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The Candidate’s approach to marketing, digital, technology, 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

Executive Search, 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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Emma Burke

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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Leif Radford

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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Elliot Jones

Associate Director

Elliot Jones

Following a year abroad after his graduation, Elliot joined us in 2019 as a junior consultant with no previous recruitment experience and a passion for all things digital. Since then, Elliot’s worked his way through the ranks and is now an Associate Director, as well as heading up our junior Digital, Marketing & Ecommerce team, recruiting roles from Executives through to Senior Management.          

Elliot always strives to take the formality out of recruitment and loves building a genuine rapport with candidates and clients alike.

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

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Katy Nagy

Creative Recruitment Manager

Katy Nagy

Katy has over 6 years’ recruitment experience in creative, digital and marketing. She has partnered with a multitude of well known global brands, and acted as a trusted partner in their recruitment strategy. Katy will be leading a new division at The Candidate, focussing on Freelance and Creative hires. She is hugely passionate about all things freelance and is always on hand for advice, or a general gossip.

When not waxing lyrical about IR35, Katy is a massive film buff, houseplant killer, and avid baker. She is also quite partial to karaoke and will belt out the classics (even when told to shut up!)

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Meg Hughes

Senior Marketing Recruitment Consultant

Meg Hughes

Meg is a Senior Recruitment Consultant in the Marketing Team. She has worked in recruitment for 2 years and even did her Masters in Public Relations! She loves taking a creative approach to her work and meeting new people.

She loves keeping fit doing ballet and going to the gym (when she’s not making cocktails with her friends or watching the new series of Love Island!)

**Meg has spent the summer teaching dance at Camp America – and even had to dodge tornadoes!**

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Victoria Fuentes

Senior Marketing Recruitment Consultant

Victoria Fuentes

Victoria has joined the operations team to help candidates find their dream jobs in Marketing and Advertising, from various specialties including PPC, SEO, Affiliates, Paid Social, and so on. Thanks to her experience in fast fashion and her agency marketing background, she is at the forefront of innovative marketing!

When not in the office, she enjoys taking part in HIIT workouts (both at home and in the gym) and balancing a healthy lifestyle. She also loves catching up with friends and ordering (a few too many) clothes online.

*Victoria lived in Chile and Dubai before moving to Manchester! She is also bilingual in both Spanish and English*

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Ceri Whitney

Senior Contract Recruitment Consultant

Ceri Whitney

Ceri has seven years recruitment experience to date working mostly in the Commercial sector. After running a successful temporary desk for the last four years, she has a proven track record of being tenacious and is able to work at pace whilst still providing the best quality service to both clients and candidates alike.

Ceri has a shopping obsession and the postman arrives pretty much on a daily basis (it’s bad). When she isn’t online shopping, Ceri is either at the gym, out at bottomless brunch with friends or snuggling up with her two Chihuahuas.

**Her name is a welsh spelling, even though she isn’t welsh and is actually pronounced “Keri” as no one gets it right!**

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Chris Phair

Agency Recruitment Consultant

Chris Phair

Chris is a member of our Agency team recruiting for roles across digital, creative and PR. He comes equipped with a degree in Animation and still loves having a good chin wag with his candidates about film and television.

Chris grew up in Northern Ireland and moved to Manchester for university as well as to have Old Trafford on his doorstep. Outside of the office Chris can normally be found skating, bouldering or having a few pints with his mates.

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Evie Barker

Recruitment Executive

Evie Barker

Evie is one of our Recruitment Consultants - she has a degree in Marketing and a background in digital and social media marketing, both freelance and for Manchester marketing and PR agencies. She's joining the candidate to help the fresh talent of Manchester find there dream jobs!

Evie likes all things streetwear, a passion which goes hand in hand with her love of travelling, seeking out the latest trends and the coolest designers across the globe! When she’s not in the office you’ll find her attending as many festivals and gigs as she can!

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Henry Walker

Recruitment Executive

Henry Walker

Henry is one of our Recruitment Consultants. Like many graduates, wasn’t sure on what his next steps would be after finishing his Marketing and Management degree at university. The Candidate seemed like the perfect fit for the next chapter in his life as he aimed to help students like him find their next role.

Outside of the office Henry is a massive foodie, enjoys (trying to) keep fit in the gym and going to Old Trafford on the weekends.

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Phil Morris

Technology Recruitment Executive

Phil Morris

Phil is new to the recruitment scene but has worked in a Business Improvement role over the last year since graduating – meaning he has a real understanding of what makes companies thrive! Phil will be focusing on Technology and IT roles at The Candidate which is where his passion lies. When not on the phone to potential candidates or clients, Phil can be found at the gym (he’s a fitness fanatic!), or on big walks with his family as he loves nature and the outdoors!

**Phil is a proud Manchester United fan!**

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Sam Carr

Analytics Recruitment Consultant

Sam Carr

Sam has joined the Analytics team to help candidates find their perfect role. This is his first step into recruitment, but has years of experience in both agency and in-house marketing teams, and has gained insights specialising in influencer marketing for global market leaders.

When not in the office, he enjoys going to the gym and heading out on big hikes with his small dog. He also enjoys going to festivals and doing one too many pub crawls. He an avid chef and enjoys making a variety of different dishes from different cultures, especially from where he grew up abroad, but claims he doesn’t have the patience for baking!

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Jamie Roberts

Recruitment Consultant

Jamie Roberts

Jamie graduated in Business Management in in 2019, and went straight into a fast-paced sales role. He decided to take the step into recruitment after finding the right fit with us at The Candidate. His business experience means he can really understand what both clients and candidates are looking for! Outside of work you can find Jamie catching up with friends, watching boxing and MMA, and planning plenty of trips away!

Jamie has travelled extensively, visiting 29 countries by the age of 25 - including time living in australia!

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Rachel Beattie

Recruitment Consultant

Rachel Beattie

Rachel has just joined The Candidate Team as a Recruitment Consultant. She studied Fashion Marketing at The University of Leeds and is really excited to see what she can bring to the agency!

At the weekend Rachel loves to explore new restaurants, have a cosy movie night in or book spontaneous city breaks with her friends.   

She considers herself a pornstar martini connoisseur and loves meeting new people.

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Sara Taylor

Recruitment Consultant

Sara Taylor

Sara is one of our Recruitment Consultants finding the right fit for clients and candidates across creative and digital. With a Fashion Promotion degree and internships with fashion brands and marketing agencies, she has insight into many roles within these markets. She is now eager to find the up-and-coming talent of Manchester the ideal next step in their careers!

Outside of the office, Sara loves a pint, pub quiz, bar crawl, and dogs! Listening to a wide range of music, she’s often at a gig or festival. She enjoys yoga, cooking for her friends, walks in the countryside, and visiting new places. You’ll also often find her scrolling through various brand websites and placing a few too many orders!

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Kourtney Dunmall

Recruitment Consultant

Kourtney Dunmall

Kourtney is a graduate in English Literature with Politics, and decided to embark on her recruitment career in the tech space as she is intrigued by all things digital, analytic, and innovative. 

She loves playing netball, enjoys a long hike, and is always learning new phrases in different languages! Kourtney spent a lot of spare time during the pandemic hosting free English classes for children struggling to keep up with their studies. 

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Natasha Munro

Search & Selection Resourcer

Natasha Munro

Natasha is an experienced recruitment consultant, and has a wide ranging industry background. She will be joining the Search & Selection team as a Recruitment Resourcer to help find the best candidates for senior and executive roles. Outside of work, her weekends are spent doing all things family orientated, as she is a working mum of five!
 
Natasha loves listening to cheesy 90s hits, and travel programs are her go watch after a busy day.

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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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Natalie Metcalf

Marketing Executive

Natalie Metcalf

Natalie handles the social media and content for The Candidate! Writing everything from job specs to blogs, she loves finding a creative way to engage with clients and candidates alike.

When not at her laptop, Natalie is a keen baker who's always bringing sweet treats into the office, and her camera roll is full of pictures of her two kittens! She also spends way more time on TikTok than she'd like to admit.

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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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