Simon Bliss, Chairman
I acquired TEAM in Oct 2020 and am really excited about building TEAM to be THE support group for all SME recruiters in the UK. We have huge benefits for our members and are currently expanding these with a tactical learning and development programme for our members and their operational consultants, but also for more strategic development for owners with business planning, mentoring and guidance on scaling your business, as well as acquisition or exit advice too.
I am still involved with Principal People, as a Non Exec. This business is the best I have worked with and made by the amazing people who work there; they can be world beaters and I am sure will continue to succeed in the Safety sector but also Environment, Sustainability and Quality sectors too. The division that supports Social Housing continues to grow and has the potential to outgrow the core business.
Founder and Trustee of the Safety4Good programme, our mission to celebrate and promote the great work health & safety professionals do to support the communities they serve. We also raise lots of money for great charities incl Great Ormond Street Hospital, RNLI, and the World Wildlife Fund
David Callaghan, CEO,
MIT Ventures Ltd
David Callaghan has 25 + years of experience, leading both large global and more entrepreneurial outsourcing companies. Qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and a Chartered (Fellow) Manager, David is an inspirational leader.
Combining financial, operational, sales and marketing expertise, he has transformed Centralus into a market leader in employee engagement (EE).
Passionate about EE, David loves assisting clients in revolutionising their businesses through their staff and seeing the amazing benefits.
Richard has spent many years in management, with experience in the military, logistics, sales and then recruitment. He joined the REC in 2009 from a role as a front-line recruiter and business owner and has demonstrated that he is passionate and committed to the professionalism of the industry. Whilst at the REC,
Richard has been instrumental in developing recruitment as a career of choice by designing, implementing and launching the first recruitment qualifications to be accredited by government.
In his present role as the Director of Operations, Richard is focused on ensuring that all REC products work for recruiters, ensuring members receive excellent value in an ever-changing market place.
Samantha Hurley, Operations Director,
I have responsibility for the development of APSCo’s presence and reputation within the UK, ensuring first-class, innovative member services.
I have over 30 years’ experience in the UK recruitment sector, having previously run a legal services company and held management positions within recruitment organisations.
I’m passionate about encouraging recruiters to attain best practice in the art of recruitment, and I’ll be looking for an exceptional understanding of the needs of both their clients and candidates.
Simon Kent, Editor,
The Global Recruiter
Simon Kent is the Editor of The Global Recruiter, online and on paper. He has written extensively across the recruitment industry and more widely in HR covering employment law, technology and pay and benefits.
His work has appeared in the national press and international business journals.
“I’m looking for excitement and innovation. The entries that stand out for me are those that show commitment, enthusiasm and enjoyment for delivering a great service every time.”
James Osborne, Chairman,
The Recruitment Network
James is an award winning business consultant, advisor and entrepreneur, with an international board level background in the staffing and recruitment sector, ultimately as GM within one of the largest HR and Recruitment service providers in Australia.
As Chairman of The Recruitment Network, James works with recruitment business leaders, helping them to achieve significant growth, performance improvement and competitive advantages acting as a Non-Executive Director, consultant, trainer and strategist for numerous fast growth recruitment businesses.
Phil Pluck, Chief Executive
Phil Pluck is Chief Executive of the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the market-leading membership body for umbrella employers, contractor accountants and CIS payroll service providers that specialise in supporting the contingent workforce. He took up his role in July 2020, bringing with him considerable experience in leading professional membership organisations.
As FCSA Chief Executive, has had a pivotal role in shaping future compliance in the sector having been invited to sit on HMRC’s IR35 Forum, the APSCOR advisory group, and as an advisor on the All Parliamentary Party Group on Loan Charges.
Prior to joining FCSA, he was the Group CEO of another professional membership body, the Glass and Glazing Federation and its commercial companies as well as the Managing Director of the Royal Town Planning Institute. At both organisations, he led on engagement with the government influencing a number of legislative and policy changes. In addition, he implemented robust membership quality and accreditation routes which went on to create both greater assurance and engagement with the public and key stakeholders in sectors that carried legacy, reputational issues.
He was also a director of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service where he implemented accessible routes to advice and guidance for members of the public and supported a number of businesses to implement best practice. He went on to advise the government at ministerial level and influence employment legislation.
Industry hub, recruitment industry fixer, host of recruitment events and technology showcases as well as a trained psychometric assessor. Louise created and runs the UK Recruiter knowledge network which was established back before recruitment networking even existed.
Having judged awards, including the prestigious Global Recruiter Awards, for over 15 years I have a few opinions on How to write an award winning awards entry: https://ukrecruiter.co.uk/2015/11/19/how-to-write-an-award-winning-awards-entry/
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