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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 18 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 16 years recruitment experience across all sectors having managed and developed recruitment consultants and managers alike for 14 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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Caldon Henson

Head of Contract Recruitment

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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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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Christian Bloor

Senior Brand and Offline Recruitment Consultant

Christian Bloor

Christian joins The Candidate with over six 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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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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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

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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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. Her experience in social media marketing and sales is what brought her to the Candidate.

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Dave Mullan

Marketing Recruitment Consultant

Dave Mullan

Dave joins The Candidate after completing a degree in Marketing Management at MMU, with a background in sales and marketing. As part of his degree he completed a year long work placement at Dentsu Aegis Network, eventually extending his contract and then later returning part-time. Dave has developed strong networking skills and a strong work ethic making him an ideal member of The Candidate team.

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Chloe Connett

Marketing Recruitment Consultant

Chloe Connett

Chloe graduated from The University of Huddersfield with a drama degree, since then she has worked with special needs children in an education setting. Her passion for helping people and wanting to give people a career is what has brought her to The Candidate.

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Felix Peach

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

Agency 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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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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Rachel Wilson

Recruitment Operations Manager

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 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

Rebecca has recently completed her Marketing Degree at Manchester Metropolitan University and joined us on a full-time basis. She is now looking after all aspects of our marketing strategy as well as providing support with operations. 

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