Is an Interim Manager What I need?

15 Sep


  • Interim managers are experienced business leaders with specialist skills, experience and a track record of making a difference.
  • Interim managers can quickly fill gaps or take on strategic roles. They can be with you anything from 4 weeks to a year and some are even happy to provide 2-3 days per week services to your business.
  • Interim managers are brought into organisations to strengthen capabilities either on a short term or longer term basis. They lead transformation and change; getting projects in place – quickly and effectively.
  • An interim managers continued success and employment is based on them delivering results, they have no long term career aspirations with your business just a focus on delivering what was agreed as part of the assignment.
  • With no interest in internal politics or carving a career in your business they will speak openly and highlight what a company should do to achieve its goals.
  • Interims give businesses across the UK access to talent, as and when they need to tap into it, interims are normally open to working anywhere in the UK or abroad giving you a wider pool of skills to draw into your business.


Interim managers are normally available immediately. Typically it could take a minimum of two to four months to hire a permanent member of staff, and then they may have to serve out their notice period, typically 3 months.

Value for money

ROI on your interim is a must but often not obvious, employing permanent employees may seem like the most cost effective solution but its not always the case. Businesses should consider agency fees, Cost to the business whilst you work through cvs, interview and wait for the new employee to start, typically 3 months later. It can be 6 months before you see if the hire was a successful one. Don’t forget employee’s come with Sick pay, NI, Pension, holidays and other benefits. Once the project is over or the gap has been covered there is no redundancy or difficult exit exercises to complete with an interim.

Immediate results

Interims have the experience to walk into a business and start delivering quickly identifying quick wins and taking control of the project. Unlike a permanent employee who is typically given a honeymoon period to settle in.


Its not unusual for an Interim Manager to be over experienced for the role they fill this allows them to deliver results and not need the mentoring you may expect for someone less experienced. Having worked on interim projects before they quickly build relationships identify the requirement and get on with it.

Interim managers offer instant experience and a capability, which is almost always one rank higher than the job requires.

What does it cost

They say that a good rule of thumb is to work on the interims day rate being 1% of the Salary you would offer for the role, so a £70k position would cost around £700 per day, however longer assignments can help reduce this cost and with no add ons, recruitment costs or loss in productivity to the business  during recruitment the case for hiring an interim can be a strong one especially if you only need the experienced resource for a set period to fill a gap or complete a project.

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Networking Uncovered – Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce

11 Sep

A new style networking event held at Hilton Terminal 5 this morning. Thanks to Gavin from the Chamber and the Hilton team, what a great event format, venue and breakfast. I hope all those who attended  enjoyed it as much as I did. I look forward to the next event in November ‘Company Vision Uncovered’. Limited numbers so book up early I guess.



Interim Management Role

1 Sep

Experienced Managing Director, Operations Director and General Manager looking for my next interim project or permanent role. If your organisation or you know someone who needs an experienced people manager and leader please do get in touch

Uk or Overseas Opportunities covered.

Fresh Track Consulting and Interim Management – Launches Website

29 Jul

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Fresh Track Consulting and Interim Management offers businesses access to an experienced leadership resource when its needed the most.

Helping businesses review their operations and service delivery models or just stepping in to help cover day-to-day management and leadership.

Short or long term projects and assignments supported to ensure access to affordable expertise.

Trustee’s Required – Slough Community Leisure

7 Jul

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Do you have the passion to get involved – A great opportunity to become a Trustee of this great leisure trust.

Slough Community Leisure Ltd (SCL) is a Leisure Trust established in 2000 offering incredible leisure and event venues, aimed to promote health and wellbeing in the local communities, in partnership with the Slough Borough Council. This partnership has gone from strength to strength and has led to some exciting improvements to services within Slough.

SCL now runs 11 sports and activity venues in the Thames Valley and provides services to over 1 million visitors each year. Over the first ten years the organisation is proud to have increased its customer visits and reduce its cost of service to Slough residents.

Its facilities include six fitness centres, two swimming pools, three sports halls, and a community events venue. In addition there are two indoor karting tracks, a tenpin bowling centre and an ice arena running through its subsidiary charity Absolutely Leisure.

Trustees meet six times a year in Slough for meetings that last between two and three hours. Providing more time is not essential but expert assistance would be very welcome.

The Board would welcome applications from anyone with skills that will contribute to the charity.

Following a recent skills audit of Board Members, they have identified particular knowledge gaps in the areas of marketing and the new strategic health service structures.

The new Trustee needs to demonstrate genuine belief that health and well-being are improved through physical activity. He/she needs to demonstrate how digital marketing can help promote our service. It would be an advantage if the trustee had an understanding of operating within the charity sector.

The organisation is particularly looking for someone with some or all of the following skills and attributes:

•  The successful incumbent would desirably have prior board level experience
•  Website Creation, Graphic Design, Social Networking,
•  Advertising and Communication, Events, Market Research, Fundraising, Sales, Public Relations
•  Marketing Strategy and Research

For more information go to the Trustee information pack by Clicking here


Looking for that next Leadership Role! Can you recommend good recruitment companies?

23 Jun

A week flies by when your having fun, enjoying the sun, adapting to no commute and being at home. One week on and now I need to start looking for my next challenge (I can’t sit still for too long). Linkedin is certainly a powerful tool and thank you so much for everyones messages wishing me well over the last week.

Now I would like to see how the power of Linkedin really can make a difference in finding a new position and ask for your help in recommending the head hunters, recruitment companies or website you use if you are recruiting a senior manager/director in your organisation, and if you don’t recruit are you connected to anyone you think I should be in touch with.

I am looking for Interim or permanent MD, Operations or senior exec roles with within OH or in new industries both in the UK or abroad. Please do get in touch if you have or know of any suitable positions.

All the best for Now, thank you in anticipation for spending a few minutes thinking and sharing with me connections/







13 Jun



Brett Edwards – Managing Director – Corporate Health

I would like to announce that as of the 13th  June 2014 I will be stepping down as Managing Director and leaving Corporate Health. Following a review of our current roadmap and discussions with the Board it is clear now is the time to step aside and hand over the operation of the charity to Dr Nicola Cordell and the management team, who will focus on strengthening and growing the clinical team and the delivery of quality occupational health services to our customers.

A year ago the Board of Trustees was restructured to bring greater diversity and experience.  The Board meets monthly and provides governance, direction and support to the Executive team as the charity enters a new phase of growth.  It is with the Board that we reviewed and updated our Articles, and reframed our Charitable Objects, these being readily accepted by the Charities Commission:

·      To protect the physical and mental health of the working age population through providing support to employers and employees in the prevention of work related diseases and injury

·      To provide high quality occupational health services to the benefit of employees (including those not currently in work) and employers

·  To promote the development of occupational health services nationally through providing education and specialty training for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, and to promote research into occupational health

Over the last two years we have restructured our operations and delivery model, putting in place a back office team, systems and finance process to support the “front line” clinical team and others delivering the Charitable Objects of Corporate Health.  It is from these strong foundations that further improvements and system enhancements will streamline operations and improve the customer experience as part of the evolution and growth of Corporate Health.

We continue to keep our overheads to the necessary minimum, and have now restructured the organisation for optimal efficiency and effectiveness. After a long search we have identified a very experienced Medical Director, Dr Nicola Cordell FFOM, who has excellent managerial and clinical skills, and who has a clear sense of what we are about as charity and shares our vision.   With her formal appointment, I am now able to step down from leading the Charity, as I have long considered that the right Medical Director would be able to combine the clinical and executive leadership roles in Corporate Health, and indeed this is the model that we have followed for most of the last 67 years, since we were formed as a charity providing occupational health services in Slough in 1947.

My departure also allows for further investment in the clinical delivery team to strengthen our position, and to continue to drive forward the Charity’s expertise and commitment to high quality of provision for our customers.

At this point I would like to thank all of those employees, partners and customers who have supported the Charity as we have evolved; your support of the Charity and myself has been inspirational and will no doubt continue to be one of the key elements of success as Corporate Health goes forward.

I will certainly miss working with such a dedicated and positive group of individuals, who understand the importance of delivering a service which meets the needs of our customers.  Your support and commitment is to be commended and something we can all be proud of.