Executive Search Services

As an SME leader or investor, you need a dedicated leadership team that can create, and maximise, the value of your business to help your growth ambitions.

At Rowan, our SME Executive Search expertise and dedication, coupled with our proprietary ‘Leadership Dynamics’ product, enables us to provide data-driven insights into your leadership team.

This unique combination allows us to support you in not just crafting your Value Creation Plans, but in defining and appointing the optimal leadership team aligned seamlessly to deliver your strategic objectives.

Our Private Capital team works with ambitious SME owner founders to strengthen their leadership teams across business functions, including Finance, People & Operations, Sales & Marketing and IT. Whilst our Private Equity team works with investors pre- and post-deal to appoint the right leaders to drive growth.

Our team is adept at delivering consultancy programs and creating market-leading leadership teams within, (but not limited to), the following sectors:

Consumer  | Technology  | Life Sciences | Industrials | Professional services

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Our Mission

People-Powered Growth. Data-Driven Insights.

Our purpose is to enable SME owners to fulfil their ambitions.

Our mission is to use data-driven insights to advise ambitious SME owners on how to create and shape well-matched leadership teams that deliver results.

Our values are: integrity, positivity, curiosity, collaboration and rigour. These values inform everything that we do as a business, both internally and externally.

Our team are dedicated to delivering exceptional leadership teams, matched to the value creation plans of business owners and investors. They use their years of experience and knowledge of working within the private capital and growth capital markets to deliver the right match. Here’s how you could join our team.

More about Rowan

In the last three years alone, we have delivered over £1.5bn in client exit value.

Founded in 2010, our own private equity journey includes two successful investments and exits which has seen us deliver a 3x return to our investors as part of Rowan’s original growth journey.

In 2022 Rowan were delighted to become part of The LCap Group, affording us access to the proprietary ‘Leadership Dynamics’ digital product and PACE behavioural evaluation tool. Combined with our best-in-class search and assessment methodology, these tools give us an unrivalled ability to define the optimum leadership team structure and appoint the right business leaders for the exact phase of the growth journey.

In the last three years alone, we have delivered over £1.5bn in client exit value.

Wondering if we could support you? Here is who we work with.

Our Latest Insights

Founder succession planning: The art of the possible

At some stage, most founders will consider the possibility of stepping back from their hard-built business. This contemplation can often arise when personal goals deviate from the business path, prompting a need to explore practical exit strategies.

In this article, Paul Waite, Rowan’s founder turned CEO, walks through the decisions founders can face in this critical phase. Uncover the key questions and the steps that lay the foundation for a well-thought-out succession plan.

Read the full article here >>

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Case Studies: The Voice of our Clients...

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SRL Traffic Systems

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Rowan Executive Search June 17, 2021