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Sizeable expansion for Grays Executive Search just 3 months after launch

This announcement comes just three months after the executive recruitment specialists first opened their doors at the exciting redevelopment at Kings Cross, London. 

Grays Executive Search specialises in senior and board level recruitment across a range of sectors and is part of Cordant Recruitment, the second-largest privately owned recruitment company in the UK.

Its expansion is six months ahead of its plans to create a footprint outside of London, accelerated by the rapidly rising demand for both its executive and interim search services in the UK and overseas.

The consultancy has doubled its team to six specialist consultants who will work between London and Birmingham, and the company plans to open a third office in Manchester later in the year.

Phillip Machell will be based at the new Birmingham office as Managing Director of Grays Executive Interim division. He has 22 years experience in senior level recruitment and an outstanding track record in the interim space. As Executive Director at Michael Page for four years,  Phillip worked under Simon Bell, now Group Managing Director for Grays Executive, and together they masterminded the success of Michael Page's Executive Interim division.  Phillip has also been managing director for a leading recruiter in the manufacturing and rail sector, and has had a lot of experience in the interim automotive industry.

"Birmingham was the natural next step to grow the business," said Phillip Machell, Managing Director of Grays Executive Interim division. " It's a global centre for business, commerce and industry and is home to the UK's largest manufacturing and engineering centre so it fits the diverse range of sectors that we recruit across."

"Not only am I local to the area but I bring to the team a lot of contacts, especially in the industrial markets, which we are already successfully leveraging to help companies in Birmingham, UK wide and overseas, find and retain the best talent for short-term and permanent roles."


Simon Bell, Group Managing Director of Grays Executive, commented, "Expanding into the interim market was an obvious move for us. It has been part of our growth strategy however, we've brought the launch forward to support our clients' needs and Phillip is the perfect person to head up this division.  His boundless innovation and his breadth of experience is a winning formula for building businesses from scratch and in helping us become the market leader in all our chosen specialist areas.

"What's more, it's an exciting time to be joining Grays. Now, with a range of executive search services across  a number of sectors and offices in two of the biggest cities in the UK, we're ready to take an even bigger slice of the high-end recruitment market.  We expect to triple our staff numbers and open another office by the end of this year with an eye on expanding overseas in the near future." 


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