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Meet the Directors

Ruth Moran

Director

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You can contact me anytime on 0113 2460062 or 07970 840061

Ruth Moran

Director

Specialist Recruitment covering Executive Search and Selection, Legal, Accountancy/Finance, Financial Services/Insurance, Marketing, HR, FMCG, IT, UK and International.

I've been working in recruitment for 20 years now. After graduating in Law at Manchester University I 'fell' into Legal recruitment much to the disappointment of my parents who had visions of me becoming a QC..at that time recruitment wasn't viewed as the 'profession' it is now. Being young and impetuous, however, I decided that it was a much easier way to make money as a 21 year old and thankfully I was right. I also quickly realised that I actually loved the job!

I set up divisions for two businesses in Legal, Financial Services/Insurance and Accountancy in my 20's, gaining rapid promotion with my first firm to Director before moving into recruitment to recruitment with the market leader at the time.

I set Ruth Moran Consulting up 16 years ago and still fee earn - it's my passion and even after all these years still gives me a huge amount of satisfaction. Many of our clients and candidates have 'grown up' with us and are also now people we would call friends. There's also no doubt that we have one of the strongest businesses in our market when it comes to network and reputation. Roles covered are from Consultant level through to C.E.O both nationally and internationally.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my children George and Olivia, walking our dogs Chester and Pebbles, eating Indian food (my other passion) and travelling whenever possible to anywhere from Cape Town to Rome!

Neil Prestwich

Chairman

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You can contact me anytime on 0113 2460062 or 07971 094450

Neil Prestwich

Chairman

Scientific/Life Sciences, Commercial, Contact Centre and Education.

I've been working in recruitment since 1995. I started as a Branch Manager with ABC contract Services running a successful Industrial and Driving Office.

I then went on to run the BT Call Centre contract at Kelly Services managing over 700 call centre staff. I was headhunted from Kelly by Hays and stayed at Hays for 6 years as a Regional Manager building and developing a Logistics recruitment business from zero to five offices in 3 years.

After Hays, I had a complete change of sector and became Regional Manager of 8 Social Care offices for Reed Social Care managing over 70 staff and a T/O in excess of £25m per annum.

I strongly believe that my recruitment background and specific sector experience puts me ahead of my competitors in terms of understanding my clients needs and my candidates aspirations.

Outside of work my main passion and stress reliever is Manchester City. I have been a season ticket holder for over 30 years and still make the commute to Manchester for every home game, rain or shine. I also play the occasional game of golf (badly) and enjoy quarterly 'men only' golf trips without the wife, which is one of my top tips for a successful marriage.

Barrie Dewhirst

Senior Director

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You can contact me anytime on 0113 2460062 or 07487508210

Barrie Dewhirst

Senior Director

I cover the following sectors across the UK and overseas: Legal Financial Services Finance & Accounting IT Technology Business Support Professional Services Sales & Marketing Executive & Retained Search

I am a rec2rec recruiter with a focus on the following sectors across the UK: Legal, Financial Services, Finance & Accounting, IT Technology, Business Support, Professional Services, Sales & Marketing, Executive & Retained Search. 

When working with me, you can be assured that descretion and confidentiality is of the upmost importance. My approach is a consultative one, were I gather information based on your skills and experience and match those to existing opportunities and clients that I have chosen to work with. I will also give you the name of the business and seek your prior approval before engaging in any introduction. If I don't have an immediate opportunity that matches your requirements, I can go to market discreetly to find opportunities that would match your own expectations. 

of course I am also interested in building long term relationships, which is why the recruitment process and candidate experience is so important to me. Nothing gives me more pleasure than helping to find a recruiter a new job opportunity, who then in the future becomes a trusted client. 

 

 

Colette Mallabourn

Associate Director

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You can contact me anytime on 0113 246 0062 or 07398 159291

Colette Mallabourn

Associate Director

Commercial, Industrial and Driving

I’ve spent most of my working life in Recruitment - my first position was in my late teens!  My love for Industrial and Commercial Recruitment has grown over the years, starting out as an Recruitment Consultant, Business Development Manager and working my way to Branch Manager.  I love placing quality candidates in their perfect roles!

Making a change to Rec2Rec and joining Ruth Moran Consulting was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  I work in a team that is caring, supportive, nurturing, fun and maybe sometimes a little bit crazy!!

My personal life is full of family - that I can’t get enough of!  I love social events, meals out and travel - Mauritius is my favourite destination.  At weekends I love spending time with my beautiful girls and husband - I also have 3 crazy dogs 2 Weineramers and a German Short haired pointer - they keep me really busy!!

 

Matthew West

Associate Director

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You can contact me anytime on 0113 246 0062 or 07983 747589

Matthew West

Associate Director

Health and Social Care

Before falling into recruitment I studied a Business Management Degree, alongside working as a seasonal team member at Alton Towers which was interesting!

I’ve been working in Healthcare Recruitment since 2015, having started out at Service Care Solutions where I  managed a Nursing and AHP desk. I have also worked within Primary Care Recruitment which involved sourcing Doctors to work within general practices. I firmly believe that my recruitment background and specific sector experience puts me ahead of my competitors in terms of understanding the needs of both my Clients and Candidates. I’m also passionate about these markets which definitely helps!

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend and toddler, whilst planning for the arrival of our second baby.

Sophie Nowicki

Recruiter

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You can contact me anytime on 0113 2460062 or 07939392723

Sophie Nowicki

Recruiter

Health and Social Care

I joined the Recruitment scene at the start of 2024 after moving from Huddersfield to Lancashire.

I’ve done just about every job you can think of, from bartending in university, working in a call centre & being a support worker to vulnerable adults. While I enjoyed these jobs for the most part, none of them gave me a sense of belonging or fulfilment, so would often be short lived.

 

Working at Ruth Moran allows me to express my creativity and build connections with people from various walks of life without the pressure of micromanagement.

 

Outside of work you can often find me lifting weights in the gym or trying out a new bottomless brunch – it’s all about balance!

 

Sarah Holt

Associate Director

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You can contact me anytime on 0113 2460062 or 07985 310762

Sarah Holt

Associate Director

Education

Like most people, I too ‘fell’ into recruitment. After graduating from Queen Margaret University Edinburgh in Psychology, Sociology & Politics I then went to Liverpool Hope University & completed my Primary PGCE. A few years in the classroom was enough for me!

A few twists of fate later & I landed at an education recruitment agency called justteachers where I progressed from novice, to Senior Consultant & then to one of their top billers. I learned so much during my eight years at JT & really felt that I had found my passion in helping people find a job, especially people who were disillusioned & disheartened in their current role & the job hunting process. I always get great satisfaction when candidates tell me they are happy in their dream role!

Now I have joined Ruth Moran, I am looking at transferring my skills to helping fellow recruiters find their perfect role & the next step up in their career.

When I’m not in work, you will find me either trying out the latest new restaurant, cooking (food is a theme here!) or spending time with my two dogs, Sidney & Beth on long walks. My other passion is holidays and my goal is to spend New Years’ Eve in as many different places as possible. The best so far have been Sydney Harbour & New York!

Joel Baron

Associate Director

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You can contact me anytime on 0113 2460062 or 07539 017050

Joel Baron

Associate Director

Construction and Engineering

Before starting in recruitment, I studied Social Work at University whilst working in sales at the same time. After University I found a Trainee Recruitment Consultant position in Legal recruitment. I worked there for 5 years and during my time was promoted to a team leader position. After this I decided to make the change and started my own agency for 2 years, supplying temps in the public sector. My last position I worked as a Managing Consultant for Hays before starting my Rec2Rec journey with Ruth Moran Consulting. 

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife and 2 boys, my weekends you’ll usually find my going to a park with the kids, watching Newcastle United or Formula 1.