Pertemps appoints new chair

Pertemps Ltd, the recruitment solutions provider, has appointed Carmen Watson as chairman. Carmen Watson - Pertemps Chairman

Carmen, aged 56, is succeeding Mike Owen who is stepping back as part of a planned succession strategy.  She joined Pertemps in 1976 as a secretary, and at the age of 24, Carmen was running a £5 million branch operation in Wolverhampton.  In 1983, she became a board director.

As chairman, her role will be to work with the Pertemps board to drive the next phase of the company’s growth strategy.   Carmen’s industry expertise will prove invaluable in the light of the current business strategy.

Earlier this year, Network Holdings delisted from AIM and re-joined the Pertemps business to form the Pertemps Network Group (PNG).  Private equity provider LDC made a £28 million investment in the new operation which is one of the UK’s largest, privately owned recruitment services business.

Commenting on her appointment, Carmen said:  “I have been part of the Pertemps family for over three decades and am passionate about my contribution to its continued success.   My role will be one of stewardship of the business, and the priority will be to steer the company to greater expansion; that includes ensuring the Pertemps infrastructure and strategy is fit for purpose to manage this growth either organically or through acquisitions.

“We have a great set of talented people and I am looking forward to serving my part in the team which has a track record in increasing revenues.”

Pertemps Ltd (the commercial and industrial arm of the Pertemps Network Group) is a £350m turnover business with over 100 branches across the UK. It provides recruitment services to private sector businesses and public sector organisations including small/medium sized business and larger blue chip companies. It operates across a wide range of specialist sectors including IT, finance and legal as well as its traditional core recruitment of administration/PA/secretarial, industrial, warehouse operatives and driving.

Carmen added:  “Having worked through several recessions, I have seen businesses fighting all sorts of challenges, not least one of whether to recruit or not. Mounting and complex employment regulation can be a minefield; what the UK economy doesn’t need is businesses ‘dropping their anchors’ when it comes to recruitment.

“That is where we come in.   Our strategy is to embed ourselves into our clients’ goals, objectives and cultures.  By getting under the skin of their organisation, we can deliver the right recruitment solutions.  We want to free businesses up to concentrate on their core activities and let us shoulder their employment needs.”

Tim Watts, lifetime president of PNG, said: “Carmen has been part of the Pertemps family for a large part of my working life. Over the last 36 years, I have worked with her on many projects and have seen her flourish.  Pertemps is in safe hands with Carmen at the helm, and she is without doubt going to take the company to a new level of sustained growth.” 

Carmen is a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment and Employment Confederation, and, as an active member of Business in the Community, she sits on the board of Race for Opportunity.  She is an avid supporter of diversity in the workplace.

Pertemps was placed 32nd in the Sunday Times 2012 Top 100 Companies to work for, and was ranked 103rd in the recent Sunday Times/Grant Thornton Top Track 250.