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Karen McCurdy


Phone: 0161 969 9700

Director and Recruitment Manager for the South of England, West Midlands and Northern Ireland

Born in Northern Ireland, Karen Joined Advance Recruitment in 1997 after graduating from the University of St Andrews with a degree in Molecular Biology. Since then has recruited for all levels of the medical sales industry from graduate to medical reps, sales managers to director level.

In an office full of die hard football fans, Karen is proud to say she has no interest in football whatsoever. She is a fan of boxing though, and is happy to throw a few punches at her kickboxing class. Her great passion is conservation and the environment, and she is often found tending to any passing waif and stray animal! 

Dave Johnson


Phone: 0161 969 9700

Director and Recruitment Manager for Scotland, the North of England and East Midlands

Dave has been with Advance Recruitment for 16 years.  Dave supports Everton FC and his idol is Duncan Ferguson. He is an American sports fanatic and follows the NY Giants, the LA Dodgers and NY Knicks. He likes his music to be guitar based especially Oasis, Guns'N'Roses  and the Counting Crows. He is a fan of all things America such as classic cars (Mustangs) and his favourite destinations are New York, L.A. and San Francisco.

Liv Riley-Joyce

Business Manager (Graduate division)

Phone: 0161 969 9700

Before joining Advance, Liv gained her A/AS Levels in Psychology, English Literature, English Language, Geography and General Studies at Altrincham Girls Grammar School. She worked throughout her academic studies, which included positions with LeadX and The Co-Operative Group. 

Liv joined the Advance Recruitment team in December 2012. She began her journey as an Business and Administration apprentice before moving into her first recruitment resourcing role upon completion. She specialises in entry level recruitment, helping candidates make the break into the medical sales industry. Now working as a Business Manager, this also encompasses business development, and working with clients on a key account management basis. She has also completed the Professional IOR Certificate in Agency Recruiting Level 3.

Liv is a huge Manchester City fan and goes to every home game. She completed the Great Manchester run in 2015 to raise money for St. Ann's Hospice. She is currently learning Spanish in her spare time!

Clare Brennan

Resourcing Manager and Administrator

Phone: 0161 969 9700

A versatile and knowledgable candidate resourcer and administrator offering support to the team using 16 years' experience gained initially as an admin assistant, administrator and office manager. Clare has worked for Advance Recruitment for 14 years, prior to which she spent 9 years working for a leading estate agency. 

A big football fan, she is a season ticket holder at her local club, Altrincham FC. She also loves (very) loud music and enjoys gigs and festivals.