Meet Our Principals
John O’Sullivan
John is an entrepreneur with a leadership background in staffing and recruitment. Having worked as a director for several of the top global staffing companies, he founded Best International Group which grew to £130million turnover in 18 months before selling to Spring Group in 2003.

As Chairman of Elite and Principal of Elite XL, John is now NED and strategic adviser to several carefully selected companies in the recruitment sector.

John specialises in achieving rapid and sustainable growth, both organic and by acquisition, in people related businesses, thereby maximising shareholder value.

John’s specialties include:

Mergers and acquisitions, fund raising, IPO, Corporate governance, Fast-track growth strategies, corporate finance, exit strategy, IPO, leadership development, training, recruitment, executive search, staffing, NED, non executive director, NXD, APSCo, entrepreneur, human resources.

Tara Ricks
Tara is a highly experienced recruitment leader with over 20 years experience across professional sectors. She has a proven track record in leading and growing successful sales teams, developing strategy and driving new business lines and markets. Tara developed and managed, as Managing Director, award winning finance recruiter Joslin Rowe Associates where she was instrumental in growing the business to become the largest privately owned recruiter in the field of financial services, at the time of sale to Randstad in 2008. Tara is skilled in recruitment markets covering Professional Services, Financial Services, Interim, Legal, and Finance.
Tara’s areas of expertise include:

Permanent, Interim, Contract and Temporary markets; RPO/MSP; Master Vend; Strategic Leadership; Change; Staffing; Professionals.

Midge Bennett

With over 25 years in the recruitment and staffing sector, Midge now loves running the Elite Future Leaders member groups, helping develop the next generation of leaders for the recruitment sector.

With board level experience in larger corporates, SMEs and start-ups, Midge has launched recruitment companies and brands, managed sales operations of up to 100 staff and been involved in an IPO and the raising of finance to support an acquisition strategy.

His focus now is to help ambitious recruitment and business owners grow their companies and achieve their goals.

Midge’s key experiences are:

Building and growing recruitment businesses, setting and executing sales strategies, marketing, and developing successful employer brands.

Sue Evans
Sue is responsible for the running of Elite Leaders operations including event organisation for Elite Future Leaders, Elite Leaders and Elite XL programmes, finance and customer service delivery.

Sue began her career working for an American bank in the City providing extensive management and support to the various directors and departments.

Sue has worked across a number of sectors ranging from medical, finance, construction and recruitment with companies such as BOC Group, CoreStates Bank, Alfred McAlpine plc and Recruitment Training Productions.

We always welcome hearing from ambitious Recruitment business leaders, so please do feel free to call us on: 0844 993 4465

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