Ian Finch

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Finch Recruitment founder and CEO Ian Finch, in brief.

Ian Finch

Home: Surrey, England.  Age: 44.  Birthplace: Oxford, England.  Organization: Finch Recruitment.  Title: Founder and CEO.  Significant other: Cornelia Finch.

Current project: Raising awareness of the company and its services, with focus on the UK and the US.  Recent professional development: The placement of a new Advisory Board for Finch Recruitment consisting of five SMEs in marketing, sales, social media campaigns and management consultancy.  Latest accomplishment: Obtaining an office in Winchester.  Latest contribution to others: Stimulating confidence in my partner that Finch Recruitment will be a huge success this year.  Hobbies: Travel, golf, and Brazilian Jui Jitsu.  Last book read: Lamentation – Book 6 of the Shardlake series, by C. J. Sansom.  Recently viewed and recommended: The Post, Stephen Spielberg's film about the publication of The Pentagon Papers.

Personality profile: Pragmatic, enthusiastic and self-motivated; inquisitive, honest and reliable. Moral compass: Integrity is my drive.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? A shared vision of success, complete trust, hard-working, with great communication and transparency. What is your greatest joy? Growing my extended family at Finch Recruitment.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Paramedics and healthcare workers. What is at the top of your bucket list? Creating the Finch Foundation and Conservation Trust with the aim of helping communities to save, rehabilitate and protect their wildlife and endangered species.

What book have you repeatedly read? The Chimp Paradox, by Prof. Steve Peters.  What’s featured prominently on your office wall? My route to success plan for Finch Recruitment. What movie have you repeatedly watched? The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.  What is the best advice you received in your career? Identify your problems, but give your power and energy to solutions.  What is your go-to source of news and information? The Week magazine.  What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Collaborating with my team.

What is your big idea?

To create a new standard in the recruitment industry, where every candidate has been screened by a professional with experience in the role being filled.

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Monthly goal setting and BHAG (big hairy audacious goals).  What change would you like to see in the world? The planet’s health and well-being becoming our top priority.  What message do you want to send out into the world? Put as much effort into the planet and its occupants as you do into personal wealth.  What widely held belief do you reject? That wealth is a bad thing.  For me, money is a magnifier: it can make a bad person even worse, but if you are inherently good, then wealth can enable you to do great things.  What mega-trend most excites you? Better awareness of healthy lifestyles, including plant-based foods and a greater consciousness of animal welfare.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? The Pursuit of an Extraordinary Life.  What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Harrison Ford. Who would you like to spend an evening with, in Heaven? Winston Churchill.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? The owner of a castle.  What advice would you give your younger self? Have fun whilst growing up, but be conscious and mindful of your choices when you enter adulthood.  What day in your life would you like to re-live? My wedding day.

Personal mission: My holy trinity are: (1) Creating an extraordinary life for myself and my family; (2) Providing an advanced recruitment service where every candidate we place enjoys and thrives in their role; and, (3) collaborating with charity and conservation projects to protect wildlife and end animal cruelty.  Favorite quote: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" (Edmund Burke).

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