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”.
 

Ben Cooper, Director of Automotive at Holt Automotive Recruitment UK

Ben Cooper, Director of Automotive

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“Since graduating University with a Politics degree (don’t ask why), I decided to jump straight into the wonderful world of Recruitment. I started my career in IT and Finance recruitment across Europe before moving to New Zealand and travelling the world on my way home. Once I got back I started a recruitment business and managed another before joining the amazing Holt family. From day one, everyone has been amazing and it’s the first place I’ve ever worked that lives by the mission statement – ‘anything but ordinary’. No two days are the same and you’re either winning or learning here at Holt. Outside of work you’ll catch me watching or playing sport, looking after my puppy – Waffle or trying to find time to study for my Executive MBA.

Joining Holt has been more than just a career decision, it has become part of life and I hope to bring through plenty of others here to join the journey with me.”
 

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!”

 
 

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

Michelle Joubert-Martin, Group Marketing Manager

LinkedIn Profile

“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.”

 
 

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.”

 

Bodyshop, Accident & Repair Recruitment Team

 

Piam Pishgoo, Automotive Bodyshop and Accident Repair Recruitment Specialist | Holt Automotive Recruitment, UK

Piam Pishgoo, Principal Recruitment Consultant

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 Automotive 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 like eating out (the odd burger challenge) and enjoying a couple of cold ones with friends. I enjoy 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.”

 
 
 

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

Richard Haigh, Principal Recruitment Consultant

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“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, Business Manager at Holt Automotive Recruitment, UK

John Barnes, Head of Commercial Division

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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.”
 

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.”

 
 
 

Scott Pierce, Holt Automotive Recruitment

Scott Pierce, Specialist Recruitment Consultant

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Specialist Division: Fleet, Logistics & Rental

“Having spent ten years working in the Motor Insurance industry, I made the move to Holt Recruitment in 2021 where I’m now part of the Commercial Vehicle and Fleet team recruiting candidates and filling vacancies in the East of England.

I pride myself on taking a Customer-Centric approach to recruitment, dedicated to delivering the very best service to clients and candidates alike.

Outside of work you’ll find me city hopping on the continent, squeezing in a round golf or getting stuck into a scrum at my local rugby club!”
 

Melissa Dickinson, Resourcer with Holt Automotive Recruitment

Melissa Dickinson, Specialist Resourcer

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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.”

 

Dealership and Retail Recruitment Team

 

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!”
 

Carla Arnold, Automotive Dealership and Retail Recruitment Specialist | Holt Automotive Recruitment, UK

Carla Arnold, Senior Recruitment Consultant

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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.”

 
 

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.”

 
 

Seona Carolan, Automotive Dealership and Retail Recruitment Specialist | Holt Automotive Recruitment, UK

Seona Carolan, Specialist Recruitment Consultant

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Specialist Locations: South East

“After finishing my degree at Bournemouth University in 2021 I knew I had to stay down here! I decided on recruitment after spending a year in sales, as this gave me an opportunity to engage with a variety of people every day. I decided on Holt because of the environment and I feel inspired by the success of the recruiters who work here!

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and going to the cinema.”

 

 

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!”