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AP Group appoints Head of HR

  • Publish Date: Posted 16 October 2015
  • Author: AP Group

​AP Group Global, a world-leading group of specialist recruitment consultancies, is pleased to announce the recent hire of Chara Christou as the new Head of HR. Joining at an exciting time of AP Group's 25-year history, Chara will continue to build on the company's success as an international boutique recruitment firm, and also utilise HR best practice knowledge to meet the needs of AP Group's expanding business and strengthen the overall operations of the firm.

Chara, who is based in AP's Cyprus offices, will lead the company's HR team, by establishing the function's presence within the business, providing HR strategic planning, management and supervision, coordinating the company's resourcing requirements, optimizing employee engagement and forging business ties with global clients and candidates.

She will focus on talent acquisition, by attracting specialised recruitment consultants that match the organisational divisional needs and importantly have the drive and ambition to develop the company's presence in new and existing trading locations. Chara will also help to further develop a sustainable and attractive reward programme to incentivise both front office and business support employees. Finally, she will focus on developing capability frameworks and training programmes to foster a culture of talent development and engagement.

Chara Christou commented: "I am pleased to join AP Group at such an exciting time, when we are looking to grow our business and establish our presence in existing but also new locations, particularly where the job markets are booming. At the same time, our priority is to establish key HR policies and procedures and embed a culture for our existing and new employees, where they will be incentivised to deliver results, develop within sustainable career paths and finally engage with our ethos and values. Our vision is to support an agile environment, where everybody feels part of one wider international AP Group team, whilst playing an integral part to our strategy through individual contributions."

Chara joins AP Group with more than five years of Human Resources Generalist and Reward experience. She worked in HR and Reward roles in global companies in the UK, such as Deutsche Bank, Fujitsu Services and Experian Plc. She received her master's degree in Industrial Relations and Managing Human Resources as well as CIPD status from the University of Warwick. Additionally, she holds a master's degree in Management from the University of Surrey.

Gina Le Prevost, CEO and Founder of AP Group, said: "Finally, we are now once again able to establish an international footprint and work further afield, as the global economy is stabilising from the last 7 years of instability and job loss.  I am thrilled to bring onboard Chara who will add so much value to our group's growth strategy in the next coming months and years.  Chara has an excellent in-depth HR experience, relevant to the key areas we wish to nurture and develop.  I am very much looking forward to working closely with Chara and her team."

Celebrating 25 years of experience in providing bespoke recruitment service to clients and candidates since 1990, AP Group has established itself as an employer of diversity by promoting a culture of collaboration, innovation and results.

As an international recruitment firm, AP Group aims to strengthen its existing business and venture into exciting recruitment concepts and job markets. The HR team at AP Group is always seeking qualified recruitment professionals for positions within its growing business.

If you have the experience, skills and are interested in making a contribution to our growing business, please contact our HR Department at