Berry Recruitment Group appoints new finance chief

Berry Recruitment Group (BRG) has appointed Doug McCall as its new Finance Director.

He has replaced the experienced Mike Sarson who is staying on until February 2020 to ensure a smooth handover.

The national recruiter’s turnover is on course to exceed £70 million this year and the business has ambitious plans for continued growth.

Doug qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Ernst & Young and has significant experience of the industry through his time at Adecco UK&I where he held the role of Divisional Finance Director.

He is now looking to assist BRG as it develops and builds upon the 40 locations it works from across England and Wales.

Doug said: “I was looking for a new challenge and after taking some time out to do some travelling heard about the opportunity at BRG.

“I had always been interested in recruitment from my time at Ernst & Young when I had clients in that sector – one of whom I went on to join.

“Of course I knew about BRG before I heard about the role and have watched its rapid growth over the last decade or so.

“All my experience to date has been with large corporates and it is refreshing to be part of fast-paced, independent company.

“It is noticeable that it is a family business and that means a great deal in terms of having more autonomy and being able to influence strategy.

“BRG has a superb board under the managing director Chris Chown and I am looking forward to helping them on their journey.

“Chairman Tony Berry is still very active and he has been at the very highest level of business and his experience and advice have been invaluable.

“BRG is aiming to grow both through targeted acquisitions and organically. It is a good size business to make strategic acquisitions and has huge potential.”

Managing director Chris Chown said: “The board would like to thank Mike Sarson for the service he has given us over a number of years, and it’s reassuring to have recruited such a highly capable replacement.

“Doug has experience in both the finance and recruitment sectors and understands the direction in which we want to go as a company.

“We have enjoyed continued growth for a number of years and want that to continue.

“A finance director of course is an extremely important appointment and in Doug we have found the perfect fit for us.”

BRG is headquartered in St Albans, Herts.

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