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UK Executive Team


Board of Directors - Advantage Resourcing Europe

Hitoshi MotoharaHitoshi Motohara
Chairman

Hitoshi Motohara joined Advantage Resourcing America, Inc. (ARA) and Advantage Resourcing Europe B.V. (ARE) as Chairman and CEO when ARA and ARE were purchased by Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd., in January 2012. Effective January 2014, Motohara named a dedicated CEO of ARA and ARE, allowing him to dedicate his time as Chairman of the Board.  In this capacity, he will stay involved in oversight of Advantage Resourcing’s progress and success.  

Motohara is a Managing Corporate Executive Officer within Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan; Recruit is currently the fifth-largest staffing firm in the world according to Staffing Industry Analysts' 2015 Global Staffing Ranking. Motohara is responsible for developing and executing strategies to expand Recruit's business internationally.

Motohara joined Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd., in 1983, beginning his career with the company as a sales and marketing associate and rising to the position of CEO of Recruit Media Communications. In 2003, he became CEO of Recruit Staffing and began expanding the company's staffing operations. In 2008, Motohara became CEO of Staff Services, the number one staffing firm in Japan, following Recruit's acquisition of the company.

He is a graduate of Hiroshima Shudo University, School of Law in Japan, and served for two years as the President of Japan Staffing Services Association.

Graeme MaudeGraeme Maude
Deputy Chairman, Advantage Resourcing Europe

Graeme Maude was appointed as Deputy Chairman of Advantage Resourcing Europe (ARE) July 2017, overseeing the operations of Advantage Resourcing UK, Advantage xPO and Crone Corkill.  This role will be additional to his on-going responsibilities with Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd.

Maude was appointed as the Managing Director of Business Development for Recruit Holdings’ International Staffing Business in January 2014. He has played an integral and lead role in the successful acquisitions of Peoplebank Holdings and Chandler Macleod Group in Australia and more recently USG People in  the Netherlands. His primary mission is to grow Recruit’s global footprint.

Based in London, UK, Maude previously served 10 years with Advantage Resourcing, finally serving as Managing Director of Advantage Resourcing UK Staffing.

During his tenure with Advantage Resourcing, he was instrumental in the merger of the FSS and Crone Corkill brands into Advantage Professional during 2010, and took on the role of President at the same time.

Maude grew Advantage Professional by international expansion and through acquisition until its purchase by Recruit Co., Ltd in December 2011. He was part of the steering team for the new structure and took up the role of President for Advantage Resourcing UK in April 2011, where he was responsible for the strategic and operational development of the UK recruitment business, incorporating both Advantage Professional and Advantage Technical Resourcing.

Maude reports to Mr. Motohara, Managing Corporate Executive Officer of Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd.

Maude is a graduate of Reading University and prior to his career in recruitment worked extensively as a chartered accountant in senior roles across the Leisure, FMCG and Manufacturing industries.

Takashi NishimuraTakashi Nishimura
Board Director
Executive Manager of International Business Management Office, Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd

Takashi Nishimura joined Advantage Resourcing American, Inc. (ARA) and Advantage Resourcing Europe B.V. (ARE) as Board Director in April 2014. He also currently serves as Executive Manager of International Business Management Office. He is responsible for auditing international subsidiaries and supporting their strategic planning.

He joined Recruit in 1997 and has since served in the HR department, New Business Development Office, Corporate Strategy Office, and Corporate Business Management Office, respectively.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Doshisha University in 1997. In 2003, he attended MIT as an Advanced Study Program Fellow in the School of Engineering.

Advantage Resourcing Senior Leadership

Mike BrooksbankMike Brooksbank
Managing Director, Advantage Resourcing UK
Managing Director, Advantage xPO UK

Mike assumed the role of Managing Director in 2015, responsible for the strategic and operational development of the combined UK recruitment business. Mike reports to Mr. Oka, CEO of Advantage Resourcing.

Mike previously held the position of Strategic Accounts Director for Advantage Resourcing UK; responsible for the development of key strategic clients within the defense, aerospace and IT infrastructure. He has extensive experience working within the complex arena of SOW and fixed price projects. Mike has been part of Advantage Resourcing since 2004.

Mike has a BA in Economic Policy from the University of Hull and an MA in Economics from the University of Exeter

Jenine WardJenine Ward
Director of Advantage Resourcing Professional and Crone Corkill

Jenine has worked in the recruitment industry for over 18 years. She has experience of managing temporary and permanent secretarial, finance, marketing, HR and legal teams across London and the South East of England. Since joining the business in 2003 she has had four significant promotions. Her current role is Director of AR Professional and Crone Corkill reporting to the Managing Director of Advantage Resourcing (AR).

Jenine is part of the UK Senior Management Team and is involved in supporting the business with a variety of strategies. A real passion for Jenine is training, subsequently she is involved in running sales workshops and 1:1 sessions for consultants at all levels. Jenine is a CIPD qualified organisational coach and supports all AR with offering coaching sessions to people keen to take ownership of their own learning to reach their career goals.

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David GriffithsDavid Griffiths
Director of Delivery

David is responsible for the UK Delivery and Strategic Accounts division which predominantly focusses on volume work. With 15 years recruitment experience, David has worked within contract and permanent resourcing, executive search and has extensive experience as an Account Manager on high-volume, high-profile and multiple-location accounts. David has worked across a number of industries but has a specialism in IT and Engineering. The scope of his experience means he has an all round appreciation of the recruitment cycle and client needs, regardless of methodology. David joined Advantage in 2010 and has since developed and manages a successful multi-disciplinary team that places highly technical and skilled professionals in both niche and volume roles across a number of industries and disciplines in the UK.


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Ian WeidemanIan Weideman
Group Finance Director
Ian has held various senior finance roles within the IT, Marketing and Media sectors prior to joining Advantage in 2004. He is responsible for the Financial Shared Services Centre in Basingstoke and is heading up the Legal, Compliance and BI & MI functions for the group. As part of the senior management team Ian is heading up a number of change initiatives and projects for the group as well as being a key member of the team setting and driving the strategic direction for the group. 

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Miles HadrillMiles Hadrill
Director of Advantage xPO UK

Miles is responsible for the strategic and operational development of all MSP and RPO Accounts within Advantage xPO. With 30 years’ experience Miles is widely acknowledged as an eminent leader within the staffing solutions industry. Having implemented in excess of 20 programmes Miles has a proven track record of scoping, implementing and delivering beyond the customers expectations.

Miles has in-depth expertise of delivering compliance, risk mitigation, streamlined processes and bringing enhanced market and business intelligence to clients  across a range of industries including Defence, IT, Financial Services, Teleco, Pharma, Professional Services, specialising in transforming clients’ recruitment strategies.