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PosSol recruitment director departs

Positive Solutions recruitment director Martin Brown has left the firm.

PosSol chief executive Peter Coleman informed partners yesterday that Brown would be leaving the role. He will be temporarily replaced by recruitment specialist Ian Clisby.

Coleman says: “The next phase of our progress as a business will concentrate on further improving our proposition and delivering growth. In order to deliver on this, I have been proactively changing and strengthening our management team.

“As a result, Martin Brown will be leaving his position as recruitment director with immediate effect. Whilst we continue looking for a suitable candidate with the knowledge and vision we require, I have appointed Ian Clisby as interim head of recruitment.”

Coleman added there will be further appointments in the near future.

Brown was appointed recruitment director in January 2011 having been with the firm as business consultant since August 2003.

In April, Money Marketing revealed compliance and risk director James McCourt had left the firm to join Royal London.


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There are 10 comments at the moment, we would love to hear your opinion too.

  1. What a complete and utter gaffe by Coleman! Not the first either. Ps are recruiting Directors from businesses that have been managed to bankruptcy. Why let your strongest director go? He will no doubt be snapped up by other organisations that will recognise such a valuable asset!

  2. You would need to be barking MAD to join this industry. Recruitment of any type in any distribution channel is going to be very difficult. Good Luck!

  3. Thomas Timperley 2nd October 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I honestly don’t believe the networks get it. If they really want help in recruiting, then simply bring someone in to the business that is a “Recruitment Specialist”. By this, I mean someone who understands how recruitment works. Not ex IFA’s, or resourcers who come from competitor networks.
    Recruitment is a specialist business, regardless what industry, or profession you recruit for.

  4. Anonymous said “You would need to be barking MAD to join this industry”

    One has to question this statement as one who may be perceived as barking mad, having worked in it for nearly 30yrs.

    Change is upon us, those who survive will prosper, those who don’t, well we can take over their clients.

    Woof Woof!

  5. Ned Naylor’s changed his tune!

    Pass those exams did we Ned? Lol

  6. Ned, I appreciate your stance. I too have 25 years in the industry. Its great that you will benefit from the demise of your colleagues. I think however it can only be the clients with £100,000 of investable assets, of which you will be on the hook for, for the rest of your life. Thats the change we’re heading towards.

  7. man on the moon 2nd October 2012 at 1:12 pm

    the brave new world is coming and none of us really know where this will take us.

    we are not an industry or profession we are a series of complimentary and competing businesses.

    as someone in the business 21 years I genuinely think QCF level 4 is very basic but can understand how it is hard to get through for some.

  8. And so he b****y well should. The lies I was told to get me into Pos were blatant. Never delivered on, and later denied. To anyone thinking of joining, stay well away.

  9. Coleman says: “The next phase of our progress as a business will concentrate on further improving our proposition and delivering growth.
    ——.and to fund this Mr Partner we are going to put up the retention to 60%, yes that should do it!!!
    Sounds like the final throws of a dieing animal

  10. Losing 4 senior directors, all to resignation, who have been the closest to the new ex-Honister regime perhaps gives an indication of how things really are at PS.

    These guys were highly praised by Coleman during their Synergy Roadshow in the Spring as the “dream team” but now they have resigned are maligned by the PS tub thumpers as “dead wood”, whereas resigning IFAs are “disloyal”.

    Perhaps it says it all about the desperation of Coleman that he headed his e-mail announcement “strengthening our management team” and implied Martin had been forced out when infact it was widely known he was very unhappy with Coleman and co and had resigned.

    Equally, their inability to recruit a new Compliane Director for 6 months perhaps shows how tainted the PS brand has become

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