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New Leeds recruitment company hires two non-executive directors

A pioneering new Leeds-based recruitment company has appointed two non-exec directors to grow its business.

Fide Careers, a newly launched accountancy and finance recruitment concept which integrates the highest-quality recruitment process with mental health & wellbeing, delivered through a first-of-its-kind model, has announced Mohammed Taj and Hayley Richardson have joined as non-executive directors.

Mohammed Taj joins Fide Careers as a permanent non-executive director, having helped shape the fledgling company’s trial period over the last few months. As a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor, Mohammed has decades of experience in the finance sector, leading and developing aspiring accountants into a number of senior leader positions across his previous business and beyond.

Mohammed was previously Director of Group Audit & Assurance at construction company Shepherd Group before moving into consultancy and strategy work. In conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors, Mohammed founded the Construction Internal Audit Forum to help industry professionals with networking opportunities, best practice and professional development.

Hayley Richardson is a senior HR leader for a civil service organisation, her previous roles have included Head of HR and Head of Leadership for some of the world’s largest companies. Hayley is a chartered MCIPD HR professional as well as a leadership coach and project manager.

Hayley has ample experience with both wellbeing and charity work, having founded social enterprise Rebel HR which helps start-up companies create innovative HR practices and systems that will support their growth. The business is backed by the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme.

The two will also be non-executive directors of F=@#! Mental Health, Fide Careers’ sister company that provides free wellbeing resources for clients. Mohammed and Hayley’s combination of experience will aid Fide Recruitment and F=@#! Mental Health in their journeys to becoming a market-leading recruitment and wellbeing company.

Serving Yorkshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire, Fide brings a recruitment agency experience that goes beyond the traditional recruitment offering. Fide works with companies and finance teams after filling the job to offer enhanced levels of mental health and wellbeing support.

Services include reinvesting a portion of its own recruitment fee into client teams’ wellbeing, as well as offering candidates part of the recruitment fee to spend on their wellbeing. Clients and employees get access to an online wellbeing hub, where they access an exclusive network of wellbeing providers to spend their free wellbeing budget with.

Javed Bobat, CEO of Fide Careers and F=@#! Mental Health, said: “I am delighted to announce Mohammed and Hayley are joining as non-executive directors at such a critical period, both for the business and the mental health conversation amidst the backdrop of the pandemic.

“I personally have suffered daily challenges around my own mental health from a very early age, and I want to use my experiences as a positive to help and support others. Mohammed and Hayley have been involved from the very early stages of Fide Careers, providing welcome support during the trial period of the concept.

“My vision is to bring my recruitment expertise, a desire to work ethically, with a tailored wellbeing package for each business and candidate I work with. Both Mohammed and Hayley are not only hugely on board with the concept, but they will provide invaluable input in their areas of expertise to help us grow.

“Mohammed and Hayley will also support the growth of F=@#! Mental Health, which provides businesses with a free and accessible mental health and wellbeing hub they and their employees can access at any time.

“We’re looking to grow the content and training aspects of the business, which the two will advise on so we can provide the best platform and network to help Fide Careers grow not just for the finance sector, but across other industries too.

“I am hugely excited to have Mohammed and Hayley on board, and know their expertise will help us to become a industry-leading recruitment company and wellbeing resource in Yorkshire and beyond.”


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