Mark Braund

CEO of InterQuest Group plc

Mark Braund is CEO of the InterQuest Group plc. Mark has 30 years of sales, marketing & business leadership experience, much of this spent in the recruitment sector, having first begun his career with Manpower. In addition to Mark’s extensive recruitment sector experience, he is also highly experienced in the Technology and Outsourcing arena having spent 13 years with IBM, for whom he was a Director until 1999.

Mark is highly experienced at growing businesses, having founded and developed Barker Personnel Services into a highly successful recruitment organisation, before overseeing their sale to the Carlisle Group in 2000. Recognised for his abilities in business restructuring and turnaround, Mark has successfully implemented strategies and overseen major turnaround projects with recruitment organisations Lorien Plc and TAC Europe. Prior to Mark’s appointment at InterQuest he was based in North America as Executive Vice President responsible for all operations at First Advantage Inc., a global employer solutions organisation. Since being appointed CEO of InterQuest in 2011 Mark has overseen a large-scale restructuring of the Group, taking it from being a group of general independent recruitment businesses to being a single established recruitment brand with fast growing specialist divisions focused on high growth analytics & technology markets.

InterQuest Group
The True Corporate Initiative for Human Social

The True Corporate Initiative for Human Social Responsibility

The success of the Ice Bucket Challenge campaign was fundamentally reliant on the natural human impulse to engage and partake in social causes, the ever evolving human need to be a part of a global community and the viral exposure that social media facilitates.
23/02/2015 11:36 GMT
How Important Is Data Analytics to the Future of

How Important Is Data Analytics to the Future of HR?

Having discussed harnessing social media, enabling internal knowledge creation and leveraging social capital in previous articles, it seems a logical topic to cover next is to address one the key players in this debate and how they interplay with advances in data analytics and technology: Human Resources.
22/09/2014 13:02 BST
Lessons From a Social Media

Lessons From a Social Media Phenomenon

In August The Ice Bucket Challenge (IBC) well and truly took over social media, with a host of celebrities, business leaders and members of the general public jumping at the chance to film themselves pouring a bucket of ice cold water over themselves and making a donation to charity.
09/09/2014 14:57 BST
How Is Analytics Changing the Way Business Leaders Make

How Is Analytics Changing the Way Business Leaders Make Decisions?

Interest in Big Data analytics has increased sharply over the last twelve months, and usage by commercial, non-profit and public sector organisations surged. What's driving this? One reason is that storage costs have fallen... Another important factor is the growing number of sophisticated analytics tools that are available.
18/08/2014 15:07 BST
'Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling', A Topic Still Very Much on the

'Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling', A Topic Still Very Much on the Agenda

Starting with our own experience, we have taken meaningful steps at InterQuest, appointing three female directors to our operational management team in the last 2-years. Gender equality is at the forefront of what we do, and though we have yet to appoint a woman to our public company board of directors, the task of representation is certainly a challenge we are consciously addressing.
19/06/2014 16:09 BST
The Onward March of

The Onward March of Analytics

Analytics as a discipline, using information gathered and stored in a digital format, has increased in scope enormously over recent years and will continue to play an ever greater role in all aspects of business life in the years to come. In this series of articles we will look at the impact of big data and analytics on business, competitiveness and career development.
09/06/2014 15:42 BST
Harnessing the Power of Online Presence Through Brand

Harnessing the Power of Online Presence Through Brand Ambassadors

To become brand advocates on-line, employees must positively reflect a company's values and follow the protocols established for on-line posting; though I would conclude by noting that there is a great deal of potential here for all organisations and employees to build the trust of their audience through investing in the trust and empowerment of their employees.
23/05/2014 12:30 BST
The Increasing Importance of Social Media in

The Increasing Importance of Social Media in HR

In a recent article I discussed how with 75% of companies either using or planning to use social media sites for recruiting, sites like Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook and Google+ are becoming increasingly important in job searching.
02/04/2014 10:34 BST
LinkedIn's Figures and the Shift Towards Mobile

LinkedIn's Figures and the Shift Towards Mobile Recruitment

Last week LinkedIn released a fascinating statistic, highlighting the fact that mobile usage of the professional networking site was now approaching a majority - with 41% of unique users visiting the site now doing so via mobile device.
11/03/2014 12:37 GMT
Google Glass and the Innovative Nature of the Job

Google Glass and the Innovative Nature of the Job Interview

Perhaps like many others I'm not yet convinced the on role Google Glass will play in the interview and hiring process, however the fact that someone out there is trying, irrespective of its long term success or otherwise, should be applauded - I am certainly watching with interest and will be keen to see the result.
26/02/2014 13:28 GMT
Digital Fraud Continues to Dominate Discussion in

Digital Fraud Continues to Dominate Discussion in 2014

For many in the technology sector, one of the most discussed topics in recent months has been digital fraud and online security. This is an area in which I have a great deal of interest, as it continues to play a significant role in the demand for specialist skills in the Financial Services & Banking Sectors.
12/02/2014 13:11 GMT
ERP Software in 2014: Six Predicted

ERP Software in 2014: Six Predicted Trends

2013 was an eventful year in ERP, with notable positive developments including the increase in mobile and business intelligence (as many predicted twelve months ago) and the increase in adoption of SaaS and cloud solutions. The year saw a number of major ERP implementations, with successes and failures at all levels.
22/01/2014 11:04 GMT
Big Data in 2014: Five

Big Data in 2014: Five Predictions

2013 was a year in which big data became a 'hot topic' for discussion and debate, reaching far beyond the usual industry journals and making the mainstream news for a number of good and bad reasons. With that in mind there has been a great deal of speculation about what trends we should expect to see in big data in 2014.
10/01/2014 09:48 GMT
2014 and Beyond: Gartner's Business IT

2014 and Beyond: Gartner's Business IT Predictions

Last week Gartner gave their predictions for 2014 and beyond, with their report offering plenty to think about for CIO's, IT Leaders and Senior Business Executives. Some of their headlines were...
05/12/2013 14:50 GMT
Expert CV

Expert CV Guidance

It may sound simple but recruitment is absolutely essential and is something that requires a lot more effort than is sometimes offered. Taking all the correct steps towards employment are often ignored by the individual, which is why we are here to help.
12/11/2013 12:50 GMT