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

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”.

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

Julian Knott, Co-Founder and Director / LinkedIn Profile

“I have been recruiting Engineering and Manufacturing staff for the last 25 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

LinkedIn Profile

“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!”


Becky Bamford

Rebecca Bamford, Operations Manager

LinkedIn Profile

“My career started in Law where I worked, studied and progressed however I couldn’t find the love for it so I moved into practice management for law firms managing their compliance, HR and office management. From there I stepped into a more Operations focused role so headed back to school to gain further qualifications in HR to give me the ability to oversee all aspects of Operations from office management, compliance, legal and HR. Before Joining Holt, I worked in the Health and Social Sector but needed a new challenge and here I am!

The team at Holt are lively, fun and hard working and no two days are ever the same. Everyone genuinely enjoys coming to work.

Outside of work I love cooking and experimenting with new recipes and cuisines. Also spending time with my fiancé and friends exploring new and familiar places – followed by the pub, of course!

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

Nathan Dixon CertRP, Business Manager, Head Hunter / 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 / LinkedIn Profile

“I have over 6 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!”

Chelsea Clarke, Recruitment Resourcer at Holt Engineering Recruitment

Chelsea Clarke, Account Manager / LinkedIn Profile

“In 2016 I moved to Bournemouth from Hampshire and since then have gained experience in customer service and sales background. At the height of the pandemic, during 2021 I took the opportunity to change up my career and get into something that was rewarding and a new ongoing challenge for me.

I joined Holt Recruitment as a Recruitment Resourcer back in November 2021 and felt like I had been here for years after the first month, everyone is so supportive and welcoming it really is like a big family and full of fun!

Outside of work I enjoy going on dog walks and socializing with my friends and family over a glass of Prosecco (or 2). ”


Hayden Lines, Holt Engineering Recruitment UK

Hayden Lines, Recruitment Consultant / 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.”

James Ferrier, Recruitment Resourcer at Holt Engineering Recruitment

James Ferrier, Junior Recruitment Consultant / LinkedIn Profile

“After spending 3 action-packed years working abroad in the events industry I felt that my time to settle back down in England had come. I joined Holt Engineering in October 2021 and it has been such a great place to focus on my personal and professional development. I thrive off giving people a positive experience and I find that I am well placed working for the Holt Engineering team.

The team at Holt are extremely supportive and we all thrive off success. The training I have received has been second to none and I am looking forward to growing with the team.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my parents, who own a cat hotel, and going out and having fun with my mates.”

Lianne Wright, Recruitment Resourcer at Holt Engineering Recruitment, UK

Lianne Wright, Payroll Administrator / 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!”

Yasmin Cottrell recruiter manager

Yasmin Cottrell, Resource Manager / LinkedIn Profile

“I have worked in recruitment for nearly 10 years, starting as a temp in customer service before being offered a permanent role as a receptionist for an agency and progressing my way up from there, within the manufacturing and industrial divisions. I feel like I have recruited for every job imaginable within these industries and even the ones you don’t think about … like grave diggers, or people that look for bubbles in the plastic!

I am now the Resource Manager of Holt Engineering Manufacturing team, we cover every role within manufacturing, from shopfloor to office to managerial.

In my spare time I am always with my puppy Rosie, driving around the country to explore and hike around.”

Harry Parsons

Harry Parsons, Recruitment Consultant / LinkedIn Profile

“I have always been in the game of helping people. From personal training to sales and everything in between, I get a buzz from going above and beyond for others. Recruitment was a natural progression and watching people achieve their career potential is highly rewarding. I joined Holt Recruitment in 2021 and it has been take-off from there.

Outside of work, I really enjoy travelling as I feel it is the best experience you can get. I am very lucky to have a wonderful daughter and better half, but she will happily tell all who will listen that she thinks I love sport more than her.”

Ollie Hudson

Ollie Hudson, Recruitment Consultant / LinkedIn Profile

“I have always been an energetic people person and never realised recruitment was for me until I Joined Holt! After working within numerous industries and building up a fantastic network, being in recruitment has become the perfect fit!

Outside of work I like to compete in triathlons, climb mountains, watch and play football, sky dive and paddleboard. Anything that gets me out of my comfort zone!”