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Interview with Chairman, Guy Underwood

Since the appointment of Guy Underwood as new Chairman of Veremark, it has been an exciting journey for Veremark. To kick start his journey with Veremark, we have done an interview with Guy on his insights on Veremark’s potential and the future of pre-employment screening.

Veremark: “How would you describe the business opportunities for Veremark over the next one to three years?”

Guy: “Organisations have been seeking ways to reduce the cost of their screening programs and candidates keen to reduce the time they have to spend undergoing screening as part of the recruitment process. Veremark has the opportunity to drive real cost savings for clients and allow candidates to take control of their own screening via our Digital Passport.”

Veremark: “How would you describe your experience and learnings as a business leader in the risk management and employment screening sector?”

Guy: “Having been involved in the screening industry for over 25 years, I have seen the evolution of employment screening from a process that was forced on organisations via regulation to the recognition that it plays an important role in managing risk. A robust, risk-based screening program allows organisations to ensure they are hiring staff who are properly qualified and experienced and reduces the risks associated with poor corporate behaviour impacting brand and reputation.”

Veremark: “What attracted you to become Non-Exec Chair of the board at Veremark?”

Guy: “Daniel and the co-founders are passionate about delivering high quality screening services to clients utilising best in breed technology. Having worked with the Veremark team for 12 months, I felt there was more value I could add to the business as it continues to grow and jumped at the opportunity to become Chair of the Veremark Board.”

Veremark: “How would you describe the business opportunities for Veremark over the next one to three years?”

Guy: “Organisations have been seeking ways to reduce the cost of their screening programs and candidates keen to reduce the time they have to spend undergoing screening as part of the recruitment process. Veremark has the opportunity to drive real cost savings for clients and allow candidates to take control of their own screening via our Digital Passport.”

Veremark: “What priorities have you as an incoming chair at Veremark?”

Guy: “My priorities are to work with the Board in confirming the company’s strategic vision; identify ways in which to best harness my experience and contacts to enable this strategy; and meeting with key stakeholders such as investors, shareholders and customers to ensure they share our vision for the future.”

Veremark: “How will you partner with Daniel Callaghan, CEO of Veremark, to nurture a strong business leadership team?”

Guy: “My leadership style is one of collaboration and joint endeavour. Daniel and I have already been working together for 12 months and I will continue to develop that relationship over the coming months and years. I will work with Daniel to identify where we can bolster our leadership team and their capabilities and ensure we develop a team which is capable of delivering strong growth and shareholder returns.”

Veremark: “What are your top areas of advice for any business leader?”

Guy: “Identify your strengths and weaknesses early so that you can focus on what you are good at and develop those areas that require improvement.

You will never stop learning so listen to others and seek to learn from their experiences.

Lead with integrity and do not ask your team to do something you wouldn’t be prepared to do yourself.”

We look forward to Veremark's accelerating growth with Guy as our chairman.

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