Charlotte Northam

Charlotte started with the STR Group in 2016 as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant for our Built Environment brand, Stride.

Starting out

“I’ve always had a passion for fitness from an early age and when I finished school my focus naturally was to work within the fitness industry. I studied to be a fitness instructor and a sports massage therapist at Southdowns College, and secured an apprenticeship alongside my studies to be a personal trainer with Roko Health Club.

I left Roko to join the army. I passed selection with an A Grade for a female within the Royal Artillery (which is good apparently), but after 6 months of thinking about leaving my family I decided this career was not a good move for me.

I then spent another 2 and a half years at Nuffield. Most of my time at Nuffield was spent motivating people during LES MILLS classes such as Body Combat and Grit.

After a total of 5 years in the Fitness industry, I wanted to try something different. I felt that I had reached the ceiling in the fitness industry and I had no more room to progress. I wanted to drive my career forward in something that could be equally rewarding but give me that new challenge. I was approached by a recruitment agency, where they spoke to me about a possible career as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant. I was with this recruitment agency for 6 months and although I enjoyed the recruitment industry, I felt that that level of recruitment was not for me – which is when my career at STR began.”

It’s not all about work

Why the STR Group?

“When I decided to change my career and work in recruitment I wanted to work somewhere I could feel I am part of something and have the opportunity to develop. I’ve always needed a goal, a focus, something I could aim towards. I really felt that the opportunity STR were offering me was genuine – at my interview I really bought into what the company is trying to achieve. It was clear from the very start of my career that the opportunity at STR is endless and in under 3 years I have been promoted 3 times and now have a personal development plan to reach Operations Manager.”

Charlotte’s Journey

  • Apr 2016Trainee Recruitment Consultant
  • May 2017Level 3 Recruitment Consultant
  • Dec 2017 Senior Recruitment Consultant
  • May 2018Lead Recruitment Consultant


A note from Charlotte

“STR provides endless open opportunities for people who really want to drive their career forward. Recruitment isn’t easy, but the rewards, incentives and achieving your career goals makes up for it.”


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