Richard MacMillan is CEO of ICS Group, the largest healthcare staffing firm in Europe. He led ICS Group’s 2018 acquisition of London-based ProClinical Limited, establishing the group’s global presence in life sciences staffing and creating the platform to expand its healthcare workforce solutions across Europe and the US. MacMillan is working with the wider ICS team to support digital enablement and application of data throughout the business. This strategy fueled initiatives across the group since mid-2018, including the launch of new digital therapy and diagnostics services. MacMillan joined Pulse, a trading division of ICS, in 2006 as CEO; Pulse merged with ICS in 2010 and he has led the business since then.
Shona McManus is CEO and owner of Osborne. Under McManus’ leadership, Osborne has more than quadrupled turnover, profits and headcount and has become a certified Great Place to Work. Over her 18 years in the recruitment industry, McManus has successfully led and transformed recruitment businesses in both multinational and indigenous Irish recruitment firms. Since taking the helm of Osborne in 2013, she guided it through the still-rocky economy to see it emerge in a strong market position. In January 2019, Osborne opened its sixth operation with a new office in Cork. McManus is also president of the Drogheda Chamber of Commerce.
Mark Dorman became CEO of global STEM recruitment company SThree plc in March 2019. He joined SThree from McGraw Hill Education, where, as president of higher education, international and professional for five years, he increased the market share of the business and improved profitability. Prior to joining McGraw Hill, he was VP of Wolters Kluwer’s legal markets group and then CEO of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. He also spent three years in the British Army’s Corps of Royal Military Police, before going on to hold senior roles at LexisNexis UK, where he was head of strategy, and Gartner Inc., where he was head of global product management.
Since joining the National Recruitment Federation in 2009, Geraldine King has focused on expanding its services to members. She also introduced the accredited certificate in recruitment practice to the Irish recruitment industry. King envisions a full academic career path for recruitment. She led the NRF to develop the first-ever undergraduate degree for recruiters, which will be available as of January 2020. Her mission is to have an accredited academic career path to the master’s level, making recruitment a career of choice on the prospectus of third-level institutions. In 2018, she was awarded the James Kilbaine award for outstanding contribution to the recruitment industry.
Stefano Colli-Lanzi is founder and CEO of Gi Group. The firm ranks among the globe’s largest staffing providers, operating directly in 28 countries with a partner network in 57 additional countries. Gi Group last year acquired Grafton Recruitment Europe Holding Ltd., a staffing provider in the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary; and Marks Sattin, a player in financial services recruitment. Gi Group reported worldwide turnover increased 15% year over year in 2018 to €2.3 billion. Colli-Lanzi is also a professor of business administration at University Cattolica in Milan.
Simon Blockley is CEO of Guidant Global, the specialist recruitment outsourcing business of UK staffing firm Impellam Group. He joined Guidant in 2014, becoming managing director in 2017. In October 2018, Impellam merged its US and UK talent acquisition and managed solutions businesses — rebranding them as Guidant Global. Following the merger, Blockley became CEO in January 2019, overseeing the brand on a global basis. Guidant Global provides more than 220,000 contingent worker assignments in the field on behalf of 100-plus clients across 80 countries.
Anne Heraty has been CEO of Cpl Resources plc since founding the company in 1989. Ireland’s largest recruitment company now counts 22 brands and 48 offices in several countries. Revenue for the last six months of 2018 increased 9% year over year to €278.6 million and gross profit increased 15% to €46.4 million. Heraty last year helped launch Open Doors, a group focused on increasing access to the labour market for marginalised groups. Cpl Resources last year was named one of the best large workplaces in Ireland at the Great Place to Work awards for the fifth consecutive year and won the Best Company Social Responsibility Award at the 2018 NRF Awards.
Ingrid Hofmann is one of Germany’s most successful temporary work entrepreneurs. She is CEO of Hofmann Corp., parent company of global staffing and recruiting agency I.K. Hofmann (also known as Hofmann Personal), which she founded in 1985 in Nuremberg, Germany. Guided by her philosophy that growth occurs by word of mouth, Hofmann Corp. has become one of the largest staffing agencies in Europe with more than 20,000 employees and more than 100 international branches located in the US, England, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. I.K. Hofmann ranks fifth on SIA’s 2018 list of largest staffing firms in Germany.
Kevin Barrow is a partner with international law firm Osborne Clarke LLP. Since 1990, he has advised staffing companies on all types of legal work, including commercial deals and international joint ventures and M&A. His team has advised on many high-value staffing M&A transactions in the EMEA region and works for more than 100 hirers and suppliers on UK, EU and international flexible workforce projects. His team also advises on the regulation of digital recruitment and online exchanges; tax planning relating to flexible workforces; and worker misclassification and co-employment class actions. Barrow has led a campaign to change the regulatory regime affecting online exchanges and has rolled out staffing/MSP deals in 40 countries in the last four years.
Tim Cook believes that if you put the customer first, all parties will win, and since joining London-based nGAGE Specialist Recruitment as group CEO in April 2013, he has led the board of each company within the group to drive customer-centric, sustainable client relationships that create real shareholder value. Cook has over 30 years of recruitment experience. Prior to nGAGE, he was global head of digital and business innovation at Hays, where he oversaw digital activities in 32 countries. Two nGAGE businesses were named in The Sunday Times Best Companies 2019 list.