MEET THE TEAM
Claire Wolstenholme FIRP – MD
Originally started in 1990 as an Office Junior and now Managing Director.
Highly motivated inspiring leader who strives to achieve on all levels. I also believe that one of our biggest assets are our loyal hard working team who all deliver a “First Class Service”. We have many loyal clients and reliable temporary workers – Bennetts would cease to be a business without them – we ensure we get it right with no compromise ….
Not many people can say after 27 years of service that they love their job – but i do!
My overall aim is to ensure that each of my day to day responsibilities increase profitability and maximise opportunities to add value to our own and our clients business, this is achieved by understanding the business and delivering an effective service.
Our reputation is founded on professional recruitment and committed to delivering a top class service. Our team is an extension to you and we consider ourselves part of your team.
Robbie Harrison FIRP – Operations Director
I originally started with Bennett’s on works experience during my school holidays in 1999. Having enjoyed life in the recruitment world, I started as Branch Reception in October 1999.
I quickly worked my way up to support the sales team, chasing references, dealing with all visitors on arrival and putting clients through to the right destination.
I attended various external training courses as well as in-house coaching from our Sales Director and Trainer.
After a successful 12 months, I helped out in other parts of the business, making sales calls, working on perm orders then eventually going out to see clients finding out what their requirements were, I then ensured they received the best service I could give. I was promoted up the ladder to Commercial Recruitment Consultant and helped out on the Industrial side.
An opportunity arose in 2002, for our Oldham branch which at the time was under performing, working alongside my peers I helped grow the Industrial, Commercial and Catering divisions. Running up to 150 – 200 workers at any one time. Within 2 years I became Recruitment Manager, managing a team of 8 staff.
My career has encompassed a wide variety of recruitment specialities such as Commercial, Industrial, Manufacturing, Catering and Hospitality, to sales. During my career at Bennett’s my geographical knowledge area of the North West has expanded. This has helped the team and I grow the business providing recruitment solutions for new and old clients.
In 2007 following the closure of our Oldham and Stockport branches, everything became under one roof in Hyde, I became Operations Manager taking Bennett’s to the next level, this was challenging but very rewarding at the same time. January 2016 was my year; I was appointed to the board of Directors as Operations Director. I am still very much at the helm running and being hands on. I oversee the full sales and accounts operations, this also includes reporting figures to the shareholders and growing the business to the next level.
I believe as a small business you have to know everything what’s going on, living with the clients and ensuring all our outworkers are happy. You can never stop learning and being in the recruitment industry at times can be very challenging with legislation changes, you always have to be one step ahead.
We all have desire to succeed and never fail in any of the areas of the business. At present I run a thriving branch where our TEAM is first-class.
Joanne Needham FIRP – Commercial Team Leader
I started with Bennett’s in April 1998 and over the years have covered various recruiting sectors including Secretarial, Industrial and Catering. I currently cover the Commercial Division and am heavily involved in the training of all colleagues.
I feel the key to our success is the strength and knowledge of our team. I strongly believe in listening to our clients needs and have the determination to strive to get it right for each client. I have a very competitive nature, enjoy a challenge and I am very target driven.
Chris Maher – MIRP – Industrial Team Leader
I started with Bennett’s in May 2007. I currently run the Industrial and Cleaning Division for Manchester, Tameside and Stockport areas.
I pride myself in giving a first-class speedy service, and believe I listen to my clients needs to ensure they get the quality of service they require. My key to success is through passion and communication with all my customers and outworkers. I strive to go the extra mile and aim to please.
Katie Tomaszewski AIRP – Commercial Recruitment Consultant
I started with Bennett’s in June 2010 as a Branch Administrator working my way up to supplying temporary staff to the Oldham, Stockport, Tameside and Rochdale area’s in all sectors Commercial, Industrial and Catering.
I believe in giving a high calibre service to all clients, and listening to their needs to achieve it. I also have the eye for detail to supply high quality candidates in to direct permanent employment, with an excellent track record in this area.
I enjoy the challenges of the recruitment industry and I am very motivated to succeed in the world of recruitment. With the chance to help you I am sure we can develop a fantastic working relationship.
Thomas McMurdo AIRP – Industrial Recruitment Consultant
I joined the Bennett’s team in April 2014 initially as an apprentice attending day release to obtain my NVQ Level 2 Administration and Customer service and have also completed my NVQ Level 3 in business administration as i felt i would learn more about all the recruitment processes and which may be the most beneficial to use.
Since joining the team I feel I have grown with the business to provide a first class service, I oversee the Catering /cleaning division for the Stockport area. Delivering clients and candidates expectations. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the team and love the merry go round of the recruitment world!
Jody Vickers – Branch Administrator
My working career started when I was just 15 whilst at school, waitressing for a local busy restaurant. After leaving school I attended college and obtained my BTEC level 2 in work skills. I knew I wanted to carry on and further my career so I stayed on a further year doing my Level 3 Business and Law. Successfully passed the end of June 2017.
Whilst working I was approached by a key member of the Bennett Staff Bureau team Joanne – “who said have you ever thought of going into recruitment”. Since then I haven’t looked back. I successfully passed a 2 stage interview with the Directors and I am now the Branch Administrator.
My role consists of being the first point of call to all visitors, in person and over the ‘phone, adding personal data to the system and cross checking identification in line with the Home office and our in-house guidelines. All the teams’ administration, chief brewer upper and much more. So far I have enjoyed being part of this busy office, every day is completely different. I look forward to what the future holds ……
Julie Maher – Accounts Executive
I joined the Bennett Staff Bureau team in August 1999 solely as a Credit Controller. Bennetts, as a company, has grown over the years so my position now as Accounts Executive has developed to accommodate the current employment legislation changes and the increasing turnover of Bennetts as a recruitment company. Because the majority of our team are longstanding, we can work together and make our service to our clients and temporary staff efficient and professional and I think this is proven by the established clients and temporary staff, some of which have used Bennett”s long before I joined.
Beryl Smith – Payroll Clerk
I originally joined Bennett Staff Bureau back in 1984 – 1988 as a Comptometer / Wages Operator providing a manual accounts service, then came back in March 2007.
My current role within the business is Payroll Clerk, this is running an in-house tailored system for all our weekly temporary workers.
Over the years legislation has seen many changes including holiday pay, RTI, Pensions and many others, and as a small business and having long standing staff we have to go with the times and tailor to suit our client’s needs.
I enjoy being part of the small established team and enjoy the success of the business going forward.
Shane Wolstenholme – Maintenance
I originally joined Bennett Staff Bureau back in 2006 as a temporary Cleaner helping out in the branches when the cleaners were off on holiday or sick. Key holder to all the branches including Head Office. Then during December 2009 I became Permanent head of Maintenance, sorting out any snagging problems, painting, putting shelves up, sorting the stock room, taking shredding to the confidential shredding company. I also helped with the closure of the branches and HO. Clearing out, painting, tip runs etc.
Being Claire’s husband I do all the odd jobs around the office and ensure both offices are clean and hazardous free on a daily basis.