Diverse businesses and
In-depth specialist knowledge and unmatched networks
We work primarily at board level and up to two levels below, across a broad range of business sectors and functions; from FTSE 100 companies to Private Equity backed and privately-owned businesses
“Redgrave are my first point of call when it comes to CFO talent”
HR DIRECTOR, GREENE KING
Placing talented CFO’s into the right organisation is what we’re best known for and we’re proud to be able to point to many of the FSTE 100 businesses and know we’ve helped take their business to another level as a result.
Rather than have a dedicated practice, we have at least one specialist focused on CFO assignments in each of our sector areas, so although we work across many industries, the placement of CFO’s has long been the bedrock of our business.
Due to a combination of our personal style, flexible approach and unmatched network, we’ve become the leading independent search firm in this space. And we are as happy finding CFO’s for FTSE100 businesses as we are supporting small, privately-owned businesses on their exciting quest to hire their first ever CFO.
Our level of repeat business is consistently high due to the incredibly trusted relationships we enjoy with clients across industry sectors and geographical locations, on the back of our genuine human approach and commitment to delivery.
We can also be trusted to deliver talent across the broader finance team, working from Board level and up to two levels below, across Group, Corporate and Divisional Finance roles, and functions including Strategy, Internal Audit, Company Secretarial, Tax and Treasury.
If you have an assignment that you think we can support you on, please contact our Partner, Matthew Leedham, who would be delighted to discuss your needs in more detail.
“Dan’s commitment to finding us exactly what we wanted was unwavering and he went above and beyond to find us a high calibre shortlist. As well as his extensive network, his natural instinct and ability to communicate are the key to his success.”
CEO of Itsu & Founder of Itsu and Pret a Manger
The leisure, travel and hospitality sectors are incredibly well known and understood by the team at Redgrave, reflected in our exceptional record of cross-functional, executive and non-executive Board placements, working primarily at C-suite and one level down.
Within leisure and hospitality, various economic pressures, coupled with an unsustainable increase in supply (particularly in the UK casual dining market) means our clients need a new breed of strategic leadership to survive. A successful, multi-site hospitality business must now have the intellectual bandwidth within its leadership to differentiate its customer proposition, exploit technological advances, maximise the use of customer data and navigate the complex challenges of the current trading conditions.
To meet this demand, we go beyond the conventional list of target companies exploring new avenues to access the right level of intellectual leadership for the future of your business. As a result, our impressive client-base considers us the ‘go-to’ search partner in this space.
These clients are from across the industry; from hotels, casual dining, fine dining, pubs/bars, late-night and QSR and range from FTSE listed organisations to smaller PE or VC backed multi-site chains. We are right at the heart of the industry; we have trusted relationships with all the leading brands, industry figures and lobbying bodies and are constantly in touch with our remarkable network of CEOs, Chairmen, functional leaders and operators.
Much of the traditional travel sector is notoriously ‘behind the curve’ when it comes to use of data and digital marketing methodology and bringing in new talent from more forward thinking sectors is a must. Our travel clients therefore benefit from our broad consumer network and ability to think beyond the obvious to help them make innovative executive appointments. Our reach is truly international to maximise the size of the candidate pool for this exceptionally global industry and we have relocated many talented senior operators across the world.
We enjoy close and trusted relationships particularly within global tour operators, ocean and river cruise organisations, international and domestic airlines, travel-related technology and reward companies.
Our highly personal, pacey and flexible approach has also enabled us to help many high profile clients within the wider leisure sphere including cinema chains, gym groups, and other experiential leisure companies where we are equally comfortable working in either consumer facing or the business-to-business environment.
Our capability across the entire sector is also strengthened by our close links to the retail and wider consumer sectors. We inject fresh thinking into every brief, often complimenting a shortlist with suggestions from other customer-orientated industries where brand, digitisation, data insight and best in class operations are key.
If you would like to know more please contact Dan Rymer to discuss.
“Redgrave are a pleasure to deal with. Not only are they extremely knowledgeable and experienced, they are responsive, honest and committed. They have a refreshing approach and a highly effective methodology. What sets them apart though is that they are a really normal, down to earth bunch – good fun to work with.”
BOARD DIRECTOR, PETS AT HOME
Since our launch in 2008, Redgrave’s consumer division has enjoyed a huge amount of success helping retail and FMCG clients hire exceptionally talented executives.
The current pace of change within both of these sectors is, arguably, faster than ever; technology-led changes in customer behaviour and the lowering of barriers to market entry for any new brand or retailer, have changed the way organisations need to think about ‘product’ and customers. Furthermore, the data-rich climate, the ease with which prices can be compared and the ever-rising costs of operating physical stores have complicated the landscape even further.
For retailers trying to adjust to today’s trading environment, there is a real need to adjust to a new way of thinking and a different way of operating. In order to flourish, forward-thinking organisations are embracing the value and opportunity that data can provide; leveraging their enhanced understanding to place their customers at the heart of their strategy and operating model. This means building genuine multi-channel propositions and reviewing the size and purpose of store estates with a ‘no sacred cows’ approach. Additionally, it is essential to operate with highly efficient and flexible supply chains, whilst also paying very close attention to the critical issues around proposition, product and price.
For FMCG organisations, changing customer behaviour, advances in technology and the prevalence of data are proving equally dramatic. The old business model of building long-term value through brand strength, with challenger brands kept at bay by the prohibitive cost of off-line advertising, is no longer valid.
As a result of these changes, many of the old school approaches are increasingly inappropriate. Gone are the days of ‘command and control’ leadership and the ability to protect market share through expensive TV advertising.
Successful organisations, keen to future-proof their leadership teams, are increasingly seeking to hire executives with intellectual curiosity and genuinely customer-centric mind-sets. These changes are resulting in more and more retail and FMCG organisations choosing to hire talent from outside their industries.
Furthermore, in a move to help build more agile organisations, many CEOs are actively streamlining their leadership teams, fostering closer working relationships and encouraging faster decision-making.
Redgrave’s consumer team really understands the complexities of these challenges and has developed a far-reaching global network, across all relevant sectors and functions, so they are best placed to be able to help organisations identify and attract the best possible talent to meet their particular needs.
Our unique, flexible, highly personal approach continues to prove extremely effective for our clients, who range from FTSE100 companies to start-ups, private-equity backed and privately owned companies. We have expertise within every function imaginable, with a primary focus on General Management, Finance & Strategy, Marketing, Commercial & Trading and Technology/Digital.
If you would like to know more please contact our Partner, David Angel, who would be delighted to discuss your needs in more detail.
“We love nothing more than surprising and delighting our clients with our pace, efficiency and creative thinking around talent”
Conrad Hills, PARTNER
Our specialist Financial Services practice advises retail/SME banks, general insurers, life insurance/retirement solutions firms and wealth managers on Board and C-suite appointments, as well as on hiring talented executives with ExCo potential.
We understand the increasing challenge created by the backdrop of a ‘tsunami of regulation’, and are used to working in partnership with clients to help attract talented business leaders – whether NEDs, CEOs or Divisional MDs – as well as functional leaders across finance, risk, distribution & marketing, product & proposition management and operations/IT.
Our pre-eminent network of trust-based relationships also enables Redgrave to add-value in attracting world-class leaders in FS-specific disciplines (such as compliance, underwriting, claims etc.) who will make a positive difference to our clients’ businesses.
Combined with our flexible, highly responsive ways of working, our company ethos which is based around personal commitment to delivery at pace and long-term relationships, means our Financial Services team is trusted by some of the most successful players in the industry, across all ownership models – including FTSE350 (and other listed) firms, mutuals, PE-sponsored businesses and the UK divisions of overseas-owned multinationals.
“A successful search process, resulting in an exceptional hire is our primary goal. We step forward as partners; taking pride in delivering a thorough, detailed focused search process, delivered at pace, with integrity and open communication.”
Matthew Finnegan, PARTNER
The world of media, entertainment and marketing is constantly evolving at an overwhelming pace and ensuring the right talent is in place to help navigate any business through this complex arena is completely vital. Our high profile clients demonstrate their belief in our approach by trusting us again and again to deliver the right people at board level and across key senior management roles and as a result, most of our business in this space is repeat business or via personal referral.
This is testament to our genuine understanding of this market, reflective of how much we enjoy working in this challenging, rapidly changing space and evidence of our success in positioning the ‘game-changers’ our clients need at a senior level.
Our clients range from FTSE 100 plcs and Fortune 500 corporations to disruptive media tech businesses, digital agencies and private equity backed portfolio businesses.
We don’t just work hard to help our clients secure their top performing leadership teams, we also help build talent pipelines for organisations on a growth or transformation agenda; working across key functional areas including General Management, Finance, Strategy, Human Resources, Digital, Sales, Marketing, Commercial, Interim and IT.
If you have a media assignment we’d be delighted to help so please contact Matthew Finnegan.
“We have an incredibly trusting relationship with Redgrave. I know Jim will always go above and beyond to help us identify and attract the right senior talent.”
Billion-dollar tech start-ups, or “Unicorns”, were once dismissed as fantasy, but are steadily becoming commonplace norms, underpinned by a thriving market and a new generation of disruptive technology.
James Lewis who heads up our Technology Practice is passionate about this exciting and rapidly growing marketplace. We concentrate on identifying the key leadership talent across the Technology sector that is going to shape its future and have a network of ‘digital innovators’. These are people who have grown up in digitally agile, dynamic organisations that are high-growth, fast-paced and demanding environments; the leaders of today and the shapers of tomorrow.
Our focus is broad, with mandates ranging from Chairman, Chief Executive, Financial Officer for Communications, Software and Digital businesses; as well as the latest additions to the C-suite table; the Chief Technical Officer and Chief Digital Officer, and their direct teams.
With only 3% of the FTSE 350 having ‘digital savvy’ Boards, according to Harvard Business Review, demand for digital leadership is high. We can help you find it.
If you have a technology assignment we’d be delighted to help so please contact James Lewis to discuss.
“Redgrave is a high quality business which operates at pace. They always introduce good people and don’t waste our time.”
As a growing, entrepreneurial business ourselves, we understand and identify with management teams who are on their own growth journey, so the PE market is one we have naturally gravitated towards. We partner seamlessly with both portfolio companies and their Private Equity backers, from the largest buyout houses to mid-market growth funds, to deliver high quality, impactful people.
Whether as part of a formal hiring process, or to aid more generally with pre-deal diligence and the development of investment theses, primarily we connect investors with exceptional talent to help accelerate growth and ensure strong returns on deployed capital.
Our broader assessment offering helps investors to ensure that the management teams within their portfolio are not only culturally congruent but also have the necessary competencies to deliver the intended growth agenda, enabling investors to act appropriately where this is not the case.
The ‘Redgrave difference’ is not only a level of innovation and lateral thinking rarely seen in today’s search firms, but also based on both a personal commitment to every assignment and an astute understanding of how Private Equity thinks about management; helping investors to hire individuals who are entrepreneurial, results-focused and straight talking.
If you have a Private Equity assignment we’d be delighted to help so please contact Brian Hamill to discuss.
The Business and Industrial Services industry is a rapidly changing environment and being able to attract and retain the right talent at a senior level is the key to survival and success for many organisations.
Our team brings deep knowledge of the many facets of the industrial and business services sectors to find leaders who can excel in this changing environment. We have a real understanding of this sector and the wide-ranging and solid connections necessary to help our clients fill their boardrooms and senior management teams with game-changing talent.
We work so closely with our clients, we not only help them recruit, we also support the development of their up-and-coming leaders, improve the effectiveness of the top leadership team, and support them through their journeys of strategic or cultural change.
We work extensively across all key sector verticals such as Infrastructure, BPO, Logistics and Energy and Power..
If you have an Business and Industrial Services assignment we’d be delighted to help so please contact Paul Burnell or Anastasia Belinskaya.
Redgrave has extensive expertise in building highly capable, successful senior leadership teams across the Industrial space: from processing to high-end fabrication and technical services. Over the years we have completed numerous placements across Petrochemicals, Specialty Chemicals, Building Products, Paper & Packaging, Capital Goods/ General Engineering (including extensive work with both component manufacturers and OEMs), High Precision Engineering, Automotive Supply Chain and Aerospace & Defence. We operate at a Board level and several levels deeper into the organisation and have a track record of placing CEOs, CFOs, Chief Operating Officers, Chief Transformation Officers, Commercial & Operational Leads and Business Unit & Regional leaders. In addition, we have placed Chairmen and Non-Executive Directors into listed, private and private equity owned businesses, including a number of pre-IPO appointments.
Redgrave’s Industrial practice works with a number of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 businesses and some European listed corporates, but is particularly well known for its recruitment of leaders for the portfolio companies of global private equity funds. We have worked extensively with the likes of KKR, Carlyle, CVC, HIG, Sun Capital, Investcorp, Inflexion, Exponent etc., placing executives and Board directors into their portfolio companies. We have fluent French, German, Dutch and Russian speakers in the team and have completed placements in every Western European country (with a particularly powerful track record in the UK, Germany, Benelux, France, Spain and Nordics), in Eastern Europe and in North America. The Partner leading each search travels globally, interviewing all international candidates, which guarantees full and unbiased global coverage and consistent calibration of candidates across geographies.
Our Private Equity work has taught us to operate at speed, with heightened focus on delivering results, which our listed clients appreciate greatly, commenting on the fact that our drive, hunger, speed and tenaciousness stand us apart from our competitors. As a boutique, we have fewer but deeper client relationships and, hence, are not constrained by numerous off-limit restrictions, whilst treating every search with utmost degree of dedication and care.
If you have an Industrial assignment, we would love to hear from you – please contact Anastasia Belinskaya or Paul Burnell
The Redgrave Built Environment team brings together deep industry experience and knowledge with executive search expertise.
This unique combination provides our clients with the business insights, skills, and tools needed to solve their human capital needs. Our focus on the real estate industry means we know the trends, issues, and people that drive the sector.
The focus of our Built Environment Industry Boutique brings industry, functional, and regional expertise to support our clients. Our team draws on high-level professional networks, industry knowledge, and internal research resources to give us a broad reach in identifying potential candidates.
Every search is led personally by a senior partner to ensure that the client’s view is always directly represented and understood and so that senior candidates feel they have been approached by peers.
This dedicated and flexible approach, combined with our unique in-house research capabilities, database, and assessment tools means we are in a position to generate better results in identifying and evaluating the ideal candidate for a specific position.
We enjoy working across a broad global coverage and industry segments, recruiting CEOs, executives, senior professionals, and board directors across the entire spectrum of real estate from Commercial Services, Retail and Homebuilders to Corporate Real Estate and Capital Markets & FInance.
If you have a built environment assignment we’d be delighted to help so please contact Paul Burnell to discuss.
“Redgrave stand out from other search firms. They absolutely take the time to understand the dynamic of our business and the underlying factors that create value and ultimately success for individuals who join us”
Chief People Officer, YOOX Net-a-Porter Group
Our Luxury and Fashion Practice have embedded themselves into some of the most prominent brand names in the industry. With established relationships across the USA, Europe and Asia our global network has enabled Redgrave to build a substantial track record as an international Search firm.
Our personal commitment, in-depth intelligence and true understanding of the industries we represent has enabled the team to deliver on some pivotal Board appointments for multinationals, private equity and owner-ran businesses.
As with most industries, the impact of disruptive technology is clearly visible and having immersed ourselves through this transition, we are fully equipped to advise organisations at the forefront of this movement or currently undergoing transformation.
Discrete, genuine and incredibly well-connected, the team has a unique understanding of the nuances of different international markets and has created an excellent reputation of being able to identify ‘high performers’, placing leaders that define the changing landscape across the C-Suite.
If you’d like to learn more about how our Luxury and Fashion team can help, please contact Alex Jones to discuss.
We have a deep understanding of, and network in, high knowledge, IP rich industries. Despite many challenges through tech disruption these industries continue to grow and thrive through their ability to develop ever-more customised, knowledge-based services to clients. In addition to digitisation, additional regulatory interventions and the demands of reputational risk management, continue to drive significant changes in the core operating models of many organisations – leading to greater emphasis on ‘leadership’.
Our Professional services Practice focusses on Partner and team moves within key markets including Financial Advisory, Strategy, Economics, Operational, Transactions, Engineering and Technology.
Matthew Leedham leads the practice and has a background within the sector having trained with and worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London; latterly working in Corporate Finance. Over the past 30 years Matt has been responsible for a great number of lateral Partner hires and associated team moves/build-out. Matt has also earned a trusted reputation working closely with regulators and trade bodies in the sector.
Our footprint is International, having completed searches at Global Board and Regional Leadership levels in China, India, Brazil and North Africa as well many searches in North America and Europe.
If you’d like to learn more about how our Professional Services team can help, please contact Matthew to discuss.
With the big firms we buy the brand, with Redgrave what we get is the trust.
When they’re representing me it feels like they’re really part of my team.
Big firms are inflexible, Redgrave are just more pragmatic. They’re such a good bunch.
They are very responsive, always frank and honest. Their whole approach is about partnership.
Redgrave is the agile challenger brand.
Redgrave demonstrated flexibility, agility and pace and brought the global talent market across a number of industries to my door. A great team, wonderful partnership and I thoroughly enjoy working with them.