James Caan made his fortune through the global, multi-million pound success of his companies Alexander Mann and Humana International. In 2004, he founded private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw, which has more than 20 recruitment companies in its portfolio. He is best known for being on the hit BBC show Dragons’ Den, and more recently, The Business Class on CNBC. Caan chairs the U.K. government’s Start Up Loans scheme, which provides funding and mentoring to budding entrepreneurs. Caan is also one of the most followed LinkedIn influencers with 2.2 million followers
After working in recruitment for Accountancy Selection Ltd. and Badenoch & Clark Ltd., Giles Daubeney joined the Robert Walters plc in 1988. From 1990 to 1994, he was based in Amsterdam and was responsible for the Robert Walters’s Dutch and Belgian operations.Daubeney became COO in 1999, and was appointed to the board in July 2000.
Matthew Sanders is CEO of Brookfield Rose, a group of 13 companies, including de Poel. Awards for these firms have included the Great British Entrepreneur Award for Social Enterprise (UK), a listing for five consecutive years on The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For, along with The Sunday Times Profit Track 100 and Top Track 250 recognitions. Sanders began his career working for a number of recruitment companies, including Manpower UK and Corporate Services Group plc (now Impellam).
Adrian Gunn is CEO of Matchtech Group plc. He was appointed to the board in 2004 as business development director. Gunn became CEO shortly after the group floatedon AIM. He joined Matchtech as a recruitment consultant in 1988. Gunn is a fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals and is a member of the CBI’s Employment and Skills Board.
CEO of Affinity Workforce, Nicola McQueen has worked in the recruitment industry for more than 20 years, first joining Hays then moving to Capita. By 2010, she was appointed as managing director of Capita Resourcing and significantly grew the business, launching new services internationally and integrating strategic acquisitions to enhance the existing proposition. In 2016, McQueen was appointed as executive director of the Workplace Services division. Last year, McQueen led a management buyout of Capita’s specialist recruitment businesses, forming Affinity Workforce, now one of the largest privately owned public service recruitment specialists in the UK.
Robert Scott is group managing director of Rullion, which had revenue of £278 million in its latest reported year. The company operates in the engineering, IT, construction, commercial and industrial sectors and has 260 staff across 25 offices nationwide.
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, international joint ventures and M&A. His multi-country team has advised on about half of the higher-value staffing M&A transactions in the EMEA region since 2010, and works for more than 100 hirers and suppliers on market-leading UK, EU and international flexible workforce (MSP, RPO and VMS) projects. His team is a well-regarded advisor on 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.
Lord Michael Ashcroft is an international businessman, author, philanthropist and pollster. Ashcroft was appointed non executive chairman of Impellam Group plc in December 2014. Ashcroft resigned from the House of Lords in March 2015, stating that his other activities did not permit him “to devote the time that membership of the Lords properly required”. He is the founder and chairman of Crimestoppers, vice patron of the Intelligence Corps Museum, a trustee of Imperial War Museums, a trustee of the Cleveland Clinic in the US, ambassador to SkillForce, a trustee and president of the West India Committee, chairman of the Trustees of Ashcroft Technology Academy, and chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University in the UK.
Gary Elden, CEO of SThree, was awarded by the queen in 2016 with an Officer for the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to diversity in business. A year earlier he won the prestigious Black British Business Person of the Year award.
Elden has been CEO of SThree since January 2013, after serving as its deputy CEO since May 2012. Before that, Elden was SThree’s chief strategy officer. He has held a number of senior positions, including that of founding managing director of Huxley Associates. As chief strategy officer, he was responsible for the expansion of the group’s international operations and non-ICT disciplines. Elden joined SThree’s IT recruitment brand, Computer Futures, as a recruitment consultant in 1990.
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Claire Marsh joined Lorien, part of the Impellam Group, in 1998 and has assumed roles of increasing responsibility. In 2019, Marsh was appointed as the CEO for Impellam’s global technology staffing portfolio and North America corporate services. Having relocated to the US city of Atlanta, Georgia, from the UK, Marsh leads Impellam’s IT staffing businesses Lorien, Onezeero and s.com across the US and Europe, using their passion and expertise in tech to create innovative solutions that give customers an edge in attracting and retaining the IT talent they need to build and transform their businesses.