Acorn – Leading specialist recruiters

We are proud to partner with the Welsh Sports Association through our Acorn Executive Search division. The partnership was formed in 2017 to collaborate with national sports governing bodies to strengthen their boards with non-exec Directors — in less than 3 years we have assisted with the placement of up to 50 non-exec board members across Welsh sport.

With our support Swim Wales appointed seven new NEDs to achieve a gender-equal board and cement its commitment to growing diversity.


Offer to members

Acorn’s commercial partnership with the Welsh Sports Association, means that Acorn are able to offer a 25% discount on standard recruitment search for member organisations.

Pro Bono NED Offer

As part of the offer, Acorn are also able to provide a ‘pro bono’ service to any WSA member when strengthening their Board with voluntary Non-Executive Directors. This includes providing members with a comprehensive digital marketing campaign and advertising via a number of job boards, as well as cascading opportunities to an exclusive NED portfolio. This means that any member vacancy reaches the widest possible audience of potential applicants.

Paul Anscombe

Speacialist Recruitment

Established, honest and reliable; Acorn is one of the UK’s leading recruiters, consistently recognised for providing award-winning recruitment solutions. With a network of branches and specialist divisions based throughout the UK, we provide local and national permanent, temporary and contract recruitment support. For us it’s about more than simply filling roles. We know that honest recruitment develops careers, grows businesses, fulfils ambitions and changes lives. Our specialist divisions: Accountancy & Finance | Construction, M&E | IT & Digital | Rail | Aerospace & Defence | Driving & Logistics | Industrial & Manufacturing | Legal | Technical & Engineering | Commercial & Office Support | Energy | International | Life Sciences

The Kickstart Scheme has been put in place to fund thousands of 6 month work placements for people aged 16 – 24 deemed at risk of long-term unemployment due to the pandemic. A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements – that’s where Acorn can help free of charge. Appointed as a Kickstart intermediary to operate the Kickstart program for SME businesses across the UK, and in conjunction with the UK Government our dedicated team can help you with just one placement or more. The WSA are working in partnership with Acorn to facilitate the scheme as well as providing further training opportunities through its partners.

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