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Hamish Davidson, chair of recruitment consultancy Veredus, today announced that he will be joining the Pinnacle boa...
Hamish Davidson, chair of recruitment consultancy Veredus, today announced that he will be joining the Pinnacle board as the chairman and senior partner of their new recruitment consultancy, Rockpools.

John Swinney, chief executive of Pinnacle, a provider of neighbourhood management services to local authorities and housing associations, said:

'We are absolutely delighted to have persuaded Hamish to join us. His talent and expertise in the public sector recruitment market are second to none and we are really lucky to have him on our side. He is going to be a major asset to Rockpools and to the wider Pinnacle Group. I am confident that with his support, Rockpools will become the leading public sector recruitment and development consultancy'.

Mr Davidson started with Jamieson Scott in 1987 as a recruitment consultant. He moved to Price Waterhouse and became a partner in 1998 and head of UK executive resourcing in 2000. He led the sale of the business to Capita in May 2002 for£15m and developed the Veredus brand. He has been involved in the appointments of more than a third of London borough chief executives and a wide range of top appointments including a permanent secretary and various national chairs, such as the Commission for Racial Equality, Housing Corporation and, most recently, the chair of the Legal Services Commission.

Mr Davidson is a judge in the human resources category of the 2005 LGC Awards.

Rockpools managing partner Neville Wilkinson said: 'The recruitment consultancy market place has really fragmented and we believe that there's room for more fresh thinking, innovation and a different kind of approach to supporting public sector management and leadership challenges.

Mr Davidson said: 'It's no secret that I have been considering my options since taking a six month sabbatical last year. Rockpools is just the kind of opportunity I have been looking for. The team is ambitious, dedicated and driven by a set of values that I feel I can personally commit to. Ours is a people business with integrity, honesty and professional values - taking the long term view is what really matters to our customers, and particularly our candidates.

'I expect Rockpools to be in with a fighting chance for every top appointment, delivering exciting recruitment solutions, completely grounded in the needs of clients and candidates. I am really looking forward to this new challenge and to doing things the way we know they ought to be done'.


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