About The Human Group

Personable, approachable and passionate about people.

Believe in the human approach.

The Human Group are dedicated to finding the right people for the right roles.

We pride ourselves on our honest approach and our ability to put the right people in the right places.

Recruitment is all about building relationships, getting to know candidates and clients and helping them achieve their personal career ambitions and business goals.

Our human approach and sound knowledge of the recruitment sector, which spans over 30 years, results in candidates and employers building long lasting relationships with us, and ultimately us finding you the right career or person to fill your vacancies.

We specialise in Temporary and Permanent Recruitment, Head Hunting, Payroll Processing, HR Consultancy and many more if you would like any Recruitment or HR Support please contact us info@thehumangroup.org.uk and we would be happy to assit you


Meet the Team

Jo Hand

Managing Director & Business Owner

Jo has 30 years’ experience in the recruitment sector, with her roles starting at Consultant level and working up to Senior Management. On top of this, Jo also has 13 years’ experience as a Business Owner and Managing Director in recruitment business. In 2013, Jo won the Susan Dobson North East Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award, for her business Jo Hand Recruitment. Jo rebranded and started the Human Group in 2017- a developing force in the recruitment sector,  which has customers across the UK and is fresh from winning a national contract to provide clerical and domestic staff to NHS hospitals.


Marion Dobson

Finance Manager

Marion has 45 years’ experience working in the Accountancy sector, with duties including book-keeping, weekly/monthly wages and banking. Marion prides herself in only having 5 jobs in her 45-year working history, staying loyal to all the companies she has worked at. Her experiences range from manual book-keeping and double entry accounts balancing to using the current computer systems. In 2017, the company Marion worked for closed due to retirement, so Marion put her CV out there. Very soon after Jo contacted her for an interview and in March 2017, Marion started at the Human Group as Finance Manager.


Nicola O’Hara

Operations Manager

Nicola worked in the Travel industry for 10 years, working her way up to Branch Manager. She then moved into Recruitment for 2 years, working for our MD Jo at the previous company, Jo Hand Recruitment. Nicola then started working in Welfare to Work covering a variation of job roles including Managment.  Nicola worked in this industry for 9 years on various back to work programmes supporting long term un-employed customers get back into employment. In late 2018, Nicola joined the Human Group as Operations Manager. Nicola’s qualifications include Customer Service/Travel and Tourism/Information, Advice and Guidance and Management.


Claire Pollock

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Claire worked in Recruitment for 4 years, before starting work in the Welfare to Work sector for 12 years. Here, Claire started as a Job Coach and progressed to an Employment Advisor then to Senior Employment Advisor. She has returned to Recruitment in March 2019 where she has joined the Human Group as a Senior Recruitment Consultant. Claire has gained various qualifications over the years, including NVQ Level 3’s in Information, Advice and Guidance, Customer Service and Management.


Jane Shutt

PA to the MD/Recruiter

Jane previously worked for The Human Group and has returned to the team in February 2020 as a recruiter, however recently Jane has taken on the role as PA to the MD.  Jane has 20+ years Customer Service experience having worked in the hotel and beauty sector. In her past role, Jane was solely in charge of the recruitment for the Academy, as well as completing all of the Administration duties for the company.


Lynsey Newsome

Account Manager

Lynsey has over 10 years’ experience in the Leisure and Entertainment industry, working in the UK and overseas. After the company she worked for unfortunately went into administration, Lynsey was on the lookout for a new challenge.  Lynsey joined The Human Group in February 2020 as our Account Manager working with all of our valued active clients and prospective clients. Having been a part of the management, customer relations and recruitment teams in her previous jobs, Lynsey has a passion for people and business with a desire towards growth and development of both.



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