Carmen Watson, chair and managing director of Pertemps, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award last year by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s Institute of Recruitment Professionals. She was also named Director of the Year in the West Midlands in 2018 by the Institute of Directors. Watson joined Pertemps in 1976 as a secretary. From 1983 to 2000, she was responsible for the corporate business team and turnover grew to £323 million from £32 million. One of the foremost speakers on the value of women in the boardroom, Watson is a board member at the Race for Opportunity charity.