We are Fresh Recruits

The Freshest Recruitment agency based in Bournemouth, Dorset, but supporting clients and candidates across the entire South Coast.

Founded by Jo Keating in 2002, Fresh Recruits aimed to bring a breath of fresh air to the recruitment industry in Dorset. Having enjoyed a successful career in sales and advertising, Jo realised that her friendly but straight-talking approach was appreciated by clients, and felt that this same approach was sorely needed in the recruitment sector.

Jo’s drive, motivation and honest nature led to her building one of the most reputable and well-known recruitment agencies in Bournemouth, which is now supported by a friendly team of more than 10 recruitment consultants and administration staff.

Together, they are committed to delivering an exceptional, honest and transparent service to both jobseekers and employers looking for recruitment solutions in Dorset and Hampshire. As a result, Fresh Recruits has formed long-lasting and valued relationships with an impressive list of clients who also trust the team to recruit for them nationally. And with loyal candidates bringing their job search back to Fresh Recruits time and time again, they are best placed to fill roles with the right people in record time.

One thing you definitely won’t get from the Fresh Recruits team is an endless stream of calls looking for new recruitment business or an irrelevant submission of your CV for a role you’re not even looking for.

One thing you certainly will get from Fresh Recruits is results.

Whether you’re a jobseeker looking for that dream job or an employer looking to fill an important vacancy, we’d love to hear from you. Just get in touch with our recruitment team in Bournemouth, who’d be happy to help.

TESTIMONIALS

Meet the team

The Fresh Recruits team in Bournemouth comprises professional, enthusiastic and experienced recruitment consultants and advisors from a variety of backgrounds. It is thanks to them and our lovely and efficient support staff that our recruitment agency runs so efficiently and successfully.

Jo Keating MREC & Assoc CIPD

Managing Director


Jo started Fresh Recruits in 2002 with the vision of providing a Fresh Recruitment experience to both clients and candidates.  Being a hands on Consultant is what Jo enjoys and she still runs her own recruitment desk working closely with both clients and candidates.  In 2014 Jo completed her CIPD in Human Resource Management at Poole College.

  • When I’m not at work you’ll find me: out cycling, preferably getting muddy on a Mountain Bike but I will settle for a Road Bike outing if pushed for time
  • My guilty pleasure is: Ice Cream! Ben & Jerry’s Baked Alaska is a personal favourite  – you’ve got to love those white chocolate polar bears
  • My superhero power would be: accelerated healing (like Wolverine) so when I break myself stacking it on the bike I can get straight back on!
  • If I wasn’t in Recruitment I’d be: very busy cycling, skiing and baking (and walking Gertie)


Charlotte Allistone AREC

Branch Manager


Charlotte has recently been promoted from Senior Recruitment Consultant to Branch Manager due to her hard work, determination and growth. Her role now consists of managing a busy recruitment desk, working with a large portfolio of clients and running a very successful team.    “I’ve had an amazing journey since I started with Fresh Recruits, everybody has been really supportive, the business is growing massively and there are some fantastic opportunities for everyone throughout the company.”   Charlotte has a wealth of recruitment experience across Temporary, Contract and Permanent sectors mainly in Sales, Office, Linguistics, Executive and Financial Sectors. Prior to relocating to Bournemouth in 2007, she spent many years working in London within the media industry.   Outside of work, Charlotte regularly plays tennis and is a qualified Tap Dance Teacher. She has travelled extensively including a gap year after university where she travelled across Australia and Asia.


Sara Hegarty AREC

Senior Recruitment Consultant


Sara initially joined Fresh Recruits in August 2012 as a Recruitment Consultant, responsible for sourcing and matching candidates against roles, as well as working with clients on their current and upcoming vacancies. She has since worked her way up to senior level due to her capabilities and super-organised approach. Outside work, you'll either find Sara caring for her feline baby Kiki, bopping away to ska punk bands or in your local curry house, sampling some hot n spicy dishes.

  • When I’m not at work you’ll find me: watching trashy TV, glued to Pinterest, drinking cider and playing music far too loud
  • My guilty pleasure is: curry and writing lists (maybe even writing lists about curries…)
  • My superhero power would be: teleportation. Would save a fortune on plane tickets!
  • If I wasn’t in Recruitment I’d be: running my own cattery or living in Barcelona


Jess Kesik AREC

Recruitment Consultant


Jess initially joined Fresh Recruits as a Recruitment Co-ordinator. However, she has enjoyed speaking to candidates so much that she has now moved into a Trainee Consultant role and is enjoying the challenge of managing her own clients and candidates. She has exceptional 'people skills' and is a tremendous judge of character. Jess enjoys staying active and spends most of her time outdoors. But at the same time is first to admit that she wouldn’t mind relaxing in the sun, sipping on a nice cocktail every now and again!

  • When I’m not at work you’ll find me: Outdoors, I like to stay active. I love long walks along the beach and an evening swim.
  • My guilty pleasure is: Banoffee pie and bubble baths
  • My superhero power would be: Time Manipulation (wish I could turn back the clock)
  • If I wasn’t in Recruitment I’d be: I would be relaxing in Bahamas, sipping on cocktails!


Amy Ringrose AREC

Recruitment Consultant


With a successful track record in a variety of sectors, we are pleased to welcome Amy Ringrose to the Fresh Recruits team. Amy is passionate about delivering exceptional customer service to both candidates and clients and will always aim to make the recruitment process as easy as possible for all involved. A keen music lover, Amy enjoys belting out a classic 90’s power ballad (Celine Dion to be precise!). She is also a Gin & Tonic connoisseur!

  • When I’m not at work you’ll find me: Relaxing with a G&T, cooking weird & wonderful meals from different cultures, volunteering at the local homeless shelter, learning Spanish & watching any documentary possible!
  • My guilty pleasure is: Celine Dion power ballads! I grew up listening to Celine every day as my mum is a huge fan – and who doesn’t love a 90's power ballad…
  • My superhero power would be:I would have a secret super button I would press to make anyone happy again that’s going through a tough time – happiness makes the world go round!
  • If I wasn’t in Recruitment I’d be: An influential MP campaigning for women’s rights and equality as well as aiming to challenge & close the gender gap! (Who run the world?....)
  • My current interests are: Reading, campaigning for social and political change, and GIN!


Kerry Brookes AREC

Administration Manager


Kerry joined the Fresh Recruits team in 2008 as a Branch Administrator and has since progressed to Administration Manager with responsibility for the Admin Team who provide an organised and efficient support service to the team of consultants. She likes to be involved in a wide variety of tasks and can multi-task with ease, a highly efficient and organised Administrator herself, Kerry ensures that the extremely busy admin function and nuts & bolts behind Fresh Recruits are running smoothly.

  • When I'm not at work you’ll find me: Running around after my 22 month old little boy Oliver. When 'child free' I enjoy going to theme parks, exploring the outdoors and eating out, as well as enjoying a glass of wine or two whilst planning my next trip abroad.
  • My guilty pleasure is: A big bowl of mashed potato smothered in gravy, mmm!
  • My superhero power would be:  Atmokinesis – the ability to control the weather. Every day would be the perfect day, sun, sun, sun…
  • If I wasn't in Recruitment I’d be: Travelling the world! The thought that you can, within a matter of hours, land in another country, another continent, is something which fascinates me.


Gabbi Excell AREC

Recruitment Co-ordinator


Gabbi is our Recruitment Co-ordinator and we rely on her to overlook the whole recruitment process, from the job description to keeping an eye on consultants. She ensures the correct candidates are hired so our clients remain happy. Gabbi is also our movie nerd who actively goes to the cinema on a regular basis. Full of knowledge, she’s the ideal person to take with you to a pub quiz so she can show off her fountain of knowledge when it comes to Harry Potter, why not test her?

  • When I’m not at work you’ll find me: Either at the movies, online shopping, baking, sleeping or re-reading Harry Potter for the billionth time.
  • My guilty pleasure is: Chinese food and reality shows.
  • My superhero power would be: Flying so I can easily travel anywhere.
  • If I wasn’t in Recruitment I’d be: A movie critic in Hollywood with 100’s of puppies.


Hannah Boddington AREC

Recruitment Co-ordinator


Being a Recruitment Co-ordinator is more than just filling out paperwork and organising interviews; Hannah has a real talent for proactively attracting, screening and selecting qualified candidates for those hard to fill roles. Whatever you are seeking, Hannah is always here to talk you through all the great opportunities we have at Fresh Recruits. A big foodie, Hannah has a secret fondness for chocolate fudge cake. You’ll also find her daydreaming about running her own café on the beach!

  • When I’m not at work you’ll find me: Either at the gym or spending time with family and friends.
  • My guilty pleasure is:  Chocolate fudge cake warm with vanilla ice cream.
  • My superhero power would be:  Flying – so I would never get stuck in traffic.
  • If I wasn’t in Recruitment I’d be: Running my own café on the beach.
  • My current interests are: Going to the gym and cooking.
   


Darcy O'Brien AREC

Branch Administrator


Darcy is our cool, calm and collected Branch Administrator. She has a work hard, play hard attitude and counts Friday as her favourite day – almost certainly because she can head on out after work for a cheeky beverage (or 2) and dance the night away! She has also developed a new enthusiasm for travelling after recently visiting America. Darcy provides full administrative support to our team of consultants and is first point of contact for all queries via telephone, email or face to face. She loves to balance a myriad of jobs and is always available to lend a hand especially on a busy Monday morning!

  • When I’m not at work you’ll find me: Shopping, going for a drink (or 10) with friends, eating out or sleeping.
  • My guilty pleasure is: Kurt Cobain - Absolutely fascinated with his death conspiracies. Also Dirty Dancing (the film!). I left this in my DVD player for at least three months, watching it every night. I’m still not bored of it.
  • My superhero power would be: Teleportation to save millions on travel expenses.
  • If I wasn’t in Recruitment I’d be: Travelling America; challenging Man VS Food every state I visit. I’d massively fail, but would give it a good go!


Louise Oliver AREC

Branch Administrator


Louise is our fantastic Administrator, who supports our co-ordinators and recruiters by carrying out the day-to-day admin tasks that need doing, enabling the team to fulfil their roles expertly and efficiently. As the newest addition to the team, she is in her element and has taken to her role like a duck to water, loving the variety and fast-paced environment of our busy Bournemouth office. Outside of work, Louise has a passion for live music. She enjoys soaking up an eclectic mix of talented bands at various pubs and bars. If there's ever a drum kit in sight, you'll be sure to find her here!

  • When I’m not at work you’ll find me: Either at home kicked back watching a movie or out watching live local bands gigging in pubs and bars.
  • My guilty pleasure is: Eating a take-away whilst watching ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ or a Disney movie!
  • My superhero power would be: Healing Powers – I would love to be able to cure the World of all illnesses.
  • If I wasn’t in Recruitment I’d be: Living in Greece with my parents enjoying the sunshine!
  • My current interests are: Playing drums and live music. I also enjoy going to theme parks as well as jetting off on holiday!


Janet Keating AREC

Company Secretary and Accounts Manager


Janet has been with Fresh Recruits from the outset, she works part time and deals with the company finances and facilities management.

  • When I'm not at work: I’ll either be pottering about in the garden, or knitting my latest amazing creation or reading a good book
  • My guilty pleasure is: chocolate, more chocolate and guess what, more chocolate (Malteasers, yum yum yum!)
  • My superhero power would be: I’d definitely be Super Gran, then I could keep up with my Grandson as he charges about everywhere.
  • If I was not working in Recruitment: I would be fully retired, and would spend my time eating chocolate, knitting and sitting in the garden reading (pretty much the same as being semi-retired really)


Gertie the Gordon Setter

Office Pup


Gertie provides the office entertainment, she’s certainly got plenty to say for herself, and is constantly chatting away in her special dog language.  At work, she’s either sunbathing by the office front door, or running up and down the office (generally with her squeakiest toy when someone’s on the phone!) Gertie enjoys regular walks throughout the working day in Bournemouth gardens and without fail jumps in the stream.  

  • When I’m not at work: I'm stalking squirrels, pigeons or seagulls.
  • My guilty pleasure is:  Sausages – my humans have chip night on a Friday and that means sausages!  If I’m a good girl I get a couple of sausages as a treat, nom, nom, nom….
  • My superhero power would be:  Invisibility – that way I can sneak up on those pesky birds before they get the chance to fly away.
  • If I wasn’t in Recruitment I’d be: the best bird stalker ever – if you’ve ever seen the film ‘Up’ and the talking dog who freezes every time he see a Squirrel, that’s me. SQUIRREL !


Arthur the new pup

Gerties playmate


The newest addition to the Fresh-family is 20 week-old Arthur, born 31st March! Our four-legged friend de-stresses the office, makes us laugh and forces us to get out of the office into the sunshine - no matter how busy we are… but is rubbish on email! He also loves to show his face on social media!