London, UK (15 August 2011) - Harvey Nash Group plc, a global provider of professional recruitment and outsourcing services, announces the appointment of two local government executive search professionals to strengthen their UK Public Sector Executive Search practice.

Yvonne Skingle joins Harvey Nash Executive Search as a Director in the government and public services team. Yvonne has held a number of HR leadership roles in county and city councils, health and police before establishing herself as one of the country’s leading executive search consultants focused in the local government sector.

Also joining the Harvey Nash Public Sector Executive Search practice is Jan O’Brien as senior researcher. O’Brien has in excess of twenty years experience of executive search, recruiting senior professionals in both the public and private sectors.

She joins Harvey Nash from a boutique executive search company where she spent more than 5 years recruiting senior professionals in local government. She works across all disciplines but has a particular interest in roles in children’s and adult social care and education.

Commenting on the appointments Nigel Parslow, UK Managing Director, Harvey Nash Executive Search said: “we are delighted to welcome two professionals with as much local government experience as Yvonne and Jan to the Harvey Nash Group. We are confident they will enable Harvey Nash to grow our business significantly in this sector by working closely with our clients on their senior resourcing strategies.”

Yvonne Skingle said: “Harvey Nash is known as a dynamic and fast growing business, dedicated to long term relationships and excellent client support. With significant change expected in the local government sector in coming years Jan and I are excited to be part of a public sector executive search team that is highly equipped to support our clients as they face both the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

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About Harvey Nash Executive Search

Established over 20 years ago, Harvey Nash Executive Search has grown to become a distinctive force in executive recruitment and leadership services. We engage with organisations of every size and denomination and provide the reach of a service that befits an international organisation, with the touch, sensitivity and specialism of the high customer service associated with boutique consultancies through three key services: Executive Search – specialising in the recruitment of the board-level executives of today and the high-potential managers who will become tomorrow's industry leaders; Board Services – working with Chairmen, Non-Executive Directors, Chief Executives and Board Directors to provide a variety of services including board recruitment, evaluation and assessment and remuneration; and Leadership Services – engaging closely with clients on issues of succession planning, evaluation and development of leaders.