About Me

How do you write an “about me” page without sounding like an arse?  Well here goes.

I come from Airdrie, but live in Glasgow.  Airdrieonians are my team.

I started in recruitment in 1987 (aged 21) with HMS, the largest network agency in the UK at the time.  I joined Search Consultancy in 1990, when there were only around 8 staff.  In 1993 I went into partnership with Bruce FitzGerald in Maxwell Bruce.  From just the two of us in a single room, we grew the company rapidly to around 50 staff and 2,000 temps, assembling pc’s for IBM, and generating revenues of over £12m.  In 1999 I launched Source Selection, a technical, sales and environmental recruitment agency.

After designing my first website for Source, I launched www.AlljobsUK.com in 2000 as the first comprehensive portal to every recruitment resource in the UK.  In 2001, I devised and hosted the first National Online Recruitment Awards (NORAs). I left the 1Job.co.uk family in 2012, to whom I’d sold Alljobs, and I still run the NORAs. 

In June 2009, I developed and launched the UK’s most popular iPhone App for recruitment UK JobsUK Jobs was downloaded more than any other job search application in 2009.  In November 2020, I will host the 20th annual NORAs.

In 2017, I devised RECex, which is a speaking format very similar to TED Talks. We have now held a number of events, in London, Lisbon and in Austin Texas (in partnership with TAtech). More partnerships will follow.

I continue to work on a consultancy basis, notably in 2018 with Pocket Recruiter, and from 2019 working with VideoMyJob.


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