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Chris Bartlett named Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors

Chris Bartlett named Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors

In a year that sees GCS celebrate its 21st birthday, further celebration is now in order as company founder and Managing Director Chris Bartlett has been named Director of the Year in the &pound25m - &pound99.9m category of the London and South East Institute of Directors Awards.

“It’s a tremendous accolade and quite humbling to be honoured by your peers with such an award” commented Bartlett. “I’ve often compared being a director to managing a football team – without a great team on the pitch, the manager isn’t going to get very far. This award is testament to the incredibly talented teams we have at GCS, from our home-grown management team to the future superstars currently learning the business within the GCS Academy. I consider myself most fortunate to work with such a passionate and inspiring group of people.”

Chris’ intense commitment to others is exemplified in his ongoing charity work, which includes leading a GCS climbing team up the three highest peaks in the UK and, in less than a month, sees him running the London Marathon for an impressive fourth time. He has recently finished a tour of UK Universities, where he has delivered a series of seminars to third year students about the economy, the jobs market and the realities of recruitment.

"This is great for GCS – and also the recruitment industry as a whole” continued Bartlett. “Being recognised by the IOD suggests that recruiters are being acknowledged as having an integral role in helping the country out of recession.  The success of a recruitment company is a great barometer for the economy - if a recruitment business is achieving record growth, it's only logical to conclude that there is an increase in hiring."

 “I started working with Chris way back in 1996” says GCS Managing Director, David Bloxham. “He is genuinely one of the most talented yet down to earth people I have ever met. His enthusiasm is infectious and his humility is inspiring. When he told me know he had been named Director of the Year, his words were & lsquo;We won’. We. Not I. His desire to see others succeed is paramount. In his words, he considers himself & lsquo;lucky to work with talented and motivated people’ but the truth is that those people would be a lot less talented and motivated if Chris wasn’t there to offer us his unending support and advice”. Anybody who has ever worked with Chris will agree that this Director of the Year award is beyond well-deserved and a fitting testament to Chris as a person and a professional”.

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