Uniquely, since 1947 Gordon Yates has had just three generations of owners, each of them linked.
The business is named after its founder, Gordon Yates, although he and his wife Beatrice ran things as a partnership. In the post-war period recruitment and training weren’t as prominent as they are today: nonetheless they established a thriving business, including recruiting staff for luminaries such as Marilyn Monroe when she was filming in London.
After Gordon’s death in the 1960s Beatrice brought in Frances King, a friend and customer. Frances was one of the top HR specialists in the country at the time and brought with her a wealth of experience at PLC director level.
In 1981 Beatrice and Frances decided to retire. One of the people they spoke to about this was Richard Grace, one of their customers. He talked with them and ended up buying the business. An accountant by training, Richard had become increasingly passionate about the people element within business success and was already involved in the employment arena.
Jo Tomazou, our other joint MD, joined in 1989. A born recruiter, trainer and coach, she brought with her a meteoric early career that had seen her rise to become youngest ever manager of Brook Street’s biggest branch and she remains central to Gordon Yates today.
Associate Directors Sarah Mustafa and Claire Grant joined as trainees in 2000 and 2003 respectively and along with Richard and Jo form the core management team.