Leading Industrial recruitment firm hires new finance director

Leading industrial recruitment firm gap personnel has hired a new finance director as the company enters the next phase of its expansion.

Andy Gunson began his career with accountancy giant KPMG, where he achieved Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) status.

Since then he has played a key role in the growth of several rapidly expanding SMEs, as well as overseeing a share placement that raised £4.5m of funding for a software developer.

Andy has also carried out pre and post acquisition work on a number of private equity investments, and co-ordinated the £6m stock market flotation of a dot com business.

At children’s nursery operator KidsUnlimited, he restructured the firm’s finance operation during a period of rapid growth and subsequent £48m company sale.

The 37-year-old, of Upton in Chester, said: “Throughout my career I have tended to work for rapidly growing companies with real ambition and an entrepreneurial spirit, and gap fits that mould perfectly.

“gap has a great reputation and a positive, can-do attitude and that is what attracted me to the company.

“My main focus will be to ensure we continue to manage our growth within a prudent financial framework and build on our current position.”

Andy, who will be based at gap’s head office in Wrexham, replaces Lynne Grigg as finance director.

His appointment comes at a critical time in the company’s evolution. A specialist division called gap technical has recently been launched, while stand-alone brands including Driving Force and Gearshift have benefited from major investment.

gap founder and managing director Gary Dewhurst said: “Andy is an extremely accomplished professional, and we are thrilled to welcome him aboard.

“His experience in aiding the development of growing companies operating multiple sites will be invaluable as we continue our expansion and build up our different brands.”