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Recruitment Solutions Wales Welcomes Adrian McCarthy to the Board of Directors       


Currently enjoying a tremendous time of expansion, Recruitment Solutions Wales has actioned some incredibly positive changes to the company hierarchy, recently welcoming Adrian McCarthy to the Board of Directors.

Bringing a Financial Director in-house for the first time, the pan-Wales agency now enjoy a fully-fledged financial team, with Adrian being very hands on when it comes to the day-to-day running of the firm.

Talking of his past experiences, position within the company and future endeavours, Adrian paints a picture of what the future holds for Recruitment Solutions Wales.

A brief history of Adrian’s  career   

Adrian is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, having worked within the finance industry throughout his whole career. Working predominantly in the legal, manufacturing and media sectors, Adrian enjoys a pretty colourful resume, having spent 14 years in the media sector working in management, working alongside ‘creative types’ such as PR and marketing consultants, project managers, graphic and web designers.

Prior to working at RSW, Adrian was at Freshwater UK Plc, an independent communications consultancy. Talking on his experience.

He says: 

“I learnt a lot working at Freshwater from some great people, at first during a period of investment and acquisitive growth and then throughout a period when the tide changed in the midst of one of the most significant financial crisis ever noted, post the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. Every job is a unique experience, but I can safely say I couldn’t have predicted the rollercoaster ride I was taken on. I look back now and recall all the ups and downs, and it’s easy to see how the people I worked with, and the events I was a part of, have shaped me”.

The main elements of his role in the media sector were to embed financial ownership and commercial awareness across regional networks, partner profit centre and project managers and act as the lead preparing the group’s financial statements for annual audit, working directly with board members and an array of professional advisors.

Adrian’s work has given him first-hand exposure in an acquisition environment, working alongside project managers in the public sector, a multi-national gas and electricity supplier, and many clients from the private and not-for-profit sectors.

Adrian’s role at RSW 

Adrian now assumes the role of Finance Director, heading up the finance and payroll functions at RSW. As FD, he is naturally the company’s shareholders’ chief advisor on all financial matters,  responsible for the management of all the company’s finances. But acting purely in a finance capacity isn’t enough for Adrian. He’s recently played a significant role in negotiating new agreements with suppliers and has even played a major part driving the company’s website re-design and build to name a few additional areas he has impacted.

As well as immersing himself in the company’s finances, Adrian has focused his time cementing the company’s relationships with key suppliers, understanding processes and the people who drive them.

“The recruitment industry was a step into the unknown for me. I only had my own experiences of working with recruitment agencies in past roles to draw from. Understandably it’s taken some time for everyone to get used to me being around. I am very lucky that I have a very experienced team who are committed and hard-working for me to lean on when I need to, providing me with great information and support. Each of RSW’s sectorial divisions (industrial, logistics and professional services) are also headed up by experienced consultants, who know what it takes to thrive in their area and deliver for their clients”. 

Eager to assist RSW during this time of growth, Adrian will sit at the forefront of the team, joining fellow senior managers to ensure objectives are met.

“A businesses’ human capital is always going to be a key derivative to it achieving its business objectives. In that respect the recruitment industry is no different to the media industry. In addition, human capital is no different to any other form of capital investment, whether that be for R&D, training & education or P&M – it requires feasibility study, commitment, time to pass and nurturing to maximise return. Whether your strategy is to grow by investment, acquisition or organically, people will always be at the heart of the reason why your business exists and succeeds – extracting the best out of your people allowing for everyone’s foibles is the challenge”.

“In my opinion, RSW has some exciting times ahead of it, but also has many challenges as Wales adapts to the changing economic playing field. After some initial groundwork, the vision for organic growth has to be front of mind, and a new energy now exists within the management team giving the fresh outlook it needs to deliver. Our goal, without question for our clients, is to provide a competitive and quality service, providing temporary or permanent resource to meet with their specification. For our workforce, our objective is attached to the company’s social responsibility – to bring workers and business together, making a difference to communities in South Wales and beyond”.

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