Our Automotive 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 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.

Richard Haigh | Director of Automotive – LinkedIn Profile

Golf and food that’s about it really! When I am not at Holt Automotive Recruitment (which is rare) 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 | Operations 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.

Lauren Watts | Business Support Manager – LinkedIn Profile

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, I have now taken a different direction 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 have travelled America over the last few years and would love to visit more places if I get the opportunity! 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 continue my adventures with.

Bodyshop, Accident & Repair Recruitment Team

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 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 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 | Senior Recruitment Consultant – LinkedIn Profile

Where do I start, my nickname in the office is Dancing Pete; enough said!  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!  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.

Commercial Vehicle, Plant and Fleet Recruitment Team

Steve Bennett | Senior Commercial Vehicle & Fleet Recruitment Consultant – LinkedIn Profile
Specialist Locations: Manchester, Swindon, Bristol, Reading,  Southampton, Exeter, Gloucester and Oxford

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 & Fleet Recruitment Consultant – LinkedIn Profile
Specialist Locations: East Anglia, Hertfordshire and Essex

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!

Dealership and Retail Recruitment Team

Scott Bailey | Business Manager – LinkedIn Profile
Manchester, Liverpool, Stockport, Oldham, Preston, Blackburn, Warrington and Bolton

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 changer 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
Reading, Andover, Southampton, Basingstoke, Twickenham, Bournemouth, Slough, West London, Croydon, Brighton, Redhill, Portsmouth and Guildford

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.

Jason Fry | Recruitment Consultant – LinkedIn Profile
Specialist Locations: Yorkshire, Leeds, Hull, Scotland, Newcastle, Sunderland, Sheffield and Doncaster

I was very fortunate to be put forward to Holt by a good friend of mine who I’m now pleased to call a colleague! Bournemouth born and bred, I cannot believe I have only just come across the world of recruitment and in particular, Holt Recruitment. I have been made to feel very welcome by all the guys here and it’s great to part of the Holt family who has perfected the work-life balance! With my hard work and dedication,  I cannot wait to see what I can achieve over the next 12 months.

On the weekends you’ll find me spending my time between the football field and the pub, but I’ll always find time to get into the gym during the week to make up for my questionable eating habits. Who doesn’t love food right?!

Kieran Wilson | Associate Recruitment Consultant – LinkedIn Profile
Specialist Locations: Midlands and Wales

Joining Holt straight from Sixth Form and being the youngest, I thought it might be a challenge entering a real working environment but that’s far from the truth. The environment at Holt is spot on, there’s always a comment being made or joke bouncing around the office which suits who I am perfect; there hasn’t been a day where I haven’t gone home happy.  Personally, I love food, music and rugby, which is pretty standard for the office, and having grown up watching a few members of the office playing rugby, to now be playing for their old team and working with them in the office is just awesome.  I have always been confident in communicating with all different types of people and dishing out the banter when it’s due, so I haven’t struggled at all to fit in with the team.  I couldn’t have landed a better first job and I’m both grateful for the opportunity and keen to bring successes for both myself and the company.

Chariece Jones | Administrator and Resourcer – LinkedIn Profile

I joined Holt Recruitment as an Administrator in March 2017, my background until then was within the travel industry and I visited some beautiful places during my 3 years as a travel consultant.  My favourite is the beautiful ski resort of Bormio. The novelty of work-free weekends in recruitment will never wear-off for me, which I think some take for granted.  After a busy week, I like nothing better than cosying up with my faithful Springer Spaniel Snoop to a Marvel film marathon and a good bar of chocolate.  Whilst my nickname in the office is Chicken Dippers, I am actually a pescatarian.  I may not eat red-meat like everyone else at Holt but you won’t catch me shying away from the food challenges!  I have fitted in so quickly with everyone here at Holt and look forward to welcoming others as we expand.