Our Team


Stuart Holt – Director – LinkedIn Profile

I always wanted to work somewhere that was professional and hardworking but where they still placed an emphasis on having fun at work; I couldn’t find one, so I built one.
I’m happy to say I genuinely think everyone that works for this company enjoys coming to work, and for me that is what it is all about.
I still like to keep my hand in on the actual recruitment side of the business, the idea being to lead from the front but I have to admit the team are starting to beat me to the top of the league table.
I love to travel and having spent five years living and travelling in some very random places; from a Lion Sanctuary in Zimbabwe to the Snowy Mountains of New Zealand; I like to think I have so far made the most of life.

Dawn Saxby-Willis – Sales Manager – LinkedIn Profile

I joined Holt as the Sales Manager in December 2016 and can easily say that this is the best recruitment environment I have ever worked in. My 17 years industry experience adds great value to our team and I work with brilliant people who make me belly laugh every day.

Good food, socializing and living life to the full features heavily within the Holt culture and pretty much sums up a few of my hobbies. I’m also a massive animal lover and so it came as no surprise to my old work colleagues when I arrived back from lunch covered in mud and without shoes because I had just busted in to a field to “rescue” an old, male bull with 3 foot horns!

Richard Haigh – Recruitment Manager – LinkedIn Profile

Golf and food that’s about it really !
When I am not at Holt Recruitment ( which is rarely ) I will be found either on the golf course or in the kitchen !! I try hard to get a good life balance but sometimes it is a little difficult in our line of work.
I consider myself very focused, driven and a real team player, if someone has a problem here I am generally the one they go to.
I truly care about Holt Recruitment as a company and all the clients that I have the pleasure of working with.

For me it’s all about customer service !!

Helen Westhead – Compliance Manager – LinkedIn Profile

I like to think I bring a bit of Cornish sparkle to the company and I am an optimistic person. I enjoy an organised operation and 9 times out of 10 I will remember the crucial (often random) piece of information that someone needs. Failing that, I’ll probably have a pretty looking excel spreadsheet that no one even knew about.

Joining Holt in it’s earlier days of 2011 I am considered one of the older members – in both time served and unfortunately age!  Despite this I’ll always be amongst the last few standing on our nights out.

Piam Pishgoo – Business Manager – LinkedIn Profile

Long story short, there is never a dull moment when I am in the office. I bring a certain originality, zest and diversity to our Bodyshop Division at Holt Recruitment.  I have earned a very good reputation in the Automotive Industry and I am extremely proud of the recommendations and testimonials I receive from my clients.

In my own time I let off some steam by boxing in the gym during the week but the weekends are for letting loose; eating out (the odd burger challenge) and enjoying a couple of cold ones with friends. I like living life to the max, I have travelled the world and experienced a lot but deep down I love nothing more than spending time with my family.

Peter O’Sullivan – Recruitment Consultant – LinkedIn Profile

Where do I start, my nickname in the office is Dancing Pete; enough said!  I have now been with Holt Recruitment for a year and I can’t believe how quick the time has gone.  It is a great office to work in, the people and banter are great.  Away from work I love spending time with my children & partner, I also like watching the football and having a good time is pretty much how you’ll find me!  Oh and I like to indulge in the occasional “Big Mac Challenge.”  I am looking forward to the next 12 months with Holt and the opportunities that this will bring.

Andy Gosling – Senior Commercial Fleet Recruiter – LinkedIn Profile

I have come from the Hays School of Recruitment so I am organised and highly motivated. My claim to fame is that I still have the record for the highest number of temporary workers out at one time in the area.  I have been working in motor trade recruitment now for a number of years and have a wealth of knowledge in the commercial sector as well as dealership and retail.  Outside of work it pretty much comes down to family time with my 4 children and as much football as I can get in.  I’m a bit of a Bear Grylls at heart, I love nothing more than to be outside in the forest with the boys making dens and bows and arrows.

Neil Taylor-Smith – Senior Commercial Fleet RecruiterLinkedIn Profile

Recruiting has been my career for more than 25 years and consequently I have amassed a wealth of experience of what works and more importantly what doesn’t!  I joined Holt Recruitment due to the fact that they are the market leading automotive recruitment company that share my work ethic. We are a youthful office; we have a lot of fun and we get the job done.  We provide an unrivalled recruiting service and experience to both client and candidate alike. So far, we have a winning partnership!

On a personal note I don’t really get the opportunity to do much, as the four terrors I call children keep me chasing my tail almost every minute. If I’m not producing art work with the girls, I’m frantically trying to keep up with the boys in the gym. It does mean I spend most of my life laughing though and I always have a few funny stories to tell the guys on a Monday morning.

Steve Bennett – Senior Commercial Vehicle Recruitment Consultant – LinkedIn Profile

After many years of working directly for dealerships in the motor trade and working my way up the ranks, the time came to explore the world of Recruitment and I have never looked back! Being a recruiter for approaching 4 years now, I have built a great reputation with my clients and candidates alike and I take great pride in what I do.

“Work hard, play hard” I am always getting told, so when not working you will either find me in a muddy field with a Beretta in hand attempting to shoot a good clay pigeon score or keeping entertained through some other venture such as go karting, track days, weekends away and exotic holidays (most recent being Bali – Epic!).

“If you do what you love, you love what you do.”

Ross Goode – Commercial Vehicle Recruitment Consultant – LinkedIn Profile

I am currently the new boy in the office but have been made so welcome by everyone who works here.  Coming from a Sales Management background, I enjoy communicating with both customers and businesses and I am loving the rewards recruitment gives you.  In my spare time, I love spending it with my wife and 3 children – occasionally playing but mostly watching football – especially my team, Arsenal!  I have never enjoyed working for a company as much as I do Holt Recruitment and look forward to my future with them!

Scott Bailey – Senior Recruitment Consultant – LinkedIn Profile

Before joining Holt I had always been interested in the Recruitment industry, I wondered whether it was something I could personally manage.  Coming from an Insurance Telesales background I have always been comfortable speaking to customers, closing the sale and moving on to the next one!  Recruitment has been a complete game change for me with a process to follow and a lot more admin!  I am so happy that I did make this move, it was such a good feeling when I got my first placement and saw how much of a difference I could make to someone’s career!

At the weekends I love being able to spend some time with my family; being a twin myself, with seven sisters and 30 nephews and nieces it does take a lot of my time!!  With a family as big as ours, I had to be in sales to pay for the birthday and Christmas presents each year!

Eric Duxbury – Recruitment Consultant LinkedIn Profile

After leaving Bournemouth University I began my first role in Recruitment for a number of years in the Hospitality sector. After 3 years I took some time out to catch a plane to Japan & spend a fair bit of time with my partner, mostly eating and being a massive tourist, then back to Bournemouth this time to recruit within the Automotive industry. Both share their similarities being in the Service Sector and being hugely important to the UK Economy – the pace is & always will be fast & furious (you heard the pun here first) & I have grown to love that. Outside of work you’ll probably find me, at a gig, on a squash court, at the studio, or back in the office sourcing hard to fill jobs.

Kelly Ratcliffe – Administrator and Marketing Associate – LinkedIn Profile

As one of the newer recruits in this fabulous company, you’ll usually see me drinking unhealthy amounts of tea, telling the team about the latest (and crazy) things trending on social media , or checking out the latest automotive news! I’ve already won a couple of awards in my time here, including joint sassiest female, and letting my hair down (a bit too much) at a recent after work party. It’s safe to say I work hard and play harder!

Outside of the office, I’m a bit of an adventurer and always trying to experience new things, be it unusual  food, new activities or meeting new people. Last year I visited 9 different countries around the world… so I don’t think I’m doing too badly!

Lauren Crutcher – Administrator – LinkedIn Profile

Joining the Holt Recruitment Administration department at the age of 17 definitely opened my eyes to the working world! I am a local girl who enjoys nothing more than making the most of where I live, chilling out on the beach with some tunes and good company. We have a lot of fun whilst at work and plenty of reward nights out. Despite my stature ( 5 feet tall ) I am a big part of the team already and I am always amongst the last to go home! My iPod is constantly attached to my ears and despite being born after most of the office had finished their GCSE’s, I surprisingly like a lot of the same music as everyone else. Especially the 90s !

Lauren Watts – Recruitment Consultant – LinkedIn Profile

I’ve only been with Holt Recruitment for a short while and joining the company was one of the best decisions I’ve made!  I already feel like part of the Holt family and enjoy hearing all of the crazy stories the guys have to tell.  I’m a glass-half-full kind of girl and I like to think I bring a good energy to the company.  I love travelling and recently returned from a 6 week trip around the East Coast of America. My favourite pastime is food and you will always find me first up at the table if there’s any around!