Meet the team

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Our approachable team at Wote Street People has nearly 70 years of recruitment experience between us! Highly knowledgeable about the Basingstoke recruitment market, we can help you with all your employment needs. Wote Street People is a member of TEAM (the largest network of independent recruiters in the UK), which means we get more visibility of additional jobs and candidates. This helps us find the perfect match between candidate and employer. Here is a little more about us. If you want to get to know us even better, give us a call or pop in.

Meta Oxley-Vale

Managing Director

Meta – As a yacht master is the captain of the good ship Wote Street People and certainly isn’t afraid of a challenge. With nearly 30 years’ experience in the recruitment business, she not only knows how to navigate any situation in all types of weather; she views trouble shooting and problem solving assignments as positive winds of change.

What Meta loves most about recruitment is that no two days are the same. Her previous experience as a Sales Manager in the drinks industry means she strives constantly to help you achieve meaningful and tangible results.

In a film of her life, Meta says she’d like to be played by the energetic and ambitious pop icon, Madonna, although she prefers swinging (a golf club) to singing!

What does Meta think it takes to be a great recruiter? Excellent listening skills and being able to multi-task.

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Maxine Hart

Operations Director

Maxine knows her apples. Her first ever job at a greengrocer taught her the art of consistently fantastic customer service and she has since perfected those communication skills in a diverse range of roles: optician’s assistant, merchandiser, family co-ordinator with HM Forces, and team leader in a call centre.

Maxine actually wanted to be a mad scientist when she grew up, but with such a kind, easy-going nature (not to mention a sense of humour as cracking as her Christmas pud) we’re happy this great listener ended up in recruitment with us.

If Maxine could have any superpower, she would like to be in two places at once, like Hermione from Harry Potter. Her most important achievement at Wote Street People? Putting together a perfectly-matched team who are excellent at what they do.

Tracy Fisher

Account Manager

Tracy’s morning theme song is Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen, suiting her persistent, hardworking personality perfectly. Naturally inquisitive, it’s no surprise that Tracy once wanted to be a journalist.

Being a reflective thinker, she’s is always looking for the answers. But don’t be fooled by her analytical exterior; underneath lurks an animal-loving, crochet whizz whose dream is to swim with dolphins and walk with wolves.

Tracy’s previous roles have included telephone counsellor and HR officer and what she loves most about recruitment is matching compatible people and businesses.

Tracy looks after our finance, insurance and HR clients.

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Matthew Bennett

Recruitment Manager

Matt is the eternal optimist and always brings a fresh perspective to the table as well as bags of team spirit. When he grows up, Matt wants to be Robin Hood and is always looking for innovative solutions to help others tackle challenging assignments.

Years of experience in account management have made him proactive and results-driven; always focused on opening doors and developing relationships within the local business community.

Matt also used to be a chef, so he’s used to life in the fast lane (but he’s been a bit slow with our invitations to Sunday dinner!).

Matt looks after our IT, technical and engineering clients.

Madelaine Allen

Account Manager

Madelaine’s superpower would be “to make everyone happy” and that sums her up beautifully.

Her former roles as hairdresser and aerobics instructor prepared this diplomatic Account Manager to relate to people from all walks of life – and it’s the variety that she loves most about her job at Wote Street People (Mad once had to recruit for a butler in the buff!).

Bubbly by nature, Madelaine burns off all that excess energy by hula hooping, mountain climbing, and kayaking. Her perfect weekend would involve cooking a curry for her family or taking a trip in her beloved campervan.

Madelaine looks after our logistics, PR and marketing clients.

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Kyra Wallace

Apprentice Recruiter

Gregarious, charismatic Kyra is our newest recruit, joining us from a retail and hospitality background, to which she credits her patience and ability to talk to anyone and everyone.

She certainly won us over on day one with her infectious charm and enthusiasm. We know we can always depend on Kyra to see every project through to the end.

What does she love most about working at Wote Street People? Building valuable recruitment experience as part of a team that always looks on the bright side of life. That’s not her morning theme song though, she prefers Justin Bieber and Drake.

Kyra looks after our temporary contracts.

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You never know where a temp job might take your career

Sixteen years ago, I was doing a temping job as a receptionist when the owner of the agency approached me to see if I fancied a go at recruitment. Always open to opportunity, I said yes.  Here we are 16 years later and I’m the Operations Director at Wote Street People.  Now, I could tell[…..]

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Educate employers about benefits of older workers

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Feeling hot, hot, hot?

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