~ Rowan’s growth is making waves in the press! ~

~ Rowan's growth is making waves in the press! ~

~ Rowan’s growth is making waves in the press! ~

Rowan’s new trio; Associate Director Tammy Hopla, Senior Consultant Jack Bottomley and Executive Researcher Emma Milton have been featured in a number of publications this week, including Insider Media and Business Up North. Indicative of our upward trajectory, the trio join after a record year (2021) and record quarter (Q1 2022) for Rowan. Since initial…

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The Finance team’s new Researcher – Rowan welcomes Kate Delves!

The Finance team's new Researcher - Rowan welcomes Kate Delves!

The Finance team’s new Researcher – Rowan welcomes Kate Delves!

Kate joins Peter Holt‘s Finance team as an Executive Researcher, replacing the newly promoted Sarah Morrell. She will work on director- and senior manager-level mandates for Pete, Sarah, Carl Meyler, Sara Jackson and Cassie Cherry, alongside fellow Executive Researcher Emma Milton. Kate spent over a decade in primary education and brings a wealth of experience…

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Sales & Marketing expands – welcome Tom Sullivan!

Sales & Marketing expands - welcome Tom Sullivan!

Sales & Marketing expands – welcome Tom Sullivan!

We’re delighted to announce Tom’s arrival to Rowan, where he will work in Louise Stephenson (Associate CIPD)‘s Sales & Marketing team. Tom is currently studying for a Business Management degree, and joins over the Summer, where he will work closely with Louise, Lexi Graty, Scott Wilkinson BA, MIRP and Fiona Flack on senior…

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North-West Acquisitions – The Finance Directors’ Network returns to Liverpool

North-West Acquisitions - The Finance Directors’ Network returns to Liverpool

North-West Acquisitions – The Finance Directors’ Network returns to Liverpool

The Finance Directors’ network, hosted by Rowan Executive Search in association with Barclays, MHA Moore and Smalley and Baker Tilly, returns to the Allerton Manor Golf Club in Liverpool on the 14th of June. At this event we welcome a panel of speakers, including Jocelyn Morgan, Greg Doran, Kieran Donovan, Andrew Feeke and Stephen Gregson, who will be sharing their thoughts…

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~ Sarah’s promotion to Associate Director 🥂~

~ Sarah's promotion to Associate Director 🥂~

~ Sarah’s promotion to Associate Director 🥂~

A huge congratulations to the Finance team’s Sarah Morrell, who recently made the step up from Executive Researcher to Associate Director! Sarah works alongside Peter Holt, Carl Meyler, Cassie Cherry and Sara Jackson, and will now lead on Finance leader and future leader appointments for our SME clients in the North and further…

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 In conversation with…NX Chairman Martin Boddy

 In conversation with...NX Chairman Martin Boddy

 In conversation with…NX Chairman Martin Boddy

Johnathan Massey, the head of our Non-Exec practice, sat down recently with Martin Boddy – NX Chairman at 6B, Space 48 and Money Alive and former CEO in the Regtech and Fintech space – to discuss how best to use data and data analytics to boost value creation. Part 1 of 3….

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Record year, record quarter – celebrating in style

Record year, record quarter - celebrating in style

Record year, record quarter – celebrating in style

This time last week we were taking in the sites of our Northern neighbour’s capital, and a few of us were nursing sore heads from whiskey-tasting the day before! Business growth is our priority, but our ESG efforts are equally important to us; so we make sure…

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Mental Health Awareness Week: 9th – 15th May

Mental Health Awareness Week: 9th - 15th May

Mental Health Awareness Week: 9th – 15th May

You may or may not be aware, but this week is Mental Heath Awareness Week, led by The Mental Health Foundation. This is something we take very seriously here at Rowan, with flexible working, regular team catch-up calls and numerous trips and outings (the next one being tomorrow…

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Jack Bottomley joins Rowan’s HR & Ops team

Jack Bottomley joins Rowan's HR & Ops team

Jack Bottomley joins Rowan’s HR & Ops team

We’re delighted to welcome our newest Rowan team member, Jack Bottomley, to the business. Jack joins Louise Ellis‘ HR & Ops practice, alongside Gemma Mafe and Jennie Adamson, and will work with our SME clients to match and appoint SMT-level talent to drive business growth from an operational perspective. Jack graduated in 2016…

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The role of HR in the C-Suite

The role of HR in the C-Suite

The role of HR in the C-Suite

As we say here at Rowan Executive Search, “it’s all about the people”. And in today’s talent-short market, the right people, culture and opportunities for progression are more important than ever to the success of a growing business. So, what can an ambitious, growing SME do to ensure…

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From client to colleague – Tammy Hopla joins the Rowan team.

From client to colleague – Tammy Hopla joins the Rowan team.

From client to colleague – Tammy Hopla joins the Rowan team.

We’re very excited to announce our newest Associate Director-level hire: Tammy Hopla! Tammy is an ACCA-qualified Finance Director, who is using her considerable commercial experience, finance industry knowledge and extensive network of contacts to pivot into a senior position within Rowan. She will work in the C-Suite team…

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Iain Duncan’s 1-year anniversary 🥂

Iain Duncan's 1-year anniversary 🥂

Iain Duncan’s 1-year anniversary 🥂

Time flies! Our banking and financial Consultant Iain Duncan is celebrating his one-year anniversary with Rowan today. Iain has become an integral part of our set-up; bringing his practical experience, banking insight and the business contacts he’s made over the years to Rowan in an advisory capacity, working closely…

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6 key takeaways and further reflections from the “Navigating the dynamic digital retail market” event

6 key takeaways and further reflections from the "Navigating the dynamic digital retail market" event

6 key takeaways and further reflections from the “Navigating the dynamic digital retail market” event

Recently Louise Stephenson (Associate CIPD) and Peter Holt ran a highly successful event with HSBC at The Ivy for digital marketing leaders and SME owners. Speakers included Online4baby‘s Tom Fotheringham and HSBC‘s James Sawley, but what were our key takeaways? 1. Covid forced many businesses to pivot online to stay alive and for many newer businesses, this gave…

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~ Rowan Employee spotlight: Johnathan Massey – passionate about creating value ~

~ Rowan Employee spotlight: Johnathan Massey – passionate about creating value ~

~ Rowan Employee spotlight: Johnathan Massey – passionate about creating value ~

Johnathan joined Rowan to head up our Non-Executive and Chair division, having gained a wealth of experience and developed a number of relationships in this world during his previous careers across private equity and corporate finance. However, as Rowan has grown over the past 12 months taken…

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“Navigating the dynamic digital retail market” – event recap

"Navigating the dynamic digital retail market" - event recap

“Navigating the dynamic digital retail market” – event recap

Rowan Executive Search and HSBC‘s joint event at The Ivy Manchester last week was a roaring success! We were brilliantly catered for by The Ivy with an outstanding 2-course breakfast, and HSBC’s James Sawley was a great host, who had some real insight to share. Special thanks also to guest speaker Online4baby‘s Tom Fotheringham….

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~ Meet the team – Sales & Marketing ~

~ Meet the team – Sales & Marketing ~

~ Meet the team – Sales & Marketing ~

We focus on our clients and candidates most of the time. After all, our mantra here at Rowan is, “People-Powered Growth”. But who are the people that make us what we are, and what do they do on a day-to-day basis to help us maintain our status…

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Happy International Women’s Day 2022!

Happy International Women's Day 2022!

Happy International Women’s Day 2022!

Today is International Women’s Day, and we asked our own Molly Chalfont Pollard to contribute some thoughts on how Rowan attempts to #Breakthebias. Molly is passionate about intersectional feminism and is also a contributing writer for Our Words, the book club and magazine of Our Streets Now, a campaign demanding the…

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National Employee Appreciation Day

National Employee Appreciation Day

National Employee Appreciation Day

As we say here at Rowan, “it’s all about the people”, and we wouldn’t be the industry leader we are without our fantastic employees. Today just so happens to be ‘National Employee Appreciation day’, and we want to take a minute to appreciate everyone in the business;…

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~ Mypura’s next phase of growth – Rowan client secures landmark investment ~

~ Mypura's next phase of growth - Rowan client secures landmark investment ~

~ Mypura’s next phase of growth – Rowan client secures landmark investment ~

Eco-friendly baby care products retailer Mypura has secured a £4.25m investment from private equity firm Maven Capital Partners. Guy Fennell, Mypura founder and CEO, said: “Maven’s investment and expertise will help us scale up to the next level in 2022. Ultimately, the funding will help us make it…

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~Our values – Commitment~

~Our values – Commitment~

~Our values – Commitment~

We’ve talked at length about the value system that underpins everything we do here at Rowan; from our candidate care to the way we work with our clients on appointing leaders and future leaders, to our own internal recruitment policy. Those values are:AuthenticityCommitmentProgressivenessCollaborationRigour Let’s look at the…

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~Our values – Authenticity~

~Our values - Authenticity~

~Our values – Authenticity~

We’ve talked at length about the value system that underpins everything we do here at Rowan; from our candidate care to the way we work with our clients on appointing leaders and future leaders, to our own internal recruitment policy. Those values are: AuthenticityCommitmentProgressivenessCollaborationRigour Let’s look at…

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~Behind the scenes at Rowan – Luke’s 1-year anniversary~

~Behind the scenes at Rowan - Luke's 1-year anniversary~

~Behind the scenes at Rowan – Luke’s 1-year anniversary~

A year ago to the day, Rowan hired Luke Williams (this post’s author) to a newly created, internal position within the business – Content Designer. Everybody knows Paul Waite and the rest of Rowan’s Directors and Associate Directors, but what goes on behind the scenes here at Rowan? What do I…

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~ Non-industry hires boost Rowan’s capabilities ~

~ Non-industry hires boost Rowan's capabilities ~

~ Non-industry hires boost Rowan’s capabilities ~

We’ve been picked up again by Insider Media, amongst others, for our recent hires of Lexi Graty, Molly Chalfont Pollard, Sara Jackson and Jennie Adamson. True to our values-based recruitment strategy, three of our four new ‘Rowanites’ come to us with no prior recruitment or Search experience. Lexi and Jennie have backgrounds in…

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~ Rowan’s new Director – Congratulations Carl! 🥂 ~

~ Rowan's new Director - Congratulations Carl! 🥂 ~

~ Rowan’s new Director – Congratulations Carl! 🥂 ~

Congratulations to the Finance team’s Carl Meyler, who has recently been promoted to a Director position at Rowan Executive Search. A ‘Rowanite’ of almost 8 years, Carl was here when the Finance team was in its infancy. He’s had a real hand in the strategic direction and success of…

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**Rowan expands further through the acquisition of Claro Search and Selection – welcome Josh Guest**

**Rowan expands further through the acquisition of Claro Search and Selection - welcome Josh Guest**

**Rowan expands further through the acquisition of Claro Search and Selection – welcome Josh Guest**

We’ve added further capacity to our Executive Search and Assessment offering with the opening of Rowan Life Sciences Division. Read the full story in TheBusinessDesk.com here: https://www.thebusinessdesk.com/northwest/news/2092591-executive-search-firm-boosts-life-sciences-service-with-acquisition

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24th January – International Family Business Day

24th January - International Family Business Day

24th January – International Family Business Day

Today is ‘International Family Business Day’, so we sat down with long-time Rowan client Stephen Lord, the 4th-generation owner of industrial services supplier the John Lord Group (comprised of Canal Engineering Ltd, Rizistal, John Lord Specialist Flooring and SLS Design), who shared his thoughts on the challenges & considerations when running…

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8 years and counting! Katie Seabrook’s Rowan anniversary 🥂

8 years and counting! Katie Seabrook's Rowan anniversary 🥂

8 years and counting! Katie Seabrook’s Rowan anniversary 🥂

It’s the 8-year Rowan anniversary of Associate Director Katie Seabrook; employee number 6 and one of the first ‘Rowanites’ to join after the business was started by the founders over a decade ago. Since then, Katie has taken the Finance market by storm, achieving improved results year-on-year,…

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📈 Rowan Growth Stories – Online4baby eyes £100m turnover after Rowan helps restructure and appoint Senior Leadership Team

📈 Rowan Growth Stories - Online4baby eyes £100m turnover after Rowan helps restructure and appoint Senior Leadership Team

📈 Rowan Growth Stories – Online4baby eyes £100m turnover after Rowan helps restructure and appoint Senior Leadership Team

Rowan Executive Search has been picked up by BusinessLive, amongst other publications, for its help supporting E-commerce retailer Online4baby restructure its Senior Leadership Team, in order to drive business growth. Rowan’s Finance practice Director Peter Holt and Sales and Marketing practice Director Louise Stephenson (Associate CIPD) worked with the business to appoint new CFO Nick Cooling and…

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✨Seven Years of Success – Sarah’s Anniversary✨

✨Seven Years of Success - Sarah's Anniversary✨

✨Seven Years of Success – Sarah’s Anniversary✨

Massive congratulations to Executive Researcher Sarah Morrell, who celebrates her seven-year anniversary today with Rowan Executive Search! Typical of Rowan’s value-based internal recruitment policy, Sarah comes from a legal background, having started her career as a Paralegal after attaining a Law degree. She showed great aptitude for the job,…

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ESG at Rowan – Johnathan’s Walk for Children

ESG at Rowan - Johnathan's Walk for Children

ESG at Rowan – Johnathan’s Walk for Children

An excellent effort from our Chair/NED practice Associate Director Johnathan Massey, as he undertakes the NSPCC‘s 23km Walk for Children with Freshwalks next Friday night. Two of our values (aside from authenticity, progressiveness and rigour) are commitment and collaboration, and John and his team will certainly need these as they hike…

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Managing Director to C-Suite Delivery Superstar – Claire Powell celebrates 7 years with Rowan Executive Search 🐶

Managing Director to C-Suite Delivery Superstar - Claire Powell celebrates 7 years with Rowan Executive Search 🐶

Managing Director to C-Suite Delivery Superstar – Claire Powell celebrates 7 years with Rowan Executive Search 🐶

In keeping with our values-based recruitment policy, Rowan recruited Claire from Archive Solutions, where, as Managing Director, she successfully oversaw an exit and trade sale to Restore plc. Claire loves helping others, and wanted to support other SMEs on their growth journeys after leaving Archive. She initially joined…

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Rowan Exit Stories ~LDC successfully exits SRL after £24m investment~

Rowan Exit Stories ~LDC successfully exits SRL after £24m investment~

Rowan Exit Stories ~LDC successfully exits SRL after £24m investment~

*Rowan Exit Stories* ~LDC successfully exits Rowan client SRL Traffic Systems after £24m investment~ Rowan has worked closely with SRL over a number of years, appointing a number of key hires: CFO Mike Marrison, CFO Designate John McLaughlin and Marketing Manager Stuart Coleman. LDC’s John Clarke said: “Richard [Richard Tredwin: CEO and now Non-Exec…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…or at least it was last night as the Rowan team got together for a Christmas night out. It was great to be back together in person and if the volume of laughter around the table was anything to go…

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The 10 questions to ask your Executive Search firm

The 10 questions to ask your Executive Search firm

The 10 questions to ask your Executive Search firm

~ The 10 questions to ask your Executive Search firm ~ As an SME owner with a critical leadership (or future leadership) appointment to make, you’re understandably keen to get it right first time. There is a wide choice of organisations offering true Executive Search services, but…

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Rowan supports the appointment of musicMagpie’s incoming CFO, Matthew Fowler

Rowan supports the appointment of musicMagpie's incoming CFO, Matthew Fowler

Rowan supports the appointment of musicMagpie’s incoming CFO, Matthew Fowler

Rowan’s Paul Waite, Mark Fahy and Claire Powell worked together on this appointment, which follows Ian Storey‘s promotion to group COO at the time of the Stockport-based tech ‘recommerce’ business’ IPO.  Matthew said: “I am extremely excited to be joining a business of musicMagpie’s calibre and ambition.  “Given its unique circular economy model…

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Rowan is GROWING – LCap investment fuels Rowan Executive Search’s internal expansion plans

Rowan is GROWING - LCap investment fuels Rowan Executive Search's internal expansion plans

Rowan is GROWING – LCap investment fuels Rowan Executive Search’s internal expansion plans

Last week we announced our investment from the LCap Group, which also owns Drax Executive and technology consultancy Aavistus. This, and our subsequent expansion across the North-West and beyond, has created a number of key opportunities within the business, at varying seniority levels. But just who are we looking…

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9 years, 10-fold growth – Peter Holt’s 9-year Rowan anniversary!

9 years, 10-fold growth - Peter Holt's 9-year Rowan anniversary!

9 years, 10-fold growth – Peter Holt’s 9-year Rowan anniversary!

Peter Holt, Rowan’s Head of Finance and de facto ‘Number 2’ to Paul Waite, celebrates his 9-year anniversary with Rowan today. Peter, who has worked with Paul for a total of 22 years now, has racked up some impressive achievements: – Rowan’s Finance practice performance has grown 10-fold…

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Rowan Sponsors ‘Deal of the Year’ at Awards Ceremony

Rowan Sponsors 'Deal of the Year' at Awards Ceremony

Rowan Sponsors ‘Deal of the Year’ at Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to all of the winners at last night’s Insider’s North West Dealmakers Awards 2021. We are proud to sponsor the Deal of the Year (£10m to £50m) category for another year and last night’s worthy winners were LDC for their investment into vehicle accessory manufacturer Rhino Products Ltd. We…

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The SME Owner’s Podcast: Season 1, Episode 3

The SME Owner's Podcast: Season 1, Episode 3

The SME Owner’s Podcast: Season 1, Episode 3

The SME Owner’s Podcast: Season 1, Episode 3 – “Getting the best ROI from Sales & Marketing, with Rowan’s Head of Sales & Marketing Practice Louise Stephenson” Direct link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1753092/9386705 Amazon/Spotify/Apple links to follow.. Rowan’s MD Paul Waite sits down with our Head of Sales and Marketing Practice Louise Stephenson (Associate…

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People-Powered Growth: Louise Ellis’ Maiden Rowan Anniversary

People-Powered Growth: Louise Ellis' Maiden Rowan Anniversary

People-Powered Growth: Louise Ellis’ Maiden Rowan Anniversary

People-Powered Growth: Louise Ellis’ Maiden Rowan Anniversary Our philosophy here at Rowan is simple: appoint the right people for our clients and their businesses will grow. Put succinctly: “People-Powered Growth.” However, that mantra applies internally as well; we can only grow as a business by bringing the…

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ESG at Rowan – Rowan’s values

ESG at Rowan - Rowan's values

ESG at Rowan – Rowan’s values

Today is World Values Day with a broad theme of ‘reconnecting’.   “We are all living through a time of enormous uncertainty and disruption. This means we need to deepen our understanding of values and how they connect us with our sense of self, with others, and with the wider world.” -> https://lnkd.in/dYKdxBA At Rowan,…

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Mental Health at Rowan – World Mental Health Day 2021 💖

Mental Health at Rowan – World Mental Health Day 2021 💖

Mental Health at Rowan – World Mental Health Day 2021 💖

We’re all about business growth, but as a people-centric business with a very tight-knit, supportive team, we also take our ESG (Environmental, Governance and Social) responsibilities very seriously as well. We’re proud to promote good mental health and wellbeing here at Rowan, and studies have shown that…

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Rowan in the running for Insider, Inc.’s Dealmakers ‘Deal of the Year’ Award

Rowan in the running for Insider, Inc.'s Dealmakers 'Deal of the Year' Award

Rowan in the running for Insider, Inc.’s Dealmakers ‘Deal of the Year’ Award

Save the date! The 28th of October is the 2021 Dealmakers Awards ceremony at Manchester Central. We’re up for ‘Deal of the Year’ in the under £10m category, for our contribution to BGF‘s £7.5m investment into fulfilmentcrowd. Prior to the deal, Rowan worked with MD Lee Thompson and NX Chair Michael McGrath to restructure…

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Rowan at the Races! 🏇

Rowan at the Races! 🏇

Rowan at the Races! 🏇

To celebrate our first decade in business – including £1bn generated in exits for our clients – we took the whole team to York Races last Friday. Congratulations go to Teresa Gundry, Claire Powell, Sarah Searle and Louise Stephenson (Associate CIPD), who all celebrate their 5-year Rowan anniversaries. A special mention has…

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Rowan advises Made Tech on CFO appointment to support their IPO on London Stock Exchange’s AIM – congratulations!

Rowan advises Made Tech on CFO appointment to support their IPO on London Stock Exchange's AIM – congratulations!

Rowan advises Made Tech on CFO appointment to support their IPO on London Stock Exchange’s AIM – congratulations!

Rowan Executive Search is delighted to have supported CEO Rory MacDonald, Pete Wild and the Made Tech team with their successful listing yesterday morning. This remarkable achievement was underpinned by the appointment in August of Debbie Lovegrove, Made Tech’s CFO. Debbie was introduced to the business by Rowan; this nuanced, time-critical mandate was delivered on by Mark…

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Rowan’s Exit Stories – Eque2 Ltd sold to WestBridge Capital for £46m after £16m LDC investment

Rowan's Exit Stories - Eque2 Ltd sold to WestBridge Capital for £46m after £16m LDC investment

Rowan’s Exit Stories – Eque2 Ltd sold to WestBridge Capital for £46m after £16m LDC investment

We’re proud that we’ve had a hand in generating c£1billion in exit value for our clients over the past 12 months or so. This series on #exits will shed light on some of those deals, showcasing the success stories that Rowan-appointed candidates have helped to effect. This episode looks…

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5 years in 5 minutes: Louise’s 5-year Rowan Anniversary

5 years in 5 minutes: Louise's 5-year Rowan Anniversary

5 years in 5 minutes: Louise’s 5-year Rowan Anniversary

“We have something really special at Rowan, and it’s all about where we go now.” Rowan’s Head of Sales & Marketing practice Louise Stephenson (Associate CIPD) sat down with Luke Williams to celebrate her 5-year work anniversary, and talk about what’s changed, what’s stayed the same, plans for the future and…

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ESG at Rowan

ESG at Rowan

ESG at Rowan

Business growth is our goal, but #ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) concerns are also very important to us here at Rowan. With World Charity Day having just passed us at the start of September, we thought we’d share a couple of our own charitable efforts with you from the…

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Rowan’s ten year anniversary and £1b in exit value for clients

Rowan's ten year anniversary and £1b in exit value for clients

Rowan’s ten year anniversary and £1b in exit value for clients

We’ve been picked up by Insider Media – amongst other publications – for a piece celebrating: – Our ten-year anniversary– £1 billion generated in exits for our clients– Record turnover– New senior appointments– Our own ambitious growth plans! #PeoplePoweredGrowth https://www.insidermedia.com/news/north-west/rowan-executive-search-on-track-for-record-year Thanks also to Bdaily news, Entirely media, Business Mondays and Business Up North for the mentions.

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