Carmen Watson in a black jacket looks at the camera

Carmen Watson

Chair and Managing Director,
Pertemps Ltd

Race Equality Leadership Team

Carmen Watson is Chair of Pertemps, a £295m-turnover business.

She has been at the helm of the UK recruitment company for more than 13 years. During her time with Pertemps she has steered the company through challenging business climates, implemented a strategy which has helped drive growth and position Pertemps as a market leader in its field, servicing a broad cross-section of industry verticals and public-sector bodies.

By promoting and delivering best practise in the field of attraction, recruitment and retention of a diverse range of talent, Carmen’s strategy has delivered an impressive client portfolio for Pertemps and attracted a list of industry awards.

Carmen believes passionately that the UK’s service based economy must be supported by a strong underbelly of good talent management practices with diversity and inclusion at the fore.


Carmen sits on Business in the Community (BITC)’s Race Equality Leadership Team, is a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment and Employment Confederation and on the board of Real Deal, an organisation that promotes services for the health sector.

About Business in the Community’s Race Equality Leadership Team

Each area of work Business in the Community (BITC) undertakes is led by a group of senior executives who provide strategic guidance and support us in achieving our objectives.

The purpose of BITC’s Race Equality Leadership Team is to support employers to help break down the barriers that prevent the progression of ethnic minorities in their workplaces and show how an inclusive organisation better serves its customers, clients and communities.

Find out more about BITC’s work on race.  

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