Meet the Team

If you are interested in getting to know the Holt Engineering recruitment team you’ve certainly come to the right place. Below you will find a little info about each member of our team, take a look…

Stuart Holt, PFM Director at Holt Engineering Recruitment - Bournemouth, England

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”.
 

Julian Knott, Director of Engineering at Holt Engineering Recruitment Specialists, UK

Julian Knott, Director of Engineering

julian.knott@holtengineering.co.uk / LinkedIn Profile

“I have been recruiting Engineering and Manufacturing staff for the last 20 years in Dorset, having moved to the area after travelling the world for 19 months. I had previously worked in the Engineering sector myself, building guidance systems for the Channel Tunnel tunnelling machines and supporting mainframe computer and storage devices.

I am delighted with how we have expanded and grown over the last few years. We’ve taken the Holt Engineering brand to some of the largest Engineering businesses in the country. We look forward to turning Holt Engineering Recruitment into one of the leading Engineering Recruitment businesses in the UK.”

 
 

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

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“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.”

 

Nathan Dixon CertRP, Business Manager at Holt Engineering Recruitment Specialist, UK

Nathan Dixon CertRP, Business Manager

nathan.dixon@holtengineering.co.uk / LinkedIn Profile

“I am a qualified Engineer, having served a five-year apprenticeship in advanced Engineering.  My Engineering experience spanned over 10 years. Working through the workshop on manual and CNC machinery, quality control and inspection as well as production planning & estimating.  I then progressed into installation and commissioning where I led site installation teams through complex installations into high-speed production lines.

Also, I have covered design and project engineering positions giving me a good understanding of methods & processes for the engineering/manufacturing environment. It’s exciting to see how Holt Engineering has grown and been able to assist an array of clients & candidates alike.  Outside of work I love to train in the gym and watch rugby with friends. Always in for a social event!”

 

Sophie Cox, Business Manager at Holt Engineering Recruitment, UK

Sophie Cox, Business Manager

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“I have over 5 years’ experience within the Engineering and Industrial Recruitment. Having spent the past 16 years working my way up in the salon industry, becoming assistant manager at Toni & Guy in Bournemouth I decided to take a complete career change and join the world of recruitment!

Focusing on my strengths, I quickly built great relationships with candidates and clients alike, specialising in unskilled and semi-skilled roles. I joined Holt Engineering Recruitment at the beginning of 2020 to support the Engineering and Manufacturing client base with their more semi-skilled assembly roles, as well as stores, warehousing, forklift and factory labourers. I focus on both the candidate and the clients’ experience, ensuring they have full trust in my ability to get the job done. On a more personal note, I love a good holiday, time with the family and of course the occasional night out!”
 

Zsofia Karnokova, Account Manager at Holt Engineering Recruitment Specialist, UK

Zsofia Karnokova, Account Manager

zsofia.karnokova@holtengineering.co.uk / LinkedIn Profile

“After 3 beautiful years in Hospitality Management, I made the decision to move into recruitment. After recruiting in the Healthcare Industry for two years I was keen to learn something new, so when the opportunity to join Holt Engineering came along I was beyond happy to accept the role. The people here are so welcoming and supportive, I feel very lucky to be part of such a great team. I’m very social and outgoing, so recruitment is definitely the career for me. I love chatting to people and getting to know them, even more, I love to help them. It feels amazing to assist someone in finding their dream job or a stepping stone to their future career.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my friends. I don’t have any of my family members in the UK so friends became my family. Having the beach almost literally at my doorstep, I find a nice evening run or walk a great way to wind down. Of course, I can’t say no to staying in with a takeaway and binge-watching Netflix series.”
 

Dan Jay, Recruitment Consultant at Holt Engineering Recruitment

Dan Jay, Recruitment Consultant

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“I am an experienced Engineer in the Aerospace Sector. I spent 6 years in Advanced Engineering where I completed an Apprenticeship, then spent the reminding time becoming a CNC Turn-mill Programmer.

I’ve worked on prototypes for Nuclear and the Ministry of Defence Industry and learning many different aspects in and around the industry. I feel with my technical knowledge that I could expand my skills and got the opportunity to move into recruitment to find engineers the jobs they desire and deserve.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing football, golf and also playing the guitar. I’m also always up for a good night out!”

 

Harry Parsons, Recruitment Consultant at Holt Engineering Recruitment

Harry Parsons, Recruitment Consultant

harry.parsons@holtengineering.co.uk / LinkedIn Profile

“Having previously worked heavily in sales, I felt that it was time for a new challenge. I really enjoy the buzz of interacting and helping people to achieve more than they thought possible.

Since moving here, the working environment at Holt is superb and that comes from management all the way down. Everyone wants to see you succeed and I look forward to really pushing forward in this sector.

Outside of the work world, I enjoy spending time with my partner and dog, reading, travelling, training (sometimes!) and watching pretty much any sport available!”

 

Samantha Green, Holt Engineering Recruitment UK

Samantha Green, Recruitment Resourcer

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“I began working at Holt Engineering in July 2021, stepping into recruitment from a long career in customer service and performing arts, specialising in retention and customer experience. In my career, I have worked for many companies such as Walt Disney Company, LVMH and Harrods, to name a few. Whilst my professional career has taken me all around the world, I decided to settle back in Bournemouth where the opportunity to work at Holt Engineering came up. I was excited to join the team at Holt because of their work ethos and approach to people. They also welcome anyone interested in a career change with open arms. So far I’m loving it, they have kept to all their promises with regards to training and development and I feel completely supported in my new career path. I am so pleased to join such a well-established team at Holt Engineering.

Outside of work, I try to paddleboard (although I’m not very good but must be very entertaining for those watching on the beach), I like to travel and spend as much time with my friends as I possibly can.”
 

Hayden Lines, Holt Engineering Recruitment UK

Hayden Lines, Recruitment Resourcer

hayden.lines@holtengineering.co.uk / LinkedIn Profile

“The last 7 years have been a whirlwind of wanderlust, from Brazilian beaches to the Australian outback. Having had plenty of sales roles around the world I was keen to dive into the world of recruitment.

From the moment I arrived here at Holt Engineering Recruitment I felt at home immediately, everyone makes such an effort to make you feel welcome and the training provided from day one has been unbelievable. I’ve really bought into the Holt Recruitment Group ideals and I hope to grow personally and professionally as fast as the group has!

On a more personal note, I like to play a lot of football, chess, cards, go to the gym and might be guilty of the odd night out.”
 
 

Lianne Wright, Recruitment Resourcer at Holt Engineering Recruitment, UK

Lianne Wright, Recruitment Resourcer

lianne.wright@holtengineering.co.uk / LinkedIn Profile

“Having worked in Administration for over 11 years, I joined Holt in September 2019 and gradually worked my way up into the role I’m in today. I’ve worked in the recruitment industry for over 4 years now and love helping people whether it’s the candidates or the consultants.

I enjoy the variety my role brings, from finding the best possible candidates for their roles by resourcing CV’s or helping with any of the consultants’ administration needs. Recently I’ve taken on doing the weekly payroll for our engineering temps.

When not at the office I like to spend time with my family & friends. I love going out and discovering new restaurants, reading a good book and going on holiday. Also, I love going on a Team night out with the Holt office, It’s always a great night!”