Meet the recruitment team...

Here are the people who are looking for talented individuals to join our team...

Ally Blake

Recruitment Business Partner - Darlington

I’m based in the Head Office at Darlington and I am responsible for recruitment in the Customer Support Centre and the teams which support the running of the business.  Some of these include HR,  Finance, IT, Telesales, Pricing and Procurement.  I review applications for all levels within the business so don’t be afraid to apply, please get in touch if you are interested in working for Northgate - 07718864556.

You can have all the skills and experience that you need for your dream job, however whatever you do never turn up late, and always plan your journey. It’s also poor practice to criticise your current employer, and finally don’t swear during the interview, the hiring manager may consider that you pose too much of a risk to deal with Northgate customers. 

Gareth Jones

Recruitment Business Partner - Darlington

I’m responsible for all of the recruitment at our Head Office in Darlington. Head Office currently houses our HR, L&D, Marketing, IT, Finance and Procurement teams. Darlington is where all of our Customer Service and Administration teams are based as well, so I regularly have my hands full! If you are interested in working in any of these teams then I’d love to hear from you.

Bring proof of performance along to your interviews, especially if you’re interviewing for a role that is target driven. Anyone can say they’ve achieved targets, bringing evidence that you’ve smashed your previous targets instils a huge amount of confidence in the person interviewing you, and makes you really stand out from the crowd. If the role isn’t massively targeted, then bring evidence of past successes, like recommendations from previous managers.

Linda Gorvett

Recruitment Business Partner - Telford

I have responsibility for a wide area of the UK, from Exeter in the West to Ipswich in the East, as well as Southampton in the South up to Lincoln in the North. I recruit for branch vacancies ranging from Customer Service Agent to Branch Manager.

Research company ‘heroes’. Look at people (on sites such as LinkedIn) who have the job you would like.  Look through their work history to see how they made the move.   Make contact with people in the same role to ask them for any hints, tips or ideas.


Rachel Thackeray

Recruitment Coordinator - Telford

I am responsible for arranging interviews between you and the managers, preparing and sending out your offer paperwork as well as keeping our Instagram account up to date. You can contact me if you have any queries about any part of the candidate process, from applying, right the way through to our Welcome Portal when you join us.

When applying for a new role, make sure you have the right contact details on your CV. If your CV looks fantastic, but it has your old mobile number or email address on it, then no-one can reach you to invite you for an interview.  This happens more than you think, so it’s always worth double checking your contact information before applying.

Aaron Wickham

Recruitment Advisor - Darlington

I help our team of Recruitment Partners all over the country; monitoring incoming applications from our website, scheduling telephone interviews and making sure that all new employees receive their contracts and logins to our Welcome Portal. I am also here to help you with any queries that you may have.

When you’re answering interview questions, think of the C A R technique. Remember to give Context – first explain the surrounding situation you found yourself in. Then describe your Action to remedy the problem or to create new opportunities. Finally round off with the Result - what was the outcome of your actions / how did the organisation benefit?

Anna Brett

Technical Recruitment Business Partner - Telford

I am responsible for recruiting technicians and mechanics across the whole of the UK. I have been recruiting for Northgate since 2012 and enjoy getting out and about meeting our workshop teams. If you think you have the skills and experience to work for Northgate as a motor vehicle technician give me a call on 07702 954959.

Learn from the feedback that you get after an interview particularly if you did not progress or were not offered the job. Use it to help you understand how you might do things differently next time or where you have gaps in your their experience and skills.  If you don’t get feedback following an interview then do not be afraid to ask for it.

Skye Harborne

Recruitment Advisor - Telford

My role is to recruit Operational roles - from Customer Delivery Agent’s to Workshop Administrators, anywhere across the UK. If you have any queries regarding anything to do with a driving/valeting please contact me on 01952 281942 or [email protected]

When applying for a Driver/Valeter vacancy make sure to list all relevant previous experience and include correct working dates.  If you have done valeting before, then make sure to put it in your CV! Even going as far as listing the types of commercial vehicles you have driven will make a big difference to your application. We receive a high volume of applications for our driving positions so the more information your CV contains the better chance of being selected for interview you have.

Ruth Henderson

Recruitment Business Partner - Darlington

I am responsible for recruitment at our Head Office in Darlington which includes all of our corporate teams; HR & Payroll, Finance, Marketing, Insurance and Administration.  Darlington is also the home of our Customer Contact Centre, the base for our sales and customer service teams, which are set up as an open plan contact centre function. We welcome applicants who are ready work as part of ‘Our Northgate’ team, have a desire to embrace change and develop skills and expertise whether that be in a contact centre or corporate environment.

Tailor your CV to the job you are applying for!  When applying for a new job your CV is all we have to assess you.   It is important to read through the advert or job description and make sure that your most  relevant skills and experience are featured clearly on your CV to match the requirements of the role. 

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