Penny Streeter OBE, Managing Director
Born in Zimbabwe in 1967, Penny Streeter left Zimbabwe in 1979 and was educated at Alberton High in Johannesburg until 1983. She left South Africa for the UK at the age of 12 with her mother Marion. She started work in the recruitment sector after leaving school at age 15.
In 1989 Penny Streeter launched her own recruitment business: it failed and she also divorced, which left her homeless and penniless, finding refuge in homeless accommodation with her three young children.
After some years working in other people's recruitment businesses, Streeter tried again in 1995 with a new venture, funded by evenings moonlighting as a children's party entertainer. A24 Group was launched in 1996. A24 Group is a temporary staffing agency that fulfills the need of a 24-hour staffing service in the nursing sector. Following rapid growth, over the next decade the company expands the service to cover locum doctors, allied health professionals, carers, social workers and teachers/lecturers—and it establishes a national network of UK branch offices.
In 2004, A24 Group expanded into South Africa, with ‘back office’ facilities for the UK and SA markets. It also launched an £11 million, three year investment plan in South Africa, based from 130,000 sq ft (12,000 m2) freehold premises acquired in Cape Town along with initialising SA locum and nursing agency services. 2004 also marked the launch of domiciliary home care services: private nursing and care assistance was provided directly to people at home for post-operative, geriatric, paediatric and other care.
In 2006, the company made its first major acquisition: that of South African agency NSSA (Nursing Services of South Africa), the largest provider of temporary nursing personnel in the country, supplying over 3,000 staff each month. Also, a second office opened at 50 on Long Street, Cape Town.
In 2009, Nursing Services of the UK and Locum Services of the UK, divisions of NS Health Staffing, was launched. Today A24 Group is a multi-million dollar medical staff recruitment and management organisation operating with multiple brands in the United Kingdom and South Africa. Streeter's company has interviewers based nationally throughout the UK and South Africa and employs over 300 office staff across the world, with 27,500 personnel on its books - locum doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, care assistants, teachers and social workers for major institutional service providers throughout the UK and South Africa.
- OBE (Order of the British Empire) 2006 New Years Honours for ‘services to enterprise’
- CBI (Confederation of British Industry) Entrepreneur of the Year, 2003
- 'Management Today' magazine, Top 100 Entrepreneurs: Top woman, and No. 13 overall for two years, 2003, 2004
- Fast Track 100 ‘Fastest Growing UK Companies’ 2004, 2003, 2002 - No.1 in 2002
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