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In January 2021, in addition to running all UK operations, Nick became responsible for the Group’s North American business

PageGroup plc, the specialist recruitment consultancy, announced that Nick Kirk has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer designate of the company.

This follows the company’s announcement in April 2022 that it had commenced a process to identify Steve Ingham’s successor. The appointment of Nick Kirk follows a thorough and rigorous selection process, led by the Nomination Committee of the Board.

Nick Kirk has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer designate with immediate effect and he will take over as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and join the Board on 1 January 2023. Steve Ingham will step down as CEO and from the Board with effect from 31 December 2022.

Nick has exceptional experience of the Group and the sector. He joined as a consultant in 1995 in Michael Page Sales in the UK.

He was promoted to lead that discipline in 2007. In 2009, he transferred across to Page Personnel with a brief to transform the operating model. Following his success in this role, he was promoted to Regional Managing Director in 2013 and took on the additional responsibility of Michael Page Finance. In 2018 he became UK Managing Director and delivered significant progress in the area of DE&I.

In January 2021, in addition to running all UK operations, Nick became responsible for the Group’s North American business. That year, he led the US – one of the Group’s Large High Potential Markets – to a record annual performance.

Angela Seymour-Jackson, Chair, commented: “I am delighted to announce Nick Kirk as the next CEO of PageGroup. Nick has been critical to the success of the Group to date, having a proven track record of leading the business in key markets such as the UK and North America. Nick’s extensive understanding of the Company and its culture will ensure PageGroup continues on its successful growth trajectory.

“Steve Ingham has been an exceptional and inspirational CEO over the last 17 years. He will be missed by employees, candidates and clients alike. Under Steve’s leadership since becoming CEO in 2006, the Group has tripled its headcount and gross profit, with operations now in 37 countries. The Board, along with his many friends at PageGroup, wish him the very best, not least in respect of his endeavours to raise the profile, and progression, of disability rights in the workplace.”

Steve Ingham said: “Having been CEO for 17 years, I understand the privilege and responsibility of this position, and I am delighted to be handing over to Nick. Having worked with Nick for many years I have witnessed first-hand the strength and depth of his leadership and operational skills and his ability to deliver results. I have no doubt that PageGroup will continue to go from strength to strength and continue to create value for all its stakeholders under Nick’s leadership.”

Nick Kirk also commented: “After nearly 28 years with PageGroup, it is an incredible honour to be appointed as the next CEO. I am excited to have the opportunity to lead this great company and look forward to working with the Board, the Executive Team and our highly talented workforce to drive the business further forward. I would like to thank Steve for his support and mentorship over the years, it has been invaluable. I know that he’ll bring the same drive and focus to his work championing the rights of people with disabilities, particularly in the workplace. He leaves the business in great shape, being more diversified across geographies and sectors than ever before and with a purpose-driven and employee-centric culture, which I consider to be unique in recruitment.”

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RefuAid offers English language tuition to clients

A consortium made up of a number of UK-based employers, brought together by entrepreneur Emma Sinclair, MBE has pledged resettlement support to those who have fled the conflict in Ukraine. The scheme will offer language support as well as jobs to refugees arriving in the UK.

Most skilled professions require intensive English language tuition and UK re-accreditation to practice, which usually involves undertaking exams and/or further training. This process is prohibitively expensive for those who have sought sanctuary in the UK and is time consuming. The purpose of the scheme’s providing language support will largely speed up this process.

Companies such as FDM plc, PageGroup plc, PWC and Portman Dental Group are each sponsoring 50 RefuAid clients to learn English language and receive resettlement support. Sponsors will not have the right to employ the clients at the end of their courses.

Over 120 large companies (and many smaller ones) have engaged and have expressed interest in joining the consortium. Some of these businesses are: Caffe Nero, Capital One, Domino’s Pizza, Dunelm, Mitie, Mondalez, Nando’s, Northumbrian Water, Sodexho, Speedy Services, Wincanton, WPP and many more. Many are announcing other initiatives in support such as The AA and WH Smiths.

Emma Sinclair, MBE commented: “My father’s side of the family came from Ukraine, fleeing pogroms and persecution. It is not surprising – but very uplifting – to see how quickly business has stepped up to fill an urgent gap in light of the Ukrainian crisis. There is an overwhelming desire to help refugees resettle and have meaningful lives, finding employment commensurate with experience.

“The slow, bureaucratic process to set up a life in the UK needs to be sped up. This launch initiative is the first step towards significantly accelerating the pace that the United Kingdom can do that – and do that better. A second large wave of supporters has already been assembled and we will shortly be ready to expand the programme. I hope through this consortium that we are seeing the beginning of much needed blue print for how to help refugees arriving on our shores to lead dignified independent lives, for all our benefit.”

Kevin Ellis, Chairman and Senior Partner at PwC, made comment: “A profession is part of someone’s identity – we want to use our strengths as a training business to support refugees into the right work for them. This is a no-brainer for businesses looking for talented people, and we’re delighted to work with other businesses to get moving on this important pilot which aligns with our existing activities to support refugees.”

Steve Ingham, CEO at PageGroup commented: “With over 40 years’ experience of changing lives, we will continue to use our expertise to create opportunities. Being part of the Business.Consortium allows us to provide talent to UK businesses that are crying out for skilled employees as well as break down entry barriers to employment for the Ukrainian refugees.”

Rod Flavell, CEO, FDM Group also commented: “We are very excited to be joining forces with the other businesses to offer job opportunities to Ukrainian refugees. Last year FDM recruited over 2,500 new joiners into our permanent workforce. We are looking to hire in excess of that number in 2022 so we are open minded as to numbers.”  

Anna Jones, CEO, RefuAid: “Forced migration is one of the leading issues of our generation. Whilst governments must be called upon to provide safe and legal routes to sanctuary more support is needed to enable people to rebuild their lives in the new communities they find themselves. This consortium displays the amazing capacity businesses and the third sector have to create change by working together to support people and RefuAid are thrilled to be a part of it.

If you’d like to join the Business.Consortium please contact Emma Sinclair, MBE.



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