About

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. 

Contact

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

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Case Studies

Foreign & Commonwealth Office Service

Russam was engaged by Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FDCO) Services on ‘Project Themis’ and provided ‘Resource as a Service’ for over 20 roles (from 1/12/2017 to 19/9/2019).  Russam appreciated that FCOS was a key player in continuing to promote Britain as an outward-looking, bold nation with a global approach and …
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Testimonials

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

1982

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

January 1, 1982
January 1, 1987

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.

January 1, 1987
January 1, 1990

1990

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

January 1, 1990
January 1, 2006

2006

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.

January 1, 2006
January 1, 2006

2006

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

January 1, 2006
January 1, 2006

2006

We launched InterimWomen – the first forum dedicated to women working as Interim Managers or aspiring to.

January 1, 2006
January 1, 2007

2007

We launched an Innovative partnership between Athene Communications and Russam that focusses and specialises on interims for the marketing & communications world.

January 1, 2007
January 1, 2009

2009

Peter Dunkerley, one of our most experienced principals, won “Interim Recruiter of the Year” at the REC’s Institute of Professional Recruitment awards.

January 1, 2009
January 1, 2009

2009

Ian Joseph joins and launches Russam Search.

January 1, 2009
January 1, 2009

2009

We launch Trustee Unlimited along with our trusted partners NCVO and BWB (Bates Wells Braithwaite).

January 1, 2009
January 1, 2010

2010

Russam wins “Best Interim Recruitment Agency” at the Recruiter Awards for Excellence.

January 1, 2010
January 1, 2011

2011

Russam wins “Best Interim Provider” at the Recruitment Consultant Awards.

January 1, 2011
January 1, 2012

2012

Russam celebrates 30 years in business!

January 1, 2012
January 1, 2012

2012

Melissa Baxter joins Russam and Russam Executive Search is formally launched.

January 1, 2012
January 1, 2013

2013

Russam joins the Worldwide Interim Group (WIL) as a co-founding member.

January 1, 2013
January 1, 2013

2013

Russam Appointed to G-Cloud IV Framework.

January 1, 2013
January 1, 2014

2014

Ian Joseph and Jason Atkinson complete Management buy-out and unveil plans for further growth.

January 1, 2014
January 1, 2014

2014

We move into our wonderful new London office – The Gridiron Building, King’s Cross.

January 1, 2014
January 1, 2014

2014

Russam win “Best Specialist Recruitment” provider at the Global Recruiter Awards and Highly Recommended for “Best Client Service”.

January 1, 2014
January 1, 2015

2015

Launch of Step On Board coaching and volunteering business.

January 1, 2015
January 1, 2015

2015

Trustees Unlimited proud to become a Founding UK B Corporation.

January 1, 2015
January 1, 2016

2015

Russam become a corporate partner to the MS Society and aim to raise £100k for this worthy cause. We sponsor the annual Walk London event.

January 1, 2016
January 1, 2016

2016

Russam publishes major study on the lack of tech talent on FTSE boards.

January 1, 2016
January 1, 2016

2016

Russam relaunches its NED Group Forum.

January 1, 2016
January 1, 2016

2016

John Wilson recognised at the WIL Group Baveno, Italy Global Conference for “Best Contribution” to the Group.

January 1, 2016
January 1, 2017

2017

Russam signs a long-term technical partnership with Winmark Global – the leading business networking group.

January 1, 2017
January 1, 2017

2017

Russam move its back office “hub” . . . after 34 years in sunny Dunstable we move to the art deco AW House in Luton.

January 1, 2017
January 1, 2017

2017

Ian Joseph shares the stage with Lord Browne of Madingley as we host a Devonshire House Club meeting.

January 1, 2017
January 1, 2017

2017

Russam team members join the WIL Group Global Conference in Shanghai.

January 1, 2017
January 1, 2018

2018

Anna Henderson wins the Russam “RIOT” Award for best employee!

January 1, 2018
January 1, 2018

2018

We continue our diversity and inclusion programmes. This time we use Lego with our clients to understand the “building blocks” of diversity.

January 1, 2018
January 1, 2018

2018

The UK hosts the 2018 Global Conference… London is Calling!

January 1, 2018
January 1, 2019

2019

A new brand is introduced this year

January 1, 2019
January 1, 2020

2020

WIL Group Turns 5 years
Co-founded by Russam in 2014 – the world’s leading Interim Management Group

WIL Group 5 years old logo

January 1, 2020
January 1, 2020

2020

Kroll and Russam join forces to launch a new Interim Solutions business

January 1, 2020
January 1, 2020

2020

Russam completes acquisition of Trustees Unlimited and Step-on-Board

January 1, 2020
January 1, 2020

2020

Russam Approved as an Official G-Cloud 12 Supplier

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January 1, 2020
August 1, 2021

2021

And says goodbye to beloved and long-serving colleagues John Wilson and Peter Dunkerley

August 1, 2021
November 1, 2021

2021

New Logo introduced “Interim-Search-Worldwide” to both focus Russam’s customer proposition and position as an international business

Russam logo with strapline

November 1, 2021
January 1, 2022

2022

Russam turns 40 years of age – the UK’s longest established Interim Management company. The adventure continues!

January 1, 2022

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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