Shirley Parsons
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Shirley Parsons

Founder & Brand Ambassador

About Shirley

​​Shirley is a professional Health, Safety and Environmental Consultant and the Director / Co-founder of Shirley Parsons Professional Services a specialist Health, Safety, Environment & Quality (HSEQ) services group.

Shirley also co-founded both S-Com and Sypol with Paul Roebuck.

With degrees in Chemistry and Pollution & Environmental Control, Shirley is a Chartered Member of IOSH and was a member of the Nominations committee for six years.

“Shirley is both well established and well respected in her field. Her level of knowledge and extensive network makes her the perfect choice for recruitment needs. Shirley and her team are professional in all that they do and can be trusted to source what is needed, not what they think is needed. They have a high degree of integrity and are ethically sound. She's not bad with a golf club in her hand either, so watch-out!”

– Lawrence Webb, IOSH President

“As a job seeker, I have always found that Shirley understands my needs and manages to bring logical and clarity to this process. She has always managed to identify roles that matched my expectations, experience, and competence. As a hirer, when Shirley leads an appointment, I know I will be in safe hands, presented with a pool of strong candidates and kept abreast of developments throughout the search. Shirley’s key strengths are her strong communication skills, good client empathy and her logic."

– James Pomeroy, Global Health and Safety Leader

“When it comes to recruitment of safety professionals, one name stands out - and that's Shirley's. Whether looking for a new role, or seeking to grow the department, Shirley Parsons' team of first class search consultants - under her many years’ worth of guidance and intimate industry knowledge - will ensure a strong fit.”

– Dr Andrew Sharman, 53rd President of IOSH and Founder of One Percent Safer

“Shirley is a leading specialist in the field of recruitment for health and safety professionals. Her extensive network of contacts and her team of recruitment consultants have always provided one of the best services in the field. Shirley herself is extremely personable and is frankly one of the nicest people you're ever likely to meet! She is held in high esteem by her peers, clients, and colleagues. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her and her company.”

– Duncan Wall, Global OHS Director at ContourGlobal


Group Financial Controller

£70k - 80k per year


Job Title: Group Financial ControllerReporting to: CEOSalary: £70,000 - £80,000Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire (Head Office), with hybrid working. Who We Are: Shirley Parsons is a global professional services firm with expertise in Health & Safety, Quality, Sustainability and Business Improvement. Our main services are consultancy & advisory, recruitment, and contract staffing. Our mission is simple; to create a better, safer, and more sustainable world.We are seeking an experienced finance professional, who has worked in an owner-managed business, to join our dynamic team and play a pivotal role in contributing to our global business growth. The Opportunity: As Group Financial Controller, you will have responsibility for supporting the UK and other global markets in operational decision-making, enhancing the finance and reporting system, and providing overall financial and treasury management information for the business. You will be a key member of the senior management, partnering closely with the Northern American Financial Controller and senior stakeholders on a global level. What You'll Be Doing: Provide strategic financial guidance, including prioritising EBIT and long-term value creation.Provide a financial and risk lens on new business opportunities, and market entry to new jurisdictions.Oversee the finance department and in region colleagues.Support the senior management team with accurate and timely financial reporting.Efficiently manage global debt book and treasury to ensure liquidity for operational needs and strategic investments, across the global business.Operationally lead the budgeting and global audit for the business and act as company secretary. What We Are Looking For: Fully qualified accountant – ACA, ACCA or CIMAExperience in an owner managed businessProven track record of leading a finance function and having full accountabilityExperience in a sales-focused services environment or FMCG will be highly advantageousExceptional Microsoft Excel skillsLeadership skills and experience managing a team.Strong communication and interpersonal skills.High level of integrity and dependability.

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