“There is a high level of competition for top talent’’ says Dan Whitley, one of last years’ IRP Award Winners. In this month’s Recruitment Matters Magazine, he talks about life after the award.
Name: Dan Whitley
Position: Senior Client Director
Company: Campion Willcocks & Associates Ltd
Winner of: IMA Interim Consultant of the Year
Firstly, Congratulations on winning interim management consultant of the year! How has the rest of the year been?
The year has been extremely busy so far, as a business Campion Willcocks covers consulting, interim management, resourcing and permanent recruitment. In 2015, we have been working with many new clients and this has kept me more than occupied. So it’s been an exciting period for Campion Willcocks – and for me personally.
What are the biggest Challenges in the sector right now?
I would say that the biggest challenge is the high level of competition for top talent. For the last few years, the main focus of major banking clients has been regulatory change and cost reduction; whilst this has not diminished, we are now starting to see far greater strategic investment, which is both positive and reassuring for the UK banking market as a whole. Demand for talent is not an issue but the availability of resource is the wider consideration here.
What has winning an IRP Award meant for you?
Winning the award has been fantastic in terms or raising my profile in the market with candidates and clients alone, both longstanding and new. Since winning the award, I have had a number of direct approaches as people have searched for my details online. It has been wonderful to receive this recognition after many years working in the industry. It’s also been great to win the award on the first attempt: indeed, it’s the first professional award I have ever entered.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about entering this year’s IRP Awards?
Your entry will involve reaching out to clients. You’ll need to collect case studies of assignments from a variety of clients as well as supporting testimonials. The judges are looking for an individual who consistently provides a first-class service so input from clients and candidates is essential.