Meet the Stafflex recruitment team

Brian Stahelin

Brian Stahelin (Founder and Managing Director) started the company in 2000 and has over 35 years experience of working within the recruitment industry. Prior to this, Brian served a commercial apprenticeship at the UK HQ of Nestle Ltd followed by interim contracts with the BBC, Rowntrees, Costain and Shepherd Construction.

"Stafflex’s USP is its ethos. Our staff are not paid commissions, which means they have no incentive to cut corners.

At Stafflex we are equally polite to everyone who contacts us, because we genuinely believe that everyone matters. This is a philosophy that we refer to as ‘The Stafflex Way’. But, in reality, it’s just good-old-fashioned-politeness." 

Paul Balderstone

Paul Balderstone (Director) is a Graduate of Manchester University with a rewarding career in motor and manufacturing industry. Paul established the Stafflex education sector on the back of considerable knowledge of schools gained as a School Governor and currently looks after a number of activities including marketing and finance.

"The key to client satisfaction is invariably good communication.

Broadly speaking, at Stafflex, it involves clients telling us precisely what they need. It involves us listening. And then it involves us delivering. But, of course, there’s only one way for you to ascertain that we’re not just all talk!"

Maggie Netherwood

Maggie set up the Commercial department after having several years’ experience in the contract packaging industry, recruiting temporary staff from Stafflex! She is currently responsible for our telemarketing and data management as well as helping steer the commercial team through a rapid growth plan.

In her spare time, Maggie supports several charities and is a huge Huddersfield Town and Huddersfield Giants fan.

Vicki Smith

Vicki Smith

Vicki entered the recruitment industry in 1995 and gained experience in the Engineering, Technical and General Industrial sectors. Prior to that Vicki worked within retail/hospitality employment. Vicki's role at Stafflex is to head up the back office support team including the management of Payroll and all the technical support.

In her spare time, Vicki enjoys spending time with her young family.

Abigail Stahelin Hall

Abigail has been at Stafflex since 2011, however has worked at Stafflex on reception and for various clients since Stafflex's launch in 2000. Currently managing HR, compliance and training. Abigail is a qualified History teacher for secondary schools and still teaches for some of Stafflex clients. Abigail also sits on the governing body for one of the local primary schools.

Janine Sharland

Janine joined Stafflex in October 2013 to assist with the sales function in the commercial department. After a very successful two years, Janine was promoted to manage the commercial team where she is responsible for two other members of the team. Although Janine began her career as a commercial consultant before joining Stafflex, she has also spent time working in the industrial sector. Janine is a keen swimming enthusiast, teaching and coaching toddlers through to adults, and enjoys following the British team!

Nadio Granata

Nadio heads up our marketing department and is responsible for building the Stafflex brand across the region. Previously Nadio was a senior lecturer in Marketing at the University of Huddersfield specialising in PR, Sponsorship and Event Management. He has developed an algorithm for measuring and benchmarking social media performance and he once rode a bicycle to Sudan and back.

Nadio is a chartered marketer, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a PGCE.
When not working, Nadio likes to watch football and is a keen tennis player.

Katrina Cross

Kat joined Stafflex back in 2005 as a trainee recruiter and has since progressed to be an invaluable member of the Industrial team. Kat is extremely knowledgeable about the specific needs of the industrial sector within the region and has built up a wealth of contacts over her years with us.

In her spare time, Kat can be found enjoying the odd night out as well as her holidays in the sun.

Sarah McDonagh

Sarah joined Stafflex in October 2015 supporting the industrial desk then moving on to become a permanent member of the commercial team in March 2016. Since graduating from the Manchester Metropolitan University, Sarah has spent time in customer facing roles and sales leading her into the recruitment industry. In her spare time Sarah likes going to watch live music and spending time with her friends and family... and talking a lot about food!

Gillian North

Gill joined Stafflex in September 2011 after a career working in the manufacturing industry. Initially employed to work as our receptionist, Gill now works in the industrial department with key account responsibilities for some major employers in the region. Gill’s responsibilities include candidate resourcing and key account management. She has a keen interest in eating out and socialising with friends and family, as well as being a big Castleford Tigers fan.

Rosie Stahelin

Rosie joined Stafflex in October 2015 to help run the Education desk. Rosie brings a wealth of experience from the education sector having taught in a number of schools throughout Kirklees. Rosie has a degree in Fine Art and a PGCE in Secondary Art and Design.

Outside of work Rosie enjoys going to music festivals, visiting art galleries and walking her dog Artemis.

Poppy Stähelin

Poppy initially worked in our offices on a temporary basis and then spent a year touring nationally as an actor with a well-known children’s theatre group. Poppy also travelled extensively in America and the Far East.

Poppy is now helping to run the education desk as well as working closely with the marketing team. When not at work, Poppy can be seen walking her whippet or performing on stage, but never at the same time! She has recently passed her BSL level 2.

Yvonne Reilly

Yvonne joined Stafflex as a Receptionist in August 2014. Following a short period in this capacity she moved into Business Support, where she is responsible for doing Payroll and operation support.

This is Yvonne’s first venture back into full time employment after 18 years taking care of her two wonderful children.

When not at work, Yvonne enjoys going out to eat and socialising and watching her son play football, who is an academy scholar at Barnsley Football Club.

Geraldine Jordan

After spending 8 years in the food industry Geraldine joined Stafflex in November 2014 on a temporary basis, becoming a permanent member at the beginning of May 2015. Working on reception, Geraldine is first point of contact with visitors/clients. In her spare time Geraldine enjoys running and swimming and spending time with her family.


Lydia Yorke-Brown

Lydia joined Stafflex in the Autumn of 2016 after having worked for a national recruitment firm specialising in industrial, engineering, skilled and technical recruitment. She has a vast network of clients, many of whom she has been successfully placing staff for over a number of years. She joins Kat and Gillian at a time when the industrial desk is seeing significant growth and is quickly making an impact. Outside of work Lydia enjoys wine and cheese tasting and is a big Harry Potter fan!  


Emma Tordoff

Emma joined Stafflex in October 2015 on a temporary basis working on reception being first point of call for visitors/clients. Previously she worked in the hotel industry for 15 years working on reception. In her spare time she enjoys shopping (maybe too much) watching football, motor sports, cooking, socialising with friends, eating out & enjoying the occasional cocktail or two…


Becky Waring

Becky joined Stafflex in August 2016 as part of the Education Team to manage the Nursery and Primary Sector. She is actively seeking enthusiastic teachers, teaching assistants, nursery nurses and general support staff.

Before this she worked in Retail Management for over 8 years where she gained her passion for the recruitment industry.

When not at work, Becky enjoys keeping active going on bike rides and visiting the gym. As well as going to lots of music gigs and festivals. She has recently passed her BSL level 2.

She attended King James’s School  and Greenhead College along with her fellow Colleagues Poppy and Rosie.  Here she was also the school’s Sports Captain.