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over 5 years ago by Debbie Lloyd

Meridian appoints new Industrial managing director

Derek Skelton (1)

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Derek Skelton as the Managing Director of our Industrial business unit.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the staffing sector, Derek joins us from PMP Recruitment which he founded in 1991 and ran for 25 years as managing director. Derek turned the start-up into a major national player, by winning briefs with numerous national clients operating in the manufacturing, industrial, logistics and food processing sectors.

Derek who has joined Meridian’s board of directors will be based at our Milton Keynes offices.  He will work to expand the Industrial Business Unit by developing a compelling business offering, expanding the branch network and working with our consultants to improve client service. 

Mark Mitchell, Chief Executive of Meridian Business Support said: “We have bold plans to grow Meridian into a £300 million business by 2021 and having conducted a strategic opportunity review – expanding our reach in the industrial sector is an absolute priority. 

“With his track record of delivering business transformation and driving rapid growth, Derek’s skills and experience are precisely what we need to make our business goals a reality. The Meridian board is delighted to welcome Derek to the company.” 

Commenting on his appointment, Derek said: “To me, Meridian has been the best kept secret in industrial recruitment – some would say a sleeping giant. The opportunity to grow our share of the industrial staffing market is huge, so I leapt at the opportunity to work with Mark and the team. 

“My focus is to grow the business by developing our people and recruiting a focussed sales team to support and enhance our branch network operations. I’m delighted to be joining Meridian at this incredibly exciting time.”

“A major part of my plan for Meridian is to build a productive and engaging culture by recruiting and training talented consultants. So if you want to be part of our journey, get in touch.