Anne Heraty is the co-founder major and stakeholder and CEO of CPL Resources plc.In 1989, Heraty and Keith O’Malley founded Computer Placement Ltd., which placed people at IT companies setting up businesses in Ireland. In 1992, she became sole shareholder. In 1996, Heraty’s husband, Paul Carrol, joined the group and in 1999 they took CPL to the Irish and London stock markets, making Heraty the first female CEO of an Irish company floated on the stock exchange. In 2006, she won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Ireland.
Rosaleen Blair is the CEO and founder of Alexander Mann Solutions, a global talent acquisition and management company with more than 3,000 staff supporting clients in more than 80 countries and more than 30 languages. Blair is widely credited as a pioneer of talent acquisition and management globally, and has received a number of awards including VeuveClicquot Businesswoman of the Year and E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2007, she led a management buyout backed by Graphite Capital and in 2013 brought in new investors New Mountain Capital securing an investment of almost €315 million.
Anne Heraty is CEO of Cpl Resources plc, a recognised leader in workforce solutions, specialist recruitment, managed services and outsourcing. With an annual turnover in excess of €390 million, the company has more than 650 in-house employees and around 10,000 temp/contract staff under management in customer sites per week. Her company has grown through both strong organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Heraty won the Business & Finance Business Person of the Year in 2015 and Cpl was ranked as Best Place to Work in 2015 in the large organisation category. She is the deputy-president of IBEC and the chair of The EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Ireland.
Geraldine King joined the National Recruitment Federation in 2009 and as its chief executive is responsible for running the NRF office and all divisions of the Federation. King led the lobbying effort that resulted in the awarding of the first apprenticeship programme for recruiters on the national academic framework, in partnership with the National College of Ireland. She is also a member of the MBA panel of interviewers for Dublin City University and a recent board member of the Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce. In 2018, King was a guest speaker at the World Employment Confederation. Prior to joining NRF, she worked at Grafton Recruitment as a branch manager.
Shona McManus is CEO and owner of Osborne. Under McManus’ leadership, Osborne has more than quadrupled turnover, profits and headcount and has become a certified Great Place to Work. Over her 18 years in the recruitment industry, McManus has successfully led and transformed recruitment businesses in both multinational and indigenous Irish recruitment firms. Since taking the helm of Osborne in 2013, she guided it through the still-rocky economy to see it emerge in a strong market position. In January 2019, Osborne opened its sixth operation with a new office in Cork. McManus is also president of the Drogheda Chamber of Commerce.
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Rosaleen Blair is the founder and chair of Alexander Mann Solutions, a London-based, global provider of talent outsourcing and consulting services. Since launching the firm in 1996, she has led Alexander Mann through geographic expansion and revenue growth, a management buyout, four private equity relationships and a global economic crisis and a pandemic. In 2020, Alexander Mann Solutions earned The Chartered Institute of Credit Management’s CICMQ accreditation and was named an MSP/CWS 2020 Global Leader in the NelsonHall NEAT Matrix. Among her accolades, Blair has been named Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year, E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year and was appointed CBE in 2017. She also supports a number of not-for-profit initiatives, notably as Chair of the London Irish Centre and as a donor to several charities.
Frank Farrelly is COO and co-founder of Sigmar Recruitment; he oversees 140 recruitment professionals across 14 specialist teams. Since the company’s management buy-out in 2009, he helped grow the company fivefold. In 2018, the company launched Sigmar IT International and formed a strategic partnership with French staffing firm Groupe Adéquat. Farrelly was instrumental in bringing the 2018 World Employment Confederation to Dublin, in addition to hosting the event. Farrelly also is president of the National Recruitment Federation’s executive committee, where he represents the Irish recruitment industry with government and state bodies at international conferences and think tanks.
Adrian McGennis is CEO of Sigmar Recruitment group. He was originally a founder director of Sigmar in 2002 and led the management buyout in 2009. Previously he was managing director for Ireland with Marlborough Plc (Group t/o €70m), where he successfully managed the Irish business from its inception in 1993 until 2001. McGennis had a key involvement in two of Ireland’s most successful job creation support schemes, being a co-founder of Ireland Gateway To Europe and chairman of National Employment Week. He is a regular commentator on employment, recruitment and business issues in the press across different channels.
Frank Farrelly is COO and co-founder of Sigmar Recruitment and has served as president of the National Recruitment Federation’s executive committee since 2016. He leads the team that lobbies the government on employment legislation, recruitment matters and GDPR, and was instrumental in helping the Federation secure an Apprenticeship in Recruitment practice on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications in 2018. Farrelly has been a nonexecutive director for The People Group. In 2018, Sigmar Recruitment formed a strategic partnership with Groupe Adéquat, one of the 50 largest global staffing firms in the world, according to SIA. A graduate of UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, he currently sits on the external interview panel for the MBA programme at Dublin City University.
CEO Rosaleen Blair founded Alexander Mann Solutions in 1996 with an ambition to revolutionise and professionalise the way blue-chip multinationals attract, engage and retain top talent, while helping the best people in business achieve their fullest potential. The company now employs 4,000 people in more than 80 countries worldwide. Acquired by New Mountain Capital in 2013 for £260 million, AMS was then acquired by OMERS Private Markets in 2018 for £820 million. Recognised as an industry leader and entrepreneur, Blair has won numerous awards including Strategic Leader of the Year from National Outsourcing Awards in 2015, and most recently the Recruiter Magazine Impact Award in 2017. Additionally, Blair enthusiastically supports organisations including Everywoman and Barclays LifeSkills and invests her time and resources in entrepreneurs and small businesses through coaching, investment, sponsorship and mentoring.