The Management

Managing Director
Angela Anderson
Commercial Director
Alan Metcalfe

Angela founded Zenith in 2001, later to be rebranded as Zenith People in 2009, after working in the manufacturing and recruitment sectors for seven and five years respectively. Angela is passionate about building a business based upon knowledge, partnership, integrity and service, and is proud of the fact we still have our original first client and that we are held in high esteem in the industry generally. Ang enjoys travel, books, cooking and running, and considers herself to be a ‘trainee wine connoisseur’! (She enjoys the training so much, we’re not sure she’ll ever be fully qualified!).

Alan, who is from an engineering background, originally served his time with Siemens Power Generation in Newcastle. He has over 20 years’ experience in recruitment. Alan’s philosophy has always been one of service, understanding and honesty and his belief is that Zenith People should endeavour to offer the best to clients and candidates alike. Alan enjoys squash to a high level, entertaining, travel, quizzes and is a season ticket holder at Newcastle United! Since the early 80’s! (Poor lad).

Engineering & Manufacturing Recruitment Team

Recruitment Operations Manager
Paul Brown
Recruitment Consultant
David Jackson

Before embarking on a recruitment career, Paul worked in global marketing for an Accountancy Qualification Body for eight years. He heads up the Recruitment team at Zenith – covering both Permanent and Temporary recruitment. His pastimes include working out, watching his beloved Sunderland and taking his family on holiday.

David, who has been with Zenith since 2006, has seen his role develop in several areas of the business over the years. He now works within our permanent recruitment team in the Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics sectors. In his spare time David enjoys playing football, outdoor pursuits and spending time with his wife and two sons.

The Temporary Recruitment Team

Recruitment Consultant
Helen Hawes
Recruitment Consultant
Faye Turner

Recruitment Consultant
Matthew Houghton
Account Co-Ordinator
Claire Henry

Helen has been at Zenith for over 10 years and has worked largely within temporary recruitment on all of our key contracts. Her role includes liaising with Clients and Candidates, ensuring a responsive and effective service. She is very much a family person and when not working she enjoys spending time on a variety of family orientated activities.

After trying her hand at Travel and Tourism at College, Faye decided to apply for a position at Zenith and was successful with her application. She came through our apprenticeship programme, initially started off in Payroll but then was then offered the opportunity to train as a consultant and work as part of the Temporary Recruitment team. Her hobbies include shopping, fashion and socialising with friends whenever she gets the opportunity to, oh and more shopping!

After completing an apprenticeship with BE Group, Matty joined Zenith in January 2016 training as a consultant and working as part of the Temporary Recruitment team. His hobbies include supporting Newcastle United football club as well as playing football in his spare time. He is also a huge foodie and has the nickname of Dyson amongst the team at Zenith as the result of his love of food!
Claire has over 12 years’ experience working in the food manufacturing industry and has spent the past 18 months as a recruitment account coordinator. Her role within Zenith includes managing several large scale food sector accounts. In her spare time besides running around taking care of her family, she enjoys reading books and getting set for night on the sofa in front of the box.

The Training Team

Training Delivery Manager
Justine Shepherd
Learning & Development Coach
Val Barella

Candidate Engagement Consultant
Steven Welsh
Recruitment Consultant
Keith Oliver
Training & Quality Administrator
Jo Perks
Learning & Development Coach
Susan Joel

Justine started working in the training sector in 1994 when she started working for a local training company. Justine’s role is that of Training Delivery Manager. In a nut shell she oversees the delivery of funded and non-funded training for people aged anywhere from 11 years up over. When away from the office her two children take up the majority of her time. She also enjoys cycling, motorsports and relaxing at the local pub with friends.
Val has over 30 years’ experience working in training and has worked for several of the region’s major training companies along the way. She is a corner stone member of our training team and is one of our Learning and Development Coaches. Outside of work Val enjoys shopping, socialising and volunteering. She’s also our social media queen and is never shy of a tweet or two!
After attending University for 18 months, Steven decided it wasn’t for him. He contacted our Rising Star young people’s recruitment agency for some advice about what to do next and the rest is, as they say, history. After successfully completing an apprenticeship with Zenith he joined our training team as Candidate Engagement Consultant. He’s responsible for working with all of our Rising Star candidates and helping them find work. When he’s not busy doing that he’s a keen footballer and enjoys watching Newcastle United too! (Well most of the time).

Keith joined Zenith December 2015, prior to this he worked as an Employer Services Advisor for 4 years. He oversees business development and engagement with employers to secure recruitment, pre-employment training and apprenticeship opportunities. In his spare time, Keith enjoys football and he is huge supporter of Newcastle United. He also spends a lot of time watching his son play football and his daughter at gymnastic competitions.
Jo started working at Zenith in November 2015. Prior to working at Zenith, Jo worked as a Compliance Manager for a private training company in South Shields. Her role is to establish, co-ordinate and administer all training related systems, processes and data requirements and implement robust internal auditing systems in order to ensure total compliance with various external rules, regulations, guidelines and legislation. In her spare time Jo likes to Scuba dive and enjoys going to the cinema.

Susan has worked at Zenith since November 2015. Before working at Zenith she was a Primary School Teacher for 6 years and prior to that worked in Welfare to Work at Working Links for 9 years. She stared to work for Zenith as a Learning & Development Coach and now can be seen delivering careers sessions to various schools and delivering training courses/ bootcamps for various employers across the region. She has 3 year old twin daughters which keep her busy but she still finds the time to keep fit where she can and loves the odd glass of wine now and then.

Commercial Recruitment Team

Commercial Recruitment Manager
Rebecca Hutchinson
Recruitment Consultant
Ged Cunningham

Recruitment Consultant
Jack Dinsdale

Rebecca joined Zenith in early 2015. She has over 14 years’ experience working within the Recruitment industry in the North East specialising within the Commercial and Contact Centre sectors. On a daily basis she manages the commercial team, ensuring they find the best possible recruitment solution for clients and candidates. In her spare time when she gets the chance, Rebecca likes to dine and drink wine in the South of France or play with her Patterdale pooch Coco.

Ged joined Zenith after college and works within the Commercial Team. He recruits for a broad range of commercial organisations including Estate Agents, Travel Agents, Insurers and Contact Centres. Out of the office, Ged likes socialising with friends, has an annual trip to Magaluf and is the main office point of contact for all things showbiz!

Jack joined the team mid – 2016. He works on ‘commercial vacancies’ with a variety of clients, from large engineering companies all the way through to school & colleges. Out of office Jacks hobbies are fast cars, bulldogs, and eating out in Man vs Food and wearing designer labels!

The Business Support Team

Payroll & Accounts Manager
Denise Driver
Payroll & Accounts Trainee
Victoria Green

Business Support Manager
Nicola Jeavons
Business Development & Marketing Consultant
Faye Smith

Denise, who is originally from the USA, joined Zenith after spending eight and a half years working with a mental health charity where she was the Senior Finance Officer. At Zenith she is the Payroll & Accounts Manager, undertaking payroll for temporary workers and the Zenith team as well as managing the company accounts. When away from all the numbers she loves reading, quilting, sewing, crocheting, baking and spending time with her grandson Archie.

Vicky joined the team mid – 2016 as Payroll & Accounts Trainee. Before joining Zenith People, Vicky attended Gateshead College studying for her Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business Studies. At Zenith, she is working to complete her Association of Account Technician qualifications, working alongside Denise on payroll and accounts. Her hobbies include shopping, travelling (to sunny places), outdoor activities and socialising with her friends.  

Nicola’s background is travel and call centre management and she has been with the business for over 10 years. Her current role is varied, in that she is responsible for managing all of our supplier contracts, internal HR and training, legislative compliance and any new projects that come along. She also assists with commercial recruitment and finance when needed. She enjoys mountain biking, other outdoor pursuits, travel and socialising, however her VW van ‘Bella’ is her newest passions!

Faye studied Events Management at The University of Huddersfield before joining Zenith People. She is the Marketing Consultant at Zenith, her background and interest lies in Digital Marketing and she is constantly researching the latest social media trends. Her hobbies include ice skating, online shopping and she loves to keep up to date with the latest trends in fashion and digital culture. She is also prone to take the ‘odd’ couple of hundred Selfies now and then, being a snapchat fanatic.