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        Recruitment Agency Leeds

        Best Recruitment Specialist Leeds

        Choosing the best specialist recruitment agencies in this Yorkshire city can be vital, especially to manage the costs of recruitment and fill Leeds jobs swiftly. This is why so many Leeds employers make Headway Recruitment their first call!

        West Yorkshire’s largest city is proud of its many ground-breaking feats, including the world’s first steam locomotive and the oldest functional aeroplane in Britain. Leeds even played a role in the birth of the internet, X-rays and Marks & Spencer!

        Though retail is still a big part of the economy, employers who need a recruitment consultant in Leeds now represent all sectors of industry and commerce. While some rely on specialist recruitment services for fresh pioneering endeavours, others require niche employees so they can keep the nation’s supermarket shelves stocked!

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        Working With Headway

        When you choose to work with Headway, you’re choosing a team of dedicated and experienced consultants who will work tirelessly to meet your recruitment needs.

        Treating people how we would wish to be treated is a core value here at Headway. That’s why you’ll find our approach to be honest, friendly and approachable, making sure that we stand out from the crowd.

        When you work with us, you’ll see that we work with passion, professionalism and efficiency – and you’ll be supported every step of the way.


        Your Team

        Mark Gill

        Mark Gill

        Managing Director

        I’m the owner of Headway Recruitment. A recruitment firm that solves hiring challenges for purpose-led organisations. We are experts in finding people who fit your values and culture, enabling you to scale up whilst being committed to making a positive social and environmental impact. We do this using our unique Headway Recruitment Platform incorporating psychometric testing, candidate AI screening, and video interviewing.

        We are a proud B Corp-certified company and are committed to making a positive social and environmental impact. We link our everyday work activities to charitable giving through our partnership with B1G1.

        I believe that fair recruitment practices and purposeful leaders have the power to change the world. We’re looking to find businesses the best talent and ultimately see global business become a powerful force for good.

        My psychometric profile is D (direct & driven). Those with a D Profile tend to enjoy competition and be energised by working toward a larger goal.

        Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my 3 children. I also love sporting challenges and travel, ideally combining both! My favourite trip has to be my visit to Nepal, trekking to Everest base camp in 2019.

        Annabel Lewis

        Annabel Lewis

        Office Manager

        Annabel has been working for Headway since 2004 . She manages the office and works in the permanent division where she has built many long lasting and strong relationships with her client base.

        She loves working with people and is dedicated to providing the best levels of service to both her candidates and clients. Annabel enjoys…

        …working within a team that assists one another on a daily basis in order to achieve the best results for our candidates and clients.

        Annabel’s psychometric profile is Influence and Steady (IS). Those with this profile prioritise collaboration and enjoy being in a team wherever possible. They want everyone to feel included and spend time and energy getting others involved. Annabel’s profile mirrors her enthusiasm for her job, and the fact that she brings a positive attitude to the relationships she shares with her colleagues and clients. When asked about her role within Headway, Annabel said:

        I really do feel I’m in the perfect job that fits with my personality. Collaboration with clients, candidates and the team is key. I’ve always enjoyed meeting new people and building relationships, and my role at Headway allows me to do this on a daily basis.

        Outside of work, Annabel loves being around people and is usually the one tasked with organising social gatherings, parties and holidays to far-flung destinations.

        Sally Criddle

        Sally Criddle

        Recruitment & Development Manager

        Sally joined Headway in 2017 as our business development consultant. An opportunity to jump onto the recruitment desk resulted in the move to consultant where she thrived. More recently Sally has been promoted to Recruitment & Development Manager where she manages our key client relationships.

        With a solid background in sales and business development Sally is passionate about…

        …making a difference whether it be for a client, candidate or team member.

        Sally’s psychometric profile is Si. Those with the Si profile are also known as counsellors, being warm, social and highly interactive with others. We think that this describes Sally perfectly, and she agrees:

        I would say that this is truly me, I love a good catch up no matter if it’s a personal or professional gathering. I’m the team mum, and happy to be the butt of jokes around my quirky ways! I’m extremely lucky to have a great team of people who are as committed as I am to make a difference to the lives of clients and candidates.

        I’m in a role that fits me perfectly, I’m a people person and love to discover and uncover opportunities to bring client and candidates together. It’s just the best feeling being part of the team at Headway.

        Outside of work, Sally has a love of food and cooking. Her kitchen is the place where she unwinds and decides on which recipe will be on the supper menu from the groaning bookcase full of cookbooks!

        Sam Mathieson

        Sam Mathieson


        Sam has over 20 years of experience in recruitment.

        Sam’s psychometric profile is an Si,a strong collaborator and a team player. She is a positive and approachable person who loves speaking to people in general. One of her strengths is building relationships with clients and candidates and helping them find their perfect match whether that be the perfect new employee or new job and is one of the reasons she loves working in recruitment.

        Out of work, Sam enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is creative and loves making things, especially jewellery, and runs her own small jewellery business/Etsy Shop. Don’t mess with Sam! She loves letting off steam by Thai Boxing.

        Natalie Mountain

        Natalie Mountain

        Payroll & Accounts Manager

        Natalie joined Headway in 2017 and is our payroll and accounts manager. Her role consists of weekly payroll for our temps, our sales and purchase ledger and generally keeping a tight grip on the Headway purse strings. Natalie’s background is diverse, having worked in children’s parties at McDonalds, to Management Information and accounting.

        Natalie’s psychometric profile is Cd. She likes accuracy, and focusses on logical thinking to find the best solutions. Natalie agrees with this entirely, saying…

        … this is pretty much me, I don’t like making mistakes and like to get things right first time (no one wants to redo something over and over right?).

        Ellie Peacock

        Ellie Peacock

        Business Development Consultant

        Meet Ellie, the friendly and fabulous member of our team here at Headway! With her infectious enthusiasm, Ellie is the go-to person when it comes to solving your recruitment challenges.

        As a natural people person, Ellie thrives on meeting new clients and building strong relationships. She’s like a recruitment superhero, swooping in to save the day with her problem-solving skills and knack for finding the perfect fit. Whether you’re struggling to fill a position, or you just need some guidance, Ellie is here to lend a helping hand.

        With her Steady and Influence (Si) psychometric profile, Ellie has a genuine desire to support others. She loves working as part of a team and takes great pride in seeing her colleagues succeed. You can always count on Ellie to be there when you need her, ready to offer a listening ear or a helpful suggestion.
        When she’s not busy making magic happen at work, you can find Ellie channelling her passion for interior design as she searches for the perfect homeware treasures for her house. She also makes a mean roast dinner. And when she’s not whipping up culinary masterpieces or redecorating her living room, Ellie loves to explore new places. Whether it’s a weekend getaway to a country cottage or an Ibiza adventure, she’s always up for something new.
        So, the next time you find yourself in need of recruitment assistance or just want to chat about the latest interior design trends, reach out to Ellie.


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