January 9, 2017 – U.K. recruitment firm Acorn has strengthened its executive search division with the additions of Laura Nicholas, Gareth Edwards and Jan Hughes. Since its launch in 2015, Acorn’s executive search division has worked on over 40 vacancies for CEOs, finance leaders, sales & marketing directors, and executive & non-exec board members, placing senior professionals into a number of top positions across the U.K.
Ms. Nicholas has over seven years of experience in recruitment having previously run her own multi-million dollar recruitment business. She also gained experience with Coleg Sir Gâr and Business in Focus. “After selling my company I stayed in touch with companies and business people through my management consultancy work but my plan was always to return to the executive recruitment field,” said Ms. Nicholas. “I’m delighted to have become a part of Acorn, where we have ambitious growth plans in place, both nationally and internationally.”
Mr. Edwards worked with leading recruitment brands for many years before launching his own global executive search and resourcing consultancy, Mantaray Executive Resources, in 2011. “Joining Acorn allows me to continue to do what I do best: provide expert precision search service, find good people and place them with reputable employers,” said Mr. Edwards. “But as part of Acorn I can also offer employers so much more, with a number of specialist recruitment services, incredible search techniques and greater marketing support for vacancies.”
Ms. Hughes also previously ran her own specialist recruitment consultancy before joining Acorn. She gained search experience with REED, Red Recruitment, APLUS Appointments, and Hays. “I share Laura and Gareth’s vision that Acorn’s executive search division is developing quickly to be the leading senior level recruitment company,” Ms. Hughes added. “Building on Acorn’s excellent contacts and reputation, we will continue to demonstrate to businesses and individuals that our services, connections and experience are second-to-none.”
Acorn director Dan Langford, who leads the specialist executive search team, said: “We’re encouraged by the success and progress we’ve made to date, not just in terms of the number of senior placements we have made and are currently working on, but in particular with the quality of the feedback and repeat business we’re attracting from our clients.”
Acorn launched its senior executive search division in response to the increasing demand it has been experiencing. It works closely with its Acorn Global arm, which was launched in 2013 in order to place senior professionals internationally.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media