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High-flying recruitment boss takes top job at 37

High-flying recruitment boss takes top job at 37

A FORMER recruitment consultant has continued his meteoric rise through the industrial staffing business where he has spent his entire career by becoming managing director.

Mark Roberts, 37, joined gap personnel in 1998 shortly after leaving university, when the company was a fledgling start-up. 

As one of gap’s first employees, his role involved collecting the agency’s temporary workers from their homes at 4am and driving them to early-morning shifts to ensure they made it to work on time.

Since then Mark has progressed steadily through the ranks, as gap has grown to become one of the UK’s 10 largest industrial recruitment agencies.

The company, which has its head office in Wrexham, North Wales, now offers nationwide coverage across seven regions through high street branches, specialist divisions and an on-site network.

Group turnover for 2012 was &pound72m – an increase of 19% on the previous year.

gap employs more than 200 members of staff, places and payrolls 7,000 temporary workers a week, and in 2012 provided staffing solutions to nearly 1,200 clients.

Mark became UK operations director in 2008, and his promotion to managing director will see him assume overarching control of day-to-day operational matters across all regions and divisions within the gap group.

Mark, a member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s industrial executive committee, said: “I feel immensely honoured and excited to be assuming the role of managing director at this crucial stage in gap’s growth.

“Having been with gap since the early days, I have seen the company grow to become one of the UK’s largest industrial recruitment agencies.

“We may have grown considerably, but today we are just as dynamic, hungry and determined to succeed as we have ever been. That’s what makes gap a fantastic place to work.

“I am determined to maintain and accelerate our growth as we strive to become a &pound105m-turnover business by 2015, and look forward to working closely with everyone associated with gap to ensure this happens.”

gap founder Gary Dewhurst becomes chief executive officer (CEO) and will continue to play an important strategic role within the business. 

Meanwhile, UK operations director Emma Ceballos has returned to the company after taking a 12-month sabbatical.


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