Fiona Wilson (Managing Director and Headhunter, FJWilson Talent Services) writes: Our clients are organisations for professionals. They include membership organisations, awarding bodies, and learning providers.
Clients use our solutions to help them recruit fresh talent and also to make the best use of the talent they already have, specifically in senior and mid-level roles.
Illustrations of how we add value for our clients are available in the form of case studies.
Clients may meet us either at their offices, over Zoom (or alternative video platform) or at a local branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) or Regus. IoD and Regus locations are accessible for wheelchair users (though please notify us in advance if you have any special requirements).
Candidates typically meet us over Zoom, Skype, Facetime or Google hangouts. This enables us to provide a highly flexible service outside the traditional working day and week. We’re also happy to meet candidates in person, at an accessible location to suit any special requirements.
Portraits of our team members, comprising employees and long-term associates, are provided in PDF here.
The functions they fulfil are as follows:
Administration: Hannah Olsen
Business development: Anth Mckeown
Candidate researching and sourcing: Lina Beynar; Phil Wolfenden
Coaching and leadership development: Denise Taylor
Communications: Anthony Haynes; Karen Haynes
Interviewing and screening candidates: Amanda Bishop; Gill Wilson
Management: Dilly Clack
Service delivery and sourcing candidates: Heidi Frost
Strategy and account management: Fiona Wilson
To contact members of the team by email, please use firstname at fjwilson dot com.
Our MD: Fiona Wilson
Fiona is Managing Director of FJWilson Talent Services, having founded the business in 2009.
Fiona’s career history
Fiona worked for Adecco’s professional staffing brands: she was Operations Director of the professional staffing brand Jonathan Wren (Banking and Finance) and then of the London 2012 (LOCOG) contract.
Before that Fiona worked on general and specialist education staffing for Kelly Services and student and school-leaver recruitment for Hobsons.
In addition, since 2010 Fiona has provided voluntary work for Pilotlight, a registered charity.
Fiona’s skills include the ability to work at a senior level. In particular, she is able to (a) consult with senior/C-suite decision makers, (b) navigate to the critical aspects of the brief when leading on a senior vacancy, and (c) identify, and engage with, senior candidates from the private sector who are suited to transferring to the not-for-profit sector.
Fiona is skilled at appreciating organisations’ distinctive needs. In particular, she is practised at (a) providing consultancy for organisation-wide talent acquisition and recruitment practices and (b) quickly getting to grips with an organisation’s business strategy.
Fiona is highly communicative – for example, when providing consultation throughout the resourcing period for a role, especially for unusual and hard-to-fill senior vacancies.
Over two decades of working in the industry, Fiona has amassed considerable depth of knowledge, especially concerning (a) talent acquisition and recruitment practices and (b) the candidate marketplace and behaviours.
In the first stage of her career Fiona worked in sales and publishing. During this period she successfully promoted career pathways for young people, partnering with organisations such as the NHS, Orange and ACCA. She also helped universities to develop marketing campaigns. As a result, Fiona gained accolades at Hobsons, notably as one of her employer’s top sales performers.
When Fiona moved into the recruitment industry, she opened a new high street branch for Kelly Services. There she established brand new revenue lines from local employers, involving administrative and clerical roles. From there she moved first to a larger branch and was then promoted to area manager for London. In that role she managed 14 direct manager reports, with a total regional business value running to tens of millions of pounds.
This role then expanded to include the management of a professional staffing line, Kelly Education, in London. Overall, Fiona achieved year-on-year growth in net profit in a challenging environment where trends elsewhere were heading in the opposite direction.
In the next stage of her career, Fiona worked for Adecco, where she transformed a loss-making staffing brand and prepared it for merger into another soon-to-be acquired professional staffing brand.
Then, in preparation for the 2012 Olympics, Fiona took responsibility for creating and on-boarding the Adecco on-site recruitment team responsible for senior and professional staffing appointments. She worked with external suppliers to establish the London 2012 external job board and internal applicant tracking system, established an extensive compliance and on-boarding structure for new 2012 hires, helped establish the contract’s KPI dashboard and attended several high profile stakeholder engagement events with other London 2012 sponsors.
In her charitable work for Pilotlight, Fiona has worked on five programmes helping chief executives of charities and social enterprises to build capacity and make more impact.
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