Kelly Services, the global recruitment agency, has appointed Sally Cleary as head of business development for the UK and Ireland.

She will be responsible for expanding both permanent and temporary sides of the company’s activities – including its science, engineering, IT and education specialist sectors.

Sally Cleary has both a corporate and entrepreneurial background, starting as an HR manager in Holland with a major international accountancy firm before moving to the UK to buy and run two country pubs.

After successfully building up and selling the pub businesses, she moved into sales, eventually joining Kelly Services for the first time in 2003 to manage a new branch, a team of 10 consultants and one of the company’s large blue chip clients.

She was later promoted to district manager, overseeing seven branches, four on-site operations and a £20 million annual turnover.

Having left Kelly in 2007 for a spell as operations manager of a local specialist consultancy, Sally says she missed the buzz and excitement of working for a large global company and has now returned to Kelly Services for her largest job yet – as head of business development for the UK and Ireland