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
“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
“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!”
Kevin Russell, Marketing Manager
“My background is Technical and I cut my teeth programming Laboratory Appliances across the world before side-stepping into Web Development – creating CRMs and Web Sites for clients across the United Kingdom. While running my own Web Agency I quickly realised that owning a Web Site is pointless without good Digital Marketing.
Having a technical background means that I can get ‘under the hood’ of a Web Site and fix the issues that most Marketing Managers would never see without engaging a Digital Design Agency – think Toxic Backlinks, Page Speed, SEO and CRO.
I also love a techy project. Give me a Raspberry Pi and I’ll build you an Arcade Machine or automate your Lights and Blinds!“
Bodyshop and Automotive Department
Richard Haigh, Principal Recruitment Consultant
“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, Specialist Resourcer
“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, Principal Consultant
“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
“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, Specialist Recruitment Consultant
“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, Specialist Recruitment Consultant
“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
“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, Team Leader
“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, Principal Consultant
“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, Specialist Recruitment Consultant
“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, Specialist Recruitment Consultant
“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, Specialist Recruitment Consultant
“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, Specialist Recruitment Consultant
“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!”