On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

Billy Jackson

Derby- and London-based recruitment company Ford and Stanley has promoted Billy Jackson to managing consultant with a move into the firm’s executive search business.

Jackson joined the company as recruitment consultant in August 2021, before becoming senior consultant and then business manager. Before embarking on his recruitment career in 2020, Billy worked in sales as a technology specialist.

Jackson: “The progression into Executive Search is a natural next step in my career and will enable me to utilise my passion and expertise in digital and technology to support leaders of innovative organisations in building their executive leadership teams.”

Daniel Taylor, director said: “Throughout Billy’s career at Ford and Stanley what became apparent was his communication, ability to consult and willingness to go above and beyond for clients and candidates. As an organisation, we pride ourselves on identifying and unlocking potential and allowing people to play to their strengths. We do this by providing opportunities to experience and explore working in different businesses within the group.

“Billy joining our executive search business provides real strength in depth, in addition to bringing expertise and knowledge of the tech and digital sectors, which has been an exceptional area of growth throughout 2023.”

Geoff Bruce

Engineering services provider, Edwin James Group, has appointed Geoff Bruce to head up the EJ Academy supporting learning and development (L&D) for the group.

Bruce, who joined the business in March 2023, will lead learning and development efforts across the entire group under The EJ Academy banner.

The EJ Academy programme is designed to support upskilling and reskilling and provides learning opportunities from apprentice to boardroom.

Mark Longley, corporate services director, Edwin James Group said: “Learning and development plays a key role in our ambition to set a new standard in the UK engineering services sector. As we grow, it’s important that we have the right training and processes in place to ensure that all colleagues have the same experience and can make the most of the opportunities that the group can offer.

“We have a commitment to nurturing talent from within, and Geoff’s appointment reflects his outstanding contributions since joining the company.”

Bruce added: “This role is an opportunity to build on the values that drew me to Edwin James Group in the first place. Fostering a welcoming environment, bridging the skills gap, and nurturing talent from within all speak to what matters most to me: creating a company where everyone feels valued, supported, and ready to excel.”

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