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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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