A specialist in the SME sector, we work with owners seeking support or succession planning through a CEO appointment.  This is often event led ; an MBO exit plan ; transition from owner to Chair ; a family owned business changing generations.  It’s now more common place that in such scenario’s a privately-owned business will work with Rowan to also appoint an NED or Chair.

Our Private equity backing, experience and heritage means we are trusted by VC and mid-market Private Equity investors to appoint CEO’s and Chairs either on investment or during the investment period.  We work with founder businesses and their investors to create MBO teams which support an investment in Pre-Deal scenarios. We are the preferred partner for the North’s leading Private Equity houses.

We’ve delivered over 50 CEO appoints over the last 3 years across a range of sectors including Tech, Manufacturing & FMCG, Retail & Ecommerce, Healthcare & Pharma and Professional Services.

In short, we’re search specialists with a real passion for identifying, assessing and ultimately matching CEO’s and Chairs with opportunities that enable them to achieve their ambition


It’s a competitive world out there, and we understand the importance of presenting an opportunity in exactly the right way. That’s why SME owners across the North West trust us to find the right fit of Chief Executives and Directors for their businesses, from a wide range of disciplines, including sales, marketing, operations and manufacturing

It goes without saying that such a high-profile role calls for an exceptional and experienced candidate. We’re very well connected, with a vast network that includes Chairs from a variety of private equity-backed businesses – so we’ll match a candidate to an SME who truly justifies his or her seat at that boardroom table


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Key Skills

Our expert team will assess the Key Skills and Attributes required to thrive in an SME environment.

Our robust ETP assessment process at CEO level assesses your ability to design and deliver a marketing leading strategy, own the P&L to enhance margins and drive revenue growth, to successfully lead teams and projects to timescales and budgets.  An ability to adapt your approaches whether out on the shop floor or managing stakeholders such as the banks.


Solving Problems
Solving Problems
Influencing People
Influencing People
Adapting Approaches
Adapting Approaches
Delivering Results
Delivering Results
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