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Rhian steps up to senior role at National Recruitment Specialist

Rhian steps up to senior role at National Recruitment Specialist

Recruitment specialist Thorn Baker Group, headquartered in Nottingham, has promoted Rhian Newman to a newly created senior position within the business, Head of Offsite and Professional Lead.

The new position will give Rhian responsibility for developing two new specialties within Thorn Baker’s Construction brand – Offsite and Professional.  

During her time with Thorn Baker, Rhian has made a significant impact, particularly in developing the group’s offering within the Offsite sector. Also known as the Modular Building Industry, the sector remained resilient throughout the pandemic and Rhian has used her extensive knowledge and wealth of contacts to develop this as a new service offering for Thorn Baker. 

Starting from scratch with a team of one, Rhian has developed Thorn Baker Offsite into a nationally respected recruitment partner whose clients include Countryside Timber Frame, Premier Modular, Innovare & Donaldson Group, Balfour Beatty, Skanska, Crest Nicholson, Barratts and many more.

Whilst there is demand for workers across the construction industry at the moment, demand for professional staff is particularly high. Throughout her 15 years in the recruitment industry, Rhian has always recruited for professional roles and will now also take the lead in developing Thorn Baker’s presence in this area.

Speaking about her promotion, Rhian comments:

“This is a huge opportunity for me and something that I have been working towards for several years now. It is exciting for me personally, and for the future of the company. The new role will allow me to use my knowledge and experience to further strengthen Thorn Baker’s offering within construction recruitment and complements its existing specialties.

“Developing the company’s professional offering builds on 34 years’ experience within trades and labour, and means that we will be able to find quality candidates for our clients for the full range of roles required on construction projects and in the industrial sector. Similarly, the offsite sector is growing rapidly in the UK and there is a high demand for candidates with transferable skills – and our expertise within ‘traditional’ trades roles means we are able to find people who may want to transfer to another branch of the construction industry.

“I feel hugely supported by the Board and we have a clear understanding of what we want both teams to look like in the future. I want to make a success of both specialisms as I am sure they will become fundamental to the future of Thorn Baker and the success of our clients.”

Rob Ford, Director at Thorn Baker added:

“Rhian is a fantastic asset to the Thorn Baker team and contributes so much across the business, not just in Offsite and Professional. She is a real people person and someone who clearly cares and demonstrates our values on a daily basis. This is clear to see by the relationships she has built with her team, her colleagues in other offices, myself, and the rest of the Board.

“Having been with us for less than a year when the pandemic struck, we all had to cope with the uncertainty that caused. And Rhian’s response to these challenges – recruiting her team and training them over Zoom – showcased her natural leadership qualities and admirable work ethic.

“Rhian is respected across the industry has a natural flair for Offsite and Professional. We want to support her to develop these teams as it will benefit our growing client base and help more people find employment.”

Established in Nottingham in 1988, Thorn Baker Group manages the recruitment needs of companies across the UK, placing over 30,000 candidates in jobs each year. The company has three distinct specialties in the Construction, Industrial and Estates, Facilities and Maintenance sectors. 

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