Acorn Director makes shortlist for national leadership awards

Scott Liddle, Director of Operations (Technical) for one of the UK's leading multi-specialist recruitment agencies, Welsh head-quartered Acorn, has been named a finalist in Wales’ long-established and only dedicated leadership awards.

The Leading Wales Awards, in association with Cardiff Metropolitan University, are now in their twelfth year of celebrating individuals whose leadership is making a real difference in Wales and contributing to developing prosperity.

Scott has been nominated in the 'Leadership in the Private Sector' category for his leadership role at Acorn and is one of three finalists in the category.

Working in the steel industry since he was 16, Scott is highly regarded at Acorn and since joining the company in 2004; he has led and directly managed a number of key areas of the business; latterly joining the UK management board of Acorn, which operates from nearly 40 offices around the UK and Australia, placing some 6,500 people into work each week, with a turnover of £115m.

Matt Southall, Group Managing Director for Acorn, said: "Scott is a pleasure to work alongside and has developed a profile internationally as a superb leader and businessman.

"Since joining Acorn, he has developed a number of our core recruitment areas, including our booming IT & Digital Division, Acorn Global and our Australian subsidiary, Synaco. With his engineering background Scott has also taken Acorn's construction and technical divsions on an incredible journey, increasing their turnover by a remarkable 800% over ten years.
Exceptional leader

"I know I speak on behalf of all those in the team here when I say Scott is an exceptional leader in every sense of the word and it's no surprise at all that his contribution has been recognized in this way."

Barbara Chidgey, Chair of the Leading Wales Awards, said: "As usual, we have a really eclectic mix of leaders and exemplar of leadership all sectors in Wales' for this year's shortlist. It's been a privilege to read so many fascinating stories of leadership making a real difference within a business, organisation or community project.

"We really do appreciate the time and commitment given by everyone who submitted a nomination. We look forward to the Awards Lunch and Ceremony in June when we can properly celebrate our Leaders in Wales."

The winners will be announced at the lunchtime awards ceremony, which will take place at the Hilton Cardiff on Tuesday 14th June. Tickets are available at a cost of £55.00 +VAT. To reserve your place >

The alumni of past winners include individuals such as Laura Tenison MBE, Jo Jo Maman Bébé, Mario Kreft MBE, CEO of Pendine Park Care Homes; honorary award winners include our previous First Minister Rhodri Morgan and also Wales’ rugby captain Sam Warburton.

Acorn operates from 35 branches and on-site locations across Wales, the South West, North West and South East of England, Dublin and has international offices in Australia.

Acorn places up to 6,500 people into the workplace for around 1,200 different employers every week, UK-wide and internationally, and includes making some 1,700 permanent placements each year. The group also delivers training and apprenticeships for more than 1,000 individuals annually.


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