Managing Director / Head of Learning and Innovation
Wickland Westcott has been providing interim management solutions to its clients for over 6 years and, at the start of this year, set up a specialist interim division to complement the executive search and leadership development services provided to clients in the education sector.
When the Managing Director of a major college in the North West contacted us as he had a need to engage two interim Bid Managers to work with his existing bid team on an important tender they were putting together to deliver training to a key public sector client. It was a complicated bid with constantly changing goalposts and the MD was concerned that he did not have the internal resources necessary to put together the most effective proposal, particularly given the college’s strength and experience in this area and the value of the bid. Within less than a week, Wickland Westcott provided a number of high quality, immediately available interims for him to review and they were able to take on two very experienced, locally based Bid Managers, with highly relevant sector experience, to enable them to successfully hit the bid deadline.
Following on from this the same college had a further requirement for interim support in the position of Head of Learning and Innovation for a new team. This was a difficult role, comprising of two distinct areas: the development of a relevant technology platform to deliver the training, and the development and design of new curriculum areas using a Moodle-based Virtual Learning Environment. As it proved to be extremely difficult to find one person equally competent in these two areas, Wickland Westcott managed to identify two individuals who were strong in the two different areas and who were prepared to each work 2 to 3 days per week, ensuring that our client could grow the learning technology team effectively and deliver the platform needed within budget and to timescales.
The MD provided the following quote:
"Wickland Westcott’s interim management team have consistently provided a high quality service and have taken time out to meet with me and get a full understanding of what I need in an interim manager to grow the business and achieve targets and goals. They have an excellent network of high quality interims and always manage to identify an excellent fit, even when the brief is extremely tough and timescales are short."
Wickland Westcott have adopted the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Executive Search Firms which, amongst other things, sets a minimum expectation level for gender diversity for each search assignment.