Nigel Heap is regional managing director at Hays, responsible for the UK, Ireland, EMEA and Australia/New Zealand businesses. He joined Hays UK in 1988 as a trainee consultant. By 1997, he was managing director of Hays Australia, and subsequently expanded operations to New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. Heap became managing director of Asia Pacific in 2006 and has been UK & Ireland managing director and chairman of the Asia Pacific business since 2012. In 2017, he assumed responsibility for 11 countries in Europe and the Middle East as well as the UK. In July 2018, Heap appointed a new managing director for Hays’ UK and Ireland business, but he retains responsibility for that region as well as EMEA and Australia/New Zealand businesses on the Hays management board.
Albert Ellis is the CEO of Harvey Nash Group, a global leadership, technology recruitment and IT solutions firm with operations in the USA, mainland Europe and Asia Pacific. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Ellis has a passion for recruitment and the value top talent can add to growing businesses. Harvey Nash was taken private by its largest shareholder, Dbay Advisors, in a $125 million deal during 2018. The company generated record revenue of over $1.2 billion in 2018 and made two acquisitions during the year. Ellis joined Harvey Nash from Hays in 1998, initially as finance director and later appointed as CEO.
Stefano Scabbio, president of Southern and Eastern Europe for ManpowerGroup and global brand leader for ManpowerGroup Solutions, is passionate about helping people become more employable and developing in-demand skills while connecting businesses with the talent they need to succeed. He was appointed president of Mediterranean, Northern and Eastern Europe for ManpowerGroup in June 2017, responsible for driving innovative solutions, including digital, while leading the company’s largest region. Scabbio regularly leads discussions on workforce strategy, skills development and upskilling people in Europe for the digital age, including at the World Economic Forum annual meeting and in media including Financial Times, Reuters and Bloomberg.
Under the guidance of its CEO Sergey Salikov, Ancor Holding completed a rebranding last year that underscores its new focus on digital and HR advanced technologies. Ancor counts five strategic business units across five countries and serves 1,600 clients. Consolidated revenue for 2018 exceeded US$230 million. Salikov joined Ancor Holding in 1994. He became CEO in 2008 after developing the firm into one of the largest recruitment and staffing services companies in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States countries. Salikov for six years has ranked among the Top 1,000 Russian Managers by the Association of Managers and Kommersant Publishing House; he was featured in the top 250 senior managers in the Professional Services segment.
Frank Farrelly is COO and co-founder of Sigmar Recruitment; he oversees 140 recruitment professionals across 14 specialist teams. Since the company’s management buy-out in 2009, he helped grow the company fivefold. In 2018, the company launched Sigmar IT International and formed a strategic partnership with French staffing firm Groupe Adéquat. Farrelly was instrumental in bringing the 2018 World Employment Confederation to Dublin, in addition to hosting the event. Farrelly also is president of the National Recruitment Federation’s executive committee, where he represents the Irish recruitment industry with government and state bodies at international conferences and think tanks.
Roland Gomez runs Proman, which was founded in France in 1990 by his parents. In 2018, Proman had €1.93 billion in turnover. Gomez joined the family group in 1993 at the end of his studies. He held several key positions until he was appointed CEO in 2003. He continues the organic rollout in France and develops the business internationally. Under his leadership, the first strategic acquisitions abroad began in 2012. Since then, he has accelerated the growth of the company by focusing on preserving the company’s historical values, the human, the proximity and the responsiveness.
Miles Hunt launched private equity investment firm Benula Capital in 2013; it now has nine investments in the staffing sector including staffing companies, HR consulting firms and providers of recruiting technology. Prior to Benula, Hunt founded UK-based international staffing specialist Empresaria Group in 1996 and led its IPO in 2004 before stepping down as chief executive in 2011. Hunt became the first-ever chairman of Cobalt Recruitment in 2019. He also serves as chairman at Darwin Recruitment, Oasis HR and Australia-based Davidson. Additionally, for the past three years he has been chairman of APSCo Global, which represents staffing in Germany, Singapore and Australia as well as the UK.
Lord Michael Ashcroft was appointed nonexecutive chairman of Impellam Group plc in 2014. A long-time conservative party supporter, he served as deputy chairman from 2005 to 2010; he stepped down from the House of Lords in 2015 to focus on other areas of his work. He is also founder and chairman of trustees of both Crimestoppers and the Ashcroft Technology Academy. In 2016, he was made Knight Grand Cross of The Imperial Order of The Holy Trinity (Ethiopia) and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. In 2017, he was made a Senior Fellow of the International Strategic Studies Association.
Annemarie Muntz is president of the World Employment Confederation, the voice of the employment industry at the global level. In 2018, she co-chaired the B20 Employment & Education Taskforce where she was a prominent voice in discussions concerning diverse forms of work in the labour market. She had a key role in driving change in the language used to refer to employment contracts, specifically removing the term “non-standard” within the international institutional employers’ community, which includes the International Organisation of Employers OE and the WEC. She previously chaired WEC-Europe from 2005 to 2018. Muntz is also managing director of global public affairs for Randstad and sits on the board of CSR Europe.
Christophe Duchatellier is global head, professional recruitment, Spring Professional and Badenoch & Clark at The Adecco Group. Duchatellier first joined The Adecco Group in 2010 as director general, professional staffing. In 2012, he was appointed regional head for The Adecco Group operations in Japan and Asia and became an executive committee member for The Adecco Group. In 2015, he served as regional head of Asia Pacific. Prior to Adecco, he held leadership roles at Michael Page. Before embarking on his career in recruitment, Duchatellier studied law at the Université Paris-Sorbonne and Université Panthéon-Assas.