About Us

Recruitment Specialists to The FMCG industry.

D R Newitt Recruitment is one of the largest recruitment agencies in the UK, Europe and Middle East servicing the FMCG industry. Working throughout these locations, our expertise in one vertical job market has enabled us to learn and understand the needs of our clients in what is a fast moving, ever changing industry. Our Divisions now offer complete Recruitment Services to a wide range of FMCG manufacturers covering all sectors.

Whatever the discipline, D R Newitt can satisfy your requirements. Our increasing success stems from relationship building with both clients and candidates, 75% of our business is repeat business.

For an informal chat or advice on career paths, please call one of our experienced consultants as they will always be available, whatever your needs are.

Directors

Stephanie Newitt

Managing Director

Stephanie is Managing Director and founder of D R Newitt. Following a successful career in Food & Drink Recruitment which started in 1994, she set up the first and only Recruitment Consultancy in Scotland servicing the Food, Drinks and FMCG industry UK and Worldwide.

With 20 years recruitment experience within the Food & Drinks and FMCG sectors, Stephanie shares both her knowledge and reputation with her team and clients alike.

She continues to successfully expand the business, placing D R Newitt as the largest Food, Drink & FMCG Recruitment Consultancy throughout the UK, Europe and the MEA.

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Forbes Gunn

Company Director

Forbes is Company Director of D R Newitt covering both the Edinburgh & Manchester offices. He is responsible for overseeing all Sales divisions, including Technical, Operations, Engineering, Supply Chain, Commercial, Sales, Finance, Executive, International, both on a Permanent and Interim basis.

Forbes has been with the company for 10 years progressing from Trainee Consultant to his current position. Forbes has a 2:1 Retail Business honours degree from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.

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Management Team

Richard Steele

Business Manager Manchester

Richard is the Business Manager of D R Newitt for the Manchester office. He is responsible for overseeing all recruitment divisions, including Technical, Operations, NPD, Engineering, Supply Chain, Logistics, Sales, Marketing and Executive, both on a Permanent and Interim basis.

Richard joined D R Newitt in 2011 and has progressed from a Trainee Consultant into his current role. Richard graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2009 with a BSc, with Honours, in Politics and International Relations.

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Grant Thomson

Group Operations Manager

Graduating from the University of St Andrews in 2005 Grant has been with D R Newitt for 10 years. He specialises in recruiting Food & Drink manufacturing professionals throughout Scotland and has a wealth of established relationships in the sector. In addition to this, Grant oversees the operational elements of the business including IT, communications and administration.

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Giuseppe Leo

Recruitment Manager - Production, Operations & Technical

Giuseppe and his team specialise in recruiting Production & Operations professionals into positions varying from entry level management positions to GM/Director level nationwide. Giuseppe strives to offer both client & candidate a complete service in a proactive & professional manner supporting the process from start to finish. Giuseppe has been recruiting in Food Manufacturing with D R Newitt for 8 years. Previous to this he spent 13 years working in Men’s Luxury Fashion in London including a stint on London’s Saville Row.

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Ryan Flannigan

Recruitment Manager - Engineering

Ryan has worked with the business for over 3 years, starting as a Recruitment Consultant, he progressed to Senior Consultant and he now currently manages a team of consultants specialising in engineering recruitment within the Food & Drinks Industry. Before joining D R Newitt Ryan finished his Honours degree in Sport and Exercise science at Napier University. During his studies Ryan represented Scotland at international level as a cricketer. Gaining over 30 caps for his country Ryan travelled the world with his sport.

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Martin Bryce

Recruitment Manager - Supply Chain

Martin heads up our Supply Chain & Logistics team at D R Newitt. This is a newly created team that has shown great potential since its inception in early 2014. Martin’s main focus is on roles within the food manufacturing industry across the whole of the U.K. With a clear dedication and an eagerness to succeed we are confident that our Supply Chain & Logistics business will continue to grow. Having worked in retail for the majority of his career, Martin has developed a strong customer service and sales ability. This has been adapted to fit the recruitment industry where he has worked effectively for the last three years.

 

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Richard Parsons

Recruitment Manager - Sales, Marketing & NPD

Richard has worked at D R Newitt for 6 years. Starting as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant, he progressed to Senior Consultant and he now currently manages a team of consultants specialising in Sales & Marketing within the Food & Drinks Industry. Richard’s specialist area is Commercial focussing on Sales and Marketing positions from Graduate to Senior management and Director roles.  Richard also manages some major accounts for D R Newitt. Prior to Recruitment Richard completed a BSc (Honours) Computer Technology Degree.

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International & Scotland

Matt Steedman

Senior Consultant / Training Support

As a senior member of the team, Matt heads up our International Department as well as recruiting in Scotland specialising in both Search and Selection of Executive and Senior roles across all sectors.

Matthew has worked in the Scottish region for over 10 years and 5 years in the Middle East and has grasp on the ever changing candidate and client market.

Having been bought up in South Africa, lived in London, Edinburgh and Dubai Matthew has first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced when face a new local role or settling abroad.

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Simon Norris

Senior Consultant for Scotland

Specialising in recruiting food & drink manufacturing professionals from Northern England to throughout Scotland.

Prior to DR Newitt Simon has previously worked in recruitment for five and half years for industrial businesses in the Birmingham area.

Simon prides himself on his honest, professional, friendly consultative approach. He is extremely enthusiastic about his career at DR Newitt.

Production & Operations

Gemma Harris

Recruitment Consultant

Gemma specialises in delivering Permanent staff to the Food and Drinks Manufacturing industry. She focuses on a number of diverse roles from middle management to Director Level within the Production and Operations division.

Gemma prides herself in offering a comprehensive service, delivering a professional yet down to earth approach with both her clients and candidates, and strongly believes in the importance of maintaining that relationship from start to finish.

Gemma joined D R Newitt following a fully-joined up career in the Events and Hospitality industry. Working with a range of high profile clients, Gemma spent 6 years managing a variety of briefs and delivered events right across the UK. Prior to this Gemma had 2 years experience working in HR and internal recruitment for a Manchester based company in the financial sector.

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Matteo D'Onofrio

Recruitment Consultant

Matteo specialises in delivering Permanent staff to the Food and Drinks Manufacturing industry. He focuses on a number of diverse roles from entry level to senior management within Production and Operations division throughout the UK. Matteo strives to ensure he provides a professional approach to all client and candidate needs.

Matteo recently graduated with a Honours degree in Marketing from Glasgow Caledonian University and worked in Hospitality.

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Wasim Akram

Senior Consultant

Wasim Joined D R Newitt with the remit to set up a Finance desk. He specialises in recruiting Finance candidates with the relevant Food Manufacturing Experience, at all levels, for our clients Finance teams. Wasim is dedicated to his work, ensuring that all his clients’ needs are met whilst providing a high standard and supportive service to his candidates.

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Leonna Sylvester

Recruitment Consultant

Leonna specialises in delivering Permanent staff to the FMCG industry. She focuses on a number of diverse roles from entry level to senior management level within the Production and Operations division throughout the UK.

After graduating from Dundee University with BA (Hons) in Business and Finance, Leonna travelled the Caribbean for 18 months.

Prior to D R Newitt, Leonna has worked in recruitment for over two years and prides herself in delivering a high quality professional service to both clients and candidates. She is excited about progressing her career with D R Newitt.

Chris Connolly

Recruitment Consultant

Chris specialises in delivering production and operations staff to the Food and Drinks Manufacturing industry. Chris really enjoys getting to understand what both his client and candidates want and working with them to ensure a mutually beneficial result. Outside of work Chris enjoys socialising and playing Sport.

Andrew Harrison

Recruitment Consultant

Andrew specializes in delivering Permanent staff to the Food and Drinks Manufacturing industry, focusing on a number of diverse roles from middle management to Director Level within the Production and Operations division. With over two years recruitment experience, Andrew enjoys the fast paced recruitment environment along with building strong relationships with clients and candidates alike. Prior to recruitment, Andrew completed a master's degree in Sports Business Management and Marketing at the University of Central Lancashire. He enjoys socializing and playing football.

Interim

Liam Steele

Senior Consultant

Liam specialises in Interim recruitment from Operations to Technical positions within food manufacturing.

Liam has a strong interim pedigree, previously working in finance and prior to this, he graduated with a 2:1 in Sport and Recreation management from the University of Edinburgh.

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Lawrence Robertson

Senior Consultant

As a consultant, Lawrence specialises in the Interim recruitment of Engineering professionals within the Food & Drink sector. He has a strong technical recruitment background and has successfully worked on assignments on an Interim & Executive Search basis. He graduated with an MSc in Electronic Circuit Design & Manufacture from the University of Dundee.”

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Sam Brickwood

Senior Consultant

As a senior recruiter within the Interim division, Sam specialises in recruiting highly-skilled professional interim contractors at all levels for food manufacturing businesses. Sam offers a consultative search and selection service to our clients for all interim vacancies within his specialist area. Sam has lived in Edinburgh for 13 years and has been recruiting Food manufacturing managers and technical specialists UK-wide for 9 years, since graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc in Biological Sciences.

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Callum McDonald

Recruitment Consultant

Callum has recently joined DR Newitt after spending much of his career in Holiday Home Sales and High End Fashion Retail. Callum has come to DR Newitt to begin a successful recruitment career and is looking forward to a bright future.

Scott Ballantine

Recruitment Consultant

Scott specialises specifically in Interim Recruitment within Operations, Supply chain, NPD and has broad knowledge across all head functions within Food Manufacturing. He graduated with Honours in Business Management and Marketing and strives with consistency to provide a professional approach to both client and candidate's needs. Scott stands by 5 values being Enjoyment, Togetherness, Inspirational, Excellence & Integrity. He is extremely enthusiastic to make his career successful at D R Newitt

Engineering

Ryan Robinson

Senior Consultant

Ryan is a Senior Consultant within DR Newitt and has been with the company for 3 Years. Ryan specialises in the recruitment of Engineers within the Food manufacturing Industry. This can range from Maintenance Engineers, Project Engineers & Chief Engineers. He recruits throughout the UK, working closely with both Client & Candidate to ensure a professional service is always provided. Ryan studied Economics & Business at the University of Edinburgh.

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Adrian Jolly

Recruitment Consultant

Adrian specialises in the recruitment of Engineers within the Food & Drinks Manufacturing Industry. This can range from Multi-Skilled, Electrical, Mechanical and Maintenance Engineers, Engineering Managers, Project Engineers and Chief Engineers.

Adrian has 4 years Recruitment experience within Oil & Gas and is now looking forward to growing a network in both Food and Manufacturing industries. He thrives on building lasting relationships with both candidates and clients. Adrian graduated with a Degree in Business Information Systems and is a supporter of Wigan Warriors Rugby League.

Gregg Telfer

Recruitment Consultant

Gregg specialises in the Engineering sector within the Manufacturing Industry. This can range from Multi-Skilled, Electrical, Mechanical and Maintenance Engineers, Project Engineers and Chief Engineers. Gregg is new to recruitment and is looking forward to building strong relationships with both clients and candidates. Gregg comes from an Engineering / New Product Development background along with Field Sales Experience. Gregg has also been an Infantry Reservist for 8 years alongside his previous full time work.

George Andrews

Recruitment Consultant

George is the most recent addition to the Engineering team. This is his first role in recruitment, and he hopes to gain invaluable experience to further his career within this field.

Originally from North Wales, George obtained an LL.M LPC in Professional Legal Practice from the University of Law, as well as an undergraduate degree in Law from the University of Chester. A passionate football supporter, he enjoys playing football and following Liverpool FC.

Alex Williams

Recruitment Consultant

Alex has recently joined D R Newitt as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant and is looking forward to furthering his career working within our Engineering team.

Ryan Taylor

Recruitment Consultant

Having never worked in Recruitment before Ryan is very keen to learn to learn the industry and progress his career here at DR Newitt. He is currently developing new accounts and candidate contacts for D R Newitt within the Engineering sector.

Adam Hobson

Recruitment Consultant

Adam specialises in the recruitment of Engineers within the Manufacturing Industry with a strong focus on the Food & Drinks industry. He deals with Multi-Skilled Engineers, Engineering Managers and Chief Engineers on a daily basis placing them in fantastic jobs. Coming from an Engineering background he now uses his skills to build lasting and productive relationships with both candidates and clients. Adam also teaches martial arts in his spare time currently running his own club.

Technical

Andrew Donaldson

Senior Consultant

Andrew specialises in recruiting within the Technical Division. He works hard to offer a pro-active service to both clients and candidates with companies ranging from larger organisations to smaller based family businesses. Recruiting UK wide, his approach is professional and friendly. Andrew has been recruiting at D R Newitt for over 11 years. Prior to this he graduated with a 2:1 in Spanish & History from Edinburgh University.

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Cassi Henderson

Senior Consultant

Cassi specialises in Technical recruitment for the food industry covering Technical, Quality and Hygiene roles from Graduate to Management. Cassi works hard to provide a professional approach to all Client recruitment needs and ensures that candidates have support throughout the recruitment process. Previous to joining D R Newitt Cassi worked in Hospitality management and is very much looking forward to progressing within her career as a Recruitment Consultant.

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Chris Hine

Recruitment Consultant

Chris focusses on recruiting permanent technical staff to the food and drinks industry. He covers a wide range of roles from entry level all the way through to director level positions. Chris recruits throughout the UK providing a high level of service to both candidates and clients. He works hard to ensure he builds strong and lasting relationships and to deliver beyond expectations.

Chris is originally from the Midlands and moved to Manchester to complete a degree in Chemistry from The University of Manchester, he then joined D R Newitt after working alongside some of the largest chemical and FMCG manufactures within the UK. When not working hard in the office Chris can be found either renovating furniture or testing out his new culinary experiments on his friends.

Josh Alcock

Recruitment Consultant

Josh specialises in Technical recruitment for the Food, Drinks and FMCG industries covering permanent positions in a variety of roles for experienced technical professionals. This can range from Head of Technical, Technical Managers, QA Managers, Assistant Technical Managers, QA Technologists, QAs, Technical Assistants and Food Technologists.

After graduating with a 2:1 in Politics from Newcastle University he has acquired recruitment experience both in the UK and Europe for a blue chip company and specialised boutique agency. Time working in Seville - Spain, Prague - Czech Republic and most recently Edinburgh has developed Josh's knowledge of both permanent and temporary markets.

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Lexi Barratt

Recruitment Consultant

Originally from Manchester, Lexi obtained a 2:1 Business Studies degree from the University of Lincoln and has recently returned from a gap year where she travelled and worked around Australia & South East Asia.

Lexi works with both clients and candidate to provide a professional experience, supporting them throughout the entire recruitment process and looks forward to developing her career in Recruitment.

Sophie Goddard

Recruitment Consultant

Sophie has recently graduated with a 2:1 in Business Management from Edinburgh Napier University; Sophie was the Student President at Napier and held various committee positions within the University Hockey Club. Sophie will be specialising in all technical and quality assurance roles based in the UK, she is looking forward to starting her career in recruitment at D R Newitt.

Andy Banks

Senior Consultant

Andy joins D R Newitt, to specialize in technical and quality assurance roles across the FMCG market. Prior to joining D R Newitt, Andy has 6 previous years of recruitment experience in senior sales recruitment for across various sectors including FMCG. Prior to starting a career in recruitment, Andy graduated with a 2:1 in Film, Television and Radio.

Amy Sumner

Recruitment Consultant

Supply Chain & Logistics

Peter Clarke

Senior Consultant

Peter specialises within Supply Chain Purchasing and Logistics, he has 14 years’ experience within Supply Chain, Logistics & Purchasing arena throughout the FMCG, Food, Retail and Manufacturing arena. Peter has come from industry having run a Supply Chain and Procurement Software and Continuous Improvements consultancy for 5 years.

Prior to D R Newitt,  Peter has 5 year’s recruitment experience as a Senior Consultant specialising in recruiting Supply Chain, Purchasing & Logistics roles within the FMCG, Engineering and Manufacturing markets working with SME's and Blue Chip businesses.

 

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Ryan Buckley

Recruitment Consultant

Ryan joins our Edinburgh Supply Chain Team hoping to bring his values of professionalism and customer service. In his role he works closely with clients and candidates throughout the UK in all aspects of supply chain logistics.

Originally from Edinburgh, Ryan has spent time around the world as a PGA Golf Professional and utilises his skills learned in this industry such as determination, hard work and goal setting to succeed at D R Newitt.

Fraser Armstrong

Recruitment Consultant

After recently qualifying in mechanical manufacture engineering with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratories, Fraser has brought his technical knowledge and experience into supply chain recruitment at D R Newitt. He approaches recruitment with a creative, motivated and professional attitude.

Callum Grindlay

Recruitment Consultant

Before joining Dr Newitt Callum worked in supply chain as a Production Planner in the oil and rail industries. Prior to this Callum worked in sales in Australia for a year and hopes to utilise these experiences to identify the best possible candidates for our clients.

Prior to starting his career in Supply Chain Callum graduated from Oakland City University in Indiana, USA with a degree in Health & Physical Education while on a football scholarship.

Kirsty Lewis

Recruitment Consultant

Kirsty Specialises in Supply Chain and Logistics. Previous to joining DR Newitt she obtained a BA Honours Dance degree at Liverpool John Moores in 2012. She then went to live in Spain for 4 years where she taught English to children and adults. She is now looking forward to beginning her career in recruitment. She has a lot of enthusiasm and a drive to succeed.

Sales & Marketing

Greg Carroll

Senior Consultant

Greg is a specialist Senior Consultant within the Sales & Marketing team at D R Newitt. He recruits Commercial Food candidates into Junior, Mid-Level and Senior level positions UK Wide. Greg is extremely hard working and professional and during his three and a half years in the industry he has built some terrific relationships, many of Greg’s clients and candidates enjoy working with him on an exclusive basis. Before D R Newitt Greg graduated with a 2.1 in Business Management from the University Of Notre Dame in the States where he was on a football scholarship. Greg has worked for D R Newitt for 6 years, more recently moving to the Manchester Office to manage the Sales & Marketing Division.

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Alex Tye

Recruitment Consultant

Alex has joined D R Newitt specialising in Sales and Marketing recruitment within the Food, Drink and FMCG industries. Having previously gained Marketing experience and Regional Sales experience in covering the North of the UK, Alex looks forward to working with clients and candidates throughout the recruitment process in these markets. Alex graduated from Keele University in History & Politics with a 2:1 degree and lives in Manchester. In his own time, Alex likes playing/ watching multiple sports including rugby, football and cricket.

John Hancock

Recruitment Consultant

John is originally from Edinburgh and he recently graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a 2:1 in M.A. (Hons.) History. Outside of work he enjoys watching and playing rugby and skiing. John has a background in customer facing sales from his previous role and has joined D R Newitt to focus on recruiting sales and marketing vacancies.

Richard Sneddon

Recruitment Consultant

Originally from N. Ireland, Richy relocated to the UK mainland for studies, graduating with a BSc in Sports Rehabilitation from Salford and a PGDip in Strength and Conditioning from St Marys, Twickenham. While being new to recruitment, Richy has previous experience in the Production and Commercial sectors of FMCG. He has joined D R Newitt to specialise in recruitment within Sales and Marketing. Away from work Richy enjoys playing and watching sports, particularly hockey and football.

Graeme Fraser

Recruitment Consultant

New Product Development

Gareth Baerecke

Senior Consultant

Gareth is a Senior Consultant focussing on New Product Development Division recruitment within Food manufacturing. Roles that are covered include NPD Director/Manager, Product Manager, Process/NPD/Concept Technologist, Executive/Innovation Chefs and Graduate/Entry level opportunities.

Gareth has been recruiting within the Food manufacturing industry in the UK for the last 5 years so prides himself of having a great network and understanding of the industry. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa Gareth immigrated over to the UK in 2008 and has been happily living in Edinburgh ever since.

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Amy McLaughlin

Recruitment Consultant

Amy has recently joined D R Newitt where she specialises within the New Product Development Division covering the Food and Drinks Manufacturing Industry. Roles that she recruits include NPD Director/Manager, Product Manager, Process/NPD/Concept Technologist, Executive/Innovation Chefs and Graduate/Entry level opportunities.

Amy is originally from Glasgow but moved to Manchester for University where she has recently graduated in Modern and American History. She is a keen traveller, having done a gap year in Australia and Asia. She is also a keen skier, enjoying holidays in French Alps.

Chelsea has recently joined D R Newitt's Talent Acquisition & Finance department. She is looking forward to learning new skills and developing her knowledge of the recruitment industry. Prior to this Chelsea worked in retail for a well-known department store and then advertising sales for a large media group.

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HR

Suzanne Lornie

Recruitment Consultant

Suzanne has recently joined D R Newitt as part of the Talent Acquisition Team. This is her first role within recruitment, and she hopes to gain invaluable experience to further her career within this field. As well as registering, reformatting and modifying candidates CVs, she corresponds with clients and candidates on a daily basis.

Suzanne previously worked within retail while she was in further education. She studied Psychology and Sociology, in which she learned and honed essential skills such as presentation and critical analysis.

Administration & Accounts

Lindsey Strachan

Talent Acquisition Team Leader

As Talent Acquisition, Lindsey is the first point of contact for clients and candidates contacting D R Newitt. Lindsey provides professional support for the Senior Management Team as well as our team of specialised consultants. She has been working with D R Newitt since 2012 and has achieved a NVQ Level 2 in Administration. On a daily basis Lindsey registers candidate, preps their CVs for clients, corresponds with clients and candidates as well as posting upcoming jobs consultants are dealing with. She works well under pressure with attention to detail and always maintains a positive attitude whilst in the work place.

Evie Hunter

Talent Acquisition

Evie is our newest addition to the Talent Acquisition Team. Evie has recently returned home from a year working holiday in Australia where she worked within different hospitality roles, and boosted her customer service skills. Evie looks forward to learning new skills and achieving new goals within the business.

Laura Cooper

Interim Support

Laura provides support to the Interim team, focussing on compliance. Delivering consultant support to our Senior Management Team as well as our specialised consultants. She additionally writes and manages D R Newitt’s Blog displaying the up and coming news within the food industry. 

Laura has been working for D R Newitt for over three years, and has prior administrative experience within roles with Bank of Scotland. She works well within a fast paced environment, providing excellent customer service and has a high attention to detail.

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Jann Collins

Credit Controller

Jann is Credit Controller at D R Newitt. Having had 10 years’ experience working within the Recruitment world, Jann supports the Senior Management and Consultants in a professional and efficient manner. When Jann is not at work, she has the job of a busy mum. Jann has twins of 13 years old and spends all her free time running around after her children!

Denise Black

Talent Acquisition Support

As Talent Acquisition Support, Denise is responsible for the updating and maintaining of our extensive database, she provides continuous administration support for both consultants and the administration team. Her role encompasses a variety of responsibilities including maintaining and managing the database both in relation to clients and candidates.

Chelsea Halliday

Talent Acquisition Support

Chelsea has recently joined D R Newitt's Talent Acquisition & Finance department. She is looking forward to learning new skills and developing her knowledge of the recruitment industry. Prior to this Chelsea worked in retail for a well-known department store and then advertising sales for a large media group.

Social Media

Gareth Llewelyn

Social Media Executive

Previously working in Cardiff Gareth worked for Tesco for five years helping moderate their Social Media page. In July he decided to broaden his Horizons and move to Edinburgh. He has now become the Social Media Executive for D R Newitt and will be leading our Social Media strategy, overseeing the daily management of Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn, ensuring that all content is relevant, up to date & engaging.