New Regional Manager for Linear Recruitment Manchester

Gary Jones joined us in May 2023 as the Regional Manager for our Manchester office. He has a wealth of experience of both recruitment and the Construction industry. As we welcome him on board, we took some time to learn more about him and his aspirations for our North West office.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I graduated from Salford University, having studied Economics and Maths. I had the intention of becoming a professional Rugby Union player with Sale but unfortunately I had a car crash which meant that I had to retire. I then went to work for Hilti as a Sales Rep and Technical Advisor then ultimately fell into recruitment with Hays. I worked in central London, Canary Wharf, Surrey, Oxford and Melbourne in Australia, before returning to the North West. My most recent role prior to joining Linear was as a Regional Construcion Trades Manager, predominantly looking after the North West of England.

Can you tell us a bit more about your time in Australia?

I had two years in Melbourne in recruitment, supplying freelance Site Management staff. The lifestyle was amazing, but you don't realise how far away it is until you are there. I explored almost all of the country along with New Zealand. My wife Sarah and I also made it on to Australian national TV on a programme called My Restaurant Rules, which was a reality cooking show. We weren't actually doing the cooking though - even though I do love cooking!

Why Linear Recruitment?

Linear Recruitment is a well-renowned and thought-of recruiter who do things the right way, with hard work and integrity. They have some excellent client relationships, and they look after their clients, candidates and staff. I am delighted to be a part of the team.

What ambitions do you have for the Manchester office?

I'd like to see a real increase in the number of weekly temps working in 2023, and to build on the team, and increase its size to 6, with a dedicated permanent consultant added to the mix. In terms of a longer term goal both for Manchester and the North West, I want additional increases in the numbers of workers out with us, and I'd like to see the addition of extra offices - potentially in Liverpool and / or Birmingham within the next five years.

How do you enjoy spending your time outside of work?

I like the normal, good food, good wine and good company. I love indie and rock music and am an avid gig-goer. I'm also a Manchester United season ticket holder, and enjoy following the team. We can see Old Trafford from our office so that is extremely handy!

Tell us something people might not know about you

I was born in Singapore, learned to walk in the Maldives and started school in Cyprus! My mum was from Finland and I am related to the former Prime Minister David Lloyd George.

You can connect with Gary on Linkedin here or to speak to him, give him a call on 0161 2147940.