WHY NOT LEASE AN EXECUTIVE?
With over 20 years experience.....
...at Senior Management and Executive Level we provide professional interims with reputations for delivering results. It is their skills and abilities that benefits the organisations that we partner with.
We are connected to professional interims...
who always achieve set expectations. We deliver mission critical assignments requiring candidates with gravitas, specialist knowledge and highly developed expertise, ensuring a superior outcome for our clients.
We provide leaders in change........
...transformation, project and functional specialists. We work with a known pool of talent, and move at pace, often placing interims within days and in extreme circumstances sometimes hours.
We have a generalist approach......
....to sector and functional needs. The best candidate on paper is not always the best solution. We meet interims across all functions, capabilities and sectors and are creative in presenting candidates. who may challenge perceptions
Institute of Interim Management
Gold Service Providers
Osprey Clarke have been accredited as Gold Service Providers by the Institute of Interim Management
We do not simply take a brief!
As experts in our field, it is incumbent on us to challenge the requirements and assumptions that our clients often have. The brief confirms our understanding of the assignment and is taken at Partner level.
A portfolio of stellar candidates.........
...which has been built over two decades. We know we provide interim professionals who we trust can deliver on every occasion. Each is previously met and fully briefed. All data is maintained through "Not Active Looking"
We follow a strict contact process with new candidates.
Only a Partner can vet new entrants to our portfolio with a detailed meeting to validate ability. We build an in-depth knowledge and understanding of what makes these individuals successful. For assignment briefings.
We adhere to a strict confidentiality policy
Our client will often meet interims off site. Our brief and our on-going discussions, will only reveal facts, as instructed by the client. Interims respect confidentiality and tend to have more interest in the role.
On agreement of assignment.....
...... we manage all contractual matters with both parties. The interim presents a Service Contract referring to their Limited Company. Partner contact is maintained throughout the assignment to the point where an end of role review is held with both parties
Steve has been an industry leading Interim Provider since the mid 1990’s. Rated a leading provider of interim services by the Institute of Interim Management.
He offers expert advice by identifying the right interim solution for businesses short of capable leadership or needed internal expertise.
Steve has previously worked with two of the UK's leading interim providers and has been instrumental in their successful sale to larger specialist recruiting Groups. He developed his consultancy skills via senior Sales and Marketing roles within B2B Services companies including Initial, Sketchley, The Sunlight Service Group and Hays, where he predominantly led Business Development and National Accounts teams.
Michael Herst & David Goldstone
Michael has been a Partner for over ten years with particular focus on infrastructure, transportation and logistics. He currently serves as Chairman of Penrhyn International and is proud to be a trustee of Haven House Children's Hospice.
David has over 25 years of experience acting for a broad range of clients from major international corporations to private equity backed ventures. Pro bono activity includes extensive board level recruitment within the charity sector and consultancy work in employment accessibility for minority groups. email@example.com
Being a professional interim is a career statement
.... not just a ‘gap fill’ opportunity. Suitable individuals make conscious decisions to leave corporate life to take up a career as an interim. They rarely fall into their assignments, they have to work hard for them! Interim candidates, all have astounding CV’s, but what does good look like?
Group HR Director
Major Utility Company
"There are many Interim providers and, in my experience, Osprey Clarke is unique. I always feel that they take the time to fully understand the need of the client and I know that when they suggest candidates to me, they have fully researched them for best fit and I can be confident that not only will they do the job, but that they will fit in with the culture of the organisation. Not all providers take quite so much care as Osprey Clarke."
Global IT Services Company
Senior Vice President
Global FM Company
"Osprey Clarke Know the market segments very well and have a good contact list of potential high calibre professionals both in the UK and worldwide. They are very agile in searches and offer a personal service to quickly find suitable candidates"
Global Travel/Leisure Company
"Steve spends the time and energy to have a rigorous understanding of the client - not just the roles but the culture and the relationships needed. This is about finding the right person not just a person. And therefore, because Steve has invested so much in the understanding it means he can operate at speed, quickly identifying a candidate pool for the client.
As a client you are always certain that the list from Steve is of course made up of people who can do the 'job on paper' but they can also do the job in reality in your company. And it gives the client the confidence that if they know you that well, then they must also know the candidates well. I always recommend Steve - he is a diligent, enthusiastic business partner who delivers consistently"
Interim Group HR Director
Major Utility Company
"When Osprey Clarke contacts me with a potential assignment, I know that they have researched the requirements of the role, taken into account the culture of the organisation and looked in detail at best fit. I am confident that when I go for interview I am well placed and qualified to be there, and I feel totally supported by Osprey Clarke during the placement process and then throughout the assignment.
Interim management can be a little lonely sometimes and Osprey Clarke always ensures that I feel connected."
International Utility Business
"The assignment to place an interim CFO at GdF UK posed a number of challenges: cultural as well as technical’. ‘I think that it is an indication of the skilful way that Steve identified the criteria which would ensure the 'right fit' that the candidate placed was subsequently asked to take over as interim MD".
Interim Marketing Director
B2B Services Company
"I have always greatly valued Steve’s understanding of the workings of the interim market. He has that vital ability of being able to look at an issue, identify what is really important, and then offer excellent, practical advice as to the way forward’Steve's enthusiasm for his work is infectious because he regularly, if inadvertently, makes me want to go the extra mile; very few people have that effect! They say that your personal brand is what people say about you - after you've left the room. In that regard, I know Steve is a pro at what he does, because I've spoken to several of his customers without him being in the room, and they were always happy to eulogise about him’.
Interim Operations Director
Public Sector International Commission
"Steve is highly professional but with the additional and very distinct advantages of being pro-active, responsive and successful. Quick and effective communications are a simple enough requirement but sadly missing in much of this business - but not with Steve."
Interim Logistics Director
"I have known Steve for a number of years and have worked with him in establishing Interim roles for myself. Steve is a thorough professional with a very good view of the business market and community. He tells it as it is, and has always been available to discuss and support me both while I have been in an assignment or looking for my next. I would recommend Steve to anyone either in the interim market, or considering a change in career. Give him a call, he will be a valuable member of your network"
Interim HR Director
Leisure Goods Manufacturer
"Do not mistake Steve's approach with a recruitment agency who dabble in interim - this is "quality in" and "quality out"!
Global Consumer Goods Manufacturer and Distributor
"‘ I have used Steve for over 20 years in a wide variety of senior roles. He always provides a quick and accurate response to the specified interim brief - often candidates within a few days. With his help, I have been able to work through some complex and time constrained problems - in particular organisational change - and add real value to the businesses I have worked for. ‘"
Osprey Clarke Group and Partners
A market leader in executive search, we recruit through sector and functional practice groups at board and senior management levels. Our single focus has always been on the delivery of high quality executive search that is supported by diligent and imaginative research. We carefully managing our client base, we keep 'off limits' organisations to a minimum. We deliver to our client’s shortlists of diverse, talented individuals, by always seeking to challenge the 'obvious choice'
This division has a focus on senior management and executive expatriate search throughout the Middle East (GCC), Africa and CIS regions.
With over 20 years’ experience, we represent a wide range of publicly, family, privately or state-owned companies; academic institutions and non-profit organisations some of whom are considering emerging markets expansion for the first time.
We advise on typical working practices, package structures and visa requirements and invest significant time ensuring relocation aspects of each search are fully explored.
Penrhyn International is a leading global network of premier retained executive search firms, with offices in more than 40 cities around the world. Our members provide customised solutions to help organisations identify world-class C-suite professionals. With member firms in countries across Europe, North and South America, India, Australia and Japan, we have access to local knowledge and expertise, immediately available and easily shared.
Not Actively Looking (NAL) is a CRM system supporting and providing up-to-date information about candidate experience, skillset, current role and ambitions. This is a confidential service which allows the candidate to create a single profile and discreetly connect to Osprey Clarke and other selective interim providers.
We support individuals to ensure their profiles are completely protected, visible only to their chosen providers.
We are proud to be an Affiliate member of the Institute of Interim Management who fulfil an excellent role of vigorously promoting the sector, raising awareness of compliance and legislative matters and ensuring the highest levels of quality of interim candidates are maintained. IIM is a unified voice which represents its members and we believe that our commitment to work with the Institute, benefits all parties involved, especially the interims themselves.
Our offices are located near to Oxford Circus and Bond Street Tube Stations.
Osprey Clarke Interim Executives
38 Queen Anne Street
+ 44 (0) 207 268 2060
+44 (0) 7813 021 906
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General Information regarding the Interim Profession
Contractor v Consultant v Interim – The real difference
There is much debate as to what description should be given to these 3 types of independent practitioners.
These are basic definitions, but it does keep it simple:
Contractor, delivery only, operationally focused with no strategic input
Consultant, strategic only, blue sky thinking and guidance, but not an experienced hands-on practitioner and cannot present activity and outputs
Interim, hands on, senior, both strategic and tactical. Learnt their skills on the job and implements solutions through past experiences
How to get cast-iron certainty in business-critical projects:
A quick strategy for success
The profile of a good interim
The "cost v value" debate
What an Interim can deliver
Interims are always sensibly overqualified, possessing skills that may not be required. However, those
not specified will always be available, if required.
Interims are independent and report directly to the client, not Osprey Clarke.
A client should expect an interim to do the job as specified, but additionally be on hand to advise, guide,
mentor and deliver ‘value added’ legacies.
No matter how detailed the brief is, changes may occur during validation.
Diversions can be by design or by surprise, but interims are capable of managing these unknowns!
Interims can take on roles that require:
• functional management
• operational leadership
• project/programme delivery
• change/transition/ transformational focus
• turnaround activities
• strategic or tactical alignment
Creating an environment where interims can succeed?
Interims hit the ground running and create calm, from chaos. It is imperative to provide what they need
to get the best out of them, quickly. With the right introduction, their start is seamless and hassle free.
Relevant parties/personnel, should know that interims are temporary, are not looking for a job and will depart once the job is done. No-one should feel threatened. They are there
to inject appropriate skills or as an addition to existing resources. They will need open channels of
communications at all times.
Although they are self-motivated and driven, regular review meetings are essential
How to select an appropriate interim provider
Under pressure, it’s tempting to resort to an internet search for interims or engage the first
provider that you find on Google, but while many providers make similar sounding claims, they
offer different levels of experience, service and delivery. Personal recommendations are a good
place to begin.
Unless you’ve met many Interims previously, it’s impossible to benchmark them. They are a
special, indefinable breed, who all have astounding CV’s. But what does good look like? Interim
management isn’t just another branch of recruitment, it’s a specialised career path.
Points to consider:
• Interims have focus and pace. Be wary of those offering ‘try before you buy’ recruitment as an
alternative. They are hedging their bets!
• Can the provider demonstrate a history of successfully placing interims within your type of
• Can they readily offer a wide range of high quality references of past assignments?
• It’s essential to meet the provider to agree the brief, timescale for delivery and ultimate cost
• Ensure they have a known and trusted portfolio of interim managers and don’t just select from a
database or LinkedIn.
• Make sure they complete ‘front end’ screening and briefing, and offers to have candidates
presented to you within 1 to 10 days.
• The emphasis should be on relevant skills and personality, which cannot be judged over the
phone or from a CV.
• Providers should add value by keeping in regular contact with the client and interim and ‘sign
off’ the project with an end of assignment audit.
• Be wary of an ‘all inclusive’ invoice (interims rate and providers margin combined) – you will not
know who is getting what
LinkedIn is a useful tool, giving you a range of candidates to select from.
You still have the problem of validating competencies, backgrounds, personalities and ensuring
that you will end up with an appropriate, professional interim.
Using an experienced provider, will de-risk and accelerate the process. Their intimate
knowledge and previous involvement with similar roles, allows them to cut through the veneer
to see what the candidate is really like.
How to select the best interim talent
Questions to ask any potential candidate:
Why did they become an interim?
Are they also looking for permanent roles?
Have they experience of managing similar roles on an interim basis?
Do they work through their own Ltd company?
Have they referees that you can speak to?
What makes a good interim?
Interims should be:
• either business generalists, covering a multitude of corporate capabilities, or specialised in a
function or business activity. Both are successful and in demand, depending on what the client
• change agents, thriving on pressure, ambiguity and challenge. They are not BAU focused
• happy to take on lesser roles than those previously managed in corporate life. This allows them
to ‘reverse’ into the position with the capabilities and qualities to manage ‘up’ as well as down,
confronting all eventualities that arise.
• ideally financially secure and not desperate to work. They must accept only those roles that they
are confident of delivering. They must be pragmatic and able to walk away from roles that are not
• honest, with the integrity to demonstrate their suitable strengths as well as their potential
weaknesses for any given role.
• approachable and trustworthy. They will become independent confidants at the highest level
and must honour that trust, being candid and open with their responses
• capable of creating their exit programme.
The right CV
Interim CV’s should not be confused with search CV’s. They have totally different applications.
Search CV’s demand concise information. Interim CV’s demand detail as ‘key word search’ is often
utilised to assist the profiler to source appropriate skills.
Highlight all applicable skills, products, processes, practices, sectors, industries, job titles, countries
worked, languages etc, as each relevant word must be in your CV at least once, allowing you to be
found, at speed.
4-6 pages gives the candidate scope to be expansive, but keeps the contents relevant.
Routes to Market - 3 main channels to consider
The importance of networking cannot be over stressed.
It is vital that you build a good network of viable contacts, as you never know when one of these
may want to employ an interim.
Over 60% of all UK assignments are generated through personal contacts.
Using a known and reputable Interim Service Provider
Be selective, limit your contacts to proven agents who will develop a relationship with you and works within your sector/function.
Retention of your CV without contact, reduces your success rate with that company.
Don’t register with too many, you run the risk of diluting your offering
This is becoming more successful, but is still considered to be on the fringe of good practice as the
process leaves itself open to misrepresentation.
Not Actively Looking
Not Actively Looking (NAL) is the Osprey Clarke candidate management system in which we
manage personal data (CV’s, references etc).
• NAL provides a safe and confidential platform for us to access up-to-date career information,
including key achievements, skills, future aspirations and salary data etc
• It allows interims to keep multiple search firms, who they can select, up-to-date at the same
time without having to contact each firm individually
• The unique search retrieval methodology makes it easier to quickly identify interims when we’re
handling searches that precisely match their skills and aspirations
• It complies with the requirements of GDPR, enabling individuals to better control what career
information is stored and which executive search firms can view that information.
• Registration is quick and once registered, the interim can go back to edit or update their profile
or change permissions of who can view it.
• Not Actively Looking is the first place we will look to find up-to-date information about interims
• There is no cost for standard membership, allowing for registration with up to 8 providers. If
individuals wish to upgrade to a premium membership service, then use the voucher code
OCOFFER and it will give a free membership for six months.
Please ensure that you click on the link below to register, as this will guarantee that Osprey Clarke
is accepted as one of your preferred interim providers;
Understanding of Brief
This can reflect an exacting profile or allows for transferable skills to be utilised, which can deliver outcomes that are beyond expectations. We pride ourselves on our knowledge of the individuals within our portfolio. We take time to get to know them, as they are our ‘product’. This intimate understanding allows us to react at speed, without sacrificing the skill and attention required to achieve outstanding results
We determine availability, interest and criteria match. Specifics only revealed after
signing a Confidentiality Agreement. A role specific CV will be requested.
A personal briefing, presenting all relevant information relating to the role. The
Partner confirms suitability for the assignment.
Our partner accompanies the candidate into the client briefing meeting, allowing
for full and personal feedback.
Mahle, ThyssenKrupp, Dunlopillo, Hyundai, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Aumund, Compair, Samson Materials Handling, e2v, ESAB, Morgan Group, Force Protection Europe, Allgood, Dennis Eagle, NP Aerospace, St Neots Packaging, Optare, Rieter Automotive, Caparo,
Unipart, Shop Direct, UTL, Brammer
Assystem UK, Ricardo
Gaz de France, United Utilities, npower
Hitachi Rail, First Group, Crossrail, National Express, Virgin Trains, South West Trains, Swissport, First Scotrail
Jordans Ryvita, Witwoods Foods, Geest
Rexel, Clarks, Acco, Speedo International, Trutex
Microsoft, Amadeus, Talentia, PlasticLogic, Gamestec, MinorPlanet Systems,
Shepherd Group, St Modwen
One Stop Doctors, Westminster PCT,CPPIH
Aviva, Visa, Marsh Europe, Wesleyan Assurance, Police Mutual, Britannic Assurance,
NFU Mutual, Arval
Thomas Cook, HotelCare, Airtours
Dunedin Capital, LDC, 3i, Indigo Capital, Capula
Lincolnshire County Council, Commonwealth Secretariat, North Yorkshire Fire Service, Westminster Health
Oxford University, Nottingham University, Derby University, City University, NCSL, BECTA, QCA
Liberty, The Post Office, Retail Motor Industry, Animal
Feel Good Factory, Parenting 2000
CEO, General Manager, MD, Divisional Director
COO, Operations Director, Operations Mgr, Head of Operations
CFO, FD, Finance Manager, Finance Project Manager, Payroll Manager
HRD, HR Mgr, Comp & Bens, OD
General Counsel, Company Secretary
CIO, CTO, IT Director, Systems Implementation Mgr,
Programme Director, Project Director, Head of Programmes, Project Manager, Change Director, Transformation Director, Transition Director, all functional Programme/Project roles
Sales Director, Marketing Director, Business Development Director, Account Director, Communications Director, Country Manager
Procurement Director, Supply Chain Director, Category Manager, Channel Director, Head of Buying
Head of Distribution, Warehouse Manager, Transport Director, Fleet Director
If uncertainty is crippling your need to take on additional resource, an interim executive might be the answer
It’s human nature to feel a degree of helplessness in periods of uncertainty. And, while business likes nothing more than a high degree of predictability, that’s not what we’re experiencing right now. If it feels uncomfortable, that’s because it is!
And yet all the interim executives I speak to report a different feeling; they thrive in uncertain situations. They do their best work in ambiguous, high-stakes assignments. If you recognise your company in this article let’s talk about how we can overcome the uncertainty holding your resourcing activities back.
Are you paralysed or energised by uncertainty?
It’s a truism in business that higher uncertainty raises risk-aversion and lowers business momentum. Firms delay critical resourcing decisions and investment, and this, when aggregated, lowers wider economic growth. Momentum slows down.
Brexit-related uncertainty since the 2016 referendum has already caused the UK economy long-term damage, noted the Bank of England in August. What’s more, the BoE paints a gloomy future for UK economic investment. It forecasts this will be 20 percent lower in 2020 than the pre-referendum level. This is in stark contrast to the wider, international business climate, where growth, confidence and investment are still mostly rising.
What the BoE data doesn’t show, however, is the wide variation in circumstances and sentiment at the individual firm-level. All companies must navigate the same level of Brexit-related uncertainty. How they react varies massively.
Some will be bullish, because they still have huge market demand. Telecoms and media firms spring to mind. Meanwhile, others will be struggling to contain spiralling costs and falling sales, many High Street retailers, for example. Sector differences aside, other factors are the attitude of individual executives and the particular general management culture within the firm.
Those who see opportunity instead of just risk recognise that when everyone else stops investing, a significant competitive advantage is the prize for those that continue. This multiplies when the inevitable economic rebound begins. In the UK, it feels like that rebound could be a matter of months away, as the Brexit deal deadline looms ever closer. Whatever the outcome, some of the current fog will lift and business will pick up, perhaps strongly.
Uncertainty is a fact of life for interim executives. They experience it, often viscerally, when they first step back from the comforts of full-time employment for the freedom and sovereignty of professional interim life. It then becomes a fact of life that they learn to enjoy and embrace as they undertake more and more assignments. I can’t think of any of the hundreds of situations I’ve helped clients resolve which didn’t come with a high degree of uncertainty.
What all these clients have in common is that they already knew, or quickly realised, that interims are lower-risk during uncertain times. They’re sensibly over-qualified (in a positive sense) and faster to hire than permanent execs. It takes a few days instead of many months. They’re no costlier when you factor in the hiring cost and total renumeration package, plus employer’s tax contributions. Ask me for the comparison figures if you doubt this!
And they come with significantly higher flexibility – no notice periods or severance payments.
Bringing in interims is a great way to lead and resource stalled or impending projects. Or to plug a gap in a senior team with a critical skills deficit, or surprise departure/absence.
These are just some of the many benefits Osprey Clarke clients have experienced:
There will always be people who take a ‘let’s wait to see’ approach to decision-making. This is especially so during periods of high uncertainty. Of course, doing nothing may sometimes be exactly the right decision. But smart leaders recognise the difference between this and decision-making paralysed by uncertainty and fear. Personally, I find uncertainty energising. How about you?