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Top hires strengthen the NRG team

Top hires strengthen the NRG teamNewcastle-headquartered recruitment firm NRG recently made several key hires to grow and develop the business.

First up, James Carss joins NRG as Head of Executive Search & Selection and Group Business Development Director. James is a senior recruitment leader with more than 17 years of experience working within executive search and selection firms across the UK, Asia and North America. Having started his career with NRG in 2000, he then spent seven years in London working with financial services clients including JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Barclays and Goldman Sachs, he relocated to Hong Kong in 2005 to manage a global leading recruitment consultancy whilst working with additional clients including HSBC, Citibank and Standard Chartered. After 10 years in Asia, James became director of a recruitment business in North America for 18 months prior to relocating back to his native North East to manage NRG’s core recruitment teams – the business he worked for 17 years ago.

When asked about his return, James explains, “Having first been at NRG during the early part of my career in 2000, it’s now fantastic to be back in the North East and the UK. A huge pull to return was the growth and commercial potential of the region together with the platform and ambition of the NRG business.”

Meanwhile, Louise Reed has been appointed Client Solutions Development Manager, and will focus on NRG’s RPO (recruitment process outsourcing) and MSP (managed services) solutions. With 15 years’ experience in managing and delivering diverse recruitment solutions for clients across the UK, Louise is focused on ensuring the continued success and growth of NRG’s RPO and MSP business as well as connecting with clients across the region to identify, design and implement tailored resourcing solutions to support recruitment strategies and delivery models.

Maxine Dursham has been named as NRG’s new Head of Marketing. An experienced marketing professional with strong commercial awareness, Maxine works closely with the wider leadership team to shape and deliver NRG’s marketing strategy and online presence.

Having worked in Finland, London and the North East across many industry sectors including IT & Telecoms, Manufacturing and Financial Services, most recently with Formica Group, Northern Rock, Sage and Fujitsu, she brings great insight and best practice to the recruitment sector. Motivated by results, Maxine has a strong analytical mind aiming to provide the best ROI from marketing activity.

Samantha Turnbull is also named NRG’s new People Development Manager. As an experienced people, recruitment and HR professional, Samantha has held positions in both PLCs and SMEs, working for the UK’s largest insurance broker, the AA, for almost 10 years, before moving into the business to business sales industry. As NRG’s People Development Manager, she not only takes responsibility for the development and engagement of the team, but also for the group’s HR delivery. Samantha was both a client and a candidate of NRG’s before joining the team at the start of the year.

Therese Liddle, CEO at NRG added: “We are delighted to bring such great talent into our team. NRG is recognised as the leading recruitment business in the region and our ambitious growth plans are creating exciting opportunities for passionate individuals who can thrive in creative entrepreneurial environments.”


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