End of an era at The Guardian


After an amazing partnership and a combined tenure of nearly 49 years  - Tony Bowley and Helen Bird are passing on the baton of Guardian Jobs.

Their time there has seen them lead the recruitment market, win some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, spearhead the transition from print to digital and constantly iterate and change the offering to their clients and agencies.

Together they have reframed the shape and structure of the department many times and have introduced new ways of working to future proof their proposition. They have guided the business through recessions, snap elections and more recently the onset of Brexit.

As a result - they have ensured that The Guardian has a very profitable and thriving jobs business that contributes significantly to the GNM bottom line and plays a big role in ensuring Guardian journalism exists in perpetuity.

Tony told us: “The Guardian is an incredible organisation and brand. Leading a successful recruitment business is about first hiring the right people and then giving your talent the resources, support and the freedom to be as good as they can possibly be. Over our time here, The Guardian has allowed us to do this, and the results speak for themselves.”

Adding to this Helen commented:  "It has been the most incredible journey from beginning to end and I feel proud of the legacy we will leave behind. The Guardian Jobs team is an outstanding best in class business unit who build deep relationships of trust, work tirelessly on behalf of their clients and totally understand their issues and recruitment marketing needs. Tony and I have had a ball. It’s been hard work, but so rewarding, and we leave Guardian Jobs in great shape for the future. We are both really excited about the next chapter. Watch this space.”

Ri5 pass on their best wishes, and look forward to "What Helen and Tony did next ... "

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

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Jo Brickell Date: Apr 11, 2018

So many good things one could say about Helen and Tony professionally, and their notable achievements are well known and documented. But for me, the qualities they share over and above this are what set them both apart. There are few people in the industry that I'd trust more, or whose company I enjoy more. It's been an absolute pleasure working with you both over the years and I look forward to seeing what comes next.

neil roberts Date: Apr 11, 2018

Best of luck both of you from sunny Cornwall - was fun working with you back in the day.

Jenny Perkins Date: Apr 13, 2018

It was wonderful working with you both over so many years. You were trusted, professional partners (and we had lots of fun!) Good luck for the future. I remain a loyal Guardian reader! Jenny (Ibison)

dave lawrence Date: Apr 13, 2018

Good luck guys and enjoyed working with you, trust me there is life after the Guardian! Will look out for the next installment........

Paula Barker Date: Apr 17, 2018

Good luck to you both. It was wonderful working with you.

Tony Bowley Date: Apr 30, 2018

Thanks for the kind words all, much appreciated and see you soon!

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