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Strategic role for Lockhart at Taranata

Taranata Group, formed last year by forging four leading recruitment brands under one roof, has announced that Simone Lockhart (pictured) will be joining the business in April as director of strategic development.  

Simone, who has almost 30 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, was formerly the managing director of Search in Scotland, having joined in 1998.  She joins Taranata Group from Barclays Bank, where she has been fulfilling the role of head of resourcing – Scotland. 

Taranata Group currently comprises Head Resourcing, Change Recruitment, Head Medical and Atkinson Macleod.

Paul Atkinson, group executive chairman, said: “Simone is an outstanding individual with proven abilities in the talent sector.  She is a collaborative leader, quick thinker and an innovator and is exceptionally well placed to drive the Taranata Group forward, alongside the existing board.” 

Based in Scotland, but with international reach through the Group companies, Ms Lockhart’s focus will be on developing new strategies and initiatives to maximise the potential of group companies, current and future, and ultimately grow market share. 

Her task will encompass all areas of the business, working with and developing strategies for clients, partners and teams at all levels and exploiting new technologies, investments and sector opportunities to achieve significant growth. 

She is also chairman of the Glasgow Local Advisory Board of Career Ready, a national charity that links Local Authorities and their schools with employers to help prepare young people for the world of work.


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