Our Leadership Team

David Beck
David Beck - Chairman and Managing Director

David acquired the Resource Planning Consultants recruitment business and formed The rpc Group of Companies in May 2000 after a varied career in Engineering, Brewing, HR and Training and Logistics and Supply Chain. He has over 20 years’ experience in Logistics and Supply Chain including working in the express parcels and foodservice sectors. Some of his notable achievements are:

  • Managed individual and multi-site businesses encompassing full P & L responsibility, up to £115m sales turnover across 5 sites
  • Successful implementation of a Total Quality Management programme and its on – going development
  • Project managed the creation of a £3million Distribution Centre within time and budgetary constraints
  • Project managed the creation of a Supply Chain department from conception through to board presentation and finally to appointment of Supply Chain Manager
  • Extensive knowledge of secondary distribution and warehousing operations. This includes writing operations manuals and auditing of depot operations
  • Successfully integrated two acquisitions (£80m and £20m into parent business). This involved managing cultural differences, restructuring and depot closures
  • Heavily involved in Vision 2000. A restructure and change management programme assessing various depot infrastructure options for the future and merging two sales forces into one

Although the Managing Director of The rpc Group of Companies, David also acts as the Principal Consultant and has placed a considerable number of candidates into a variety of roles up to and including at Logistics Director, VP and COO level, within the UK and Internationally. His core speciality is foodservice and food logistics recruitment.

He has expanded the business internationally taking the business into new business sectors – FM, Catering and Life Support, IT and Telecoms, Military and Defence, Aviation, Security, Retail and Wholesale, Cruise Lines, Fuel Supply and Distribution, Mining, Engineering and Construction including Oil and Gas.

David is a Chartered Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and  Development (FCIPD), a Fellow of The Institute of Recruitment Professionals (FIRP),  a Member of The British Institute of Recruiters (mBIoR), a Member of The Association of Professional Recruitment Consultants (UK) (MPRC) and a Member of The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (MCILT)

David is a former JP /Magistrate having served on Southampton Magistrates’ Court Bench for 10 years. David has also served as an External Panel Member for Southampton Solent University validating degree courses. David is married and supports a number of national and local charities.

Anita Searle
Anita Searle - Executive Director & Company Secretary

Anita is an Executive Director & Company Secretary.

She joined the Company in August 2009 on a part time basis and became full time in May 2010.

Prior to working for The rpc Group of Companies, Anita worked in the Telecoms and Engineering sectors working in Marketing for BT for over 20 years.

Anita is responsible for all aspects of the Back Office and supports the Managing Director and the team of Recruitment Consultants in driving forward the recruitment divisions providing an effective resourcing and recruitment administration service with the assistance of a Part Time Administrator.

As Company Secretary, she is also responsible for all Company Secretarial functions and she manages our Marketing and Social Media activities.

In addition, she is the Health and Safety Manager for the business, Data Protection Officer and also acts as an Internal Auditor.