Examination of Witnesses(Questions 1256-1259)|
THURSDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2003
1256. Could I welcome our witnesses this morning.
It is very good to have you along, Hamish Davidson. You are the
chairman of Veredus?
(Mr Davidson) Yes, indeed.
1257. And Alison Cawley, you are the assistant?
(Ms Cawley) An associate director.
1258. How many associate directors do you have?
(Ms Cawley) I think about fourteen.
1259. Gosh! We have been running an inquiry,
as you probably realise, into public appointments, and it occurred
to us along the way that it would be very nice to hear from a
recruitment person or agency to see how they fit into the picture
and what they have to tell us about the public appointments scene,
so we are particularly delighted that you can come and do this
for us. Would you like to say something in general before we start
about the kind of work you do?
(Mr Davidson) Thank you. Veredus is part of Capita
Group plc and we, along with our sister organisation, Capita RAS,
undertake recruitment to both public and private sector appointments.
The distinction between the two organisations is that Capita RAS
will undertake general recruitment, purely advertised recruitment
and assessment mainly for middle-management positions, but also
positions where there is purely an advertisement and assessment
and that is it. Veredus will get involved in recruitment for mainly
senior positions, both public and private sector, but particularly
where there is also a need to undertake some executive search
as well and make that kind of effort. So we have been responsible
between us for recruiting to a great many public appointments
into our boards, members of boards and chair positions and most
recently Alison Cawley has been undertaking the chair of the Audit
Commission and I myself am about to start the chair of the Housing
Corporation, so that is the kind of nature of work that we get