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James Reed

James Reed

James Reed is the chairman of the REED group of companies, which was founded by James’s father, Sir Alec Reed (see separate entry), in 1960. The company has 3,000 permanent employees working across 417 business units in 158 locations worldwide. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and was(…)

Alistair Cox

Alistair Cox

Alistair Cox is chief executive of global recruitment agency Hays plc, and has held that position since 2007. He began his career at British Aerospace, subsequently moving to Schlumberger in 1982. After earning his MBA in 1991, he was a manager at McKinsey & Company before joining Blue Circle Industries plc (now known as Lafarge), initially as group strategy director and then as regional(…)

Steven Russell

Steven Russell

Steve Russell is group CEO of Bond International Software, a provider of specialist staffing software for recruitment agencies worldwide. During Russell’s career in software development, he has held a number of senior management positions, including group managing director of Scan Data International plc. Russell formed Bond, which then acquired a controlling interest in Bond Associates(…)

Ged Mason

Ged Mason

Ged Mason is CEO of Morson, a U.K.-based technical staffing firm. He joined the company in 1986 and took over as managing director in 1999 from his father, Gerry Mason (see separate entry), with backing from Barclays Private Equity. The company was floatedon AIM in 2006 and taken private again in 2012.

Julia Robertson

Julia Robertson

Julia Robertson’s recruitment career started in 1979 and took off when she founded her own recruitment business, The Agency, in 1986. In 1996, she took the helm of another recruitment firm, Tate, which she sold alongside The Agency in 2000 to Carlisle Staffing Services. Robertson then held several managing director roles within the Carlisle group.(…)

Farida Gibbs

Farida Gibbs

Farida Gibbs founded Gibbs Hybrid Workforce Solutions in 2005 as a privately held, globally certified, woman-owned business enterprise and ethnic minority owned business. The company provides talent sourcing, talent management, programme solutions and a technology consultancy. Gibbs supports the ‘Women of the Future’ Ambassadors Programme and sits on the advisory board for Mosaic Princes Trust. Gibbs’ other recognitions include: E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, Staffing(…)

Carmen Watson

Carmen Watson

Carmen Watson joined Pertemps in 1976 as a secretary and by 1983 had progressed to the boardroom as commercial director. From 1983 to 2000, she was responsible for the formation of a corporate business team and turnover grew tenfold from £32m to £323m. In, 2000,Watson was named managing director and then became chairperson in 2012.(…)

Paul Venables

Paul Venables

Paul Venables has been group finance director of Hays since 2006. He has previously worked at Deloitte and Touche in the US and Exelplc for 13 years prior to its purchase by Deutsche Post and DHL Logistics in 2006. He is also a senior independent director of Wincanton plc.

Nick Cox

Nick Cox

Nick Cox became Hays’ managing director for Continental Europe and Rest of the World (CERoW) in 2006, reporting directly to the CEO. As one of Hay’s three operating divisions, CERoW comprises 22 countries out of 32 in the Group. Cox joined Hays in 1983, working in the accountancy and finance/banking division as a recruitment consultant,(…)

Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor

In October 2016, Matthew Taylor was appointed to lead an independent review into modern employment in the UK. The resulting “Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices,” published in July, considered the implications of new forms of work on worker rights and responsibilities, as well as on employer freedoms and obligations and how to address future(…)