gap personnel celebrates
gap personnel celebrates its own recruitment coup in securing high profile new finance director, Lynne Grigg
Top employment agency, gap personnel, is celebrating its own recruitment coup, having appointed a successful UK businesswoman to the role of finance director.
The arrival of Lynne Grigg is key to helping gaps future growth plans take off, according to company founder and managing director, Gary Dewhurst.Lynne was one of the four founder directors of Go, the low-cost airline set up by British Airways, where she worked alongside Barbara Cassani to build a profitable airline from scratch.
Lynne and her co-directors led a successful MBO before Go was sold to 3i for 100m. The airline was later taken over by easyJet.Lynne, 44, has since been commissioned for consultancy work with multinationals around the world. She spent five months in Singapore, helping set up a new airline, Jetstar Asia, for Qantas, and worked on the Wizz airline launch in Hungary.
Her career wings also spread way beyond global runways. For five years, she was vice-president of finance for a clutch of international investment funds established by Ronald Lauder, son of the late Estee Lauder, founder of one of the worlds first designer cosmetics labels. The work took her from Budapest to Berlin, Paris and New York, and involved dealing with companies in fields varying from banking to media, telecoms and real estate.Before that she spent five years with audit firm Arthur Andersen.Lynne is keen to get to grips with the challenges of her new appointment: I am thrilled to be joining gap personnel. It has obviously been a tough time for the recruitment industry of late, but the team at gap are smart, dedicated and passionate about their business, which is on track to deliver a very strong performance in 2010.
I am looking forward to playing a part in the next phase of their development as the company continues to grow rapidly and profitably".gap personnel recently took occupation of new headquarters at Wrexham Technology Park, North Wales, moving from nearby Johnstown. The bigger premises are better suited to accommodate the growing administrative and management operations of the firm, the largest independent recruitment agency in Wales.
It boasts a 50m brand turnover and a network of 30 branches throughout the UK, with branches in locations ranging from Glasgow to Newton Abbot, Devon.
Gap was ranked ninth in the industrial sector in the latest Recruitment International Awards, which recognise the best 250 recruitment companies in the UK.
Lynne is pleased to have found such a key role close to home. She lives with her family in Chirk, just a 15 minutes drive from the office. Businessman husband, Simon, owns Telford-based Dance Depot, a mail order/internet company supplying dance gear. The couple have four children, aged 10, 8, 6 and 5.
They moved to the area following the sale of Go when Lynne was pregnant with their second child.
She said: Having received a sizeable lump sum from the sale and with a growing family we felt it was time to move to a more rural environment. Its hard to fit in family life with a job where you can be told on Sunday night that you have to be in New York on Monday. Thats why I am so pleased to discover an exciting and forward-thinking operation like Gap right on my doorstep.
The team here clearly has drive and dynamism and I relish the chance of working with them to help this imaginative company further progress.Gary Dewhurst said: Everyone at gap is excited to welcome Lynne, whose wealth of business experience will be invaluable as we continue to grow the business.