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Rich Westhead

Rich Westhead

  • Managing Director
  • Driving, Engineering & Manufacturing, Hospitality, Industrial
  • UK

Rich's bio

With over 20 years experience in recruitment, and 15 years of them at Search, I have extensive knowledge and understanding of the industry. Initially beginning my career as the Divisional Manager for our Business Support sector, my career at Search has progressed significantly over the years.

Now a Managing Director, I am pleased to head up our Industrial, Hospitality, Engineering & Manufacturing, and Driving sectors. Over the years, my sectors have gone from strength to strength, and I believe that my constant focus on providing a quality service to candidates and clients has been fundamental to our success.

I manage teams of highly skilled and experienced consultants that are dedicated to delivering results for both our candidates and clients. Guiding my team through their career path is a main focus for me. I quickly recognise and promote talent, and I encourage developing through the ranks at Search.

Many of my recruiters have worked in the industries they now recruit for, which gives them a unique understanding of the role requirements. My teams recruit for a variety of temporary and permanent roles across the Hospitality, Industrial, Engineering & Manufacturing and Driving sectors. From warehouse operatives and class 1 drivers to chef’s and maintenance engineers, my sectors cover a broad spectrum.

I'm very passionate about my candidates and clients, and have a focus on providing a tailored experience for everyone that works with Search.

Get in touch with me today to discuss how myself and the team can support your business.

What people say about us

Hassan

"I have worked with Stacie and Dawn for almost 2 years, they always keep me in work and are very helpful with everything I ask of them.

They are excellent communicators, honest, and go above and beyond to work around my needs. I am looking forward to working with them for years to come."

Hassan

HGV 1 Driver

Euro Car Parts

“I have worked with Stacie and Dawn for 2 years and have built a good working relationship with them during this time.

They are always available, even out of hours, and on hand to support when problems arise. Working with them truly feels like a partnership as they work to find the best fit for us.

Stacie and Dawn are among the best.”

Euro Car Parts

Transport Manager

"I have worked with over 40 agencies easily, some good and some unfortunately horrendous. However the grading’s for these agencies can only be made by their employees.

I can honestly say that Search is one of the best, if not the best, purely because of Jen. No matter what day or what time of day Jen can’t do enough for you. To find someone who cares about what they do as much as I do is refreshing."

Transport Manager

Depot Manager

​"Search Driving began working with B & M Retail in 2010, supplying HGV drivers, FLT drivers and order pickers. Since the beginning, they have been the agency we can call upon to recruit good quality suitable staff.

Search will always deliver 24/7 and they really are the full package."

Depot Manager

B & M Retail

Transport Manager

"Jen's excellent managerial, communication skills and organisation abilities far surpass any other employment agency I have worked with. When talking to her, it feels like a friendship instead of a business venture.

If Jen believes, that at the time, the right person is not available, she will let you know. She knows what the clients want and is unwilling to fall below the standards. All in all, it is always a pleasure to work with Jen. Even on the odd Sunday afternoon, when I suddenly require drivers!"

Transport Manager

Client

“Jenny has been providing me with Class 1 HGV drivers for around 18 months now and she has always exceeded my expectations. Jenny has great industry knowledge and is always available to answer my calls 24/7, providing me with competent drivers, often at very short notice.

I would recommend Jenny’s services to anybody in need of a reliable, consistent and trustworthy source for their driver needs.”

Client