Huddersfield-based recruitment agency Stafflex have announced the retirement of a long-serving and key member of staff, deputy managing director Maggie Netherwood.

Maggie, who steps down at the end of July, originally joined Stafflex in 2010 in a telemarketing sales role growing the business substantially in a short period of time.

A couple of years later, Maggie stepped up into the role of consultant for the newly-created office desk in which she initially helped shape through her telesales work.

In 2015 Maggie was promoted to the leadership team as sales and customer service director and was responsible for the sales performance across all of the teams, as well as mapping out a long-term sales strategy.

She then became the joint deputy MD in 2018 alongside colleague Abigail Stahelin-Hall.

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Maggie said: “I am immensely proud of my time at Stafflex and it’s extremely satisfying to know that all these years later, the business is still going from strength to strength.

“Stafflex has a cracking team and a fantastic future ahead – everyone has worked so hard throughout the pandemic to keep us afloat in a difficult period and I am delighted to step away knowing the business is in a strong position moving forward.

“I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead the sales team through such an exciting period in Stafflex’s history. Our growth strategy has come a long way with employee numbers now at 18 from nine in just over 10 years.

“I want to say thank you to all the wonderful clients, candidates and associates I have worked with over the years, and also a special mention to Brian (Stahelin) who has been mentor and a friend. It has been a privilege working with him.”

Brian Stahelin

Brian Stahelin, managing director at Stafflex, said: “Maggie has been an integral part of Stafflex’s growth and her strategic contributions have helped to leave the business in a much stronger position then when she joined.

“Maggie has successfully trained and managed a number of different teams adapting to the ever changing landscape of the recruitment industry.

“Her leadership skills will be greatly missed too. She has the ability to coach and motivate staff with innovative sales techniques so there is no doubting her influence has been significant.

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“Maggie has left behind a lasting legacy and a strong platform for us to build upon. We thank her for all she has done for the development and progress of Stafflex.

“We will certainly still keep her number in case she’d like to come back to work for the odd day!”

Asked what she will be doing with her retirement, Maggie said: “I plan to enjoy myself! I will be seeing a lot more of friends and family – in particular the grandchildren. I feel I need to make up for lost time having been in lockdown for over a year!

“I look forward to doing lots of walking and I will also be volunteering to help out with charity work to keep myself busy and to give back to our local community.”

Maggie has two children, three step-children and eight grandchildren and is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan.

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