Acorn, one of the UK's largest independent recruitment and training providers, has appointed Peter Cornish, a well respected professional in the South Wales engineering sector, as Contracts Manager in its Construction, Technical & Engineering Division.

Peter, aged 49, joins from the Port Talbot based R & R Group, a leading provider of engineering services, managed contracts, and manufactured components. Originally from Hampshire, and now living in Rogerstone, Newport, he helped develop R & R as a leading provider of managed services to the engineering and industrial sectors.

Peter said, "As by far the most successful recruitment agency in Wales, Acorn provides a superb platform on which to build a substantial UK-wide Construction, Technical & Engineering Division.

"I have watched the company's growth closely and I share the company's ambitions to continue on a path of significant growth, servicing existing customers and adding to our client base across Wales, the West Country and the north West initally."

Peter began his career in the paper and plastics industry, prior to moving through the ranks of middle and senior management. He also holds an MBA qualification.

Welcoming his appointment, Construction, Technical & Engineering Division Director Scott Liddle said, "Having worked alongside Peter previously, I know he is one of the most capable individuals in his field. Securing a person of Peter's calibre is a major coup for Acorn. He is widely respected and will add a new dimension to our business, which has enjoyed another extremely successful year."

Established in 1992, Acorn has branches throughout South Wales; with sites in Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Pontypridd, Bridgend, Blackwood and Wrexham.

Further afield, Acorn is found in Bristol, Manchester and Edinburgh, helping create a business that enjoyed a £38.5m turnover for 2004/05, and employing approximately 250 staff.

From its Head Offices at Cleppa Park just outside Newport, many of Acorn's specialist divisions such as Pegge Thomas, contactUs, Education Services, Acorn Perms, Contract Management Division and Construction, Technical & Engineering operate, and also the highly regarded Learning & Development Division.