Jazz Shaper: Gary Elden

Posted on 20 March 2021

Gary Elden OBE is Chairperson of Recbid, a bidding platform whose mission is to be the go-to platform for employers looking to engage with recruitment services.

Gary is Chairperson of Recbid, a bidding platform whose mission is to be the go-to platform for employers looking to engage with recruitment services and Amoria Bond, an international specialist recruitment company. He had previously led a FTSE listed specialist recruitment company, with a £1.3bn turnover and 3,000 staff around the world.

He is a trustee of the Aleto Foundation, a non-profit organisation which supports people from disadvantaged backgrounds to become the leaders of tomorrow and make sure our country has an accurate, diverse representation of leaders.

Gary was named Business Person of the Year at the 2015 Black British Business Awards, in recognition of his work encouraging the next generation of business achievers. He received an OBE in 2016 for service to diversity in business.

Highlights

I was always ambitious, I always wanted more and I was never satisfied.

Whatever I put my mind to, I will be successful.

I wanted to be successful but I also realised that I needed to gain experience.

I liked the idea of having freedom.

As you get older, money is important but then other things become higher in your priorities.

In order to be successful, you need to have great people around you.

I created that environment of loyalty, we were all in it together, we build it together and we have fun together.

When you have children, you become wiser, you mature.

It’s about proving to yourself that you can do other things.

You always want to push yourself.

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