Carmen Watson, chair of Pertemps, joined Pertemps in 1976 as a secretary and was later responsible for the inauguration of the corporate business team which grew turnover to £323 million from £32 million between 1983 and 2000. In 2018, Watson was named Director of the Year by The Institute of Directors in West Midlands and received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the REC IRP Awards in London. A trustee and chair of the Women in Business patrons’ group and a member of the leadership team of Race for Opportunity (BITC), Watson is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. Recently, she was honored with the LadiesFirst Inspirational Woman award.