketing Lead

Doggy Otis

Leading our Barketing Department is Otis, our youngest recruit, always roaming around the office keeping everyone in check. He has won a plethora of awards for his hard work and is always here to attend to your recruitment needs (especially if you have treats).

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