About Us

Who are RIB?

Crawfurd Walker, BSc (Hons), MBA, MRTPI, MCSI

Chief Executive Officer

Crawfurd started his career in property and leisure development. Following an MBA at Cranfield University he worked as an independent consultant advising a number of SMEs and FTSE 100 companies on strategic development and brand growth. He is a founding Partner of a Mayfair based Corporate Finance company providing experience in a wide range of projects and industries with clients ranging from start–up’s to Governments. He is also one of the founders of Recruitment Industry Benchmarking Ltd, taking over the role of Managing Director in 2007. Crawfurd was a member of the judging panel for the Recruiter Awards for Excellence 2009 and the Institute of Recruitment Professionals Awards 2010 and 2011.

Chris Ansell MA, MSc, MIET C.Eng MBA,CFA

Chief Financial Officer

Chris  started his career as a Research Engineer with BT, before moving into strategy and planning including writing the Business Results section of BT’s European Quality Award submission. After his MBA, he spent 3 years in Investor Relations in the UK and the US, before spending a decade as an equity analyst at a leading international investment bank. He then spent 3 years as Head of Finance in a private company. Chris also lectures at Cranfield University and to FTSE-100 companies on Finance.

Belinda Johnson BA (Hons)

Knowledge & Insight Director

Belinda has spent most of the last decade researching the forces that impact organisational need for people – all aspects of work, working, workplace etc. Previously, she ran her own retail/concession business for ten years and was Marketing Director for a new start-up division that is now one of the most established within Rentokil. Having joined the Vedior Group in 2005 to provide operational and sales support to the group’s 35 UK businesses, she subsequently moved to head up the UK research function within Randstad when it acquired the Group. Now continuing this work outside the corporate arena, Belinda provides work-orientated knowledge and insights for a range of organisations – including a number of the industry’s trade bodies.

Nick Woodward

IT Director

IT and internet expert who has worked with many high profile corporations, including Microsoft, Shell, Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse First Boston. Nick has further involvement with the recruitment industry through his company ETZ Timesheet Solutions.

Sarah Shread

Financial Controller

Sarah is responsible for all administration, a role to which she brings over 15 years’ experience of working in the benchmarking, leisure and motor industries.

Romney Rawes


Romney is the creator of the RIB Index and has over 35 years′ hands-on industry experience, including a number of non-executive directorships. He was the inaugural winner of the Recruiter′s Gary Clark Award for lifetime achievement and established the RIB Index to help promote best practice within the industry and provide key information to professional management.

Affiliated Companies

Cranfield University

RIB members qualify for a 10% discount on the BGP – just mention your RIB Membership

The Business Growth and Development Programme (BGP) at Cranfield is the UK’s leading programme for ambitious owner-managers. BGP is 24 years old in 2012 and, over the years, we’ve helped some 1,300 ambitious owner managers create the future they want for their businesses and themselves.

Businesses that participate in BGP are already outperforming their peers and that performance accelerates after the programme. Many recruitment businesses have participated in BGP and gone on to great success including PFJ, Witan Jardine and Quest Search & Selection. To learn more about how BGP works and the benefits you could realise, visit our website and register for one of our FREE briefing events.

RIB Contact: David Molian, BGP Director Phone: 01234 751122 Visit: www.som.cranfield.ac.uk/som/bgp

ETZ Timesheet Solutions

ETZ Timesheet Solutions internet based software, Timesheet Process Manager (TPM), has been saving recruitment agencies both time and money and streamlining the timesheet-to-invoice process successfully in a number of agencies across all sectors throughout the UK and Australia. TPM is designed to work with existing payroll and billing software and currently supports some of the leading names in the industry including Oxford Software′s Tempaid, Aspire and Sage accounting software.

RIB Contact: Nick Woodward, Managing Director Phone: 0870 460 2698, 07973 623 147 Visit: www.etztimesheetsolutions.com

Absolutely Business

Absolutely Business is a specialist management and training consultancy that exclusively helps recruitment business owners improve performance and maximise potential sales, profits and value. The training offered is bespoke, logical and experience-based and impacts individuals, teams and the bottom line through improving and maximising sales potential, recruitment performance, management performance and business performance.

RIB Contact: Denise Walker, Managing Director Phone: 0118 982 1535, 07900 266179 Visit: www.absolutelybusiness.co.uk/

Open InVoice Finance

Invoice Finance is a great working capital tool used by many recruitment companies.  Finding the right funder with the right terms, however, can be a very time consuming and confusing process.

Open InVoice was conceived by John Dodsworth – an industry expert with over 20 years’ experience within invoice finance. Having held a number of Director level roles within the Invoice Finance industry, John has sold, managed and underwritten financial transactions for businesses ranging from start up to £500m revenue.

Providing simple, expert, support, Open will work with you to find you the right funding partner based on your specific needs saving you the time, hassle and confusion.

Harness our network of contacts and expertise to source the best deal and funding partner for your business

RIB Contact: John Dodsworth, Managing Director, Phone: 020 3701 3806 www.openinvoicefinance.co.uk

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Strategic Partner of the REC


RIB is pleased to announce that a strategic partnership has been launched with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

The REC is the representative body for the recruitment industry in the UK, a market that is worth in excess of £20 billion per year.

The REC has more than 3,600 corporate members (with more than 8,000 branches) comprising agencies and businesses from across all sectors and 5,500 members of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals.

The REC is proud to be:

  • Recruitment’s biggest lobbying voice
  • The source of recruitment knowledge
  • Raising recruitment standards
  • Helping individuals develo successful careers in recruitment
  • Exceeding members’ expectations through business support.An article

An article that appeared in the REC’s Recruitment Matters magazine announcing this Strategic Partnership can be viewed here