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

Senior Healthcare Manager & Belfast Branch Manager

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Michelle Crean

Michelle Crean

Senior Healthcare Manager & 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.

Michelle has recently been appointed to the role of Senior Manager of Healthcare and will now be responsible for the growth and development of the First Choice Healthcare Division, alongside her role as Belfast Branch Manager.

 

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.

Belfast Team

Michelle Crean

Michelle Crean

Senior Healthcare Manager & Belfast Branch Manager

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Michelle Crean

Michelle Crean

Senior Healthcare Manager & 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.Michelle has recently been appointed to the role of Senior Manager of Healthcare and will now be responsible for the growth and development of the First Choice Healthcare Division, alongside her role as Belfast Branch Manager. 
Karen Rainey

Karen Rainey

Deputy Manager Belfast Office

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Karen Rainey

Karen Rainey

Deputy Manager Belfast Office

Karen is Belfast's Deputy Manager 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

Healthcare Recruitment Consultant

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Karen McCready

Karen McCready

Healthcare 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.
Bernadette Kovas

Bernadette Kovas

Healthcare Consultant

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Bernadette Kovas

Bernadette Kovas

Healthcare Consultant

Robert Mc Bride

Robert Mc Bride

Sales Support General Division

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Robert Mc Bride

Robert Mc Bride

Sales Support General Division

Craig Devanney

Craig Devanney

Sales Support General Division

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Craig Devanney

Craig Devanney

Sales Support General Division

Shannen Gillespie

Shannen Gillespie

Administrator

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Shannen Gillespie

Shannen Gillespie

Administrator

Lynn Graham

Lynn Graham

Administrator

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Lynn Graham

Lynn Graham

Administrator

Ballymena Team

Marcelina Rea

Marcelina Rea

Senior General Recruitment Consultant

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Marcelina Rea

Marcelina Rea

Senior General Recruitment Consultant

Patricia Gillan

Patricia Gillan

Sales Support General Division

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Patricia Gillan

Patricia Gillan

Sales Support General Division

Gemma Gregg

Gemma Gregg

Administration/Support

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Gemma Gregg

Gemma Gregg

Administration/Support

Diane Leetch

Diane Leetch

Administrator

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Diane Leetch

Diane Leetch

Administrator

Bangor Team

Jessica Burns

Jessica Burns

General Recruitment Consultant

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Jessica Burns

Jessica Burns

General Recruitment Consultant

Rachel Cochrane

Rachel Cochrane

Administrator

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Rachel Cochrane

Rachel Cochrane

Administrator

Diane Rice

Diane Rice

Administrator

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Diane Rice

Diane Rice

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

Nikki  Wilson

Nikki Wilson

General Recruitment Consultant

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Nikki  Wilson

Nikki Wilson

General Recruitment Consultant

Emma Doherty

Emma Doherty

Office Administrator

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Emma Doherty

Emma Doherty

Office Administrator

Lurgan/Dungannon Team

Danielle Beattie

Danielle Beattie

Healthcare Consultant

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Danielle Beattie

Danielle Beattie

Healthcare Consultant

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.
Aaron Lavery

Aaron Lavery

Healthcare Support

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Aaron Lavery

Aaron Lavery

Healthcare Support

Laura Davison

Laura Davison

Administrator

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Laura Davison

Laura Davison

Administrator

Denise Mc Loughlin

Denise Mc Loughlin

Recruitment Consultant ( Newry Office)

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Denise Mc Loughlin

Denise Mc Loughlin

Recruitment Consultant ( Newry Office)

Training Team

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

Karen Rainey

Karen Rainey

Training Team

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Karen Rainey

Karen Rainey

Training Team

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 workers Karen 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.