Recent Appointments

Recent Appointments


Adecco Group

Gordana Landen, a Swedish national, joins the Adecco Group from Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), where she held the position of Chief Human Resources Officer. Ms Landen brings a wealth of leadership experience and a broad range of industry expertise to the role, having also previously worked in senior human resources and project management positions at telecoms company Ericsson and global hygiene and forest products company SCA (Svenska Cellulosa AB). Ms Landen holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Development and Labour Relations from Stockholm University. She will be based at the Adecco Group’s global headquarters, in Zurich.

Gordana Landen’s appointment will enhance the Adecco Group’s efforts to deliver world-class HR services for its more than 34,000 employees, across 60 territories, including building on its strong position in the Great Place to Work ranking. In 2017, the Adecco Group ranked 2nd in the world, and in the European ranking for 2018 the organisation placed 4th.

Alain Dehaze, CEO of the Adecco Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Gordana Landen to the Group. She is a leading expert in the field of human resources and talent management, with a wide range of experience and a proven track record of success in several industries. Gordana’s appointment will strengthen our leadership team and help to drive the ongoing delivery of our Perform, Transform, Innovate strategic agenda, as we enhance our core business and invest in new digital solutions. Gordana will ensure that the Adecco Group continues to set the gold standard in people management, talent and career development.”

Gordana Landen on her appointment: “I am inspired and motivated by the opportunity to join the world’s leading HR solutions partner at this time of rapid change and innovation in the world of work. I am also determined to enhance the Adecco Group’s already excellent reputation for attracting, developing and retaining the best talent in the industry.”

EasyWeb Group

EasyWeb Group have announced the promotion of Sean Maher to the position of CEO.

Sean’s EasyWeb Journey started 12 years ago, when he joined the business as a graduate with little experience – which just goes to show what can be achieved with dedication, determination and a talent for working with people.

Deborah Joseph, Marketing Manager, said“Sean has been a pivotal Member of the EasyWeb Family for a long time now, and this promotion reflects how key his role has been and will be in taking the company forward. Congratulations Sean!”

Simply Jobs Boards

Simply Jobs Boards has appointed Georgia Cox as the new Advertising Agency Sales Manager.

Formerly a National Account Manager of StepStone, home to generic job boards such as Total Jobs and, Georgia will head up the sales strategy alongside the current Head of Sales Operations, Hannah Tillotson.

Ian Partington, Chief Executive of Simply Jobs Boards, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Georgia to Simply and I’m confident she will have a big part to play in continuing to drive the business forward. After recently celebrating our 15th anniversary as a business, I think it shows that our thirst to work towards bigger and better things is still evident.”

When asked about the switch from StepStone to Simply Jobs Boards, Georgia said: “For me this is about working with a niche and dynamic organisation. In the past I’ve worked with clients such as McLaren, BMW, Lidl and Tesco, so I’m excited to work with new clients as well the existing client base at Simply.”

Next Ventures

Next Ventures have announced the appointment of Liz Mulhall-Brewer who joins the business as Head of Talent Acquisition. Liz joins NV with some great industry experience; initially starting her recruitment career as a Business Change Contracts recruiter, she then moved in-house to experience recruitment on the other side of the fence. After 2 years of working in-house, Liz moved to Cognitive Group as their Talent Manager where she was responsible for all internal hiring. After 3 successful years at CG she saw the headcount double and 95% of these hires were sourced directly.

When asked why Liz joined NV, she stated:  “What really drew me to NV was the opportunity they have to grow. NV has five niche practice areas; SAP – Data – Business Applications – Development & Integration – Cloud & Infrastructure. When you factor in that Next Ventures are building teams with geographic focus, each team is spilt into permanent and contract recruitment, they are built both locally and for their international offices, the volume of hires the business needs to make, to get strong market coverage, is much bigger than any opportunity I have had before.  

“In addition to the ambitious plans for growth, Next Ventures have a great story to tell. Their passion for quality, focusing always on building partnerships, never just short-term gains and nurturing creativity in their employees to go above and beyond is very refreshing. These values have attracted two recent superb hires of Nick Savage and Nick Gatenby, strengthening sales and internal employee training and development.

“I have been genuinely impressed with all I’ve seen and can’t wait to add my contribution to this undoubtedly successful formula

NV co-founder Darren Rosenfeld commented: “Liz will be a real asset to our business, whilst her key focus is on talent attraction, she is really passionate about people development. She will enhance the great work already being done by Nick Gatenby in empowering NV staff, strengthening our position as the go-to niche technology agency in London for enthusiastic and talented recruiters.”

Jurys Inn

Jurys Inn, the leading UK and Irish hotel group, has announced the appointment of Julieann Brennan as its new Head of HR for the Group.

Julieann begins her new role with over 20 years of senior management experience in the hospitality industry, having held various roles throughout Jurys Inn. Most recently, Julieann was Senior Regional Operations Manager where she was responsible for 12 hotels across the Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels UK & Ireland. Prior to this, she held the position of Head of Franchise Hotels at Amaris Hospitality, and various Regional Operations Manager roles across the UK, Ireland and Prague.

In her new position, Julieann will be responsible for leading the overall people strategy for Jurys Inn Group, covering areas such as recruitment and selection, learning and development, employee engagement, employer relations and compensation and benefits. She will also play a key role in building out a strong talent pipeline as the Group embarks on an ambitious expansion plan, and managing Jurys Inn’s recent partnership with Scope and The Cedar Foundation.

Julieann’s appointment follows the recent announcement that Jurys Inn has assumed responsibility for the management of Leonardo Hotels across the UK, making her responsible for developing HR initiatives for a total of 3,000 employees across the Group.

Commenting on the appointment, Jason Carruthers, Managing Director of Jurys Inn, said: “Julieann will be an asset to the senior management team and brings extensive knowledge of the business from her varied roles over the past 20 years. Over 80% of our General Managers are recruited from within, and given our ambitious expansion plans for the Group, maintaining and attracting this talent will be essential.”

Julieann Brennan said: “I’m delighted and very much welcome this new role within Jurys Inn. I’m a firm believer that our people are at the core of our business and operations, and look forward to working closely with Jason and the wider management team to ensure that our people strategy supports our organisational strategy and our very valuable talent throughout all areas of our business.”


Capita Resourcing is pleased to announce the appointment of Geoff Smith as Executive Director.

As part of this role, Geoff will lead Capita Resourcing and build initiatives to provide clients with a greater range of quality, innovative resourcing solutions to help them overcome the complex challenges they face.

Geoff’s appointment as Executive Director further strengthens the leadership team across Capita’s People Solution division, which is focused on delivering hire-to-retire services for a large number of public and private sector clients.

Geoff joins Capita from ManpowerGroup, where he was Managing Director of Experis, one of the largest resourcing and IT services businesses in Europe. As well as being responsible for the Experis brand across Europe, Geoff managed the UK & Ireland business comprising more than 500 staff and specialised in the technology and digital workforce market. He also managed the Experis brand rollout and managed the business through a series of acquisitions and growth periods.

Erika Bannerman, Executive Officer for Capita’s People Solutions Division, said: “Geoff shares our passion for people, collaborative working and fantastic client solutions. He has an impressive track record for delivering innovative and tech-enabled workforce solutions and holds a wealth of industry and leadership expertise.”

Commenting on his appointment, Geoff said: “I’m looking forward to supporting Capita Resourcing’s digitalisation and growth plans. Capita has world-class capabilities and tech-enabled solutions, which Capita Resourcing has the opportunity to leverage to deliver state-of-the-art talent solutions to our clients. I’m excited at the prospect of developing and delivering creative talent solutions for Capita’s clients.”

Affinity Workforce

Affinity Workforce has announced the appointment of Kevin Green, former chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), as a non-executive director.

At a time when the education, health and social care sectors are experiencing an unprecedented recruitment crisis, the appointment strengthens the position of Affinity Workforce as innovators in attracting and retaining the most talented individuals within these sectors. 

Nicola McQueen, CEO of Affinity Workforce, said: “Both public and private sector providers of care and education have struggled for too long to attract and retain quality staff and the recruitment industry has been slow to respond. As a business, our focus is on injecting the fresh thinking needed to tackle the recruitment crisis head on and help employers provide the support their staff need to enjoy long and fulfilling careers.

“We are delighted to welcome Kevin to the board. His decades of experience in transforming business and industry aligns with our vision to bring greater professionalism to recruitment practice within our core sectors – for both employers and our candidates.”

Kevin Green said, “I am delighted to be joining the board of one of the UKs leading recruiters to the education, health and social care sectors. This is an exciting time for Affinity as it focuses on helping local authorities, schools and healthcare settings find and keep the high quality staff they need in times of shortage and austerity. The business strategy of providing greater value through innovation and service is absolutely what’s needed and I am looking forward to supporting Nicola McQueen and her team in delivering this over the next few years."

In his previous role, Kevin Green played a key part in launching the Good Recruitment Campaign, an initiative to help organisations ensure their recruitment strategies attract the right candidates. He also spearheaded the formation of the Institute for Recruitment Professionals, the representative body for recruiters and resourcing specialists. As a former HR Director at the Royal Mail, he was part of the leadership team which transformed the organisation into a profitable business in 2007.

Kevin will be helping to drive the direction of the business as it expands and develops its recruitment services within the education, health and social care sectors. 

Thursday, 25 October 2018

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