Staff Biographies

Saffron Collins-Cooper

Talking about myself isn’t something I like … but here goes!

I have always been quite independent, I’m very stubborn in certain situations and as the girls say here, I get too emotionally involved with ‘sweaty palms’ when things are getting intense…

I’m a clear Cancerian (a crabby, emotional wreck who wears her heart on her sleeve – and that was before having a baby!)

My career started out after leaving University and I joined a 5* hotel on their Graduate Management Scheme, running round like a headless chicken on a daily basis, stressing about staffing issues, missed deliveries and the continuous Customer satisfaction, I knew that 5 years later when I decided to leave the Hospitality Industry I needed a new pathway that would equally keep me on my toes.. And Recruitment certainly does that!!

The job is a rollercoaster, it’s an infectious buzz with incredibly high weeks and then weeks that send you to the bottom of a bottle (or two) of wine, but that’s the beauty of working with people… you just never know what’s going to happen next. However, the team you have around you is the key to staying afloat in my opinion and I’m lucky to have found Contrast as my work family.

In my personal life, my family and friends are everything!

I’ve enjoyed the early years with my girls on the dance floor until the AM hours, making endless memories… now we have all hit the 30 mark instead of fake tan, eyelashes, LBD’s and boy drama – we are organising weddings, hen do’s, baby showers, talking about what bargains we’ve managed to find in the bargain aisle of Aldi, and looking forward to bed at 9pm.

After meeting my very own partner-in-crime over 5 years ago, we saw 2019 as the year we welcomed our first-born daughter Harper-Beau, 2020 amidst the multiple lockdowns we moved to our family home, brought home our new fur-baby Ted (a high energy but totally loving Cocker Spaniel) and 2021 will see us meet our second little girl.

It has certainly been a busy 3 years; I wonder what 2022 will have in store? Jokes! It will be me returning to our Contrast family and firmly parking my bottom on the chair!

Nat Bailey

Spending time with my family (I have 3 children age 9 and 3 and a big fur baby, Roxy (GSD x Husky) and another little girly on the way!) outside and having fun is the best thing to do after a hard-working week in Contrast Towers! Being from a farming background and growing up in a house full of men I have a passion for DIY (NOT flat pack furniture) and starting (and sometimes finishing) projects.

I started my working life in retail and quickly realised it wasn’t for me, so I started my first office job in a PPI call centre (tssss), towards the end of my career here I managed a call centre of around 30 salespeople. I then went on to car finance and thoroughly enjoyed the automotive industry but wanted to start my own venture in dog walking and home boarding, although a very successful business the arrival of my little girl meant me going on maternity and then picking up where I left off in an office environment. Kate gave me a chance and now here I am 2 years later working with the best bunch of girls I’ve had the pleasure of meeting (that’s about as sentimental as I’ll ever get)!

I love talking to salespeople so agreed with Kate this would be where my focus would lie – in all sales roles. From Lead Gen & Customer Service to Business Development Managers and Sales Directors. I love doing a 360 role in recruitment I tend to spend my time looking for GOOD companies to work with and sales people who I can really get behind, if I believe in you then we will find you a role or your company the best sales people – let’s be honest good sales people are worth their weight in gold.

So, to wrap it up Kate told us we had to say how amazing it is to work here at Contrast HA! She didn’t but it is true, again cheese alert but the girls are like a second family – we get stuck in and work hard together as a team. What more could you ask for…apart from a water fountain full of prosecco or even better Coors light for the rough days. I can honestly say that I love working here, don’t get me wrong it’s hard and you absolutely have to roll with the punches but with a team who pick you up when you’re low it’s pretty easy to bounce back fighting – it also helps being 7 months pregnant with the bounce!

Tom Walton

I am the Business Manager at Contrast and have over 17 years of experience recruiting across temporary and permanent markets placing highly qualified professionals in the IT, Construction and Healthcare industries. Currently I am focused on growing the Contrast business by developing our internal talent in their sector specialisms as well as providing a value-add service to businesses across the Cheshire and Staffordshire regions. I prides myself on understanding the needs of our clients by spending time to get to know their technical and cultural requirements and matching that with like-minded local talent. Businesses in the area can reach out with their requirements, confident of a tailored and personal approach.

Now residing in Staffordshire but originally from South London I, like many, ‘fell into recruitment’ after postgraduate studies and always enjoyed the diverse range of people you come into contact with whilst doing this job. Having the opportunity to assist individuals achieve their career aspirations as well as providing a customer centric approach to clients has always given me great satisfaction. Outside of working life I enjoy family trips to the cinema (with my wife and boys who are all self-confessed sci-fi nerds) and sinking the occasional ale with friends – ideally locally brewed of course!

Kate Pexton

I am Kate and I founded Contrast in November 2014 after 18 years in recruitment; a large part of that period recruiting for recruitment businesses globally. I know a bit about people and my interest in communication from an early age spurred me to study Languages at University. I have a naturally helpful nature and coupled with my (slightly) competitive attitude and general lust for life; a role where no two days are the same is perfect for me. Weirdly, I don’t ever think of what I do as a “job”, or “work” as I love what I do, and I love it when people around me love what they do.

Outside of my recruitment passion, I am Mother to the most wonderful human, Bobbie, and I have been with my husband for 25 years. I grew up on a farm in Yorkshire and am happiest when in the countryside surrounded by my family and animals. I have a big, slobbery boxer called Fergus and 2 horses. At the weekend I can mainly be found show jumping or on the yard with my equestrian family. Highlights of the year are Badminton horse trials, where 5 of us make the annual descent, and Driffield show (which everyone in the office knows is the third Wednesday in July; woe betide anyone who books anything into my diary on THAT day….)