Developing Careers for Office Staff

Verity Stokes Testimonial

Verity graduated from The University of Birmingham in 2003 with an Honours degree in Mediæval Studies. She joined Katie Bard through the graduate development programme starting on reception and was soon promoted to Temporary Consultant before progressing again to the permanent desk. In 2006 she was invited to start a new team specialising in temporary and permanent office recruitment from entry level to middle management. The team also have an important interest in graduate recruitment and Verity co-developed the Angela Mortimer Group Graduate Recruitment Programme and founded the graduate recruitment website AM CityGrad in 2016. Verity became a Director of Katie Bard in February 2018 and a Divisional Director Angela Mortimer in April 2021. She runs a division of teams in London and Birmingham. Outside of work Verity has chaired the Talent Attraction and Retention committee of BPS Birmingham Future; the committee works to help the city attract top graduate and non-graduate talent to Birmingham and retain the high calibre of staff within their originations. This position led to her running a number of graduate focussed recruitment and attraction events in the city including: “Welcome to Birmingham”, an annual event for over 200 new starters joining firms each autumn; “The Graduate Apprentice” a unique graduate scheme offering 3 independent 4 month paid placements over a 12 month period with the city’s top employers. She has also worked in partnership with the Colmore Business District to create a “Work in Birmingham” event in October 2011 aimed at promoting the heart of the city as a work place for young people from all backgrounds at schools and colleges in the inner city and suburbs. More recently Verity has been Deputy Chair on the executive board of BPS Leaders. This membership organisation connects, promotes and represents the Business & Professional Services sector in Greater Birmingham. In 2021 Verity was invited to sit on the QAA advisory panel for History, reviewing the subject benchmark statement with a particular interest in employment, enterprise and entrepreneurship. In May 2015 Verity was awarded Birmingham Young Professional of the Year in the HR, Recruitment and Training category. 

Operations coordinator to Director.

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