The Candidate Executive Team

Headhunting Team

Our Search & Selection Team is made up of a selection of The Candidate’s Directors, who bring all of their experience, connections and professionalism to successfully deliver your brief. With combined recruitment experience of over 25 years and Laura’s 10 years spent in the performance marketing industry, you’ll be working with the most focussed and results orientated recruiters to deliver top talent with the perfect cultural fit.


Laura Walters, Executive Search - Board Director

Laura heads the Executive Search division and has over 15 years’ experience working in the Digital, Media, Marketing and Executive Search sectors. She has built long term partnerships with companies such as Social Chain, The Boohoo Group, Shop Direct, and Missguided. These are clients who have required multiple role recruitment including senior levels within their marketing departments. Laura focuses on the senior market across both client and agency side, regularly placing candidates at £100k+ salary levels. Laura enjoys being part of the wider Marketing community, speaking at events such as Prolific North. As a prominent committee member at the Bloom North network she is their Head of Connections and has won significant awards during her career including the National Recruitment Consultant of The Year at a Marketing & Recruitment Awards ceremony.


Brian Matthews, Founder and Director

Brian is Managing Partner and Recruitment Director at The Candidate. He has over 20 years recruitment experience in finance, digital & ecommerce, public and marketing sectors. His career has taken him initially from leading the flagship operation in Manchester to then launching Robinson Keane Recruitment’s offering into The Midlands and beyond. He has spearheaded The Candidate’s growth from a local marketing recruiter into a nationwide brand. Brian prides himself on his consultative approach to clients helping many of the North’s leading companies plan and implement their recruitment requirements from C- Suite placements through to retained recruitment projects. Working closely with Private Equity business’s Brian has a wealth of experience in identifying talent for ambitious SME’s. Brian has won National Recruitment Boss of The Year at Marketing & Recruitment Awards ceremony in London after being nominated by his team for work in building the agency and its effective recruitment strategies


Natasha Munro, Executive Search & Selection Resourcer

Natasha focuses on the candidate experience, from the initial research and mapping, through to onboarding, to create a seamless journey throughout the process. Natasha works alongside the Senior Director in the Search and Selection team, and has over 10 years experience in recruitment across a range of different industries. Her approach has always centred around the candidate - understanding their needs and wants in a new role, and successfully matching those needs to an array of suitable opportunities.

To get in touch with one of our award-winning team, call 0161 833 1044 or email [email protected].


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