Senior appointment for Bristol recruiter Thorn Baker

Iain Brown, Thorn Baker Group’s new Head of People is welcomed to the team by CEO, Paul Jackman
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Recruitment specialist Thorn Baker Group has appointed Iain Brown as Head of People Services, a newly created role that will help Thorn Baker deliver on its People Strategy and its intentions of improving learning and development opportunities for staff across the business so it can and develop its own talent.

Iain has more than 20 years’ experience within the recruitment industry and joins Thorn Baker from The Best Connection Employment Group, where he supported more than 1,000 members of staff in their professional development and career progression.

The formation of a ‘Head of People Services’ role and Iain’s appointment is part of the continuing evolution of Thorn Baker. The company has grown consistently over recent years, including throughout the pandemic, and is experiencing strong demand for staff from its clients in the construction, industrial and estates and facilities maintenance sectors. Thorn Baker is on course to achieve close to a £40 million turnover in this financial year, a landmark for the company that was founded in 1988.

Paul Jackman, Thorn Baker Group CEO, said: “I am delighted that Iain has joined Thorn Baker and I’m sure his complementary skillset will be a valuable addition to our senior team. Through Iain joining us as ‘Head of People Services’ it sets our intention as a business and shows that we are taking staff welfare and their learning and development seriously.”

Iain Brown added: “I am hugely excited about my new role with Thorn Baker and I am looking forward to working with the senior team and staff at all levels to help shape the People Strategy for the business. The Thorn Baker board and I share the same view that looking after our staff and becoming a leading employer must be at the heart of the business, especially if we are to continue to grow successfully. I have been impressed by how the company responded to the pandemic, the culture and ethos and how it has supported its staff, and this played a large part in my decision to join the business.

“I love supporting people to enable them to progress in their careers. This role will help me reconnect with that purpose and the part of my role that energises me the most, working with people at all levels of the business to help them progress and become excellent at what they do.”

Thorn Baker has consistently been named in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies To Work For.

Thorn Baker Group consists of three specialist recruitment brands, Thorn Baker Industrial Recruitment, Thorn Baker Construction and Thorn Baker Estates, Facilities and Maintenance. The Group manages the recruitment needs of companies across the UK, placing over 30,000 candidates in jobs annually.