Meet The Team

At First Choice Recruitment the team is the core of the business. Each team member is highly trained and focuses on the key areas of recruitment: permanent, temporary, healthcare and our comprehensive training services.

Management Team

Paul Crean

Area Manager

What He Does

Paul has overall responsibility for First Choice as a whole and manages the success of the Eight branches by directing all operational aspects of each branch and driving sales within each division.

Paul is responsible for ensuring that Team Leaders and their staff keep branches to the highest possible standards and that all policies, procedures and controls are followed.

Paul sets sales targets and expectations. He also challenges, motivates, encourages and provides constructive guidance to Team Leaders, Consultants and Administrators alike.

His Story                

Paul joined the rapidly expanding First Choice in September 1996 after having worked in recruitment since 1985. He was initially based in the Belfast Head Office when it was one of only two Offices the company had, the other in Newry.

Shortly after commencing with First Choice Paul was offered an opportunity, by Managing Director Sean Doyle, to open a new office in Ballymena as part of Sean's plan to create a province-wide Branch Network.

Paul opened our Ballymena Branch in November 1996 with one phone, a yellow pages and two cardboard boxes! The branch very quickly grew from strength to strength and became one of First Choices most successful ventures.

Paul was promoted to Area Manager in June 2001 with First Choice then having eight offices throughout the province.

Paul's many years of experience and length of service with First Choice gives him a unique in-depth understanding of the market and allows him to continually look at new strategies and ways to grow First Choice as a Recruitment and Training Business.

What Drives Him

Paul is clearly driven by success and the success of the company he has invested so much of his working career in.

His Archetype

Paul is an a "Sage" - Paul says wisdom is the key to success and everything else is secondary to the pursuit of knowledge.

Five Year Plan

Paul hopes to continue to be the driving force of First Choices' success and to further develop his team within their own careers and to see Consultants promoted through the ranks of this ever changing, ever growing business.

Michelle Crean

Michelle Crean

Senior Healthcare Manager

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Michelle Crean

Michelle Crean

Senior Healthcare Manager

What She Does

Michelle has overall responsibility for the First Choice Healthcare Teams in all of branches and is directly responsible for the operational procedures therein.

Michelle oversees and assists the healthcare consultants and team leaders in the development of the healthcare business whilst being responsible for the Training Division and The Safeguarding Team. Michelle is to ensure that things get done in an efficient, organised, cost effective and safe manner.

Her Story                

Michelle joined First Choice in January 2003 as a temporary care assistant working from the Bangor Office. Having had a diploma in Health and Social Care she had worked within the care field for several years prior to this.  Michelle then became a permanent member of the First Choice Office team placing temporary Healthcare Workers in various assignments within the Bangor Area. In 2006 Michelle was successful in securing the management position in the Bangor Office.

In January 2011 Michelle set up First Choice Training Division and at this point First Choice no longer had to outsource the training of their candidates and employees. This division has now grown to a team of four and operates a minimum of three training courses per week.

Michelle was seconded to the Belfast Head Office in June 2013 and at this point managed both the Belfast and the Bangor Offices.

Having honed her skills, knowledge and capabilities throughout the years within the Healthcare sector Michelle was offered a promotion in April 2018 to a Senior Healthcare Manager role assuming overall responsibility for all Healthcare divisions in First Choice.

What Drives Her

Michelle is driven by watching those in her team succeed and achieve their goals. No matter how small those goals may be she is always encouraged by that success.

Her Archetype

Michelle is a "Hero" - she wants to inspire others to believe in themselves as much as she does and challenges everyone and to help them rise to the occasion. She sacrifices her time to provide for others.

Five Year Plan

Michelle is encouraged by the continued excellent growth of First Choice, especially in the last year and intends to be part of its ongoing growth in the next five years.

Tracy Gregory

Tracy Gregory

Finance Manager

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Tracy Gregory

Tracy Gregory

Finance Manager

What She Does

Tracy manages our Finance Department which consists of a team of six wages clerks, invoice clerks and accounts payable clerks. She is also responsible for the credit control for the company and manages all financial aspects of the First Choice.

Tracy oversee's her team to ensure all temporary employees receive monies due, clients pay monies owed and the First Choice suppliers receive payments in a timely manner.

Tracy keeps abreast of changes in financial and employee legislation to ensure our systems and processes remain as up to date as possible. She also liaises with the branch administrative and management teams to ensure compliance Company wide.

Her Story                

 

Tracy joined the First Choice Team in February 2004 as the Company's Credit Controller. She had come from a sales with an element of responsibility for bringing in payments within the sales aftercare role.

Having succeeded in streamlining our credit control and the systems therein Tracy commenced building relationships the ever-growing Accounts and Account Managers that First Choice were securing.

Tracy was promoted to Finance Manager in January 2018.

What Drives Her

Tracy is driven by achievement. Knowing that she has completed tasks and made achievements during her working day is what drives her to do it all over again the next day.

Her Archetype

Tracy says she doesn't really have an archetype and cannot describe herself within those parameters

Five Year Plan

Tracy has said that she does not look that far into the future, she only focuses on the months ahead and within those months she aims to be as happy and content as she can.

Belfast Team

Karen Rainey

Karen Rainey

Deputy Manager - Belfast Office

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Karen Rainey

Karen Rainey

Deputy Manager - Belfast Office

What She Does

Karen is the Deputy Manager of our Head Office in Belfast. Her role consists of managing the Belfast Office on a day to day basis and developing the commercial and industrial business within the Greater Belfast Area.

Her Story                

Karen joined the First Choice Team in February 2005 and is one of our longest serving employees, having worked for several years within another agency. Karen had a catering managerial background and initially worked within this sector of recruitment with First Choice.

Karen then managed our Coleraine Office for a period of time before relocating back to Belfast were she not only works as the Deputy Manager but also is a part of our First Choice Training Team.

She currently has management responsibility for ten other team members.

Karen also assists senior management with the training and development of consultants right across the company spectrum and is often seconded to other branches for brief periods of time.

What Drives Her

Karen is driven by relationship building and retention of clients. She says she gets satisfaction from knowing that a job has been completed.

Her Archetype

Karen is the "Wise Old Woman" or the "Sage" - she has wisdom and judgement and offers advice where necessary.

Five Year Plan

Karen fully intends to be on a beach with a cocktail in her hand!

 

Michael Mc Alinden

Michael Mc Alinden

Healthcare Team Leader - Belfast Office

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Michael Mc Alinden

Michael Mc Alinden

Healthcare Team Leader - Belfast Office

What He Does

Michael has overall responsilbilty for the Belfast Healthcare Team Members as the Team Leader of the Healthcare Division within the Belfast Branch.

As part of the Healthcare Team Michael manages the end to end recruitment process for both clients and candidates, however his main responsibilities are developing the business within the Healthcare Division and directing his team to maintain client relationships and successfully place candidates in positions

His Story                

Michael worked for ten years within the civil service and then began his Healthcare career within the HR department of a Domicilary Care Company where he was responsible for the recruitment and selcetion of staff. Wanting to develop his skills and abilities further he joined First Choice in March 2017.

Michael was promoted to Healthcare Team Leader in September 2018 and currently has responsibility for 4 other team members.

What Drives Him

Michael is driven by setting targets, achieveing targets, assisting his team acheive targets and seeing the business that he is responsible for grow from strength to strength.

His Archetype

Michael is a "Jester" - he lives in the moment and enjoys each day.

Five Year Plan

Michael wants to make as much money as possible and be in the Bahamas because he has retired!

If that doesn't work for him he would like to be further promoted in First Choice to a more managerial role.

 

 

Karen McCready

Karen McCready

Healthcare Recruitment Consultant

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Karen McCready

Karen McCready

Healthcare Recruitment Consultant

What She Does

Karen works alongside Bernadette managing the recruitment of all Healthcare Staff within the Belfast Office. She is responsible for advertising vacant positions, shortlisting, interviewing all candidates and processing them until they are work compliant.

Her Story                

Karen worked as a care assistant initially whilst studying for her Diploma in Care Practice. Once she had acheived this she went on to further her career as a care co-ordinator in a domicilary care company. It was after this she joined First Choice Bangor in July 2007 as a Healthcare Consultant.

Karen transferred to our Head Office in September 2015 in a new role the company had created.

What Drives Her

Karen is driven by recruiting good quality staff the the consultanst within her team can placed successfully, pleasing both candidate and client. She is focused on organistaion and completion and gets great satisfaction from seeing people that she registers becoming ready and available for work.

Her Archetype

Karen is  a "Magician" - she likes to make dreams come true.

Five Year Plan

Karen currently works part-time and within five years would like to return to full-time work and be gearing herself towards a promotion within the company.

 

 

Bernadette Kovacs

Bernadette Kovacs

Healthcare Recruitment Consultant

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Bernadette Kovacs

Bernadette Kovacs

Healthcare Recruitment Consultant

What She Does

Bernadette works alongside Karen McCready managing the recruitment of all Healthcare Staff within the Belfast Office. She is responsible for advertising vacant positions, shortlisting, interviewing all candidates and processing them until they are work compliant.

Her Story                

Bernadette worked for another recruitment agency for three years prior to working at First Choice. She was recruiting and placing staff within the industrial sector previously and was keen to further her recruitment knowledge in a different direction hence why she joined First Choice in July 2018.

What Drives Her

Bernadette is driven by teamwork and team success. The large Healthcare Team in our Belfast Office has built its success on team efforts and she is proud to be a part of that.

Her Archetype

Bernadette is an "Explorer" - she likes to experience new things and have a fulfilling life.

Five Year Plan

Bernadette intends to remain with First Choice and potentially develop her role into a more marketing and presentation role.

Amy Laverty

Amy Laverty

Healthcare Recruitment Consultant

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Amy Laverty

Amy Laverty

Healthcare Recruitment Consultant

What She Does

Amy works as part of a five person Healthcare Team in the Belfast Head Office. She manages the servicing of our existing clients, the management of our large Healthcare Accounts and the placement of our Healthcare Candidates.

Her Story

Amy completed her university education and commenced working in a customer service role within the hospitality sector. Looking for a change in roles and the opportunity to start a career for herself Amy joined First Choice in April 2019 to increase the Healthcare Team from three to four.

What Drives Her

Amy is driven by filling the vacancies her clients ask her to assist them with. She gets great pleasure from knowing that her clients will return to her time and again because she understands exactly what they want and always gets the job done.

Her Archetype

Amy is an "Innocent" - wanting to help others (both clients and employees)

Five Year Plan

Amy wants to continue working with First Choice and to assist in developing the business and to make positive changes in peoples lives.

Gina Munce

Gina Munce

Healthcare Recruitment Consultant

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Gina Munce

Gina Munce

Healthcare Recruitment Consultant

What She Does

Gina works as part of a five person Healthcare Team in the Belfast Head Office. She manages the servicing of our existing clients, the management of our large Healthcare Accounts and the placement of our Healthcare Candidates.

Her Story

Gina has had multiple customer facing roles throughout her employment history and brings with her many skills in this area which are vital to her role in First Choice. Gina is also a volunteer for a local organisation in which she assists members with applications, completion of forms, dealing with cash and financial planning.

What Drives Her

Gina is driven by seeing other members of the public satisfied with the work she has done for them. She is keen to secure the right employment for the right person and does not just fit any person into any role. Gina has a round hole, round peg attitude.

Her Archetype

Amy is an "Innocent" - wanting to be happy in her chosen career and to be surrounded by like minded individuals

Five Year Plan

Gina plans to continue with First Choice for as long as she can, learning new skills and developing herself as part of her personal development goals

Craig Devaney

Craig Devaney

Commercial and Industrial Recruitment Consultant

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Craig Devaney

Craig Devaney

Commercial and Industrial Recruitment Consultant

What He Does

Craig, as part of a team, manages the end to end recruitment process for both clients and candidates in the Commercial and Industrial Sectors within our Belfast Head Office. He is continually recruiting for various roles and is exceptional at matching candidates to specific roles.

His Story

Craig came with administrative and customer services experience from roles within the civil service and other governement agencies. He started work with First Choice in February 2018, initially as an administrative assistant. It very soon became clear that Craig had a great deal of customer service skills and was assisting the consultants matching candidates to roles and dealing directly with clients regarding their recruitment needs.

Craig was promoted to Recruitment Consultant in January 2019.

What Drives Him

Craig is driven by his own personal development and strives to improve on his own capabilities continually.

His Archetype

Craig is a "Jester" -  he lives in the moment and is concerned with succesfully fulfilling his role on a day to day basis.

Five Year Plan

Craig intends to remain with first Choice in a more senior / Team Leader role.

Clodagh McCann

Clodagh McCann

Commercial and Industrial Sales Support Consultant

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Clodagh McCann

Clodagh McCann

Commercial and Industrial Sales Support Consultant

What She Does

Clodagh works as part of a four person team in the Belfast Head Office and acts as a supportive administrator to the consultants in the commercial and industrial sectors. Clodagh is responsible for assisting in ensuring all candidates become compliant and ready for work and maintains our internal systems to monitor candidates and clients needs.

Her Story

Clodagh completed a business services qualification and began working in administrative and customer service roles within the civil service. Having decided to travel in Australia for several months Clodagh was seeking a new opportunity to settle into a career upon her return. Hence she joined First Choice in May 2019.

What Drives Her

Clodagh is driven by helping others and in completing all her tasks as efficiently as possible to allow her consultants to fill the vacancies the have.

Her Archetype

Clodagh is a "Magician" - she believes if it can be imagined it can be created.

Five Year Plan

Clodagh's five year plan is to be settled in her work and her home life and to have a happy work / life balance.

Gavin Headley

Gavin Headley

Recruitment Consultant General Division

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Gavin Headley

Gavin Headley

Recruitment Consultant General Division

Shannen Gillespie

Shannen Gillespie

Senior Office Administrator

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Shannen Gillespie

Shannen Gillespie

Senior Office Administrator

What She Does

Shannen runs the Payroll and Adminsitraion within our Belfast Head Office and works alongside Elaine. She manages the payroll for all temporary staff, handles clients payments, deals with queries from both clients and candidates and is the first point of contact for the office.

Her Story

Shannen has studied business and prior to joining First Choice in August 2017 Shannen had some administartion roles but was keen to get involved in a payroll department.

Shannen was promoted to Senior Payroll Administrator in January 2018.

What Drives Her

Shannen is driven by customer satisfactions. She is driven by ensuring her department runs smoothly and efficently.

Her Archetype

Shannen is a "Caregiver" - she gives entirely of herself to make sure others are looked after.

Five Year Plan

Shannen plans to remain with First Choice and have developed her career through us.

Elaine Russell

Elaine Russell

Office Administrator

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Elaine Russell

Elaine Russell

Office Administrator

What She Does

Elaine works in the Payroll and Adminsitraion department within our Belfast Head Office alongside Shannen. She assists in the payroll for all temporary staff, handles Clients payments, deals with queries from both clients and candidates and is the first point of contact for the office.

Her Story

Elaine worked for fourteen years within a payroll department and when this job ceased she joined First Choice in November 2018. Elaine brought with her a high level of knowledge within Human Resources, Payroll and Customer Service.

What Drives Her

Elaine is driven by the constant change within the Recruitment environment. She enjoys meeting new people daily and having differenct tasks and challenges on a daily basis.

Her Archetype

Elaine is a "Caregiver" - she makes sure everyone around her is satisfied and cared for before herself.

Five Year Plan

Elaine has said she would like the opportunity to work within the consultancy department at some stage in the future.

Ballymena Team

Sarah O’Hagan

Sarah O’Hagan

Healthcare Division Supervisor

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Sarah O’Hagan

Sarah O’Hagan

Healthcare Division Supervisor

What She Does

Sarah is the Divisional Supervisor for our Healthcare Department in Ballymena. Her role consists of managing the Ballymena Healthcare team of three and also jointly managing the Ballymena Office Team of nine. Her core responsibility is to develop the Healthcare Business in the greater Ballymena Area.

Sarah is also First Choice's Deputy Safeguarding Officer and works alongside Michelle in dealing with all safeguarding concerns, allegations and disciplinary procedures. She liaises with employees, clients, other safeguarding teams and regulatory bodies as part of this role.

Her Story                

Sarah joined the First Choice Team in March 2006 and is one of our longest serving employees, having come from an administration background she commenced working in First Choice as a payroll administrator.

Sarah was then promoted to Healthcare Consultant in January 2008 having assisted with the Healthcare Team in various ways throughout the previous year.

With the knowledge and skills she developed Sarah was increasing the Healthcare Business and the team numbers increased. At this point Sarah was promoted to Senior Healthcare Consultant in Belfast in 2013.

Having succesfuly managed a team of three staff Sarah was given the opportunity for further promotion and relocated to our Ballymena Branch as a Divisonal Supervisor in September 2018.

What Drives Her

Sarah is driven by sourcing "Dream Jobs" for candidates that her team register.

Her Archetype

Sarah is a "Hero" - she encourages her team to do more and will sacrifice herself for the better of others.

Five Year Plan

Sarah intends to still be with the company having progressed and developed in her Supervisory role.

Patricia Gillan

Patricia Gillan

Commercial and Industrial Support Administrator

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Patricia Gillan

Patricia Gillan

Commercial and Industrial Support Administrator

What She Does

Patricia works as part of a four person team in the Ballymena Office and acts as a supportive administrator to the consultants in the commercial and industrial sectors. Patricia is responsible for assisting in ensuring all candidates become compliant and ready for work and maintains our internal systems to monitor candidates and clients needs.

Her Story

Patricia has been employed in administrative roles during her professional career and worked for First Choice as a temporary employee for over four years with one of our largest clients. Patricia was such a reliable employee who was consistently praised for her work ethic, her reliability and her strong administrative and customer service skills that she was offered a permanent position with First Choice in September 2017.

What Drives Her

Patricia is driven by increasing her teams business, by recruiting more staff and getting them out to work allowing the Commercial and Industrial Business to succeed.

Her Archetype

Patricia is a "Hero" - she wants to prove herself to colleagues and clients.

Five Year Plan

Patricia fully intends to remain within her First Choice Team and continuing to grow the business.

Emma McGowan

Emma McGowan

Healthcare Recruitment Consultant

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Emma McGowan

Emma McGowan

Healthcare Recruitment Consultant

What She Does

Emma manages the recruitment of all Healthcare Staff within the Ballymena Office. She is responsible for advertising vacant positions, shortlisting, interviewing all candidates and processing them until they are work compliant.

Her Story                

Emma has obtained a degree in Psychology and Counselling and had worked for seven years within a Healthcare Support role. Emma wanted to combine her healthcare knowledge and experience with her communication, people skills in addition to the skills she has obtained in her degree into one career role hence why she joined First Choice in February 2019.

What Drives Her

Emma is very focused on achieving targets and goals. She thrives on her team being able to place candidates in work that she has recruited.

 

Her Archetype

Emma is a "Caregiver" - she has great empathy and understanding.

Five Year Plan

Emma hopes to be in a more senior role within the next five years.

Diane Leetch

Diane Leetch

Office Administrator

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Diane Leetch

Diane Leetch

Office Administrator

What She Does

Diane runs the Payroll and Administration within our Ballymena Office. She manages the payroll for all temporary staff, handles Clients payments, deals with queries from both clients and candidates and is the first point of contact for the office. Diane takes overall responsibility for the smooth running of the office as a whole.

Her Story

Diane worked for four years as an Office Administrator within the HR Department for a large supermarket chain. Within this role she undertook the payroll duties of a large volume of staff. When Diane joined First Choice in June 2018 we were keen for her to bring her HR and payroll skills to our company.

What Drives Her

Diane is a very driven person, she thrives on the fact that no two days are the same within First Choice and that she is constantly using her skills and knowledge.

Her Archetype

Diane is a "Caregiver" - she says her mottos is to do unto others what you want others to do to you.

Five Year Plan

Diane would be keen to become more involved within the Finance side of our business within the next five years.

Ellen McCartney

Ellen McCartney

Office Administrator

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Ellen McCartney

Ellen McCartney

Office Administrator

Bangor Team

Stacey Hamlin

Stacey Hamlin

Bangor Branch Team Leader

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Stacey Hamlin

Stacey Hamlin

Bangor Branch Team Leader

What She Does

Stacey manages the end to end recruitment process for both clients and candidates in the Healthcare Division within our Bangor Office, servicing and maintaining client relationships and developing new business. Stacey is continually recruiting for Healthcare roles and is exceptional at matching candidates to specific roles.

Her Story

Stacey came to First Choice in 2012 as an administrator for the office after completing a degree in Law and Criminology. She brought with her a high level of customer service skills so having been trained on payroll she then assisted both divisions with recruitment and placements she was promoted to Healthcare Consultant in 2015. Stacy has recently been promoted To Bangor Team Leader following sustained growth for the office.

What Drives Her

Stacey is driven by her own personal development and success. She has achieved this throughout her dedication and loyalty to First Choice.

Her Archetype

Stacey is an "Innocent" - She just wants to be happy!

Five Year Plan

Stacey hopes to remain in First Choice and be in a more senior role.

 

Rachel Cochrane

Rachel Cochrane

Office Administrator / Healthcare Recruitment Consultant

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Rachel Cochrane

Rachel Cochrane

Office Administrator / Healthcare Recruitment Consultant

What She Does

Rachel runs the payroll department within our Bangor Office alongside working within the Healthcare Division there. With such a diverse role Rachel liaises with both clients and candidates on a daily basis in order to provide the best possible service we can.

Her Story

Rachel registered with First Choice upon her return from Australia after a year of travel and work there. She was offered a post within our office due to the potential that was seen in her. Rightly so, she has progressed during her time with us and has an all round knowledge of the whole recruitment business.

What Drives Her

Rachel has confessed that her competitive streak is her driving force. She said, It's great for my current role but dangerous when playing Monopoly!"

Her Archetype

Rachel is a "survivor" - she never gives up and always pulls through

Five Year Plan

Rachel fully intends to be sitting on a beach with a cocktail in her had after a big lotto win!

Rachel Miskimmin

Rachel Miskimmin

Recruitment Consultant General Division

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Rachel Miskimmin

Rachel Miskimmin

Recruitment Consultant General Division

Coleraine Team

Samantha Rowland

Samantha Rowland

Commercial and Industrial Recruitment Consultant

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Samantha Rowland

Samantha Rowland

Commercial and Industrial Recruitment Consultant

What She Does

Samantha manages the end to end recruitment process for both clients and candidates in the Commercial and Industrial Sectors within the Coleraine Region. She is continually recruiting for various roles and is exceptional at matching candidates to specific roles.

Her Story

Samantha worked for four years with the car sales business before deciding to transfer her skills into the Recruitment Business and joining First Choice. She understands the skills that she developed in previous roles lent themselves well to Recruitment Sales and she became a member of our Coleriane Team in December 2018.

What Drives Her

Samantha is driven by meeting and exceeding targets and winning new business from clients that are new to the benefits using First Choice can bring.

Her Archetype

Samantha is a "Joker" - light hearted, sociable and fun to work with and for.

Five Year Plan

Samantha  hopes to remain in First Choice and be in a more senior role.

 

Vincent Heneghan

Vincent Heneghan

Healthcare Consultant

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Vincent Heneghan

Vincent Heneghan

Healthcare Consultant

What He Does

Vinnie is one of our Healthcare Consultants and manages the end to end recruitment process for both clients and candidates in the Healthcare Division for Coleraine and Foyle . He is continually recruiting for Healthcare roles and is exceptional at matching candidates to specific roles.

His Story

Vinnie began his recruitment career in Toronto, Canada, and thrived within this sector. Upon his return home he continued this career path within a permanent placement recruitment business before joining First Choice in June 2019.

What Drives Him

Vinnie and is driven by team work and client and candidate satisfaction.

His Archetype

Vinnie is a "Jester" who lives in the moment and wants to have a funfilled life.

Five Year Plan

Vinnie says that he is thriving within the tight knit team and working in a company that he can be proud of. He wants to continue like this and enjoying his work life and home life.

Emma Doherty

Emma Doherty

Office Administrator

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Emma Doherty

Emma Doherty

Office Administrator

What She Does

Emma runs the Payroll and Adminsitraion within our Coleraine and Foyle Offices. She manages the payroll for all temporary staff, handles Clients payments, deals with queries from both clients and candidates and is the first point of contact for these offices. Alongside this Emma actively assists all the consultants within her branches with various administrative duties to enable potential candidates become work ready.

Her Story

Emma worked as a Support Worker for five years with an NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care. She then worked within the Insurance Industry as she wanted a more administrative role. During this time she was looking for a career where she could combine her healthcare skills and knowledge and her administrative abilities. At this point she joined First Choice, in August 2017.

What Drives Her

Emma says the main thing that drives her is keeping the branch organised and keeping busy. She thrives on seeing the branch develop and get busier which in turn means her role does the same.

Her Archetype

Emma is a "Sage" - says she is always seeking the truth.

Five Year Plan

If Emma hasn't become a millionaire within five years she intends to remain within her role striving to improve and streamline this role for the company.

 

 

Lurgan/Dungannon Team

Janete Teixeira

Janete Teixeira

Commercial and Industrial Recruitment Consultant

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Janete Teixeira

Janete Teixeira

Commercial and Industrial Recruitment Consultant

What She Does

Janete, as part of a team, manages the end to end recruitment process for both clients and candidates in the Commercial and Industrial Sectors within our Belfast Head Office. She is continually recruiting for various roles and is exceptional at matching candidates to specific roles.

Her Story

 

Before joining First Choice Janete had worked for numerous sales organisations both here and abroad. Janete relocated back to Northern Ireland and was looking for an opportunity to utilise her sales skills, her conquering mindset and her ability to develop client relationships and win new business. She joined the First Choice team in March 2019 to do exactly that.

What Drives Her

Janete is driven by being given ownership of roles, seeing processes through from start to finish and in working as part of a hugely successful team.

Her Archetype

Janete is an "Explorer" - she wants to experience new things and have a very fulfilling life.

Five Year Plan

Janete intends to have successfully settled within First Choice and be developing her career further at the end of five years.

Kerri Hogan

Kerri Hogan

Healthcare Recruitment Consultant

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Kerri Hogan

Kerri Hogan

Healthcare Recruitment Consultant

What She Does

Kerri is one of our Healthcare Consultants and manages the end to end recruitment process for both clients and candidates in the Healthcare Division for Enniskillen and Dungannon. She is actively recruiting Healthcare Assistants, Nurses, Social Workers and Social Work Assistants for these areas.

 

Her Story

Kerri joined First Choice in April 2019 having previous administration, customer service and recruitment agency experience. The skills she had developed in her previous roles meant she was able to "hit the ground running" within our Healthcare Division.

What Drives Her

Kerri is driven by reaching her potential and seeing her potential grow throughout her working career.

His Archetype

Kerri is a "Joker" - she lives in the moment and always strives within that moment to give of her best but have an enjoyable life at the same time.

Five Year Plan

Kerri would love to be living in the Maldives in five years time having won millions of pounds!

 

Denise Mc Loughlin

Denise Mc Loughlin

Recruitment Consultant ( Newry Office)

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Denise Mc Loughlin

Denise Mc Loughlin

Recruitment Consultant ( Newry Office)

What She Does

Denise is one of our Healthcare and General Consultants who actively recruits new talent within the Newry Office. She operates mainly in our Newry Office but works closely with all the consultants within our Lurgan Branch. Denise specialises in recruitment and processing candidates to become work ready.

Her Story                

Denise worked within training and development in the voluntary sectors for many years prior to joining First Choice. It was a natural progression to move into the recruitment sector and to successfully place candidates within specific roles.

What Drives Her

Denise is driven by results, positive conclusions and by setting a good example to others in relation to work ethics.

Her Archetype

Denise is a "Sage" - she seeks the truth using logic and common sense which is much needed in recruitment.

Five Year Plan

Denise would like to sustain and build her role within the Newry Office by developing the thriving agency she works for and would ideally like to increase the consultant numbers within the Newry Office.

Christine Clark

Christine Clark

Office Administrator

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Christine Clark

Christine Clark

Office Administrator

What She Does

Christine runs the Payroll and Adminsitraion for our Lurgan, Newry, Dungannon and Enniskillen Offices. She manages the payroll for all temporary staff, handles Clients payments, deals with queries from both clients and candidates and is the first point of contact with these offices.

Her Story

Christine previously worked as a civil servant for 22 years. All of her positions were within the customer service sector and she has brought those skills to her role within First Choice which she commenced in February 2019.

What Drives Her

Christine is driven by new challenges. She is a problem solver and is keen to be given challenges that allow her to do this and succeed in this.

Her Archetype

Christine in a "Creator" - she is attracted to innovation and creation and has uncoventional thinking.

Five Year Plan

Christine says "Who Know!" She is open and excited about where her future leads.

Avril Little

Avril Little

Recruitment Consultant Enniskillen Branch

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Avril Little

Avril Little

Recruitment Consultant Enniskillen Branch

Training Team

Michelle Crean

Michelle Crean

Training Manager

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Michelle Crean

Michelle Crean

Training Manager

Who She Is

Michelle is the Manager of First Choice Training and is the one that organises the weekly training courses, what courses are on where and which trainers are taking them. She also centrally manages the organisation of training that clients have requested and prepares these for delivery.

Michelle is always trying to improve the quality and type of courses First Choice deliver and is often requesting that the training team devise new bespoke courses in certain areas as she has a vision to deliver it.

What She Trains

Michelle trained for many years and found that it was a passion for her. However, she rarely actively teaches now as she is more involved in the implementation and delivery of our courses.

Why She Trains

Michelle created and developed the Training Division in First Choice because she saw a need to be able to offer clients good quality, reliable and fully trained care staff. She has said that she was, less than enthusiastic, about her care staffs training so decided she was going to do it herself. This started her on the road of becoming a qualified trainer and progressively building the division in the last number of years.

First Choice Training Thoughts

Michelle has said that her team of trainers are, "The best in the business" Her team follow all regulatory and mandatory requirements when it comes to training but also offer these in a bespoke, unique way.

"You just have to glimpse at the feedback we receive from employees and clients alike to see that our trainers deliver over and above what is expected and really assist in the learning and development of employees"

Karen Rainey

Karen Rainey

Training Team

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Karen Rainey

Karen Rainey

Training Team

Who She Is

Karen is, not only, one of our longest serving First Choice employees but is also our longest serving trainer. Karen undertakes regular training courses along side her main sales role within our Head Office. She joined the Training Team in its infancy back in 2011 and assisted in the progression and development of it to become the establishment it is today.

What She Trains

Karen is a fully qualified Food Hygiene Trainer, First Aid Trainer and Fire Awareness Trainer. She also trains in Infection Control, COSHH and certain soft skills.

Why She Trains

Karen enjoys the training aspect of her role at First Choice. She has said she is keen to assist people learn in an interactive and enjoyable way. Karen has said the skills she instils in people can only benefit them in their working careers but also in their personal life.

First Choice Training Thoughts

Karen has said that First Choice Training is, by far, the most innovative, interactive and forward thinking training courses that she has ever been involved in. She said the fact that the trainers that First Choice employ are not only trainers but also have working industry knowledge of the areas they train in sets them apart from many other training companies.

 

 

Darran Crawford

Darran Crawford

Training Team

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Darran Crawford

Darran Crawford

Training Team

Who He Is

Darran is, not only a trainer for First Choice, but also for the civil service. He joined our Training Division in March 2012 and has steadily developed a range of training  material to suit the ever growing needs of our employees and our business. Darran is qualified through the Health and Safety Executive, The National Examination Body of Occupational Safety and Health  and holds a Diploma in Teaching in The Lifelong Sector.

What He Trains

Darran trains in Risk Assessments, Challenging Behaviour, Conflict Management, Health and Safety in The Workplace. COSHH, Dementia Awareness, Suicide Intervention, Clinical Skills and many many more.

Why He Trains

Darran has trained for such a long time he has said that he has fallen in love with enabling other people to improve their skills and their abilities. He has said that his main aim in a training course is to change and better peoples thought processes to handle situations better. As Darrans courses are  not about teaching how to use equipment but how to think differently in certain situations it can be emotionally provoking for attendees and trainer alike.

First Choice Training Thoughts

Darran has said that becoming a trainer for First Choice has taught him, as a trainer, so much. He has met such a range of wonderful employees over the years that have helped him grow and develop as a trainer. Darran has said he gets his information from his trainees which allows him to improve his course content and keep it appropriate and relevant to the day to day workplace.

Gary Gillespie

Gary Gillespie

Training Team

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Gary Gillespie

Gary Gillespie

Training Team

Who He Is

Gary commenced employment with First Choice as a temporary Support Worker with our Bangor Branch. He worked in numerous environments and then secured a permanent role in a local supported living unit.Gary continued his studies and worked his way through the ranks , during which time he became interested in training others and began his training career as a Manual Handling Trainer.

Gary rejoined our team as a trainer in May 2014 and has been working in our Training Division ever since. He has been on regular training courses himself and has widened his training portfolio through First Choice.

What He Trains

Gary is a fully qualified Client Handling, Manual Handling, First Aid, CPR, AED, Clinical Skills, Infection Control and Safeguarding Trainer.

Why He Trains

Gary still works within the Healthcare environment alongside his training work. He has said this is a perfect balance of doing what he loves caring for those that need and promoting independence as far as possible whilst teaching others to do the same to the best of their abilities.

First Choice Training Thoughts

Gary has never been involved in a Training Team prior to joining our team at First Choice. He has said that the First Choice Training Team all fully understand that training is a continuously evolving subject matter and that no two courses that they run will ever be the same. He said working with knowledgeable, respectful trainers that are working to the same ethos and end goal as yourself is so important and that's what makes the team he belongs to a real asset to First Choice.