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The Eight Club, 1 Dysart Street, Moorgate, London EC2A 2BX from 3.00pm to 6.00pm


With Denise Walker, Lee McQueen and Charlotte Black

Denise Walker, Founder MD, Absolutely Business

What I’ve done

I’ve worked in recruitment, sales and service my whole career and loved all of it! I started as a trainee with Reed, and progressed to Consultant, Temporaries Consultant, and Branch Manager, building and running a top 10 sales office. I founded my first business in 1992, a small consultancy providing permanent, contract and temporary recruitment services, developed it to 24 staff and an annual turnover of £4m, before selling 12 years later. For the next 2.5 years, I worked with the REC to establish the UK’s first industry-specific enterprise support service for Recruitment Industry micro businesses and SMEs.

I founded Absolutely Business in 2006, a bespoke training and development company that genuinely grows businesses. I have had the honour to support fantastic quality businesses and their people to maximise potential and turn their ambitious goals into reality.

Motto; I have two: “make a difference” and “never stop learning”.

Lee McQueen, Founding Director and CEO, Raw Talent Academy

Entrepreneur Lee McQueen is the Founding Director and CEO of Raw Talent Academy – his awardwinning business recruiting the best trainee sales talent across the UK – and a BBC Apprentice Winner. Named as Oxfordshire Young Businessperson of the Year Lee has established himself as a respected expert on sales recruitment with his business bringing an innovative, digital competency lead approach to recruitment. 

'Raw Talent' himself, Lee has had successful careers in both Recruitment – pre and post The Apprentice – as well as Advertising. 
Lee also works with educational organisations sharing his experiences as well as advice. He is a popular and charismatic speaker often compering or judging business awards ceremonies.  

A fitness fanatic & passionate football fan, Lee can often be found at Tottenham Hotspur games – or airing his views on TalkSPORT. He is married with 3 young daughters, including identical twins, and lives in South Oxfordshire.  

Charlotte Black – Sales Director, Key Training Ltd.

Charlotte has 10 years’ experience in the apprenticeship sector specialising in the recruitment of raw talent within organisations to drive continuous improvement and business growth through staff development. Charlotte is a qualified teacher in lifelong learning and is working with professional trade bodies within the recruitment sector to provide cost effective solutions to staffing and training needs through the apprenticeship levy and government funding.

The Title will be ‘Recruiting today for tomorrow: developing talent through apprenticeships’ 

The recruitment sector currently has a shortfall of 20,000 people. Now is the time to recognise the opportunity presented by the new apprenticeship standards. The presentation will explore the benefits of bringing fresh and exciting talent into the industry and how to retain and develop those already within it through apprenticeships.