Gary Franklin


Gary Franklin is the Co-Founder of The FIRM (The Forum for In-house Recruitment Managers) and an interim Head of Resourcing and independent consultant helping companies create or improve their recruitment capabilities and processes.

In recent years Gary has been the Head of Resourcing, Europe at Aviva, Group Head of Resourcing at FirstGroup and Head of Resourcing at The Co-operative Group.  He believes that good Recruiters are some of the most important people in any company and strives to improve the quality of the recruitment across all business and strive to get HR and company leadership take it more seriously.

He loves remote rural country living with his wife with whom he laughs every day, has represented his country (England) at loch-style fly fishing, and loves the challenge of obstacle course mud running.

Gary first became aware of KidsOut when he was invited as a guest to attend the 2014 KidsOut Ball and was not only inspired by the stories of those assisted by KidsOut but also by the passion of its Ambassadors and management team. He has gone on, through The FIRM to raise thousands of pounds for the charity as well as on the occasional mud run.