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.
Alistair Cox is chief executive of Hays, which had revenue of £3,843 million in its last financial year. He has been CEO since 2007. Before Hays, he was chief executive at Xansa plc from 2002. He is a chartered engineer and has an MBA from the Stanford Business School in California.
Simon Wassall has been with Harvey Nash for more than 20 years and joined the board in 2005.As European managing director, he is responsible for the UK and European Professional Recruitment operations. Prior to joining Harvey Nash, Wassall opened several new operations for Austin Benn, which led to his board appointment to a newly acquired advertising and marketing company.
Nicola McQueen has worked in the recruitment industry for 18 years, joining Capita as a recruitment consultant in 1999. By 2010 she was appointed as managing director of Capita Resourcing and has significantly grown 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 responsibility for the Recruiting Partnering Project, Capita’s partnership with the Ministry of Defense to recruit into the British Army. At 36, McQueen is also the youngest person to be appointed to Capita’s executive management board.
James Reed is chairman of REED, which was founded by his father, Sir Alec Reed, in 1960. The company has 2,883 permanent employees working across 456 business units in 137 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 coauthor of the best-selling books Put Your Mindset to Work and Why You? 101 Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again.
As group COO, Adrian Adair drives Morson Group’s diversification into new markets and transformation of the technical recruiter’s brand as a UK engineering expert into a global specialist in permanent and interim talent-based solutions. With 19 years’ industry experience, Adair identifies the right internal talent to drive Morson International and the wider Morson Group toward its goal of becoming a £1 billion business. Since he was appointed as COO in October 2018, business turnover is up 39% and profit is up 131%. Adair facilitated Morson International’s partnership with the Girls’ Network and the launch of its Salford division. He’s also involved with Northern Power Women, an organisation that promotes equality in the workplace.
Carmen Watson, chair and managing director of Pertemps, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award last year by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s Institute of Recruitment Professionals. She was also named Director of the Year in the West Midlands in 2018 by the Institute of Directors. Watson joined Pertemps in 1976 as a secretary. From 1983 to 2000, she was responsible for the corporate business team and turnover grew to £323 million from £32 million. One of the foremost speakers on the value of women in the boardroom, Watson is a board member at the Race for Opportunity charity.
Early in his career, Alan Savage worked his way through the engineering ranks as a mechanical technician. Then, following a stint as a sales and marketing consultant, he formed Orion Group in 1987 to provide personnel to the booming engineering sector. Based in Inverness, Orion Group employs more than 400 staff worldwide and manages more than 4,000 contractors annually throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. The award-winning group now operates across a number of industry sectors: oil and gas, nuclear, rail, office and commercial, renewables, IT, mining, construction, and the sciences. Savage is a former chairman of Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club.
Sir Alec Reed, CBE, FCMA, founded REED in 1960. In 1972, he founded the Reed Business School and in 1995, he launched reed.co.uk, one of the leading job sites in the U.K. He also has launched various charities, including Womankind Worldwide, Ethiopiaid and the Big Give. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and was awarded the institute’s outstanding contribution to business performance award. He has written several books and was knighted in 2011 for services to business and charity. Reed is the sixth-largest staffing firm in the U.K. and was floated in 1971.
Alistair Cox has been chief executive of London-based global staffing firm Hays plc since 2007. A chartered engineer, Cox began his career at British Aerospace, subsequently moving to Schlumberger in 1982 where he held a number of roles in field engineering, management and research science. After earning an MBA from Stanford, Alistair worked for McKinsey & Co. before joining Blue Circle Industries plc, where he was the group strategy director and then the regional director for Asia. Prior to joining Hays, Cox was chief executive of the IT outsourcing organisation Xansa plc. From 2009 to 2015, he was a nonexecutive director of 3i Group plc.