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, progressing to regional director and then U.K. director. He was made managing director (U.K. and Europe) for Hays Information Technology in 1997. He was promoted to Hays U.K. board director in 2003, responsible for seven specialisms,including HR, sales and marketing and contact centres.
James Reed is chairman of Reed Global, which was founded by his father in 1960. The company has 3,000 employees working in 140 locations worldwide. Reed is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and was formerly an associate of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit and a member of the Institute for Public Policy Research’s business-led taskforce on race equality and diversity in the private sector. Reed is a regular media commentator on work and labour market issues, with recent appearances including BBC News, Sky News, BBC Radio 2 and The Apprentice. He is also co-author of the best-selling books Put Your Mindset to Work and Why You? 101 Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again.
Nicola McQueen has worked in the recruitment industry for 19 years, joining Capita as a recruitment consultant in 1999. 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, which includes all HR and recruitment businesses and responsibilities for the Recruiting Partnering Project — Capita’s partnership with the MOD to recruit into the British Army.
Earlier this year, McQueen led a management buyout of Capita’s specialist recruitment businesses, Affinity Workforce, now one of the largest privately owned, public service recruitment specialists in the UK.
Lord Michael Ashcroft, KCMG PC, is a successful businessman, philanthropist and former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party between 2005 and 2010. His many business interests include U.K. staffing firm Impellam, which had revenue of £1.2 billion in its last financial year. In 2010 his 57 percent holding, via the Lombard Trust, 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.
Ann Swain is the first global CEO of APSCo, an international trade body representing the professional recruitment sector in the UK, Germany, Singapore and Australia. APSCo, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, last year reached over 1,000 UK members and successfully lobbied the government to extend the time that UK recruitment businesses have to prepare for the extension of IR35 rules into the private sector. Swain helped design and launch APSCo’s executive MBA in human capital programme in 2019. Developed in collaboration with Grant Thornton UK LLP and delivered by Cranfi eld School of Management, the programme is the fi rst qualifi cation of its kind tailored specifically to those within the recruitment, staffing and HR arenas.
Alan Savage established the Orion Group in 1987. As a mechanical technician he worked his way through the ranks of engineering. Following a stint as a sales and marketing consultant, he formed the Orion Group to provide personnel to the booming engineering sector. Savage is a former chairman of Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club and a Manchester United supporter. Based in Inverness, Orion Group employs 425 staff across its 44 worldwide offices and manages more than 4,000 contractors annually throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Gerry Mason trained as a design engineer at Salford Technical College in the mid-1950s before emigrating to Toronto, Canada, where he studied mechanical engineering at the Ryson Institute for Technology. He then founded Morson in 1969, which he led until turning control over to his son, Ged Mason, in 1999 (see separate entry). He continues to serve as nonexecutive director on the board.
Phillip Ullmann is seeking systemic change and a new vision for capitalism as “chief energiser” at Cordant Group. He has led the company for 23 years and in 2017 converted Cordant to a social enterprise focused on putting people before profit and influencing the world of work to help people lead more meaningful lives. Last year, the company influenced some of its large clients to adopt a living wage rather than a minimum wage. It also rolled out apprenticeships and supported a significant amount of work to eliminate modern slavery. The group had revenue of more than £870 million and placed 125,000 workers last year, mostly in minimum wage roles.
Steve Ingham is CEO of PageGroup, one of the largest staffing firms globally. The group now employs 7,000 people in 36 countries. He joined the company in 1987 — when it was still known as Michael Page — as a consultant, and became operating director in 1990. He was appointed executive director of UK operations in 2001, became managing director of UK operations in 2005 and was appointed CEO in 2006. PageGroup was rewarded for Best Diversity Initiative at the CIPD People Management Awards in 2014 and recognised as LinkedIn’s Most Socially Engaged Recruiter in 2017. Most recently, the company was named as one of the “Best Places to Work in 2018” via the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards.
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.