North East consultancy BMC Recruitment Group has started the new year with a new MD and plans for national growth.

Chris Milnes, 35, joins the Newcastle-based recruitment consultancy from global insurance broker Marsh, where he was head of the Newcastle and Carlisle offices.

During the next 12 months he aims to strengthen and broaden client relationships to boost revenue at the recruitment firm, while increasing his team from 14 to up to 24 and expanding into Scotland and London.

With more than a decade’s experience in the insurance sector, Chris plans to refocus BMC in several areas – developing an insurance and risk management desk, growing the tech team while also boosting resources in finance, sales and marketing, and executive search.

“There is a real opportunity to develop a strong insurance and risk team that will not only serve existing and new clients in the North East and Carlisle area but also nationally,” he said.

“We’re keen to operate differently to many of the larger, traditional sales-led recruitment firms. By being genuine consultants we aim to become a trusted partner and establish long-term relationships with clients. The current team have built some strong relationships and I hope we can take that to the next level,” Chris said.

While he was at Marsh, Chris and his team achieved continuous year-on-year growth for three consecutive years. Prior to that, working for Aon for five years in Dubai, he established one of the best performing teams in business development within the group. During this time, he won the Middle East and North Africa Rising Star award.

He said: “We have big growth ambitions for BMC. I’ll be building a dynamic team that will establish a strong national business, headquartered in Newcastle but finding and placing talent around the country.”

Chris lives with his wife and two dogs in Castle Eden, County Durham.

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