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

Paul joined First Choice on 16th September 1996, initially to set up and manage First Choice's new Ballymena office which he opened in November 1996. In June 2001 Paul was appointed Area Manager and is currently responsible for the daily operation of the company.

Paul started his career in recruitment in June 1985 and has worked within all sections of the industry, including the supply of permanent, temporary and contract staff.

Michelle Crean

Michelle Crean

Belfast Branch Manager

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Michelle Crean

Michelle Crean

Belfast Branch Manager

Michelle has worked for First Choice since 2003, having started as part of the Healthcare Team. She then commenced office based employement in 2004 and managed the Bangor office from 2006. After having managed the Bangor Team she introduced our training division, which has grown now for several years.

After a period managing both Belfast and Bangor, she is now focused on our Belfast Head office.

Aileen Mark

Aileen Mark

Ballymena Branch Manager

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Aileen Mark

Aileen Mark

Ballymena Branch Manager

Aileen joined First Choice in January 2001 as a Consultant and took over managing the branch in June 2001.  Since then Aileen has developed the branch locally and continues to do so with the support of her dynamic and enthusiastic team behind her.  Aileen has been working in the recruitment industry since 1997 and this is evident in her drive and commitment to her clients and her team.

Kirsty McDowell

Kirsty McDowell

Bangor Branch Manager

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Kirsty McDowell

Kirsty McDowell

Bangor Branch Manager

Kirsty was appointed as Bangor Branch Manager in June 2016 and has joined a very succesful, well developed Branch to assist in the further development of the business.

Kirsty comes from a Sales and Marketing background, with experience in management, recruitment and selection of staff.

Kirsty is a welcome additon to the First Choice Management Team and is responsible for the daily operations of the Bangor Office and continuing the growth of both the commercial and industrial divisions within Bangor, North Down and the surrounding areas.

Shauna O’Neil

Shauna O’Neil

Coleraine Branch Manager

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Shauna O’Neil

Shauna O’Neil

Coleraine Branch Manager

Shauna first worked for First Choice between 2001 and 2003 before taking up a Personnel position in the public sector. In July 2016 she returned to the First Choice to take up a senior role in the Coleraine office.  She has had a major impact in that period and has now been appointed to the Manager's post. She is looking forward to continuing the success of the Coleraine office with her team.

Gillian Baxter

Gillian Baxter

Lurgan Branch Manager

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Gillian Baxter

Gillian Baxter

Lurgan Branch Manager

Gillian has been with First Choice since 2000 and is our longest serving office based team member.

Gillian initially was employed as Healthcare consultant for 4 years dealing with both temporary and permanent placements. Gillian now deals with all aspects of the business.

Her practical knowledge and expertise allows her to understand and react accurately to the needs of clients alike.

Belfast Team

Michelle Crean

Michelle Crean

Belfast Branch Manager

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Michelle Crean

Michelle Crean

Belfast Branch Manager

Michelle has worked for First Choice since 2003, having started as part of the Healthcare Team. She then commenced office based employement in 2004 and managed the Bangor office from 2006. After having managed the Bangor Team she introduced our training division, which has grown now for several years.After a period managing both Belfast and Bangor, she is now focused on our Belfast Head office.
Karen Rainey

Karen Rainey

Senior Consultant

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Karen Rainey

Karen Rainey

Senior Consultant

Karen is Belfast's Senior Commercial and Industrial Consultant and is one of our longest serving Team members, having been employed by First Choice since 2004.Karen manages some of the companies largest contracts whilst developing business within the Belfast and Lisburn Areas, shortlisting and sourcing candidates and ensuring full compliance of all workersKaren is also a valued member of our Training Team as a fully qualified Food Hygiene Trainer, First Aid Trainer and Fire Awareness Trainer. She undertakes regular training courses along side her main sales role within our Head Office. 
Sarah O’Hagan

Sarah O’Hagan

Senior Healthcare Consultant

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Sarah O’Hagan

Sarah O’Hagan

Senior Healthcare Consultant

Sarah has been with First Choice since 2007 and has been working in our Healthcare team since 2011. Sarah's role includes sourcing candidates for clients, assisting in shortfalls for clients and providing ongoing career support for our healthcare employee's.Sarah has a vast knowlege of healthcare based information, training requirements, RQIA, NISCC and NMC regulations and guidelines and, therefore ensures our healthcare division works over and above all regulatory and mandatory requirements.In recognition of her comitmment and long term service, Sarah was promoted to Senior Consultant in 2015.
Michael Mc Alinden

Michael Mc Alinden

Healthcare Consultant

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Michael Mc Alinden

Michael Mc Alinden

Healthcare Consultant

Michael is part of the Healthcare Team in Belfast's Head Office and joined in March 2017.Michael comes from a similar background, sourcing healthcare candidates for work and placing candidates in both temporary and permanent positions.Michael field of expertise is domiciliary care, providing 24 hour support within the community. He will be focusing on placements in these roles within our Head Office.Michael works alongside Sarah in ensuring all our staff are compliant with legislation, with Rqia policies and with our own First Choice policies. 
Karen McCready

Karen McCready

Recruitment Consultant

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Karen McCready

Karen McCready

Recruitment Consultant

Karen has recently moved from First Choice Bangor to join the Belfast Team.Karen's new role will see her work alongside the Healthcare Team to increase our workforce in this sector, as well as assisting in the ongoing development of Our Training Division.
Aaron House

Aaron House

Recruitment Consultant

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Aaron House

Aaron House

Recruitment Consultant

Aaron has recently joined the General Recruitment Division in the Belfast Branch.  He will be involved in Business development in the Industrial and Commercial sectors.  Aaron joins First Choice after a career spent in retail and business to business sales.
Hannah Steenson

Hannah Steenson

Office Administrator and Payroll Officer

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Hannah Steenson

Hannah Steenson

Office Administrator and Payroll Officer

Hannah is Head Office Payroll Officer, responsible for all temporary staff payroll on weekly basis.Hannah is also one of our Office Administrators, liaising with customers and clients alike on a daily basis.She also assists Consultants with sales support processes, vacancies and inductions.Hannah is responsible for managing or Temporary Workers Training days, ensuring all staff that visit us each week receive all appropriate documentation etc.
Lauren Gray

Lauren Gray

Sales Support Advisor

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Lauren Gray

Lauren Gray

Sales Support Advisor

Lauren has been with us since May 2016 and is our Industrial Sales Support Administrator and works alongside the General Consultants dealing with all day to day vacancies for all our general temporary employee's.Lauren works with two of our largest contracts, ensuring we have staff available for work and placing them appropriately.Lauren has main responsibility for legislation compliance and for ensuring mandatory requirements are updated yearly.Lauren also undertake resourcing for our consultants to assist with their sales activity.
Alison Colville

Alison Colville

Receptionist and Office Administrator

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Alison Colville

Alison Colville

Receptionist and Office Administrator

Alison is First Choice Belfast Receptionist and one of our Office Administrators.As receptionist, Alison is the first point of contact for all clients, customers and candidates and is there to assist with all daily needs and concerns.Alison assists with payroll and all of its associated administration, she also is responsible for ensuring the company's healthcare training days run smoothly.

Ballymena Team

Aileen Mark

Aileen Mark

Ballymena Branch Manager

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Aileen Mark

Aileen Mark

Ballymena Branch Manager

Aileen joined First Choice in January 2001 as a Consultant and took over managing the branch in June 2001.  Since then Aileen has developed the branch locally and continues to do so with the support of her dynamic and enthusiastic team behind her.  Aileen has been working in the recruitment industry since 1997 and this is evident in her drive and commitment to her clients and her team.
Eilish Doherty

Eilish Doherty

Senior General Recruitment Consultant

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Eilish Doherty

Eilish Doherty

Senior General Recruitment Consultant

Eilish has been working with First Choice from 2006 and after spending the last year working in the Coleraine office has now rejoined the General Recruitment Team in the Ballymena office. She will focus on developing the Permanent Recruitment Division in the Ballymena office.
Leanne Garrett

Leanne Garrett

Healthcare Consultant

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Leanne Garrett

Leanne Garrett

Healthcare Consultant

Leanne has recently returned to her role in the Healthcare Division after starting her family. she will be involved in the servicing of current clients and will be putting her skills into business development in this sector
Gillian McGregor

Gillian McGregor

Administrator

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Gillian McGregor

Gillian McGregor

Administrator

Gillian joined First Choice in January 2011 and is responsible for the office administration, weekly payroll of all temporary workers and the day to day running of a busy administrative section. Gillian is the first point of contact for clients and customers who come into the Ballymena Office and who call.

Bangor Team

Kirsty McDowell

Kirsty McDowell

Bangor Branch Manager

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Kirsty McDowell

Kirsty McDowell

Bangor Branch Manager

Kirsty was appointed as Bangor Branch Manager in June 2016 and has joined a very succesful, well developed Branch to assist in the further development of the business.Kirsty comes from a Sales and Marketing background, with experience in management, recruitment and selection of staff.Kirsty is a welcome additon to the First Choice Management Team and is responsible for the daily operations of the Bangor Office and continuing the growth of both the commercial and industrial divisions within Bangor, North Down and the surrounding areas.
Stacey Hamlin

Stacey Hamlin

Recruitment Consultant

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Stacey Hamlin

Stacey Hamlin

Recruitment Consultant

Stacey has been employed with First Choice since 2012 and assists in the day to day running of the healthcare and general divisions in the Bangor Branch.Stacey is responsible for the customer service of all our existing clients and providing them with immediate staffing cover as and when required. She also is responsible for customer service in relation to our temporary workforce team, dealing with any needs and queries they may have. 
Sarah Courtney

Sarah Courtney

Recruitment Consultant

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Sarah Courtney

Sarah Courtney

Recruitment Consultant

Sarah has recently joined the Bangor Team after a number of years in the Car Industry.  She will be developing the First Choice profile in the General Recruitment Sector, in the Bangor and North Down area.
Lee Mc Gregor

Lee Mc Gregor

Administrator

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Lee Mc Gregor

Lee Mc Gregor

Administrator

Coleraine Team

Shauna O’Neil

Shauna O’Neil

Coleraine Branch Manager

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Shauna O’Neil

Shauna O’Neil

Coleraine Branch Manager

Shauna first worked for First Choice between 2001 and 2003 before taking up a Personnel position in the public sector. In July 2016 she returned to the First Choice to take up a senior role in the Coleraine office.  She has had a major impact in that period and has now been appointed to the Manager's post. She is looking forward to continuing the success of the Coleraine office with her team.
Sarah Wall

Sarah Wall

Healthcare Consultant

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Sarah Wall

Sarah Wall

Healthcare Consultant

Sarah joined the First Choice Coleraine Team in late 2016. Sarah works within the Healthcare Division and is responsible for the recruitment and placement of staff in the busy Healthcare Sector.
Kirsty Boyd

Kirsty Boyd

Sales Support

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Kirsty Boyd

Kirsty Boyd

Sales Support

Laura Laird

Laura Laird

Administrator

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Laura Laird

Laura Laird

Administrator

Laura joined First Choice in 2006 as the Coleraine Branch Administrator. As the first point of contact, via telephone and in the office, Laura deals with all office queries and customer service.Laura is also responsible for all payroll of temporary staff and maintaining accurate accounting information.Laura also assists our Consultants with customer service and administrative tasks for all our existing clients and staff.
Emma Doherty

Emma Doherty

Healthcare Support

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Emma Doherty

Emma Doherty

Healthcare Support

Lurgan/Dungannon Team

Gillian Baxter

Gillian Baxter

Lurgan Branch Manager

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Gillian Baxter

Gillian Baxter

Lurgan Branch Manager

Gillian has been with First Choice since 2000 and is our longest serving office based team member.Gillian initially was employed as Healthcare consultant for 4 years dealing with both temporary and permanent placements. Gillian now deals with all aspects of the business.Her practical knowledge and expertise allows her to understand and react accurately to the needs of clients alike.
Barry Quine

Barry Quine

Branch Administrator

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Barry Quine

Barry Quine

Branch Administrator

Barry has been with First Choice since 2005 bringing with him a vast amount of experience in administration. Barry works closely with the consultants on a daily basis and assists the with sales support.Barry ensures the smooth running of our administration procedures. Barry is accurate, organised and has a sound knowledge of recruitment practices.
Danielle Beattie

Danielle Beattie

Healthcare Consultant

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Danielle Beattie

Danielle Beattie

Healthcare Consultant

Shane Campbell

Shane Campbell

General Consultant

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Shane Campbell

Shane Campbell

General Consultant

Shane has just joined Lurgan Team in a General Consultant Role. He will be focused on developing the General side of the business and brings over four years Recruitment industry experience to his new role.

Training Team

Karen Rainey

Karen Rainey

Senior Consultant

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Karen Rainey

Karen Rainey

Senior Consultant

Karen is Belfast's Senior Commercial and Industrial Consultant and is one of our longest serving Team members, having been employed by First Choice since 2004.Karen manages some of the companies largest contracts whilst developing business within the Belfast and Lisburn Areas, shortlisting and sourcing candidates and ensuring full compliance of all workersKaren is also a valued member of our Training Team as a fully qualified Food Hygiene Trainer, First Aid Trainer and Fire Awareness Trainer. She undertakes regular training courses along side her main sales role within our Head Office. 
Darran Crawford

Darran Crawford

Training Team

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Darran Crawford

Darran Crawford

Training Team

Gary Gillespie

Gary Gillespie

Training Team

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Gary Gillespie

Gary Gillespie

Training Team