Alan Savage formed Inverness-based Orion Group in 1987 to serve the booming engineering sector. The award-winning group now operates across a number of industry sectors — oil and gas, power and utilities, energy, rail, IT, mining, office and commercial and construction and infrastructure — placing over 4,000 contractors every year via its offices throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa. In the last three years, Orion has supported and donated over £1.5 million to worthwhile projects and charities. Early in his career, Savage worked his way through the engineering ranks as a mechanical technician followed by a stint as a sales and marketing consultant.
Sergio Picarelli is The Adecco Group’s regional head of North America, UK & Ireland Professional Staffing and is responsible for global oversight of Lee Hecht Harrison, General Assembly, Badenoch+Clark, Spring Professional and Pontoon. He was previously regional head of Italy, Eastern Europe and MENA for the Adecco Group since October 2015 and has been a member of its executive committee since 2009. Picarelli first joined Adecco in 1993, holding several leadership positions before becoming country manager of Adecco Italy & Switzerland from 2005 to 2009 (Switzerland until the end of 2008). He was the group’s chief sales officer from 2009 to September 2015.
Matt Weston is the UK managing director for Robert Half. Prior to his current role, Weston was the director for professional staffing across the UK South region, encompassing finance and accounting, financial services, human resources and administration recruitment. Weston started his career with Robert Half in 1999 as a recruitment consultant for finance and accounting; he quickly excelled, earning several prestigious awards including being recognised four times as Robert Half’s worldwide number one consultant. He is a familiar industry figure and is often called on by the media to discuss the current trends affecting the world of work, recruitment trends and advice.
Regional head of France and Northern Europe and member of the executive committee since 2015, Christophe Catoir joined Groupe Adecco France as internal auditor in 1995. Between 1995 and 2005, Catoir held positions as finance manager and regional manager. In 2005, he was appointed head of permanent placement activities in France, and became a member of the Groupe Adecco France management team in 2007. In 2009, Catoir was appointed managing director of Adecco South-East France and in 2012 took over as managing director for Professional Staffing Groupe Adecco France. He was appointed to his current role in February 2019.
Farida Gibbs founded Gibbs Hybrid in 2005 as a globally certified woman-owned and ethnic minority-owned business. She successfully guided the firm through a challenging UK business environment last year, overseeing a management buyout and investing in overseas operations across Dublin, Luxemburg, Poland and the US. Gibbs Hybrid in 2018 won four major contracts with a combined value of £30 million over the next five years that support Fortune 500 clients including a bank, a digital technology company, a multinational biopharmaceutical company and a financial services corporation. Gibbs also sits on the WBE Council’s advisory board for WEConnect International.
Daniel Augereau is chairman and CEO of Synergie, the sixth-largest staffing firm in France. In 2018, the group reported revenue of €2.5 billion with international operations representing more than 50% of Synergie’s revenue during the year. Augereau trained as a technical blue-collar worker in the aeronautic industry and soon after founded his first staffing firm, Europe Technique Assistance, in 1969. After merging with another staffing firm 10 years later, the company rebranded as Synergie. It has continued to expand throughout Europe and operates in Canada and Australia. The firm’s future growth plans include possible acquisitions in the Nordic countries and Eastern Europe.
Charles-Henri Dumon is CEO and co-founder of talent solutions firm Morgan Philips Group. Dumon’s commitment to investing in the latest digital and data-led solutions, and disrupting conventional approaches to talent solutions, led him to launch the firm in 2013. Prior to this he worked for 27 years with Michael Page, where he was a member of the board of directors. Last year, Morgan Philips Group acquired Hudson Global’s recruitment and talent management activities in Europe (except for the Benelux countries) and launched Morgan Philips Hudson Talent Consulting in the UK, France, Spain and Poland.
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.
Steve Ingham is CEO of PageGroup, one of the largest global staffing fi rms. Ingham joined the company in 1987 — when it was still known as Michael Page — as a consultant. He became operating director in 1990 and was appointed to progressively larger roles until becoming CEO in 2006. The group now employs 7,500 people in 36 countries and in 2018 reported more than £800 million in gross profi t. Ingham ranked in Glassdoor’s Top CEO list for 2018. The company has also won a number of awards, including recently the Most Socially Engaged Staffing Agency on LinkedIn and Britain’s Most Admired Companies Award in the Support Services, People and Places sector category.
As president of Allegis Group EMEA, Sean Zimdahl leads the region’s operations for Aerotek, Aston Carter, TEKsystems and the Stamford Group. He is driven by solving customers’ business challenges. At this time, he is concentrating on the group’s digital transformation and evolution into a product based services company. Zimdahl is also passionate about his team, promoting internal mobility by moving individuals across Allegis’ global network. Zimdahl co-founded Aston Carter in 1997 and led a management buy-out inAllegis Group acquired the company in 2011, naming Zimdahl COO of Allegis Group International in 2012 and then president for the EMEA region in 2013. During 2017, he led the acquisition of The Stamford Group.