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Odgers Interim, the interim management arm of global headhunter Odgers Berndtson, is celebrating its 20th birthday with the launch of interim management workshops, to train the next generation of interim leaders.

As the largest interim management brand in Britain, Odgers Interim will provide these workshops free of charge in order to develop the UK’s interim leadership talent. Tailored to servicing the public, not-for-profit and commercial sectors, the workshops will equip early-stage interims with the necessary skills for a successful interim career. This will include guidance on setting up a limited company, how to go to market as an independent professional and how to navigate legislation such as IR35.

Grant Speed, Managing Director of Odgers Interim, said: “This year we will have placed our 4000th interim into a senior leadership or change management role. As the largest provider of interim managers we feel a responsibility to develop the UK’s talent pool of senior interims, and these workshops are our way of giving back to the community which has been so instrumental in helping us reach the 20 year milestone in such robust health. They will also help us drive our agenda of creating a truly diverse interim workforce by mobilising more female senior executives, as well as those with disabilities, who are LGBTQ or from BAME backgrounds.”

The launch of the interim management workshops comes at a time of unprecedented demand for senior interim managers and interim leaders across all business sectors. Odgers Interim has seen 20% annual growth on the previous year, with 2019 being its most successful year to date. The company is expected to report a £50 million turnover for the financial year 2018/19 and has seen a 53% increase in revenues since 2014.

Interim management is now an integral aspect of the UK’s economic vitality, providing expert services via the country’s growing pool of independent professional workers, plugging skills gaps and meeting the demand for greater business agility.

Operating at anywhere between £500 to £3000 a day, interim managers provide immediate impact, bring highly versatile skillsets to organisations and impart knowledge onto the permanent workforce. Turning around a failing business within a matter of months, stepping into the shoes of an untimely departed CEO or conducting a multi-billion pound merger are considered the ‘bread and butter’ of interim management work.

Commenting, Speed added:

“Often called upon in the most challenging circumstances, interim managers bring a unique blend of industry experience and critical skills that means they can be parachuted into organisations to troubleshoot and solve problems from day one. Those that use an interim find they gain immeasurable value from someone who has ‘been there and done that’ successfully many times before.”

Odgers Interim will begin hosting its interim management workshops this summer.


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