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Livingston James opens up new public sector opportunities with appointment of sector expert

The internationally-operating recruitment and leadership advisory business has secured the services of Douglas Adam, who has spent more than 17 years working for a FTSE 250 recruitment business. He will be Practice Lead for the public and not for profit sectors.

The appointment of Adam, who joined the firm at the start of October, is a direct response to fast changes in both the public and private sector landscapes and will add to Livingston James's growing portfolio of specialisms.

Adam attended Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh where he gained an MA in economics. He started his career in Cambridge, where he focused on interim recruitment.

He returned to Scotland in 2002 concentrating on both interim and permanent recruitment within the public and not for profit sectors and developing the overall public sector strategy for a number of businesses, including finance and professional services. From 2010, he has focussed on board level appointments.

Adam said, "I very much welcome the opportunity to join Livingston James which, though a relatively new player to the market, has brought a fresh approach to executive search and opened up interesting new avenues of choice.

"With ongoing budgetary pressures in the public and not for profit sectors, it is of paramount importance that organisations are able to source the highest calibre professionals from the widest pool of candidates."

With Adam's appointment, the establishment of a dedicated public and not for profit practice focusing purely on senior and executive appointments will be a primary focus. However, he will also undertake senior executive search within private enterprises.

The Livingston James Group, whose turnover is approaching &pound2 million and employs 23 staff in Edinburgh and Glasgow, has established a reputation for sourcing the best people in UK recruitment. The company recently has established a number of new specialist businesses, including Rutherford Cross and Drummond Bridge.

Jamie Livingston, group director, said, "As the economy recovers, the demand for talent is increasing in the private sector and this, in turn, is creating competitive pressures in the public sector.

"Many organisations are having to do more with less, and appointments must be made correctly. Douglas Adam has unrivalled experience of both public and private sector business life and his skillsets will add immeasurably to the Livingston James team."



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