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Jamie Buchan, CEO

I couldn’t commend Anne and her colleagues more highly… a brilliant service
Marc Wolman

I received an excellent service from Executive Action tailored exactly to my needs
Simon Oakes, Senior Civil Servant

Executive Action are demonstrably experienced in their field, well-connected and always went that extra mile
Ash Marston, Head of IT

Executive Action are a pleasure to work with, even after placement they keep in contact to ensure all is well
Chris Browning, Managing Director

Having someone to talk things through with, to support me and push me to focus my ideas was fantastic
David Blackwood, Group Finance Director

Empowering and very time-effective way of answering some key questions
Clara Swinson, Senior Civil Servant

Its great strength is that it is tuned to the individual instead of process-driven
Peter Whittle, Group Strategic Development Director

As well as my dedicated consultant, there was always someone on hand to help with whatever was needed, from interview training to research
David Blackwood, Group Finance Director

News and Articles

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How to make a Successful Transition to Partner and Owner of your Firm

Posted: July 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Making partner is not an end in itself, but the first step in what one hopes will be a rewarding role and a happy personal and professional experience. Many firms now have quite sophisticated (or protracted at least) selection processes to admit new partners, and these processes often allow candidates to learn more about themselves […]

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IoD Insight Workshop: ‘Managing senior level performance – without blood on the floor!’ with John Renz, 12 July at 17.30-19.00

Posted: July 3rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

It is perhaps surprising that the management of those with the greatest impact on the business very often comes last – or doesn’t happen at all. Learn how to tackle the performance of senior teams and nurture talent at the top! One of our Directors, John F. Renz, is presenting a workshop at the Institute […]

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Missing an opportunity?

Posted: March 27th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Development | No Comments »

  John F Renz – Director, Executive Action As a former HRD operating in a number of regulated environments, I was very interested recently to attend a conference which examined how private wealth and asset management firms were responding to changes in the regulatory landscape – and a little surprised that the focus of the […]

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A Tough Job, But Someone’s Got To Do It

Posted: January 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Development, Miscellaneous, Networking | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

  John F Renz – Director, Executive Action Managing professional service businesses well is indeed a very tough job – and often assumptions about particular types of firm are way off the mark. Professional services have gone through major change, and will continue to do so, whether driven by regulatory, legal or entirely market-driven events. […]

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BLOOD ON THE BOARDROOM FLOOR!

Posted: October 12th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Development | Tags: , , | No Comments »

  Heather Greatrex – Director, Executive Action Parting company messily with senior people is not just the preserve of political parties or football clubs; it happens every day. If companies’ shareholders, clients and other stakeholders were to really understand the true total costs and disruption involved in terminating some executives’ contracts, they might be very shocked. Reporting […]

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Tail wagging the dog!

Posted: October 7th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Development | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

As a former insurance-based HRD, I’ll be entirely honest here: I got a bit fed up when a key element of people processes came under the spotlight because the regulator – at last! – discovered that human behaviour was a critical component of ensuring that businesses operate to the highest ethical and professional standards. Having […]

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‘Career transition’ or ‘outplacement’ – it’s all about change!

Posted: June 13th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Development | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

What was once more commonly known as outplacement is now increasingly being referred to as career transition. The latter more accurately describes the process as it focuses on the future, inherently enshrines the concept of change and implies that this is a journey, and not an event. Whatever the specific reason that people find themselves […]

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Support Executive Action in 5K Power Walk for Dress for Success!

Posted: May 19th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , | No Comments »

We wanted to let you know that our colleagues at Executive Action Heather Greatrex, Zoe Blake and Alexandra Pack are walking the 5K in support of the charity on 11th June 2016.   Please support us in our mission and donate to ‘Dress for Success’ to help support even more women through the obstacles they […]

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Are You Considering A Public Appointment…?

Posted: May 6th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Development, Events, Networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

At our evening event on 5th May, we focused on the subject of ‘Public Appointments’.  Our speakers were Rosalyn Eales, Head of the Centre for Public Appointments at the Cabinet Office and Dr Priya Singh, a Non-Executive Director at Guy’s and Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Rosalyn shared some insights about her work leading and guiding […]

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10th Innovatus evening with Jane Beine

Posted: April 21st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Development, Events, Networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

We celebrated our 10th Innovatus networking event with a dinner on 19th April 2016 at the ICAEW. We had the pleasure of listening to Jane Beine (Head of Partner Development, John Lewis and Waitrose). Jane shared with us her career journey in John Lewis from graduate trainee to her current role and gave us a fascinating […]

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