James Kelly joined technology recruitment specialist Lorien Resourcing as CEO in August 2008. He has successfully guided Lorien through a period of rapid growth during which revenues increased from £147 million to £296 million and both contract and permanent placement numbers have doubled. With Lorien, Kelly has sold and delivered large-scale managed service and recruitment process outsource solutions for the likes of Fujitsu, Monitise, Phoenix and KPMG. Lorien currently has more than 200 staff members.
Lord Michael Ashcroft, KCMG PC, was appointed non-executive chairman of Impellan Group, which had revenue of £1.3 billion in its last financial year,. He is a successful businessman, philanthropist, pollster and former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party between 2005 and 2010., In 2010, his 57 percent holding of Impellam was transferred to his children and “remoter issue.” According to The Sunday Times, his personal fortune is estimated to be more than €1 billion, half of which he has pledged to donate to charity.
Neil Carberry was appointed chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation in June 2018, having been managing director of the Confederation of British Industry, leading the CBI’s work on the labour market, skills, energy and infrastructure. In 1999, Carberry began his career in recruitment working for executive search firm Fraser Watson before earning a post-graduate degree in Human Resources at the London School of Economics and joining the CBI in 2004. He is a member of the council of the conciliation service ACAS and of the Low Pay Commission, where he helps guide pay policy in the UK.
Alan Savage founded the Orion Group in 1987. As a mechanical technician, he worked his way through the engineering ranks. Following a stint as a sales and marketing consultant, he formed the Orion Group to provide personnel to the booming engineering sector. Based in Inverness, Orion Group employs 375 staff across its 57 worldwide offices and manages more than 4,000 contractors annually throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. The awardwinning Group now operate across a number of industry sectors; Oil & Gas, Nuclear, Rail, Office & Commercial, Renewables, IT, Mining, Construction and the Sciences. Savage is a former chairman of Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club.
Lord Michael Ashcroft, KCMG PC, was appointed non-executive chairman of Impellam Group, which had revenue of £1.7 billion in its last financial year. He is a successful businessman, philanthropist, pollster and former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party between 2005 and 2010. In 2010, his 57% holding of Impellam was transferred to his children and “remoter issue.” The Sunday Times estimates his personal fortune at more than €1 billion, half of which he has pledged to donate to charity. In March 2015, he resigned from the House of Lords, stating that his other activities did not permit him “to devote the time that membership of the Lords properly required”.
Julia Robertson was appointed CEO of the Impellam Group in April 2013. She joined Carlisle in 2000 following the acquisition of Tate. Following the 2008 Impellam merger, she was appointed as the divisional CEO of Impellam’s U.K. staffing businesses. Prior to Impellam/Carlisle, Robertson was chief executive of the Institute of Employment Consultants (now known as the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, a U.K. confederation of staffing firms), the professional body for the U.K. recruitment industry, and founded her own recruitment business, which was sold to Carlisle alongside Tate. Robertson is also a non-executive director, and sits on the board of trustees for Trinity Hospice.
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Matt Weston is the UK managing director for Robert Half. He previously was the director for professional staffing in the UK South region, encompassing the finance and accounting, financial services, human resources and administration recruitment segments. Having worked for Robert Half for more than 20 years and starting his career as a recruitment consultant for finance and accounting in 1999, Weston is the epitome of leadership by example. He is often called on by the media to discuss the current trends impacting the future of work, recruitment trends and leadership advice. Weston’s philosophy for success focuses on three core areas: passion, people and process.
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Kevin Barrow, a partner with international law firm Osborne Clarke LLP, has been advising staffing companies on legal matters since 1990. This year, he has advised top UK staffing companies on the UK Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and 50 staffing companies on how to recover from lockdown issues. Since 2010, he has been involved in many higher-value staffing and recruitment sector M&As in Europe. He has also advised over 200 companies on alternate supply models and IR35 compliance. Barrow thrives on leading a specialist team which will help identify funding opportunities for workforce solution companies to survive and adapt to the newly digitalised world.
Farida Gibbs founded Gibbs Hybrid in 2005 as a privately held, globally certified woman-owned and ethnic minority-owned business. The company has achieved a CAGR of 29% year on year and US$100 million in revenue providing talent management services, programme technology solutions and outsourcing. Gibbs supports the “Women of the Future” Ambassadors Programme, sits on the advisory board for Mosaic Princes Trust and is a member of the WBE Council. Gibbs’ other recognitions include: E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, Brummell 30 Inspirational City of London Women Entrepreneurs and Business Woman of the Year.
Johnathan Johnson is the CEO of Fircroft. Johnson joined Fircroft in 1997 as a consultant and was promoted to operations director for the international oil and gas sector in 2001. Since taking the helm in 2005 from his father and company founder John Johnson, he has overseen the global expansion of the company.