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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 has over 20 years experience working in agencies and built a real skill for accurately identifying client's requirements by delivering them within their respective markets. By combining his hands-on and strategic marketing knowledge with his 6 years recruitment experience, he’s been core to the successful growth at The Candidate. 

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Brian Matthews

Managing Partner

Brian Matthews

Brian has over 18 years recruitment experience across all sectors having managed and developed recruitment consultants and managers alike for 16 years. Taking pride in his long-standing relationships with candidates and clients, he is core to the recruitment delivery at The Candidate.  

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Laura Walters

Recruitment Board Director

Laura Walters

Laura 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. Having previously spent 10 years in media sales developing a nationwide network, she is now Recruitment Board Director assisting her connections quickly fill vacancies or successfully climb the career ladder.

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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 Regional Recruitment

Caldon Henson

Heading up our Regional Recruitment Department, Caldon offers a wealth of knowledge across all areas of recruitment within the digital and e-commerce space. Having recruited globally for some of the world largest brands he is able to provide expert insight into the market. Providing a consultative and tailored service that suits business needs.

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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 8 years, and has built a strong network of clients and candidates during this time. She prides herself on 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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Megan Cross

Marketing Recruitment Manager

Megan Cross

Megan is our Marketing Recruitment Manager consultant and comes 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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Leif Radford

Analytics Recruitment Manager

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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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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Sophie Parkin

Senior Marketing & eCommerce Recruitment Consultant

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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Helen Logan

Senior Contract and Agency Recruitment Consultant

Helen Logan

Helen has over 2 and a half years of recuitment experience, joining The Candidate after 6 months in Construction Recruitment. She now brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise into her role, specialising in both agency and contracting.

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Felix Peach

Analytics Recruitment Consultant

Felix Peach

Felix graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Psychology and is currently studying a part-time research masters in Psychology. Strong interpersonal & analytical skills, as well as a passion for helping others, is what attracted him to recruitment with The Candidate. Outside of work his main interests are music and sport, particularly football as he is a devoted fan of Arsenal football club.  

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Emily Clarey

Marketing and Creative Recruitment Consultant

Emily Clarey

Emily’s experience in marketing and her creative background lead her to the candidate. Her degree in Fine Art and the History of Art developed strong analytical skills and enhanced her passion for all things creative.

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Bethany Hillan

Recruitment Consultant

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. Beth is now completing her pHD and joins us on a part-time basis to assist in our Contracting Department. 

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Matt Hopkins

Marketing Recruitment Executive

Matt Hopkins

Matt joins The Candidate having recently graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Film and Media Studies. Originally from Leicester, Matt fell in love with Manchester and seeked a job in recruitment which led him to securing a place here with us as part of our marketing team. Outside of work Matt is a keen traveller and his other interests include music, fashion and football.

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Elliot Jones

Marketing Recruitment Executive

Elliot Jones

Elliot graduated from University in 2018, having studied Business Management. Elliot loved developing a rapport with clients in his previous positions, as a result, he knew The Candidate would be a great place to begin his career. In his downtime, you can catch Elliot on the slopes, having just completed a ski season in Val D’Isere, France.

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Beth Farrar

Marketing Recruitment Executive

Beth Farrar

Graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Psychology last year, Beth has a keen interest in building relationships and helping others which led her to want to pursue a career in recruitment with The Candidate. In her spare time, Beth loves to travel, listening to music and exploring new places. 

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Roma Sachak-Patwa

Analytics Recruitment Executive

Roma Sachak-Patwa

Roma recently graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Geography and Geology BSc. Throughout her time at University, Roma developed her confidence and interpersonal skills which drove her to begin a career in recruitment at The Candidate. In her spare time, Roma enjoys attending music festivals and can be found planning her next travelling getaway.

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Rachel Wilson

Recruitment Operations Manager

Rachel Wilson

Originally an English graduate, Rachel found her way into recruitment through the Education sector. Having spent 5 and a half years working in recruitment, she has a solid knowledge of the recruitment process and possesses the organisational skills to progress in this job market.

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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 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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Rebecca Birch

Marketing Executive

Rebecca Birch

After working as our Marketing Assistant whilst completing her Marketing Degree at MMU, Rebecca has now joined us on a full-time basis. She is now looking after all things marketing, particularly social media, whilst also supporting the operations side of the business!

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Lauren Read

Digital Marketing Assistant

Lauren Read

Lauren is the most recent addition to the marketing team. While studying for her degree in Fashion Promotion, Lauren joined us as a marketing intern and since graduating she has now joined us permanently as our Marketing Assistant!

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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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