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Positive Healthcare

Positive Healthcare is a specialist healthcare staffing and recruitment group providing world class Doctors, Nurses and Allied Healthcare Professionals to the NHS and Private Hospitals throughout the UK.

Through dedicated and experienced consultants we have built an exceptionally strong network of Locum and permanent candidates and are able to provide solutions for any assignment, shift, or vacancy, however challenging.

About Us

Gary Peter Ashworth | Age 57 | Chairman & Director

About Gary:

Gary founded Abacus Recruitment in 1982, a group of recruitment agencies which he floated on AIM in September 1995. It was the best performing AIM share in both 1996 and 1997 and subsequently sold to Carlisle Holdings in 1998; initial investors achieved a tenfold multiple on their investment.

Gary then founded the InterQuest Group in November 2001, which he floated in 2005 and remains Chairman of and a significant shareholder in. In 2014 it had revenues of £151M and made £4.9M of adjusted EBIT. Since flotation, the price of those listed shares has increased by over 50% and it currently has an Enterprise Value of around £40M.

Gary is a Fellow and past President of the Institute of Employment Consultants and has worked in recruitment since 1980.

Christopher Paul Ledbury | Age 55 | CEO & Director

About Chris:

Chris has over 20 years of recruitment experience and has successfully founded, grown and/or exited a range of recruitment businesses on his own account, including Accountancy Additions, HW Group plc, Madison Maclean and most recently Exsurgo Group.

Chris was also the Investment Director of the Recruitment Ventures division of Hamilton Bradshaw from 2007 to 2012, during which time he acted as originator, investor, portfolio manager and Board member to a number of start-up and early stage recruitment businesses, guiding them through value creation to successful exit.

Chris works very closely with investee business owners providing coaching, mentoring and support, with a focus on commercial objectives and strategic vision. He has extensive experience operating and investing in recruitment businesses, having led or been part of management buy-outs and buy-ins, a full stock market listing and trade sale exits.

Gareth Maitland Edwards | Age 59 |Non-Executive Director

About Gareth:

Gareth has been a corporate lawyer for many years specialising in corporate finance work for various types of transactions, including acquisitions, disposals, flotations and takeovers working in a professional capacity with both Gary Ashworth and Luke Johnson.

He was head of his firm’s Corporate Group for 8 years during which time he expanded it into Asia and the Gulf regions, after relinquishing that role he set up and opened law offices for his firm in both France and Germany.

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