Board and Non-Executive
The pressures of a challenging economic environment, the ever-increasing pace of change and the demands of shareholders require the highest levels of team leadership, strategic capability and governance to ensure business success. We work with clients in commercial enterprise, public and the third sectors to build boards, develop strategic succession plans and optimise people performance. Many of our clients operate across Europe, the Americas and the Far East, requiring board members who have extensive experience in leading culturally diverse, international businesses.
A successful partnership between search firm and client requires trust, confidence, open communication and empathy. We 'walk with' clients throughout the search process to provide comprehensive support and guidance. We routinely advise Nomination Committees, Chairmen and Chief Executives to ensure that the best candidates are hired through a methodology founded upon rigour, transparency, fairness and diversity. Our search track record covers the spectrum of board recruitment including Chairmen, Chief Executives, Chief Financial Officers and Non-Executive Directors.
Recruitment of a Non Executive Chairman
Sedex, the not-for-profit ethical sourcing data exchange is looking to become the provider of choice for those seeking to manage their global supply chains responsibly. They retained Wickland Westcott to find a new Non-Executive Chair of the Board of Directors to set a new course which truly meets the needs of their broad membership base. In particular the board were looking for a business leader of international stature with an understanding of trading and complex supply chain operations who could bring fresh insights.
Commercial Finance Skills
Fairpoint plc is an AIM listed financial services business specialising in debt advice, debt solutions and relevant products and services for financially stressed consumers. The Group was founded to address the IVA (Individual Voluntary Arrangements) opportunity and is a market leader in this sector. Its vision is to become the UK’s most widely respected provider to over-indebted consumers, with a fundamental philosophy of applying a fair and ethical approach to business operations.
Based in Adlington, Lancashire, Fairpoint’s call centre and team of insolvency professionals serve the whole of the UK.
The Great Co-operative Leadership Model
The Co-operative Group is a unique business democratically run by members to meet their common needs and aspirations. Their range of activities include Food, Travel, Banking, Insurance, Pharmacy, Funeralcare, Legal Services and Electrical, and the businesses are underpinned by clear values and an emphasis upon ethics and sustainability.
Sustaining the Co-operative Group as a vibrant, thriving enterprise requires leaders with vision, passion and a fundamental understanding of their diverse markets.
Cheshire & Warrington - Building a New Board
Cheshire & Warrington is one of the five sub regions that make up England's Northwest. It has a vibrant economy, with a range of successful businesses operating in chemicals, pharmaceuticals, automotive, financial services, manufacturing, professional services and creative industries. In 2009, following local government reorganisation, an imaginative new leadership structure was established, including seven Commissions focused on development priorities. The first of these was the Enterprise Commission, with a remit to develop the area as a premiere place for businesses to thrive.
EST - Recruiting the Best of the Best
Recruiting two non-executive Directors to join the Board of Energy Saving Trust, a high profile, not-for-profit organisation, funded by government and the private sector, is not a task for the faint-hearted as Ian Richardson of Wickland Westcott explains:
"Our client the Energy Saving Trust wanted to supplement the current Board with two new appointees who would bring successful business backgrounds and a genuine commitment to environmental issues."
Formed after the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the Energy Saving Trust is at the forefront of tackling climate change in the UK.