Maggie Netherwood Appointed Director

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Huddersfield based recruitment specialists, Stafflex, have promoted long-standing member of staff Maggie Netherwood to Director of Sales and Customer Service. This comes after a period of restructuring and new business development with several of the Stafflex staff gaining new sales and marketing training.

Stafflex, now in its sixteenth year of trading, has placed many thousands of people in to work across the West Yorkshire region and is currently one of the region’s largest employers. Maggie comes from a background in sales, customer service and personnel training including fifteen years at Marks and Spencer and then over 15 years at Jetley’s Packaging formerly of Elland,

Maggie started at Stafflex in 2009 as the business development manager and promptly spotted the need for a commercial recruitment desk supplying temporary and permanent staff to the offices and commercial premises in the region. The commercial desk quickly took off and now turns over £1 million pounds.

Most recently, Maggie has been lead consultant with Kirklees College and along with Jude Flatley from the college, has set up the KC Works project leading on to establishing dozens of apprenticeship roles across the region. Working closely with the employability team at Kirklees College, KC Works has already seen students gain permanent work positions and voluntary roles within several organisations.

Plastic injection molder Fisher Plastics, based in Meltham, has given jobs to two students after taking them on work experience placements.

Jeff Monks, MD Fisher Plastics said: “We were looking for the right calibre of student to get a successful mix of people for the business – students who we could train and develop to become an integral to the future of the company.

“We found both students were keen, motivated and interested in what we were doing here and in a short period of time they have blended in well with the people who are here. We want them to be part of our future, so for us it has been really successful.”

Matthew Armitage, who is working as a production operator, said: “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to work in an office or do something with my hands and I’ve had the chance to try both here. I’ve really enjoyed my experience so far and want to progress further in the business.”

Brian Stahelin, founder and CEO of Stafflex says, “Maggie has been with Stafflex through an intense period of change, both personally after the passing away of Graham, her husband and friend to Stafflex, in addition to the ongoing changes we are implementing at Stafflex as we continue to invest in our business for future generations. She has successfully trained and managed a growing team of commercial recruitment specialists, handing over the reins to Janine Sharland who now heads up the commercial desk supported by Sarah McDonagh.

“I’m thrilled that Maggie has accepted the opportunity to become a Director at Stafflex. She is extremely well known and valued by staff and clients alike and has already implemented several changes to the services we offer. Her appointment will pave the way for me to make other changes as I prepare to work a little less and spend more of my time enjoying my family and pursuing other interests such as Huddersfield Live! and my role as Chairman at the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, and Trustee at KAL and King James’s High School.”

Maggie says, “I am delighted to be able to take up this new role at Stafflex. I have dedicated nearly 7 years of my career seeing Stafflex going from strength to strength not only in the market place but in the community as well, helping lots of charities and worthy causes on the way. It’s such a rewarding feeling to be helping people find jobs in and around Huddersfield and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Yes, there have been challenges and there will no doubt be more to come but Stafflex is dedicated to growth and I’m very excited about the role going forward.”

Maggie has TWO CHILDREN, 3 STEP CHILDREN and seven grandchildren and is a life-long Huddersfield Town fan