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John Urpi

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

+44 (0) 1925 907043

My story


When did you join First?
2007.

What experience do you have?
I trained in engineering, working as a technician in the Physics Department at Manchester University, then as a piping designer at Fluor Corporation. I then decided to develop a career in recruitment worked my way from recruiter to Managing Director of an international recruitment company. Over the years I am proud to have worked with some great teams to create a number of novel national and international supply agreements including the first UK neutral vendor solution within the oil and gas sector. I have developed a strong track record for driving financial targets and annual sales (leading to growth at one firm from £15m in 1989 to over £200m in 2007.) In parallel I enjoy finding opportunities for innovation and performance improvement.

What are your key responsibilities?
I have responsibility for the strategy, direction and operational performance at First Recruitment Group. I enjoy being an ambassador for our excellent recruitment solutions and engaging with clients in our chosen national and international market sectors to develop our business through joint ventures, partnerships and collaborations.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I agree with my wife who often reminds me that I’ve still not grown up, but I do have a distant memory of wanting to be an artist and engineer just like Leonardo Da Vinci.

3 things you love?

My wife, kids & family, art and painting and playing bass guitar


"I worked for John for 8 years and found his vision, strategic thinking and team building skills to be exceptional. Under John's leadership we transformed Fircroft from a small family run business into an international recruitment operation with a turnover of over £150M."

Non Executive Director
"John's vision and leadership took Fircroft from a small, family concern into an award winning multi national recruitment business."

Director

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