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Ford and Stanley appoints new MD

James Wall joins from Shorterm Ltd, where he was a director and responsible for managing contract and permanent recruitment services to over 60 key clients in the UK and Europe. 

He said that the unique aspects of Ford & Stanley’s wider service offerings, it’s rapid growth to date and the prospect of building the UK’s leading recruitment supplier to the rail and engineering industry was a “major opportunity and one I couldn’t ignore”.

He said: “The existing client base is amazing and includes some of the most prominent rail and engineering companies in the UK. That’s something I want to enhance and add to. 

“The clients are high end so fit with my previous role, and the company has a fantastic reputation in the market place, so you can see the attraction.”

He added, “The opportunities for growth in rail are unprecedented. The current spend by Government is unparalleled, we have electrification, HS2, new line upgrades, new stock needed, and here we are based in Derby, the heartland of the rail industry.

“The company has grown quickly in the last 18 months, but there is a space there to really attack and put Ford & Stanley amongst the forerunners of recruiters in the sector.”

Prior to joining Ford & Stanley, which is based on Pride Park in Derby, Mr Wall ran the largest rail recruitment contract in the UK with Bombardier. 

He said: “Added to everything, I have found at Ford & Stanley a highly skilled and motivated workforce. There’s a buzz around a company really going places.” 

Ford & Stanley Group Chairman, Pete Schofield, said: “Appointing someone of James’ calibre to lead our recruitment services business represents a massive opportunity for the Ford & Stanley Group as a whole.  I am absolutely delighted to welcome him on board and I am looking forward to the exciting 

period of growth that his appointment will drive.”

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