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Two hires for new brand

Livingston James launches Hamilton Forth

Sarah GreensmithLaura ThorburnRecruitment company Livingston James Group has hired two key staff to head up the launch of Hamilton Forth, a brand that will expand its reach into technology and change recruitment across the UK.

Sarah Greensmith (far left), former managing director of IT and technology at Hudson, and technology recruitment specialists McGregor Boyall, joins to lead the business in the UK.

Laura Thorburn (above right), previously head of technology at Change, will head up the Scottish office. 

Hamilton Forth is the sixth brand launched by the Edinburgh-based Livingston James Group since its inception in 2010 and the first to have a base outside Scotland. 

Many of the group brands are named after an inspiring innovator in, or related to, their field, with Hamilton Forth referencing Margaret Hamilton, the computer scientist who wrote the Apollo spacecraft guidance software for NASA. 

The team also chose to honour Hamilton to acknowledge the continued need for increased representation of women in technology.

On her decision to join Livingston James Group as head of Hamilton Forth, Ms Greensmith said: “Compared with the recent challenges of post-merger integration, and the scale of an established PLC, the opportunity to build a brand from grassroots with the support of a privately-owned parent company has significant appeal.”

Hamilton Forth will focus exclusively on the search and selection of senior roles in the technology and change sector. Ms Greensmith is looking to increase staffing.

Group co-founder Jamie Livingston said: “Any new business succeeds or fails on the strength of its leadership team and we are delighted to welcome Sarah and Laura to drive the growth of Hamilton Forth across the UK.”

The launch of Hamilton Forth comes after a period of growth for the group which has seen its headcount rise from 32 to 39, and turnover grow by 63% from £4.1 million to £6.7m over a rolling 12 month period to the end of Q1 2017.

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