Scottish-based recruitment specialist Two Rivers Recruitment has made two further pivotal appointments as the firm continues its expansion both at home and abroad.
Career human resources executive Jim Drain has joined as the Glasgow-based agency’s first non-executive director, with a focus on guiding Two Rivers’ development in the construction and engineering sectors, where the company’s customers include BAE Systems.
Meanwhile, the newly created post of resourcing and office manager has been filled by Natasha Groundwater, who will also take responsibility as account manager for some of the firm’s key clients.
These latest appointments follow the recruitment earlier this year of Carle Liddell, 24, whose primary responsibility is Two Rivers’ engineering recruitment business.
Two Rivers founder and managing director Eddie Finnigan said the team’s newest members bring valuable additional skills to the agency, which is on course to break £1m in revenues in the current financial year.
“We have been extremely pleased with our success so far since we began trading as Two Rivers at the start of 2018,” Eddie said.
“Our focus is on hiring the right people to help our clients’ businesses thrive, and we do the same for ourselves. There is no hiding place in a small business – you have got to be able to step up to the plate, and Carle is already doing just that.”
A graduate in social sciences from the Cumbernauld Campus of New College Lanarkshire, Carle joined Two Rivers from Just Eat, where she previously headed a B2B sales team of 23 people. She is being trained to specialise in the engineering sector, freeing up time for Eddie to focus on the agency’s continued expansion and diversification.
Jim Drain, 62, retired last year from his post as HR Manager on the High Speed 2 railway project for BBV Joint Ventures. Before that, he spent nearly seven years with civil engineering and infrastructure specialist Barhale, where he was head of training and human resources.
Now based in Birmingham, Jim first met Two Rivers founder Eddie Finnigan when the latter joined catering wholesaler Brakes as a graduate HR officer in 1999. Jim was at that time the regional HR manager in Scotland for Brakes, a post that he held until his departure in 2004 to join Morgan Sindall in the construction sector.
The two re-connected six years ago when Eddie returned from working in the Middle East to set up his own recruitment firm in Glasgow.
“I am quite excited because Eddie is very passionate about this business,” Jim said. “There are some big, big players in this field, but Eddie’s approach is unique.
“Although he is working in recruitment, he comes from an HR background, and those are two very different things. Recruitment is too often about simply hitting targets and filling that day’s quotas, whereas Eddie understands his clients’ long-term objectives, and how to help achieve those goals.”
Eddie said Jim will provide invaluable guidance as Two Rivers seeks to cement its position as one of the best recruitment agencies for the engineering and construction sectors.
“Jim has a wealth of experience and contacts, so we are extremely fortunate to have him on board,” Eddie said. “He will help us build relationships and grow the business in a sensible, measured and sustainable way.”
Natasha joins Two Rivers from thermal specialist SHARC Energy Systems, where she was office manager in Glasgow.
“Natasha was very highly-valued at SHARC, so we know that she will be a great asset here at Two Rivers,” Eddie added. “She will be able to grow along with the company as we expand our business.”
Set up at the start of 2018, Two Rivers is on course to break the £1m turnover barrier, providing both permanent and temporary staffing solutions across the engineering, hospitality and human resources sectors. A finalist in the “Best Newcomer” category of the s1jobs Recruitment Awards earlier this year, its clients include leading organisations in the fields of civil engineering, aerospace, renewables, catering and business support services.