Charl was with us when we opened the doors at Distinct in 2016 and was joined the following January by Becky. They have built an extensive network of candidates and clients, many of whom work with them on an exclusive basis. In September 2019, we were delighted to welcome Sam to the HR team.
From our HQ in Nottingham, the team have recruited for roles across the UK, from entry to exec level. Whilst the majority of the positions recruited by the HR team are in the East Midlands, we have also had great success recruiting for roles in London, Cornwall, Scotland, Wales, North East, North West and Yorkshire.
Back in 2015, I was still working in HR but knew I wanted to do something a little different. So, when James approached me to help set up the HR division, I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity. We sat in Café Nero in Bridgford and chatted everything through. It felt really exciting to be involved in something new, fresh and entrepreneurial and it’s been amazing to be part of Distinct from the beginning.
Before joining Distinct, I worked in the majority of HR specialisms; including talent, business partnering, recruitment, L&D and transformational change programmes. Given my background in the sector I am confident with my ability to understand your specific requirements.
One of the biggest draws for me was the opportunity to do a job that I love in an environment that allows you to keep things simple. HR is such a people centric discipline, and my inquisitive mind is always interested to see how people operate and behave, what drives them to succeed and how to get the best out of them.
Having watched Distinct being set up from the side-lines in their first year of trading, I was excited by the brand and reputation they had built in such a short space of time. After 6 years in recruitment, I was ready for a new challenge and Distinct presented itself as the perfect opportunity.
I don't want to work for the biggest or most well-known recruitment business, I want to work for the business that is known for being the best at what it does. Distinct have a genuine team player culture which really appeals to my nature, and their focus on quality of service and relationships is second to none.
Before starting at Distinct, I was covering mid to senior HR appointments across Northamptonshire. The set-up here allows me to offer more of a complete service to candidates with less of a geographical restriction and the opportunity to work with a greater diversity of clients.
I had been told that Distinct were different from other recruiters but hadn’t realised quite how “Distinct” they really are until I used them. That was now a number of years ago and after a number of placements through them, I count myself as a huge fan of what they do.
Their pace, knowledge (across disciplines) and genuine passion makes them a highly enjoyable organisation to work with. In terms of their success: I have given them a number of tough missions over the last few years and they have smashed every one. Can’t say fairer than that.
Director, Atos Medical
Becky and Charlotte found me an excellent opportunity as a HR Workforce Analyst. They were both extremely enthusiastic, they communicated quickly and came through with the interview. I hope Distinct can keep finding me great opportunities like this.
Former Research and Performance Officer, Staffordshire County Council
As a client, Distinct have successfully recruited good quality candidates. I feel that Becky and Charl are trustworthy, honest and genuinely interested in us, which you don't get from other agencies. The service is professional, and their communication is excellent.
HR Manager, Eurocell plc
I'm in pretty regular contact with Becky and Charl for roles for me in HR. They are clearly people-focussed with a team who thrive in a positive culture. Becky and Charl are great at keeping in touch - I feel like I'm genuinely on their radar.
Peppermint HR Interim
I have worked with Becky and Charlotte for a number of years. I really like them both. They have helped me in my career personally and also placed people with me. On both sides I have always found their service exceptional.
I worked with Becky as a client and candidate - her service is always professional, honest and helpful. She helped me secure a role that was pivotal in my HR career and also helped recruit for some roles whilst I worked for that company. You feel the genuine care – Distinct are to provide a genuine service which is so respectable.
HR Officer, Erskine Murray
Becky placed me in my last interim contract. A lot of recruiters will ignore you unless they have a live vacancy but Distinct are responsive and friendly even when there's nothing suitable at the time.
Interim HR Consultant
Becky is always an absolute pleasure to talk to and interact with. She goes out of her way to make sure you know as much as possible about each role & listens to your needs first. Other agencies see you as a sale or a number, whereas Distinct are very personable and seem to genuinely care about where they are placing an individual. They are transparent & open throughout and will update you each time they can. Keep doing what you're doing guys! One of the only agencies I'll use and interact with!
Charlotte and Becky offer a really professional service, and you feel like it’s not just about chasing numbers, they genuinely care about getting you into the right role.
HR Assistant, Thyssenkrupp Elevator
I’d contacted Charl about looking for new L&D opportunities and at the start of the year, she contacted me with details of a role at Center Parcs. Throughout the application and interview process, I was supported by both Charl and Becky which made a nerve-wracking time feel a lot more comfortable! I haven’t used other agencies but the end to end experience has been fantastic and the details such as the gifts I received on getting the job and the visit at work made the experience feel really personalised and extra special. A huge thank you for being so supportive and helping me find my next role - I highly recommend you to everyone.
Training and Development Manager, Center Parcs
Becky helped me with every aspect of the role and allowed me to prepare to a very high standard. Most impressed. I felt that there was constant contact and you were never left to wonder. There was honesty about the role, and I wasn’t sold something different. It was a great experience and I would be happy to use Distinct services again as an employer and employee.
HR and Talent Advisor, Top Hat
I had an absolutely fabulous experience with Distinct Recruitment and both Becky and Charlotte were adaptive to myself in terms of communication and rapport. I was treated individually in comparison to more corporate and standardised recruitment agencies. Both were excellent and a pleasure to liaise with.
Eurocell and HR Advisor
Becky and Charl have sourced applicants and also a position for me. They have local market knowledge and are straight to the point, they will say if you are not suitable for a position or a position isn't suitable for you.
Senior Resourcing Manager, British Business Bank
Becky has been friendly and professional throughout my time with Distinct. Friendly and straight to the point over email and phone, which from my experience is what both clients and customers would prefer. Clare Sheehan was also extremely helpful when it came to help with my annual leave allowance.
HR Administrator, Transform Trust
Distinct is more focused on understanding your strengths and weaknesses when discussing potential roles. They support you with background information about the company, as well as providing 121 guidance for interviews. This I feel sets them apart from other agencies as they genuinely care, you're not just another candidate!
Becky Downes was a great support; she had a personal and friendly approach and gave some great advice and steers on interview skills. Always in contact to update or wish me luck and even after securing the role; she wished me luck on the first day and then checked in at the end of the week.
They seem to genuinely care about their candidates and working to find the right people for their clients. They try and get a real understanding of the organisation.
Talent Attraction Specialist, University of Nottingham
Put me forward for a great role. Efficient friendly and really helpful. Becky and Charlotte were fab! Felt more like a contractor than a temp. Loved the welcome gift - the notepad is actually good! Excellent all round, I've been very impressed with the great team.
Inter communications, SCCL
Distinct acts as a true collaborative partner with an extremely personable and professional approach both during and after the recruitment process for clients and candidates. If you do enter the realms of world domination (and you would deserve it!) please don’t change your relationship-based model!
Head of HR, The Futures Group
Very personable - Char and Becky were class all the way through my recruitment process and I would recommend them to anyone.
Becky Downes believed in me when no-one else did - having spent years working in operations, I struggled to be taken seriously as a candidate from ops trying to get in HR. Becky convinced the company I have now worked in for 4 years to take me on and I’ve never looked back. I’ve used Distinct as both a candidate and client, and know that they build on relationships, not on results and have fully taken the time to understand the business we operate.
HR Business Partner, Punch Taverns
Modern, forward thinking, current, I like the way they engage on social media and whilst they are professional it shows personality and passion in what they do.
HR Business Partner, Hillarys
Recruited for a number of roles for us as a business across HR & Procurement. Absolute legends. That aside, they know the market inside out and are extremely engaging and fun.
I've spoken to Charlotte numerous times and she's always been exceptionally supportive, patient and helpful. A much more personal approach. I know Charlotte from Boots but even so, you feel like she is a friend and is backing you 100%. She has also been very patient as I have been in the process of moving from L&D to HR. Other agencies can be very transactional.
HR Advisor, Mansfield District Council
We deal with careers every day and know that changing jobs is one of the most stressful and important life stages for anyone. So, when you’re thinking about your next career move, our approach is to get to know you through an informal chat over a coffee or using our video-chat platform, Distinct Live. This way we can truly understand your background, career aims, and what’s important to you.
We also offer other free services including CV & LinkedIn profile workshops, career development and networking events. We will share our market knowledge and work with you to improve your chances of securing your next job. Ultimately, we want to help you in your job search.
We’re not ran by KPI’s, so we will never put a candidate forward for a role that isn’t right for them, even if that means a small shortlist of 1 or 2 people – they will be the right people.
We get to know our clients’ culture and people within so that when you’re looking for someone to join your team, we can represent and promote your brand effectively.
If you decide to work with us exclusively, we will dedicate ourselves to fill your job with the best candidate on the market and with minimal disruption to your day job. In other words, we’ll take your “recruitment headache” away from you and prioritise the position to ensure a speedy resolution.