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Strategic Resources appoints directors

The Aberdeen-based firm has recognised the hard work of employees Gary Gray and Brian Robertson who have been promoted to operations and recruitment director and finance director respectively.  In their new roles they will support managing director, Shonah Raffan, in the continued development of the business.

Established in 1987, Strategic Resources provides recruitment and associated services to the global energy industry.  The independent firm has worked hard to become self-financing, reinvesting profits back into the business.  This is a relatively unique concept in the recruitment industry, but one that provides peace of mind to clients and contractors regarding payment.

Previously associate director, Gray's expanded role sees him head up Strategic Resources’ recruitment team and take on greater responsibility for business development and client and partner relations.  A member of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals, Gray joined Strategic Resources in 2005 and has worked in the recruitment industry for the past 13 years.

Robertson steps up to become finance director from the role of finance controller, which he took up five years ago.  A qualified chartered accountant, he has over 30 years’ experience of working with SMEs in the north-east.  In addition to continuing to oversee Strategic Resources’ financial operations Robertson will be responsible for its strategic planning and forecasting, and systems development.

Managing director, Shonah Raffan, said, “Strategic Resources has grown in a sustainable way year-on-year and we remain on target to continue this with our latest set of financial results.  Our continued self-financing status – which is fairly unique for a recruitment consultancy – is certainly a contributing factor to this growth due to the confidence that it instils in our partners.

“We have always acknowledged the role played by our hard working employees – they are central to our business and our success.  Gary and Brian’s promotions reflect this.  They have both made important and valuable contributions to business during their time with us and I look forward to their input at a more senior and strategic level as we take the business forward.”

Founded in 1987, Strategic Resources specialises in contract and permanent recruitment as well as contractor management services for the oil and gas sector.  The agency sources and places candidates and contractors into a variety of commercial, technical, engineering, administrative and senior management positions.  Based in Aberdeen, Strategic Resources employs 12 staff and is both independent and self-financing. For further information, telephone (01224) 628220 or visit

Energy sector recruitment specialist Strategic Resources has made two senior promotions


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