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Peter Searle

Chief Executive Officer

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In 1988 Peter started out working on a recruitment desk for Computer People, part of Delphi Group and a fully listed PLC.

After the purchase of the Delphi Group by Adecco in 1999, of which Peter was now Group Managing Director, he took on responsibility for all the European and Asia Pacific offices of professional services companies of Adecco under the specialty brand name of Ajilon. In 2005 after a global reorganisation he became the Chief Executive of Adecco UK and Ireland with additional responsibility for South Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand. In 2006 Peter left to join Spring, a fully listed PLC, as Chief Executive. He returned in 2009 when Adecco, now a £22 billion turnover global recruitment organisation, purchased Spring and he was appointed to the Group Executive Committee as of October 2009.

Peter is heavily involved in educational government initiatives and in 2013 was asked to appear on the Government’s Select Committee for Education. Peter is a Non-Executive Director of the Start Up Loans Company, a government funded scheme reporting directly into the Prime Minister, which provides loans and mentors for young entrepreneurs. Peter was also vice chair of the Deputy Prime Minister’s social Mobility project, Opening Doors which runs the apprenticeship and internship awards.

In addition to holding a number of non-executive positions, Peter was awarded entrepreneur of the year by the REC in 2008 and won Recruitment International Business Leader of the Year in 2009. In 2010 the REC awarded Peter a lifetime achievement award for services to recruitment.

Peter has an Honors Degree in Business and a Post- Grad Diploma in Marketing. His active interests include most sports, either watching or participating.