Our Company Board of Directors
Julie Baddeley, aged 66, is Non-Executive Chairman and was appointed to the Board in September 2011. She was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Nomination Committee at the AGM in June 2013. Julie has held directorships at the BOC Group, Camelot Group plc, Spice plc, the Yorkshire Building Society and the Woolwich. Previously, Julie headed a global team as partner in charge of a substantial part of Accenture’s change management practice. Julie is also a Non-Executive Director of Ebiquity plc, Chrysalis VCT plc and Senior Independent Director at Marshall of Cambridge Ltd.
Chief Executive Officer
Albert Ellis, aged 53, is Chief Executive Officer and was appointed to the Board in February 2000, as Group Finance Director. He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in June 2005. He is a trustee of Asia House and was previously a Finance Director with Hays plc.
Group Finance Director
Mark Garratt, aged 51, was appointed to the Board in April 2017. He is a Fellow of the ICAEW and has been a CFO/Group Finance Director in a variety of human services companies over the last 20 years, including a number of years in staffing and outsourcing businesses. He has experience of listed companies and has wide M&A and projects experience. Mark is also an Independent Expert member of the London School of Economics.
European Managing Director
Simon Wassall, aged 54, was appointed to the Board in October 2005. He has been with the Group since 1994 and is responsible for the UK and European IT recruitment operations.
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Ian Davies, aged 62, is a Non-Executive Director and was appointed to the Board in September 2010. He was appointed Senior Independent Director at the AGM in June 2013 and is Chairman of the Audit Committee. Ian is a former Coopers & Lybrand audit partner and has significant listed Board experience. He is currently Deputy Chairman of BMT Group Limited, and Chairman of their Audit Committee and Employee Benefit Trust. Ian is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Chairman of the ICAEW Remuneration Committee and an elected member of the Council.
David Bezem, aged 56, joined the Board in June 2013 and became Chairman of the Remuneration Committee in September 2014. He is also a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee of Focusrite plc. David was previously an investment banker with more than 25 years’ experience of advising UK public companies across a wide range of sectors. David qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co in 1984.
Kevin Thomas, aged 63, is a Non-Executive Director and was appointed in May 2014. He served on the Board of Babcock International Group plc and as Chief Executive Officer of their Support Services Division for five years before stepping down from these roles in December 2015. He continues his relationship with Babcock as Non-Executive Chairman of two joint venture companies carrying out the decommissioning of civil nuclear power stations. He is also a member of the Council of Brunel University London. He is a Doctor of Business (h.c.) of Brunel University, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Freeman of the City of London.