Meet The Team

Supicha Fairhurst

Compliance and Operations Manager

Supicha has been in recruitment for over 10 years, starting off as a Business Support Administrator for a large resourcing company in London. Within 2 years, she was promoted to Team Leader – a position which she not only thoroughly enjoyed, but held for 8 years. Wanting to see what the north had to offer, she moved up here in 2015 to enjoy the great opportunities that the region provides in terms of employment and quality of life. Lucky for us, she chose Portman Recruitment. She loves making things happen for the team, and that feeling that she’s being helpful to her team members. Outside of work, she enjoys playing board games such as Scrabble and Monopoly, and beating us all on the latest console games. A proud fur-parent, she’s recently adopted a puppy and kitten, both of which she completely adores.

Chloe Riley

Business Support Executive

Chloe, a steadfast employee with prior experience within the healthcare recruitment sector, is our first port of call for any and all enquiries and questions that come our way. Overseeing the day-to-day running of our operations, she also keeps us on our toes, ensuring that every team member knows their duties and that every social worker knows there’s always someone there to help. Not only this, but she’s recently completed her Business Administrator L3 qualification, showing her commitment to the role. She loves how supportive her colleagues are, and how they help her face particular situations with ease and care – especially when it comes to learning something new. When she’s not working hard, you’ll find her doing something arty – such as photography and painting, which she’s marvellous at.

Yetty Fajembola

Recruitment Consultant

Yetty is an energetic and fun-loving Dubliner who originally moved to Manchester to study for a BSc in Psychology and Counselling. Whilst having knowledge in the humanistic approach and developmental psychology, she has worked closely with vulnerable individuals and spent time doing charity work. Yetty Joined us in late 2019 and was very excited to apply her knowledge of psychology in assisting Social Workers in every way possible. She has just completed an MSc in Psychotherapy and Counselling which fits well into the Portman ethos when developing great relationships with our candidates and clients. By using her counselling skills, she is able to actively listen and understand the needs of each agency worker. She also has over 10 years of experience working in customer facing service-based roles. Using her working, educational and life experiences, Yetty works hard to provide social workers with a quality assured experience in obtaining their roles through Portman Recruitment. She enjoys helping others and in providing people with exceptional service, she’s super organised and has brilliant communication skills. Outside of work, she is a massive foodie who loves to cook and she’s a big gym-goer. During her spare time, she enjoys hosting movie nights and entertaining friends.

Georgia Rice

Recruitment Consultant and Resourcing Manager

Georgia Joined Portman at the beginning of 2019 after a successful career across various Customer Service roles over 10 years, and working with her, it’s clear to see why. Whether on the phone, through email or face-to-face, she conveys professionalism and compassion that our support workers not only appreciate, but praise her for. Her extensive experience has given her the ability to deal with people going through a whole host of different obstacles, and the confidence to approach her workload and day-to-day tasks with enthusiasm, knowing how to remain calm when things don’t quite go to plan. She loves chatting with people from all walks of life and learning all about their different backgrounds, cultures and personalities, as well as developing her skills set within the recruitment industry. Georgia loves the outdoors and music. When she’s not engaging with new candidates, you’ll find her camping, travelling or keeping up with the latest bands.

Michael Atkinson

Recruitment Consultant

Michael joined Portman in early 2020 from a recruitment role in the education sector. Over the last ten years he has worked in customer relations in retail and hospitality and prior to moving into education recruitment was in primary education as a sports coach and PE teacher. His breadth of experience has  provided him with a great understanding of how to respond to the individual needs of people of all ages, genders & abilities. Outside of his role at Portman,  Michael also works helping to care for an adult with profound & multiple learning disabilities which has given him first-hand understanding of the stresses and pressures that those who work in the care sector deal with day in day out. This understanding, along with his experience in education has allowed Michael to make a big contribution to Portman’s development and to the delivery of Portman’s principal commitment of putting  workers interests above all other considerations. In the small amount of free time his role as a carer allows, Michael is really into watching/playing sport (football, rugby, moto gp) & computer gaming. 

Adam Whitehead

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Adam started his career in education, before seeing the light and making the transition to recruitment. He feels that his years as a teacher taught him about empathy, social perceptiveness and dependability, as well as the organisational skills needed to provide candidates with the most efficient and best possible service. He enjoys building positive relationships with these candidates, ensuring they always know that he’s there whenever they need him, and that no issue is ever too small or big that they can’t resolve together. Telling them this from the get-go, to him, there is no greater joy than helping them find exciting roles that he knows they’ll love, providing them with a platform in which to make a difference in society. Always looking to develop his own skills, if there’s a safeguarding workshop on, it’s a safe bet you can find him there. In his spare time, he loves doing a CrossFit workout, travelling, and just being outdoors as much as possible.

Paul Slater 

Recruitment Director

Paul had worked across a range of exciting industries, including media and security, before being approached in 2013 to join an agency specialising in the social care sector. Instantly he knew that this was the right sector for him, getting to work with professionals who make a positive impact on the lives of the people they work with. Prior to working with Portman Recruitment, he had always wanted to be part of an agency that does things a little differently, putting the interests of its agency workers first. With that in mind, he moulded Portman into the consultancy it is today, creating an agency where things are done right and meet the needs of both the professionals and the clients, all under one roof.

He loves his job because he feels that everyone in the office shares the same vision as him, and are dedicated to making Portman the outstanding recruitment agency it already is. He was instrumental in developing the Portman culture, based around ‘going the extra distance’, and which surfaces through working practices that aid and support our social work professionals. When he’s not in the office, Paul enjoys being a great father to his 5 sons, working out at the gym, trips to the cinema and socialising with family and friends.

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