Candour - noun [U] UK (US Candor) the quality of being open and honest; frankness: a man of refreshing candour

When we sat down in 2014 and decided we wanted to bring something slightly different to the already congested world of Technology Recruitment, it wasn’t easy to come up with a single word to hammer home how we wanted to try to operate in an industry so often associated with the exact opposite of honesty and openness.

But we believe we got it just about right.

As a business, we constantly strive to be as frank, honest and upfront as we possibly can with both our clients and candidates alike to ensure the process of recruiting the ideal professional is as painless as it can be; every time.

Clients can expect a forthright appraisal of their requirements outlining any potential issues and pitfalls from the outset as well as where our years of experience might assist in ensuring the recruitment process is as uncomplicated as possible. We will tell you from the offset if we genuinely feel we can’t help and point you in the right direction where we can.

Candidates will only ever be offered the potential of a seamless route to their ideal career move without having to navigate what can often become an agency minefield.

You won’t hear us asking for references or your managers phone number before we put your application forward and we’re always on the end of the phone to help with your queries at any stage of the process. We make a point of always providing feedback once we’re handling your application and we’ll still be chatting to you long after the process has run its’ course – successfully or otherwise.

Meet #TeamCandour...

Stephen Beech - Director

Stephen has been immersed in recruiting tech talent since 1998 when CVs were submitted via Royal Mail and Messrs Larry & Sergey were only just putting together their game changing business idea. Initially assigned to the Progress 4GL & Informix markets, his exposure nowadays is a little more current and he has over the years amassed enviable experience developing new business & managing significant campaigns. In 2014 he, along with then colleague Richard, decided he wanted to form a recruitment company that focussed on a different ethos to the big corporates of the time with an emphasis on people, not profit.

In his role as Director, Stephen remains a hands-on recruiter as well as leading the Business Development side of Candour ensuring as many of the organisations we know we can help as possible hear about the way we do things. In addition, he also ensures that some of our key clients are receiving the quality service they deserve and takes ownership of the training side for new “Candourians”.

Outside of work, Stephen has the misfortune (for the time being at least!) of keeping up with the travails of Arsenal FC but has increasingly seen his time (and that of his partner and daughter) monpolised by his excitable young Vizsla puppy, Ruby.

Richard Padget - Director

After nearly a decade spent harnessing his creative spirit in the kitchens, Richard eventually sought to expand his horizons away from the catering industry (missing watching his beloved Man UTD every weekend had finally taken its’ toll!)

Moving into the legal profession, he quickly progressed from admin assistant to no.1 fee earner in the business before being enticed to apply his thirst for further success to the recruitment industry. 

As with everyone at Candour, he remains a hands-on recruiter coupled with the handling of key accounts within the business and ensuring the candidate experience for everyone we engage with is second to none. Fiercely proud of his no nonsense approach to recruitment, he has a decade long track record of unearthing some of the trickiest to source talent across the entire technical spectrum.

When it comes to free time, aside from keeping his cooking skills on point he's spent nearly two decades attempting to hit that magical single figure golf handicap - so far unsuccessfully. Recent years have seen his chances of reaching this milestone severely by the beautiful additions to his family: Ariella & Owen.


Harry Herbert - Prinicipal Consultant

With an educational background in Computer Systems and Networking, a career in technology recruitment seemed a natural next step for Harry following successfully applying his entrepreneurial skillset in both B2B sales and the digital agency space.

Always one to embrace a new challenge, he joined Candour in 2019 where his technical knowledge and natural flair for relationship building quickly saw him rise the ranks to the role of Principal Consultant. Harry prides himself on his integrity, his consumate straight-talking and never, ever shying away from keeping everyone he deals with completely up to date at all times. We've yet to hear of an evening or weekend call to Harry going unanswered!

Outside of office life, he still enjoy all things tech but the real apple of his eye is his gorgeous German Shepherd Tommy - truly this mans' best friend! 

Will Aldred - Consultant

A graduate of Liverpool John Moores University, Will entered the world of recruitment off the back of over 6 years’ business development experience across the office supplies & solutions industry. 

Despite nurturing a portfolio of fantastic, long-standing relationships in this arena he found himself desperate for a new challenge and joined Candour Solutions in early 2020 as a trainee Consultant.  

Excited to be in a role that would test his ability, Will has been tasked with the project of expanding Candours' reach across his familiar territory of the North West of England. 

His aim has been to develop innovative ways of securing new business whilst pledging the necessary time to gain a deep understanding of what each and every candidate wants from the recruitment process. He has quickly adapted to his new career focus and devotes himself to ensuring everyone he works with has nothing but a positive experience. 

Outside of work, he enjoys the rigours of keeping up his personal fitness which extends to his role as a semi-pro footballer - a good old-fashioned centre half by all accounts - as well as occasional work as a male model (yes, really!).

Jonathan Davies - Consultant

The background of Jonathan (or J-Dog as he’s affectionately known by #teamcandour) was always in health & fitness, a passion he maintains to date, as well as first class customer service both of which were essential ingredients in his early vocation as duty manager at DW Fitness.

When a career change beckoned, he honed his B2B sales skills with Convergys before looking for an environment where he could focus more on his people skills and devotion to helping others. He became the newest Candourian in late 2018 and a quick read through the references he has received since are testament to the endurance of his transferable skills.

Aside from his vocational pursuits, he holds a love of anime, music (usually a combination of the two!) and sports - mainly volleyball and football where he is currently basking the glory of LFCs’ recent Premier League title stroll.

The remainder of his spare time is spent caring for his growing menagerie which includes tarantulas, snakes, a gecko and a bearded dragon lovingly named Shenron. 

Harry Botton - Consultant

After graduating from Leeds Beckett University where he pursued his passion for fitness through a degree in Sports, Physical Activity & Nutritional Sciences, Harry sought to apply his tenacity and competitive spirit to a different vocation when he  embarked on a career in recruitment. 

After a brief stint with an agency in Leeds, the local Timperley lad "came home" in September of 2019 to continue his career with Candour and hasn't looked back since.”

Specialising in the placement of web developers, he has spent many an hour getting up to speed with the relevant technical parlance ensuring he can comfortabley hold detailed conversations to fully understand both client and candidates' requirements (don’t get him started on Magento honestly, don’t).

Plying his trade across several individual and team sports has afforded him the complete skill set to ensure both team and independent goals are attained while keeping spirits high through the enevitable knockbacks this industry brings.

Another follower of the Gunners (why!?) he remains an avid follower of health & fitness and holds his hands up to the occasional all night session playing Call of Duty!