Former Empresaria chief executive Miles Hunt has recently taken on a pair of chairmen’s positions — one at the helm of technical recruitment firm and talent management consultancy Advanced Resource Managers (ARM) and the other on the Association of Professional Staffing Companies’ (APSCo’s) governing Executive Committee.
Hunt founded Empresaria in 1996 and stepped down from the CEO’s role late last year.
Speaking exclusively to Recruiter, Hunt explained: “The approach I’m taking is… to look at where I can add some value and get involved with some interesting, ambitious people and help them to succeed.”
He praised ARM as “a hidden gem” and described them as “significantly profitable, really ambitious and poised to grow… In the current climate, where people tend to pull their oars in, they have a very aggressive and ambitious development plan”. With 200 staff and a £100m turnover, ARM has grown 50% over the last three years, he said. ARM’s anticipated growth will likely involve one of Hunt’s particular specialisms, internationalisation, which he developed during his tenure at Empresaria.
At APSCo, where he was elected to the chairman’s post, Hunt said the role offered him an opportunity to help promote industry best practice and the development of both companies operating in the sector, and individuals. “I’ve got the opportunity to try to make a difference,” he said.
“There are huge opportunities for our industry, there are challenges… but what’s clear is that you’ve got a combination of economic volatility, political volatility in the Europe area, and members who have interests which are global — certainly the majority have some international element. We have to make sure we have the capability to provide some element of support for them around the world.”
Hunt said he was also pursuing “other interests and opportunities” in his post-Empresaria life.