South West-based Sanderson co-founder to step down after 41 years at the helm

Employment & Skills | South West

The Chief Executive of one of the UK’s leading independent recruitment businesses has stepped down after 41 years of service to the company.

Mike Beesley, who co-founded Sanderson in the late 1970s with Keith Dawe, is leaving to concentrate on other interests including a recruitment investment business he founded alongside Dawe in June 2019 called TIMESTWO Investments.

Current Managing Director Jon Ball will move into the Chief Executive role, the culmination of a journey which began when he joined company in 1996 as a trainee recruitment consultant.

He will lead an experienced board who together have steered Sanderson through the extraordinary turmoil seen in the UK economy over the last few months.

Mike Beesley, who also holds several Chair roles and is an investor in multiple organisations, said: “This feels like the right time to move forward and experience new business adventures. I leave the company in excellent hands with Jon and his team and I know they will drive it forward into the brave new world with the same dedication and skill as they have shown throughout previous years.

“I look back on my time at Sanderson with great fondness. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the best organisations in the country – from major financial institutions through to talented startups and Government departments. I am also proud of the contribution we have made to community and charitable activities over the years, and none more so that the recent support given to the COVID-19 food relief efforts in conjunction with FareShare in Bristol.

“While this is an ‘official’ adieu to Sanderson I remain their biggest ally and supporter as they navigate the next stage of their journey.”

Jon Ball said: “This is a true milestone in the Sanderson story, and we are all grateful for Mike’s incredible contribution to the creation and development of this business over the years.

“He is a dedicated and passionate business leader who will be sorely missed and we wish him all the very best for the future in his new endeavours.”

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