Stark Brooks restructures top team

Recruitment firm Stark Brooks has appointed Gron Ffoulkes-Davies to the role of chief executive on a permanent basis while owner and former managing director Sally Toumi becomes executive chairman.

Gron, 48, joined Stark Brooks – which has an office in Leeds – as interim CEO last May when Sally began a course of treatment for stage three breast cancer.

Sally was diagnosed in April 2012 and subsequently underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy at The Christie in Manchester.

Sally, 44, continued to work during her treatment but handed the day-to-day running of the company to Gron, who has extensive business experience.

Gron originally qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen in Manchester and has since held a number of senior roles in major companies, including group financial controller at HomeForm Group and group finance director at Tepnel Life Sciences.

He said:

I am delighted to become chief executive of Stark Brooks on a permanent basis and look forward to working with Sally and the rest of the team to drive the development of this well-established and respected business.

Sally’s new role will see her focus on business development and client relations for Stark Brooks while also giving her scope to work on fundraising activities for The Christie and her recently-elected position as an Alumni Association representative on the University of Manchester’s General Assembly.

Gordonstoun-educated Sally graduated from the university with a degree in History of Art.

She said:

I feel fantastic and am more ambitious than ever for the business.

Gron’s commercial background and operational experience make him the ideal person to take Stark Brooks forward.

His appointment gives me the opportunity to reflect on the business and to tackle other things I am passionate about.

Stark Brooks - Gron and Sally April 2013
Gron Ffoulkes-Davies and Sally Toumi, chief executive and executive chairman of Stark Brooks


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