There was a great turnout for the awards night.

In a ceremony hosted on Friday evening by former Communard, now BBC radio presenter and author, Reverend Richard Coles at Westminster’s Park Plaza, the REC’s Institute of Recruitment Professional (IRP) awards celebrated the very best of the UK’s recruitment industry.

Now in their seventh year, the annual IRP awards recognise professional excellence amongst individuals and companies working in the recruitment profession.

Recruitment and employment confederation chief executive, Kevin Green, said: “Hearty congratulations to all of the 2014 winners. These are people and businesses who continually go the extra mile in their mission to help candidates and employers be as successful as possible. The quality of entries this year was exceptional and all those shortlisted truly are ambassadors for the high standards and inspirational work the IRP expects of recruiters across the country.”


This year’s winners are:

Recruiter of the Year: Francesca Piccolo, Resourcing Group

Lifetime Achievement Award: David Head, Recruitment International



Best Newcomer of the Year: Tom Rankin, Understanding Recruitment

Permanent Consultant of the Year: Bally Sethi, ITHR Group

Temporary Consultant of the Year: Francesca Piccolo, Resourcing Group

Business Manager of the Year: Donna Thomas, Campion Willcocks

Business Leader of the Year: Matt Johnson, Proactive Technical Recruitment

Best Candidate Experience: David Tait, Redmill Resourcing

Best Client Experience: Marti Jones, GPRS Recruitment

In-House Recruiter of the Year: Claire Anderson, Matchtech Group

IMA Interim Consultant of the Year: Dan Whitley, Campion Willcocks Interim Management

Executive Search Consultant of the Year: Yvonne Skingle, Penna



Best Corporate and Social Responsibility Practioners: Gi Group

Best Back-Office Support Team: ID Medical

Best People Development Business: Serocor

Best Company to Work for (up to 20 employees): Give A Grad A Go

Best Company to Work for (up to 50 employees): Consilium Group

Best Company to Work for (up to 250 employees): Amoria Bond

Best Company to Work for (more than 250 employees): Matchtech Group