team

Meet the Team

City Centre Recruitment comprises six close-knit teams of dedicated and enthusiastic professionals based in Bournemouth, Weymouth, Southampton, Yeovil, Taunton and Rugby.

We provide first rate recruitment services throughout Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset; supplying the right people for a wide variety of temporary and permanent positions.

We take the time to get to know all of our Clients and our Candidates to ensure the best fit when it comes to placements.

Local people, familiar with the areas we cover and the industry sectors we specialise in, we pride ourselves on getting it right!

Directors

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Director

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Simon Thomas

Director

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Business Development Managers

Nikki Nunez

Industrial & Engineering East Dorset & Hampshire

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Industrial & Engineering West Dorset & Somerset

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Industrial & Driving Somerset

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Council Services West Dorset

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Delivery Consultants

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North Dorset & South Somerset

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Hampshire

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Cleaning & Catering Dorset & Hampshire

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East Dorset & Hampshire

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Chefs & Hospitality Dorset

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North Dorset & South Somerset

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East Dorset

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Reception Bournemouth

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West Dorset

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Industrial & Driving Somerset

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East Dorset

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Accounts

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Credit Control

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Chris Longden

Accounts Manager

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Payroll Officer

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Ruth Houghton City Centre Recruitment

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Accounts Assistant

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City Centre Cleaning Services

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Operations Supervisor

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Cleaning & Catering Dorset & Hampshire

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Jacqui Walter

Jacqui Walter

Director

Jacqui Walter

My Job Role

My role is to help, lead, manage and develop our fantastic team to grow City Centre into the outstanding agency across the South of England

Why I love my role within City Centre

I take great satisfaction in seeing the company grow so quickly and succeed, based on giving what we feel is the best service in the area.

My life before City Centre

Before joining City Centre, I worked in Hospitality recruitment for 11 years in the Bournemouth area. Prior to moving into recruitment, I had spent my whole working life within the Hospitality Industry.

When I’m not working

I enjoy spending time with my family, socialising and holidaying as much as possible, especially in my dream destination, the Maldives.

Dan Shrimpton

Dan Shrimpton

Director

Dan Shrimpton

My Job Role

To lead, inspire, motivate and guide City Centre to be the best recruitment company in the South of England. In doing so, giving opportunity to the team of staff I work with, so that they can grow and develop to fulfill their professional dreams and potential. To ensure, no matter what happens, we deliver an unparrelled service to our customers both established and new.

Why I love my role within City Centre

The buzz from delivering exceptional service to both Candidates and Clients, demonstrating to new customers that our innovative approach to recruitment will save them time and money. Working with the great team we have at City Centre. Coming up with new ideas and ways of doing things. Ultimately the challenge is what drives me to work everyday.

My Life before City Centre

Due to the family business being recruitment, I have worked in the City Centre offices from my early teens. By 16 I was given assignements for a number of Clients including Price Waterhouse Coopers, London Transport and Goldman Sachs. On leaving university I joined the Oxford Street branch of City Cente as an administrator and worked my way up the ranks to Sales Director. In 2009 I lead the team in a successful MBO of the Dorset part of the business.

When I’m not working

Enjoying my two children, wife and the beautiful county of Dorset and trying to enjoy my other passions of Rugby (only watching now), Skiing, Competition BBQ, Holidays and Golf. Trying to combine a number of these in 2013 by going to watch the British & Irish Lions in Australia for my 40th!!

Simon Thomas

Simon Thomas

Director

Simon Thomas

My Job Role

My role as an Owner and Director of City Centre Recruitment is to drive the business forward, inspiring and motivating the team to ensure we are the agency of choice for businesses across Hampshire, Dorset and Somerset; offering an innovative, professional and cost effective recruitment solution and leaving our Clients with a feeling of true service excellence.

Why I love my role within City Centre

I have a true passion for the recruitment industry. Being in a position to share that passion with the team and ensure they are offering the service I believe recruitment agencies should provide, makes every day exciting and an enjoyable challenge.

My Life before City Centre

After gruaduating with a maths degree and not knowing what to do with it, I indulged my obsession for clothes and worked in retail for 3 years before moving into recruitment.

In recruitment I have worked from the ground up, holding every position in recruitment over the past 13 years from office administrator through to director and business owner, allowing me to understand exactly what challenges the team faces every day.

When I’m not working

I’m still thinking about the business! When I do switch off however, I have a passion for travelling and exploring different countries, taking as many holidays as time allows, fine food and wine and searching for my ball on the golf course.

Nikki Nunez

Nikki Nunez

Industrial & Engineering East Dorset & Hampshire

Nikki Nunez

My Job Role

My role as a Business Development Manager is to develop new business from the Poole to Lymington areas, in the Industrial and Engineering Sectors whilst providing an excellent service to all our existing Clients. I also dedicate time to sourcing quality and skilled Industrial and Engineering Candidates throughout the Dorset and Hampshire areas.

Why I love my role within City Centre

The main part of my role which I enjoy the most, is developing strong working relationships with my new Clients whilst building and growing relationships with my current Clients.  I have developed myself within recruitment a lot since re-joining City Centre Recruitment in February 2011, I now have a team of 3 on our Industrial and Engineering desk and everyday our desk is growing stronger.

Life Before City Centre

I have been in the world of recruitment for nearly the last 10 years, and started my first role within the industry when I was 16 working with both Jacqui and Simon.

I started working within the Catering sector as a Resourcer sourcing experienced candidates for a wide variety of hospitality establishments.  Having been offered a 1-year contract working within Jobcentre Plus as a Personal Advisor, I then decided to promptly return back to where my heart and skills lay and returned back to recruitment.  For the last 2 years I have found my forte working within the Industrial and Engineering sectors as a Business Development Manager for City centre Recruitment.

When I am not working

I enjoy socialising with my friends and enjoying the odd glass of wine.  I have just purchased my first property and currently we are renovating the entire building from top to bottom, so most of my spare time is spent painting, sanding and decorating at the moment.

Nick Graff

Nick Graff

Industrial & Engineering West Dorset & Somerset

Nick Graff

My Job Role

My role is Business Development Manager for the West Dorset and Somerset Areas for the Industrial and Engineering sectors of the business. My day is spent visitng prospective Clients, explaining the service City Centre can provide to assist with their recruitment needs and meeting our current Clients to ensure we are delivering on our service levels.

Why I love my role within City Centre

I love my role for a number of reasons. I enjoy meeting people and get to see fascinating work environments every day. I like the challenge of winning new business and know the service we provide benefits our Clients. I like to get people back out working  in a difficult economic climate and I truly enjoy working with my colleagues.

My Life before City Centre

Before joining City Centre Recruitment. I worked for a Dorset and Somerset based agency for 10 years and worked my way up from Industrial Consultant  to Area  Manager, managing large contracts in the Food Processing and Manufacturing industries. Previous to recruitment I worked  retail manaement for 11 years and for a short spell, was a Director of a security company.

When I’m not working

Outside of work I keep myself busy painting, decorating and doing DIY, much to the delight of my wife. I enjoy spending time with my family and watching Formula 1.

Geraldine Cross

Geraldine Cross

Industrial & Driving Somerset

Geraldine Cross

My Job role

With Taunton being the newest edition to the City Centre Recruitment branch network opening in 2015, my role is very varied. Primarily I am tasked with expanding the office by bringing new clients on board. As part of this primary role I am out and about a lot visiting new and existing customers or attending local networking groups. I am also an active member of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce and attend events throughout the year.

Why I love my role with City Centre

Every day is different with all the challenges that the recruitment industry brings. I really enjoy my interaction with both the existing clients and candidates and being able to meet such a variety of people with different backgrounds and ideas, I am always learning!

Throughout my recruitment career I have always enjoyed the buzz of helping to change people's lives by helping them find that perfect job.

Life Before city centre

I have been in recruitment for over 20 years dealing with every type of industry both local and national from my old base in Oxfordshire. I relocated down to Somerset after getting married in 2015. Prior to my life in recruitment I was a full time mum raising three sons.

When I am not working

My husband and I are trying to renovate a very old house in Spain. When not in Spain I can often be found visiting Historic Houses or taking long walks in the countryside.

Vicky Roskell-White

Vicky Roskell-White

Council Services West Dorset

Vicky Roskell-White

My Job Role

My role as a Business Development Manager includes sourcing, identifying selecting suitable candidates for a key account and also for City Centres diverse and ever expanding client base throughout the West Dorset region. I also carry out visits to existing clients to ensure we are meeting their recruitment needs and delivering the tailored service levels we individually agree with each of our clients.

Why I love my role within City Centre

Recruitment is such a diverse industry where everyday is different. I enjoying meeting people, learning about companies and seeing first hand all the various work environments. The buzz you get when match a great candidate to a fantastic client and knowing you have helped is what I love the most. City Centre have welcomed me into the team and I am looking forward to the future.

My Life before City Centre

I have worked within the Recruitment Industry for the past 6 years, starting with no knowledge and then gaining the skills to reach management levels. I have always worked within the Industrial and Commercial sectors covering the Dorset area. Prior to my recruitment life I worked for 4 years as an Estate Agent and before this, from college I worked within the Sales / Banking / Retail sectors. All roles have included working with people face to face and ensuring customer service was always top priority.

When I’m not working

I enjoy socialising with my friends, try to attend music festivals and gigs when time allows. I also try to escape to the coast to surf and body board when I can.

 

Tara McNally

Tara McNally

North Dorset & South Somerset

Tara McNally

My Job Role

As the Industrial and Technical Account Manager for North Dorset and South Somerset, working out of our Yeovil Branch, my role requires me to focus on the recruitment and selection of suitable candidates for our range of clients across Dorset and Somerset.

Why I love my role within City Centre

Working as part of a thriving and growing business I am continually motivated on a daily basis. The new challenges that arise and enable me to progress and develop my career within Recruitment are one of the many reasons I love my role at City Centre.

Life Before City Centre

Before my life with City Centre, I was living in Spain and soaking up the Sun as a Public Relations Representative. Getting a job with City Centre has enabled me to channel my confident and sociable attitude into a professional environment.

When I am not working

I love being on the go, always having something to do and I attempt to stay fit and healthy by running each morning. I have a keen interest in (fast) cars, my favourite being my father’s restored, supercharged Mk1 Escort. I like to relax with a glass of wine or champagne and on weekends I spend my time walking my Chihuahua, Spencer.

Jane Nealen

Hampshire

Jane Nealen

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Juan Carvajal

Juan Carvajal

Cleaning & Catering Dorset & Hampshire

Juan Carvajal

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Amy Walter

Amy Walter

East Dorset & Hampshire

Amy Walter

My Job Role

I work in the industrial, Engineering & Driving Division in the Bournemouth Office. I am one of the divisions delivery consultants providing temporary, contract and permanent staff to our large portfolio of clients across East Dorset and West Hampshire.

Why I love my role within City Centre

I love my job because I get to interact with different people everyday and I love the feeling I get when I have helped someone find work.

Life Before City Centre

Before working with City Centre Recruitment I worked in the hospitality industry completing different roles in restaurants and cafes. Now I am working in recruitment, I cannot imaging ever working in another industry.

When I am not working

When I am not working I enjoy socialising with friends, reading and listening to music.

Kate Bilska

Kate Bilska

Chefs & Hospitality Dorset

Kate Bilska

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Karolina Wrobel

Karolina Wrobel

North Dorset & South Somerset

Karolina Wrobel

My Job Role

As an Administrator, my role is to register new candidates making sure that all the information provided is correct. I am also responsible for payroll and reference checking.

Why I love my role within City Centre

Working for City Centre gives me an opportunity to grow and develop my skills. Every day is different and brings new challenges. It is also a pleasure to work with such an amazing team.

Life Before City Centre

Before City Centre I worked for a company based in Crewkerne for over 6 years. During this time I also completed various courses which gave me a bit more understanding of my current role.

When I am not working

I like trying new things, travelling and I’m obsessed with movies.

Magda Pereira

East Dorset

Magda Pereira

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Wendy Griffiths

Reception Bournemouth

Wendy Griffiths

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Mandy Cox

West Dorset

Mandy Cox

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Georgia Pym

Industrial & Driving Somerset

Georgia Pym

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Kyle Grace

East Dorset

Kyle Grace

We are very excited to announce our latest recruit to the Bournemouth Industrial & Driving Division. Please check back here soon to see their details

Norma Smith

Credit Control

Norma Smith

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Chris Longden

Chris Longden

Accounts Manager

Chris Longden

My Job Role

My job role as Accounts Manager is to collect all information from Admin, Payroll and Finance to produce management figures each month as well as the accounts for the Auditors each year. To run the day-to-day cash flow, produce the weekly branch profits, process the staff monthly payroll and manage the bank accounts.

Why I love my role within City Centre

I love the independence this role gives; I am in control of my own workload and that I have to solve any problems that arise.

My life before City Centre

Before City Centre I worked for the BBC at their Film Library in several roles.

When I’m not working

In my spare time I go to football matches and horse racing, I like films (mainly horror or sci-fi, but also a good comedy) I also like to go back to London to go out with old friends and go to Gigs (mainly to see reformed bands from the late 70’s and 80’s).

Amanda Loni

Amanda Loni

Payroll Officer

Amanda Loni

My Job Role

My role is the Payroll Officer.  I am responsible for delivering a timely and accurate payroll service to approximately 1,000 weekly paid temps and ensuring that our clients are correctly charged for work supplied.

Why I love my role within City Centre

With over 20 years professional experience, I take pride in providing the best service I can. Payroll is constantly evolving  and presenting us with new challenges, so that no two days are ever the same. I especially enjoy working on service improvements and working as part of an outstanding team.

My Life before City Centre

I have worked in Senior Payroll Management roles in London. My favourite and  most challenging  included managing the Church of England payroll with its 18,000 clergy, and working as Client Services Manager for the Ministry of Justice payroll, with  over 22,500 payees ranging from Judges to Cleaners.

When I’m not working

I am an active member of the Anglo-Italian Society and season ticket holder for AFC Bournemouth.  My interests include going to concerts and the  theatre, reading crime fiction and anything Italian. However, nothing beats walking the dog on Southbourne beach just as the sun is coming up.

Cindy Panton

Sales Ledger

Cindy Panton

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Ruth Houghton

Ruth Houghton

Credit Controller On Maternity Leave

Ruth Houghton

My Job Role

My role as Credit Controller is to ensure invoices are paid within the specified terms, this involves actively ‘chasing’ the debts and working with clients to resolve any invoice queries or issues.  I also work to mitigate risk by ensuring credit risk is assessed and credit limits are adhered to.

Why I love my role within City Centre

I love the challenge that Credit Control brings and no one day is the same!  I enjoy the challenge to resolve issues and the reward when payment is received.

My Life before City Centre

I have a long history in Credit Control and have experience of many different industries – Retail (B&Q Credit Manager), Insurance ( RAC Motoring Services) and Corporate Recovery – (KPMG)

When I’m not working

I am studying Naturopathic Nutrition and am  passionate about food and health, I spend most of my time either studying or in the kitchen creating fabulous healthy meals.

Cordelia de Crespigny Brown

Cordelia de Crespigny Brown

Accounts Assistant

Cordelia de Crespigny Brown

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Joanne Jackson

Joanne Jackson

Operations Supervisor

Joanne Jackson

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Juan Carvajal

Juan Carvajal

Cleaning & Catering Dorset & Hampshire

Juan Carvajal

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