29th April 2016

Expert bolsters accountant’s unique recruitment search service

UNW has appointed senior recruitment specialist Laura Dean to its Strategic Talent team, a unique service in the North East to help businesses appoint the right people and develop their senior management teams.

Laura joins consultants Peter Neal and Dave Bowman, creating a team with more than 35 years’ combined experience of supporting companies to recruit senior talent.

The Strategic Talent division, launched last year, has already worked with clients in the public and private sectors to fill key roles including financial director, financial controller and head of risk and assurance positions. They include helping Responsive Engineering to appoint Graeme Cook as managing director, bringing manufacturing director John Tweedlie to County Durham’s CA Group and the recruitment of finance director Richard Lowry to house builder Cussins.

Laura is originally from County Durham and returned to the North East in 2007 after studying and working in Edinburgh. She has 10 years’ experience as a senior financial recruitment specialist and has worked at Reed Finance, Nigel Wright – alongside Peter and David – and NRG. She joins UNW from NRG, where she led and managed the finance recruitment team, and had personal responsibility for senior financial appointments.

Laura said: “I enjoyed working with Peter and Dave and always kept in touch so the opportunity to join them again at UNW really appealed.

“Having supplied UNW with recruitment services in the past I was aware of its excellent reputation in the market. It’s great to be part of something new and ambitious; there are no other North East accountancy and advisory firms offering this service to clients, so it’s unique.

“Since its introduction the Strategic Talent team has had a really positive response. Everyone seems really receptive to the idea and I’m looking forward to building on the excellent foundations laid in the last few months.”

Laura’s role will focus on niche financial recruitment, using her own strong network of contacts and the wider network within UNW to help clients find new executive and non-executive Board members and recruit their senior management teams. The Strategic Talent team’s in depth knowledge of people within the sector means they recognise the relevant individuals to contact when suitable positions come up that may be of interest.

Laura said: “The work is about using a network of contacts, catching up with people and maintaining relationships so we know who to approach.”

Laura’s appointment strengthens the financial recruitment element of the team and will allow UNW to provide expertise in recruiting a broader range of positions.

Dave Bowman said: “I’m delighted to be working with Laura again in the Strategic Talent team.

“She has a high quality, consultative approach to the job and her network of contacts will be invaluable to expanding the service.

“UNW works with a range of clients, and our knowledge of their organisations, strategy, culture and potential issues through our audit, tax and corporate finance services means we are well-placed to deliver on their senior talents needs, and help support the growth of their business.”

Photo: Front, l-r: Rajan and Anjali Malhotra, Marjorie Ridgway / Back, l-r: Alan Suggett, Karen Simms, Amanda Maskery, Paul Graham

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