SME Case Studies

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Why our clients choose to work with Rowan Executive Search…

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Clubhouse - Director of Finance & Operations Executive Search Assignment

Clubhouse Golf

Director of Finance & Operations

Jocelyn Morgan & Alex Whitfield placed as part of the Board team to deliver a 6x ROI for Foresight Private Equity (3 year period)

Family owned e-commerce business, with a disruptive model specialising in selling golf clothing & equipment internationally across both B2B and B2C. The 2 sons were looking to take PE investment to support an MBO.

Rowan worked with Foresight and Ben Reeves (MD) place Jocelyn Morgan (Director of Finance & Operations) and later Alex Whitfield (e-Commerce Director)

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Social Chain

Head of Financial Reporting (promoted to Group FD)

David Cawley placed as part of the Social Chain board team to build & led the finance team to support a 900% international revenue increase from £7m to £18m and subsequent listing on the Dusseldorf Stock Exchange.

Highly profitable, fast-paced and entrepreneurial global social media marketing agency based in Manchester who, after raising $2m of funding from the German’s “Dragon Den”, were looking to: expand into international markets, improve reporting standards and controls and build out a board team.

Rowan were retained by Social Chain Founder, Steve Bartlett and CFO, Christian Grobel, to appoint a new Head of Financial Reporting.

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Gary Brown

CFO, Jet2

I worked with Paul Waite extensively on realigning my finance team and their abilities to be able to support the acceleration in the strategic direction of the company.

“Paul’s major attribute is that he spends time understanding the strategy and culture of the company, whilst realising that each phase of the strategy may require differing candidate qualities. Having a good network, Paul was able to supply quality candidates from a variety of backgrounds who not only matched the profile but more importantly brought a diversity of thinking to the department.”

Richard Young

Director, BVCA.

Rowan didn’t just match candidates with a list of technical requirements – they spent time with each member of my team in order to gain a thorough understanding of what makes us tick, and consequently what type of individual they were looking for on our behalf.

I am also delighted with the way they represented the role – which meant that we were able to attract an exceptional candidate who was willing to relocate from London for the opportunity, despite there being no shortage of options for him in the capital.

They were able to attract an exceptional candidate who was willing to relocate from London for the opportunity
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Neil Trennell

Creative Director & Founder, Fix 8 Group

It was great to work with Rowan in identifying the exact requirements that my business needed at the time. The service provided was not just a typical recruiter, they got to know the people, culture and motivation of the business. This was then the basis of the candidates we evaluated. Having placed both our FD/MD and Business Development manager, I can not think of a better company I would trust to look after the future of our business.

“Paul’s major attribute is that he spends time understanding the strategy and culture of the company.”

David Millward

FD, MPM Products

Having first used Rowan as a candidate I found it refreshing that they not only listened to my career aspirations, they took the time to challenge and understand the rationale behind them.  Once this was understood, Rowan only recommended relevant roles to me and were extremely supportive during the recruitment process, including reviewing and making recommendations on a presentation to the Board which formed part of the interview process.  Following my experience of using Rowan as a candidate, I have used Rowan to recruit for roles within the team.  Rowan took the time to understand the requirements of the role but equally as important they took the time to understand the culture of the business to make sure recommended candidates could not only do the job but would be a good fit with the team.

They took the time to understand the culture of the business to make sure recommended candidates could not only do the job but would be a good fit with the team

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