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.
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.
The company we keep
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
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
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
Our founding year; the UK’s first interim management provider.
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.
Four separate companies were merged to form Russam: Guardian Management Services, Tanstead Associates, GMS Consultancy, and Walker GMS.
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.
We became one the leading suppliers of interim executives into government via the OGCbuying.solutions Catalist Framework accreditation.
We launched InterimWomen – the first forum dedicated to women working as Interim Managers or aspiring to.
We launched an Innovative partnership between Athene Communications and Russam that focusses and specialises on interims for the marketing & communications world.
Peter Dunkerley, one of our most experienced principals, won “Interim Recruiter of the Year” at the REC’s Institute of Professional Recruitment awards.
Ian Joseph joins and launches Russam Search.
We launch Trustee Unlimited along with our trusted partners NCVO and BWB (Bates Wells Braithwaite).
Russam wins “Best Interim Recruitment Agency” at the Recruiter Awards for Excellence.
Russam wins “Best Interim Provider” at the Recruitment Consultant Awards.
Russam celebrates 30 years in business!
Melissa Baxter joins Russam and Russam Executive Search is formally launched.
Russam joins the Worldwide Interim Group (WIL) as a co-founding member.
Russam Appointed to G-Cloud IV Framework.
Ian Joseph and Jason Atkinson complete Management buy-out and unveil plans for further growth.
We move into our wonderful new London office – The Gridiron Building, King’s Cross.
Russam win “Best Specialist Recruitment” provider at the Global Recruiter Awards and Highly Recommended for “Best Client Service”.
Launch of Step On Board coaching and volunteering business.
Trustees Unlimited proud to become a Founding UK B Corporation.
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.
Russam publishes major study on the lack of tech talent on FTSE boards.
Russam relaunches its NED Group Forum.
John Wilson recognised at the WIL Group Baveno, Italy Global Conference for “Best Contribution” to the Group.
Russam signs a long-term technical partnership with Winmark Global – the leading business networking group.
Russam move its back office “hub” . . . after 34 years in sunny Dunstable we move to the art deco AW House in Luton.
Ian Joseph shares the stage with Lord Browne of Madingley as we host a Devonshire House Club meeting.
Russam team members join the WIL Group Global Conference in Shanghai.
Anna Henderson wins the Russam “RIOT” Award for best employee!
We continue our diversity and inclusion programmes. This time we use Lego with our clients to understand the “building blocks” of diversity.
The UK hosts the 2018 Global Conference… London is Calling!
A new brand is introduced this year
WIL Group Turns 5 years
Co-founded by Russam in 2014 – the world’s leading Interim Management Group
Kroll and Russam join forces to launch a new Interim Solutions business
Russam completes acquisition of Trustees Unlimited and Step-on-Board
Russam Approved as an Official G-Cloud 12 Supplier
Russam plans for growth with new colleagues joining including; Eddy Nsabue, Jashan Sangha, Richard Bailey and Simon Bell
And says goodbye to beloved and long-serving colleagues John Wilson and Peter Dunkerley
New Logo introduced “Interim-Search-Worldwide” to both focus Russam’s customer proposition and position as an international business
Russam turns 40 years of age – the UK’s longest established Interim Management company. The adventure continues!
We are passionate about delivering to the highest standards of excellence and ensuring our recruitment methodologies attract candidates from diverse backgrounds.