Gary Elden OBE

“I am proud to lead a large company that helps specialists around the world to find meaningful work with our impressive mix of clients. We work in a set of niche sectors, with a different brand in each of these main industry areas. This allows us to focus on what clients and candidates really want, so we can match the right people with the right opportunity.

We also do this for the people who work at SThree, creating a diverse and engaged workforce that has the opportunity to grow, contribute and find satisfaction from providing great service.

I joined SThree’s IT recruitment brand Computer Futures as a recruitment consultant in 1990. I have progressed from one of the most junior roles in the company right through to becoming CEO in 2013.

I know from personal experience that this is a place that rewards dedication and high performance, no matter what kind of background you come from, where you have worked before or whether you have worked in recruitment or are a specialist in another area.

I am also a trustee of the Powerlist Foundation, a non-profit organisation which supports people from ethnic minorities to establish a career for themselves and to be better represented among the leaders of tomorrow. I am proud to be a member of the Powerlist, which recognises Britain’s most influential black people and am pleased that I can use my place on this list to build a more diverse workplace.

I was also named Business Person of the Year at the 2015 Black British Business Awards. This award goes to inspirational role models who have the ability to encourage the next generation of business achievers.”