Meet The Team

Kelly Dunn

Kelly Dunn

Managing Director, Temporary and Permanent Jobs across North Yorkshire.

Hello, I’m Kelly, the founder of KD Recruitment. Here’s a little bit about me, and why I believe our recruitment agency is pretty special.

Before KDR, I’d worked in recruitment for many years, starting as a recruitment consultant and working my way up to a senior manager in a large international corporate recruitment agency. I loved working with people but felt there was a need for a more personalised approach to recruitment. So, I launched KD Recruitment built on the principle that we help employers achieve their goals through strategic recruitment and retention.  Candidates are matched to companies they want to work for with the right culture and with similar values, so they enjoy their work and their workplace. The result is employees stay with companies longer and staff retention rates improve.

I believe it is important to uphold the highest standards and values and strive to improve the recruitment industry as a whole. That’s why KD Recruitment is a REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) compliant organisation, and I continue to work at regional level to share best practice across the sector. We uphold the REC core principles and standards, and work to their code of practice which gives us focus and accountability which is great for our clients.

Our business is built on the team’s shared values of going the extra mile for all our employers and candidates. We have the power to change people’s lives and we are all passionate about finding employers the best talent, and candidates their dream roles.

Drop me a line and let’s chat about how KDR can help your business.

Scarborough: 01723 313505

York: 01904 862642

Building Better Futures across North and East Yorkshire

Board Member of NYBEP; providing careers advice to schools and nurturing talent for the future. Promoting STEM jobs across the region.

  • School Governor
  • York Professionals Board Member
  • NYBEP (North Yorkshire Business and Education Partnership) Board Member
  • Scarborough Business Ambassadors Associate
  • Federation of Small Businesses Member
  • Charities supported: St Catherine’s Hospice, Children in Need, Comic Relief, RSPCA, Samaritans and MND Association
  • International Women’s Day

Greatest achievement: Setting up and running a business whilst also being a mum and a carer.  I am great at spinning plates!

Three words to describe you: Passionate, professional, caring.

Superpower: Juggling (not just a plate spinner, I am a trained performer.)

Shannon Saltmer

Shannon Saltmer


Hello!  I’m Shannon, the newest KDR recruit. I look after compliance which means I do all the checks, such as candidate ID and eligibility to work, making sure candidates are vetted prior to being accepted by our agency. I’m referred to as the “backbone of the team”, which is a lovely compliment, as I’m told this is because my work makes a massively positive impact on candidates and the roles that they find through us.

I also manage KDR’s social media channels ensuring you all get to hear about the latest news from the team.

I began my journey with KDR as a candidate looking for work. When I was going through the registration process Kelly realised my values aligned with those of the  business and interviewed me for my current role. The rest you could say is history.

I’m based in the Scarborough office so call in or get in touch.

Scarborough: 01723 313505

Building Better Futures across North and East Yorkshire

Greatest achievement: Completing my Business Administrator Apprenticeship

Three words to describe you: Outgoing, positive, fun-loving.

Superpower: I’m a super fast worker and get things done!

“Cathy was my go-to lady. She was lovely to talk to and is brilliant at what she does. I was desperate to get out of my old job but couldn’t sit for weeks without an income. She got me a job interview within about a week, and I managed to successfully get the said job. I couldn’t recommend KD Recruitment and Cathy more. They go above and beyond to help and the after-service is top-notch, checking in to make sure that I had received all the relevant documents and that it was all as agreed. Great work, keep it up!”

Cathy Wood

Cathy Wood

Senior Recruitment Consultant, Temporary and Permanent Jobs across East Yorkshire.

Hi, I’m Cathy and I work closely with candidates and employers across the East Yorkshire region, so we’ll get to know each other well when you work with KD Recruitment.

I’ve not always specialised in recruitment, in fact when I joined KDR I had already worked in manufacturing and engineering organisations in addition to financial services, in a variety of roles including call centre operative, administration, credit control, sales and customer services, training and management; having a varied career has given me insight into the different areas of a business – I know what’s important and where we can help.

I love working at KDR, as I believe we make a difference to businesses and to people’s lives.

I work closely with clients across East Yorkshire, understanding their business, culture, and their future goals, as well as making sure that I know everything about the vacancy. Having a thorough knowledge of all our candidates means I can make suitable introductions. At the end of the day, it’s about the people not the CV. It’s a great feeling when you know you’ve placed a candidate in a role where they can flourish.

I am very driven and have completed several marathons and endurance races for charities; I cycled 1000 miles for the MND association in August 2022 and I’m always on the lookout for the next challenge.

Get in touch. I’d love to help you.

Hull: 01482 762199

Scarborough: 01723 313505

Building Better Futures across East Yorkshire

  • Age UK North Yorkshire Coast and Moors Board Member
  • Befriender Volunteer
  • The Business Culture Hull
  • Federation of Small Businesses Member
  • LSIP’s (Local Skills and Improvement Plans) Board Member for East Yorkshire and the Humber

Greatest achievement: I ran the Chester marathon in less than 3 hours.

Three words to describe you: Trusted, driven, compassionate.

Superpower: Dog whisperer; over the years I’ve adopted a number of rescue dogs from overseas charities.

Jenna Bowman

Jenna Bowman

Talent Coordinator

I’m Jenna and I source and select the best talent from around North and East Yorkshire, and then work with Kelly and Cathy to match candidates to suitable companies and roles. I began my career at KDR as administrator and have since progressed to Talent Coordinator in 2023, a role that I love.

Previously, I worked for the NHS with responsibility for rotas and compliance, and prior to this, I was a flight attendant for Emirates, living for several years in Dubai.  I love travelling and also spent a couple of years catering for touring musicians including Sir Elton John and Cold Play!

I am a stickler for high standards and believe in providing a first-rate service. Our clients and candidates deserve the very best and that’s what they get from KDR.

If you are looking for a change or want to find your perfect job, then give me a call.

Scarborough: 01723 313505

Building Better Futures across North and East Yorkshire

  •  School Careers Fairs
  • Job Fairs
  • School mock interviews

Greatest achievement: Traveling the world. Hiking the Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand, sky diving in Taupo and bungee jumping in Cairns.

Three words to describe you: Calm, easy going, fun.

Superpower : I can inject fun into every situation.

“Having been contacted directly by Kelly regarding a role that maybe of interest, she explored and listened to my current situation and my top 3 must-haves. Instead of just presenting the package available, Kelly explained the role and had a thorough understanding of what the position entailed & the challenges, which helped my decision making. Her communication throughout was beyond my expectation and went above and beyond any previous experiences I have had with recruitment agencies throughout my professional life. My previous experience has been that the approach is purely about filling a vacancy & securing the finders fee rather than what’s best for the employer and candidate. I felt she was truly working for me and not just the potential employer. She matched my skills and experience to the role and subsequently helped negotiate the package and achieve my must-haves, even though I wasn’t actively seeking a new role. Her communication post job offer, acceptance, notice period, start date and beyond has been supportive, honest and reassuring.”

Whether you are looking to fill a HR job for your business in Hull, an administrator for your team in Scarborough or a PA to work with your director in York, KD Recruitment are here to source the best talent around.


An unmatched recruitment solution

The calibre of our recruitment agencies team is the reason why we are successful. We are not only knowledgeable and tenacious, but we also have a huge passion for our work, and this shines through at every level. KD Recruitment is ingrained with a service culture that places a huge importance on honesty and integrity in all communications.

Continual evolution is a key characteristic of the recruitment industry, and you can rely on KD Recruitment to embrace and adapt to changes across multiple sectors, providing you with a recruitment solution which is equipped for the modern day.

Our Core Values - What's important to us.

Honesty and Integrity

Honesty and integrity are at the heart of everything we do, and we always work in our clients’ best interests, it’s one of the reasons we believe our clients stay with KD Recruitment. Our clients trust us to provide a first-class service and we work closely with them, keeping them informed and updated throughout the recruitment process.


We are passionate about changing lives, for our candidates and our clients. Success means matching the right candidate to their ideal job and finding employees for our client who bring value to their businesses.

Delivering Excellence

Excellence for us means delivering an exceptional service, at all times, to all clients and candidates. Our service delivery sets us apart from other recruiters and we always go the extra mile.

We never stop learning

We believe in continuous learning and keep up- to-date with any changes within the recruitment industry and the legislation that surrounds it. We also ensure we are fully knowledgeable of the sectors our clients work in, and advise on market changes as well as salary guidance, CV, and interview preparation.

Social Responsibility

We give back to the communities in which we live and work, both at a personal and business level; this includes our help and expertise, financial support or simply our time. The important thing is that we are helping to make a difference.

Our Charities

We choose charities that have meaning to the team at KDR.  Here’s some information on who we’re supporting this year. Please help and get involved.

 St Catherine’s Hospice

We are excited to have launched an initiative to provide support to St Catherine’s Hospice and will donate £50.00 to this essential local charity for every placement made during 2023.

Children in Need

We support  Children in Need every year and last year we organised a bake sale here at Woodend; our neighbouring businesses jumped on board and we raised over £400.

Comic Relief

We love doing something funny for money so Red Nose gives us the perfect opportunity. We’ve taken part in red nose and spoon races….


Cathy Wood, our Senior Recruiter and fitness fanatic, jumped on her bike and rode 1000km in August 2022, raising funds for this wonderful charity. That’s pedalling more than 32km every day.


Raising money by getting caked! In the past we held a bake sale; this year we took part in a 5-mile tough mudda and got caked in mud whilst raising money for the RSPCA in Hull. We’re passionate about animals so all the team took part.

Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale MIND

Our clients and their four-legged friends joined us for this important charity fund raiser, which included a dog walk and fun agility course.

Other Charities Supported:


Miscarriage Association 

“As a local independent charity, we don’t have the luxury of paid HR staff. So when the vacancy arose for a deputy manager, we acknowledged that this key appointment was too important to leave to chance or our own limited skills. The trustees decided that it was essential to employ the help of experienced and trained recruiters. From the first point of contact with Kelly and her team, we felt that we were in very safe and capable hands. She was professional, patient and very knowledgeable, taking time to get to know about our organisation, what we do, who our users are, and how the role of deputy manager fits into the great scheme of things. If we came up against a problem, Kelly was always on hand to offer advice or call into the office to talk things through.

Having been guided smoothly through the process by KD Recruitment, we were able to successfully appoint the perfect candidate. A worthwhile investment in our charity’s future.”


Are you looking to Hire?

Building the right team is essential for long-term growth. Get on board with KD Recruitment and give yourself the best chance of finding the right talent for your organisation.

Are you looking for a job?

Taking the next meaningful step in your career is never too soon. Browse our job board today for some exciting opportunities, or register your CV today and receive a call back from us.