Rob Crossland

Rob Crossland is the CEO of the Optionis Group. Optionis currently consists of 3 businesses: Parasol (professional employment organisation), Clearsky Accounting (now one of the top 100 accountancy firms in the UK) and Clearsky HR (outsourced HR provider).

Rob set up Parasol in 2000 after a career in the IT industry working for a range of software companies, latterly as a freelance Project Manager. It was this experience that gave Rob the idea for a service to help freelancers and contractors maximise their income and minimise the hassle of being self-employed as well as protecting the businesses that utilise their services and the companies that place them.

He went on to develop Parasol into one of the fastest growing companies in the UK before leading an MBO in November 2006. Under his leadership, Parasol has remained staunchly loyal to the principles of innovation, service delivery, best practice and value for money on which he based the company.

In 2007 Rob was voted the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Northern region) and in 2009 Warrington Business Person of the Year. Rob is also vice chairman of Rugby Super League club, Hull Kingston Rovers, and is a keen Manchester City supporter, neither of which should be held against him!

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