New Head of Construction For Thorn Baker Group

Thorn Baker Group promotes from within and welcomes Rob Ford as new Head of Construction and Group Director.

Recruitment specialist Thorn Baker Group has promoted its long serving Regional Director Rob Ford to the position of Head of Construction, as well as formally appointing him as a Group Director of Thorn Baker Group.

Bristol based, Rob Ford, from originally from Gloucestershire, joined the business 14 years ago as a recruitment consultant and has risen through its ranks, becoming a team manager, then regional director for Thorn Baker Group’s specialist construction recruitment brand. 

Having played a pivotal role in setting up the firm’s Bristol and London offices and then running the Birmingham and Leeds sites, Rob has also been instrumental in the recent restructure and rebrand of Thorn Baker Group, helping to shape it into three distinct brands; Thorn Baker Construction, Thorn Baker Industrial Recruitment and Thorn Baker Estates, Facilities & Maintenance.

 Four of the recruiter’s seven locations now report directly to Rob – Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and London – and, with his new Head of Construction title, he will continue to run the Construction brand. Rob will build on his significant experience with Thorn Baker Group to ensure Thorn Baker Construction is the market leader in recruitment for the construction sector.

Commenting on his appointment Rob Ford said: “This is a great privilege for me. I love what I do and there is no bigger buzz than when we bring new staff into our teams and seeing them grow into their role and start their journeys, just like I did many years ago.  I’m very proud of what my teams deliver every day and I thoroughly enjoy every minute I spend in each office.”

“My recruitment background is quite rare. I’ve only ever worked for one company, in one industry and with mostly the same team. I hope that with our recent recognition in the Sunday Times 100 as a Best Company to work for and our specialist sector focus providing opportunities for employees to develop their career along a specific route, we can encourage more people to stay with Thorn Baker long term.” 

Paul Jackman, CEO of Thorn Baker Group added: “Rob is a fantastic asset to the Thorn Baker team contributing so much, not just for construction but across the group. He brings his expertise into the Group as a whole and has a positive input into the other Estate and Facilities & Maintenance and Industrial brands as well.”

“Given all his experience, loyalty and enthusiasm to make Thorn Baker the best it can be for both our employees, clients and candidates, he is a welcome addition as a Group Director and his Head of Construction title recognises his efforts building the Thorn Baker Construction business to date. We hope he inspires other people to progress within the business and are looking forward to what else he will bring to the team in the future.”

When he is not recruiting candidates into construction related roles, Rob is a keen fundraiser, supporting charities including Mind with activities such as “Race to the tower” in the Cotswolds and the annual Dragon Boat Race in Nottingham.

Thorn Baker Group now manages the recruitment needs of companies across the UK, placing over 30,000 candidates in jobs each year.

About Thorn Baker Group:

Thorn Baker Group is one of the UK’s leading recruitment companies. Established in Nottingham in 1988, the company has three distinct brands, specialising in supporting the needs of clients and candidates in the Construction, Industrial and Estates, Facilities & Maintenance sectors. The individual brands have their own senior leaders, and are true sector specialists’, with decades of experience that contribute to their recruitment know-how.

Last year, Thorn Baker Group found employment for over 30,000 people. The company has offices in Nottingham, Leeds, Chesterfield, Bristol, Birmingham and London, employs 70 people and last year recorded a turnover of £25 million. 

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