Our journey began in 1982 when Charles Russam identified the potential to help organisations find interim professionals. 

40 years later we have four core strands to the Russam business: Interim Management, Executive Search, Board Practices and Total Project Delivery serving the Charity and Commercial sectors including finance, manufacturing, technology, health, retail and more.

‘People are at the heart of every Russam conversation’

Whatever the problem:  From start-ups to multinationals in any market. We have a proven track record in providing the right professionals to deliver transformation, crisis management, business turnaround and rapid growth. We have managed high-level interim projects for 40 years and executive search for 12 years building a worldwide talent pool to draw upon for both interim and permanent leadership roles.

Care and professionalism:  Investing the time to really understand your business, strategy, and culture; we work closely with your stakeholders, so the brief is clear, and the search process is project managed to ensure all expectations are met.  You can be confident that we will deliver an exceptional shortlist of diverse candidates for you. 

Candidate care:  Respectful to ensure we engage talented candidates during live projects and beyond with meetings face to face whenever possible and through our industry event schedule.  We offer support and coaching too.

industry knowledge:  Intelligent and rigorous targeting by our experienced consultants with industry knowledge means we deliver candidates that match your brief. 

Communication: We keep you informed about the process all the way through, and we meet all service levels agreed with analytics and insights. 

Continued Professional Development:  Our team includes 3 qualified Coaches in the Leadership team offering Executive Coaching and Career Coaching services and HR CIPD. 


Call us on 0207 099 2222 or email [email protected]

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Our Clients
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Case Studies

Evac Group

Client: Evac Group, acquired by Bridgepoint Capital in 2017  Mission: Interim Chief Transformation Officer & Deputy CEO Evac is a global market leader in the provision of environmentally friendly waste, wastewater, and water management systems for the marine, offshore, and building industries. Established in 1979, Evac is headquartered in Espoo, Finland.  It provides …
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Companies don’t create value from legacy thinking of what has gone before, the opportunity for the WIL Group’s approach is therefore huge – it offers the platform to disrupt, and then to create new value.

Antony Perillo, Group Director Sourcing & Product Development, Clarks

You have provided us with so many outstanding individuals who are doing a great job fixing the business.

Grant Cox, Head of Europe, Bidcorp

“Russam and the WIL Group creates a fresh and innovative approach for global organisations seeking interim and transformation 

expertise to provide some of the world’s top business talent across a very wide range of disciplines.”

Asma Aidi, Head of Transformation, Vodafone

Interims are proving their value in every single transformation, in many different ways. Clients in every sector are achieving strategic, financial and efficiency benefits by employing interim professionals. It is this that is driving both Russam and the WIL Group’s rapid growth in digital transformation projects worldwide

Cathy Kay, Managing Partner, Russam 

As organisations move through various transformations in today’s difficult economy, the flexibility and expertise offered by interim managers is invaluable. These are fluid times and a fluid approach to resourcing strategies is vital if organisations are to remain competitive. Highly skilled interims offer precisely that support

Penny Davis, People and Talent Director (former), Balfour Beatty 

One of the key benefits of employing interim managers is that they can bring a wealth of experience and sector knowledge. They are not afraid to question the status quo and their fresh perspective and independence often delivers great results

Mike Innes, Senior Partner, Graphite Capital 

We were undertaking a major change management programme, transforming our culture into a commercial organisation. We needed to hire people with specialist skills and experience to lead this transition. Russam understood the challenges that we faced and sourced highly experienced interims to work with us and help us transform the organisation into the modern, commercial and successful company that we are today

Kath Hollister, HR Director, Ericsson, Red Bee Media

We chose Russam for our interim resourcing roles for a few simple reasons: They understand our business and they deliver on our business requirements. They deliver the right people, with the right skills, for the right project. We have now taken on two senior interim project managers that have helped us to deliver on our business plan

Lene Nielsen, Vice President Human Resources, Rothschild Bank AG

We have a good working relationship with Russam – they understand our business and have consistently found high quality, heavy-weight interims very quickly that have not only been competent but are the right cultural fit for our business

Martin Totty, CEO, Barbon Insurance

Russam really understand our business and have formed a strong relationship that goes way beyond recruitment. The principals have deep industry knowledge and the company hosts thought provoking networking events and invite us even when we are not working with them. They are very credible people who are great to work with

Marcus Lee, Head of Resourcing, Santander

Richard has overseen a transformation of our Group’s governance and leaves us in a much stronger position. He has made a huge contribution

Mark Way, CEO, Odeon Cinemas 

Dr. Reinhard was the best interim consultant that we have hired, we are extremely pleased with him

Chris Bell, Partners, Bridgepoint

Our Story

January 1, 1982


Our founding year; the UK’s first interim management provider.

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January 1, 1987


Co-founded the Interim Management Association (IMA). Back then it was known as ATIES. Jason Atkinson went on to become Chairman of the IMA in 2010.

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Four separate companies were merged to form Russam: Guardian Management Services, Tanstead Associates, GMS Consultancy, and Walker GMS.

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Won HR Excellence Awards for “most effective use of resources for an interim project” with our interim executive Mel Petrie and a crisis assignment with the British Red Cross.

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We became one the leading suppliers of interim executives into government via the OGCbuying.solutions Catalist Framework accreditation.

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Our Team

We are passionate about delivering to the highest standards of excellence and ensuring our recruitment methodologies attract candidates from diverse backgrounds.

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