Parkinson Lee

Yorkshire's leading executive search firm

Local knowledge - Global Reach

About Parkinson|Lee

 

Our Vision

As a highly reputable Executive Search business, Parkinson Lee aspires to be the professional firm of choice for companies based in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the East Midlands, seeking high performing Business Leaders, Board Directors and Senior Executives.

 

Yorkshire’s Leading Executive Search Specialists

With offices in Rotherham, Leeds and London, Parkinson Lee is an Executive Search firm deliberately dedicated to clients in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the East Midlands. 

We help those clients find and appoint outstanding Business Leaders, Board Directors and Senior Executives across the full range of functional disciplines. In so doing, our service offers a rare blend of principled values, precise processes and shrewd judgements, leading to a very high rate of successful completion. As a consequence, we are now one of the UK’s fastest-growing independent Executive Search firms. 

Parkinson Lee is a stable, secure and profitable Partnership. We’re not aiming to be a global PLC and we’re not responsible to City institutions or remote shareholders - we’re responsible to our clients. As a Yorkshire business serving Yorkshire business - and our clients in Lincolnshire and the East Midlands. But although our core commitment is regional, we also have a significant international capability. 

Our local dedication is reinforced by our dedication to specific functional roles, with professional practices focusing on the following:

  • Board Level & Executive Appointments
  • CFO & Financial Leadership
  • Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Small & Medium Enterprises
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Interim Management
  • Not For Profit & Public Sector
  • Non-Executive Directors

Our Team

The strength of our network is key to our success

The Parkinson|Lee Team

We believe in the crucial importance of leadership - the identification, assessment, and attraction of strong leaders. Because to achieve shareholder value, strategic goals and sustained results, strong leadership is crucial for our clients. And also, of course, for Parkinson Lee and our continuing success.

Greg Parkinson, Chief Executive, and Lee Bhandal, Managing Partner, have given great thought to the Values necessary to underpin the success of Parkinson Lee. These are summarised under the acronym WE CARE and we will be pleased to discuss them with you if you so wish.

We are loyal and transparent: long-term and trusting relationships - with our clients, our candidates and with each other - are central to our existence.

Greg Parkinson

Chief Executive

As the Founder and Chief Executive of Elevation Recruitment Group, a leading Group of multi-disciplined recruitment specialists, Greg Parkinson is the Chief Executive of Parkinson Lee. With deep experience and expertise in Executive Search, Greg has an outstanding track record of success, completing Assignments with a high level of client satisfaction over many years.

Greg is also the Group CEO who leads the business. With a strong vision, obvious integrity and a motivating style, Greg is one of our Region’s most talented entrepreneurs.

Greg Parkinson's contact information

Phone: 07528 528 883
Email: g.parkinson@parkinsonlee.com
Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

Lee Bhandal

Managing Partner

Lee Bhandal is our Managing Partner.

Lee is a Board Director at our parent company, Elevation Recruitment Group, and a key member of the team that completed the successful MBO of that Group in 2014. As well as providing day-to-day leadership for Parkinson Lee, he also takes the lead for the appointment of CEOs and Business Leaders, and our CFO and Finance Directors’ practice.

When it comes to Executive Search, exclusively and continuously in Yorkshire and the East Midlands, Lee is almost certainly the most experienced practitioner in the region, benefitting from a network that is probably unrivalled.

Lee Bhandal's contact information

Phone: 07590 529 274
Email: l.bhandal@parkinsonlee.com
Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

Adam Dickson

Associate Partner

Adam Dickson is an Associate Partner at Parkinson Lee Executive Search. He has over 20 years’ experience in recruiting executive & board level appointments across the UK (Yorkshire, East Midlands, London, Thames Valley), and internationally across Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific and the UAE.

Adam has spent 10 years of his career in Australia, leading an executive search firm with reach across the Asia Pacific market, whilst operating within a global ASX listed business based out of Sydney. Adam has substantial experience in completing retained search mandates for a broad range of clients, ranging from Blue Chip, SME and Private Equity backed organisations.

As a previous business owner, and having held numerous leadership roles, Adam prides himself on exceptional service delivery for clients and candidates, acting as both a trusted career advisor and search partner. As an Associate partner at Parkinson Lee, Adam delivers executive assignments on behalf of a comprehensive list of FTSE and Aim listed PLCs, Private Equity & Venture Capital, SME and Not For Profit / Public Sector organisations.

Adam Dickson's contact information

Phone: 07935 502 755
Email: a.dickson@parkinsonlee.com
Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

Rachael Lee

Client Services Manager

As the Client Services Manager, Rachael works closely with our Partners and takes the lead role on the research, market mapping and talent identification for all retained mandates. In addition, Rachael is responsible for ensuring that the Parkinson Lee networks are relevant, up to date and informed across all assignments. With 15 years' experience within the industry, Rachael prides herself on building long standing relationships and acting as a truste partner and career advisor to business leaders within our network. Rachael always strives to over deliver on expectations and supply partners with accurate long-lists for all relevant mandates, based on a structured and thorough approach to market research, in-depth candidate interviews and cultural assessments.

John Bohan

Partner

John Bohan is the Engineering & Manufacturing Practice Lead at Parkinson|Lee Executive Search and is a key member of the senior leadership team for parent company Elevation Recruitment Group Ltd.

John has over 13 years executive search experience recruiting within the engineering and manufacturing sector, specialising in Executive and Senior Management level appointments. During this time, he has operated on a retained, mandate lead basis for an extensive number of the region’s leading and most innovative employers. Key hires have contributed to; growth strategy, turnaround, relocation, buyouts and business critical change.

Johns success ranges from SME to Blue Chip businesses and from precision engineering to chemical processing facilities. He has a diverse technical appreciation for all sectors enabling him to offer our clients a bespoke and effective solution.

His assignments are critical to the success of his clients and as such John spends time to fully understand the technicality of the product and process of each business as well as the culture behind it.

He works closely with key industry bodies, such the IMechE, IET, and IChemE, to support the growth and success of the industry in the UK as well as keep abreast of key industry knowledge and network with the most successful and talented professionals in their field.

John Bohan's contact information

Phone: 07985 151 131
Email: j.bohan@parkinsonlee.com
Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

Emma Noble

Partner

Emma plays an integral part in our well established, market leading HR brand and advise and assist an extensive number of the local regions top HR talent. Day in day out, Emma specialises in Senior Management and Executive level appointments that cover HR Director’s, Operational HR, Learning & Development, Organisational Change, Reward and Resourcing assignments.


Emma works on retained advertised led campaigns, PSL and mandate led assignments and her work has contributed to growth strategy, turnaround, relocation, buyouts and business critical change.


She works closely with key industry bodies, such as CIPD as well as local and national Law firms providing legislative expertise and updates, to support the growth and success of the local industry as well as keeping abreast of key industry knowledge and network with the most successful and talented professionals in their field.


Emma is uniquely qualified to both advise and guide individuals within her personal network having been a previous business owner, Managing Director and Non – Executive Director, all of which provided her with a breadth of invaluable experience.


A proud professional, Emma has a personal reputation in the Yorkshire region that is second to none, clearly based on her work ethic, credibility and desire to remain as the search partner of choice within the HR arena.

Emma is also an intrinsic member of the Group Leadership Team providing insight, guidance and council in the ongoing development and running of the Group.

Emma Noble's contact information

Phone: 07710 096 839
Email: e.noble@parkinsonlee.com
Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

Philip Hill

Non-Executive Director

Phil Hill is the Non-Executive Director of Parkinson|Lee Executive Search and a qualified Executive Coach, Chartered Accountant and Business Mentor to a number of Yorkshire’s fastest growing, entrepreneurial SME businesses.

Phil is also a Group Board Director of Elevation Consultancy Group Ltd and plays a pivotal role ensuring that the Group’s finances and operational procedures are robust so as to guarantee the long term future of the Group.

Career highlights include 6 years as a Finance Director at Plc level, 9 years as Managing Director/ Owner of a High Growth Recruitment Business and 7 years as an Executive coach and mentor, assisting many of Yorkshire’s businesses and their Directors achieve their strategic and commercial objectives.

Phil plays a key role in using his experience and knowledge to give advice and guidance to the Directors within both group companies. He also works closely with the Group Board Directors to define the Company’s strategic ambitions and to ensure these ambitions are achieved.

Philip Hill's contact information

Phone: 07931 385 092
Email: p.hill@parkinsonlee.com
Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

We believe in the crucial importance of leadership - the identification, assessment, and attraction of strong leaders. Because to achieve shareholder value, strategic goals and sustained results, strong leadership is crucial for our clients. And also, of course, for Parkinson Lee and our continuing success.

Greg Parkinson, Chief Executive, and Lee Bhandal, Managing Partner, have given great thought to the Values necessary to underpin the success of Parkinson Lee. These are summarised under the acronym WE CARE and we will be pleased to discuss them with you if you so wish.

We are loyal and transparent: long-term and trusting relationships - with our clients, our candidates and with each other - are central to our existence.

Chief Executive

As the Founder and Chief Executive of Elevation Recruitment Group, a leading Group of multi-disciplined recruitment specialists, Greg Parkinson is the Chief Executive of Parkinson Lee. With deep experience and expertise in Executive Search, Greg has an outstanding track record of success, completing Assignments with a high level of client satisfaction over many years.

Greg is also the Group CEO who leads the business. With a strong vision, obvious integrity and a motivating style, Greg is one of our Region’s most talented entrepreneurs.

Greg Parkinson's contact information

Phone: 07528 528 883
Email: Click here
Online: Click here

Managing Partner

Lee Bhandal is our Managing Partner.

Lee is a Board Director at our parent company, Elevation Recruitment Group, and a key member of the team that completed the successful MBO of that Group in 2014. As well as providing day-to-day leadership for Parkinson Lee, he also takes the lead for the appointment of CEOs and Business Leaders, and our CFO and Finance Directors’ practice.

When it comes to Executive Search, exclusively and continuously in Yorkshire and the East Midlands, Lee is almost certainly the most experienced practitioner in the region, benefitting from a network that is probably unrivalled.

Lee Bhandal's contact information

Phone: 07590 529 274
Email: Click here
Online: Click here

Associate Partner

Adam Dickson is an Associate Partner at Parkinson Lee Executive Search. He has over 20 years’ experience in recruiting executive & board level appointments across the UK (Yorkshire, East Midlands, London, Thames Valley), and internationally across Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific and the UAE.

Adam has spent 10 years of his career in Australia, leading an executive search firm with reach across the Asia Pacific market, whilst operating within a global ASX listed business based out of Sydney. Adam has substantial experience in completing retained search mandates for a broad range of clients, ranging from Blue Chip, SME and Private Equity backed organisations.

As a previous business owner, and having held numerous leadership roles, Adam prides himself on exceptional service delivery for clients and candidates, acting as both a trusted career advisor and search partner. As an Associate partner at Parkinson Lee, Adam delivers executive assignments on behalf of a comprehensive list of FTSE and Aim listed PLCs, Private Equity & Venture Capital, SME and Not For Profit / Public Sector organisations.

Adam Dickson's contact information

Phone: 07935 502 755
Email: Click here
Online: Click here

Client Services Manager

As the Client Services Manager, Rachael works closely with our Partners and takes the lead role on the research, market mapping and talent identification for all retained mandates. In addition, Rachael is responsible for ensuring that the Parkinson Lee networks are relevant, up to date and informed across all assignments. With 15 years' experience within the industry, Rachael prides herself on building long standing relationships and acting as a truste partner and career advisor to business leaders within our network. Rachael always strives to over deliver on expectations and supply partners with accurate long-lists for all relevant mandates, based on a structured and thorough approach to market research, in-depth candidate interviews and cultural assessments.

Partner

John Bohan is the Engineering & Manufacturing Practice Lead at Parkinson|Lee Executive Search and is a key member of the senior leadership team for parent company Elevation Recruitment Group Ltd.

John has over 13 years executive search experience recruiting within the engineering and manufacturing sector, specialising in Executive and Senior Management level appointments. During this time, he has operated on a retained, mandate lead basis for an extensive number of the region’s leading and most innovative employers. Key hires have contributed to; growth strategy, turnaround, relocation, buyouts and business critical change.

Johns success ranges from SME to Blue Chip businesses and from precision engineering to chemical processing facilities. He has a diverse technical appreciation for all sectors enabling him to offer our clients a bespoke and effective solution.

His assignments are critical to the success of his clients and as such John spends time to fully understand the technicality of the product and process of each business as well as the culture behind it.

He works closely with key industry bodies, such the IMechE, IET, and IChemE, to support the growth and success of the industry in the UK as well as keep abreast of key industry knowledge and network with the most successful and talented professionals in their field.

John Bohan's contact information

Phone: 07985 151 131
Email: Click here
Online: Click here

Partner

Emma plays an integral part in our well established, market leading HR brand and advise and assist an extensive number of the local regions top HR talent. Day in day out, Emma specialises in Senior Management and Executive level appointments that cover HR Director’s, Operational HR, Learning & Development, Organisational Change, Reward and Resourcing assignments.


Emma works on retained advertised led campaigns, PSL and mandate led assignments and her work has contributed to growth strategy, turnaround, relocation, buyouts and business critical change.


She works closely with key industry bodies, such as CIPD as well as local and national Law firms providing legislative expertise and updates, to support the growth and success of the local industry as well as keeping abreast of key industry knowledge and network with the most successful and talented professionals in their field.


Emma is uniquely qualified to both advise and guide individuals within her personal network having been a previous business owner, Managing Director and Non – Executive Director, all of which provided her with a breadth of invaluable experience.


A proud professional, Emma has a personal reputation in the Yorkshire region that is second to none, clearly based on her work ethic, credibility and desire to remain as the search partner of choice within the HR arena.

Emma is also an intrinsic member of the Group Leadership Team providing insight, guidance and council in the ongoing development and running of the Group.

Emma Noble's contact information

Phone: 07710 096 839
Email: Click here
Online: Click here

Non-Executive Director

Phil Hill is the Non-Executive Director of Parkinson|Lee Executive Search and a qualified Executive Coach, Chartered Accountant and Business Mentor to a number of Yorkshire’s fastest growing, entrepreneurial SME businesses.

Phil is also a Group Board Director of Elevation Consultancy Group Ltd and plays a pivotal role ensuring that the Group’s finances and operational procedures are robust so as to guarantee the long term future of the Group.

Career highlights include 6 years as a Finance Director at Plc level, 9 years as Managing Director/ Owner of a High Growth Recruitment Business and 7 years as an Executive coach and mentor, assisting many of Yorkshire’s businesses and their Directors achieve their strategic and commercial objectives.

Phil plays a key role in using his experience and knowledge to give advice and guidance to the Directors within both group companies. He also works closely with the Group Board Directors to define the Company’s strategic ambitions and to ensure these ambitions are achieved.

Philip Hill's contact information

Phone: 07931 385 092
Email: Click here
Online: Click here

Practices

Our specialist practices have been established based around the knowledge, understanding and expertise within our leadership team

At Parkinson|Lee our practices are built on our in-depth knowledge, expertise and insight of each respective market. With over 80 years combined search experience, Parkinson|Lee have developed unrivalled professional networks, allowing us to conduct functional and industry specific search campaigns tailored specifically to our clients individual requirements. 

For more information on each of our practices please click the link below.

  • C-Suite & Managing Directors
    We have an excellent track record of recruiting Business Leaders who have a profound impact.

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search has an excellent track record of recruiting Business Leaders for clients of all shapes and sizes, from well-known companies and PE - backed portfolio businesses, to SMEs and not-for-profit organisations. 

    We understand that it’s a big decision to appoint a new Chief Executive or Managing Director. After all, it’s the one role that’s unique in scope and substance, having a profound impact on the performance of the enterprise. And the costs of failure can be high. New leaders import new strategies, people and management styles and sometimes, these can be damaging. 

    But so can internal candidates. It is imperative that they have the credentials and credibility to lead the whole business, have been tested in the right ways and can demonstrate the appetite and ability to be positive agents of change.  

    A robust appointment process is therefore essential, even if there’s a succession pipeline. But if that pipeline’s bone dry, there’s an imperative to identify and attract the best people with a highly professional recruitment exercise: step forward Parkinson Lee.

    In the last 12 months, Parkinson Lee Executive Search has successfully delivered mandates across the following roles:

    Chief Executive Officer 

    Chief Commercial Officer 

    Sales Director 

    Managing Director 

    Chief Operating Officer 

    Chief Financial Officer

     

    For further information please contact Parkinson|Lee’s Executive Search team on:

    t: 01709 303 330

  • CFO & Financial Leadership
    The best finance leaders combine strategic conviction with tactical pragmatism, technical authority with easy communication and rigorous analysis with shrewd commercial judgements.

    The best finance leaders of today….

    Given our deep experience, we understand the best finance leaders combine strategic conviction with tactical pragmatism, technical authority with easy communication and rigorous analysis with shrewd commercial judgements.  

    Parkinson Lee partners have over 130 years of experience in appointing CFOs and Finance Leaders. In fact, all our board members are seasoned recruiters in this sector. This is why we are the best-connected Executive Search firm in the region. We know exactly where to start and can act promptly on your behalf. 

    Our breadth of exposure is matched by our depth of experience, motivating our clients to use us repeatedly. In fact, Parkinson Lee achieves a very high ratio of repeat business, reflecting the strength of our networks, our candidates and our service.  

    Our exceptional success rate means that our clients not only commission us to recruit nationally and globally on their behalf, but also to find functional leaders and senior specialists across the following mandates:

    Chief Financial Officer

    Financial Controller

    International CFO

    Finance Director

    Head of Finance 

    Strategy & Corporate Development 

    M&A Specialists

    Divisional Finance Leaders and Controllers 

    Internal Audit

    Financial Planning & Analysis

    Investor Relations

     

    For further information please contact Parkinson|Lee’s Executive Search team on:

    t: 01709 303 330

  • Non For Profit & Public Sector
    We encourage an ethical & transparent search process that demonstrates the values of equality and diversity.

    Parkinson|Lee partner with a broad spectrum of Public Sector and Not For Profit organisations in the recruitment of Senior & Board Level Executives. 

    We encourage an ethical & transparent search process that demonstrates the values of equality and diversity and in turn attracts candidates from a wide variety of business sectors.

    Parkinson|Lee’s market positioning, network and online search capability means we have access to candidates both locally, nationally and internationally. This ensures we have complete coverage of the market when conducting searches.

    Our approach is a transparent one.
    We commence every brief with an
    agreed collaborative search strategy - this provides our clients with information and detail at every stage of the process and allows us to identify the right talent that meets our client’s requirements.

    Typical sectors we operate in are:

    • Charities
    • NHS
    • Education
    • Housing
    • Governmental Bodies
    • Skills Councils

    For further information please contact Parkinson|Lee’s Executive Search team on:

    t: 01709 303 330

  • Interim Management
    We can help you engage someone, quickly and efficiently. We also have a proven track record in the installation of teams.

    A multitude of reasons to partner with us

    Almost certainly, Parkinson Lee makes more Interim placements than anyone else with companies in Yorkshire. With our experience and expertise, we know that so many scenarios stimulate the need for an Interim Manager: turnarounds or transformational change, M&As or MBOs, integrations or restructuring. You may need a Project Manager with particular expertise, a specialist for specific strategies or a Professional Interim to bridge the gap after an unexpected resignation. You may even need someone to tackle a corporate crisis or an insolvency. But whatever the scenario, we can help you engage someone, quickly and efficiently. We also have a proven track record in the installation of teams.

    A multitude of clients

    Our confidence arises from that depth of experience. And its breadth. Because our clients are, to say the least, diverse in their sector and character - from flagship PLCs and regional icons, to SMEs and start-ups. We also have a strong track record with PE - backed portfolio companies, given our intimate grasp of the needs and nuances of private equity firms.

    Our candidates: previous service and proven success

    Of course, candidates are key and we can open the door to a proven network of C-suite and senior individuals: outstanding business leaders and functional heads, capable of making an immediate impact, achieving agreed outcomes and offering an excellent ROI. We have access to professional Interims deeply-experienced in the following roles:

    CEOs & Managing Directors   

    Human Resource Directors

    CFOs & Finance Directors

    Chief Marketing Officers

    Sales Directors

    Company Secretaries

    Directors of Purchasing

    Supply Chain Director

     

    For further information please contact Parkinson|Lee’s Executive Search team on:

    t: 01709 303 330

  • Private Equity and Venture Capital
    Our networks produce PE - savvy candidates, adaptable to the imperatives of significant growth, value creation and exit.

    For portfolio companies, the right leaderships leads to the right outcome.

    At Parkinson Lee, we understand that having a Board and senior management with the right talent is central to the achievement of maximum shareholder value. In short, the attraction of strong leaders is critical to the success of portfolio organisations. 

    That’s where we come in: whatever the investee company, be it a successful global heavyweight or a distressed turnaround, Parkinson Lee have the experience to find the right person (or even the right team). 

    Our experience is deep and diverse and as such, our networks produce PE - savvy candidates, adaptable to the imperatives of significant growth, value creation and exit, often with demanding pressures and specific timescales.

    A variety of roles, both at Group and Divisional Level

    We have a proven capability in recruiting for investee companies for the following roles:

    Chairman

    Chief Executive

    Managing Director

    Chief Financial Officer

    Non-Executive Directors

    Functional Heads across Operations, Marketing, Sales, Human Resources, Engineering & Manufacturing, Company Secretarial

    Sector breadth and experience across the UK 

    With this dedicated practice, we have established partnerships with PE & VC firms in London, Leeds and Manchester, recruiting regularly for their investments across the UK.

     

    For further information please contact Parkinson|Lee’s Executive Search team on:

    t: 01709 303 330

     
  • Human Resources & People Leadership
    The level of expertise in our HR practice brings with it an unparalleled candidate network. In fact, it is arguably the most comprehensive in our region.

    As a thriving constituent of Parkinson|Lee - Executive Search, our Human Resources practice continues to grow significantly in fact, we are now the most active and respected provider in Yorkshire. Our clients stretch across a wide variety of industry sectors and company types – from FTSE 500 and PE – backed portfolio companies to well-known regional names and SMEs. 

    There are many reasons for the ongoing success of our HR practice. Certainly, the calibre of our HR partner plays an important part -  a MCIPD qualified practitioner with over 20 years of recruitment and industry experience. This level of expertise brings with it an unparalleled candidate network. In fact, it is arguably the most comprehensive in our region. Our regular seminars, conferences and networking events in partnership with the CIPD and a leading law firm give us the opportunity to network with high calibre Senior HR Executives. They also give us the opportunity to stay abreast of legislation updates and industry news, giving us robust and relevant information to help our clients make business critical decisions. 

    Most importantly however, the success of our HR Practice can be explained by one fact – our outstanding success rate. 

    Our most recent successful assignments have included the following appointments:

    Director of Change Management

    Human Resources Director

    Head of Human Resources

    Director of People

    HR Business Partner

    Head of Organisational Development

    Director of Training & Development

    Talent Acquisition Director

    Head of Learning

    Head of Reward Management

     

    For further information please contact Parkinson|Lee’s Executive Search team on:

    t: 01709 303 330

  • Operations Leadership
    We understand that even small operational changes can make a significant impact on maintaining a strong bottom line.  The most effective way of making these changes is to appoint the right leader.

    Efficient. Effective. Productive. Profitable. The success of any organisation depends on achieving excellence in all these areas. That’s where a skilful and experienced operations leader comes in. Because in today’s competitive landscape, where margins are tight and competition is high, a skilled operations leader can be the difference between turning a healthy profit or making a substantial loss. 

    To effectively compete in a dynamic global marketplace, organisations must have a robust operations strategy that supports the overall corporate vision, maximising efficiencies and driving down costs. That’s where Parkinson|Lee comes in. Whether you are an SME or a PLC, Parkinson|Lee understands that even the smallest of operational changes can make a significant impact on maintaining a strong bottom line.  The most effective way of making these changes is to appoint the right leader. A leader who can deliver the corporate vision through clear and effective communication. A leader who can bring about genuine organisational change from their productive and empowered workforce.  A leader who can deliver efficiencies across the whole value chain, creating a compelling and unique competitive advantage. 

    As such, Parkinson|Lee have exceptional experience recruiting for the following roles:

    Chief Operations Officer

    Vice President of Operations

    Head of Operations

    Operations Director

    General Manager

    Manufacturing Director

    Production  Director

    Technical Director

    Quality Director

    HSE Director

    Plant Manager

     

    For further information please contact Parkinson|Lee’s Executive Search team on:

    t: 01709 303 330

  • Engineering & Manufacturing Directors and Functional Heads
    Across Engineering and Manufacturing, Parkinson|Lee has an excellent track record of success in the identification, attraction and appointment of today’s topflight leaders

    We are dedicated to the Yorkshire region and given its industrial landscape, it’s not surprising that our Engineering and Manufacturing practice is central to Parkinson|Lee’s continuing success. As economic growth has fuelled the demand for effective leadership in these sectors, the challenge for that leadership has become more demanding. Technical authority is largely taken as read; commercial success is now contingent on visionary leadership, strategic coherence and inclusive people management. From our vantage point, arrogance and autocracy and command and control are for yesterday’s people. 

    Across Engineering and Manufacturing– both by sectors and functions – Parkinson|Lee has an excellent track record of success in the identification, attraction and appointment of today’s topflight leaders. That success in Executive Search can, of course, be attributed to the depth of our industry knowledge and the breadth of our networks, the rigour of our research and the detail of our processes, or the subtlety of our judgements about short-listed candidates. 

    Above all, however, it’s down to one crucial thing. Experience. Experience of a wide range of sectors and an even wider range of clients. And experience supporting a sophisticated Search team, unrivalled in our specific region. 

    In the past 12 months, we have completed successful assignments across our specialist areas: 

    Engineering

    Directors of Engineering

    Head of Projects

    Projects Directors

    Design & Developments Directors

    Head of Engineering 

    Head of Pre-Construction

    Technical Director

    Head of Technical

    Director of Technical Operations 

     

    Manufacturing

    Site Directors

    General Managers

    Operations Directors

    Manufacturing Directors 

    Production Directors

     

    For further information please contact Parkinson|Lee’s Executive Search team on:

    t: 01709 303 330

  • Procurement & Supply Chain Leadership
    Procurement & Supply Chain leadership are now central to the strategy formation of any company seeking significant growth.

    Procurement & Supply Chain leadership are now central to the strategy formation of any company seeking significant growth, especially given the potentially global complexities of that supply chain. It also reflects the quest for predictability (the strenuous imperative to avoid disruption and to achieve certainty, to minimise variance and maximise value). It sounds simple, but it’s not – although in our experience, the very best leaders make it seem so, communicating a crisp vision, a clear sense of direction and compelling ideas to motivate customers, vendors and staff.

    In the last 15 years, these leadership roles – covering Buying and Purchasing, Planning, Logistics and Distribution – have continued to become more significant for company profitability, more influential in the Boardroom and certainly more important to Parkinson|Lee. In fact, Procurement & Supply Chain is now one of our fastest-growing practices. 

    In the last 12 months, we have completed successful assignments that have included the following appointments:

    Procurement

    Chief Procurement Officer

    Commercial Director

    Global Category Manager

    Procurement Director

    Vice President Global Procurement

    Purchasing Director

    Director of Buying

    Vice President European Procurement

     

    Supply Chain

    Director of Logistics

    Vice President Global Supply Chain

    Vice President EU Supply Chain

    Operations Director

    Supply Chain Consultant

    Planning and Logistics Director  

           

    For further information please contact Parkinson|Lee’s Executive Search team on:

    t: 01709 303 330

  • Commercial, Marketing & Sales Leadership
    Parkinson|Lee have unrivalled experience recruiting for high level sales and marketing positions for many of the UK’s most prestigious organisations.

    Commercial’s a curious word. From popular to profitable, monetary to marketing, it means different things to different people. At Parkinson|Lee, we believe it covers any role with a direct and significant impact on business margins and in this practice, these are typically leadership positions across Marketing, Sales and Contract Management. 

    We understand that whether the role is focused primarily on customers or suppliers, the template for successful results is so often identical: the ability to deliver superior experience, convert innovative ideas into practical proposals, maximise speed without compromising quality, demonstrate integrity and develop loyal relationships for long-term mutual advantage. And as it happens, that is a precise summation of the Parkinson|Lee proposition.

    Parkinson|Lee have unrivalled experience recruiting for high level sales and marketing positions for many of the UK’s most prestigious organisations. 

    Our most recent successful assignments that have included the following appointments:

    Commercial Director

    Sales Director

    Business Development Director

    Director of Inside Sales

    Sales & Marketing Director

    Product Director

    Brand Director

    Category Director

    Communications Director

    Account Director

     

    For further information please contact Parkinson|Lee’s Executive Search team on:

    t: 01709 303 330

  • IT Directors and Functional Heads
    Our IT Practice is a thriving operation with a superior service, working with companies large and small across a wide variety of sectors.

    Technology enables change. Across the world and across the world of business. And its growing commercial importance has had a profound impact on IT functions. 

    IT leaders are now business leaders.

    In this context, IT Directors are now responsible for translating the corporate vision and goals into effective strategies and solutions for their achievement. They must also instil a commercial agility into systems and projects, adapting nimbly to ever-changing conditions, and communicate crisply, helping the Board to feel confident and comfortable with the committed expenditure.  Of course, the day-to-day machines must still work, each day every day. But even the core challenge of reliability has changed dramatically: any responsible CEO will demand a robust approach from IT for cybersecurity, mitigating risk and protecting both the reputation and integrity of the enterprise.

    We reflect IT. Precisely.

    At Parkinson|Lee we appreciate the changing role and new status of the IT leader. As a result, our IT Practice is a thriving operation with a superior service, working with companies large and small - from prestigious PLCs and PE-backed portfolio companies to SMEs and start-ups. Not only do we work with a diverse range of companies, but also in a wide variety of sectors.

    In the last 12 months, we have completed successful assignments that have included the following appointments:

    Digital Director

    Director of E-Commerce

    Director of IT

    IT Director

    Director of IT and Services

    Director of Transformation

    CIO (Chief Information Officer)

    Director of Information

    CTO (Chief Technology Officer)

    Director of Technology

     

    For further information please contact Parkinson|Lee’s Executive Search team on:

    t: 01709 303 330

  • Non-Executive Directors
    We have a proven track record of sourcing high calibre, Non-Executive Directors for organisations across our region.

    Parkinson|Lee know first-hand the impact a NED can have on an organisation. We have a proven track record of sourcing high calibre, Non-Executive Directors for organisations across our region.

    Given our deep level of experience appointing Non-Executive Directors to a wide variety of organisations, Parkinson|Lee know first-hand the impact a NED can have on an organisation. From policymaking to planning, strategy development to performance management and mergers and acquisitions, a skilful and experienced NED can advise on a variety of crucial business decisions.  

    Parkinson|Lee also understands that there are many other decisions to be made when appointing a Non-Executive Director.  You could choose someone from within your industry, a proven expert bringing years of relevant experience and specific knowledge. Or you could choose a wildcard from outside, bringing with them a plethora of ideas and insights from outside your own area of expertise.  

    There is one decision however that is relatively easy to make. When choosing a trusted partner for your Non-Executive Director Search, look no further than Parkinson|Lee Executive Search. We have a proven track record of sourcing high calibre, Non-Executive Directors for organisations across our region. 

     

    For further information please contact Parkinson|Lee’s Executive Search team on:

    t: 01709 303 330

Assignment Process

Our success is based on a straightforward and transparent approach at all stages of every search

Executive Search is a structured recruitment process involving the research, identification, approach and attraction of precisely identified individuals. 

As a professional Partnership, big enough to deliver but small enough to care, Parkinson Lee is always flexible, fitting around you and your requirements (and not the other way around). At the same time, the process will normally include the following stages for our clients:

  • 1. Briefing & Specification of Requirements

    We take the utmost care to understand your business, your role, and the kind of person most likely to succeed.

    This is agreed with you in our Specification of Requirements - a highly professional marketing document and reference point for the whole exercise.

  • 2. Identification & Approach

    With a solid structure and sequence, we will then agree with you the Search strategy - identifying the sectors, companies and individuals, refining the targets and taking your views into account.

    Our Researchers are chosen according to the individual Assignment; they are also dedicated specialists and take great pride in the precision and presentation of the Target Lists.

    But at Parkinson Lee, we believe the first contact with the candidate is crucial. And so - unusually - that first approach is typically made not by the Researcher, but your Partner (who is accountable directly for the formation of both the Long and Short List of candidates).

  • 3. Our Interviews

    As seasoned Search specialists, we know that no candidate is the same and every interview is different; at the start, for example, we have to assess and respect the individual motivation of the individual candidate (who may well not be looking to move in the first instance). The best interviews are therefore epitomised by intelligence, insight and intuition and in our specialist areas, ours are second to none.

    With our judgements, we are therefore confident about those candidates combining the correct capabilities and cultural fit. But we are not complacent. Which is why we also conduct competency-based interviews (the questions for which can, once again, be influenced by your priorities and views).

    And finally, if you'd like to conduct psychometric and wider assessments, we also retain a penetrating Occupational Psychologist with a broad range of tools and proprietary techniques.

  • 4. Your Interviews
    Each shortlisted candidate is profiled with a detailed CV and written assessment - including the highlighting of any notable points of interest - and then discussed with you, typically in a face-to-face meeting.

    We will then agree and arrange the interviews on your behalf.

    If you so wish, we will also attend them. This is a distinctive commitment that offers a variety of benefits - some obvious and some subtle - and we will be pleased to discuss these with you. (Of course, the bottom line is, we won't waste your valuable time - or indeed ours - by shortlisting "possible fits" or mediocre candidates; your interviews will be pleasing and productive).
  • 5. Offer Management

    In our pivotal role between you and your candidates, we work really hard to ensure that all parties are well informed and perfectly-positioned to participate in a precise process.

    Communication is key and so is our typical contribution to the remuneration discussions, managing expectations, minimising mismatches and ensuring a positive outcome at the negotiation stage.

  • 6. The Follow Up

    If you so wish, we will be pleased to take out formal references on the successful candidate on your behalf. (And before this, we always take out informal references and soundings on the final shortlisted candidates for you to consider).

    In due course, we arrange at least one structured Review meeting or call with each client and new employee individually, to probe and verify and ensure that it's all "plain sailing".

    And you'll also have the chance to tell us what you think: our Client Service Reviews are a continuing process to evaluate our performance and to avoid complacency.

With over 80 years combined experience, Parkinson|Lee are one of the most dynamic, professional and experienced teams of Search Consultants across Yorkshire

Our Reach

South Yorkshire Office
South Yorkshire Office
South Yorkshire Office

South Grove House
South Grove
Rotherham
South Yorkshire
S60 2AF

01709 303 330
West Yorkshire Office
West Yorkshire Office
West Yorkshire Office

Red Hall Court
Wakefield
WF1 2UN

01924 635070
London Office
London Office
London Office

1st Floor,
99 Bishopsgate,
London,
EC2M 3XD

0203 488 3570

Parkinson Lee has chosen to be deliberately dedicated to our clients in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the East Midlands.

This is probably a unique - and certainly a rare - market proposition, given our Assignments, operating level and the quality of our service. It enables us to offer those clients one central advantage: that for any company based in our region, recruiting in one of our functional specialisms and keen to use a highly professional firm on the doorstep, we offer an unrivalled knowledge of the local landscape and market networks - so often, we hit the ground running on your behalf.

But we also know that at the top table, talent transcends territories. When the Search demands it, therefore, we are also comfortable and capable of representing you powerfully across the UK. Across Europe. And across the globe.

In this context, Parkinson Lee offers ready access to a multi-national network of Executive Search Partner Companies and a multi-lingual range of Researchers. Whether it’s in Leeds or Lagos, Mexborough or Mexico, we talk the same language.

Executive Opportunities

Parkinson|Lee Executive Search are continually searching for high calibre, executive level candidates that fit the needs of our clients

Many of our search assignments are confidential in nature and as such are not advertised so please do send us your CV or contact us as there may be other roles we are currently handling that may be right for you.

Please register for executive opportunities

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We review every CV submitted in detail. We will confirm we have received your personal information by email and ensure your details are added to our network of executives. One of our team will contact you should we need any additional information or to discuss suitable roles as they arise.

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    Managing Director

    Salary: Competitive Salary + Executive Bens
    Location: Rotherham
    Type: Permanent
    Ref Number: ESRL-36793

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are currently retained partners with a Global Payments Software organisation in the appointment of a UK Managing Director.

    As the commercially focused MD you will develop and deliver the UK strategy, hold full P&L responsibility and drive growth by taking ownership for the Sales, Business Development and Account Management teams by setting the tactical and long-term go to market direction.

    In this client facing role, you will be required to undertake business development opportunities directly, managing key relationships across the UK & Ireland.

    Key responsibilities will include:

    •Develop and deliver short and long term strategic and tactical plans for the UK & Ireland
    •Lead business and strategy meetings, cross functionally with finance, product and operations to support new product development and new market infiltration
    •Identify growth opportunities for the business (potential acquisitions). Lead, review, close and integrate in line with strategic plans for the business
    •Recruit, train, develop and mentor new commercial professionals
    •Ensure key relationships with banks, payment processors, acquirers, alternative payment providers and major retailers are maintained
    •Be at the forefront of business trends, market opportunities and competition

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are keen to speak to senior leaders with the below experience:

    •A proven leader within a commercially focused Managing Director capacity
    •Demonstrable experience within the Payments sector
    •Able to demonstrate growth within previous organisations
    •High energy and gravitas to lead and motivate high performing commercial teams
    •P&L experience
    •Knowledge of working within a matrix organisation would be advantageous
    •Experience of developing and launching new products or entering new markets
    •The role will offer hybrid working, however in the first 3-6 month you will need to have some presence on site in the Head Office in the North of England.

    Our client is offering a substantial £six figure salary + executive level benefits

    This is a unique opportunity for a commercial leader to join a well-established organisation within the payments sector to drive the business to the next phase in their growth.

    Apply

    Apply for Managing Director

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

    Thank you for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon.

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    Please note
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    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are retained partners to an AIM listed manufacturing business, based in West Yorkshire, in the appointment of a Chief Information Officer / Chief Technology Officer to join their growing business.

    As a key member of the Executive Team, you will help drive the strategic agenda through your deep understanding of technology, data architecture, digital transformation and analytics, leading and motivating a high performing team in order to drive business goals and support company growth.

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    •Resilience and can-do attitude are a must
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    •Proven experience of building scalable platforms and integrating existing platforms and solutions
    •A strong track record of managing cyber security, for example leading the accreditation of Cyber Essentials+ or similar
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    •Exposure to leading ERP systems such as Microsoft Dynamics CRM or Salesforce etc.
    •TOGAF certification

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    Adam has spent 10 years of his career in Australia, leading an executive search firm with reach across the Asia Pacific market, whilst operating within a global ASX listed business based out of Sydney. Adam has substantial experience in completing retained search mandates for a broad range of clients, ranging from Blue Chip, SME and Private Equity backed organisations.

    As a previous business owner, and having held numerous leadership roles, Adam prides himself on exceptional service delivery for clients and candidates, acting as both a trusted career advisor and search partner. As an Associate partner at Parkinson Lee, Adam delivers executive assignments on behalf of a comprehensive list of FTSE and Aim listed PLCs, Private Equity & Venture Capital, SME and Not For Profit / Public Sector organisations.

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  • Chief Information Officer West Yorkshire

    Chief Information Officer

    Salary: Competitive Salary + Excellent Bens
    Location: West Yorkshire
    Type: Permanent
    Ref Number: ESAZ-38415

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are retained partners to an AIM listed manufacturing business, based in West Yorkshire, in the appointment of a Chief Information Officer / Chief Technology Officer to join their growing business.

    As a key member of the Executive Team, you will help drive the strategic agenda through your deep understanding of technology, data architecture, digital transformation and analytics, leading and motivating a high performing team in order to drive business goals and support company growth.

    Key Responsibilities will include:

    •Leadership and development of the IT team
    •Development the Group’s IT roadmap for infrastructure and enterprise/systems architecture
    •Responsibility for providing the necessary framework, defences and safeguards for the Group’s data, including all sensitive data from both internal and external threats.
    •Acting as a key leader and change agent as the Group continues its digital transformation and upgrade to legacy systems
    •Driving Innovation through the application of pragmatic, business-oriented technology solutions that assist the business in differentiating from its competitors, improves the customer journey and enables scalability in line with the Group’s growth plans

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are inviting individuals with the following backgrounds to apply:

    •The proven ability of working at Board level, supporting the strategic goals of the Group whilst also being very comfortable with a hands-on approach whereby they immerse themselves in the detail.
    •Multisite manufacturing experience would be preferred with experience of direct-to-consumer model
    •Must thrive on all aspects of people management, including mentoring and development of the core team
    •Resilience and can-do attitude are a must
    •Enjoys the challenge of working in a dynamic, highly operational environment
    •10+ years of relevant experience, in particular management of infrastructure and exposure to digital transformation
    •Proactive business-focused leader with an excellent track record of driving technology change and overseeing IT transformations (including consolidation)
    •Proven experience of building scalable platforms and integrating existing platforms and solutions
    •A strong track record of managing cyber security, for example leading the accreditation of Cyber Essentials+ or similar
    •Exposure to cloud technology - Microsoft Azure - AWS - Google
    •Exposure to leading ERP systems such as Microsoft Dynamics CRM or Salesforce etc.
    •TOGAF certification

    A substantial £six figure salary with executive benefits package will be available for this fantastic opportunity, an exciting challenge for an experienced CIO/CTO to drive digital change within growing PLC.

    Apply

    Assignment Managed By:

    Adam Dickson
    Adam Dickson

    Phone: 07935 502 755
    Email: a.dickson@parkinsonlee.com
    Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

    Apply for Chief Information Officer

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

    Thank you for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon.

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    Please note
    We review every CV submitted in detail. We will confirm we have received your personal information by email and ensure your details are added to our network of executives. One of our team will contact you should we need any additional information or to discuss suitable roles as they arise.

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    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are pleased to announce their retained partnership, with Aalberts Integrated Piping Systems, in the search and selection for a new ‘Head of Purchasing’, a key position for the business. Reporting directly into the CEO, you will be responsible for a team of 4 and have full accountability across all areas of Purchasing. Areas include but are not limited to: Purchasing Projects; Supplier Selection incl. Development and assessment; Rationalisation; Reviews; Benchmarking; Negotiations through to Approvals for the business.

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    A key part of this role is the ability to build, maintain and develop relationships across all areas of the Group and external suppliers. You will lead all projects; from evaluating; benchmarking and sourcing suppliers, reviewing all aspects of supplier shortages; price changes and risk ensuring commercial recommendations are considered and the best in line with company objectives. You will then go on to develop a supplier and product strategy, initiating a full proof contingency plan to secure future sourcing projects and strategic weaknesses. You will be responsible for initiating and implementing improvements across all procurement systems.
    This Head of Purchasing Duties & Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
    - Relationship management: Internal departments incl. Group; Projects and External suppliers
    - Management: Manage a team of four in the delivery of procurement projects and a spend of c£80m
    - People Management: Outline KPIs for your team; report and track progress; conduct appraisals; support ongoing training and development
    - Project Management: Evaluate, benchmark, make sourcing and commercial recommendations as noted above detailing supply chain risks; price changes and supply shortages
    - Systems: Reviewing the procurement systems in place; initiate and make recommendations for change / improvement
    - Procurement: Support all areas where required and procure products for the business as and when required
    - Strategy: Curation through to execution as detailed above, highlighting all product and supplier strategic weaknesses
    We are keen to speak with individuals that meet the following skills and experience:
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    - Highly desired sector experience: FMCG environment across the following: Health, Safety & Environment. Manufacturing / logistics processes
    - Strategic thinker, analytically strong with experience in budgets, forecasting and problem solving
    - Demonstrable experience operating at both detailed and strategic level
    - Commercially astute; driven with a creative approach
    - Motivated with a desire for continuous improvement and techniques
    - Strong leadership skills with the ability to develop both team and business function
    - Flexible approach with the ability to travel within the UK and Europe, if / when required
    - IT Literate with Microsoft packages

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    Lee Bhandal is our Managing Partner.

    Lee is a Board Director at our parent company, Elevation Recruitment Group, and a key member of the team that completed the successful MBO of that Group in 2014. As well as providing day-to-day leadership for Parkinson Lee, he also takes the lead for the appointment of CEOs and Business Leaders, and our CFO and Finance Directors’ practice.

    When it comes to Executive Search, exclusively and continuously in Yorkshire and the East Midlands, Lee is almost certainly the most experienced practitioner in the region, benefitting from a network that is probably unrivalled.

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  • Head of Purchasing Doncaster

    Head of Purchasing

    Location: Doncaster
    Type: Permanent
    Ref Number: ESLB-36905

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are pleased to announce their retained partnership, with Aalberts Integrated Piping Systems, in the search and selection for a new ‘Head of Purchasing’, a key position for the business. Reporting directly into the CEO, you will be responsible for a team of 4 and have full accountability across all areas of Purchasing. Areas include but are not limited to: Purchasing Projects; Supplier Selection incl. Development and assessment; Rationalisation; Reviews; Benchmarking; Negotiations through to Approvals for the business.

    Aalberts Integrated Piping Systems engineers the most advanced integrated piping systems for the distribution and control of liquids and gases for key verticals, like industrial, utilities, commercial and residential. They offer fully integrated piping systems in valve, connection, fastening and piping technology and are at the forefront of innovation. Founded in 1975 Aalberts Integrated Piping Systems, formally known as Pegler are now a multibillion turnover organisation with over 16,000 employees worldwide.
    Role Summary

    A key part of this role is the ability to build, maintain and develop relationships across all areas of the Group and external suppliers. You will lead all projects; from evaluating; benchmarking and sourcing suppliers, reviewing all aspects of supplier shortages; price changes and risk ensuring commercial recommendations are considered and the best in line with company objectives. You will then go on to develop a supplier and product strategy, initiating a full proof contingency plan to secure future sourcing projects and strategic weaknesses. You will be responsible for initiating and implementing improvements across all procurement systems.
    This Head of Purchasing Duties & Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
    - Relationship management: Internal departments incl. Group; Projects and External suppliers
    - Management: Manage a team of four in the delivery of procurement projects and a spend of c£80m
    - People Management: Outline KPIs for your team; report and track progress; conduct appraisals; support ongoing training and development
    - Project Management: Evaluate, benchmark, make sourcing and commercial recommendations as noted above detailing supply chain risks; price changes and supply shortages
    - Systems: Reviewing the procurement systems in place; initiate and make recommendations for change / improvement
    - Procurement: Support all areas where required and procure products for the business as and when required
    - Strategy: Curation through to execution as detailed above, highlighting all product and supplier strategic weaknesses
    We are keen to speak with individuals that meet the following skills and experience:
    - You will be degree qualified with work experience in a multi-site / manufacturing environment or strong technical background with an ability to read and interpret drawings
    - Highly desired sector experience: FMCG environment across the following: Health, Safety & Environment. Manufacturing / logistics processes
    - Strategic thinker, analytically strong with experience in budgets, forecasting and problem solving
    - Demonstrable experience operating at both detailed and strategic level
    - Commercially astute; driven with a creative approach
    - Motivated with a desire for continuous improvement and techniques
    - Strong leadership skills with the ability to develop both team and business function
    - Flexible approach with the ability to travel within the UK and Europe, if / when required
    - IT Literate with Microsoft packages

    For a confidential discussion about this appointment please contact Lee Bhandal at Parkinson Lee on , or alternatively apply online

    Apply

    Assignment Managed By:

    Lee Bhandal

    Phone: 07590 529 274
    Email: l.bhandal@parkinsonlee.com
    Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

    Apply for Head of Purchasing

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

    Thank you for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon.

    Close

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    We review every CV submitted in detail. We will confirm we have received your personal information by email and ensure your details are added to our network of executives. One of our team will contact you should we need any additional information or to discuss suitable roles as they arise.

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    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are retained partners to a leading manufacturing firm based in Yorkshire in the appointment of a Managing Director.

    Joining the company during a rapid period of growth, you will lead the day-to-day management and performance of the company, with responsibility for delivering the strategic plans, as well as developing and delivering annual business plan targets and budgets.

    With a strong commercial and customer focus, you will lead on key customer relationships, ensuring clients are maximising opportunities with the introduction of new products and aftersales services.

    Key responsibilities include:
    •Ensuring there is continuous profitable growth of the business, implementing relevant systems and processes to manage commercial gain
    •Establishing and maintaining strong customer focus
    •Full P&L responsibility
    •Reviewing activity reports and financial statements to determine and progress attaining objectives
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    •Researching and analysing the industry, market, and competitors to make informed strategy decisions on developments, market opportunities, customers and suppliers. To support the positioning of the business as the market leader within the industry

    Parkinson Lee are looking for applicants with the below skill set:

    •A proven track record of working at Managing Director level with a strong commercial focus
    •Experience of working within a manufacturing environment that offers after sales, service, and repairs
    •An exceptional customer focus with a hands-on approach to building and maintaining key customer relationships
    •Full P&L responsibility
    •Experience of working in a SME environment or a larger corporate as divisional MD level

    This is an outstanding opportunity for an ambitious business leader who thrives in developing and scaling businesses. In addition to an excellent six figure package, there will an equity participation opportunity.
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  • Managing Director Wakefield

    Managing Director

    Salary: £130000 - £140000 Per Annum + + Exec Bens + Equity Participation
    Location: Wakefield
    Type: Permanent
    Ref Number: ESRL-37630

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are retained partners to a leading manufacturing firm based in Yorkshire in the appointment of a Managing Director.

    Joining the company during a rapid period of growth, you will lead the day-to-day management and performance of the company, with responsibility for delivering the strategic plans, as well as developing and delivering annual business plan targets and budgets.

    With a strong commercial and customer focus, you will lead on key customer relationships, ensuring clients are maximising opportunities with the introduction of new products and aftersales services.

    Key responsibilities include:
    •Ensuring there is continuous profitable growth of the business, implementing relevant systems and processes to manage commercial gain
    •Establishing and maintaining strong customer focus
    •Full P&L responsibility
    •Reviewing activity reports and financial statements to determine and progress attaining objectives
    •Leadership and day to day management of the Senior Team
    •Providing overall leadership and ensuring employees have the right competencies and capabilities deliver the agreed financial goals in the short, medium and long term
    •Researching and analysing the industry, market, and competitors to make informed strategy decisions on developments, market opportunities, customers and suppliers. To support the positioning of the business as the market leader within the industry

    Parkinson Lee are looking for applicants with the below skill set:

    •A proven track record of working at Managing Director level with a strong commercial focus
    •Experience of working within a manufacturing environment that offers after sales, service, and repairs
    •An exceptional customer focus with a hands-on approach to building and maintaining key customer relationships
    •Full P&L responsibility
    •Experience of working in a SME environment or a larger corporate as divisional MD level

    This is an outstanding opportunity for an ambitious business leader who thrives in developing and scaling businesses. In addition to an excellent six figure package, there will an equity participation opportunity.

    Apply

    Apply for Managing Director

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

    Thank you for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon.

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    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are the retained partners to IPL, a world-leading manufacturer of sustainable packaging products, in the appointment of a Finance Director based in the North of England.

    IPL partners with customers to deliver sustainable solutions to the food, consumer, agricultural, automotive, logistics and environmental end-markets.

    As a packaging partner IPL manufactures customised injection-moulded and blow moulded packaging solutions. They partner with their customers to create products that are truly designed for circularity and the transition to low carbon.

    With a global turnover of $1billion, IPL employs circa 2500 employees and manufacture their products at 19 facilities located in UK & Ireland, USA, and China. Their Business is organised into two segments: Consumer Packaging Solutions (CPS), and Environmental, Returnable and industrial Solutions (ERIS).

    This is an exciting time to be joining the senior leadership team of the ERIS division, which has seen exponential growth both organically and via acquisition in recent years. The Finance Director will play an important role as part of the team driving this strategy. The role will require the person to gain a deep understanding of the ERIS EU Division and become a key decision maker within its leadership team.

    Recent acquisitions over the last 5 years have seen the business grow from around £50million to over to £200m in revenue across 6 UK sites / P&L’s.

    The Finance Director will be responsible for a central finance team and over 30 finance staff across the various sites.

    The location of the role will be flexible and will involve regular travel to sites, located in Tamworth, Wolverhampton, Rotherham, Hull, Castleford & Haydock.

    Key responsibilities will include:

    Strategy
    •Work closely with the ERIS Managing Director to shape and execute the strategy for the division with the rest of the senior team
    •The strategy will grow the profitability and cashflow of the business both organically and by acquisition while maintaining discipline on its return on capital
    •This will involve assessing acquisition targets and large capital projects for appropriate returns on capital as well as driving improved performance in the areas of sales growth, margin enhancement, cost control and cashflow

    Leadership
    •Working with the senior management team, lead, develop and motivate the team in the
    finance function to enhance its capability
    •The overall development of the team and the promotion of a performance culture are
    important aspects of the role
    •Actively taking part in the finance leadership across the group along with the group CFO and other division finance directors to shape and implement a finance strategy for the group

    Commercial Performance
    •Driving the commercial performance of the division for the achievement of its overall vision and strategic objectives - in terms of market share, profit growth, cashflow management and ROCE
    •Work with the senior management team to evolve the KPIs used in the business to ensure that they are both measuring and optimising the operational performance
    •Evaluating divisional business opportunities, preparing and presenting business cases and making recommendations
    •Identifying cost improvement and performance measures, rolling out change and
    transformation programs and driving efficiency in all areas of the operations

    Financial Reporting and Control
    •Responsible for the financial integrity and timeliness of the information reported to the group
    •Look to continuously improve the weekly management information packs and monthly
    accounts close process
    •Responsible for the preparation of divisional budgets, business plans, strategic plans for the di-vision and to organise and lead the divisional management in the preparation, presentation and delivery of performance against those budgets, business plans and strategic plans
    •Assess opportunities to improve existing systems including identifying areas of efficiency and control improvement
    •Develop and improve financial planning, analysis and forecasting within the division and to group
    •Responsible for managing and maintaining the required high level of effective controls including coordinating the internal audits of the ERIS UK division to ensure compliance with the Group internal control policies and SOX submissions
    •Responsible for the preparation of divisional Group financial statements according to set dead-lines including managing the division’s quarterly results and preparation of quarterly MD&A
    •Support implementation of Divisional IT and HR Strategies. Build and develop the finance & IT teams to deliver and support the needs of the division

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are keen to speak to candidates with the below skill set:

    •A Finance Director with a minimum of 10 years'' PQE and an excellent record of financial and commercial achievement in a competitive and dynamic sector, ideally within a manufacturing business within a multi-site environment
    •Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills with the ability to quickly command the confidence and respect of the management team
    •Highly analytical with the ability to delve into the detail to drive improvements in the business
    •Sound commercial judgement with the ability to contribute directly to the overall business strategy and work with other members of the senior management team on their commercial issues
    •Change management experience with ability to lead change projects including integration experience
    •Passion and commitment with high personal integrity and a practical, pragmatic and
    hardworking ethic
    •Experienced within fast growing businesses and possessing a demonstrable track record of establishing systems and processes, as well as growing & aligning highly capable finance teams

    This is an outstanding opportunity for a high calibre Finance Director within an exciting and fast growing, private equity backed, sustainability focused organisation. [type] => Permanent [location] => North of England [dateposted] => 2022-04-01 09:39:59 [priority] => 0 [broadcast] => Executive Search [salary_currency] => gbp [salary_from] => 140000 [salary_to] => 160000 [salary_per] => annum [salary_benefits] => Competitive Salary + Excellent Bens [salary] => Competitive Salary + Excellent Bens [ordering] => 5 [sticky] => 0 [postcode] => s60 [brand] => pl [lat] => 55.3781 [lng] => -3.43597 [homepage] => 1 [status] => 0 [job_posted] => 02-03-2022 [branded] => [employerID] => [completed] => [managerName] => Lee Bhandal [manager] => Array ( [1] => [6] => 07590 529 274 [3] =>

    Lee Bhandal is our Managing Partner.

    Lee is a Board Director at our parent company, Elevation Recruitment Group, and a key member of the team that completed the successful MBO of that Group in 2014. As well as providing day-to-day leadership for Parkinson Lee, he also takes the lead for the appointment of CEOs and Business Leaders, and our CFO and Finance Directors’ practice.

    When it comes to Executive Search, exclusively and continuously in Yorkshire and the East Midlands, Lee is almost certainly the most experienced practitioner in the region, benefitting from a network that is probably unrivalled.

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  • Finance Director North of England

    Finance Director

    Salary: Competitive Salary + Excellent Bens
    Location: North of England
    Type: Permanent
    Ref Number: ESLB-37506

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are the retained partners to IPL, a world-leading manufacturer of sustainable packaging products, in the appointment of a Finance Director based in the North of England.

    IPL partners with customers to deliver sustainable solutions to the food, consumer, agricultural, automotive, logistics and environmental end-markets.

    As a packaging partner IPL manufactures customised injection-moulded and blow moulded packaging solutions. They partner with their customers to create products that are truly designed for circularity and the transition to low carbon.

    With a global turnover of $1billion, IPL employs circa 2500 employees and manufacture their products at 19 facilities located in UK & Ireland, USA, and China. Their Business is organised into two segments: Consumer Packaging Solutions (CPS), and Environmental, Returnable and industrial Solutions (ERIS).

    This is an exciting time to be joining the senior leadership team of the ERIS division, which has seen exponential growth both organically and via acquisition in recent years. The Finance Director will play an important role as part of the team driving this strategy. The role will require the person to gain a deep understanding of the ERIS EU Division and become a key decision maker within its leadership team.

    Recent acquisitions over the last 5 years have seen the business grow from around £50million to over to £200m in revenue across 6 UK sites / P&L’s.

    The Finance Director will be responsible for a central finance team and over 30 finance staff across the various sites.

    The location of the role will be flexible and will involve regular travel to sites, located in Tamworth, Wolverhampton, Rotherham, Hull, Castleford & Haydock.

    Key responsibilities will include:

    Strategy
    •Work closely with the ERIS Managing Director to shape and execute the strategy for the division with the rest of the senior team
    •The strategy will grow the profitability and cashflow of the business both organically and by acquisition while maintaining discipline on its return on capital
    •This will involve assessing acquisition targets and large capital projects for appropriate returns on capital as well as driving improved performance in the areas of sales growth, margin enhancement, cost control and cashflow

    Leadership
    •Working with the senior management team, lead, develop and motivate the team in the
    finance function to enhance its capability
    •The overall development of the team and the promotion of a performance culture are
    important aspects of the role
    •Actively taking part in the finance leadership across the group along with the group CFO and other division finance directors to shape and implement a finance strategy for the group

    Commercial Performance
    •Driving the commercial performance of the division for the achievement of its overall vision and strategic objectives - in terms of market share, profit growth, cashflow management and ROCE
    •Work with the senior management team to evolve the KPIs used in the business to ensure that they are both measuring and optimising the operational performance
    •Evaluating divisional business opportunities, preparing and presenting business cases and making recommendations
    •Identifying cost improvement and performance measures, rolling out change and
    transformation programs and driving efficiency in all areas of the operations

    Financial Reporting and Control
    •Responsible for the financial integrity and timeliness of the information reported to the group
    •Look to continuously improve the weekly management information packs and monthly
    accounts close process
    •Responsible for the preparation of divisional budgets, business plans, strategic plans for the di-vision and to organise and lead the divisional management in the preparation, presentation and delivery of performance against those budgets, business plans and strategic plans
    •Assess opportunities to improve existing systems including identifying areas of efficiency and control improvement
    •Develop and improve financial planning, analysis and forecasting within the division and to group
    •Responsible for managing and maintaining the required high level of effective controls including coordinating the internal audits of the ERIS UK division to ensure compliance with the Group internal control policies and SOX submissions
    •Responsible for the preparation of divisional Group financial statements according to set dead-lines including managing the division’s quarterly results and preparation of quarterly MD&A
    •Support implementation of Divisional IT and HR Strategies. Build and develop the finance & IT teams to deliver and support the needs of the division

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are keen to speak to candidates with the below skill set:

    •A Finance Director with a minimum of 10 years'' PQE and an excellent record of financial and commercial achievement in a competitive and dynamic sector, ideally within a manufacturing business within a multi-site environment
    •Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills with the ability to quickly command the confidence and respect of the management team
    •Highly analytical with the ability to delve into the detail to drive improvements in the business
    •Sound commercial judgement with the ability to contribute directly to the overall business strategy and work with other members of the senior management team on their commercial issues
    •Change management experience with ability to lead change projects including integration experience
    •Passion and commitment with high personal integrity and a practical, pragmatic and
    hardworking ethic
    •Experienced within fast growing businesses and possessing a demonstrable track record of establishing systems and processes, as well as growing & aligning highly capable finance teams

    This is an outstanding opportunity for a high calibre Finance Director within an exciting and fast growing, private equity backed, sustainability focused organisation.

    Apply

    Assignment Managed By:

    Lee Bhandal

    Phone: 07590 529 274
    Email: l.bhandal@parkinsonlee.com
    Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

    Apply for Finance Director

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

    Thank you for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon.

    Close

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    Education

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    About You

    Please note
    We review every CV submitted in detail. We will confirm we have received your personal information by email and ensure your details are added to our network of executives. One of our team will contact you should we need any additional information or to discuss suitable roles as they arise.

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    Substantial Six Figure Basic + Executive Benefits Package

    Location: North of England

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are the retained partners to a Private Equity backed, market leading, medium sized (around 200 employees), manufacturing organisation based in the North of England, in the appointment of a Managing Director.

    As Managing Director, you are joining this highly successful business at an exciting time of investment. You will deliver on the strategic plan in place; you will play an instrumental role in the projected future organic and acquisitional growth.

    Over the last 12 months the company has been through a major transformation; it has already seen remarkable improvements in profitability, efficiency, and cultural profile.

    The organisation has identified opportunities for growth via the introduction of new systems / products and is investing heavily into new product development to increase the size of both its potential customer base and market share.

    Working collaboratively with the shareholders’ representatives, the Managing Director will continue to entrepreneurially pursue commercial and innovative opportunities for the medium term.

    As the Managing Director, you will lead the Senior Management Team and implement new initiatives which aim to elevate standards across the company. You will drive a company culture of collaboration, inclusive team leadership transparency and one where everyone has a voice.

    You are
    •An individual with gravitas and a straight-forward, flexible, and partner-like approach
    •An entrepreneurial achiever with exceptional commercial awareness
    •An outstanding thought leader and problem solver who makes change happen; willing to challenge the status quo; and willing to challenge what your own previous experience seems to suggest

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are keen to speak to high calibre business leaders with demonstrable experience of:

    •Leading within mature, successful manufacturing organisations
    •Making an extraordinary footprint as Managing Director level or as leader of entrepreneurial units within their organisations
    •Taking a good organisation and making it great, essentially taking a business to the next level on a journey to profitable, sustainable growth
    •Operating as a leader within a Private Equity environment, backed by first-class references
    •Effectively managing upward with business owners/private equity investors
    •Enhancing your teams’ performance through coaching, mentoring, and modelling
    •A degree of academic achievement (Masters, MBA or equivalent)

    This is an outstanding, career defining opportunity for an ambitious business leader who thrives in developing and scaling this successful business, who is committed to leading the business towards and beyond the shareholders’ exit.

    For a confidential discussion please contact Lee Bhandal at Parkinson Lee on 07590529274.
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    Lee is a Board Director at our parent company, Elevation Recruitment Group, and a key member of the team that completed the successful MBO of that Group in 2014. As well as providing day-to-day leadership for Parkinson Lee, he also takes the lead for the appointment of CEOs and Business Leaders, and our CFO and Finance Directors’ practice.

    When it comes to Executive Search, exclusively and continuously in Yorkshire and the East Midlands, Lee is almost certainly the most experienced practitioner in the region, benefitting from a network that is probably unrivalled.

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  • Managing Director North of England

    Managing Director

    Salary: Significant Six Figure Basic +Exec Bens
    Location: North of England
    Type: Permanent
    Ref Number: ESLB-37376

    Job Description

    Substantial Six Figure Basic + Executive Benefits Package

    Location: North of England

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are the retained partners to a Private Equity backed, market leading, medium sized (around 200 employees), manufacturing organisation based in the North of England, in the appointment of a Managing Director.

    As Managing Director, you are joining this highly successful business at an exciting time of investment. You will deliver on the strategic plan in place; you will play an instrumental role in the projected future organic and acquisitional growth.

    Over the last 12 months the company has been through a major transformation; it has already seen remarkable improvements in profitability, efficiency, and cultural profile.

    The organisation has identified opportunities for growth via the introduction of new systems / products and is investing heavily into new product development to increase the size of both its potential customer base and market share.

    Working collaboratively with the shareholders’ representatives, the Managing Director will continue to entrepreneurially pursue commercial and innovative opportunities for the medium term.

    As the Managing Director, you will lead the Senior Management Team and implement new initiatives which aim to elevate standards across the company. You will drive a company culture of collaboration, inclusive team leadership transparency and one where everyone has a voice.

    You are
    •An individual with gravitas and a straight-forward, flexible, and partner-like approach
    •An entrepreneurial achiever with exceptional commercial awareness
    •An outstanding thought leader and problem solver who makes change happen; willing to challenge the status quo; and willing to challenge what your own previous experience seems to suggest

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are keen to speak to high calibre business leaders with demonstrable experience of:

    •Leading within mature, successful manufacturing organisations
    •Making an extraordinary footprint as Managing Director level or as leader of entrepreneurial units within their organisations
    •Taking a good organisation and making it great, essentially taking a business to the next level on a journey to profitable, sustainable growth
    •Operating as a leader within a Private Equity environment, backed by first-class references
    •Effectively managing upward with business owners/private equity investors
    •Enhancing your teams’ performance through coaching, mentoring, and modelling
    •A degree of academic achievement (Masters, MBA or equivalent)

    This is an outstanding, career defining opportunity for an ambitious business leader who thrives in developing and scaling this successful business, who is committed to leading the business towards and beyond the shareholders’ exit.

    For a confidential discussion please contact Lee Bhandal at Parkinson Lee on 07590529274.

    Apply

    Assignment Managed By:

    Lee Bhandal

    Phone: 07590 529 274
    Email: l.bhandal@parkinsonlee.com
    Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

    Apply for Managing Director

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

    Thank you for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon.

    Close

    Contact Information

    Current Employment Details

    Remuneration Details

    Education

    Geographical Preferences

    About You

    Please note
    We review every CV submitted in detail. We will confirm we have received your personal information by email and ensure your details are added to our network of executives. One of our team will contact you should we need any additional information or to discuss suitable roles as they arise.

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    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are part of Elevation Recruitment Group, one of Yorkshire’s leading employers with an exceptional reputation in specialist recruitment.

    Parkinson Lee are Yorkshire’s Leading Executive Search Firm. We specialise in conducting senior & executive level search mandates on behalf of an increasingly diverse and expanding list of clients, from Owner Managed SME’s through to Private Equity Backed and PLC’s, across a breadth of business sectors.

    Over the last 12 months Parkinson Lee have had record breaking growth and demand for C-Level Executives is high.

    We are looking for a Head of Recruitment to lead all aspects of recruitment operations within Parkinson Lee. You will the lead the Recruitment team, reporting to the Group Operations Director. You’ll be responsible for the operational backbone of recruitment within the brand, owning the systems, data, analysis and processes that help us find great candidates, attracting the best people to the mandates and delivering an outstanding candidate and client experience. As a strategic partner in the brand, you’ll help tell the recruitment story through data as well as market knowledge, and enable the Managing Partner and wider team to identify new opportunities.

    This is a unique and compelling senior recruitment opportunity. In a fast paced, encouraging and enterprising environment some of your key responsibilities while working closely with the Managing Partner will be:

    •Manage, build and lead the recruitment team, including associate partners and researchers.
    •Source, deploy and manage all systems and tools relating to recruitment that help the team recruit more effectively and support the team’s efficiency
    •Develop a culture of data and analytical rigor, and build the foundations to enable data-informed recruitment and actionable insights.
    •Own the candidate journey and overall experience.
    •Own learning and development for the recruitment team, including training, onboarding and knowledge management.
    •Working closely with the Managing Partner and wider executive team to agree a strategy for the structure and development of the inhouse research team.
    •Conducting extensive national research, market mapping and talent identification in order to source potential executive candidates for the vacancies you are briefed. You will use a variety of techniques including database searching and networking, direct head hunting, job board searching, effective use of social media and advert writing
    •Pre-Qualifying and then Briefing candidates about the responsibilities, salary and benefits of the job in question
    •Interviewing relevant longlisted candidates face to face in order to generate a shortlist to present to our partners
    •Developing and maintaining ongoing relationships with candidates through providing a high calibre of service
    •Preparing CVs and correspondence to forward to clients in respect of our shortlist presentations
    •Preparing proposal documents, candidate brief packs, project plans and presentations using a variety of Microsoft packages
    •Organising key events and managing invites and logistics

    What you will need:

    -Experienced in a recruitment management role; proven ability to use discretion and judgement where required whilst maintaining a high level of confidentiality
    -Experience of developing a team from the ground up including recruitment, coaching, performance management and mentoring
    -Excellent communication skills both oral and written with the confidence and professionalism to forge strong business relationships with clients, candidates and this close-knit team
    -You will be forward thinking; Self-motivated with a professional approach and the ability to work proactively; on your own initiative
    -Organisation skills are a must with the ability to manage multiple projects at any one time and prioritise workload accordingly whilst delivering a high-quality service to all parties
    -Experience working in a fast paced and professional recruitment environment with an understanding of the full recruitment lifecycle

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    Lee Bhandal is our Managing Partner.

    Lee is a Board Director at our parent company, Elevation Recruitment Group, and a key member of the team that completed the successful MBO of that Group in 2014. As well as providing day-to-day leadership for Parkinson Lee, he also takes the lead for the appointment of CEOs and Business Leaders, and our CFO and Finance Directors’ practice.

    When it comes to Executive Search, exclusively and continuously in Yorkshire and the East Midlands, Lee is almost certainly the most experienced practitioner in the region, benefitting from a network that is probably unrivalled.

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  • Head of Recruitment Rotherham

    Head of Recruitment

    Salary: Competitive Salary + Excellent Bens
    Location: Rotherham
    Type: Permanent
    Ref Number: ESLB-35909

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are part of Elevation Recruitment Group, one of Yorkshire’s leading employers with an exceptional reputation in specialist recruitment.

    Parkinson Lee are Yorkshire’s Leading Executive Search Firm. We specialise in conducting senior & executive level search mandates on behalf of an increasingly diverse and expanding list of clients, from Owner Managed SME’s through to Private Equity Backed and PLC’s, across a breadth of business sectors.

    Over the last 12 months Parkinson Lee have had record breaking growth and demand for C-Level Executives is high.

    We are looking for a Head of Recruitment to lead all aspects of recruitment operations within Parkinson Lee. You will the lead the Recruitment team, reporting to the Group Operations Director. You’ll be responsible for the operational backbone of recruitment within the brand, owning the systems, data, analysis and processes that help us find great candidates, attracting the best people to the mandates and delivering an outstanding candidate and client experience. As a strategic partner in the brand, you’ll help tell the recruitment story through data as well as market knowledge, and enable the Managing Partner and wider team to identify new opportunities.

    This is a unique and compelling senior recruitment opportunity. In a fast paced, encouraging and enterprising environment some of your key responsibilities while working closely with the Managing Partner will be:

    •Manage, build and lead the recruitment team, including associate partners and researchers.
    •Source, deploy and manage all systems and tools relating to recruitment that help the team recruit more effectively and support the team’s efficiency
    •Develop a culture of data and analytical rigor, and build the foundations to enable data-informed recruitment and actionable insights.
    •Own the candidate journey and overall experience.
    •Own learning and development for the recruitment team, including training, onboarding and knowledge management.
    •Working closely with the Managing Partner and wider executive team to agree a strategy for the structure and development of the inhouse research team.
    •Conducting extensive national research, market mapping and talent identification in order to source potential executive candidates for the vacancies you are briefed. You will use a variety of techniques including database searching and networking, direct head hunting, job board searching, effective use of social media and advert writing
    •Pre-Qualifying and then Briefing candidates about the responsibilities, salary and benefits of the job in question
    •Interviewing relevant longlisted candidates face to face in order to generate a shortlist to present to our partners
    •Developing and maintaining ongoing relationships with candidates through providing a high calibre of service
    •Preparing CVs and correspondence to forward to clients in respect of our shortlist presentations
    •Preparing proposal documents, candidate brief packs, project plans and presentations using a variety of Microsoft packages
    •Organising key events and managing invites and logistics

    What you will need:

    -Experienced in a recruitment management role; proven ability to use discretion and judgement where required whilst maintaining a high level of confidentiality
    -Experience of developing a team from the ground up including recruitment, coaching, performance management and mentoring
    -Excellent communication skills both oral and written with the confidence and professionalism to forge strong business relationships with clients, candidates and this close-knit team
    -You will be forward thinking; Self-motivated with a professional approach and the ability to work proactively; on your own initiative
    -Organisation skills are a must with the ability to manage multiple projects at any one time and prioritise workload accordingly whilst delivering a high-quality service to all parties
    -Experience working in a fast paced and professional recruitment environment with an understanding of the full recruitment lifecycle

    If you are a passionate recruitment professional that is looking to join one of Yorkshire’s leading entrepreneurial employers in an exciting and rewarding role please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Managing Partner, Lee Bhandal.

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        [title] => Managing Director - UK & Ireland
        [description] => 
    Parkinson Lee Executive Search, part of the Elevation Recruitment Group, are acting as the retained partner to Tunstall Healthcare Group Ltd, in the appointment of a Managing Director – UK and Ireland.

    Tunstall are a profitable private equity owned, global group operating in more than 50 countries and employing approximately 2,800 people. Group turnover in 2017 was approximately £240m, with the UK & Ireland contributing circa £70 million.

    Over the last sixty years, Tunstall has pioneered the use of technology to enable independent living, creating the Connected Healthcare industry as we know it today, and supporting more than five million people and their families across the world.
    Tunstall blend British design and manufacturing with externally sourced innovation to create a cost-effective portfolio of services, underpinned by their global experience of enhancing care in the home.

    As the digital opportunity accelerates the speed of change, Tunstall continue to work in partnership with their customers to develop more ground-breaking and innovative, life changing solutions.

    Tunstall have a clear strategic plan in place, and are looking to grow significantly across the UK & Ireland, as such an opportunity now exists for a Managing Director - UK & Ireland.

    Reporting to the Group Chief Executive Officer, the Managing Director will play a lead role in the transformation and growth of business. This is a key strategic appointment for the group, and an opportunity for the right individual to make a real impact on business growth and success.

    Key Deliverables will Include:
    • Ensuring there is continuous profitable growth of the Tunstall business in the UK & Ireland
    • Positioning Tunstall as the market leader both in the numerical definition but also as a thought leader and ‘trusted advisor’ whose opinion is valued by all stakeholders in their market place
    • Full P&L responsibility for the business in the UK & Ireland
    • Providing overall leadership to the UK & Ireland/Regional team and ensure employees have the right competencies and capabilities within a right sized organization to deliver the agreed financial goals in the short, medium and long term
    • Establishing and maintaining strong customer, governmental and professional association relationships at the senior leader level
    • Ensuring Tunstall operate within all legal, financial & regulatory laws and statutes, adhering to any code of conduct which may be in place for their industry or country
    • Supporting the overall process of management and corporate decision-making to ensure the organisation maximise its short, medium and long-term profitability and shareholders returns.
    • Effectively implement changes decided by the Company


    The successful candidate will be a graduate, and preferably MBA qualified Managing Director with:
    • A minimum of 12 years in commercial business demonstrating career progression through multiple roles of increasing responsibility aligned with a proven track record of success
    • Experience of delivering results in a multi- national matrixed organisation
    • Evidence of managerial integrity throughout career
    • Experience Ideally gained within 2- 3 different companies at senior management level
    • International experience
    • Strong leadership capability and track record; able to set and execute the strategic vision and direction of a business
    • Experience in managing people & businesses through organisational change
    • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills – able to confidentially navigate across all areas of the business, with a tailored and polished management style.

    This is an outstanding career opportunity in which you will play a key role with the Tunstall Group, contributing both strategically and operationally to ensure the future growth of the business across the UK & Ireland, and Globally.

    If you are ready to take on a key, strategic leadership role in a premium brand organisation, then please get in contact with Vicki Banks at Parkinson Lee on 01709 303330 or email
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    Lee Bhandal is our Managing Partner.

    Lee is a Board Director at our parent company, Elevation Recruitment Group, and a key member of the team that completed the successful MBO of that Group in 2014. As well as providing day-to-day leadership for Parkinson Lee, he also takes the lead for the appointment of CEOs and Business Leaders, and our CFO and Finance Directors’ practice.

    When it comes to Executive Search, exclusively and continuously in Yorkshire and the East Midlands, Lee is almost certainly the most experienced practitioner in the region, benefitting from a network that is probably unrivalled.

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  • Managing Director - UK & Ireland Goole

    Managing Director - UK & Ireland

    Salary: Significant Six Figure Base + Executive Benefits
    Location: Goole
    Type: Permanent
    Ref Number: ESLB-26258

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search, part of the Elevation Recruitment Group, are acting as the retained partner to Tunstall Healthcare Group Ltd, in the appointment of a Managing Director – UK and Ireland.

    Tunstall are a profitable private equity owned, global group operating in more than 50 countries and employing approximately 2,800 people. Group turnover in 2017 was approximately £240m, with the UK & Ireland contributing circa £70 million.

    Over the last sixty years, Tunstall has pioneered the use of technology to enable independent living, creating the Connected Healthcare industry as we know it today, and supporting more than five million people and their families across the world.
    Tunstall blend British design and manufacturing with externally sourced innovation to create a cost-effective portfolio of services, underpinned by their global experience of enhancing care in the home.

    As the digital opportunity accelerates the speed of change, Tunstall continue to work in partnership with their customers to develop more ground-breaking and innovative, life changing solutions.

    Tunstall have a clear strategic plan in place, and are looking to grow significantly across the UK & Ireland, as such an opportunity now exists for a Managing Director - UK & Ireland.

    Reporting to the Group Chief Executive Officer, the Managing Director will play a lead role in the transformation and growth of business. This is a key strategic appointment for the group, and an opportunity for the right individual to make a real impact on business growth and success.

    Key Deliverables will Include:
    • Ensuring there is continuous profitable growth of the Tunstall business in the UK & Ireland
    • Positioning Tunstall as the market leader both in the numerical definition but also as a thought leader and ‘trusted advisor’ whose opinion is valued by all stakeholders in their market place
    • Full P&L responsibility for the business in the UK & Ireland
    • Providing overall leadership to the UK & Ireland/Regional team and ensure employees have the right competencies and capabilities within a right sized organization to deliver the agreed financial goals in the short, medium and long term
    • Establishing and maintaining strong customer, governmental and professional association relationships at the senior leader level
    • Ensuring Tunstall operate within all legal, financial & regulatory laws and statutes, adhering to any code of conduct which may be in place for their industry or country
    • Supporting the overall process of management and corporate decision-making to ensure the organisation maximise its short, medium and long-term profitability and shareholders returns.
    • Effectively implement changes decided by the Company

    The successful candidate will be a graduate, and preferably MBA qualified Managing Director with:
    • A minimum of 12 years in commercial business demonstrating career progression through multiple roles of increasing responsibility aligned with a proven track record of success
    • Experience of delivering results in a multi- national matrixed organisation
    • Evidence of managerial integrity throughout career
    • Experience Ideally gained within 2- 3 different companies at senior management level
    • International experience
    • Strong leadership capability and track record; able to set and execute the strategic vision and direction of a business
    • Experience in managing people & businesses through organisational change
    • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills – able to confidentially navigate across all areas of the business, with a tailored and polished management style.
    This is an outstanding career opportunity in which you will play a key role with the Tunstall Group, contributing both strategically and operationally to ensure the future growth of the business across the UK & Ireland, and Globally.

    If you are ready to take on a key, strategic leadership role in a premium brand organisation, then please get in contact with Vicki Banks at Parkinson Lee on 01709 303330 or email

    Assignment Managed By:

    Lee Bhandal

    Phone: 07590 529 274
    Email: l.bhandal@parkinsonlee.com
    Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

    Apply for Managing Director - UK & Ireland

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

    Thank you for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon.

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        [title] => Interim Finance Director
        [description] => 
    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are currently working with a leading multi-site manufacturing organisation to recruit an Interim Finance Director.

    Joining the SMT at a time of high growth for the organisation the Interim Finance Director will be responsible for guiding the team of 20+ to drive the strategy forwards for the business.

    This multi-site role will require flexibility to travel across the sites, situated in the UK, driving commercial performance.

    Reporting to the CEO, key responsibilities will include:

    •Full financial management and leadership of a significant multi-site group of businesses
    •Developing and executing business strategy
    •Driving improved performance across sales growth, margin enhancement, cost control and cashflow
    •Development and leadership of the finance team
    •Ensuring accurate and timely reporting to the group
    •Evaluating business opportunities and making recommendations to the SMT
    •Rolling out change and transformation programs
    •Budget planning
    •Looking at continuous improvement for financial planning, analysis, and forecasting

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are looking for Finance professionals that can demonstrate the below skill set:
    •A Finance Director with a proven track record within the Manufacturing sector, with multi-site experience.
    •Proven leadership skills of high performing teams
    •Previous experience of working in a matrix organisation with dual reporting line would be preferred
    •Sound commercial judgement
    •Gravitas to command confidence from the SMT
    •Experience of leading change projects

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    Adam Dickson is an Associate Partner at Parkinson Lee Executive Search. He has over 20 years’ experience in recruiting executive & board level appointments across the UK (Yorkshire, East Midlands, London, Thames Valley), and internationally across Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific and the UAE.

    Adam has spent 10 years of his career in Australia, leading an executive search firm with reach across the Asia Pacific market, whilst operating within a global ASX listed business based out of Sydney. Adam has substantial experience in completing retained search mandates for a broad range of clients, ranging from Blue Chip, SME and Private Equity backed organisations.

    As a previous business owner, and having held numerous leadership roles, Adam prides himself on exceptional service delivery for clients and candidates, acting as both a trusted career advisor and search partner. As an Associate partner at Parkinson Lee, Adam delivers executive assignments on behalf of a comprehensive list of FTSE and Aim listed PLCs, Private Equity & Venture Capital, SME and Not For Profit / Public Sector organisations.

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  • Interim Finance Director Yorkshire

    Interim Finance Director

    Salary: Competitive Day Rate
    Location: Yorkshire
    Type: Contract
    Ref Number: ESAZ-37563

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are currently working with a leading multi-site manufacturing organisation to recruit an Interim Finance Director.

    Joining the SMT at a time of high growth for the organisation the Interim Finance Director will be responsible for guiding the team of 20+ to drive the strategy forwards for the business.

    This multi-site role will require flexibility to travel across the sites, situated in the UK, driving commercial performance.

    Reporting to the CEO, key responsibilities will include:

    •Full financial management and leadership of a significant multi-site group of businesses
    •Developing and executing business strategy
    •Driving improved performance across sales growth, margin enhancement, cost control and cashflow
    •Development and leadership of the finance team
    •Ensuring accurate and timely reporting to the group
    •Evaluating business opportunities and making recommendations to the SMT
    •Rolling out change and transformation programs
    •Budget planning
    •Looking at continuous improvement for financial planning, analysis, and forecasting

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are looking for Finance professionals that can demonstrate the below skill set:
    •A Finance Director with a proven track record within the Manufacturing sector, with multi-site experience.
    •Proven leadership skills of high performing teams
    •Previous experience of working in a matrix organisation with dual reporting line would be preferred
    •Sound commercial judgement
    •Gravitas to command confidence from the SMT
    •Experience of leading change projects

    Assignment Managed By:

    Adam Dickson
    Adam Dickson

    Phone: 07935 502 755
    Email: a.dickson@parkinsonlee.com
    Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

    Apply for Interim Finance Director

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

    Thank you for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon.

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        [reference] => ESLB-37905
        [title] => Chief Executive Officer 
        [description] => 
    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are currently working with D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, in the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer to join their team based within the East Midlands.

    As the CEO the main purpose of your role will be to provide high quality leadership and support to the D2N2 LEP and its associated public and private sector partner organisations in driving the strategic direction for the economic growth of the D2N2 area and to ensure the delivery of its strategic priorities.

    The CEO will report into the Chair of the Board of Directors and will lead, mentor and develop the Senior Leadership Team.

    Duties and Responsibilities will include:

    Strategy and Leadership:

    •Providing energetic and visionary leadership which inspires staff, partners and stakeholders
    •Leading the implementation of the LEP’s local industrial strategy and Economic Growth and Recovery Plan which underpins regional and national strategies and is agreed with public and private sector LEP partners
    •Responsible for overseeing an annual LEP budget and to monitor performance against budget
    •Working with the LEP Executive Team to stay alert to new business opportunities and sources of income through a product and service development programme, bringing relevant and innovative projects to the Board for consideration
    •Working closely with the LEP Chair and the Board of D2N2 to oversee the implementation of Board decisions
    •Proving management information to the Board on all D2N2 LEP activities to make properly informed strategic decisions
    •Speaking on behalf of the D2N2 LEP to represent their interests via press releases, meetings and other forms of lobbying
    •Ensuring that D2N2 maximizes investment opportunities from Government funds

    Operational Management:

    •Leading an effective and high-quality executive support and secretariat function, including line-managing the LEP Senior Management Team
    •Actively shaping and delivering a leading and trusted service offering to the private, public and third sectors
    •Providing support to the D2N2 Board and Investment Board and overseeing the operation of its advisory boards and sub-board structures
    •Ensuring that all LEP objectives are achieved and supporting the Chair in everyday duties
    •Agreeing and setting milestones and key performance indicators for the LEP team in order to measure effectiveness

    Relationship Management:

    •Using exceptional interpersonal skills, communicating with a diverse stakeholder group including, the Board, business leaders, local and national politicians, senior public-sector officers and civil servants, education and training leaders
    •Developing and maintaining relationships with other LEPS and the LEP Network including neighbouring LEPs

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are looking for applications with the following experience:

    •Demonstrable local, regional and national political awareness
    •Strong strategic, influencing and negotiating ability
    •Experience in both public and private sector organisations
    •Proven experience of developing and driving strategic change with the ability to lead, manage and motivate through change
    •Experience of partnership working across complex geographies
    •Previous experience at board level working with NEDs
    •Proven ability to lead a multi-faceted organisation
    •Proven public speaking skills and the ability to inspire and build confidence
    •Excellent leadership and communication skills
    •Knowledge and understanding of central and local Government funding mechanisms

    Our client is looking to offer c£100,000 basic + benefits.

    Closing date 10am on 11th April.

    Face to Face Interview dates: 19th and 20th April 2022
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    Lee Bhandal is our Managing Partner.

    Lee is a Board Director at our parent company, Elevation Recruitment Group, and a key member of the team that completed the successful MBO of that Group in 2014. As well as providing day-to-day leadership for Parkinson Lee, he also takes the lead for the appointment of CEOs and Business Leaders, and our CFO and Finance Directors’ practice.

    When it comes to Executive Search, exclusively and continuously in Yorkshire and the East Midlands, Lee is almost certainly the most experienced practitioner in the region, benefitting from a network that is probably unrivalled.

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  • Chief Executive Officer Nottingham

    Chief Executive Officer

    Salary: Up To £100000 Per Annum + + Benefits
    Location: Nottingham
    Type: Permanent
    Ref Number: ESLB-37905

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are currently working with D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, in the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer to join their team based within the East Midlands.

    As the CEO the main purpose of your role will be to provide high quality leadership and support to the D2N2 LEP and its associated public and private sector partner organisations in driving the strategic direction for the economic growth of the D2N2 area and to ensure the delivery of its strategic priorities.

    The CEO will report into the Chair of the Board of Directors and will lead, mentor and develop the Senior Leadership Team.

    Duties and Responsibilities will include:

    Strategy and Leadership:

    •Providing energetic and visionary leadership which inspires staff, partners and stakeholders
    •Leading the implementation of the LEP’s local industrial strategy and Economic Growth and Recovery Plan which underpins regional and national strategies and is agreed with public and private sector LEP partners
    •Responsible for overseeing an annual LEP budget and to monitor performance against budget
    •Working with the LEP Executive Team to stay alert to new business opportunities and sources of income through a product and service development programme, bringing relevant and innovative projects to the Board for consideration
    •Working closely with the LEP Chair and the Board of D2N2 to oversee the implementation of Board decisions
    •Proving management information to the Board on all D2N2 LEP activities to make properly informed strategic decisions
    •Speaking on behalf of the D2N2 LEP to represent their interests via press releases, meetings and other forms of lobbying
    •Ensuring that D2N2 maximizes investment opportunities from Government funds

    Operational Management:

    •Leading an effective and high-quality executive support and secretariat function, including line-managing the LEP Senior Management Team
    •Actively shaping and delivering a leading and trusted service offering to the private, public and third sectors
    •Providing support to the D2N2 Board and Investment Board and overseeing the operation of its advisory boards and sub-board structures
    •Ensuring that all LEP objectives are achieved and supporting the Chair in everyday duties
    •Agreeing and setting milestones and key performance indicators for the LEP team in order to measure effectiveness

    Relationship Management:

    •Using exceptional interpersonal skills, communicating with a diverse stakeholder group including, the Board, business leaders, local and national politicians, senior public-sector officers and civil servants, education and training leaders
    •Developing and maintaining relationships with other LEPS and the LEP Network including neighbouring LEPs

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are looking for applications with the following experience:

    •Demonstrable local, regional and national political awareness
    •Strong strategic, influencing and negotiating ability
    •Experience in both public and private sector organisations
    •Proven experience of developing and driving strategic change with the ability to lead, manage and motivate through change
    •Experience of partnership working across complex geographies
    •Previous experience at board level working with NEDs
    •Proven ability to lead a multi-faceted organisation
    •Proven public speaking skills and the ability to inspire and build confidence
    •Excellent leadership and communication skills
    •Knowledge and understanding of central and local Government funding mechanisms

    Our client is looking to offer c£100,000 basic + benefits.

    Closing date 10am on 11th April.

    Face to Face Interview dates: 19th and 20th April 2022

    Assignment Managed By:

    Lee Bhandal

    Phone: 07590 529 274
    Email: l.bhandal@parkinsonlee.com
    Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

    Apply for Chief Executive Officer

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

    Thank you for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon.

    Close

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    Please note
    We review every CV submitted in detail. We will confirm we have received your personal information by email and ensure your details are added to our network of executives. One of our team will contact you should we need any additional information or to discuss suitable roles as they arise.

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        [title] => Director of Group Corporate Services 
        [description] => 
    Parkinson Lee are the retained partner to a fast growing, highly entrepreneurial SME Organisation within Building & Construction Sector currently looking to appoint a Director of Group Corporate Services. Based in the West Yorkshire region.

    Our client is a c£30 million turnover business poised for substantial growth over the next 18-24 months. Currently employing c100 staff across 3 business units. This role will have 3 direct reports with a wider team of permanent, contract and subcontract staff.

    Reporting into the Group MD and supporting the wider Executive Team, the Director of Group Corporate Services will take direct responsibility for managing and leading the groups corporate functions including HR, IT, Supply Chain, Health & Safety, Quality and Administration.

    In this newly created role, the strategic development and leadership of these functions will ensure the business is maximising all opportunities presenting themselves. By ensuring the necessary processes, accreditations, regulatory compliance, and quality controls are in place, the successful candidate will afford the Exec Team to focus on their respective roles.

    In this leadership position, the Director of Group Corporate Services will work closely with the Board and Executive Team to set strategies around each core function to ensure they are aligned to the overall business strategy whilst setting key objectives that will be continually managed and assessed. Ultimately ensuring an efficient and robust operational / shared service function is established.

    This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to join rapidly growing SME organisation. Parkinson Lee are inviting applications from Directors with the following skills & experience:

    •A proven track record of operating at board level within an SME
    •Experience of leading multiple corporate functions (HR, IT, Supply Chain, Health and Safety, Quality and / or Administration)
    •Ability to develop strategies across multiple corporate functions to align with the business strategy
    •Strong leadership and performance management experience
    •Ambitious and motivated to help drive growth within the company
    •Able to build solid relationships with a close nit team and comfortable providing ideas for divisional discussions to help develop and drive the strategy.

    This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to join a dynamic and growing organisation during an exciting period of growth.

    Our client is offering a basic salary from c£80,000 - £100,000 + benefits

    For a confidential discussion about this appointment please contact Adam Dickson at Parkinson Lee on , alternatively apply online.

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    Adam Dickson is an Associate Partner at Parkinson Lee Executive Search. He has over 20 years’ experience in recruiting executive & board level appointments across the UK (Yorkshire, East Midlands, London, Thames Valley), and internationally across Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific and the UAE.

    Adam has spent 10 years of his career in Australia, leading an executive search firm with reach across the Asia Pacific market, whilst operating within a global ASX listed business based out of Sydney. Adam has substantial experience in completing retained search mandates for a broad range of clients, ranging from Blue Chip, SME and Private Equity backed organisations.

    As a previous business owner, and having held numerous leadership roles, Adam prides himself on exceptional service delivery for clients and candidates, acting as both a trusted career advisor and search partner. As an Associate partner at Parkinson Lee, Adam delivers executive assignments on behalf of a comprehensive list of FTSE and Aim listed PLCs, Private Equity & Venture Capital, SME and Not For Profit / Public Sector organisations.

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  • Director of Group Corporate Services West Yorkshire

    Director of Group Corporate Services

    Salary: £80000 - £100000 Per Annum + Benefits
    Location: West Yorkshire
    Type: Permanent
    Ref Number: ESAZ-36021

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee are the retained partner to a fast growing, highly entrepreneurial SME Organisation within Building & Construction Sector currently looking to appoint a Director of Group Corporate Services. Based in the West Yorkshire region.

    Our client is a c£30 million turnover business poised for substantial growth over the next 18-24 months. Currently employing c100 staff across 3 business units. This role will have 3 direct reports with a wider team of permanent, contract and subcontract staff.

    Reporting into the Group MD and supporting the wider Executive Team, the Director of Group Corporate Services will take direct responsibility for managing and leading the groups corporate functions including HR, IT, Supply Chain, Health & Safety, Quality and Administration.

    In this newly created role, the strategic development and leadership of these functions will ensure the business is maximising all opportunities presenting themselves. By ensuring the necessary processes, accreditations, regulatory compliance, and quality controls are in place, the successful candidate will afford the Exec Team to focus on their respective roles.

    In this leadership position, the Director of Group Corporate Services will work closely with the Board and Executive Team to set strategies around each core function to ensure they are aligned to the overall business strategy whilst setting key objectives that will be continually managed and assessed. Ultimately ensuring an efficient and robust operational / shared service function is established.

    This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to join rapidly growing SME organisation. Parkinson Lee are inviting applications from Directors with the following skills & experience:

    •A proven track record of operating at board level within an SME
    •Experience of leading multiple corporate functions (HR, IT, Supply Chain, Health and Safety, Quality and / or Administration)
    •Ability to develop strategies across multiple corporate functions to align with the business strategy
    •Strong leadership and performance management experience
    •Ambitious and motivated to help drive growth within the company
    •Able to build solid relationships with a close nit team and comfortable providing ideas for divisional discussions to help develop and drive the strategy.

    This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to join a dynamic and growing organisation during an exciting period of growth.

    Our client is offering a basic salary from c£80,000 - £100,000 + benefits

    For a confidential discussion about this appointment please contact Adam Dickson at Parkinson Lee on , alternatively apply online.

    Assignment Managed By:

    Adam Dickson
    Adam Dickson

    Phone: 07935 502 755
    Email: a.dickson@parkinsonlee.com
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    Apply for Director of Group Corporate Services

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

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        [description] => 
    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are retained partners to an Internationally listed global manufacturing company to recruit an Interim CIO / IT Director to join the business in Yorkshire.

    Reporting into the CEO, you will drive the strategic agenda through your deep understanding of technology, data architecture, digital transformation and analytics, leading and motivating a high performing team in order to drive business goals and support company growth.

    Key Responsibilities will include:

    •Providing best in class IT Operations Service within the business with full accountability for Networking, Infrastructure and Cyber Security.
    •Acting as a key leader and change agent as the company embarks on a Digital transformation
    •Driving Innovation, evaluating and scouting emerging technologies
    •Man-management, Leadership, nurturing and up skilling the team
    •Building strong relationships with key vendors, with strict management of licences and contracts
    •Building modern solutions for customers, internal & external
    •Guarding all company data, particularly sensitive data, from both internal and external threats
    •Providing leadership on day-to-day monitoring for unusual activities, implementing defensive protocols, and reporting incidents
    •Introduce constant monitoring for attack and run appropriate defensive protocols if breaches occur

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are inviting individuals with the following backgrounds to apply:
    •Proven track record of working in a senior capacity within a large corporate environment (FTSE 100/250 or equivalent)
    •Available for an immediate start or on a short notice period
    •A proactive business focused leader with experience of delivering results through large teams
    •Experience of driving technology change and overseeing IT transformations
    •Working experience with latest technologies, digital capabilities and trends

    Our client is looking to offer a £six figure salary (or equivalent day rate)
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    Adam Dickson is an Associate Partner at Parkinson Lee Executive Search. He has over 20 years’ experience in recruiting executive & board level appointments across the UK (Yorkshire, East Midlands, London, Thames Valley), and internationally across Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific and the UAE.

    Adam has spent 10 years of his career in Australia, leading an executive search firm with reach across the Asia Pacific market, whilst operating within a global ASX listed business based out of Sydney. Adam has substantial experience in completing retained search mandates for a broad range of clients, ranging from Blue Chip, SME and Private Equity backed organisations.

    As a previous business owner, and having held numerous leadership roles, Adam prides himself on exceptional service delivery for clients and candidates, acting as both a trusted career advisor and search partner. As an Associate partner at Parkinson Lee, Adam delivers executive assignments on behalf of a comprehensive list of FTSE and Aim listed PLCs, Private Equity & Venture Capital, SME and Not For Profit / Public Sector organisations.

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  • Interim Chief Information Officer / IT Director Yorkshire

    Interim Chief Information Officer / IT Director

    Salary: Competitive Day Rate
    Location: Yorkshire
    Type: Contract
    Ref Number: ESAZ-37562

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are retained partners to an Internationally listed global manufacturing company to recruit an Interim CIO / IT Director to join the business in Yorkshire.

    Reporting into the CEO, you will drive the strategic agenda through your deep understanding of technology, data architecture, digital transformation and analytics, leading and motivating a high performing team in order to drive business goals and support company growth.

    Key Responsibilities will include:

    •Providing best in class IT Operations Service within the business with full accountability for Networking, Infrastructure and Cyber Security.
    •Acting as a key leader and change agent as the company embarks on a Digital transformation
    •Driving Innovation, evaluating and scouting emerging technologies
    •Man-management, Leadership, nurturing and up skilling the team
    •Building strong relationships with key vendors, with strict management of licences and contracts
    •Building modern solutions for customers, internal & external
    •Guarding all company data, particularly sensitive data, from both internal and external threats
    •Providing leadership on day-to-day monitoring for unusual activities, implementing defensive protocols, and reporting incidents
    •Introduce constant monitoring for attack and run appropriate defensive protocols if breaches occur

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are inviting individuals with the following backgrounds to apply:
    •Proven track record of working in a senior capacity within a large corporate environment (FTSE 100/250 or equivalent)
    •Available for an immediate start or on a short notice period
    •A proactive business focused leader with experience of delivering results through large teams
    •Experience of driving technology change and overseeing IT transformations
    •Working experience with latest technologies, digital capabilities and trends

    Our client is looking to offer a £six figure salary (or equivalent day rate)

    Assignment Managed By:

    Adam Dickson
    Adam Dickson

    Phone: 07935 502 755
    Email: a.dickson@parkinsonlee.com
    Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

    Apply for Interim Chief Information Officer / IT Director

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

    Thank you for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon.

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    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are the retained partner to a Global Engineering Organisation in the appointment of an Interim Finance Director within one of their divisions based in South Yorkshire.

    Reporting into the Managing Director, you will be responsible for overseeing the financial planning process, organisational development, and systems development. Leading a small, highly skilled, finance team, you will ensure the company is well positioned to achieve its short and long term objectives.

    Main responsibilities will include:

    •Preparation and delivery of the monthly management accounts and associated supporting submissions including for statutory audit processes
    •Overseeing and maintaining robust controls over the financial systems and preparing management accounting analysis to support business decisions
    •Overall accountability for the development and updating of the costing system, ensuring accuracy, and improving the quality of information
    •Leading the team to compile regular financial statement forecasting and the annual budgeting process
    •To drive cost reduction initiatives and improved business efficiency through both the sites and the supply chain
    •Working alongside the MD to deliver forecasts and maximise business performance
    •Provide leadership, coaching and support to the finance team and wider senior members in relation to finance transformation requirements of the business
    •Manage cash and maximise working capital and funding requirements to support business growth
    •Oversight and development of the capital expenditure strategy
    •Challenge current working practices to drive improvements and ensure common best practice processes across the sites

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are looking for applicants with the below experience:

    •Proven experience as a Finance Director within an engineering, metals or manufacturing business
    •Immediately available, or on a short notice period
    •Strong leadership skills, able to motivate and direct a small team
    •Experience in M&A would be advantageous

    For a confidential discussion please contact Lee Bhandal on or apply directly online
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    Lee Bhandal is our Managing Partner.

    Lee is a Board Director at our parent company, Elevation Recruitment Group, and a key member of the team that completed the successful MBO of that Group in 2014. As well as providing day-to-day leadership for Parkinson Lee, he also takes the lead for the appointment of CEOs and Business Leaders, and our CFO and Finance Directors’ practice.

    When it comes to Executive Search, exclusively and continuously in Yorkshire and the East Midlands, Lee is almost certainly the most experienced practitioner in the region, benefitting from a network that is probably unrivalled.

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    Interim Finance Director

    Salary: £Six Figure Basic (equivalent Day Rate)
    Location: Sheffield
    Type: Contract
    Ref Number: ESLB-35792

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are the retained partner to a Global Engineering Organisation in the appointment of an Interim Finance Director within one of their divisions based in South Yorkshire.

    Reporting into the Managing Director, you will be responsible for overseeing the financial planning process, organisational development, and systems development. Leading a small, highly skilled, finance team, you will ensure the company is well positioned to achieve its short and long term objectives.

    Main responsibilities will include:

    •Preparation and delivery of the monthly management accounts and associated supporting submissions including for statutory audit processes
    •Overseeing and maintaining robust controls over the financial systems and preparing management accounting analysis to support business decisions
    •Overall accountability for the development and updating of the costing system, ensuring accuracy, and improving the quality of information
    •Leading the team to compile regular financial statement forecasting and the annual budgeting process
    •To drive cost reduction initiatives and improved business efficiency through both the sites and the supply chain
    •Working alongside the MD to deliver forecasts and maximise business performance
    •Provide leadership, coaching and support to the finance team and wider senior members in relation to finance transformation requirements of the business
    •Manage cash and maximise working capital and funding requirements to support business growth
    •Oversight and development of the capital expenditure strategy
    •Challenge current working practices to drive improvements and ensure common best practice processes across the sites

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are looking for applicants with the below experience:

    •Proven experience as a Finance Director within an engineering, metals or manufacturing business
    •Immediately available, or on a short notice period
    •Strong leadership skills, able to motivate and direct a small team
    •Experience in M&A would be advantageous

    For a confidential discussion please contact Lee Bhandal on or apply directly online

    Assignment Managed By:

    Lee Bhandal

    Phone: 07590 529 274
    Email: l.bhandal@parkinsonlee.com
    Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

    Apply for Interim Finance Director

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

    Thank you for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon.

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    Parkinson Lee are working with a leading UK Merchant Bank to recruit a Sales Director - Personal Lines to be based in their London office.

    Our client is a FTSE250 company employing over 3000 people primarily in the UK, they support over 3 million businesses and customers across the UK and Ireland to spread the cost of their insurance premiums.

    The Sales Director will sit within the Personal Lines division of the business, reporting into the MD. The main purpose of this role is to drive business growth within the division collaborating with marketing, sales, account management, delivery teams and external partners.

    Key responsibilities will include:

    •Actively seeking to understand Partner needs, goals and business plans whilst building and maintaining effective partnerships with key external stakeholders
    •Implementing strategies to drive Value aligned to Partner goals in line with the divisions proposition
    •Understanding the requirements of new and existing customers to ensure their needs are being met
    •Leading a team of insurance specialists and product owners that work with insurance brokers and external stakeholders to deliver new and enhanced capabilities to support business growth objectives
    •Supporting the sales team in acquiring new brokers and managing existing relationships
    •Setting and delivering the financial targets & business plan alongside other directors
    •Collaborating with the commercial function to conduct market research and analysis to evaluate commercial opportunities (expansion, business development etc.)
    •Collaborating with diverse teams including sales, marketing, strategy, and customer service
    •Tracking, measuring and analysing performance of commercial activities using KPI’s

    Parkinson Lee are inviting candidates from and insurance / financial services background to apply to this exciting opportunity. You will have:

    •A proven track record within a Senior Sales or Commercial capacity within the Insurance sector
    •Experience of working within Personal Lines (essential)
    •Strong Knowledge of premium finance / SaaS is preferable
    •Solid internal and external stakeholder management experience (essential)
    •Ability to develop and manage UK and global partnerships
    •Open to travel on a UK basis (c40%)

    This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to join an established leader within the insurance sector to make a real difference in a measurable way

    Our client is offering a Six Figure Salary + bonus + executive benefits

    For a confidential discussion about this appointment please contact Adam Dickson at Parkinson Lee on , alternatively apply online.




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    Adam has spent 10 years of his career in Australia, leading an executive search firm with reach across the Asia Pacific market, whilst operating within a global ASX listed business based out of Sydney. Adam has substantial experience in completing retained search mandates for a broad range of clients, ranging from Blue Chip, SME and Private Equity backed organisations.

    As a previous business owner, and having held numerous leadership roles, Adam prides himself on exceptional service delivery for clients and candidates, acting as both a trusted career advisor and search partner. As an Associate partner at Parkinson Lee, Adam delivers executive assignments on behalf of a comprehensive list of FTSE and Aim listed PLCs, Private Equity & Venture Capital, SME and Not For Profit / Public Sector organisations.

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  • Sales Director - Personal Lines London

    Sales Director - Personal Lines

    Salary: Executive Salary And Benefits
    Location: London
    Type: Permanent
    Ref Number: ESAZ-36319

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee are working with a leading UK Merchant Bank to recruit a Sales Director - Personal Lines to be based in their London office.

    Our client is a FTSE250 company employing over 3000 people primarily in the UK, they support over 3 million businesses and customers across the UK and Ireland to spread the cost of their insurance premiums.

    The Sales Director will sit within the Personal Lines division of the business, reporting into the MD. The main purpose of this role is to drive business growth within the division collaborating with marketing, sales, account management, delivery teams and external partners.

    Key responsibilities will include:

    •Actively seeking to understand Partner needs, goals and business plans whilst building and maintaining effective partnerships with key external stakeholders
    •Implementing strategies to drive Value aligned to Partner goals in line with the divisions proposition
    •Understanding the requirements of new and existing customers to ensure their needs are being met
    •Leading a team of insurance specialists and product owners that work with insurance brokers and external stakeholders to deliver new and enhanced capabilities to support business growth objectives
    •Supporting the sales team in acquiring new brokers and managing existing relationships
    •Setting and delivering the financial targets & business plan alongside other directors
    •Collaborating with the commercial function to conduct market research and analysis to evaluate commercial opportunities (expansion, business development etc.)
    •Collaborating with diverse teams including sales, marketing, strategy, and customer service
    •Tracking, measuring and analysing performance of commercial activities using KPI’s

    Parkinson Lee are inviting candidates from and insurance / financial services background to apply to this exciting opportunity. You will have:

    •A proven track record within a Senior Sales or Commercial capacity within the Insurance sector
    •Experience of working within Personal Lines (essential)
    •Strong Knowledge of premium finance / SaaS is preferable
    •Solid internal and external stakeholder management experience (essential)
    •Ability to develop and manage UK and global partnerships
    •Open to travel on a UK basis (c40%)

    This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to join an established leader within the insurance sector to make a real difference in a measurable way

    Our client is offering a Six Figure Salary + bonus + executive benefits

    For a confidential discussion about this appointment please contact Adam Dickson at Parkinson Lee on , alternatively apply online.

    Assignment Managed By:

    Adam Dickson
    Adam Dickson

    Phone: 07935 502 755
    Email: a.dickson@parkinsonlee.com
    Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

    Apply for Sales Director - Personal Lines

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

    Thank you for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon.

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    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are retained partners to a highly successful, and rapidly growing Owner Managed SME business within the Construction industry in the recruitment of a Managing Director to be based at their head office in South Yorkshire.

    Reporting into and working closely with the Owner/Group Chair you will lead the day-to-day management and performance of the company, with responsibility for delivering the medium-term strategic plans, as well as developing and delivering annual business plan targets, budgets and relevant outputs.

    You will lead and develop a loyal team in this hands-on role, with a strong commercial and customer focus to drive sustainable revenue & profit growth, and manage substantial contracts through to closure.

    Key duties include:

    1. Define and manage overall annual targets and budgets, ensuring pro-active management of cashflow and that project/company costs are closely monitored against budget.
    2. Leadership and day to day management of the Senior Team.
    3. Oversee the activities, performance and development of staff, ensuring succession planning and performance monitoring systems are in place.
    4. Implement relevant systems and processes to manage commercial and contractual risk adequately, reduce bureaucracy and ensure that the business is managed effectively.
    5.Research and analyse industry, market, and competitors to make informed strategy decisions on developments, market opportunities, customers and suppliers.
    6.Liaise closely with a related company, looking for ways to maximise collaborative opportunities to the benefit of both businesses.
    7.Establish a close working relationship with the Group Chair, and through this relationship as well as regular briefings and/or papers, keep the Chair and Non-Executive informed and up to date on key developments, opportunities, risks and issues within the business.
    8.Ensure that company policies and systems with regard to health, safety and environmental management and quality assurance are in place and fit for purpose.

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are keen to speak to people who can demonstrate the below skills for this role:

    •A proven track record working at a senior level within the Construction or closely related industries.
    •Experience of developing and implementing 3/5 year strategic plans
    •Strong commercial background with a hands-on approach to developing and maintaining business with customers
    •P&L experience
    •Excellent leadership, organisational and management skills
    •Strong IT and Processes background, to support the continued modernisation of the business

    This is a significant piece of recruitment for the organisation with succession planning at the forefront. The company are poised to deliver continued significant and sustainable growth over the next five years and the new Managing Director will play a pivotal role in achieving this.

    In addition to an excellent six figure package, there will an equity participation opportunity.

    For more information on this appointment please contact me confidentially on
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    Adam has spent 10 years of his career in Australia, leading an executive search firm with reach across the Asia Pacific market, whilst operating within a global ASX listed business based out of Sydney. Adam has substantial experience in completing retained search mandates for a broad range of clients, ranging from Blue Chip, SME and Private Equity backed organisations.

    As a previous business owner, and having held numerous leadership roles, Adam prides himself on exceptional service delivery for clients and candidates, acting as both a trusted career advisor and search partner. As an Associate partner at Parkinson Lee, Adam delivers executive assignments on behalf of a comprehensive list of FTSE and Aim listed PLCs, Private Equity & Venture Capital, SME and Not For Profit / Public Sector organisations.

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  • Managing Director Sheffield

    Managing Director

    Salary: Executive Level Bens+ Equity Opportunity
    Location: Sheffield
    Type: Permanent
    Ref Number: ESAZ-36369

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are retained partners to a highly successful, and rapidly growing Owner Managed SME business within the Construction industry in the recruitment of a Managing Director to be based at their head office in South Yorkshire.

    Reporting into and working closely with the Owner/Group Chair you will lead the day-to-day management and performance of the company, with responsibility for delivering the medium-term strategic plans, as well as developing and delivering annual business plan targets, budgets and relevant outputs.

    You will lead and develop a loyal team in this hands-on role, with a strong commercial and customer focus to drive sustainable revenue & profit growth, and manage substantial contracts through to closure.

    Key duties include:

    1. Define and manage overall annual targets and budgets, ensuring pro-active management of cashflow and that project/company costs are closely monitored against budget.
    2. Leadership and day to day management of the Senior Team.
    3. Oversee the activities, performance and development of staff, ensuring succession planning and performance monitoring systems are in place.
    4. Implement relevant systems and processes to manage commercial and contractual risk adequately, reduce bureaucracy and ensure that the business is managed effectively.
    5.Research and analyse industry, market, and competitors to make informed strategy decisions on developments, market opportunities, customers and suppliers.
    6.Liaise closely with a related company, looking for ways to maximise collaborative opportunities to the benefit of both businesses.
    7.Establish a close working relationship with the Group Chair, and through this relationship as well as regular briefings and/or papers, keep the Chair and Non-Executive informed and up to date on key developments, opportunities, risks and issues within the business.
    8.Ensure that company policies and systems with regard to health, safety and environmental management and quality assurance are in place and fit for purpose.

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are keen to speak to people who can demonstrate the below skills for this role:

    •A proven track record working at a senior level within the Construction or closely related industries.
    •Experience of developing and implementing 3/5 year strategic plans
    •Strong commercial background with a hands-on approach to developing and maintaining business with customers
    •P&L experience
    •Excellent leadership, organisational and management skills
    •Strong IT and Processes background, to support the continued modernisation of the business

    This is a significant piece of recruitment for the organisation with succession planning at the forefront. The company are poised to deliver continued significant and sustainable growth over the next five years and the new Managing Director will play a pivotal role in achieving this.

    In addition to an excellent six figure package, there will an equity participation opportunity.

    For more information on this appointment please contact me confidentially on

    Assignment Managed By:

    Adam Dickson
    Adam Dickson

    Phone: 07935 502 755
    Email: a.dickson@parkinsonlee.com
    Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

    Apply for Managing Director

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

    Thank you for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon.

    Close

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    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are the retained partner to a Global Engineering Organisation in the appointment of a Finance Director within a £130million turn over specialist division based in South Yorkshire.

    Reporting into the Managing Director, and working closely with the executive leadership team, you play a key role in the implementation an agreed turnaround plan. In addition, you will be responsible for overseeing the financial planning process, organisational and systems development. You will lead a small but highly skilled finance team and ensure that the company is well positioned to achieve both its short and long term objectives.

    Main responsibilities will include:

    •Preparation and delivery of the monthly management accounts and associated supporting submissions including for statutory audit processes
    •Overseeing and maintaining robust controls over the financial systems and preparing management accounting analysis to support business decisions
    •Overall accountability for the development and updating of the costing system, ensuring accuracy, and improving the quality of information
    •Leading the team to compile regular financial statement forecasting and the annual budgeting process
    •To drive cost reduction initiatives and improved business efficiency through both the sites and the supply chain
    •Working alongside the MD to deliver forecasts and maximise business performance
    •Provide leadership, coaching and support to the finance team and wider senior members in relation to finance transformation requirements of the business
    •Manage cash and maximise working capital and funding requirements to support business growth
    •Oversight and development of the capital expenditure strategy
    •Challenge current working practices to drive improvements and ensure common best practice processes across the sites

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are looking for applicants with the below experience:

    •Proven experience as a Finance Director within an engineering, metals or manufacturing business
    •Immediately available, or on a short notice period
    •Strong leadership skills, able to motivate and direct a small team
    •Experience in M&A would be advantageous

    For a confidential discussion please contact Lee Bhandal on or apply directly online
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    Lee Bhandal is our Managing Partner.

    Lee is a Board Director at our parent company, Elevation Recruitment Group, and a key member of the team that completed the successful MBO of that Group in 2014. As well as providing day-to-day leadership for Parkinson Lee, he also takes the lead for the appointment of CEOs and Business Leaders, and our CFO and Finance Directors’ practice.

    When it comes to Executive Search, exclusively and continuously in Yorkshire and the East Midlands, Lee is almost certainly the most experienced practitioner in the region, benefitting from a network that is probably unrivalled.

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  • Finance Director Sheffield

    Finance Director

    Salary: £100000 - £130000 Per Annum + + Benefits
    Location: Sheffield
    Type: Permanent
    Ref Number: ESLB-36492

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are the retained partner to a Global Engineering Organisation in the appointment of a Finance Director within a £130million turn over specialist division based in South Yorkshire.

    Reporting into the Managing Director, and working closely with the executive leadership team, you play a key role in the implementation an agreed turnaround plan. In addition, you will be responsible for overseeing the financial planning process, organisational and systems development. You will lead a small but highly skilled finance team and ensure that the company is well positioned to achieve both its short and long term objectives.

    Main responsibilities will include:

    •Preparation and delivery of the monthly management accounts and associated supporting submissions including for statutory audit processes
    •Overseeing and maintaining robust controls over the financial systems and preparing management accounting analysis to support business decisions
    •Overall accountability for the development and updating of the costing system, ensuring accuracy, and improving the quality of information
    •Leading the team to compile regular financial statement forecasting and the annual budgeting process
    •To drive cost reduction initiatives and improved business efficiency through both the sites and the supply chain
    •Working alongside the MD to deliver forecasts and maximise business performance
    •Provide leadership, coaching and support to the finance team and wider senior members in relation to finance transformation requirements of the business
    •Manage cash and maximise working capital and funding requirements to support business growth
    •Oversight and development of the capital expenditure strategy
    •Challenge current working practices to drive improvements and ensure common best practice processes across the sites

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are looking for applicants with the below experience:

    •Proven experience as a Finance Director within an engineering, metals or manufacturing business
    •Immediately available, or on a short notice period
    •Strong leadership skills, able to motivate and direct a small team
    •Experience in M&A would be advantageous

    For a confidential discussion please contact Lee Bhandal on or apply directly online

    Assignment Managed By:

    Lee Bhandal

    Phone: 07590 529 274
    Email: l.bhandal@parkinsonlee.com
    Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

    Apply for Finance Director

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

    Thank you for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon.

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    Drax are a dynamic and forward thinking plc business, listed on the London Stock Exchange who are looking to hire a similar thinking individual to lead their ED&I strategy.

    This is a senior position where you will be required to bring the strategy to life and be the subject matter expertise in this field. You will be accountable for leading the delivery and governance of the DEI strategy, supporting the Company’s ambition to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive company.

    You will inspire and influence various stakeholders to deliver the global DEI strategy and use your expertise to support local teams with local DEI plans. Project management, Governance, regular reporting on progress to key stakeholders all form part of this role. Reporting to the Head of Resourcing you will work closely with all levels of staff including the Board.

    You will work with external stakeholders and service providers acting as a credible expert voice of DEI within the business.

    With a commercial approach, a growth mindset and a passion for change, you will have D&I expertise from different labour markets with strong experience of developing and delivering strategic D&I plans to desired outcomes. You will understand the importance of and have a strong track record in relationship building and influencing skills to operate successfully at senior levels and cross functionally with a personal responsibility to hold yourself and others accountable for performance.

    You will be assigned to an office in the North of England where you will be able to visit twice a week.

    Generous package with PLC benefits on offer.

    This is a truly fantastic opportunity to join this business in a period of growth and change. If you would like more information please feel free to contact Emma Noble, Partner,

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  • Senior Manager - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Selby

    Senior Manager - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    Location: Selby
    Type: Permanent
    Ref Number: ESLB-35773

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are working in partnership with Drax plc in their search for a Senior Manager - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

    Drax are a dynamic and forward thinking plc business, listed on the London Stock Exchange who are looking to hire a similar thinking individual to lead their ED&I strategy.

    This is a senior position where you will be required to bring the strategy to life and be the subject matter expertise in this field. You will be accountable for leading the delivery and governance of the DEI strategy, supporting the Company’s ambition to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive company.

    You will inspire and influence various stakeholders to deliver the global DEI strategy and use your expertise to support local teams with local DEI plans. Project management, Governance, regular reporting on progress to key stakeholders all form part of this role. Reporting to the Head of Resourcing you will work closely with all levels of staff including the Board.

    You will work with external stakeholders and service providers acting as a credible expert voice of DEI within the business.

    With a commercial approach, a growth mindset and a passion for change, you will have D&I expertise from different labour markets with strong experience of developing and delivering strategic D&I plans to desired outcomes. You will understand the importance of and have a strong track record in relationship building and influencing skills to operate successfully at senior levels and cross functionally with a personal responsibility to hold yourself and others accountable for performance.

    You will be assigned to an office in the North of England where you will be able to visit twice a week.

    Generous package with PLC benefits on offer.

    This is a truly fantastic opportunity to join this business in a period of growth and change. If you would like more information please feel free to contact Emma Noble, Partner,

    Please note any 3rd party applications sent directly to Drax will be forwarded to Parkinson Lee.

    Assignment Managed By:

    Lee Bhandal

    Phone: 07590 529 274
    Email: l.bhandal@parkinsonlee.com
    Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

    Apply for Senior Manager - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

    Thank you for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon.

    Close

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    Remuneration Details

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    Please note
    We review every CV submitted in detail. We will confirm we have received your personal information by email and ensure your details are added to our network of executives. One of our team will contact you should we need any additional information or to discuss suitable roles as they arise.

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    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are the retained partner to a highly entrepreneurial, owner managed, Civil Engineering Organisation based in West Yorkshire, in the appointment of a Group CFO.

    Reporting to the CEO (Owner), you will lead a high calibre multifunctional Finance, IT and HR team, and key responsibilities will include:

    •Being an active member of the Board in the overall running of the business to achieve the organisational goals
    •Acting as a strong business partner and ‘sounding board’ to the CEO and other Board members, supporting and challenging where appropriate
    •Supporting the business in the creation and implementation of both short and longer term strategic plans
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    •Reviewing the business plan and comparing actual vs projected budgets and making recommendations and influencing at board level
    •Ensuring compliance with statutory financial and accounting requirements
    •Managing all third relevant third party relationships, i.e. banks, auditors, insurers, funders etc

    The ideal candidate will be:
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    •Experienced within civil engineering, construction or contracting
    •Must have contract accounting experience, in particular an understanding of the revenue recognition process for WIP
    •A highly experienced, and charismatic business leader with the ability to influence at all levels both internally and externally
    •Confident, personable and possess the gravitas to gain the credibility at board level quickly

    This is an outstanding career opportunity, and the successful candidate will participate in a planned transaction within the next few years.

    For a confidential discussion please contact Adam Dickson on or apply on line.


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    As a previous business owner, and having held numerous leadership roles, Adam prides himself on exceptional service delivery for clients and candidates, acting as both a trusted career advisor and search partner. As an Associate partner at Parkinson Lee, Adam delivers executive assignments on behalf of a comprehensive list of FTSE and Aim listed PLCs, Private Equity & Venture Capital, SME and Not For Profit / Public Sector organisations.

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  • Group Chief Financial Officer Leeds

    Group Chief Financial Officer

    Salary: £130000 - £150000 Per Annum + Equity + Bonus + Car
    Location: Leeds
    Type: Permanent
    Ref Number: ESAZ-11060

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are the retained partner to a highly entrepreneurial, owner managed, Civil Engineering Organisation based in West Yorkshire, in the appointment of a Group CFO.

    Reporting to the CEO (Owner), you will lead a high calibre multifunctional Finance, IT and HR team, and key responsibilities will include:

    •Being an active member of the Board in the overall running of the business to achieve the organisational goals
    •Acting as a strong business partner and ‘sounding board’ to the CEO and other Board members, supporting and challenging where appropriate
    •Supporting the business in the creation and implementation of both short and longer term strategic plans
    •Full financial management of the business to include overseeing the production of monthly, quarterly and yearly reports and accounts
    •Developing an FP&A function to deliver MI and business intelligence for the first time that will significantly improve operational effectiveness through more informed commercial decision making
    •Strict cash flow and working capital management
    •Reviewing the business plan and comparing actual vs projected budgets and making recommendations and influencing at board level
    •Ensuring compliance with statutory financial and accounting requirements
    •Managing all third relevant third party relationships, i.e. banks, auditors, insurers, funders etc

    The ideal candidate will be:
    •A qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA) with experience of operating at board level
    •An experienced and well established FD, with proven experience operating in a number one finance role
    •Experienced within civil engineering, construction or contracting
    •Must have contract accounting experience, in particular an understanding of the revenue recognition process for WIP
    •A highly experienced, and charismatic business leader with the ability to influence at all levels both internally and externally
    •Confident, personable and possess the gravitas to gain the credibility at board level quickly

    This is an outstanding career opportunity, and the successful candidate will participate in a planned transaction within the next few years.

    For a confidential discussion please contact Adam Dickson on or apply on line.

    Assignment Managed By:

    Adam Dickson
    Adam Dickson

    Phone: 07935 502 755
    Email: a.dickson@parkinsonlee.com
    Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

    Apply for Group Chief Financial Officer

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

    Thank you for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon.

    Close

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    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are working in partnership with Drax plc in their search for a Senior Manager - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

    Drax are a dynamic and forward thinking plc business, listed on the London Stock Exchange, who are looking to hire a similar-thinking individual to lead their Equality Diversity & Inclusion strategy.

    This is a senior position where you will be required to bring the strategy to life and be the subject matter expertise in this field. You will be accountable for leading the delivery and governance of the Diversity Equality Inclusion strategy, supporting the Company’s ambition to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive company.

    You will inspire and influence various stakeholders to deliver the global Diversity Equality Inclusion strategy and use your expertise to support local teams with local Diversity Equality Inclusion plans. Project management, Governance, regular reporting on progress to key stakeholders all form part of this role. Reporting to the Head of Resourcing you will work closely with all levels of staff including the Board.

    You will work with external stakeholders and service providers acting as a credible expert voice of Diversity Equality Inclusion within the business.

    With a commercial approach, a growth mindset and a passion for change, you will have Diversity & Inclusion expertise from different labour markets with strong experience of developing and delivering strategic D&I plans to desired outcomes. You will understand the importance of and have a strong track record in relationship building and influencing skills to operate successfully at senior levels and cross functionally with a personal responsibility to hold yourself and others accountable for performance.

    You will be assigned to an office in the North of England where you will be able to visit twice a week.

    Generous package with PLC benefits on offer.

    This is a truly fantastic opportunity to join this business in a period of growth and change. If you would like more information please feel free to contact Emma Noble, Partner.

    Please note any 3rd party applications sent directly to Drax will be forwarded to Parkinson Lee.
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  • Senior Manager - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Selby

    Senior Manager - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    Salary: Up To £85000 Per Annum + + Excellent Bens
    Location: Selby
    Type: Permanent
    Ref Number: ESLB-36454

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are working in partnership with Drax plc in their search for a Senior Manager - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

    Drax are a dynamic and forward thinking plc business, listed on the London Stock Exchange, who are looking to hire a similar-thinking individual to lead their Equality Diversity & Inclusion strategy.
    This is a senior position where you will be required to bring the strategy to life and be the subject matter expertise in this field. You will be accountable for leading the delivery and governance of the Diversity Equality Inclusion strategy, supporting the Company’s ambition to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive company.

    You will inspire and influence various stakeholders to deliver the global Diversity Equality Inclusion strategy and use your expertise to support local teams with local Diversity Equality Inclusion plans. Project management, Governance, regular reporting on progress to key stakeholders all form part of this role. Reporting to the Head of Resourcing you will work closely with all levels of staff including the Board.

    You will work with external stakeholders and service providers acting as a credible expert voice of Diversity Equality Inclusion within the business.

    With a commercial approach, a growth mindset and a passion for change, you will have Diversity & Inclusion expertise from different labour markets with strong experience of developing and delivering strategic D&I plans to desired outcomes. You will understand the importance of and have a strong track record in relationship building and influencing skills to operate successfully at senior levels and cross functionally with a personal responsibility to hold yourself and others accountable for performance.

    You will be assigned to an office in the North of England where you will be able to visit twice a week.

    Generous package with PLC benefits on offer.

    This is a truly fantastic opportunity to join this business in a period of growth and change. If you would like more information please feel free to contact Emma Noble, Partner.

    Please note any 3rd party applications sent directly to Drax will be forwarded to Parkinson Lee.

    Assignment Managed By:

    Lee Bhandal

    Phone: 07590 529 274
    Email: l.bhandal@parkinsonlee.com
    Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

    Apply for Senior Manager - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

    Thank you for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon.

    Close

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    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are working with a leading UK business within the Insurance, banking and financial services sector to recruit a Director of Product Management. This role is primarily based in the London office (c2/3 days) with hybrid working.

    Reporting into the CCO, the Director of Product Management will be responsible for leading the product function for the required business unit delivering the strategy in line with commercial performance taking ownership of the overall proposition to ensure the portfolio is at the forefront of the sector.

    As the Director of Product Management you will immerse yourself within the industry and become an expert within the sector, constantly identifying potential opportunities to develop new products/propositions and take the lead on seeing these through to launch, developing a go to market strategy in order to do so.

    The duties and responsibilities of the Director of Product Management will be to:

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    •Bring the voice of the market into the definition of the product strategies.
    •Cross functional collaborating
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    •Develop Go-To Market processes to build compelling launch material that maximises the opportunity of benefits realisation.
    •Ensure the team follows industry best practice and are aligned to bank wide strategic direction
    •Ensure all governance and compliance requirements are adhered to and ensure product reviews are complete in a timely manner
    •Monitor and track the realisation of benefits
    •Ensure the product strategy is linked to the technology strategy.
    •Provide senior leadership, strategic and professional management for the team
    •Recruit, train and employ high calibre employees within budget, headcount levels and temporary resource requirements
    •Coach, mentor, and develop staff, including overseeing new employee onboarding and providing career development planning and opportunities

    This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced business leader who has established themselves at Director level, to join and make a significant impact within a top-tier leading organisation in the insurance sector who are embarking on an exciting period of transformational change.

    Our client is offering a Six Figure Salary + bonus + executive benefits

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    As a previous business owner, and having held numerous leadership roles, Adam prides himself on exceptional service delivery for clients and candidates, acting as both a trusted career advisor and search partner. As an Associate partner at Parkinson Lee, Adam delivers executive assignments on behalf of a comprehensive list of FTSE and Aim listed PLCs, Private Equity & Venture Capital, SME and Not For Profit / Public Sector organisations.

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  • Director of Product Management London

    Director of Product Management

    Salary: Competitive Salary + Excellent Bens
    Location: London
    Type: Permanent
    Ref Number: ESAZ-36879

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are working with a leading UK business within the Insurance, banking and financial services sector to recruit a Director of Product Management. This role is primarily based in the London office (c2/3 days) with hybrid working.

    Reporting into the CCO, the Director of Product Management will be responsible for leading the product function for the required business unit delivering the strategy in line with commercial performance taking ownership of the overall proposition to ensure the portfolio is at the forefront of the sector.

    As the Director of Product Management you will immerse yourself within the industry and become an expert within the sector, constantly identifying potential opportunities to develop new products/propositions and take the lead on seeing these through to launch, developing a go to market strategy in order to do so.

    The duties and responsibilities of the Director of Product Management will be to:

    •Evolve the product management methodology and embed across the organisation
    •Bring the voice of the market into the definition of the product strategies.
    •Cross functional collaborating
    •Create compelling product strategies that deliver on the overall proposition and develop roadmaps that deliver on the strategy.
    •Develop Go-To Market processes to build compelling launch material that maximises the opportunity of benefits realisation.
    •Ensure the team follows industry best practice and are aligned to bank wide strategic direction
    •Ensure all governance and compliance requirements are adhered to and ensure product reviews are complete in a timely manner
    •Monitor and track the realisation of benefits
    •Ensure the product strategy is linked to the technology strategy.
    •Provide senior leadership, strategic and professional management for the team
    •Recruit, train and employ high calibre employees within budget, headcount levels and temporary resource requirements
    •Coach, mentor, and develop staff, including overseeing new employee onboarding and providing career development planning and opportunities

    This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced business leader who has established themselves at Director level, to join and make a significant impact within a top-tier leading organisation in the insurance sector who are embarking on an exciting period of transformational change.

    Our client is offering a Six Figure Salary + bonus + executive benefits

    For a confidential discussion about this appointment please contact Adam Dickson at Parkinson Lee, alternatively apply online.

    Assignment Managed By:

    Adam Dickson
    Adam Dickson

    Phone: 07935 502 755
    Email: a.dickson@parkinsonlee.com
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    Apply for Director of Product Management

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    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are retained partners to a North London based organisation within the construction industry who are looking to appoint a Finance Director to work closely with the ELT through a period of transformational change and rapid growth.
    This role will have full leadership responsibility for the finance function that supports the core business and its entities (£120m t/o) as they aim to grow to £150M t/o over the coming 12 months.

    Acting as a key sounding board to both the MD & Commercial Director and providing timely reporting and MI to the wider senior leadership team, your responsibilities will include budgeting, forecasting, cashflow management, accounting process, financial reporting, tax and managing the key relationship with external parties such as auditors and banks.

    Key responsibilities will include:
    •Developing effective relationships with other Departments and the Board of Directors including Joint Venture Companies
    •Completing the monthly financial statements and accounts, including month end and year end consolidated reports, balance sheet reconciliation, fixed asset maintenance for the company, Subsidiaries and Joint Ventures
    •Prepare and present financial information papers for the Senior Management Team
    •Provide business and commercial financial analysis on acquisition opportunities
    •Supporting the preparation of weekly cashflow forecasts
    •Supporting the preparation and updating of monthly commercial/ financial budgeting/ forecasting
    •Supporting the preparation of the quarterly reforecasting of the commercial/ financial budgets
    •Supporting the preparation of the annual group budget
    •Supporting the recording of Bid Pipeline/ Secured sales and reporting monthly movements
    •Reporting to stakeholders including commentary on material variances and Opportunities/ Threats alongside Key Performance Indicators
    •Identify trends early (negative and positive), with the production of meaningful financial Key Performance Indicators/ Ratios
    •Developing means to increase profitability and optimise operational costs
    •Internal audit of all financial matters pertaining to the business to ensure not only compliance, but also best practice is observed; ensuring as a minimum compliance with Group Minimum Requirements (GMR’s)
    •Year End Audit pack and Statutory Accounts preparation, including liaising with External Auditors
    •Corporation Tax computation and liaising with External Tax Advisors

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are looking for individuals with the following experience:

    •A proven track record post qualification of working in a senior finance position, ideally within the construction or associated sectors
    •Meticulous accounting skills and knowledge of procedures
    •Positive and constructive outlook, with powerful analytical thinking and problem-solving skills; being able to work effectively under time pressure with a hands-on approach
    •Experience within a fast-growing SME would be highly advantageous, coupled with a strong desire to be part of the business
    •High level of integrity, being trustworthy and respectful of confidential information
    •Show successful leadership skills, being a natural communicator who can influence and negotiate with finance and non-finance at all levels
    •Highly proactive approach
    •Strengths in information technology skills, particularly accounting packages, and systems (Microsoft Navision understanding preferable)
    •Experience of Joint Venture and Subsidiary accounting practices (preferable)

    As the Finance Director you will be a true financial business partner to the ELT that will progress towards a senior leadership role within the group, therefore, this would be an ideal opportunity for an ambitious Financial Controller with a proven track record of delivery and growth within a larger or similar sized business or an experienced Finance Director from within the industry who is looking for their next challenge and a route towards and ELT opportunity within an established enterprise.

    Along with a competitive six-figure salary and benefits package, you will also have an opportunity to earn annual bonus.

    If you would be open to having a private and confidential conversation regarding this opportunity, please e-mail your CV or call me directly on 07935 502 755.

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    Adam Dickson is an Associate Partner at Parkinson Lee Executive Search. He has over 20 years’ experience in recruiting executive & board level appointments across the UK (Yorkshire, East Midlands, London, Thames Valley), and internationally across Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific and the UAE.

    Adam has spent 10 years of his career in Australia, leading an executive search firm with reach across the Asia Pacific market, whilst operating within a global ASX listed business based out of Sydney. Adam has substantial experience in completing retained search mandates for a broad range of clients, ranging from Blue Chip, SME and Private Equity backed organisations.

    As a previous business owner, and having held numerous leadership roles, Adam prides himself on exceptional service delivery for clients and candidates, acting as both a trusted career advisor and search partner. As an Associate partner at Parkinson Lee, Adam delivers executive assignments on behalf of a comprehensive list of FTSE and Aim listed PLCs, Private Equity & Venture Capital, SME and Not For Profit / Public Sector organisations.

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  • Finance Director North London

    Finance Director

    Salary: £six Figure Salary + Exec Level Bens
    Location: North London
    Type: Permanent
    Ref Number: ESAZ-36826

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are retained partners to a North London based organisation within the construction industry who are looking to appoint a Finance Director to work closely with the ELT through a period of transformational change and rapid growth.
    This role will have full leadership responsibility for the finance function that supports the core business and its entities (£120m t/o) as they aim to grow to £150M t/o over the coming 12 months.

    Acting as a key sounding board to both the MD & Commercial Director and providing timely reporting and MI to the wider senior leadership team, your responsibilities will include budgeting, forecasting, cashflow management, accounting process, financial reporting, tax and managing the key relationship with external parties such as auditors and banks.

    Key responsibilities will include:
    •Developing effective relationships with other Departments and the Board of Directors including Joint Venture Companies
    •Completing the monthly financial statements and accounts, including month end and year end consolidated reports, balance sheet reconciliation, fixed asset maintenance for the company, Subsidiaries and Joint Ventures
    •Prepare and present financial information papers for the Senior Management Team
    •Provide business and commercial financial analysis on acquisition opportunities
    •Supporting the preparation of weekly cashflow forecasts
    •Supporting the preparation and updating of monthly commercial/ financial budgeting/ forecasting
    •Supporting the preparation of the quarterly reforecasting of the commercial/ financial budgets
    •Supporting the preparation of the annual group budget
    •Supporting the recording of Bid Pipeline/ Secured sales and reporting monthly movements
    •Reporting to stakeholders including commentary on material variances and Opportunities/ Threats alongside Key Performance Indicators
    •Identify trends early (negative and positive), with the production of meaningful financial Key Performance Indicators/ Ratios
    •Developing means to increase profitability and optimise operational costs
    •Internal audit of all financial matters pertaining to the business to ensure not only compliance, but also best practice is observed; ensuring as a minimum compliance with Group Minimum Requirements (GMR’s)
    •Year End Audit pack and Statutory Accounts preparation, including liaising with External Auditors
    •Corporation Tax computation and liaising with External Tax Advisors

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search are looking for individuals with the following experience:

    •A proven track record post qualification of working in a senior finance position, ideally within the construction or associated sectors
    •Meticulous accounting skills and knowledge of procedures
    •Positive and constructive outlook, with powerful analytical thinking and problem-solving skills; being able to work effectively under time pressure with a hands-on approach
    •Experience within a fast-growing SME would be highly advantageous, coupled with a strong desire to be part of the business
    •High level of integrity, being trustworthy and respectful of confidential information
    •Show successful leadership skills, being a natural communicator who can influence and negotiate with finance and non-finance at all levels
    •Highly proactive approach
    •Strengths in information technology skills, particularly accounting packages, and systems (Microsoft Navision understanding preferable)
    •Experience of Joint Venture and Subsidiary accounting practices (preferable)

    As the Finance Director you will be a true financial business partner to the ELT that will progress towards a senior leadership role within the group, therefore, this would be an ideal opportunity for an ambitious Financial Controller with a proven track record of delivery and growth within a larger or similar sized business or an experienced Finance Director from within the industry who is looking for their next challenge and a route towards and ELT opportunity within an established enterprise.

    Along with a competitive six-figure salary and benefits package, you will also have an opportunity to earn annual bonus.

    If you would be open to having a private and confidential conversation regarding this opportunity, please e-mail your CV or call me directly on 07935 502 755.

    Assignment Managed By:

    Adam Dickson
    Adam Dickson

    Phone: 07935 502 755
    Email: a.dickson@parkinsonlee.com
    Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

    Apply for Finance Director

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

    Thank you for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon.

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        [description] => 
    Parkinson Lee are delighted to be retained partners with a market leading Conveyancing business, based in the Yorkshire, to recruit a Director of Conveyancing & Legal Property Services to join their expanding business.

    The main purpose of this role is to provide legal leadership and supervision, supporting lawyers to ensure all work is carried out in line with the business and clients’ regulatory requirements.

    As the Director of Conveyancing & Legal Property Services your key responsibilities will include:

    ·An understanding of all aspects of the business, providing quality practical/ legal advice and support to the lawyers and the wider business on complex matters, liaising with internal and external parties (including client lenders, borrower’s and external lawyers).

    ·To manage and inspire the lawyers with ongoing coaching, training and development, ensuring the workload is equitably distributed within the team to enable them to maximise their potential, managing the team effectively delivering difficult messages when required with clarity and sensitivity being persuasive where required.

    ·Providing continued direction and support to the lawyers to ensure first-class service and that the legal and process support being provided in respect of any matters referred is being carried out accurately, efficiently and in line with business/client and regulatory requirements.

    ·To assist their institutional lender clients when requested in developing new processes or products, communicating with them in a clear honest practical and enthusiastic way to enable them to build trust in your and the companies’ ability as a business to add value to any proposition.

    ·To promote the business ethics and values promoting the companies’ brand and focusing on what matters to their clients.

    ·Identify process and policy improvements, ensuring guidance is maintained and the lawyers are updated with any changes where appropriate.

    ·Keeping abreast of current property issues/ forthcoming legislation that may impact on existing internal processes and ensure these are adapted accordingly.


    We are inviting candidates with the below skills set to apply:

    ·Qualified Licence Conveyancer / CILEX or qualified Solicitor with extensive knowledge in property law

    ·Confident in technology focused conveyancing and keen to explore other digital tools to keep the company at the forefront of the industry

    ·An ability to act as the key contact for the regulatory body and take ownership of the regulatory aspects for the business with time

    ·An excellent communicator with strong influencing skills who has experience of building strong client and stakeholder relationships

    ·Exposure to people management experience (preferred) to lead a small team of lawyers

    ·A practical approach with the ability to identify new policies and procedures to drive the business forwards

    ·A sound commercial awareness with the ability to make quick crucial decisions for the business, taking ownership for decisions made to protect the business.

    ·Strong team player with a non-hierarchical approach

    This is a fantastic opportunity for someone already at Director level or looking to step up into a Director level role within a company at the forefront of the conveyancing market.

    Our client is offering a competitive base salary + senior management level benefits package.

    For a confidential discussion about this appointment please contact Adam Dickson at Parkinson Lee on , alternatively apply online. [type] => Permanent [location] => Leeds [dateposted] => 2022-04-01 09:39:59 [priority] => 0 [broadcast] => Executive Search [salary_currency] => gbp [salary_from] => 80000 [salary_to] => 90000 [salary_per] => annum [salary_benefits] => Excellent benefits package [salary] => Excellent benefits package [ordering] => 19 [sticky] => 0 [postcode] => S60 2AF [brand] => pl [lat] => 53.4268 [lng] => -1.35536 [homepage] => 0 [status] => 1 [job_posted] => 05-08-2021 [branded] => [employerID] => [completed] => [managerName] => Adam Dickson [manager] => Array ( [1] => [6] => 07935 502 755 [3] =>

    Adam Dickson is an Associate Partner at Parkinson Lee Executive Search. He has over 20 years’ experience in recruiting executive & board level appointments across the UK (Yorkshire, East Midlands, London, Thames Valley), and internationally across Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific and the UAE.

    Adam has spent 10 years of his career in Australia, leading an executive search firm with reach across the Asia Pacific market, whilst operating within a global ASX listed business based out of Sydney. Adam has substantial experience in completing retained search mandates for a broad range of clients, ranging from Blue Chip, SME and Private Equity backed organisations.

    As a previous business owner, and having held numerous leadership roles, Adam prides himself on exceptional service delivery for clients and candidates, acting as both a trusted career advisor and search partner. As an Associate partner at Parkinson Lee, Adam delivers executive assignments on behalf of a comprehensive list of FTSE and Aim listed PLCs, Private Equity & Venture Capital, SME and Not For Profit / Public Sector organisations.

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  • Director of Conveyancing & Legal Property Services Leeds

    Director of Conveyancing & Legal Property Services

    Salary: Excellent Benefits Package
    Location: Leeds
    Type: Permanent
    Ref Number: ESAZ-36264

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee are delighted to be retained partners with a market leading Conveyancing business, based in the Yorkshire, to recruit a Director of Conveyancing & Legal Property Services to join their expanding business.

    The main purpose of this role is to provide legal leadership and supervision, supporting lawyers to ensure all work is carried out in line with the business and clients’ regulatory requirements.

    As the Director of Conveyancing & Legal Property Services your key responsibilities will include:

    ·An understanding of all aspects of the business, providing quality practical/ legal advice and support to the lawyers and the wider business on complex matters, liaising with internal and external parties (including client lenders, borrower’s and external lawyers).

    ·To manage and inspire the lawyers with ongoing coaching, training and development, ensuring the workload is equitably distributed within the team to enable them to maximise their potential, managing the team effectively delivering difficult messages when required with clarity and sensitivity being persuasive where required.

    ·Providing continued direction and support to the lawyers to ensure first-class service and that the legal and process support being provided in respect of any matters referred is being carried out accurately, efficiently and in line with business/client and regulatory requirements.

    ·To assist their institutional lender clients when requested in developing new processes or products, communicating with them in a clear honest practical and enthusiastic way to enable them to build trust in your and the companies’ ability as a business to add value to any proposition.

    ·To promote the business ethics and values promoting the companies’ brand and focusing on what matters to their clients.

    ·Identify process and policy improvements, ensuring guidance is maintained and the lawyers are updated with any changes where appropriate.

    ·Keeping abreast of current property issues/ forthcoming legislation that may impact on existing internal processes and ensure these are adapted accordingly.

    We are inviting candidates with the below skills set to apply:

    ·Qualified Licence Conveyancer / CILEX or qualified Solicitor with extensive knowledge in property law

    ·Confident in technology focused conveyancing and keen to explore other digital tools to keep the company at the forefront of the industry

    ·An ability to act as the key contact for the regulatory body and take ownership of the regulatory aspects for the business with time

    ·An excellent communicator with strong influencing skills who has experience of building strong client and stakeholder relationships

    ·Exposure to people management experience (preferred) to lead a small team of lawyers

    ·A practical approach with the ability to identify new policies and procedures to drive the business forwards

    ·A sound commercial awareness with the ability to make quick crucial decisions for the business, taking ownership for decisions made to protect the business.

    ·Strong team player with a non-hierarchical approach

    This is a fantastic opportunity for someone already at Director level or looking to step up into a Director level role within a company at the forefront of the conveyancing market.

    Our client is offering a competitive base salary + senior management level benefits package.

    For a confidential discussion about this appointment please contact Adam Dickson at Parkinson Lee on , alternatively apply online.

    Assignment Managed By:

    Adam Dickson
    Adam Dickson

    Phone: 07935 502 755
    Email: a.dickson@parkinsonlee.com
    Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

    Apply for Director of Conveyancing & Legal Property Services

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

    Thank you for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon.

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    Parkinson Lee are working with a Global Chemicals Business to recruit a Regulatory Director with a global reach.

    The purpose of this position is to be the lead on all regulatory issues and management of compliance for the business globally, managing external service providers to support compliance management strategy. You will also be the focal point for PSRA relationships with senior managers in the region and be able to establish effective business controls by country/region to underpin compliance strategy.

    Key Responsibilities Include:
    •Providing specialist expert opinion and guidance on product safety and regulatory developments to ensure ongoing compliance of products sold in their specific regions
    •Proactively monitor new regulatory developments in the region and to develop plans to mitigate or realise opportunities.
    •To work with trade associations to influence Regulatory Authorities in the development and implementation of new legislation to minimise the variation and hence cost of compliance globally
    •To develop business controls for compliance and plan for their implementation
    •To implement working practise to manage regulatory compliance for products on an on-going basis to minimise business risk, regulatory action, and loss of customer confidence
    •To facilitate business growth opportunities by taking regulatory action to remove barriers to market and support new product introduction.
    •To proactively explore non-standard notification routes that allow for reduced testing and hence reduce the time and cost of new product information.
    •To manage all chemical regulatory notifications/registrations in the region by offering a single focal point in the global resource. This will require considerable influencing skills to get an agreement on priorities between different regions and the co-ordinations and instruction of internal technical resource and management and selection of external service providers
    •To provide training to country managers sales professionals, R&D scientists, site technical managers to understand the variety of country specific regulations. To provide training in regulatory requirements to develop local expertise and to ensure that all in the PSRA team have a working knowledge of relevant legislation

    Management & Key Stakeholders:
    The Regulatory Director will have 7 direct reports who will be based remotely across Asia, North America, and Europe. Key stakeholders will include Country Managers, Site Technical Managers, Site HSE Managers, R&D Scientists, Sales Managers, Regulatory contacts at other companies, Industry working groups, Regulators and Regulatory consultancies.

    Experience Required:
    This position requires the job holder to deal with a high complexity of regulations covering a variety of products applications and markets, involving multiple departments across the group where information is not always readily available and can be scattered across multiple locations and departments. To be successful in this role you will be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of financial, commercial and liability implications of regulatory assessments and can influence key stakeholders across the group using a high level of professional diplomacy, negotiation and persuasion. This role will also challenge the development of on-going business strategies.

    Personal Attributes:
    •Degree level qualification gained within a technical field (i.e., chemistry, engineering, etc.)
    •Professional product safety specialist
    •Expert in detailed knowledge of complex and varying chemical control legislation across multiple regions
    •Experiences business leader within large complex organisations with global reach
    •Proven track record of managing regulatory programs in multi regions
    •Cultural awareness and knowledge of routes or influence
    •Wider scientific and regulatory uncertainty requiring expert judgement and informed interpretation
    •Significant negotiating and influencing skills and assertiveness

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    Adam Dickson is an Associate Partner at Parkinson Lee Executive Search. He has over 20 years’ experience in recruiting executive & board level appointments across the UK (Yorkshire, East Midlands, London, Thames Valley), and internationally across Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific and the UAE.

    Adam has spent 10 years of his career in Australia, leading an executive search firm with reach across the Asia Pacific market, whilst operating within a global ASX listed business based out of Sydney. Adam has substantial experience in completing retained search mandates for a broad range of clients, ranging from Blue Chip, SME and Private Equity backed organisations.

    As a previous business owner, and having held numerous leadership roles, Adam prides himself on exceptional service delivery for clients and candidates, acting as both a trusted career advisor and search partner. As an Associate partner at Parkinson Lee, Adam delivers executive assignments on behalf of a comprehensive list of FTSE and Aim listed PLCs, Private Equity & Venture Capital, SME and Not For Profit / Public Sector organisations.

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  • Regulatory Director Leeds

    Regulatory Director

    Salary: Executive Salary And Benefits
    Location: Leeds
    Type: Permanent
    Ref Number: ESAZ-35830

    Job Description

    Parkinson Lee are working with a Global Chemicals Business to recruit a Regulatory Director with a global reach.

    The purpose of this position is to be the lead on all regulatory issues and management of compliance for the business globally, managing external service providers to support compliance management strategy. You will also be the focal point for PSRA relationships with senior managers in the region and be able to establish effective business controls by country/region to underpin compliance strategy.

    Key Responsibilities Include:
    •Providing specialist expert opinion and guidance on product safety and regulatory developments to ensure ongoing compliance of products sold in their specific regions
    •Proactively monitor new regulatory developments in the region and to develop plans to mitigate or realise opportunities.
    •To work with trade associations to influence Regulatory Authorities in the development and implementation of new legislation to minimise the variation and hence cost of compliance globally
    •To develop business controls for compliance and plan for their implementation
    •To implement working practise to manage regulatory compliance for products on an on-going basis to minimise business risk, regulatory action, and loss of customer confidence
    •To facilitate business growth opportunities by taking regulatory action to remove barriers to market and support new product introduction.
    •To proactively explore non-standard notification routes that allow for reduced testing and hence reduce the time and cost of new product information.
    •To manage all chemical regulatory notifications/registrations in the region by offering a single focal point in the global resource. This will require considerable influencing skills to get an agreement on priorities between different regions and the co-ordinations and instruction of internal technical resource and management and selection of external service providers
    •To provide training to country managers sales professionals, R&D scientists, site technical managers to understand the variety of country specific regulations. To provide training in regulatory requirements to develop local expertise and to ensure that all in the PSRA team have a working knowledge of relevant legislation

    Management & Key Stakeholders:
    The Regulatory Director will have 7 direct reports who will be based remotely across Asia, North America, and Europe. Key stakeholders will include Country Managers, Site Technical Managers, Site HSE Managers, R&D Scientists, Sales Managers, Regulatory contacts at other companies, Industry working groups, Regulators and Regulatory consultancies.

    Experience Required:
    This position requires the job holder to deal with a high complexity of regulations covering a variety of products applications and markets, involving multiple departments across the group where information is not always readily available and can be scattered across multiple locations and departments. To be successful in this role you will be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of financial, commercial and liability implications of regulatory assessments and can influence key stakeholders across the group using a high level of professional diplomacy, negotiation and persuasion. This role will also challenge the development of on-going business strategies.

    Personal Attributes:
    •Degree level qualification gained within a technical field (i.e., chemistry, engineering, etc.)
    •Professional product safety specialist
    •Expert in detailed knowledge of complex and varying chemical control legislation across multiple regions
    •Experiences business leader within large complex organisations with global reach
    •Proven track record of managing regulatory programs in multi regions
    •Cultural awareness and knowledge of routes or influence
    •Wider scientific and regulatory uncertainty requiring expert judgement and informed interpretation
    •Significant negotiating and influencing skills and assertiveness

    For more information please contact or apply online.

    Assignment Managed By:

    Adam Dickson
    Adam Dickson

    Phone: 07935 502 755
    Email: a.dickson@parkinsonlee.com
    Online: Join my network on LinkedIn

    Apply for Regulatory Director

    Please note that any information provided here will be treated in the strictest of confidence

    Thank you for registering your interest, we will be in touch soon.

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Parkinson|Lee bring a dynamic and fresh approach to Executive Search across the Yorkshire region, our team have over 80+ years combined experience and we are proud of the executive networks we have developed through our service delivery and strategic advice

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Testimonials

Our success is based on a straightforward and transparent approach at all stages of every search

Parkinson|Lee have an impressive and successful track record of completing search assignments across the region, please see below a selection of recently completed assignments.  For more information on any of these campaigns or to discuss an impending requirement please contact Parkinson|Lee on 01709 303 330.

  • Drax Plc - Head of Hydro

    I would thoroughly recommend the team at Parkinson Lee. From the initial discussion about the potential role through the different stages of the process, I felt that Parkinson Lee were really trying their best for me as a candidate. There were challenges through the process, but each was met with a clear commitment to understand the issues and deal with them in a thoroughly professional manner.

    I found the whole experience extremely straightforward and there was a clear and refreshing honesty throughout the whole process. It was clear to me that the team cared that the process was transparent. I would recommend the team, but especially Adam Dickson and Rachael Lee who were very straightforward to deal with. It was a very positive and confident process.

    Mike Wynd, Head of Hydro, Drax

  • Ferno UK Limited - Managing Director UK

    Irrespective of the position you hold or are seeking, engaging with the right executive search firm is crucial. 

    Having experienced and connected with most of the top ten agencies in the UK, and disappointingly must comment on the fact that even at C-suite level, you are treated as a commodity, this is where Parkinson Lee separates themselves and rises above the rest.

    I have been in contact with Parkinson Lee for a few years now. Through this time, I have maintained contact with the team, had conversations on opportunities, discussed market movements, but more importantly we got to know each other so that when the most fitting opportunity came along, I was in the strongest position possible to align my experience and expertise with the assignment. 

    All this one-to-one contact resulted in the right opportunity arising and ultimately me being offered and accepting the role as Managing Director with Ferno UK Limited.

    I will continue my contact with Parkinson Lee going forward and I will have no hesitation in placing my future recruitment needs in the credible and trustworthy hands of the team.

    Marshall Reid, Managing Director UK at Ferno UK Limited

  • Ferno UK Limited - Chief of Global Strategy & European Region MD
    Having conducted some research in the Yorkshire area, we approached Parkinson Lee to recruit a MD for our UK operations. 

    There was an initial discussion to define the role and the type of person we are looking for. 

    Their messaging and contact were on point having received over 950 applications for the role, they narrowed this down to ten high calibre candidates, and completed the initial screening and made recommendations to us with their Exec Summary on what each candidate had to offer us. 

    They arranged the initial interviews across three time zones with our group Exec Team and we finally settled on one clear candidate. Parkinson Lee then assisted us with the offer and acceptance process. 

    The team listened to our needs and were committed to providing the best person for the role, which is where we ended up.

    Jon Ellis, Chief of Global Strategy & European Region MD at Ferno UK Limited
  • Beverley Building Society - Non Executive Director & Chair of People and Culture Committee

    As all board members know, making non-executive appointments can be a challenge: a challenge involving a number of important components- appropriate skills, a proper understanding of board governance, a balanced perspective on risk and innovation, appropriate fit for the existing board along with diversity of thought which can enrich the board and its decision making. We approached Lee Bhandal with this complex list of requirements: he listened and took time to understand our brief, showed genuine commitment to The Beverley Building Society and to our values. We found Lee’s approach refreshing and pragmatic and responsive: he provided us with a very high calibre of short listed candidates and ultimately with an excellent appointment. Thank you

    - Sue Symington, NED and Chair of People and Culture Committee at Beverley Building Society

  • Beverley Building Society - Non Executive Director

    As an experienced CFO I was keen to expand my NED portfolio across the Yorkshire region. It can be hard to find the right opportunity that matches both your career experiences and the right company culturally. Parkinson Lee were able to match both extremely well, helping me to secure a NED role with a historic and leading brand within the region. I found all the team at Parkinson Lee to be supportive and professional and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their services.

    - Oliver Laird, Non Executive Director at Beverley Building Society

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  • Westfield Health - Non Executive Director

    Finding Non-Executive Director roles which match your experience and career goals can be tricky: identifying firms which are a good fit for you culturally as well as in terms of skill base can be a bit like finding hens' teeth. Parkinson Lee helped me connect with a firm which fitted my hopes for my next NED role, and supported me from first contact and interview, through to checking in with me post-appointment. Lee Bhandal gave me good advice about how to present my skills and experience to the firm, was clear before each step of the process the purpose of the documents and meeting(s), had great knowledge about the firm that was appointing, and the key decision makers, and supported me in my preparation to ensure I could give my best on the day. I found Parkinson Lee to be professional and supportive and I would recommend working with them.

    - Nicola Large, Non Executive Director at Westfield Health

  • Westfield Health - Chairman

    Choosing the ‘right’ executive search firm is always difficult but as always it comes down to people, we chose Parkinson Lee because Lee gave us the confidence that he could deliver at a fair price and within our timescales.

    Right from the getgo we presented Lee with a set of challenges of how do we refresh the board of a 102 year old well-loved company with great people but who would respect our existing culture and legacy yet at the same time add value to our future plans as well as enhance our diversity and inclusion desires. These challenges meant that Lee couldn’t go after the ‘easy option’ of the low hanging fruit but had to dig deeper into different and suitable candidates. The outcome was brilliant and Lee maintained the momentum throughout and delivered an outstanding service.

    - Steve Purdham, Chairman at Westfield Health

  • Tenet Group Limited - Chief Financial Officer

    I would thoroughly recommend Lee and the team at Parkinson Lee. From our first initial discussion about the potential role - all the way through the process (5 interviews during a lockdown scattered all over the country) - Lee was fantastic at keeping everybody involved and making everything run smoothly.

    I found Parkinson Lee to be very straight froward and easy to deal with and really different from the other head hunters, which was refreshingly different.

    - Martin Tyler, Chief Financial Officer at Tenet Group Limited

  • Medical Protection Society - Executive Director - People & Culture

    I have worked with Lee over the past 4 years on various assignments and have been delighted with the quality of service provided. Most recently, Lee has successfully supported us on the appointment of an Executive Director – Finance. As always, Lee took time to understand the role, our strategy, the challenges we face and, as importantly – the cultural fit to MPS. We are a mutual organisation who puts our members at the heart of our decisions and recruiting for this mindset in our Executive team is critical as they are the custodians of our culture. Lee undertook an extensive search with steely determination and good humour – despite many of the challenges we put his way! He made himself readily available throughout the assignment, liaised well between both the candidates and us and ultimately delivered on his promise. I am sure we will be working together in the future.

    - Bev Proctor, Executive Director - People and Culture at Medical Protection Society

  • Medical Protection Society - Executive Director of Finance

    As an experienced CFO looking for my next role, I was keen to understand as much as possible before putting myself forward and he gave up a lot of his time to do this. Lee was not only great at providing a large amount of information about the company but his communications were concise, diligent and timely. Lee and the team at Parkinson Lee did a great job and added to the overall experience of the new company. Well done.

    - Richard Pile, Executive Director for Finance at Medical Protection Society

  • Northern Building Plastics - Chief Financial Officer

    I have known of Parkinson Lee for a number of years and so when I was looking for my next CFO opportunity, I contacted Lee Bhandal. Lee has always been straightforward and honest on advice he has given me in the past. This search was no different and Lee was very professional, responsive, and supportive. Even at offer stage he was very patient and happy to talk through all the options I had objectively. I would have no hesitation in recommending Lee and his team. I am delighted to be joining the entrepreneurial management team at NBP, to help support and accelerate its growth ambitions following the BGF investment.

    - Jas Gill, Chief Financial Officer at Northern Building Plastics

  • Northern Building Plastics - Managing Director

    As a fast growing business and having recently secured PE investment, we were looking to appoint a CFO and following a recommendation we approached Lee Bhandal at Parkinson Lee.

    It was immediately clear Lee had a deep understanding of the current market and after discussing our business requirements, helped us define the role profile before commencing the search.

    We were kept informed throughout the process and listening to our feedback, Lee refined the search and delivered a shortlist of quality candidates in our required timescales. Following which we appointed our preferred candidate.

    If you are looking to make a senior appointment, I would thoroughly recommend you contact Lee Bhandal and see how Parkinson Lee can help your business.


    - Jono Green, Managing Director at Northern Building Plastics

  • Façade & Glazing Solutions - CEO & CFO

    As a newly established company, carved-out from a major building materials corporation and acquired by US-based PE Firm Cobe Capital, Façade & Glazing Solutions Ltd, needed to rebuild our Senior Management team. First, the CEO was recruited and subsequently the CFO. Being based in Yorkshire, as were Parkinson Lee, we successfully chose to work with a locally rooted recruiting partner. Parkinson Lee did not only excel at understanding and co-shaping the required personality profile, they identified a number of highly capable individuals. When a first round of interviews had not yet led to filling the role, they energetically carried on eventually allowing us to appoint suitable candidates.

    Throughout the process, Parkinson Lee, specifically Lee Bhandal, was on top of the process, developed drive to move forward and ensured alignment with us as the client. He served as a sparring partner at eye level accommodating the process and way of working as preferred by us.

    — Dirk Jaspers, Director Operations at CoBe Capital

  • Medical Protection Society - Non-Executive Director

    Parkinson Lee provide valuable guidance, advice and support in a very professional and engaging way, bringing a valuable perspective on an NED role to potential candidates.

    I worked with the Managing Partner, Lee Bhandal, and he skillfully explored the requirements of the role, displaying knowledge of the organisation, its business model and the specific skill and competence requirements of the NED role.

    Throughout my selection process Lee was a positive source of information and advice with, at the heart of his approach, a genuine desire to find the very best match between organisation and individual.

    — Stuart Purdy, Non-Executive Director at Medical Protection Society

  • MJ Gleeson PLC - IT Director

    I have had the pleasure of working with Parkinson Lee on my recent successful appointment as the IT Director of MJ Gleeson PLC.

    Lee was extremely supportive through the whole process and he clearly understood not only the experience and skill set required for the role, but he has also used his knowledge of the company to match the right cultural fit.

    I'm delighted to have found what I was looking and l highly recommend you contact Parkinson Lee Executive Search for your next opportunity.


    — Costas Moraitis, IT Director at MJ Gleeson PLC

  • Ovarro - Chief Financial Officer

    As an experienced CFO looking for my next appointment, I didn't hesitate to get in touch with Lee Bhandal, Managing Partner at Parkinson Lee Executive Search. I was introduced to Lee Bhandal and Parkinson Lee 10 years ago and they have always impressed me with their ability to match quality candidates with great opportunities throughout the Yorkshire region. In addition, they are one of the very few executive search firms who cultivate genuine lasting relationships with their clients through enjoyable one-to-one catch-ups, interesting events and speaker opportunities.

    After an initial discussion to align what I was looking for with what was likely to be out there in the market place, we soon started to discuss opportunities - impressive in these uncertain times! The role which caught my eye most was CFO of a significant, private equity owned, market leading business, poised for significant growth. My confidence in Lee’s ability to pin point the right opportunity for me was clearly well-placed. Following an intensive 2 week remote and face-to-face interview process that included participants in the USA and the UK, with guidance and support from Lee Bhandal throughout, I was successfully appointed CFO Ovarro based in Sheffield.

    I'm delighted to have found what I was looking for and if you are looking to do the same with a professional search firm with an exceptional local network that supports you throughout your candidate journey and beyond, I’d highly recommend you contact Parkinson Lee Executive Search.

    I very much look forward to continuing my 10 year working working relationship with Parkinson Lee once I am in position at Ovarro.

    — Rob Williams, CFO Ovarro

  • Eville & Jones - Co-Founder & Chairman

    Myself and co-founder, Pete Eville established Eville & Jones more than 27 years ago, we are now the leading provider of veterinary official control services and meat inspection services to the government Food Standards Agency (FSA). We employ around 750 staff and we are recognised as the clear UK industry leader.

    We felt it was time to appoint a CEO, an individual who would take full day to day control and responsibility for the business here in the UK and overseas, We were looking for an individual who would ensure our business delivers the annual budget over the next 3-5 years, but also a CEO who could develop and implement a growth strategy; ensuring Eville & Jones are taking full advantage of the enormous, post-Brexit opportunities presenting themselves to us.

    Given this was such a key appointment we wanted to partner with a search firm we felt fully understood our business and requirement.

    We approached a number of firms and appointed Parkinson Lee to carry out the search on our behalf. We were impressed by their networks & track record across the region, their professionalism, and their willingness to assist us at every stage of the recruitment process. We wanted a true busines partner, a firm that would act as an extension of Eville & Jones, and one that we felt we could trust to deliver a shortlist of potential candidates that not only had the skills & track record we were looking for, but also were spot on from a cultural perspective.

    It was a pleasure to work with Lee Bhandal, who was a true professional from start to finish.

    It was clear from the outset that Lee clearly understood our brief and within 7 weeks had presented us with a shortlist of high calibre candidates, all of whom matched our requirements. In the end, we had two brilliant potential CEO’s to choose from, and we are delighted with the individual we ultimately appointed. The recruitment process was seamless, Lee sat in the first interviews with myself and our board team, we felt this was important and gave us continuity and an additional sounding board when it came to making the decision on who to take forward to the second stage of the process.

    We would not hesitate to recommend Parkinson Lee to any organisation recruiting at senior, executive or board level.

    — Rob Jones, Co Founder & Chairman, Eville & Jones

  • Eville & Jones - Chief Executive Officer

    As an experienced CEO looking for my next appointment, I was looking for an executive search firm that was based in Yorkshire, highly networked and had an excellent track record and reputation.

    Parkinson Lee Executive Search, are just that, and more. I met with their Managing Partner, Lee Bhandal, initially on a general basis to register myself on their network. I have to say, the advice and guidance given was invaluable, particularly in helping to capture my career highlights and demonstrable experience as well as frank, clear and concise feedback and advice in regards to my initial engagement meeting with Parkinson Lee. This specialist advice continued throughout the 3 stage interview process I had with my prospective new employer.

    After only 3 weeks since my initial contact with Parkinson Lee, Lee Bhandal called me with an opportunity which he describe as left field but ticked many of the boxes I was looking for in my next career challenge. My confidence and trust in Lee’s ability to pin point the right opportunities for me, lead me to taking a look at the role further and subsequently, formally submit my interest.

    The role was CEO of a significant, owner managed business with a market leading position that is poised for significant growth. After a seamless 6 week process, that included continuous advice, support and guidance from Lee, I have just been appointed as CEO of Eville & Jones based in Leeds.

    I couldn’t be happier. If you are looking to engage with a professional, credible search firm that delivers on their candidate journey promises, while demonstrating an exceptional local network I’d highly recommend you contact Parkinson Lee Executive Search.

    I look forward to continuing my working relationship with Parkinson Lee once I am in position at Eville & Jones.

    — Charles Hartwell, CEO Eville & Jones

  • DFDS Seaways - UK & Ireland HR Director

    I was delighted with the calibre of candidates put forward by Lee, and the regular updates and communication we had throughout the search. Lee and the team fully understood our exact requirements and were able to match high quality candidates to these. Throughout the interview process, Lee kept in regular contact and we were able to make an appointment which we are delighted with. I would definitely recommend Parkinson|Lee and will not hesitate in using them again in the future.

    — Andrew Byrne, Managing Director, DFDS Seaways PLC

  • Chief Financial Officer MJ Gleeson plc

    Parkinson Lee has a unique combination of integrity and tenacity. I’ve used Parkinson Lee on a number of searches for senior positions and they have always delivered. I can be blunt and demanding, Parkinson Lee is challenging and honest. That combination works well.

    — Stefan Allanson, CFO, MJ Gleeson PLC

  • Director of Organisational Development - Wakefield and District Housing

    As an HR Director, it is imperative to trust an executive search agency that gets to know your business in-depth and provides a bespoke service which is very credible.

    I have had the pleasure of working with Lee Bhandal on many assignments for Wakefield and District Housing, and have always found him to be professional, diligent and extremely customer focussed.

    I am happy to highly recommend Parkinson Lee, as an executive search agency, and Lee Bhandal in particular, who is a supportive advisor of WDH, to ensure the very best of candidates are signposted to our organisation.

    — Tracy Tallant, HR Director, Wakefield and District Housing

  • Chief Financial Officer - Omega PLC

    My experience of Parkinson Lee, and Lee Bhandal in particular, has been extremely positive.

    I first met Lee 4 years ago during my job search and whilst he didn’t place me then we have continued our relationship and stayed in touch with regular catch ups.

    This meant that Lee fully understood me, my skills and the sort of role that would interest me when the time came for me to undertake a new search earlier this year, and this resulted in him successfully placing me in the CFO role here Omega Plc.

    This level of investment in a candidate is rare in my experience of the executive search market.

    Also, Lee and his team are excellent at returning calls and messages which, again, is something that can be hit and miss with other firms.

    — Julie Turnbull, Chief Financial Officer, Omega PLC

  • Hargreaves Services PLC - Finance Director

    Lee is an effective search specialist, who has a good knowledge of the market. Lee is very professional and manages to balance both the needs of clients and candidates, which isn't the easiest of tasks to accomplish. I would have no hesitation in using Lee for an individual or large scale recruitment.

    — Karen Wilson, Finance Director at Hargreaves Services PLC

  • UK Products at CPL Industries - Finance Director

    Lee has been recently assisting me in my search for a senior finance position in the Yorkshire area. My whole experience of working with him has been extremely positive and I would thoroughly recommend Lee. Areas in which I found he excels and stands out from the majority of his counterparts in the region are as follows: Understanding - Lee genuinely takes the time required to fully understand his candidates' requirements, skills and cultural fit. Insightful advice - Lee has an excellent knowledge of the senior finance market and uses this to provide carefully considered and pragmatic advice. Proactivity - In my case, Lee was extremely proactive and innovative in reaching out to his clients (many of which were not actively recruiting at the time) with my specific skill set. Contact - My recent experience of the quality and regularity of contact from other recruiters has been rather hit and miss. Lee, however, has been in constant contact throughout my search and has always responded extremely promptly to my calls and messages. General approach - Lee has a very friendly but always professional approach and coupled with his above-mentioned attributes, this makes it a genuine pleasure to work with him.

    — Paul Grant, Finance Director at UK Products at CPL Industries

  • Liberty Steel - Human Resource Director

    As the HR Director of an International steel and manufacturing business, I am delighted to recommend Lee. I have enjoyed a long-standing business relationship with his organisations, both Elevation and Parkinson Lee involving a number of exec search commissions and more Junior roles across a number of business functions. A particular capability I value highly is the focus and speed of response and the ability to juggle several roles at the same from a number of different disciplines. A professional with a real understanding of client service.

    — Mick Hood, Human Resource Director at Liberty Steel

  • Tunstall - Group Human Resources Director

    I have worked with Lee and the team on a number of senior assignments and on each occasion, they have delivered in full. Their communication has been second to none, the shortlists were delivered on time and with quality candidates and the candidate management is as one would expect for a professional search company.

    The fact they deliver this service is a testament to their understanding of the business, the search briefing they take and the positive challenge they pose to the business throughout the process.

    — Sonia Belfield, Group Human Resources Director

  • Chief Executive Officer - Wakefield and District Housing

    Recruiting the right leaders can be challenging for any Housing Association, but I have found a very effective partner in Lee Bhandal at Parkinson | Lee Executive Search. Across several assignments recently, Lee has identified and recruited some outstanding candidates, providing a bespoke service, tailored precisely to our individual needs. Lee has been accessible, insightful and very supportive. If you need to recruit at a senior level, Lee stands out as a Trusted Adviser.

    — Kevin Dodd, Chief Executive

  • Tenet Group - Group Finance Director

    My experience of working with Lee has been extremely positive. Lee took the time to understand my career history and my personality and then applied this knowledge in matching me to a role, and more importantly to a culture and a CEO. That fit has been invaluable and I love my role.

    Lee is a league ahead of others in the recruitment arena for this insight into what makes a good match between employee and candidate and minimises wasted time on both sides and increases the chances of success. I would highly recommend Lee and his team from both a candidate and a hiring employee perspective.

    — Keely Craig FCA, Group Finance Director

  • Jeld-Wen - Finance Director

    I relocated to Yorkshire a few years ago. I had no professional network in the area. Lee took the time to understand my background, skillset and expectations. He also recommended other useful contacts. Lee differentiates himself by being reliable. I define reliable as - picking the right roles for your skills and experience, giving honest feedback, calling you back when he saying he will and calls you to check on your progress.

    He invests time in you as an individual. In my 16 years as an FD he is one of the best I have dealt with.

    — Chris Martin, Finance Director

  • BeSavvi, part of Hitachi Capital Plc - Chief Executive / Head of Commercial

    I have worked with Lee over the past 12 - 18 months in order to recruit a couple of senior roles. Lee has a great approach to the process, meeting with me initially to get to know me, the business aspirations and also the ideal candidate fit.

    Lee has a superb knowledge of the local market and has built up an extensive network. This has been invaluable when recruiting key roles.

    Lee is down to earth and has worked with me rather than 'for' me. We have built up a good rapport over the past year and I would not hesitate to recommend Lee and his team.

    — Nick Gibbs, Chief Executive / Head of Commercial

  • Learn Direct - Managing Director

    I originally met Lee 12 months prior to asking him to help me with the recent CFO search. We had stayed in contact and his relaxed style to recruitment made him the obvious choice when the time came.

    Lee understood the role and person we needed perfectly and I was more than pleased with the ‘long-list’ prepared. We had conversations along the way about people raising their heads who I probably knew from the sector, and also took some steer from me about people who were ‘wild cards'

    I have asked Lee to help me on another role at the moment as you honestly do feel as though he is part of the team when he is working on an assignment.

    Great communications have upmost confidence in his credibility with candidates and a great sense of humour! All three are rare from recruiters!

    — Jenny Parkes, Managing Director

  • TMD Friction Group - Finance Director

    I have dealt with Lee on a number of occasions, both as UK FD and Group CFO of TMD Friction Group.

    Lee proved to be well connected and able to pass through numerous suitable candidates at short notice and well aware of the key requirements of a business operating under PE ownership. His connections in the north of England supported temporary roles both locally in West Yorkshire, but also for temporary support within the head office function in Leverkusen, Germany.

    I have no hesitation in recommending Lee and look forward to working with him again in the future.

    — Mal Hartland, Finance Director

  • Kingston Unity Friendly Society - Chairman

    Our relatively small Financial Services organisation recently had the task of finding a new CEO to take over from the previous incumbent who was retiring. As a small mutual, we had specific requirements, requiring a CEO with broad experience, but primarily one that could drive a small but ambitious business forward, with the appropriate business & marketing acumen & expertise. Clearly finding the right person was vital for our business to succeed in the future.

    We short-listed a number of recruitment agencies & formed a sub committee of 3 NED's who met with Lee after he had received our brief. He immediately demonstrated he had a good understanding of our business & business model, & that he fully grasped our requirements. In fact he helped us formulate the key attributes from the job spec we had provided. We were all impressed & unanimously decide to use Parkinson Lee.

    Lee then outlined the likely timetable for short-listing candidates for first & second interviews, which I must admit I felt was slightly ambitious. However the timetable was virtually met, and more importantly, every candidate submitted (6 in all) had the capabilities to do a really good job as our CEO. We were impressed & delighted by the calibre of candidates submitted. We've completed our selection & we are awaiting our new CEO to complete his notice period before joining us in the new year. The whole process will have taken just 5 months, including a 3-month notice period. That's about as good as we had hoped for.

    I personally worked closely with Lee, and found him always to be professional, readily available, responsive, & informative - all of his suggestions were well reasoned and adopted.

    Therefore I have no hesitation in recommending Lee for any Executive search, including the "top job", as was the case with our recruitment.

    — Rob Edwards, Chairman of Kingston Unity

  • Nationwide Hygiene Group - Chief Executive Officer

    We recently engaged Parkinson Lee to undertake an executive search and selection process to replace the role of Chief Executive Officer in our company. Their efficiency and professionalism in executing the task was first class. Lee Bhandal handled the search and managed to produce an excellent shortlist of candidates for interview from an initial applicant list of over 300 individuals and an offer has now been made and accepted for the role.

    We were particularly impressed with the quality of the detailed job profile that was produced by Parkinson Lee which we believe attracted not only the large response received but also the high calibre of respondents for this important role.

    We would have no hesitation in recommending Parkinson Lee to any prospective client.

    — David Scholes, Chief Executive Officer

  • Kingston Unity Friendly Society - Chief Executive Officer
  • CrystecPharma - Chief Executive Officer

    CrystecPharma is a start-up company focused on enhancing the performance of pharmaceutical products. We have a strong management team, operating across the UK and China, individually with good business track records.

    We therefore required a highly experienced and credible business mentor, who could work well with senior people, provide support, yet have the confidence and credentials to challenge where necessary. Phil has been an outstanding mentor over the past year. He has an engaging style, strong intellect, a breadth of experience across sectors, and he operates with a high degree of professional integrity.

    He has helped us to hold our course and maintain focus in difficult trading conditions, whilst encouraging us to be open to new opportunities, individually and as a business. He has been an excellent source of new ideas and contacts for the company. Whilst we have much to do, I am sure that Crystec is on a more firm footing as a consequence of Phil’s support. He has been a genuine pleasure to work with, and I commend him to you without reservation.

    — Paul Thorning, CEO

  • Berryman Glass Recycling - Chief Executive Officer

    Parkinson Lee is an outstanding Executive search consultancy who specialises in executive & board level appointments. Their professionalism, network of contacts and ability to provide creative solutions for the roles I have engaged them to work on make Parkinson Lee a market leader. I have no hesitation in recommending Parkinson|Lee Executive Search.

    — Mark Wilson, Chief Executive Officer

  • WDS Component Parts Ltd - Managing Director

    Knowing that you need the brightest and the best individuals to drive your business forward is one thing, being able to reflect upon successful appointments made and attribute them to the work done by your chosen Executive Search partner is quite another.

    WDS Component Parts Ltd have been fully catered for by the depth of experience and services provided by Parkinson Lee Executive Search, who have taken the stress out of searching for high class employees capable of driving business change.

    For those serious about making a real difference to their business, Parkinson Lee Executive Search come highly recommended.

    — Peter Crowder, Managing Director

  • Hargreaves Industrial Services - Managing Director

    We approached Parkinson Lee for the recruitment of a Finance Director on recommendation from a colleague. Lee Bhandal, Managing Partner, met with us personally to discuss our requirement. Lee was easy to deal with; approachable, efficient, reliable and knowledgeable, he listened and took on board our specific requirements. The CVs we were provided with matched our requirement in terms of experience and qualifications, having chosen 6 for interview, we were not disappointed to also find a match in personality requirements. Our successful candidate has now joined the business and settled in well. I would personally recommend Parkinson Lee for high level recruitment and look forward to working with Lee in the future.

    — Julie Haynes, Managing Director

  • UK Coal Plc - Human Resources Director

    Working as Human Resources Director for UK Coal Plc whilst the company was delivering a challenging financial turnaround, I struggled to attract candidates for key business critical roles. Lee Bhandal at Parkinson|Lee Executive Search was recommended to me by a member of the Board as a highly credible and well respected Executive Search Consultant, with the ability to understand the sector in which the organisation operated.

    He quickly grasped the organisational strategy, performance goals (some linked to government), market factors and essentially how to translate it all into an attractive proposition for candidates.

    Lee’s candidate search, analysis and assessments resulted in a shortlist of individuals with superb professional, technical and commercial capabilities, who were all fully briefed and engaged in the process.

    Several executive appointments were made across the Group from Lee’s recommendations, greatly strengthening the function and the organization structure at this critical time.

    I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Lee Bhandal at Parkinson|Lee to any organisation looking to strength there senior management team via a search specialist.

    — Gail Wright, Human Resources Director

  • Tata Steel - Head of Recruitment

    I've engaged Lee Bhandal at Parkinson|Lee Executive Search on a number of search assignments across a range of disciplines. He demonstrates all the skills of his profession - clear market knowledge, deep understanding of the brief, breadth of sourcing skills and a clear commitment to delivery and adding value. I would have no hesitation in recommending Lee and Parkinson|Lee to any business looking to make a senior appointment.


    — Dave Scott, Head of Recruitment (UK)

  • Eaton Electrical Systems Limited - Finance Director

    Parkinson Lee have been an absolute pleasure to work with in my job search, resulting in me being placed in a role that directly matches my skill-set. They worked tirelessly behind the scenes on my behalf, from securing the initial interview to the final acceptance of offer. Parkinson Lee's dedication, attention to detail and comprehensive post-interview follow-up were outstanding.

    I have since started to work with Parkinson Lee as a client and found their service to be equally impressive.

    I look forward to continuing to work with Parkinson Lee and would recommend their services without hesitation.

    — Lal Amarasekara, Finance Director at Eaton Electrical Systems Limited

  • James Heal - Finance Director

    We were recently looking to appoint a Finance Director based at our Head Office in Halifax.

    We approached a number of Executive Search consultants including Lee Bhandal at Parkinson Lee on the back of a recommendation. We were immediately impressed with Lee’s professionalism, understanding of our brief and the in-depth knowledge and experience of the market he demonstrated at our initial meeting.

    We awarded Parkinson Lee the mandate and I have to say we were delighted with both the process and the result.
    Lee worked closely with us at the outset to define the role profile and then committed fully to the search, keeping us in the loop throughout the search.

    The process took just over 5 weeks as agreed at the outset and we were impressed with the quality of all shortlisted candidates, and in particular the candidate that we hired as a result. The shortlist once again highlight Lee’s detailed understanding of both our business and the brief.

    I would have no hesitation in recommending Lee Bhandal and Parkinson Lee Executive Search to any fellow HRD or Business Leader looking to make an executive appointment.

    — Karen Baldwin, Human Resources Manager

  • Stanley Black and Decker - Finance Director

    Appointing senior executive level employees in the past has always been a time consuming, difficult process. I appointed Greg Parkinson at Parkinson Lee Executive Search to identify a number two for my business unit and he immediately demonstrated a high level of technical understanding within executive finance, he made the whole process stress free and efficient and his network of candidates were brilliant. We made a great appointment and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Greg Parkinson to any organisation looking to appoint a professional, capable search specialist.

    — Amit Sood, Finance Director UK & IE, Stanley Black and Decker

  • Land Ametek - Finance Director

    I have known Parkinson|Lee Executive Search for the last 8 years and have been lucky enough to receive their career guidance and advice that has resulted in them placing me in my last two executive level roles.

    In my experience, Parkinson Lee manages the process in a professional, thorough and effective manner, and hve always provided me with the exact executive level opportunity I was seeking. I would have no hesitation in recommending Parkinson|Lee Executive Search to any individual or organisation looking to engage with a capable search firm.

    — Colin Mearns, Finance Director

  • Powell Industries - Finance Director

    Powell Industries were recently looking to appoint a Finance Director based at our UK Head Office in West Yorkshire. We approached Lee Bhandal at Parkinson|Lee Executive Search on the back of a recommendation and we were thoroughly impressed with both Lee and Parkinson|Lee throughout the process.

    We had an initial briefing meeting to scope out the position and Lee recommended an advertised search campaign. At this stage we felt confident in both Lee’s market knowledge, which is exceptional and also his ability to fully understand our business, what we needed and the right solution at a cost effective price. The recruitment piece was relatively complex as it required interaction not only with UK representatives of Powell but also colleagues in Houston, Texas.

    The process ran to the timescales Lee had suggested and he worked in partnership with us throughout, delivering a highly professional and quality service at all times.

    Parkinson|Lee provided us with a shortlist of outstanding candidates that not only matched the role profile but also matched our business culture, values and goals. We could have appointed one of a number of the shortlisted individuals but were delighted when our chosen candidate accepted the position.

    We would also add that the candidates we interviewed have given us very positive feedback in relation to how they feel they have been managed by Parkinson|Lee Executive Search from a candidate perspective.

    — Richard Fearnside, HR Director

  • Westfield Health - Head of Operations & Customer Experience

    Lee Bhandal and his team at Parkinson Lee are an experienced group of executive search experts. Lee worked directly with me, supporting me in finding my next career opportunity. At a point in my career where I was particularly specific about the role and company I wanted, Lee engaged with me throughout the process and offered support and guidance. He has a lot of credibility built by exacting standards that find the perfect candidates in terms of culture fit as well as skills, experience and capability. He is straight and honest, qualities I share and respect. He has an in depth knowledge of all his clients, taking the time to find the correct ingredients on both sides of the table to drive the best outcome across the board. I strongly endorse Lee and his team and look forward to working with them again across the industry.

    — Maria Opuni, Head of Operations & Customer Experience

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04/04/2022 An Interview with Tom Rumboll – CEO at SYNETIQ

Parkinson Lee Executive search are delighted to be sharing a series of interviews with Business Leaders from across the region. Each month we will be publishing “an interview with…” that our Managing Partner, Lee Bhandal, has conducted with highly respected Executives from across the region.

Our seventh interview is with Tom Rumboll, CEO at SYNETIQ. Tom joined SYNETIQ as an Executive Chairman, having played a pivotal role in the merger that created the market-leading salvage and vehicle recycling business. In 2021, Tom was appointed as CEO, with overall responsibility for the performance of the business and its people.

SYNETIQ is a UK’s leading vehicle salvage, dismantling & recycling specialist, offering affordable and sustainable motoring solutions. They cater to customers looking for quality used car parts and businesses who want to maximise the financial and environmental return of their vehicles. 

Sustainability is at the heart of everything they do. In support of their mission, the company have implemented a “Road to Tomorrow” strategy, which shapes their long and short-term approach to becoming a more sustainable business. 

Following a hugely successful 23-year career in various business development, commercial and advisory roles, in large PLCs, regulated industries and high growth businesses, Tom has given an insight into his impressive career journey, how he has led SYNETIQ in becoming the UK’s largest vehicle dismantler with incredible year on year growth and what he enjoys in life, outside the world of a CEO.  


Interview with Tom

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Can you give us an overview of your career to date? 

After graduating from university in 1999, I joined the Lloyds Bank Business Graduate Training Programme in Newcastle. I then moved into the world of Corporate Banking in Leeds in 2001 and never looked back. During my time there I held a variety of roles, predominantly in either Relationship Management or Business Development, alongside a challenging but rewarding 6-month secondment in a people, compliance and merger integration role as part of the COO’s office.  This was part of the Lloyds and HBoS merger integration programme.  

The career development I experienced at Lloyds was incredible. Working for, and alongside some fantastic role models, I received feedback, coaching, formal training and financial support to complete external recognised professional qualifications in both Accountancy and Marketing. I gained some extremely valuable and transferable skills and experiences.

In 2013, I left Lloyds Bank to join the Board of one of my Banking clients, Company Shop Group. My initial attraction to the company was through their incredibly strong ESG and sustainability credentials. During the four years I was with the Group, I was a part of a significant restructure, witnessed the company’s rapid growth and had the honour of receiving the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development, and was presented this by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, on behalf of the business. 

I then set up my own Corporate Advisory business, which was how I got involved in the opportunity that became the business, SYNETIQ. I was brought in as an independent advisor to support a 4-way merger, and, after a lot of hard work SYNETIQ was created. We became the UK’s largest integrated vehicle salvage, dismantling and recycling business. Like Company Shop Group, SYNETIQ has a very strong sustainability story. I initially joined as Executive Chairman and in January 2021, became CEO.

Was it always in your career plan to become a business leader and if so, how did this drive your career path to your current position as Chief Executive Officer at SYNETIQ? 

It is fair to say that I have always had lots of drive, determination and ambition but my goals have always been to do the very best job that I can, to continuously improve, to make a positive difference and to make my family proud.  

With the variety of experiences, I have had, and a desire to constantly challenge myself, I have been given some amazing opportunities to fulfil these personal goals.  All of which, have led me to my current position as CEO of SYNETIQ, a role I am very proud and privileged to fulfil.

Anyone who worked with me at Lloyds, Company Shop or SYNETIQ, know I am fond of a quote.  This one from Larry Bird sums up my approach to my career to date.

“I've got a theory that if you give 100% all the time, somehow things will work out in the end”

In 2019 when SYNETIQ was established as a result of the merger of Motorhog, Car Transplants, DH Systems and FAB Recycling – what were the key challenges or setbacks that you had to overcome, what were they & how did you deal with them?

Any merger, brings challenges, but a 4-way merger where the Shareholders and Directors of all the merging entities stay in the new business, brings its own unique set of challenges! 

The biggest challenge, unsurprisingly, was around change and all that goes with it. I am pleased to say that we successfully integrated the SYNETIQ business by winning both hearts and minds. There was a compelling merger rationale, clear recommendations from the vendor due diligence (undertaken by myself pre-merger) and obvious synergy benefits which were delivered with positivity, integrity, empathy and a care for people at its heart.  

Can you share some of your greatest achievements during your career?

A great question! There are lots of things I am proud of in my career to date, starting with winning some fantastic clients for Lloyds Bank over the years.

Taking Company Shop to their first Queen’s Award, delivering a 3-way partnership with a major retailer and a charity that resulted in a £750,000 charity donation, opening the business’s first new “greenfield” store and developing a store roll-out plan that has seen the business grow hugely since I left has given me a real sense of achievement.  

In my relatively short time working in an advisory capacity, I advised on 3-mergers, all of which have gone on to great success since. 

More recently my career highlights understandably relate to SYNETIQ. Creating the business in the first instance was a real highlight, then building one market-leading, nationally recognised business and then achieving an exit at more than double the value two and half years later was a real challenge, but one that has been incredibly rewarding. 


Putting the big headlines to one side, I am so, so proud of how SYNETIQ has put sustainability at the centre of our business and strategy, becoming Carbon Literacy Silver accredited, supporting other organisations in becoming carbon literate and committing to set Science Based Targets to help us become net zero.  We are leading our industry to a more sustainable future.  

Investing in our people, establishing our apprenticeship programme and creating a nationally accredited apprenticeship for our industry speaks volumes about us, and interacting with our apprentices who are right at the start of their careers gives me real pride and optimism.

Can you tell us more about how you have driven SYNETIQ to become the UK’s largest vehicle dismantler, with year-on-year growth?

Whilst the business that made up SYNETIQ had combined trading histories of over 150 years, the opportunity we had with the new business that became SYNETIQ was to think big, think differently and think long term.  

I worked with the Board to agree a progressive and ambitious vision and then set about creating a business that could deliver this Vision. 

Putting sustainability at the heart of the business has been a major ingredient in our success, alongside our fantastic people, our commitment to our clients, our technology and innovation and the strength of the foundation the legacy businesses provided to us. 

We combined the best from each business’s legacy, added in new thinking and expertise and created a market-leading circular model that is absolutely right for our time.

Having recently led the successful sale of the business, what is your future vision for SYNETIQ and how do you aim to get there?

The future vision for SYNETIQ is the same as the current vision, but I believe that with the brand, proposition, people, infrastructure, client partnerships and momentum we have built, coupled with the resources and support we will receive from our owners, IAA Inc. we will go much faster towards it.  

I truly believe the SYNETIQ model can and will become a household name in the UK and internationalise to help decarbonise part of the automotive supply chain across Europe and beyond. 

Do you see the importance of transparency in your role as CEO? If so, how do you demonstrate this?

Being transparent, honest, authentic and consistent are essential traits of any leader. I try to demonstrate this at all times and take the businesses best interests into every situation, conversation and thought process. I do not have a secret formula; I just treat others as I would wish to be treated and ensure that what I do is consistent with what I say.  

As Mark Twain said, “if you always tell the truth, you never have to remember anything”.

As a business leader, constant and unforeseen changes can be very challenging to navigate through. How do you tackle these challenges head on, affectively adapt and ensure the wider business are all working collaboratively? 

I am a big believer in facing life as it is, not how you want it to be, so the first things that I do and have done is to define the current reality and secondly, bring to life our intended future state.  From this definition comes both, clarity and a clear goal to aim for and be motivated towards reaching. With clarity and goals, effective plans can be created. 

With competent, confident, hardworking and trusting teams, plans to reach these goals can be delivered, and good decisions can be made with enough flexibility and agility to accommodate the constant change in the internal and external environment.  

The mindset and energy to continually invest time and effort in recognising, rewarding, reflecting, supporting and challenging in order to sustain and maintain pace, commitment and progress has proved to be a really effective formula for SYNETIQ, in what has been a challenging and changeable period since we were formed in 2019.

What would you say are the key qualities required for a successful CEO?

If I were to distil this down to those that have served me on my journey to becoming a CEO and since, I would say:

  • Optimism – A belief that the future can and will be better is powerful personally and infectious for those around you.
  • Confidence – A belief that you are capable of delivering a better future for yourself, your team, your business and your industry motivates you to act.
  • Resilience – The ability to learn from and recover quickly from mistakes or disappointment is essential to maintain focus and positivity in the face of adversity.
  • Energy – The enthusiasm and stamina to be at, and to give your best at all times creates a positive effect on those around you, such that this energy is multiplied many times over.
  • Care – a genuine care for what you do, how you do it and who you do it for and with, cannot be manufactured.  From care comes authenticity which is so important for building commitment and trust from those in your care.

What advice would you give to young professionals aspiring to reach CEO level in their future career?

Firstly, I would say anyone can be a CEO, regardless of their starting point or career discipline. After that I would guide anyone to follow your passion. Build a career in an area you believe in, that is consistent with your values and excites you. Build a career in something you are passionate about where your skills can be put to best use. Self-awareness and knowing what drives you is essential here. 

My advice would be to use the early part of your career to both build skills and experience whilst getting to know yourself better; to understand how you learn, motivate yourself, and, crucially, re-energise.

On a more practical note, I would also suggest; investing time in building a trusted network of friends and mentors, making your career decisions based on building skills and learning rather than money, and to always remember that there are lessons you can learn in every situation. 

"Great things are never achieved from within a comfort zone" is a phrase that has stuck with me throughout my career. So, with that in mind, my final piece of advice is to be prepared for being uncomfortable and always say yes to opportunities that put you out of your comfort zone. By moving into realms where you don’t have all the answers, but will work hard to get the answers, you'll find yourself at the other side with a new set of skills, competencies, and confidence.

I’m sure that work takes up an enormous amount of your time, but as a family man, what do you enjoying with any free time?

I am blessed with an amazing family, my fantastic wife Emilie and our 8-year-old twin boys Arthur and Albert.  We love spending time together as a family walking, cycling, playing very competitive games of Monopoly and watching the boys at their various after school and weekend activities. 

Personally, I like to keep fit through a mixture of running and HIIT and I am the Manager of my son’s football team (way more difficult than running a business!)  

My big passion is House music and DJ’ing where I love to buy, play and record mixes either live or to post online.  I DJ under the name LGRTR where you can find me on Soundcloud (shameless plug!) David Solomons, the CEO of Goldman Sachs is also a DJ, so if it’s good enough for DSOL, it’s good enough for me!

For more information on this interview or to discuss how Parkinson Lee could assist your organisation in hiring Executive or Board Level appointments, please contact Lee Bhandal on 07590 529 274 or l.bhandal@parkinsonlee.com.

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  • 01/07/2022 An Interview with Michelle Williams - HR Director at Safestyle UK

    Parkinson Lee Executive search are delighted to be sharing a series of interviews with Business Leaders from across the region. Each month we will be publishing “an interview with…” highly respected Executives from across the region.

    Our ninth interview has been conducted by Emma Noble, Partner, with Michelle Williams, HR Director at Safestyle UK plc. With over 20 years HR experience across various sectors, Michelle is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

    Safestyle is the UK’s No. 1 retailer and manufacturer of PVCu windows and doors to the homeowner replacement market. The Group’s business has grown from its founding in 1992 to become the largest company in the UK homeowner window and door replacement market, manufacturing almost 200,000 frames and carrying out over 45,000 installations in the last 12 months.

    Since joining Safestyle UK in 2017, Michelle has developed the business’ people strategy in alignment with their corporate vision, values, and objectives.

    In this interview, Michelle has given an incredible insight into her career journey to date, how she’s overcome some tough challenges and setbacks and how she manages burnout in an increasingly pressured and communicative world, post pandemic.

    Interview with Michelle

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    Could you tell us about your career journey and how it led to your current role as HR Director at Safestyle?

    My journey into HR wasn’t conventional; it wasn’t a conscious choice but something that was forced upon me.

    I considered going to university to study journalism, I loved writing, reading and I enjoyed being around people.  I would have been the first in my family to go to university.  My parents were very proud, but I knew that it would have been a financial burden that they couldn’t really afford, which was a great excuse for me not to actually go as being honest with myself now, I was daunted by the thought of it at the time.

    Instead, I secured a job at a Management Development company as an Administrator, and from there, joined a nationwide scaffolding business to support their Health & Safety team.  I began to see that profession as a career choice.  Soon after, the business was taken over by a PLC and they made huge structural changes - all subsidiaries were required to set up their own HR function.  As their “up and coming, bright young thing”, I was picked to change roles to support the HR Directors. It really wasn’t something I wanted to do but I wasn’t given an option.

    I ended up working for a fantastic HR Director who opened my eyes to the profession. He encouraged me to take my CPP (showing my age now as that’s the old name for the first level of the CIPD qualification) and then complete my Diploma.

    I went on to become HR Manager and was able to recruit my own team, which was a great experience. But after 11 years in the business, I returned from maternity leave and felt it was the right time to spread my wings.

    I then joined ABF, as HR Manager for one of their food manufacturing businesses, before moving into the public sector for a short stint, which was pretty refreshing after the grit and speed of my previous role. But funnily enough, I quickly realised that I liked the challenge, fast paced, high volume workload of the private sector, which led me into the role of HR Manager at UK Greetings and it was whilst working there that I completed by Masters degree

    In 2006, I landed my first Head of HR role for a private equity backed business, which then steered me into the HR Director position at Symington’s, where I stayed for 9 years. And from there, I returned to the PLC world, joining Safestyle, which has been a fantastic experience. 

    What has kept you motivated and inspired throughout your career?

    On a personal level, it would be my parents and the hope and pride they had for me. Sadly, my dad passed away when I was 30, so he never saw how far my career developed but he was always a strong support.

    On a professional level, it’s been more about the challenges I’ve faced over the years and feeling like I’ve done a good job at the end of it.  Things haven’t always been easy, but I thrive in high pressured environments.

    I’m inspired by being part of a good team, whether that’s an executive team or my own HR team. It’s rewarding to see people grow and realise their potential and I love to see the younger generation coming through and shooting for their own ambitions.

    Who has been your mentor and how have they impacted your career?

    I don’t really have a mentor as such, but there are a few people that have positively impacted my career, either through timely advice, constructive feedback or just being there as support.

    The first HR Director I worked with was there for me at the perfect time, where I didn’t really want to be in HR but he opened up a career path for me.  He helped me find my passion.  Since then, I’ve been fortunate to work with some great CEOs and CFOs, and I’ve learnt things from every one of them.

    Then there is my husband. He’s worked all over the World in commercial businesses for a long time, so he has incredible insight and lots of advice.  He challenges me and always offers an alternative perspective.  He is the wind beneath my wings.

    Last but by no means least, I need to mention the employment lawyer I work with, he’s fantastic, we have worked together when I have been in a number of challenging situations and not only have I learnt a lot from him, he always finds the time to ask how I’m doing, and that’s very rare, but very much appreciated.

    Have you experienced and had to overcome any major challenges/setbacks in your career? If so, what were they and how did you manage them?

    I’ve been through a few challenges in my career. Working in predominately male led businesses, I’ve found that people often see the ‘female’ before they see the person.

    Thinking journalism was the route for me, I joined a newspaper when I was 18 , and experienced very inappropriate behaviour from one of the owners, which led me to quit on the spot and never return. I would say that was very difficult to handle at such a young age. 

    Another challenge was in the scaffolding business, it was decided that all the safety team were to be put through their NEBOSH certificates. I told my manager that I wanted to do the certificate as well, to which he said, “but you’re a woman …. this is construction, male dominated, it’s not for you.”

    6 months later, the Group started delivering their own in-house NEBOSH courses and because it was free my manager said that I could attend.   I was the only female to take part and was actually the only person to pass – so you can imagine the feeling I had then!

    To get through any challenge in work or general life, I’ve always just tried to remain the best version of myself and that has always got me through.

    Burnout is becoming all too frequent in the working arena. Having such a role with great responsibility, how have you personally coped with that?

    A couple of times in my career, I have been close to burnout. The most important things I’ve learnt is firstly to recognise it, and secondly not to make any rash decisions in the midst of an emotional situation.

    HR can be really lonely and challenging; you’re always looking after someone else and there’s rarely anyone looking after you.

    I work hard but also make sure I have downtime on a weekend. In a post Covid world, it’s become difficult to switch off, there’s always something going on, whether it’s a Team’s call or chat, Zoom, text message, WhatsApp, email, phone – it can feel impossible to disconnect but you have to do it.  Recharging of the batteries is essential.  I distract myself by walking 2 energetic Beagles, and by immersing myself in horticulture which is my hobby – I even work for free in a local plant nursery on Saturday mornings.  They say a change is as good as a rest, and that’s definitely a change from my Monday to Friday work!

    In the current climate, the role of a HR Director, has become even more crucial for organisations as they navigate the challenges of Brexit and the competitive job market post-pandemic. How have you positively navigated through this? And have you had to adapt or change your focus?

    Navigating successfully through any challenge is about planning, being prepared, and being able to proactively adapt to the circumstance. I tend to find, if you have the philosophy of doing the right thing, it guides you through.

    Brexit has been less of a challenge for us than the pandemic was.  Everything we did was centred around the wellbeing of our people and our customers and that was received well.  Post-pandemic the biggest issue for us is the current labour market. There are less applicants, competition is high, and we have found that people’s attitudes towards working have changed they are more focused on flexibility, and on the Company ethos and less so on the job.  We’ve had to adapt to this to continue to retain and attract the best talent for our business

    How do you add value to Safestyle? What are your personal strengths that you bring to the role and organisation? And how do you instil these into your team?

    I strive to be a visible leader in the organisation, I’ve always tried to engage with people at different levels and I think that’s added great value to our culture.

    I try to be a confidante, a person that people can trust, open up to, and gain support from, wherever they need it. I’m not a HRD, I’m just Michelle. I try to be non-status driven and I find that’s the best way to engage people.

    I would say resilience is my biggest personal strength. Some of the roles have been extremely challenging, so I’ve needed strong staying power to navigate through and to bounce back.

    I try to practice all of the above every day and let my team see me do that, which is a clear way of instilling these values into the team as they progress in their careers. You also learn from making your own mistakes, so I do take a backseat at times and give the team the autonomy to make their own judgement and if it’s the wrong call, they’ll learn something from that – but my door is always open and I’m always there whenever they need me.

    Personal development is crucial, even when you’ve successfully reached C-suite level, how do you continue to challenge yourself?

    I think it’s even more important at C-suite level, but I’d also say it’s harder - when you’re in the early stages of your career, you’re actively tuning into learning and developing your skills – at least that was my experience as I studied on the job

    I take interest in the CIPD, I take part in regular webinars, use my commute time to listen to podcasts, and I read.  I have found that a blend of office and working from home has given me more thinking space to take time out for my own development.

    I’ve also learnt and continue to learn from my colleagues. Many of my peers have held senior roles in large corporations, so I really take the time to watch, learn and talk to them – asking for advice isn’t something that does or should ever stop.

    What has been your biggest career achievement/stand out moments to date?

    My first HR Director appointment at Symington’s has to be mentioned, phenomenal feeling to get to that prevalent point in my career but the one that I’m most proud of is being a part of the Executive Team at Symington’s that won the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association award of large management buyout team of the year. That was preceded by a huge amount of work but was very rewarding; I have very fond memories of that team and my time at Symington’s.

    Bringing it back to current times, being part of the team at Safestyle has been an incredible experience. The double-glazing sector hasn’t had a great reputation, but it doesn’t need to be like that.  We are really turning Safestyle into a business to be proud of and that gives our hard-working, dedicated, talented colleagues the recognition that they truly deserve.  Only last month someone chose a career with Safestyle over a career with Nestle – and that shows that we are truly winning.


    For more information on this interview contact Emma Noble, Partner at e.noble@parkinsonlee.com or to discuss how Parkinson Lee could assist your organisation in hiring an Executive or Board Level appointment, please contact our Managing Partner, Lee Bhandal on 07590 529 274 or l.bhandal@parkinsonlee.com.

  • 12/05/2022 An Interview with Adam Barraclough – Partner at EY

     Parkinson Lee Executive search are delighted to be sharing a series of interviews with Business Leaders from across the region. Each month we will be publishing “an interview with…” that our Managing Partner, Lee Bhandal, has conducted with highly respected Executives from across the region.

    Our eighth interview is with Adam Barraclough, Associate Partner in Strategy & Transactions at EY. Throughout his exceptional 25-year career, Adam has worked with and advised businesses across Yorkshire and the Northeast regions in the sale and acquisition of a number of high-profile brands.

    EY’s purpose it to work with entrepreneurs, companies, and entire countries to solve their most pressing challenges such as, data piracy, guiding governments through cash-flow crises, unlocking new medical treatments with data analytics and pursuing high quality audits to build trust in financial markets and business.

    Since joining EY in 2020, Adam has become a trusted advisor for businesses across the region, supporting them through EY’s broader expertise.

    In this interview, Adam has given a great insight into his impressive career journey, his major standout deals to date and his expert advice on making it to the top in world of M&A/Dealmaking.

    Interview with Adam

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    Can you give us a whistle stop tour of your career?

    I began as a roadie for bands like the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi and the Eagles right after university, then thought I’d better get a proper job. So started my career as an auditor for KPMG in Sheffield, qualifying as a chartered accountant after 3 years.  Hard work, long hours and exams on top.

    I then moved to Halifax Treasury and worked on a special project which resulted in the merger with Bank of Scotland and the creation of HBOS.  Following the completion of that project I worked in M&A for BUPA for 3 years before 15 years in corporate banking with Bank of Scotland, Barclays and Lloyds. 

    I left Lloyds to join William Jackson Food Group where I spent 4 years as head of M&A, and latterly became FD of their Bakery Business before joining EY 2 years ago.

    Why did you choose to pursue a career in finance? Were there any particular influences on your decision?

    I wasn’t good enough at football or golf, although I haven’t given up yet!  I did actually want to become a teacher, but my degree subject didn’t qualify for funding (Politics and History) at the time.  Accounting is agnostic on degree subjects, so I applied to the Big Four – and KPMG had a local office that impressed me most at the time.

    Over your impressive 25-year career, you have held various positions of influence and leadership, can you share with us, some of your greatest professional achievements to date?

    Crikey. I won corporate banker of the year in 2012 and was also nominated for dealmaker of the year but Neil Thompson posthumously won it that year, so I didn’t mind one jot – top bloke and sadly missed.  One of my closest friends also died that year so it was a very strange and awful time – great professionally, tragic personally.

    I enjoyed my time working with Innocent Drinks from a relatively small start-up through to becoming part of Coca Cola - that was a fun ride. They nearly got me the sack twice but that’s another story – see below.

    Best of all is seeing the people I’ve worked with over the years going on and doing great stuff.  Tom Beahon at Castore is a great example but so are others who’ve decided to get off the ride and do something completely different, which I admire, I’ve got a pal who rents bicycles in the dales after having had enough of the corporate life and is as happy as anyone I know.

    Can you tell us more about what your role of Partner in strategy and transactions at EY entails?

    I originate and help clients across the region in both buy side and sell side transactions covering everything from diligence to lead advisory.  We are sector agnostic, though I do have a food & drink background so anything that is in F&B I tend to get involved in.

    As one of the region’s leading deal makers, what particular deal stands out if your career and why?

    I’m not sure I fall into that category, but I’ll mention three for different reasons:

    1. Synetiq - I worked with Tom Rumboll, CEO at Synetiq, to help lead their merger which was an was an incredible opportunity and we have since become great friends. The EY and Synetiq teams gelled instantly, and we delivered a terrific result. A truly special business, and Tom is a top-drawer CEO.

    2. CEPAC – strangely enough, this was one that myself and Tom did together back in our Lloyds days. We completed 3 acquisitions, over 6 days for a new bank client, the last one was completed at midnight on New Year’s Eve! That was tough and I’ve never had so little sleep - but it was immensely satisfying!

    3. Innocent’s refinance – I can tell this story as the individuals have now moved on, but I fought hard to get a refinance and cash out for the Innocent shareholders in 2007.  The banks head of credit at that time just didn’t get Innocent and didn’t want to do the deal as he thought that smoothies were in his words “a here today gone tomorrow fad”.  I got annoyed and asked him if he still pointed at planes - for which I received a written warning! But we got the deal over the line, and they’ve just gone on to become one of Europe’s leading drink brands.

    What are your thoughts on the strength of the UK M&A Market in 2022? And in your opinion, what types of deals are we likely to see?

    It is as strong as most of us have ever seen, certainly in my 25 years in this game.  Lots of liquidity driving demand for good quality businesses.  In terms of types of deals – right across the spectrum from PE both majority and minority, trade deals, cash outs, and the deal you guys have recently done with the ESOTs.   No one particular type, and neither should there be, each set of circumstances are different for business owners.

    In 2018, you completed a course at Harvard Business School in Executive Education Mergers and Acquisitions: Strategy, Negotiation and Post Merger Management, how have you used this knowledge in your roles since?

    That was a cool course.  Not sure I’d have lasted 3 years on a degree there, but great fun.  The networks you build there are unbelievable.  I became pals with a Canadian guy who had been to prison for 12 years and had emerged with a doctorate and now owns Canada’s biggest chain of Dentists and is best mates with Justin Bieber!

    The biggest thing I learned at Harvard was the value of storytelling to illustrate and articulate particular messages you want to deliver.  If you can’t explain something to a 10-year-old you are either failing to get your point across in plain English or don’t know your stuff. 

    If you could give the 25-year-old version of you some career advice now on how to make it to the top in world of M&A/Dealmaking, what would it be!

    Enjoy the ride, and if you don’t, go and do something else – life is too short.  Keep learning and let that be your North Star – when you stop being stretched, learning, or getting new experiences it’s probably time to move. 

    And keep yourself fit (I try and fail but I try), it’s a long and exhausting career and it’s going to be a lot longer if you’re starting out now.

    Oh and have an opinion, your own opinion, not something you’ve read on the internet that sounds clever – that’s not yours - and is dull.

    Outside of your successful profession, what are your greatest loves and hobbies?

    My family and friends.  My football team - SWFC they’ve been ruining my weekends for 40 years, but I love them, nonetheless.  I play golf (6 handicap) should be better, but I think I am Seve and go for shots even he couldn’t pull off - ending in disaster.  Wine, food and music - did I mention I roadied for the Rolling Stones 12?

    For more information on this interview or to discuss how Parkinson Lee could assist your organisation in hiring an Executive or Board Level appointment, please contact our Managing Partner, Lee Bhandal on 07590 529 274 or l.bhandal@parkinsonlee.com.

  • 23/03/2022 How has COVID-19 changed the way the business work & for the better?

    As we reach the two-year milestone of lockdown #1, we are exploring how the changes in the way we work, as a result of the pandemic, has had a positive influence over companies and their people.

    Since 2020, many have adapted to new working environments, introduced new technologies and embraced new skillsets, which have subsequently improved how companies operate and as importantly, had a profound effect on employee happiness and engagement at work.

    Many businesses have used the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity for change, but how has that changed the way they work and for the better?

    Flexibility

    For centuries, companies were conditioned to think efficiency and outputs were a result of 9-5 hours and an office-based/ on-site set up.

    As a result of the pandemic, remote working meant employers had no option but to embrace change and incorporate employee freedom.

    Adopting a flexible approach has seen many businesses experience higher levels of productivity, better quality outputs and an overall happier workforce.

    With top talent getting a taste for homeworking, many will no longer consider a traditional, office-based arrangement and therefore, businesses across the world have had to reflect their set up accordingly.

    For Parkinson Lee, these flexible arrangements have allowed our team to establish relationships with a wider network of executives without the limitations of geographical proximities – enabling us to deliver the best talent from any corner of the UK for our clients.

    Digitialisation

    In a remote world, staying connected with customers, suppliers and with one another, whilst remaining operationally viable, meant companies had to find means of working outside of the office.

    These new technologies have not only kept people together but have also, enabled employees to work more efficiently and accurately with new workflow and live reporting resources.

    The outcome of digitalisation has powered businesses and their people with new digital skills and the knowledge to work effectively from anywhere.

    Marketing

    In this new age, marketing departments have transitioned from a “nice to have” function, to a vital element of any company operation.

    You just have to look at the job market to see how heavily businesses are investing in their marketing structure.

    In the height of Covid, where the world seemed to have stopped, companies either used it as an opportunity to inherit new technologies to communicate with their customers, through social media and targeted marketing, or stood still and were left behind.

    Clever and consistent marketing has and will continue to be crucial for business visibility, in a post covid world.

    Work-life balance

    For many professionals, and even more so in the generation Z that are incredibly career hungry and money motivated, the work-life balance has been near or non-existent.

    The pandemic has allowed employees to slow down, work in the comfort of their own homes, feel more a part of family life during the working week and re-tilt the scale to an equal keel.

    Many companies have found employees to be happier and more efficient, preventing the frequent experience of burn-out.

    Mental health

    Throughout the pandemic, there was a huge spike in mental health issues, and for many, that hasn’t just stopped since life has resumed to the ‘new normal’.

    Many businesses were forced to understand and acknowledge the importance of mental wellbeing at work and identify ways to support their employees.

    In a post covid world, this is still very prevalent in the workplace, with many introducing mental wellbeing days, encouraging lunchtime walks, flexible working hours and internal and external mental health support programmes.

    As we move forward, we hope these positive outcomes will continue to support businesses with innovation, responsiveness and success, whilst keeping workforces happy and healthy.

    Our company changes

    Historically, Parkinson Lee have operated like many other companies around the world. Our employees were based 5 days a week at our head office in Rotherham and had structured working hours.

    Since the pandemic hit, the senior leadership team have adapted and welcomed a more relaxed and flexible working approach. Now offering a permanent, remote and hybrid set up to suit the needs of our employees, with less restrictions on set working hours.

    We encourage our people to take frequent breaks, work around their hectic lives as parents and to prioritise their mental health.

    In 2021, Parkinson Lee had a record-breaking year, which was a clear demonstration that home working and flexibility had a positive influence over companywide success.

    As a result of this growth, we currently looking for an ambitious, committed and experienced Senior Recruiter to join our expanding team across the Yorkshire region.

    If you are a career focused, motivated individual, looking to join a highly entrepreneurial, successful team, and contribute to our continued growth and success, whilst establishing yourself with as an executive recruiter of choice with a high profile client base, then please contact our Managing Partner, Lee Bhandal for a confidential discussion at l.bhandal@parkinsonlee.com.

  • 23/02/2022 The Greatest Challenge's Business Leaders Face Today - LinkedIn Poll
    Leadership today is more complex than ever. The growth of technology, sudden market changes and uncertain economic climate has ushered in at an unprecedented and rapid rate.

    We recently asked our LinkedIn community of Business Leaders within various size organisations and industries, what their greatest challenges are today.

    The results were as follows:
    • Build/ retain a diverse board - 8%
    • Navigating constant change - 48%
    • Staying ahead of competition - 24%
    • Future Strategic Planning - 20%

    Our team have taken a greater look into these challenges and advised on actions to help navigate through.

    Build/ retain a diverse board

    The most successful and influential boards are those with directors that offer a variety of skills and diverse experiences.

    For many business leaders, introducing diversity into their board team comes as a huge challenge – but one that is vital in steering a company towards its long-term goals.

    Diversity encourages new ways of thinking and perspective on a range of consumers, markets and business practices.

    To overcome these challenges and establish greater boardroom diversity, we suggest the following:

    • Increase transparency
    Work closely with the HR Director to identify gaps in your current board team. Following this, devise a strategy to introduce more women and minorities into executive positions. Once the board structure has been established and you’ve identified how you will implement your strategy, make these goals public and communicate it to the wider business - this will keep you accountable and demonstrate your commitment to diversity and inclusion in your business.
    • Refresh the board
    One-to-one meetings and annual assessments for each director, are just as important as companywide ones. These should determine board members contribution to the business strategy and where there is a short fall in skills.

    For those that have been part of a board team for a number of years, falling into a comfortable and coasting way of thinking can be easy. As a business leader it’s your responsibility to ensure each individual on the board continues to influence, demonstrate productivity, passion and commitment. If this begins to fade or there is a greater demonstration of underperforming you need to find ways to reengage your directors or consider a restructure and introduce new proactive members.
    • Develop future leaders
    Work with your HR department to develop future diverse leaders and make it your mission to recruit further diversity into the wider business. As importantly, involve your board team in mentoring programmes, where they can support leaders of tomorrow and get a greater perspective of views from those diverse individuals.

    Navigating through constant change

    As a result of the pandemic, Brexit and digitalisation, business leaders are facing more changes than ever before. Navigating through these and getting ahead of the curve is where many struggle.

    We suggest the following steps to support you through these changes:
    • Prepare for change
    In light of the recent pandemic, being able to roll your sleeves up, take charge and guide the business through unforeseen challenges is crucial. Prioritising and undertaking a risk analysis and a mitigation strategy, will be poignant in navigating through future challenges that may lie ahead. Identifying as many risks as possible ahead of time will reduce panic and chaos amongst your workforce - with readily available and attainable strategies and tactics in place. Use your previous experiences to establish a strategy that can successfully keep your business running profitably, whilst remaining ahead of the competition.
    • Communicate with the team
    In times of uncertainty, communication is key. From a leader's perspective, that includes your team, board, investors, shareholders and customers. Open up a forum for people to ask questions and voice concerns, and ensure your responses are timely and direct with no room for misinterpretation. Weekly team catch-ups, monthly or quarterly companywide communications meetings are a great way of doing this.
    • Focus on obtainable, short-term goals.
    In your company strategy, it is vital that you consider short-term goals in order to successfully reach your long-term goals. Focusing on immediate/ quarterly priorities, where designated people can take ownership, will balance the pressure on your own shoulders. If the wider business feel involved in these changes and clearly understand their positive impact on the business and the company’s mission, every individual will be working in the same direction.

    Staying ahead of the competition

    To dominate your market and stay ahead of your competition, defining your business proposition is essential.

    You have to identify and demonstrate your unique selling proposition through your marketing strategy and instil this in your sales team when reaching out to prospective customers. You need to make a clear-cut proposition, that gives customers a reason to come to you rather than your competitors.

    As a business leader, aside from product and service offerings, you need to ensure your core processes, strategy and values set you apart from the rest in your market.

    We suggest the following steps to help you stay ahead of the competition:
    • Know your competition
    Delve deep into your rivals - what they offer, their market proposition and how they present themselves. Work closely with your marketing team for competitor analysis and research. Following this, spend time relooking at your own business, undertake a SWOT analysis and identify what your competitive edge is and target marketplace - then set your strategy.
    • Test and experiment
    Trial and error can be extremely useful in identifying what your audience likes and requires. It is a great way of monitoring results and planning strategically for the business. However, do your research first! Leaving it completely to chance may impact productivity and throw a considerable unwanted curve ball into your brand strategy and customers perception of you.
    • Be the best employer
    Skilled and motivated people are the backbone of any successful business. Attracting and retaining talent means more than paying a competitive wage, offering an inclusive and inspiring culture, career development opportunities, and excellent benefits are significant for productivity and personal job satisfaction.

    Future Strategic Planning

    Strategic planning provides structure to day-to-day decisions that follow a larger vision – in program development, building a solid financial foundation and preparing for challenges that lie ahead. It is an opportunity for the board team to share their perceptions and discuss critical issues that may affect the organisation in the future.

    An inclusive approach to strategic planning has proven to positively impact a smooth operation, in ensuring key stakeholders believe in the organisation's vision and are committed to achieving it.

    We suggest the following steps to help you to plan strategically:
    • Mission & values
    Start with reviewing your mission statement, this has to define a long-term goal/ vision that is used to navigate your business plan. Use your mission, to then determine your company values – what you want to instil in your people that reflects in your customer experience. Your values need to be strong, clear and at the core of your practices.
    • External and internal SWOT analysis
    Strategically review the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that you face both within your organisation and with external factors such as industry trends, global issues and growing competition. Interpreting data is key to successfully executing a SWOT analysis. Bring your board team together to support in this step, their perspective and insights will be significant.
    • Develop strategies
    Once a clear picture of your mission, values and market position has been established, the board team need to develop strategic options to move the business from its current status toward that of your mission. Its key to remember that a strategic planning meeting is not the place to discuss systems, preferred data, or training required. Managing these kinds of details will be the responsibility of individuals assigned in the action plan.
    • Action Plan
    The outcome of developing strategies should be the prioritisation of a few (two to five) achievable goals and the creation of a related action plan. Many strategic plans have previously failed for because they were too ambitious or too complex. It’s important to remember that the opportunities or limitations identified in your SWOT analysis need to be addressed over a matter of years – for company sustainability.

    By having an annual strategic planning meeting, these goals will stay in sight and can be successfully achieved.

    For more information on how to address your current challenges as a business leader or if you are looking to add real value into your board team, please contact Lee Bhandal at l.bhandal@parkinsonlee.com.
  • 25/11/2021 Interview with Andrea Preston - HR Director at Tes Global

    Parkinson Lee Executive search are delighted to be sharing a series of interviews with Business Leaders from across the region. Each month we will be publishing “an interview with…” that our Managing Partner, Lee Bhandal, has conducted with highly respected Executives from across the region.

    Our sixth interview is with Andrea Preston, HR Director at Tes Global. Andrea is a member of the board team and responsible for creating and leading the people strategy, implementing successful wellbeing and flexible working programmes as part of employee engagement and talent attraction strategies, and driving inclusivity across the business.

    Tes Global's mission is to, power, school and enable great teaching worldwide, by creating intelligent online products and services to make the greatest difference in education. For more than 100 years, Tes has championed great teaching by working together with teachers to build trusted education solutions that help them to be the best they can be. From safeguarding and compliance, to staff and pupil management, their innovative and flexible software and services help teachers and school leaders worldwide to provide the best education to millions of children. Tes is a global company employing over 600 people across 10 offices, in locations including London, Sheffield, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Sydney, and Dubai.

    In this interview, Andrea shares an insight into her impressive HR career, how she navigated through the challenges that came with the pandemic and her greatest professional achievements.

    Interview with Andrea

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    Why did you choose a career in Human Resources? Were there any particular influences?

    During my last year of studying for a history degree at Lancaster University, I did a psychometric style questionnaire that suggested suitable careers, and HR was one of the options.

    I did some investigation into what HR entailed, the responsibilities of the function and the career path that came with it. It sounded interesting, it fit perfectly with my values and would give me an opportunity to make a real impact to both a business and the careers of the people within it. That’s when I made the decision to complete my CIPD.

    Can you tell us more about your impressive 19-year career in the industry and your progression to HR Director? What have been the standout moments for you?

    I began my HR career as an Advisor and worked my way through various roles and industries, which gave me great exposure to many projects and challenges that required flexibility, dedication and strong problem-solving skills. Since 2001, I’ve held senior/ board level positions and led the HR strategy.

    I was fortunate in my early career to work for great managers who had more confidence in my abilities than I had in myself at the time - they pushed me to gain new experiences. One manager put me forward to set-up a new international office for the company, which was terrifying, especially without the international experience. The project was a huge success and since then, I have repeated this in many locations around the world.

    What has kept you motivated and inspired throughout your career? And what is the most rewarding part of your role HR Director?

    What keeps me motivated is knowing that I’ve made a difference to a number of companies’ and helped to progress the careers of so many people. Equally, my ability to find solutions that benefit both our employees and the business, for any given situation is a great motivation.

    The most rewarding part of my role is growing and developing my team(s) current and former, and watching their careers go from strength to strength. I feel privileged to be able to help in some small way.

    What do you think has been the role of HRD in the pandemic? How were you as HRD able to help your company through the crisis?

    The role of a HRD in the pandemic has been to communicate pragmatic solutions to often new and challenging situations. At the start of the pandemic, we set up a weekly company broadcast to answer questions about working from home and hybrid working, to interpret changing government guidance, explain new concepts such as furlough and reassure colleagues about the future of the business. This was a really effective communication tool that kept everyone connected and informed.

    Maintaining engagement across the business, whilst keeping morale going and prioritising the well-being of our employees was key. It was a completely unknown situation, but I personally feel that we acted fast, found solutions and overcame the challenges.

    What do you think are the biggest challenges facing a HR Director today?

    It would definitely be the change of pace, there are always new situations that we need to adapt to, be equipped for and ready to face.

    Equally, it would be avoiding a one size fits all approach, especially for a global workforce – it is so important to balance a global culture / values whilst respecting local employment practices.

    How do you add value to Tes? What are your personal strengths that you bring to the role and organisation?

    The broad experience I’ve had over the years across different sectors, has allowed me to offer a fresh perspective and a variety of solutions, which is extremely valuable when leading a HR function.

    On a personal basis, my biggest strength is the ability to remain calm and identify key factors that are important. I have a very pragmatic approach to situations, which helps guides me in decision-making processes.

    What would you say are the key qualities required to perform as a successful HR Director?

    Absorbing information is key, which often includes conflicting data that requires more research to determine the most appropriate value adding people strategy.

    I would also say having a level-headed approach and the ability to see other perspectives is key to building a positive and influential culture.

    What has been your biggest achievement to date in your HR career?

    In a professional capacity, it was opening an office in Brazil to extremely tight timescales, without the ability to speak Portuguese. Also being able to attract and retain employees with extremely niche IT and credit card expertise.

    In a personal capacity, it would be the ability to present at large conferences – as an introvert that takes a great deal of work to overcome. To be successful as a HRD it is so important to keep investing in personal development.

    Have you experienced any major challenges/setbacks that you have had to overcome in your career and how has that helped you become the HR professional you are today?

    Early in my career, I experienced some prejudice about my working-class background and hint of a Barnsley accent, mostly when applying for new roles, which was hugely frustrating.

    As a HR Director, leading the strategy, I have used my personal experience to ensure our workforce and culture champions inclusivity, where people are comfortable to challenge assumptions.

    Who has been your mentor and what impact have they had on your career?

    I am incredibly grateful that I met Kate Black, Managing Director at Agile HR Solutions, when I was starting out in my career. Kate was a great mentor; willing to listen and give me practical advice. Looking back, she really helped me build on self-confidence and encouraged me to apply for new opportunities. She also introduced me to champagne and now as friends, I still look forward to catching up with her for a chat and a glass of fizz.

    What advice would you give to up-and-coming HR professionals looking to make it to the top of the profession?

    Successful HR professionals must be comfortable with change and be committed to continuous learning and personal development - a growth mindset is essential to progression.

    You need to be able to work outside of your comfort zone and understand that occasionally you will make mistakes, but in my experience, you can learn as much, if not more, from a mistake as a success.

    What are your interests outside of your career?

    I felt very fortunate during lockdown to have my golden retriever Bertie - both my husband and I enjoy walking and sightseeing at dog friendly places. I’m looking forward to going to the theatre, ballet and my favourite restaurants now that things have begun to re-open.

    For more information on this interview or to discuss how Parkinson Lee could assist your organisation in hiring Executive or Board Level appointments, please contact Lee Bhandal on 07590 529 274 or l.bhandal@parkinsonlee.com.

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