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Leading professional staffing recruitment agency Barclay Meade, part of the Matchtech Group, has expanded its executive search team with the appointment of ex-England rugby international Jon Sleightholme.
Jon will be launching the consultancys new sport and leisure division which will focus on sourcing and identifying individuals with the winning mentality from the commercial world into executive sports roles where such a mindset can help them forge successful careers.
Jons time playing professional rugby saw him reach the peak of international success, winning 12 successive caps for the England team. Since ending his playing career in 2003, Jon has successfully transferred the level of success he achieved on the pitch to the commercial arena, working across the business development and recruitment sectors.
Prior to joining Barclay Meade, Jon was responsible for launching recruitment and career transition business Sport2Business.  He also spent some time as head of business development for a division of the Caudwell Group.
Jon says: Being part of the Barclay Meade Executive Search team and heading up the sports and leisure practice presents a great opportunity at a time when commercial understanding of board level execs in the sport and leisure market has come to the fore.
The sporting world has changed beyond belief in the past 10 to 15 years. The business acumen of those in charge of professional teams and governing bodies is as important to their survival as the success of the players and teams themselves. My primary objective is to identify the top 20 per cent of executive level high achievers in the business world and match their commercial understanding and inherent winning DNA to executive roles within the sporting arena to help these kinds of businesses achieve their own commercial goals.
In this professional era, we will do well to remember that sport is ultimately a business and like any company, they want to hire the best for their brand, a leader who can take them forwards and be in a position to achieve more medals and trophies under the guidance of a commercially agile executive.
James Hartshorne, head of search at Barclay Meade, adds: "Its a real coup to sign someone of Jon's calibre and capability. Jon strengthens a match-winning team at Barclay Meade Executive Search and further underlines our commitment to hiring thought leaders from within their specialist sectors.
The sport and leisure division is one of a number of industry specific practice groups that operate under the Barclay Meade Executive Search umbrella. The consultancy is divided into dedicated teams that are hugely experienced in a number of industries, including banking and financial services, technology and professional services, science, energy and utilities, engineering, FMCG and retail.


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