What it’s like working with Forward Role

Here’s what some of our recently placed candidates have said about us…

Lauren Stradling

The team at Forward Role have been an immense help in my search for a new role. I worked with Will who is a great guy, really easy to get on with and was never afraid to just pick up the phone and speak to you - even if there were no updates. Will also introduced me to other great members of the team (Paddy & Helen) so my options were open and I had more people looking down different avenues for me.

Will knew what my interview needed and knew the client well enough to give me the low down - so much so I got the job I wanted!

Thanks guys!


Nazmeen Malik

I've dealt with many a recruitment firm and have to say Forward Role has been the best one I've dealt with by afar a mile.  Clearly these guys have made a conscious effort to stand out from the competition culturally and professional. More than anyone, I have to say Paddy is one person who genuinely cares about the client and candidate in equal measure. It really has been a pleasure dealing with him. Well done to him and the team!


Matthieu Sewell

Although my time working with the team was short, as they placed me in a fantastic role very quickly. I can only applaud them on how effectively they managed to line up interviews and provide guidance on how best to proceed. Their work ethic and relevant knowledge of the industry is clearly what has helped them create such a brilliant recruitment service.

I could not have been more impressed with the personal level that both Dan and Will went to, in order to understand what I was looking for. The team gave me everything I need in order to progress in my career, and have since stayed in contact to make sure I am happy with how things are going.

I would 100% recommend this company to any of my friend or family.


Una Flynn

Throughout the whole process, from initial contact to interview and offer, Grant has been brilliant. He is by far the most professional recruiter that I have dealt with.


Gareth Williams

Friendly and knowledgeable service. I received excellent advice from Grant who leveraged his experience and contacts to successfully secure a role.


Rob Ellis

I had a really speedy and professional service from Paddy after I was made redundant in 2018. I was offered a range of suitable roles and given clear and thorough preparation through each stage of my interview process. I was delighted to be back in work within just 12 days of finishing my previous role. 10/10 would certainly recommend. Thanks Paddy and Forward Role!


Harriet Byron

Sophie was great, can't fault them!


Zoe Elizabeth

My whole experience with Forward Role has been great. In particular, Emma was amazing! She is so lovely and made the whole process of finding a job so easy and stress free. I can't thank her enough!


Neil Munro

After months of being given the wrong roles by other agencies Grant got in touch with me and helped me find the role that was right for me. I had been looking for exactly the role that Forward Role Recruitment was able to find for me. I'm very happy where I am now and it was all thanks to Grant and his team who took the time to find out exactly what it is that I was looking for and what I was qualified to do.

Highly recommended!


Aaron Nolan

I'd never previously worked with a recruiter before, but Emma Melling made sure I had a great experience. I went for a role through them which I didn't get an interview for, as they had just filled the slot. However, Emma kept in touch and informed me about another opportunity which came up. During the interview & hiring process Emma was a great point of contact and provided the answers to all my questions. Thanks to Forward Role, I've now started my new role & couldn't be happier!


Katie Livingstone

Working with Becky has been great and surpassed any experience of recruitment that I’ve had in the past.

She took the time to understand what I was looking for and was extremely knowledgeable about the opportunities available.

Becky was always on hand to answer any questions and I felt fully supported throughout.  All interviews were organised with minimum interruption to my existing position. To be able to talk through each stage in detail made the whole process much less stressful. I’d highly recommend Becky and Forward Role.


Marco Ferrai

I strongly recommend to work with Forward Role Recruitment, and specifically with Phill! This guy helped me to develop my career in digital marketing and find my dream job: top-notch recruiter! Thank you


Charlie Whitaker

Working with Paddy has been great. Very insightful and has helped continuously with the issues of job hunting.


Simon Jarvis

Fantastic service, a pleasure to work with!


Catherine Davis

It was such a pleasure dealing with Forward Role with my job search. I dealt directly with Paddy and Guy and felt that they really understood my requirements and provided an excellent, well informed service. Thanks again!


Nikki Phillips

The best recruitment agency I've worked with by far. Dan has been a super star, really helpful and informative but not pushy or overbearing. I would definitely recommend Forward Role to anyone job hunting.


Ryan Devlin

By far and away the best agency I've dealt with. Full stop.

Both Guy Walker and Paddy Wells kept in touch with me constantly, gave me insight into highlighting your skills and experience in the best-possible way, but most of all were genuinely wanted to find the right job for me, rather than getting me something quickly.

Every role they put me forward for was a good fit, and even provided me with the perfect job with the perfect company.

Wouldn't hesitate recommending Forward Role to anyone in the marketing communications industry, who is looking for their next career move.


Chris Mannion

I've spoken with a number of recruitment agencies when looking for work but Forward Role are by far the best I've ever come across. Paddy in particular went above and beyond when finding me a role that matched my skills, experience and personal requirements offering me some great insight and advice prior to my interview and again for the second stage interview. Due to this work ethic and care taken I have been successful and accepted a job offer in a role I'm very excited about. I genuinely cannot recommend these guys enough!


Kim Worrall

I recently caught up with Paddy Wells regarding some general advice on a potential career move. I found him honest, friendly, approachable and really helpful as a sounding board. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend him and Forward Role to others.


Aniqah Mitha

Forward Role provide an excellent service and I would recommend them to anyone seeking work! Both Emma and Will were a great help (to say the least) and I built a fantastic relationship with the two.


Jay Heath

It was a pleasure to work with Dan to help me find my new role. He provided great feedback and support throughout my recruitment process, and I would recommend to anyone!


Hamlyn Deas

Nathan was extremely helpful, with genuine industry knowledge and an enthusiastic, friendly attitude


Laura Stanworth

Nathan was a great help during my job search and found me a great position in a highly respected company. I can safely say I wouldn’t have got the role without him; as he proactively chased the company to secure a job offer. In a tricky week of decision making, he also gave great advice and regular support. I would definitely recommend Forward Role when looking for a job!


Syeda Yesmin

Thank you Matt Darwell! You've been very helpful, informative and supportive throughout the process from start to finish!! Loving my new job! You deserve nice big FIVE stars! :) Definitely recommend!


Timea Popovics

During my job search, Dan Middlebrook contacted me about the role that I am currently holding. It has been a real difference working with him, very professional, friendly, and has an excellent knowledge in his field matching the right candidates with the right roles, from the point of view of skills, experience and also organisational culture. He provided me with great support throughout the process and has also followed up to see how I am settling in after I started the job. It has been great to work with him and hopefully will have the chance to work with him again from the other side in the future!


Zohaib Qureshi

Brad has been a fantastic recruiter. He understood my requirements for the next role I wanted to step into and found me roles based on my skills and experience. Another best thing about Brad is that he is very approachable. When you work with Brad, you also have his personal number which makes it easy for you to communicate with him. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking to get into Digital Marketing.


Bradley Johnson

Nathan Young slid into my DMs just at the right time. I was struggling with the commute to the previous job and was starting to feel like I needed the next step in my career. Throughout the whole process he was an absolute privilege to work with, his knowledge and experience of working and liaising between clients and agencies was second to none, something I hadn't come across in the few recruitment professionals I'd spoke to. Nathan (and the guys at Forward Role) are anything but opportunists and they really do want to help their clients, make them successful and get to know the candidates they deal with. So much so, they're as close to friends as they can be.

Nathan's a true legend, and always makes the time to catch up and check up on his clients. This was my first successful experience with Forward Role and after working with two other professionals from other agencies I wouldn't even consider looking elsewhere when the time comes to move on again.

They even send you some sweets on the first day! What more could you ask for!? In an industry that often gets bad press for time wasters and opportunists, these guys stand out from the crowd. I promise you won’t find a nicer bunch of switched on and down to earth professionals.

Thanks to Nathan and the team at Forward Role, you're all flippin' great!


Sarah Keedy

I can't recommend Steve and Izzy at Forward Role strongly enough. They really take the time to get to know you as an individual and what you are looking for in a role. This means every introduction is likely to be a fit rather than the usual push just to fill a role regardless of suitability.  A real pleasure to work with them both.


Lisa Meadows

Guy is a superb recruiter and his knowledge of the digital marketing landscape and ability to pick out the right people has always shone whenever I’ve worked with him. He puts a huge emphasis on listening to exactly what you’re looking for and making sure the candidates he puts forward match both the requirements of the role and the fit of the team and the company. I’ve never had to sift through disappointing or poorly matched CVs and the candidates he sends over for interviews are always really well prepped. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him whether you’re a candidate looking for a new role or a client trying to fill a tricky or pivotal position in your team.


Lewis Hancock

Originally I was contacted by Tom who got me an interview, unfortunately I didn't get that role. However the team didn't forget about me and I was then contacted by Nathan who bought me a coffee and had a great 1 to 1 about what I was looking for and what my skills were. He eventually found the perfect role for me and thanks to his great work I secured the job and he's been a supportive guy since. Asking how the role has been going etc.

He kept me in the loop constantly and treated me like an actual human being which lacks in so many services these days. I can't thank him enough and will happily buy him a beer when my first pay check comes in!


Hannah Talbot

Tom was great really helpful and ensured I found the right job. Really happy in my new job all thanks to Forward Role.


Angela Lindley

Emma Melling of Forward Role Recruitment recently helped me find a new role in Manchester, and I couldn't commend her highly enough. Throughout the process she was optimistic and encouraging, discussing my options thoroughly to make sure we found a job which I would enjoy and excel at. At all times she was easy to contact, happy to answer my many, many questions and ensure that I was fully prepared for each stage of the application process. There is no doubt that Emma prioritises the best interests of her clients, even going as far as to check in with in my new role to see that I'm settling in well. Emma offers a professional and bespoke service, and I would happily recommend her to anyone. Thank you!


Darren Cousins

Anyone who has ever dealt with recruitment companies usually has a negative opinion due to pushy calls and mis-matched applicants/applications.

Thank God for Forward Role, a company that literally takes the time to get to know you, understands what you want from a job and then hand picks a select few jobs that are matched to your skills and aspirations. They interview candidates on both sides of the table and match people extremely well.

An unexpected nice touch was the sweet basket that arrived on my first day, which was used as an ice breaker when I walked around the office to introduce myself.

As if that wasn't enough to bowl me over, they invite all their newly placed candidates to a meet and greet evening with great food and drink.

I would recommend Forward Role to everyone looking for a job and to anyone who doesn't want to waste time hunting for a recruitment consultancy.


Beth Miller

Becky Smith has been so helpful ever since our first contact. She's super outgoing, professional and friendly. Not only did she manage to get me a job offer but at a higher salary than I was expecting!


Humaima Shahid

I worked with Sophie and received amazing service and aftercare. Now I have my dream job and bounce into work :D


Joanne Critchley

I can't recommend this agency highly enough. I dealt with Paddy Wells and Helen Colley, and they couldn't have been nicer.  For anyone working in the Events industry, especially in the North West, they're the best recruiters I've dealt with by far. They get great roles on their books, are brilliant at keeping in touch and most importantly, helped me land an amazing contract.


Michael Portz

I’ve worked with Forward Role on two occasions now and each time they’ve landed me a job. A very switched on team who understand the PR/digital space and its intricacies. They also take time to understand their candidates wants and wishes and match them with a suitable role not just any role.


Denise Tench

Dan Middlebrook at Forward Role took care of my career search and after some exploration of various options over the course of a year (it's worth taking time over these things and not losing heart), he connected me with a role that I am now very happy with and one that has been great for my career progression. Dan was supportive and hardworking throughout the process and beyond, checking in regularly and sending best wishes after I got the job. I would recommend Dan and Forward Role and want to thank them for the part they played in my current career path. Thank you guys!


David Llewellyn

I had a great experience with Steve and Izzy. Super professional, lots of support and great advice and always responsive with their communications. Highly recommended.


Ben Johnson

Grant was really friendly and helpful in getting me a new role. Offered me a few options and guided to me get the one I wanted.


MI Islam

I thoroughly enjoyed working with Sophie and I am grateful to her for helping me to find my first role in Analytics as an MI Analyst - at a great place, which I enjoy. She took the time to get to know me and my skills/qualifications to find a suitable and personalised role; and she also helped boost my confidence and interview skills. I would wholeheartedly recommend Sophie.


Bonita Cliff

Paddy and Helen are brilliant! They are friendly and helpful and found me an amazing job really quickly and kept in touch each step of the way with advice and support. Thanks guys


Daniel Jones

Would recommend forward role recruitment highly.

I'd been liaising with Sophie, a recruiter of forward role, for perhaps 2-3 weeks before I'd managed to secure and indeed pass my first professional interview.

I am now 6 months into my role and loving every minute of it.  The role is challenging and all the more satisfying and a massive thank you to Sophie Page for playing a pivotal 'role' in aiding me to securing this position.

Thank you Sophie, and thank you forward role.


Valerie Beresford

Forward Role have been really pro active and friendly. They are great listeners and are carefully following the market trends.

I would highly recommend them.

They have found me a perfect company match


Amirah Farag

Bradley is a rare mix of being super-efficient, personable and yet still professional and has been very supportive throughout my entire job search (which, I might add, only took about 10 days with Forward Role Recruitment). From the point of putting my CV forward to the first stage, and the subsequent final stage interview, he gave me helpful feedback which undoubtedly helped me to secure my new role (and I’m incredibly excited about it). If you want a recruiter who actively takes an interest in you, is honest about your prospects of getting the role you want, and will do his best to help you to secure it, then Bradley is your guy. Thanks so much for all your help, you’ve been an absolute dream to work with.


Khristine Gallagher

During my job search I worked with various people at Forward Role and what I've taken away from it is that everyone there is so dedicated, professional and lovely! I had so many interviews lined up (at great companies as well) - which meant that they were all committed towards finding me something that I would enjoy. As a candidate I felt valued and respected, which I think is such a breath of fresh air when you find yourself filling in 4-page data forms and waiting around for recruiters at bigger and perhaps more well-known agencies. I did work with other recruitment agencies during this time, but everyone's genuine enthusiasm and support at FR during my job search made them stand out above all others. Thank you so much Dan M and everyone at Forward Role for your support and for finding me a such worthwhile job!


Pete Henning-Lee

Surprised to find a recruiter (Grant Bodie in my case) who actually understands the IT market place, and able to both find suitable roles and proactively coach in preparation for interviews. Very happy to recommend Forward Role.


Beka Gough

Worked with Brad when moving in to a new role and he was so helpful. Lots of phone calls around the roles as well as being really supportive with pre interview calls and prep. Would definitely recommend working with him.


Inn Fong Koo-Tang

Outstanding service received from Brad. He took the time to understand my skill set and placed me in a great digital role.


Danny Short

Since day one my consultant Rachel Wheeler has been great in finding me my new role. She really worked with me to understand if certain roles would be the right fit & recommending me for the one we thought would work best. At interview she guided me through tricky questions & situations to make sure I didn’t come unstuck. Rachel has been a pleasure to work with friendly & supportive at every stage of the process & most importantly got me a great new role. Thanks again Rachel


Sarah Keedy

I can’t recommend Izzy highly enough for her skills as an exec recruiter.

I had the pleasure of working with Izzy during my most recent search process. She took the time to get to know me as an individual and proactively kept in touch throughout. Her investment in getting to know you as an individual enables her to recommend roles with the right personality and culture fit, as well as finding the right skills and industry match.

She’s a pleasure to work with and based on my personal experience as a candidate I’m confident that you would end up with the right role by working with Izzy and Forward Role.

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