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NRF President

Sigmar COO Elected President Of The National Recruitment Federation

NRF President

Congratulations to our COO, Frank Farrelly, who was elected President of the National Recruitment Federation on November 10th 2016.

Taking up the position Frank commented “I am delighted to be taking up the mantle of NRF President for 2016-2018. I am grateful to my predecessor Barbara McGrath for doing such sterling work over her term as president. Barbara has been a brilliant ambassador for Irish Recruitment.  She has left us with a strong platform to continue developing into the future and I am proud to have served under her leadership.”

 “As an industry we do great work for clients large & small across the country, but we cannot stand still.  We need to continue to raise our standards, be innovative and provide real value to our customers.  The NRF plans to do this through improving education and through increasing our contribution to the skills and recruitment agenda.”

In the last 7 years Frank has been a committee member, Treasurer and Secretary for the National Recruitment Federation in Ireland, before being elected Vice President in 2014.  He was part of the team that lobbied Government on the Agency Workers Act, Zero Hours Contracts and ‘If & When’ contracts.

Frank will be supported in his new role by new Vice President Louise Nolan. Louise is the Co Owner and a director of The Production People. We wish Louise every success in her new role.

 


 

About the NRF

The National Recruitment Federation is a voluntary organisation set up to establish and maintain standards and codes of practice for the Recruitment Industry in Ireland. Founded in 1971, the NRF seeks to provide its members with the best possible service in terms of support, training, communication, advice sharing and problem solving and in doing so to promote professional competence within the industry. NRF also acts as the voice of the industry lobbying at National and European level in relation to legislate changes that impact on the NRF’s members.

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