Meet the Team

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

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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Managing Director

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Sales Director

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Business Development Managers

Yeovil

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Bridgwater

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Weymouth

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Southampton

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Bournemouth

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Charminster

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Account Managers

Charminster

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Bridgwater

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Bournemouth

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Bournemouth

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Southampton

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Yeovil

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Weymouth

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Bridgwater

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Charminster

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Administrators

Bournemouth

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Southampton

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Weymouth

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Yeovil

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Payroll And Accounts

Credit Controller

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Senior Bookkeeper

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Payroll Officer

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Payroll & Sales Ledger Administrator

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City Centre Cleaning Services

Operations Supervisor

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Cleaning Operations Manager

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Dan Shrimpton

Dan Shrimpton

Director

Dan Shrimpton

My Role at City Centre Recruitment

 My role at City Centre Recruitment has evolved over the years. Initially, with Simon and Jacqui, we were jack-of-all-trades; one minute we would be making sales calls and the next driving candidates to new clients. As the business grew over the years, my role focussed far more on the day to day, behind the scenes running of the business with a particular accent on finance. Recently my role has adapted again to offer support to the management team and help guide the overall strategy of the business.

 

 Life before City Centre

Recruitment has been in my blood from a very early age. My father set up his first recruitment agency in the 1970’s. As far back as I can remember, I have been working in or for an agency.

After school and a year out in New Zealand, I gained a degree in Estate Management however, the lure of working in the fast paced London Recruitment market meant I never did make it to be a chartered surveyor. I started work as an administrator in the Oxford Street branch of City Centre Recruitment in the late 90’s. Over the next 5 years I worked my way up through consultant, branch manager and finally on to Director. In 2005 I opened an office in Bournemouth with my now wife, specialising in the provision of catering and hospitality staff. This was the office we subsequently bought as part of an MBO in 2010.

During my period in London I was also lucky enough to be one of the founders of Neuven Solutions.  Neuven is now one of the leading neutral vendor’s in the temporary recruitment market place in the UK.

 

What I do when I’m not working 

I have three children and spend a great deal of time being involved in their lives which is great fun. Outside of this, I try to indulge my passion for Skiing, Rugby and travel as much as possible, hopefully with a glass of something red.

Simon Thomas

Simon Thomas

Managing Director

Simon Thomas

My Job Role

My role as an Owner and Managing 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.

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 graduating 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 20 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

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my young family, taking the opportunity to travel as much as i can and relaxing with a nice glass of red wine!

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

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.

Nikki Nunez

Nikki Nunez

Sales Director

Nikki Nunez

My Job Role at City Centre

I am the Sales Director for City Centre Recruitment. My role is to ensure the continued growth of the business by assisting my fantastic team of Busines Development Managers to provide the best service to our clients across Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset

My life before City Centre

Before my life at City Centre, I worked within another recruitment agency, this is where I met 2 of the current directors of City Centre.  Having worked within the Recruitment industry since I left college, I cannot imagine working within any other sector.

What I do when I’m not working

As well as keeping busy during work hours, I also keep very busy out of work.  I enjoy going to the gym and celebrating a good week with a few drinks at the weekend.

Rebecca Robinson

Rebecca Robinson

Yeovil

Rebecca Robinson

Rebecca has recently joined the City Centre team as Business Development Manager for the Yeovil office

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Tara McNally

Tara McNally

Bridgwater

Tara McNally

My Job Role

As the Business Development Manager of our Bridgwater branch, my role predominantly comprises of canvassing, securing and developing new business. By applying my comprehensive understanding of the full recruitment cycle, as well as tenacity and resilience, I am able to increase the productivity of our team, while ensuring both our clients and candidates are continually satisfied with our excellent service

Life Before City Centre

After successful completion of my Business, English Language and Psychology studies, I moved to Spain and worked as a Public Relations Representative. On my return, I soon found myself in the wonderful world of Recruitment and I have been a part of the City Centre team ever since.

When I am not working

The majority of my spare time is happily spent walking our pug, Ralph and French bulldog, Rogue. I have a thirst for knowledge, particularly in the fields of quantum mechanics and true crime. My other passions include health and beauty, fast cars and homemade cooking

Vicky Roskell-White

Vicky Roskell-White

Weymouth

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.

My Life before City Centre

I have worked within the Recruitment Industry for the past 10 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.

 

Lisa Wright

Southampton

Southampton

Southampton

My Job Role:

My role as Business Development and Office Manager for the Southampton office is to engage with local businesses to assist them with their staffing and recruitment needs on both a temporary and permanent basis.  My talented and experienced Account Managers and I work together as a team to provide the best possible service to clients and candidates alike, and part of my job is to ensure that we operate in a clear, transparent, and honest way at all times.

Life Before City Centre:

Before I joined City Centre Recruitment, I worked in both the local Hampshire market as well as in London where I lived for several years.  Having over 20 years’ experience in recruitment and sales, my career has covered a variety of sectors, although my heart lies with Industrial and Driving recruitment.

When I am not working:

Over the years I have gathered a great set of friends from all walks of life, most of which keep me out and about at weekends.  I have a love of films and enjoy going to the cinema far more than is probably deemed normal.  I generally avoid the gym, but like to go on long walks instead – weather permitting!

Rachel Wilson

Rachel Wilson

Bournemouth

Rachel Wilson

My Job role at City Centre:

My role is to develop the Industrial, Engineering and Driving business for the Bournemouth Branch and to work with and develop the industrial team to build great relationships with our existing and new clients and ensure we deliver the best service possible.

My Life Before City Centre:

I was previously a client of City Centre and loved the idea of joining a great agency! I worked at City Centre 5 years ago and have re-joined them after working for another local agency. I now feel like I’m back where I should be.

What I do when I’m not working:

When I’m not at work, I enjoy cooking, trying new restaurants and I love seeing my friends and catching up over a bottle of wine. I also love exploring new places in Dorset and as soon as the sun shines I hit the beach.

Alex Milente

Alex Milente

Charminster

Alex Milente

My Job Role at City Centre:

I am the Business Development Manager in our Charminster branch. My role is to bring new business into the company and develop our existing client relationships. My goal is to make sure City Centre is seen as a strong business proposition by our clients so that they want to use our services and secondly, to ensure our existing clients receive first-class service and naturally want to stay with us.

My life before City Centre:

Prior to joining City Centre, I managed a team of 20 in the hospitality sector where client perception and consistently good standards were also paramount. Prior to that, I lived in Spain, working for a family business.

What I do when I’m not working:

In my spare time, I enjoy keeping fit, cooking and watching movies.

Andrius Simkonis

Andrius Simkonis

Charminster

Andrius Simkonis

My Job role at City Centre:

My role in City Centre is a Recruitment Account Manager for our hospitality division.  I’m the first one to meet and greet new people coming who are looking for work or have any inquiries, as well as helping current candidates with any help they might need. I am in constant communication with our existing clients and making sure their requirements are met in a satisfactory manner.

My Life Before City Centre:

I used to work as a temporary member of staff for City Centre's hospitality and cleaning divisions. I have worked for nearly every client we supply staff to now, fulfilling any role given to me with excellent performance. This experience gives me a unique opportunity to identify the best people to fulfill our clients' needs because I have done nearly every job role myself.

 What I do when I’m not working:  

I'm an amateur fighter (K1, muay-thay, boxing, kung-Fu, etc.), I enjoy electronic music production (mainly drum n bass), am an enthusiast of cold therapy, read a lot of psychology/philosophy and learning foreign languages.  I also enjoy anime, movies and stand-up comedy.

Liv Powell

Bridgwater

Liv Powell

My job role at City Centre:

As the Account Manager for our Bridgwater branch, I am responsible for sourcing, selecting and placing suitable candidates into our wide range of clients. I also carry out payroll and other general administrative tasks to ensure we are compliant and our office stays organised.

My life before City Centre:

I was a full-time student, studying A-Levels in Psychology, Sociology and Photography, as well as working part-time in the hospitality industry.

What I do when I’m not working:

I love to travel, from weekends away to holidays abroad, Gran Canaria being a favourite destination of mine. I like to try new food and places as much as possible – Italian and Mexican cuisine both taking the top spots!

Amy Walter

Amy Walter

Bournemouth

Amy Walter

My Job role at City Centre:

My job role at City Centre is a Resource Team Leader for the Bournemouth Industrial team. I resource and recruit suitable candidates for our temporary and permanent vacancies as well as build relationships with our existing clients. I am also here to help the other members of the resource team if they require any help or support.

 

My Life Before City Centre:

I started at City Centre when I was 18 years old so before this I was still studying at college in Surrey. My previous work experience in Surrey included admin, retail and hospitality. Now I have the recruitment bug I cannot see myself doing anything else.

 

What I do when I’m not working:

When I am not working I enjoy seeing my friends and family, trying new restaurants and enjoying the odd G&T or glass of prosecco

Sonja Adamson

Sonja Adamson

Bournemouth

Sonja Adamson

My Job Role at City Centre

My role at City Centre is Recruitment Account Manager in Bournemouth. Looking after our clients, making sure we provided an excellent customer service and all of the roles are been filled on time. Also recruiting the best candidates for our clients, providing 100% quality.

My life before City Centre

Before City Centre I have worked within the recruitment sector since  2017, where  I worked as a Recruitment Consultant within the Industrial sector and then the Care/Nursing sectors. I have always had a passion for recruitment and thoroughly enjoyed it.

What I do when I’m not working

When I am not working I enjoy an active life in the gym and fitness classes. I love Yoga, Pilates and healthy eating. In the evening after a busy day I catch up on Netflix with the lovely cup of green tea. Spiritual life/ meditation is my key to a positive life.

Eva Davies

Eva Davies

Southampton

Eva Davies

My Job Role at City Centre

I am a Trainee Recruitment Account Manager.  I source candidates for a variety of roles within the Southampton and surrounding areas, on both a temporary and permanent basis.  As well as this I liaise on a daily basis with our clients to ensure their requirements are met and that they are happy with our staff and services.

My life before City Centre

Before City Centre, I worked for a Bank and then an Investment company. My role at City Centre is very different to my previous roles, but definitely is the best!

What I do when I’m not working:

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going out for a drink or two! And spending time with my two little dogs.

Gosia Przybyla

Gosia Przybyla

Yeovil

Gosia Przybyla

My Job role at City Centre:

My job role in City Centre is a Recruitment Account Manager. I look after a number of high volume key accounts for the Yeovil office ensuring that their staffing needs are met promptly and effectively

 

My Life Before City Centre:

Before I started at City Centre I worked for  another recruitment company for 5 years, placing workers into the food production industry

 

What I do when I’m not working:

When I am not working I like spent time with my family, watching movies and travelling.

Mandy Cox

Mandy Cox

Weymouth

Mandy Cox

My Role at City Centre Recruitment

I joined City Centre in January 2017 as Recruitment Account Manager. I deal with the day to day running of the desk and find out what our clients needs are, and build a good relationship with them. I register and interview candidates to find out their capabilities and then place them within the correct working environment. Communication is the biggest thing within this business between myself, colleagues, clients and candidates.

 

Life before City Centre

Before I joined City Centre I had spent 26yrs in Hospitality Management. I was in varied positions starting in 1991 as a Food and Beverage Manager in a Hotel in Aberdeen. I worked in different aspects of catering. I worked in contract catering on contracts for Royal Mail, site manager. Tesco café, Area Manger and military contracts as Multi site manager.

I worked in commercial as a senior operations manager for Merlin Entertainments at Sea-Life centre which was very educational.

 

What I do when i'm not working 

I enjoy spending time with friends and appreciate good food and fine whiskey.

I spend a lot of my time in the gym to keep fit and sometimes take on sporting challenges such as bike sportives and in the past done triathlons.

I enjoy watching rugby and try and attend matches where I can          

Sandra Szalek

Sandra Szalek

Bridgwater

Sandra Szalek

My Job Role at City Centre

As an Account Manager, based at our Bridgwater branch, I am responsible for delivering the very best service to both our clients and candidates. My role requires me to screen, register, interview and place suitable candidates into both temporary and permanent positions. I thrive from the fact that no two days are ever the same!

My life before City Centre

Before I joined City Centre Recruitment, I was working at a large Distribution Centre, in Bridgwater as an On - Site Recruitment Consultant. This gave me the ability to recruit in vast numbers, within very strict deadlines.

What I do when I’m not working

My favourite thing to do is to travel – I love visiting new places, while learning about the history and culture of other countries. When I’m not planning my next trip, I like to socialise with friends and walk our family dog, Bruno

 

 

 

Kate Bilska

Kate Bilska

Charminster

Kate Bilska

Kate is currently on maternity leave but check back soon for her full bio

Sophie Jones

Bournemouth

Sophie Jones

My Job role at City Centre:

My job role is Industrial Administrator. This involves processing candidate information and hours worked for each person.

My Life Before City Centre:

Before City Centre, I  worked in a variety of roles to keep myself busy. When I was not at work, I would often occupy my time travelling to visit family and friends.

What I do when I’m not working:

When I’m not at work, I enjoy reading and visiting new places. My hobbies include designing websites, graphics and watching films.

Anita Blady

Anita Blady

Bournemouth

Anita Blady

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Ilona Czyszczon

Ilona Czyszczon

Southampton

Ilona Czyszczon

My Job Role at City Centre:

My role is Recruitment Administrator.  I am in charge of ensuring that all administrative duties are completed correctly within the Southampton offices.  I also greet all visitors and candidates to our offices and process the weekly payroll for the office.

My life before City Centre:

I was a student at the University of Economics at the State University of Applied Sciences in Poland.  Additionally,  I was a Journalist and Reporter on the local television and newspaper for a company called Sadeczanin based in Poland.

What I do when I’m not working:

In my life, I have two passions: Books and Music

Music- I cannot imagine life without music. That’s why I write my own music/songs.

Books have always played an important role in my life it is my escape from reality. I have just finished writing my first book.

Katie Hicks

Katie Hicks

Weymouth

Katie Hicks

My Role at City Centre

As a Recruitment Administrator, my role encompasses both Client and Candidate interaction.  This is a varied role with many duties and responsibilities to include candidate registration, timesheet collation and general administrative duties.

 

My Life Before City Centre

Prior to working for City Centre I had previous experience working within the Recruitment Agency Industry from 2001.  Before this, I worked as a Quality Assurance Administrator for a Precision Engineering Company.

 

Hobbies/What I do when I am Not Working

I like to take my dog for long walks. I enjoy reading and watching films.  I love to visit my family members living in France when I get the chance!

Kaylee Dicker

Kaylee Dicker

Yeovil

Kaylee Dicker

My Job Role at City Centre

My position at City Centre is a Recruitment Branch Administrator, responsible for ensuring all administration, payroll and compliance checks are completed to a high standard every week

My life before City Centre

Before starting work at City Centre Recruitment I was a Technical Administrator for a water company which I enjoyed and which prompted my interest in furthering my administration skills

 What I do when I’m not working

I enjoy being with friends and family, reading and spending time with my dog

Sharon Flavin

Credit Controller

Sharon Flavin

My Job role at City Centre:

I am responsible for collecting payment, ensuring invoices are produced accurately and in a timely manner.

My Life Before City Centre:

Since recently moving to Bournemouth, I have been working for a variety of businesses in finance roles as a temporary staff member, until securing my position here.

What I do when I’m not working:

I enjoy spending time with my children having days out, dining out at local restaurants, walking at the coast, and relaxing in the garden.

Jenny Holt

Jenny Holt

Senior Bookkeeper

Jenny Holt

My Job Role at City Centre

I am the bookkeeper at City Centre, responsible for the management of the financial aspects of City Centre on behalf of the directors

My life before City Centre

Prior to City Centre is was a reporting accountant for a large multi-national dealing with the Ministry of Defence

What I do when I’m not working

I attend regular gym sessions, and go running. I also enjoy watching sport, especially rugby union.  I also enjoy spending time with my family which has now grown to include 3 grandchildren

Amanda Loni

Amanda Loni

Payroll Officer

Amanda Loni

My Job Role

My role is the Payroll Manager.  I am part of a small team 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.

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 a volunteer for Dorset Blind which involves home visits, fund raising and admin.  My interests include going to concerts and the  theatre, reading crime fiction and anything Italian. However, nothing beats walking the dogs on Southbourne beach just as the sun is coming up.

Becky Livesley

Becky Livesley

Payroll & Sales Ledger Administrator

Becky Livesley

My Role at City Centre

My role at City Centre is Payroll & Sales Ledger Administrator where I am responsible for supporting the Payroll Manager with the processing of the weekly payroll for up to 1,000 weekly temps. My role also involves providing cover for the Credit Controller to ensure that the weekly invoices are processed accurately and in a timely manner.

My Life Before City Centre

After leaving University I developed my recruitment and payroll skills whilst working in the contract catering industry as a Staffing Manager at major sporting events in London.  I also spent four years living in Australia where I worked as a Recruitment Coordinator at a hospitality agency and as a Payroll Officer for a film company.

When I am not working

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family, watching live music and socialising with friends. I am very happy to be living back in Bournemouth and try to spend as much time as I can at the beach, especially in the summer.

Joanna Redman

Operations Supervisor

Joanna Redman

My Job role at City Centre:

My role at City Centre is Cleaning Operations Supervisor Ensuring that we provide a first-class service to our client sites

My Life Before City Centre:

Before joining City Centre I worked at ISS Facility Services for 8 years as an area manager within their hotel operations, looking after 11 Housekeeping departments.

What I do when I’m not working:

I enjoy spending time with my 2 Grandchildren and reading true crime books

Ruth Houghton

Ruth Houghton

Cleaning Operations Manager

Ruth Houghton

My Job role at City Centre:

I am responsible for the operation of City Centre Cleaning Services, we predominantly look after student halls of residence and holiday parks across Dorset and Hampshire. I look after the Health and Safety, training and compliance for the division, I also ensure we deliver an exceptional service with efficient operational process and procedures.  We have a can-do attitude – no job is too big or too small!  Its a fast-paced role and no one day is the same – which I love.

My Life Before City Centre:

Before joining City Centre, I was an Operational Manager at B&Q looking after the Installations division.  I was responsible for the end to end operational process for providing fitted kitchens and bathrooms to customers.

What I do when I’m not working:  

I’m mum to two little people, we enjoy days out in the New Forest or on the beach.  I love music and dance, I am a classically trained ballet dancer, and although I don’t do ballet anymore, I’m always first on the dancefloor!

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Southampton - 02382 350 250

Weymouth - 01305 239 239

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Charminster - 01202 233 951

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