Northallerton Team

FRANCES BAINBRIDGESenior Regional Manager

Where’s your favourite place in the world?

New Zealand – either being on my family’s dairy farm or exploring its beautiful landscapes and beaches.

What’s your favourite TV show?

I really enjoyed watching Suits and I’m looking forward to the third series of Sex Education to come out on Netflix.

What might people not know about you?

Thanks to my dad I have a massive interest in World War II and history in general. I used to love watching the old World at War documentaries from the 70s with him.

What was your first job?

I worked at Brymor Ice Cream. Favourite flavour was and still is Black Cherry Whim Wham.

What’s one thing that has surprised you about yourself?

I think I’m a good mum to my daughter Penelope and I didn’t always know if I would be; I have always put my career and job first but I now know and believe I can be good at both!

Best thing about your job?

I love working, recruiting and mentoring in the town where I was born. I’m very proud of the area in which we offer our services and the fantastic businesses we are lucky to partner with!

DREW McGRATHAccountancy & Finance

How do you spend your perfect Sunday?

I love getting out somewhere with my camera, so a long walk with my girlfriend (Tash) and our dog (Millie) is perfect, weather permitting! Living on the edge of the Dales is great for this, there is always a great view.

What led you to this career?

I never knew much about recruitment but I was fortunate enough to be offered a position with Si Recruitment back in 2019. Since joining the business I’ve been learning from an incredibly supportive team and fallen in love with the industry. I’m at the start of what I hope will be a long and successful career!

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?

The dream would be becoming an expert in languages. I’ve studied and gained qualifications in both French and Spanish but I love languages in general. Travelling is a big passion of mine so being able to communicate would be great.

What’s one song you have completely memorized?

Rapper’s Delight! I’ve known the words since I was in school – I couldn’t tell you why, I just listen to lots of music so eventually some songs stick! Music is a real love of mine.

What’s the top destination on your must-visit list?

I’d have to go with New Orleans, both for the scenery and music culture. Tash and I are busy planning future trips, with this being on both of our lists it’s a top destination. Aside from this I’m keen on exploring Asia, it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to photograph.

KATIE KENDALLAdmin, Office Support & Sales

How do you prefer to end your work day?

With an organised inbox, even if it’s not empty my emails will be in folders so I know what I have to do first thing the next day.

What was your first job?

I worked on my dad’s farm collecting eggs. I think I lasted about 6 months before I found a waitressing job in a pub which was more my style.

What’s one totally irrational fear that you have?

Wobbly bridges. There really is no need for a bridge to move!

What’s the first concert you ever went to?

I went to see Boyzone in 1997 with my mum at Newcastle Arena, I still have the t-shirt.

What’s one of your favorite memories from 2020?

It was challenging but it also meant that I got to spend a lot more time with my daughter. We had booked a pamper party for her birthday which got cancelled because of the lockdown so we did it at home; my husband even got involved, we had facemasks and did our nails. It wasn’t what we expected but it was so much fun!

JACK VASEYTechnical & Engineering

What led you to this career?

I began my career within Engineering as a manufacturing apprentice at a sheet metalwork factory, from there I transitioned into a design role at a curtain walling company where I had worked for 2 years before making the move into recruitment. I want to utilise my technical knowledge within the sector to be able to provide the best possible service to my candidates and clients.

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?

Fried crickets and mealworms which was part of a ‘bush-tucker trial’ I did during a team-building survival trip I attended!

What’s the top destination on your must-visit list?

Bali would definitely be my dream destination, everything surrounding the culture, the views and the food looks so amazing!

What’s your proudest achievement?

The one achievement that will stick with me for a long time will be taking part in and winning a boxing event that was held to raise money for Cancer Research. I was never really one to be in the limelight but when you’re stood in the centre of the ring hearing your name chanted, there really is no better feeling.

NICOLA WALKERPublic Practice

What’s one hobby you’d love to get into?

I really want to re-teach myself to play the piano. As an adult, not being able to play an instrument is something I regret. I have started – thus far, I am very good at Twinkle Twinkle.

What’s one song you have completely memorised?

American Pie – Don McLean, the whole 8 minutes.

What’s your favorite TV show—the one you’re always watching on repeat?

American Horror Story, I can watch it over and over and never get bored.

If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?

I’d be able to understand/talk to animals. I already talk to my dog Bruno, but it would be nice if I knew what he was thinking and saying too.

What’s something you’ve done, but will never do again?

I lived in Kuwait for 6 years and it was the most incredible experience – I would definitely recommend living abroad to anyone. It’s a part of my life that I’m proud of, but I am comfortably settled back home now for the foreseeable.

What’s something—big or small—that you’re really good at?

I’m really artsy/creative, when I’m not at work, I’m usually drawing pet portraits for people.

What is one thing people don’t know about you?

I grew up on a farm and I absolutely love cows! I spend my summer weekends going to agricultural shows and helping my friend show her cows. I even took a week off work for the Yorkshire Show at Harrogate this year.

MARK SANDERSONDirector, Public Practice

What was your first job?

I was a Milk Boy; loved it, earned big money too £14 a week!

What’s the first concert you ever went to?

First, Status Quo 1978; best? Pearl Jam – every time!

What’s one of your favorite memories from the past year?

Playing the Old Course at St Andrew – just magical.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I speak conversational Italian.

What’s one thing you’re learning now, and why is it important?

Just to be a better, kinder person – I just think it is.

SARAH HOWARTHAdministration Manager/Resourcer

If you weren’t a recruitment consultant what would you be? 

I have always loved the idea of becoming a Midwife.

How do you like to spend your spare time? 

When my 4 year old son isn’t keeping me busy, I have a small zoo at home that does.

What would be your perfect 3 course meal? 

To start it would have to be Pizza Express garlic dough balls, followed by a rare steak with super salty fries and to finish a hot chocolate fudge cake with ice cream!

What do you do to turn things around when you’re having a bad day?

Take a breather, make a list of the things I would like to achieve and tick them off as I go.

What do you love most about your job?

The team that I work with! Even on the hardest of days when things aren’t going my way, they’re always there to pick me up again.

What are your 3 favourite films? 

All completely different to each other; Jurassic park, Titanic and Hairspray. Basically if it has dinosaurs or catchy music consider it a deal!

Your motto to live by? 

Be yourself, everyone else is taken.