Myself and co-founder, Pete Eville established Eville & Jones more than 27 years ago, we are now the leading provider of veterinary official control services and meat inspection services to the government Food Standards Agency (FSA). We employ around 750 staff and we are recognised as the clear UK industry leader.
We felt it was time to appoint a CEO, an individual who would take full day to day control and responsibility for the business here in the UK and overseas, We were looking for an individual who would ensure our business delivers the annual budget over the next 3-5 years, but also a CEO who could develop and implement a growth strategy; ensuring Eville & Jones are taking full advantage of the enormous, post-Brexit opportunities presenting themselves to us.
Given this was such a key appointment we wanted to partner with a search firm we felt fully understood our business and requirement.
We approached a number of firms and appointed Parkinson Lee to carry out the search on our behalf. We were impressed by their networks & track record across the region, their professionalism, and their willingness to assist us at every stage of the recruitment process. We wanted a true busines partner, a firm that would act as an extension of Eville & Jones, and one that we felt we could trust to deliver a shortlist of potential candidates that not only had the skills & track record we were looking for, but also were spot on from a cultural perspective.
It was a pleasure to work with Lee Bhandal, who was a true professional from start to finish.
It was clear from the outset that Lee clearly understood our brief and within 7 weeks had presented us with a shortlist of high calibre candidates, all of whom matched our requirements. In the end, we had two brilliant potential CEO’s to choose from, and we are delighted with the individual we ultimately appointed. The recruitment process was seamless, Lee sat in the first interviews with myself and our board team, we felt this was important and gave us continuity and an additional sounding board when it came to making the decision on who to take forward to the second stage of the process.
We would not hesitate to recommend Parkinson Lee to any organisation recruiting at senior, executive or board level.
— Rob Jones, Co Founder & Chairman, Eville & Jones