Peter Searle, one of the foremost experts in Europe on staffing recruitment and outsourcing labour supply has joined ‘Labour-as-a-Service’ staffing platform Broadstone as a Non Executive Director.

Searle’s extensive experience in scaling businesses and his wealth of knowledge about the temporary staffing industry, will help Broadstone as it grows and plans to take on traditional high street staffing agencies. Broadstone has also made two new senior hires – Manish Dev was recently appointed CFO, while Tracey Kitchen joined as Head of Compliance in September.

Searle has more than 30 years experience in the recruitment sector. He previously held the position of CEO of UK and Ireland at Adecco for more than ten years, as well as CEO of Spring from 2006 – 2009. In 2015, he joined Airswift as CEO, and was subsequently appointed Executive Chairman in 2018.

Searle also holds a string of awards from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) including a lifetime achievement award for services to recruitment. In addition to his extensive expertise in the recruitment industry, Searle is also highly skilled at scaling large international businesses. He also brings startup expertise from his role as a Non Executive Director of the government-backed Start Up Loans company.

Searle joins Broadstone at an exciting point in the company’s journey. Broadstone was part of the 2018 PWC Scale Manchester cohort in 2018 and has grown revenues by 470 percent so far in 2019. Likewise, the size of the worker community using Broadstone has grown by more than 700 percent from 3,285 in August 2018 to 26,890 in August 2020.

To support this rapid growth in revenue and the worker community, Broadstone has also appointed Tracey Kitchen who will be responsible for ensuring all workers registered to the platform have the right permits and checks as the community continues to grow. Manish Dev, in his role as CFO, is responsible for growing the long term value of the company.

Tom Pickersgill, Founder and CEO of Broadstone says: “We’re thrilled to have Peter on board. He is a seasoned recruitment professional and knows the temp industry inside out. He’s also very experienced in scaling businesses which will be crucial for us as we continue to experience rapid growth as a company, and look to expand into new geographies and new sectors. Peter’s role as a board member and an investor in Broadstone is a huge stamp of approval and his knowledge will be invaluable in helping us establish our technology focused, ‘labour-as-a-service’ approach to temporary staffing as the default in the future.

“We’re also delighted to have Tracey and Manish join the team. Broadstone has really taken off as a new way to recruit and we’re making waves in the temporary staffing industry. We have an experienced and high-performing team in place to ensure we can continue on this path.”

Peter Searle said: “I’m delighted to be joining the Broadstone board. This company is really making waves in the temporary staffing world and it’s great to be involved and to join at such at an exciting time. Broadstone is changing the face of temporary recruitment and challenging the high street staffing agencies that haven’t adapted to cater to the modern workforce and its needs. They’ve already seen huge success in the security market and have big plans to expand their tech focused approach across the board. I”m looking forward to helping them on this next stage of their business journey.”

As well as holding senior roles at Adecco and Airswift, Searle is also heavily involved in educational  government initiatives and has appeared on the Government’s Select Committee for Education. He was also vice chair of the Deputy Prime Ministers social mobility project, Opening Doors.


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