As American entrepreneur and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman once said, ‘No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.’
In the space of a year and a half, we’re thrilled to have expanded from one founder to an incredible team of four, all of whom come with their own experiences, skill set, and passion for finding the perfect hire.
Like Reid, we believe there is strength in numbers. That’s why, when you choose to work alongside us, you’re choosing to form a strategic recruitment partnership with an entire recruitment team.
Director Charly will be your first point of contact. Together, you’ll work to understand your business’ biggest pain points and devise a strategy that will help relieve these pressures. From there, she will decide which members of staff are best suited to support you operationally.
It’s in our best interest to get this right. After all, your success is our success.
So, without any further ado, we’d like to introduce you to the friendly and hard-working people that make up the Integrated Recruitment team.
Charly Melia – Founder and Director
What better place to start than with Founder and Director Charly Melia.
Charly started working in the recruitment industry when she was just 17 years old (no guesses as to how many years ago this was) and hasn’t looked back since. She loves talking to people, asking questions, and building relationships and believes that if you can do these three things well, you can make a go of it in recruitment.
Over the years, Charly has gained a vast amount of experience working in recruitment agencies, outsourced recruitment providers, and internally within corporate businesses, and has helped these businesses to save millions of pounds through developing, implementing, and executing recruitment strategies.
For a long time, Charly knew she wanted to set up her own business, and this dream became a reality in February 2020 when Integrated Recruitment was officially launched (just one month before the UK’s first lockdown).
As a specialist in recruitment strategy, Charly wanted to take her in-depth knowledge and experience and use it to help businesses revolutionise their recruitment process. Rather than racing against other agencies to provide companies with ill-suited CVs, she wanted to create a company that offered real value. One that helps businesses bring in only the right people at the right time.
And that’s precisely what we do here at Integrated Recruitment.
Quick-fire Charly fact: Charly loves food. If there’s ever the opportunity to head out for lunch or dinner, she’s there… with bells on!
Cath Essex: Operations Manager
Born and raised in East London, Operations Manager Cath moved to Yorkshire when she was 18 years old and has lived here ever since (a decision we’re particularly grateful for).
Despite being relatively new to the recruitment industry, Cath’s wide-ranging experience gained from previous roles in Resource Planning, Field Operations, and Business Intelligence over the last 20 years has made adapting to this new industry easy.
Often described as the yin to Charly’s yang, Cath helps Charly run the business by providing her with those all-important metrics. A whizz with reporting and interrogating numbers, Cath also provides KPI data to our clients so they can see exactly what goes on behind the scenes.
Quick-fire Cath fact: Cath has a black belt in Aikido and used to teach Karate!
Laura Douglas – Recruitment Advisor
Like Director Charly, Recruitment Advisor Laura has been connected with the recruitment industry since her very first full-time role.
After completing an administration apprenticeship for a recruitment agency, Laura took some time away from work to raise her first child before jumping straight back into recruitment. In the years that followed, she gained valuable experience working as a Client Services Coordinator and a Recruitment Coordinator for a healthcare company.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, Laura then spent most of 2020 working on the NHS 119 helpline before returning to recruitment once more as a member of the Integrated Recruitment team.
As a Recruitment Advisor, Laura is responsible for operationally managing relationships with our clients and finding the best possible talent for the roles they’re recruiting for.
Whilst she enjoys speaking with new people every day, her favourite part of the job is knowing she’s helped a client fill a vacancy and helped a candidate find a job they can be happy in.
Quick-fire Laura fact: Laura hasn’t seen her natural hair colour since she was 14 years old!
Ashley Parkinson – Recruitment Team Administrator
Last but by no means least, we come to our Administrator Ashley who, like Cath, found herself drawn to the beauty of West Yorkshire, having spent most of her life in the south of the country.
As our Administrator, Ashley works hard to keep us all on track (an often difficult task on a Friday afternoon) and is also responsible for arranging interviews and keeping the applicant tracking system up to date.
Ashley is incredible with our candidates and always provides a first-class experience, making them feel at ease from the very first meeting (in person or online). She’s thrilled to have the opportunity to not only grow her career but to help others do the same along the way.
Quick-fire Ashley fact: She has a passion for music and loves to sing!
How can the Integrated Recruitment team support you?
If, like many of our clients, you’re looking to bridge the gap between effective recruitment and business success, we can help. Together, we can build a tailored recruitment strategy that helps you to build a winning workforce.
Ready to get started? Reach out to the team here.