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HR expert appointed to lead expansion into niche market

Johnson brings a wealth of experience to the firm after previously holding senior HR positions at a number of well-known companies including British Airways, British Aerospace and Northern Rail.

Johnson has also worked at several financial institutions including Northern Rock, Halifax, Citibank and previously led the HR teams at both Bradford & Bingley and Birmingham Midshires Building Society.

In his role at Project:Search, which is a division of chartered accountancy firm Clough & Company, Johnson will work alongside fellow directors Richard Sherrard and Adrian Davies overseeing the recruitment of all types of HR professionals.

Johnson says, “The recruitment industry caters for nearly all professions but HR is an area that’s become increasingly technical.  Having worked in HR for a wide range of organisations I completely understand the challenges that companies face recruiting quality HR staff and this is especially true when it comes to finding people that specialise across the varied and often complex functions of HR. In addition our ability to delve into a candidates past experience enables us to add more rigour to the selection process. We feel there’s now a real opportunity to create a point of difference in the market by using experienced HR people, with genuine expertise, to recruit HR professionals.”  

Sherrard says, “Paul is highly respected throughout the HR and recruitment industries and has an enviable track-record at numerous blue-chip companies where all his roles have involved extensive HR recruitment activity as well as working with senior teams to reorganise, restructure and increase the capability of HR to match the needs of the business.  We’re delighted to welcome him to the team and I’m sure his experience will prove to be hugely valuable as we develop our service offering in this specialist area.”

Project:Search was established two years ago and offers a full range of board level and executive recruitment services across all industries.  For further information on Project:Search visit or call 01274 876333.



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