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Arctic Shores appoints new chair targeting D&I for two million candidates

Leading behaviour-based assessment provider Arctic Shores has appointed industry veteran Adam Hale as the company’s new chair.

Formerly CEO of HR tech scale-up Fairsail (later Sage People post-acquisition), Hale’s other roles include chairman of ScaleUp Institute, board member of Unit4, advisor to e-days and a member of the ScaleUp Group.

Arctic Shores CEO Robert Newry said: “We’re excited to have someone of Adam’s pedigree and experience join as chair of Arctic Shores. He knows the HR Tech space, he knows how to create a successful scale-up SaaS business, and above all he is passionate about challenging the status quo. His appointment puts us in the best possible position to disrupt the industry and refocus recruitment to potential and capability instead of skills and experience.”


Hale said he was delighted to come aboard to help the Arctic Shores team overhaul an industry crying out for innovation. “Companies today are desperate for tools to improve diversity and reduce bias while at the same time giving a great candidate experience. I firmly believe we’re looking at the future of assessment,” he said.


Hale’s appointment is announced just weeks after the company received total funding of £580,000, including investment from the UK Government’s Future Fund, rubber-stamping Arctic Shores’ status as a ground-breaking British innovator.

The funding will be directed towards furthering the company’s mission to give candidates of all backgrounds a fair, unbiased opportunity to demonstrate their full potential to employers.

Through its innovative psychometric tests, the company hit one million candidate assessments in January and is now targeting two million candidates by the end of 2020.

Maria Wagner, investment director at Beringea, commented: “Arctic Shores solves a substantial pain point for companies, particularly in the current environment: it helps them assess candidates remotely and remove unconscious bias from their recruitment process.

“The backing of the Future Fund is important recognition of this mission. Adam will provide essential scaling expertise from his Fairsail experience as we look to deliver on our ambitious plans for Arctic Shores.”

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