About Us

The Staffing Experts

Our passion has always been to offer a service that is deliberately different to other recruitment agencies.

Recruitment is all about building relationships, getting to know candidates and clients and helping them achieve their career ambitions and business goals.

It’s our human approach and sound knowledge of the recruitment sector that makes us different and has results in candidates and employers building long lasting relationships with us.

We take pride in delivering a highly personalised recruitment service that is demonstrated daily in our enthusiastic attitude and approach in all we do.

We simply care passionately about our work and have a “going that extra mile” culture that underpins all our processes.

We are experts at fitting great people together.

If you’re looking to work with a recruitment specialist passionate about delivering consistently excellent results, bespoke to your requirements, then we are here.

Our Directors

Jo Hand


With a recruitment career spanning 37 years, Jo is an award-winning executive and CEO of The Staffing Experts. Jo’s extensive career includes eighteen years with a Global recruitment company and subsequently running her own agencies. Jo won the prestigious Susan Dobson North East Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2013, the first Teesside Business woman to win the award in it’s long history.

Our CEO, loves to cook in her spare time and was a proud contestant on the BBC MasterChef Series 19 in 2023!

Jo’s recruitment and business background has given her extensive experience in a range of industries and unique insights into the intricacies of the recruitment process. Based in the North East, Jo oversees operations across our national offices.

Jo’s portfolio includes many public sector organisations, as well as blue-chip companies, SME’s and a long list of manufacturing clients.

Nearly four decades in recruitment have equipped her with a deep understanding of its often-complex dynamics. Jo’s leadership, and proven entrepreneurial skills, coupled with her comprehensive recruitment expertise, continues to drive the success of The Staffing Experts.

Lee Narraway


With 30+ years of manufacturing experience and 14+ years in recruitment, Lee brings a wealth of knowledge to his role as Director. Lee specialises in engineering, manufacturing, technical, and various other sectors, offering bespoke recruitment solutions that provide excellent ROI for our clients.

With a palette of skills that have made Lee adept at sourcing talent in competitive markets, Lee is the trusted choice for a variety of niche industries including pulp & paper, mining, petrochemical, oil & gas, and FMCG. His specialities also include leadership coaching, mentoring, operations and production management.

Garth Andresen

Group Sales Director

Garth brings a unique blend of hands-on experience and entrepreneurial spirit to The Staffing Experts. Having spent 12 years in recruitment, with a specialised focus on the paper industry for half of that time, Garth’s approach is both strategic and meticulous.

Garth’s role at The Staffing Experts involves building and maintaining critical relationships with clients across the UK and Europe, always ensuring the best fit for each placement and a seamless recruitment process from start to finish. His expertise contributes significantly to the agency’s impressive success rates, making The Staffing Experts the go-to choice for recruitment in pulp, paper, manufacturing, engineering and beyond.

Meet the team

Nicola O’hara

Claire Pollock

Jodie Kretowicz

Tom Greaves

Marion Dobson

Leading independent recruiters with over 40 years’ experience in the industry

By fully engaging with our individual clients, our dedicated consultants assist in identifying an organisation’s needs. Ultimately, they provide thriving companies with the data and current market information that they require to drive their business and workforce forward to even bigger success.

With us, you can expect individual attention from our recruitment experts who are skilled at finding the best candidates for your vacancy.

We are also sector specialists. It is our knowledge and experience of these sectors that allows us to match candidates with the correct employers.

Our team is made up of experienced recruitment professionals who are fully trained and have a thorough understanding of the recruitment market.

The wisdom allows us to offer our clients the very best advice and guidance. Being independent means we are able to offer bespoke services to suit your needs

We work with clients and candidates in the following areas

Additonal Services

We offer additional services that enhance our recruitment
selection process and provide added peace of mind for our

Payroll Processing

Medical Screening

Sales Training

HR Consultancy

Drug & Alcohol Testing

Business Consultancy

This ensures we are able to meet all of your HR needs through our seamless service whilst also ensuring your staff are safe to work.

Recruitment Process

We pride ourselves on screening all candidates with a first stage telephone interview followed by an in depth second interview. We use this opportunity to explore a candidate’s CV more, discuss their previous experience and assess their skills.

  • Advertise and Source CV’s
  • 2 Stages of Interviews
  • Proof of Right to Work
  • Reference Checks

It is with this personal relationship and knowledge of all our candidates that makes the difference.

Giving you the confidence that we will only put forward the right candidates for your business.

We pride ourselves on screening all candidates with a first stage telephone interview followed by an in depth second interview. We use this opportunity to explore a candidate’s CV more, discuss their previous experience and assess their skills. Our personal approach combined with our extensive candidate database ensures we match the very best candidates for the right roles.