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  • Wednesday, 21 November 2018 6 00 pm
  • Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10 00 pm

RI RecruitME Awards Dubai


The Executive Search Firm of the Year

Huxley MENA

The Banking & Finance Recruitment Company of the Year

Robert Walters

The Construction & Engineering Recruitment Company of the Year

SThree - Progressive & Huxley MENA

The Legal Recruitment Company of the Year

Jameson Legal

The IT & Digital Recruitment Company of the Year

Tangent International

The Oil, Gas & Energy Recruitment Company of the Year

NES Global

The Best Contract Recruitment Company of the Year


The Best Recruitment Company in KSA

First Resort Group

The SME Recruitment Company of the Year


The Large Recruitment Company of the Year


The Best Newcomer


The Best Nationalization Recruitment Company of the Year

Mark Williams International FZ-LLC

The world’s biggest and most prestigious recruitment industry awards programme is coming to Dubai and will give you the opportunity to win one of the most coveted accolades in the sector.   RecruitME is teaming up with RI to recognise and reward the region’s best recruitment professionals.  The RI Awards will endorse innovation and best practices in the Middle East recruitment industry and its winners will take away the most exclusive, prestigious and sought after recruitment awards. The search is now on to find and crown the best recruitment and staffing companies in the Middle East. Make certain you are in the Sofitel Palm Beach Resort for the gala black-tie Dinner on Wednesday 21st November 2018.

There is also a sound business reason to enter these awards, its winners and shortlisted entrants are able to leverage the kudos and prestige and make a real return on investment. Each category is unique and will help you in your day to day business. Make this the year to recognize and celebrate the hard work and commitment of your staff by submitting your entries. Just by entering the Awards you are demonstrating to your staff you value and appreciate their hard work and commitment and they will love to show off the unique winner’s trophy!

The RI Awards has an incredible range of judges who will assess and reward only the best recruitment companies and their people in a true celebration of our industry. They are amongst the biggest entrepreneurs, business leaders and pioneers from our industry, both locally and through our global judges. Outstanding recruiters who have established and built some of the biggest brands in recruitment, Randstad, Michael Page, Robert Walters, Harvey Nash, Empresaria and Morgan McKinley - they know the industry and that’s another reason why winning an award carries so much gravitas. The RI Awards are the biggest recognition for our sector so make certain you enter your business, an outstanding individual or preferably both!

Entries are open to all individual recruiters or recruitment companies and the process could not be easier. 

The RI Awards are contested all over the world including the UK where almost 400 CEO’s and owners attend the event. In Shanghai over 500 contested the Awards and 300+ Australia recruiters battled it out in Sydney. In Japan, 200 top recruiters met in Tokyo.

Now RecruitME and RI invite you to prove you are the best in the business in the Middle East.


Important dates:

Entries and submissions open: Sunday 1st July 2018
Entries and submissions deadline : Monday 5th November 2018
Gala Black Tie Awards Dinner - Wednesday 21st November 2018

The Executive Search Firm of the Year
The Banking & Finance Recruitment Company of the Year
The Construction & Engineering Recruitment Company of the Year
The Legal Recruitment Company of the Year
The IT & Digital Recruitment Company of the Year
The Oil, Gas & Energy Recruitment Company of the Year
The Best Contract Recruitment Company of the Year
The Best Recruitment Company in KSA
The SME Recruitment Company of the Year
The Large Recruitment Company of the Year
The Best Newcomer

The Entrepreneur of the Year
The Hall of Fame

Download the criteria and entry forms here:


To book the categories that you want to enter and to reserve places at the fantastic awards dinner please contact either : Craig O'Connor - or David Head - .

Each award entry is just 900 AED  and dinner places are 850AED.​


Stewart Rogers

Stewart Rogers brings over 25 years’ experience of building businesses and creating shareholder value in the recruitment and human capital management sectors. He has an enviable reputation of helping shape leadership teams in the industry that deliver both outstanding customer service to their clients as well as impressive profit growth over a sustained period that ultimately creates real shareholder value and returns.

Including his current portfolio, he has been on the Board of over a dozen recruitment businesses covering a wide spectrum of sectors, including being instrumental in bringing the following businesses successfully to market – Goodman Graham (NED); Odgers (COO and then NED); TechPartners (NED); White & Nunn (Chairman); James Harvard (Chairman) and Nurse Plus (Chairman). The combined total value realised for these businesses adds up to over £150m.

He is currently Chairman of three leading recruitment businesses – Morgan McKinley (finance and accounting); Templine (Industrial) and Hallam Medical - as well remaining on the Board of Nurse Plus (Domiciliary Care) as the Senior Independent NED and also being Chairman of JSA, one the leading and most innovative firms in the Professional Employment and Payroll Services sector. These five businesses have a combined NFI of over £100m and collectively employ just over 1,000 people.

Ian Nash 

Ian has 25 years of experience with the recruitment market. His previous roles have included group board director roles for both Michael Page and Robert Walters. During his 13 year spell at Page, the business was transformed from a UK-centric financial recruitment company to the multidisciplinary international recruitment company that exists today. Page and Walters both dramatically grew in terms of scale, profitability and market value while Ian was a director. 

John Rose

John has spent most of his working career in the recruitment sector, having started in the industry in the late 1980s. John has an impressive track record leading successful business turnarounds and driving profitability. Whilst CEO of Hudson’s UK/Ireland operation, he integrated 12 acquisitions, re-shaped the business and grew profitability (EBITDA) from (£100k) to £11.3m. As CEO of Kellan Group Plc he returned the loss-making Berkeley Scott business to profitability and led the acquisition of Quantica Plc. John was most recently CEO of FiveTen Group where he built a strategy based on specialist recruitment brands, took the business into immature, less commoditised markets and significantly increased the Group's profitability. Through his own venture, Vered Consulting, John now acts as Mentor/NED/Operating Partner to recruitment businesses and their leaders, helping them through their growing pains and  both building and delivering sustainable and valuable strategies.

Sue Cooper

Sue's recruitment career spans over three decades and three leading recruitment  businesses. Following a seven year tenure at Hays Plc Sue joined Page Group in 1992 as part of the Page Personnel senior team helping to grow the business from 18 to over 300 UK staff. After a long and very successful career at Page Group Sue moved to join Morgan Hunt - a privately owned public service recruiter. During her six years with Morgan Hunt Sue was promoted to MD and in 2016 CEO. The business enjoyed significant success & growth and in 2015 was voted RI Best Recruitment Company further awards followed as the business matured. Early 2017 saw Sue step down and retire from the corporate world and moving on to set up her own business - Scoop Consultancy offering her services to SMEs across sector wanting to use her experience to help achieve growth & success.

Sue is passionate about the challenges facing the female leader in the recruitment sector and keen to share her experience to help others.

Miles Hunt

Miles is an entrepreneur, board advisor and investor with over 20 years’ experience building successful companies.  He is a former lawyer and the founder and former CEO of Empresaria, Group, a staffing company that he built to over £200m revenues with operations in 20 countries.  He now invests in and advises companies primarily within the Human Capital Services sector through his investment company Benula Capital.  He is currently Chairman of Serocor, a UK based IT and Engineering recruitment group, Darwin, a technology recruitment company operating across Europe, Davidson, an Australia based talent management company and Oasis HR, a London based HR recruitment company.  He is also Chairman of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (“APSCo”). Awards include Staffing industry Entrepreneur of the Year (Recruitment International) and national finalist Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

David Higgins

David spent circa 20 years building Harvey Nash plc into a £500m turnover global professional services organisation.  David's roles have encompassed Managing Director, Chief Executive, Executive Deputy Chairman and most recently Non-Executive Deputy Chairman.  As a highly effective senior international business leader, his past successes have included growing Harvey Nash significantly in terms of size, revenue and profits as well as expanding a previously UK-centric business into a global organisation covering Europe, Asia-Pacific and the USA. David has a proven track record in creating growth, both organically and via strategic acquisitions. He has also taken a private business through to a successful flotation on the London Stock Exchange. He currently advises entrepreneurs and owners of SME companies.

Fiona Kay Lander  FCIPD, FIRP, MIOD

Business Link approved trainer Fiona started Lander Associates in 1997 and heads up a team of experienced recruitment trainers and an efficient operations team in Head Office . With over 30 year’s recruitment sector experience, Fiona started her career with the government working on initiatives for the long-term unemployed. She then moved to Blue Arrow in 1986 and held a number of roles in both operations and training, including Training and Development Director. A move to the US followed in 1992 to continue training and Fiona also designed training seminars for well-known US presenter Anthony R. Byrne for his world tour in 1993. While in the US, Fiona was also commissioned to write a training book and training articles. Fiona is regularly published in trade journals and online including Recruitment International.

Suhail Mirza

Suhail qualified in the City and practiced as an employment lawyer for several years. He was owner of a healthcare business (employing over 220 people) for 12 years which he successfully sold in 2014. He is also extremely well connected within the recruitment sector across both listed and privately held businesses.

Over the past decade he has worked with investors in the recruitment and support services sectors. He has written the City Page for RI since 2006 and also writes for leading healthcare journals.

Most recently he has become a Non Executive Director at H1 Healthcare( the nursing and care provider based in Scotland) and also leads the Healthcare Practice at Alium Partners the well known interim business. He has a range of interests in support service providers including partnering with Virgin Fastrack 100 business RACS Group and is Chairman at CPD safe and Non Executive Director at Argonaut.

Adam Fletcher 

Adam has over 20 years’ experience in the recruitment sector, mostly as an operator but more latterly as an investor and NED / advisor.  Adam starting his recruitment career joining a graduate training scheme for an IT staffing business called Computer People. After much success in sales and management was appointed as UK Managing Director in 2003. He spent the next 5 years at the helm and more than doubled the size of the business to over 350 recruiters and £40+m net fees. Subsequently, Adam held Board Appointments at Ajilon, Adecco UK and Elan Computing (now Experis). In 2011 joined Hamilton Bradshaw Private Equity to launch a buy and build programme focussed upon specialist recruitment. Adam led 6 acquisitions to create an integrated recruitment business generating more than £20m net fees, now trading as Ignata. Today, Adam works with a portfolio of specialist SME recruiters, primarily advising on growth planning, value enhancement and exit realisation. 

Geraldine King, Chief Executive, National Recruitment Federation (NRF)

Geraldine is a qualified technician, trainer, and leadership coach who started her career in the electronic industry. During this time of her career, she worked for three of the major multinationals in various supervisory and senior management roles in the technical, quality, and training departments. She spent seven years with Grafton Recruitment where she managed three of their offices on the east coast. 

She joined the Federation in 2009 and is responsible for the running of the NRF office and all divisions of the Federation, including all PR & Marketing and internal communications. Since her arrival to the NRF she has been focused on expanding the services of the NRF to members, has introduced the accredited Certificate in recruitment practice to the Irish recruitment industry and is committed to developing a full academic career path for recruiters in Ireland.

Geraldine is a member of the council board of the Fingal Dublin Chamber, and a member of the MBA interview panel at Dublin City University.

She is currently studying for a Masters in Human Resource Management. Married to Martin they have 2 daughters Nikki and Aimee.

The National Recruitment Federation is a voluntary organisation set up to promote and maintain standards across the recruitment industry in Ireland for recruitment agencies.

Dave Pye, CEO, NextGear

Dave has had a stellar career in the professional services arena with a significant focus within the recruitment sector.  He is known as a key speaker, writer and influencer.  Dave has worked with organisations across Europe and has been responsible as MD for two of the UK’s largest public recruitment companies.   As well as working within the private equity community, Dave has also led and grown niche, private companies before becoming co-Founder of NextGear, a Scale-Up Management Consulting firm specialising within talent and technology.   Dave is an NED of a number of recruitment companies and a passionate ambassador for the power recruitment brings to the UK economy. Dave is married with 6 kids and in whatever spare time he has, works as a Trustee with two charities focusing on education and international humanitarian relief.  

Graham Palfery-Smith – 6CATS 

Graham Palfery-Smith has been involved in the recruitment industry for almost 40 years. He is an accomplished and highly experienced strategic senior manager who has built and run a wide range of specialist recruitment businesses internationally, including HW GroupFaroFiveTen Group and parts of Robert Walters; having extensive international M&A experience in the sector, with experience of more than 50 transactions. Presently, Graham, is Chairman of 6CATS InternationalebstaCoppergate International and Spring FF&E and non-executive director of several businesses including Executives in Africacube19The Recruitment Network and Capital International Staffing. An enthusiastic supporter of the industry he retains his passion for the sector despite his advancing years!

 Tim Moynihan 

A qualified accountant, Tim had an executive career and was a Finance Director with Hays. On leaving Hays, Tim embarked on a portfolio career and has for nearly twenty years specialised as an advisor to entrepreneur, family owned, and private equity backed staffing and recruitment firms. These include Huntswood, Astbury Marsden, Change Recruitment Group, Directorbank, Techpartners and Trinity Group. He has held several senior roles, including chairman, non-executive director and advisor. Tim is currently a non-executive director of Education Placement Group, McGinley Support Services and Proco Global.