Ann Swain has been the chief executive of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies since 1999. The trade body supports the needs of recruitment firms operating in professional staffing sectors in the UK, Asia Pacific and Germany. Swain has more than 20 years’ recruitment experience and is a leading commentator on professional recruitment trends, the co-author of the best-selling Professional Recruiter’s Handbook and speaks frequently at UK and international recruitment conferences. She appears in the 2017 docuseries Top Recruiter 5; North America v. Europe, as chair of the European team. In 2009, she accepted a fellowship from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children charity in recognition of her outstanding work to support vulnerable children in the UK.