About Us

Where it all started.

Our History makes us different; we were founded in 1961 through the desire to fulfil a need in the industry. When David Steele & Norman Dixon, both Retail Motor Industry Executives, launched Steele Dixon as “The Motor Trade Employment People”, a radical and unique concept at the time, Steele-Dixon became the first agency to specialise in automotive recruitment.

Steele-Dixon placed their first candidate in Africa in 1968 and in 1973 their first in the Middle East. Overseas recruitment now makes up 50% of Steele-Dixons business.

Steele-Dixon Associates was launched in 1985 to handle Confidential Senior, Executive and Head Hunting assignments. During the recession of the early 90’s there was a need for managers on short term contracts to help clients through the difficult times, thus Steele Dixon Interim Management was launched. Steele-Dixon Accounting was established in 1995 to work exclusively in the financial sector.

Many of the industry's leading recruiters trained or worked with Steele-Dixon, and our agency has been at the forefront of developing best practice for recruitment in the automotive sector.

Martin Steele joined his Father in 1970 and remained as MD until 2012 when his son Ed took over. Martin is still very much involved and will continue to be so, as one of the company’s greatest assets.

The identical need that begun Steele-Dixon, is still in place today, the market has changed and technology has influenced every aspect of the process however, the core of recruitment remains the same. Our clients need the best candidates and our candidates need the best jobs. Our aim has always been to create long term partnerships and to add real value to the recruitment process, through our commitment and expert knowledge.

But surely that's what everyone says?

Of course, but here is a few things that stop us from being just another recruitment company:

  • Our founders have left a lasting legacy that sets us apart from any other agency.
  • We are ambitious and believe whole heartedly that our relationship driven approach will prove more successful over time than a numbers driven standard recruitment model.
  • We want to have fun in the process. Shifting CVs around is not fun. Building relationships with our candidates and clients, something we only achieve by being genuine, honest people, is what really motivates us.

Where we are today

Now managed by the third generation of the Steele family, the agency is perfectly placed to assist both client & candidate in the ever changing world of modern recruitment. The lessons learnt from over half a century of recruitment in the sector have been passed down through the generations, allowing us to give a unique insight into your career or the requirements of your business. Our team of dedicated professionals cover the UK, Ireland, Europe, the Middle East, Far East, Australasia, Africa and the Caribbean. Our UK head office in Oxfordshire is supported by three regional offices in Glasgow, Staffordshire and Norfolk.


Relationships are the very foundations that Steele-Dixon is built upon. This is where we focus a lot of our energy. After all, we are in the business of starting relationships. In our line of work, great relationships are built on trust, great ability, mutual understanding and respect. It means honest feedback, really listening, knowing when to push and when to hold back.


Put your career in our hands and we'll take the responsibility seriously. We need to understand you, only then can we find the job/career you really want. Your job helps define who you are, thus it is always our aim to find you your ideal role. At least 30% of your life will be spent at work, it is therefore imperative you are in the right role, so you can be at your best! Recruitment is a partnership that requires commitment from both sides. We will always come back to you were possible with feedback or at the very least an update. However, if you think you have not heard from us, pick up the phone or drop us an email, communication is vital to keep the partnership working.


Half a century of working with the automotive sector means we understand our market. Our aim is to listen to your needs, find who you are looking for, give honest answers to your questions, enabling you to make the right decision for your business. We never send CVs without prequalification either by phone, Skype or face to face interviews. However, if we cannot find a candidate who fits the brief, we will not send anyone at all. We do not have time to waste looking at the wrong CVs, and we know you do not either. It is the candidates whom we do not send you that sets us apart.

We are a flexible, bespoke agency who can work under conditions others may be too rigid to accommodate. We thrive on building long term partnerships; the more we understand the culture of your business the easier it becomes to find the candidates that really fit. We operate 4 regional offices in Oxfordshire, Norfolk, Staffordshire and Glasgow, giving us national coverage at a local level.

Some of what we have said could be claimed by any agency, but consider this; when you look at a CV, is not a proven track record of year on year success, one of the most important factors to consider when making the all-important decision of who to hire? That is why we believe you should select Steele-Dixon, trusted experts, who truly love their work and take great pride in delivering the best possible service.


We take confidentiality very seriously. Our candidate archive is made up of 1000’s of CVs, each as important as the next. Candidates should take note; we never send your details to a client without your express permission, after all it is your CV not ours. Recruitment is about trust; we hope our track record will prove to you our commitment to protecting your identity and our clients’ interests. Many candidates will only register with us, a sign of respect we take very seriously. Trust is built up over time and we have gained the support of thousands of industry professionals over the years.


Recruitment is not an exact science it can take time, so please bear with us. If at any point you wonder why you have not heard from us, pick up the phone and contact a member of the team. We love talking and more importantly listening, so please get in touch and we will be only too happy to help.

Our Strengths

  • UK & Overseas Recruitment
  • Building relationships
  • Handling confidential assignments
  • Listening to your needs
  • Integrity in decisions
  • Creative solutions
  • Expert Knowledge
  • Flexibility
  • Heritage
  • We love what we do

The Team

Ed Steele – MD

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Ed Steele joined the team in February 2005. Ed represents the third generation of the Steele family and recently took over from Martin as MD. He recruits in all disciplines of the Motor Industry from manufacturers to dealerships, accountants to technicians.


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Keri Wright – Operations Manager

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Keri Wright joined Steele-Dixon in May 2013. Prior to this she spent 13 years working as a head hunter in the advertising industry. Formerly for the biggest global company in the market and latterly co-founding a new business which she and the partners grew into a premium recruiter.


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Neil Timms – Partner

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Neil manages recruitment in the West Midlands, North West and Yorkshire. Prior to joining Steele-Dixon in 2002 Neil had extensive experience with PLC Groups and Car Supermarkets in senior management and group positions in sales, finance and operational development. Neil is able to offer a personalised local service to prospective clients and candidates in the area.


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Alison Garfield – Partner

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Allison has been with Steele-Dixon since 1996. Allison heads up the Overseas department. She specialises in placing candidates all over the world and is a real authority on working in the Automotive Industry overseas.


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Neil Taylor-Smith – Partner

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Hannah Taylor – Office Manager

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Martin Steele – Chairman

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Martin joined his father David Steele at Steele-Dixon in the early 1970’s and was Managing Director for 20 years. Martin has now moved into the role of Chairman supporting the rest of the team and working on specific confidential briefs. Martin is one of the most experienced recruiters in the Automotive Industry and is still very much involved in the running of Steele-Dixon.


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