Our Recruitment Team

If you are interested in getting to know the holt automotive recruitment team you’ve certainly come to the right place. Below you will find a little info about each of our consultants, as well as the areas and divisions they specialise in. Let’s take a look…

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Stuart Holt, PFM Director at the Holt Recruitment Group

Stuart Holt, PFM Director

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“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 is 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”.
 

Karen Wheeler, Head of Recruitment, Training & Engagement

Karen Wheeler, Head of Recruitment, Training & Engagement

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“I’m passionate about training and development and my role here is to hire great people, make sure that they have all the tools and skills they need to be truly amazing, and then make sure that everyone is happy. I’ve been in recruitment for over 20 years and have managed internal teams for both permanent and temporary recruitment. I love the variety and the buzz and I’m so excited to be a part of the team here at Holt Recruitment.

Outside of work, I love planning fun days out and trips with the family, I’m also a big foodie! I also have a springer spaniel puppy to occupy my time!”
 
 
 

Lauren Watts, Group Operations Manager | Holt Recruitment Group

Lauren Watts, Group Operations Manager

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“Since joining Holt in September 2015 I feel like I have become part of the furniture. I started my journey at Holt as an Administrator, then moving onto Recruitment and then moved into a Managerial role which is a very exciting move for me. Having learnt various different aspects of the company, I feel I have a great overall knowledge of how Holt works as a whole.

I am never one to shy away from a Holt event and tend to be one of the last ones standing miraculously. I am a massive foodie and can be very easily persuaded when bad food comes into the office. I consider myself a very upbeat person and I like to think I am relied on by the team.

Feeling like a valued member of any team is very important to me and I definitely feel that here. I have had so many amazing adventures whilst working at Holt and I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with.”

Michelle Joubert-Martin, Group Marketing Manager | Holt Recruitment Group

Michelle Joubert-Martin, Group Marketing Manager

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“I’m an ex-Graphic Designer and ex-Photographer with 7+ years as a Digital Marketing Professional. Although originally from South Africa, I returned to the UK in 2018 to join the Holt Recruitment Group and haven’t looked back since.

In an industry where it’s easy to get stuck in the typical corporate way of thinking, we really are “Anything but Ordinary” as our strap-line rightly states. So in addition to the things you might expect to see from a recruitment marketing team, my team and I also spend a lot of our time thinking up ways to showcase the culture we have here at Holt, as well as the more light-hearted and human side to recruitment and the people within our business.”

 
 

George Harper, Group Marketing Executive

George Harper, Group Marketing Executive

LinkedIn Profile

“I come from a History background, having studied Classics at University and completed my Masters in Journalism last year. I really enjoy writing, creating content and working with data, which made Marketing a natural path for me to follow in my career. That’s why I joined the Holt Recruitment Group in 2021 and I am really grateful for the opportunities it has presented me with.

The team here are so great and supportive and I really resonate with the culture that has been built. We all push each other to succeed and I know that I am here to stay.

In my spare time, you’ll find me cycling and hiking out in the countryside or enjoying a nice cold beer with my friends!”
 
 

Katie Oliver, Group Marketing Assistant

Katie Oliver, Group Marketing Assistant

LinkedIn Profile

“I studied the English Language at University where I developed a strong passion for writing before going on to complete a Masters in Investigative Forensic Psychology and made my way into Marketing through content writing for a number of brands.

I joined Holt Recruitment in January 2022 and have loved every minute of my experience so far, I can’t wait to see what my time at the company has in store for me!

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, playing tennis, going to a good old music festival and following my favourite Premier League and Formula One teams.”
 
 

Bodyshop, Accident & Repair Recruitment Team

 

Richard Haigh, Automotive Recruitment Specialist | Holt Automotive Recruitment, UK

Richard Haigh, Principal Recruitment Consultant

LinkedIn Profile

“With over 12 years of experience of recruiting in the Automotive Industry, I have successfully recruited across pretty much every sector there is! I am currently running the Bodyshop North Division along with using all the knowledge and experience I have picked up over the years to recruit for the more senior and white-collar roles in the industry.

I aid our clients in the recruitment of permanent positions, fixed-term contract roles, as well as short and long-term temporary staff to cover holidays, long term illness or just to cope with an increase in demand. I consider myself very focused, driven and a real team player. If someone has a problem 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 and building long-standing relationships.

When I am not at Holt Automotive Recruitment (which is rare) I will be found either on the golf course or in the kitchen!”
 

Sarah Piggott, Automotive Dealership and Retail Recruitment Resourcer | Holt Automotive Recruitment, UK

Sarah Piggott, Specialist Resourcer

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“The Office Aussie! I came travelling in 2010 fell in love with the culture and decided to put down roots. My background is in Hospitality and Retail Management, however, I took the leap into Recruitment and have been with Holt Automotive Recruitment now for three years and counting.

I really feel I have found my dream job as I love meeting new people and this role allows me to connect with amazing humans on a daily basis. The team here at Holt is also something else, so I certainly don’t see myself going anywhere anytime soon.

On a personal note: I still have a passion for adventure, I try to explore new parts of the world every year and expand my horizons.”
 

 

Commercial Vehicle, Fleet, Bus & Plant Recruitment Team

 

John Barnes, Head of Commercial Division at Holt Automotive Recruitment, UK

John Barnes, Principal Consultant

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Specialist Division: Commercial Manufacturers & Dealerships

“I have been working in Recruitment for around 8 years, spending the last 5 years in the Commercial Vehicle Industry and have a real passion for my work. I joined Holt in early 2020 to head up the Commercial Vehicle Team using my existing industry knowledge and recruitment experience to build a fantastic team.

Outside of work I love spending time with my family and friends, can’t get enough of eating out and spending days out in the countryside with my wife and dog.

Holt really is a great place to work and I am thoroughly enjoying my time here.”
 

Beth Hills, Business Manager at Holt Automotive Recruitment, UK

Beth Hills, Business Manager

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Specialist Division: Commercial Vehicle & Fleet

“I have approximately 5 years Recruitment experience, with the majority of this being spent within the Commercial Vehicle Industry, specifically Bus & Coach. Initially, I started my Recruitment career working in internal recruitment and found that I had a real passion for helping people in the next step of their careers. I joined Holt in late 2021 and I am really enjoying being part of the Commercial Vehicle team.

Outside of work, you’ll find me spending time with my friends and family or my dog, Mamoa. I’m always up for a good social event and everyone at Holt is fun to hang out with at and outside of work!”
 
 
 
Jonathan Young, Commercial Vehicle and Fleet Specialist Recruiter | Holt Automotive Recruitment, UK

Jonathan Young, Specialist Recruitment Consultant

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Specialist Division: Fleet, Logistics & Rental

“Coming from a Business Development background I joined Holt Automotive Recruitment in 2018. I specialise in commercial transport recruitment and can honestly say I enjoy communicating with both customers and businesses and love the rewards recruitment gives me.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my wife and 3 children – I enjoy doing anything active like snooker, football and the gym.”

 

Melissa Dickinson, Recruitment Consultant with Holt Automotive Recruitment

Melissa Dickinson, Specialist Recruitment Consultant

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“Having over 3 years experience working in the Automotive Industry I have found an interest in helping people find work. I joined the Commercial Recruitment team towards the end of 2020 and must say I really love being able to speak to and connect with a variety of different people.

I’m ambitious and looking to progress my career within the next few years – another reason why I love it here at Holt. Every effort is made to provide everyone with whatever tools or training they need to succeed and move forward. And with the business constantly growing and evolving, it’s certainly exciting times to be here at Holt!

In my spare time, I do boxing and I spend time with my friends and family! I also love spending time with my dog.”
 
 
Liam Snell, Specialist Recruitment Consultant | Holt Automotive Recruitment, UK

Liam Snell, Specialist Recruitment Consultant

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“Having been in the Insurance Industry for the last seven years dealing mainly with Motor Insurance, I was recommended to apply at Holt by a team member. I joined in late 2021 and have not looked back! I am now working with the Dealership and Retail Team recruiting candidates for a number of different roles across the Automotive sector.

Something I pride myself on is delivering the best possible outcomes for both clients and candidates, always making sure the candidate’s journey is made as easy as possible.

When I’m not in the office you’ll find me either swimming down the beach or being battered and bruised on the Rugby pitch.”

 

Dealership and Retail Recruitment Team

 

Carla Arnold, Automotive Dealership and Retail Team Leader | Holt Automotive Recruitment, UK

Carla Arnold, Team Leader

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Specialist Locations: London & Home Counties

“I have been in recruitment for over 5 years now, originally recruiting for the Hospitality Industry, and joined Holt Automotive in March 2021 and it’s been amazing ever since. I love the working environment here and it truly feels like a family where we put people first.

Before getting into recruitment I took two years to travel around South East Asia, where I got to shoot a rocket launcher! Outside of work I love to gym, especially in the mornings to help me get ready for the day.”
 

 
Scott Bailey, Automotive Dealership and Retail Recruitment Specialist | Holt Automotive Recruitment, UK

Scott Bailey, Principal Consultant

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Specialist Locations: North West

“I joined Holt Automotive Recruitment as a junior consultant in June 2015 when I was 21 years old. At the time, I had absolutely no experience in recruitment at all.

I knew what I wanted to achieve, worked hard and put time into building relationships with my team and clients. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished here at Holt so far, the business is growing and so are the opportunities within the company.

I’m having a great time and can honestly say I’m loving it, not just the job itself, but also the people and the Holt culture – never a dull moment, that’s for sure!”
 
Eric Duxbury, Automotive Dealership and Retail Recruitment Specialist | Holt Automotive Recruitment, UK

Eric Duxbury, Specialist Recruitment Consultant

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Specialist Locations: South

“After leaving Bournemouth University I started my career recruiting in the Hospitality sector. After 3 years I took some time out and caught a plane to Japan. After my time there I returned to Bournemouth, this time to recruit within the Automotive Industry. That was 2016 and I’m still here! Both share their similarities being in the Service Sector and being hugely important to the UK Economy.

Outside of work you’ll probably find me, at a gig, on a squash court, at the studio, or back in the office sourcing candidates for those hard to fill jobs.”

 

David Hockley, Automotive Dealership and Retail Recruitment Specialist | Holt Automotive Recruitment, UK

David Hockley, Specialist Recruitment Consultant

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Specialist Locations: North East & Scotland

“I began working for the Dealership & Retail division at Holt Automotive at the beginning of May 2021 after spending 10+ years as a fully qualified Audi Technician. Initially, they were helping me find a new role as a technician after I moved to the Bournemouth area. During the recruitment process, I happen to mention that I was open to doing something else, as long as I could still use my industry knowledge. And here I am!

Naturally, I needed to learn the recruitment side of things, but with the outstanding training program they offer here I really couldn’t have asked for more. I honestly couldn’t be happier with my decision. I think having come from the automotive industry I really do understand both my client and candidate needs. So far I’m loving the job and the team here in the office, and excited about what the future holds!”

Mark Roberts, Automotive Dealership and Retail Recruitment Specialist | Holt Automotive Recruitment, UK

Mark Roberts, Specialist Recruitment Consultant

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Specialist Locations: Midlands

“I’m an experienced Sales Executive and Business Manager from a Dealership background. I spent 3 years in sales where I worked for the likes of Vauxhall and VW. My work has also included 3 years in motorsport and 9 years in the British Army.

Recruitment has enabled me to use my varied background to fully understand the requirements and needs of Dealership and Retail clients and candidates, ensuring the highest standards of staffing compatibility.”

 

 

Rachael Mortimer, Automotive Dealership and Retail Recruitment Specialist | Holt Automotive Recruitment, UK

Rachael Mortimer, Specialist Recruitment Consultant

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Specialist Locations: South West

“I started at Holt Automotive Recruitment in June 2021, joining their Dealership and Retail division. Since then I’ve been absolutely loving it here. Before this, I originally trained as a hairdresser and did that for eight years before joining the accounts department at a recruitment business where I worked for three years.

When the opportunity to join Holt Automotive Recruitment came along it was an easy decision to make. I’m certainly glad I did, I’ve been enjoying every moment with my team, especially with culture, training and the style we work! Outside of work, I enjoy paddleboarding and pretty much anything to do with the beach!”