Interim Executives

Interim Executives

Access to industry-leading professionals, available to provide leadership or support in an interim, project, advisory, mentoring or NED capacity.

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interim /’nt(e)rim/


1. the intervening time. “in the interim I’ll just keep my fingers crossed” synonyms: meantime, meanwhile, intervening time, interval, interlude; interregnum “in the interim they agreed to carry out further research” 2. BRITISH an interim dividend, profit, etc.

verb interim another side of the Management Recruitment Group

Well known for capabilities in Search and Permanent selection campaigns, however less well known, but no less active in the provision of Interim and Freelance solutions.

Recruiting Interim/freelance members of staff is an established practice. It affords you flexibility and expertise from professional ‘turnaround specialists’ – delivered by a true, specialist.

Clients we work with:

Our Services

MRG Interim Executives is a community of experienced, high calibre professional consultants spanning the fields of Real Estate, Development & Construction, Estates & Facilities Management, Hospitality, HR & OD and Bids & Work-Winning. Our Associates have honed their skills, knowledge and approach over a number of years in leadership and consultancy careers, encompassing a diverse variety of organisations and industries. Having now embarked on consultancy and portfolio careers they are keen to add value to organisations by offering their services on a flexible basis. This makes them ideally placed to advise client organisations, the public sector and public institutions attempt to plot a course through an ever-changing and complex economic and political landscape. Services provided by our Associates include but are not limited to: interim management, participation on interview panels, strategy development advice & consultancy, project support, organisational development reviews, governance & assurance support and coaching & mentoring.

Our Associates can be retained on a bespoke and flexible basis – often giving a tailored solution that can be procured and implemented expeditiously.


Interim Executives

Why use an Interim Executive?

There are many circumstances when an Interim Executive should be considered.

The first thing to remember is that a true Interim Executive is more than qualified for the role and can hit the ground running. They should be seasoned professionals who bring something to the organisation and add value that is not available in-house: • An objective view • A transformation project • When current resources are stretched • To bring new skills to a project • When a project has a defined finish date with no follow on • To give time and space for a board to complete permanent recruitment search campaigns • In a NED capacity Profiles of our Associates are enclosed. Enquiries can be made in confidence via or via a member of the MRG Recruitment Team. If you are looking for a skill-set that is not readily available from one of our listed Executives then please get in touch. We have access to a wide pool of Executives and all assignments are considered on a case by case basis.

Paul France: Business Sector Director - 020 3962 9900 |


Interim Executives

Recent campaigns (Case Studies)

Interim Director of Estates, Facilities & Commercial Services

We were engaged to appoint an interim professional whilst they ran a campaign to make a substantive appointment. The responsibilities comprised operational leadership of the Estates and Facilities team, including developing improvements to project governance. The wide remit encompassed providing strategic input into the largest capital development programme the University has seen for many decades including the DBFO for an 800-bed student residences scheme. The successful candidate had extensive higher education experience including a tenure as Interim Director of Estates at Lancaster University and University of the West of Scotland. His earlier career outside the sector included client side executive leadership roles in retail and airports.

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Recent campaigns (Case Studies)

Interim Managing Director

KUSCO is unusual in that it is a hybrid organisation. As a limited company sitting under an higher education umbrella it seeks to

take advantage of the commercial freedoms available to it by operating as a private sector organisation, whilst aligning its objectives wholly to support it’s only client Kingston University. KUSCO aims to provide first class FM services at a commercially competitive price. We appointed the Interim Managing Director to lead the next stage of the company’s exciting journey of transformation into a competitive, high quality, customer focused ‘best in class’ FM services organisation. The Managing Director is responsible for all aspects of strategic planning and operational delivery for total facilities management services for the entire University estate (including student residences). This encompasses building services, maintenance projects, soft services, events and conferencing. The £20m per annum budget comprises both direct staff costs and managed budgets and they employ 300 staff delivering services across their 140,000m2 estate. The successful professional is considered an industry leader within corporate real estate with extensive board level experience. Relevant higher education experience included interim assignments at the University of Westminster and University of East London in a Director of Estates capacity.

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Recent campaigns (Case Studies)

Real Estate Advisory

Lloyds Development Capital have a track record of acquiring, growing and transforming organisations. Having backed over 600 ambitious management teams over

more than 35 years, LDC aim to help mid-market businesses across the UK succeed. Having previously acquired a significant shareholding of GVA Grimley a number of years ago, LDC were eager to re-enter the Real Estate Advisory/Property Management market.

Working with David Izzett, one of our Interim Executives, MRG were mandated by LDC to help them research the Real Estate Property Management market, completing an in-depth analysis of each firm, its key individuals, corporate structure and much more. Following agreement from LDC a shortlist of target organisations was agreed and approaches made. A thorough and in-depth review of the property, estates and facilities management market was required as MRG advised LDC on the best options not only for organisations but the more active areas of the industry.

MRG have since worked with a number of Real Estate businesses to assist them on strategies for non-organic growth specifically through M&A or team acquisition.

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Recent campaigns (Case Studies)

Further Campaigns/Assignment examples:

· Interim Director of Estates and Facilities – Sussex based University

· Interim Head of Facilities – London based University

· Interim Head of Estates – Essex based College

· Interim Programme Director – Global Advisory Consultancy

· Interim Head of Communications – London based University

· Consultancy Project – Bid Director, for a multi-national contractor

· Interim Head of Capital Projects – Midlands based Student Accommodation provider

· Interim Director of Capital Development – Midlands based University

· Leasehold Consultancy advice – London Based NHS Trust

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Our Interim Executives

Julie Barker Commercial Accommodation and Hospitality Director. An award-winning and entrepreneurial Senior Operations Director,with in-depth, multi-sector experience and specialist business transformation expertise. Julie has over twenty years’ experience within the Higher Education sector. She is a Non – Executive Director at CUBO Ltd, the Deputy Chair of the Apprenticeship Board and previously held the position of Chair at TUCO Ltd.

A proven business developer, she prioritises developing strong relationships that are built on trust and respect, whilst collaborating at Executive level to structure and execute business initiatives. Her areas of specialism include student accommodation, Catering (including third party catering), student experience and community liaison. Julie has a proven track record of putting the student at the heart of the decision making process. She understands the student experience and its unique ability to connect all commercial activity across Higher Education. Specialisations: Student Experience Development of commercial and customer service operations

Development of Campus Life Programmes Employee Leadership/Mentoring/Training Project and programme Management Change Management - people and processes

Mel Barlex Mel Barlex is a successful and motivated Senior Executive, with 20+ years as a Director, leading and developing estates, facilities and commercial operations for client organisations. Mel has worked in Public (NHS), quasi-Public (Universities) and Private Sector organisations. He has operated at executive and board level, within complex and high profile organisations including working with senior stakeholders. Notably he was the Parliamentary Director of Estates for the Houses of Parliament from 2008 to 2014. Whilst in HE, he was the AUDE representative for London HE institutions and has also undertaken Trustee roles for two not for profit organisations.

Mel is adept at leading the development of Estate and Property Strategies for organisations spanning the public and private sectors, including the collation and

analysis of liabilities (maintenance and ownership), identification of opportunities for asset growth to support the business and alignment to the business strategy. He has also accrued 30+ years of professional project and programme management delivery experience, including developing the governance systems for the organisations and using the OGC Gateway Assurance method. A Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) and Facilities Manager (MIWFM) with a BSc in Surveying, an MBA in Strategic Management, an industry MCR (Masters in Corporate Real Estate). Mel has also completed the National School of Government’s Top Management Programme. Mel is a Cabinet Office, Infrastructure Project Authority (IPA), High Risk Review Team Member Assurance Reviewer, with SC clearance until 2024. Specialisations: Interim Management Estates & Facilities Management Consultancy Mentoring Participation as a non-Executive Director and Participation on interview panels

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Karena Vleck Karena has over twenty years’ experience within legal services and has held leadership positions across the sporting and public sector. Karena spent eleven years at the Rugby Football Union as the Director of Legal and Governance, where she led a change and performance review across discipline, professional game governance, anti-corruption, corporate governance and legal policies.

She also advised the business on sponsorship, property and charity issues. Since leaving the RFU Karena has embarked on an interim career working for the Lawn Tennis Association and providing consultancy services to England Golf. She also holds non-executive positions at Middlesex Sports Foundation, Cambridge University Alumni Board and the Varsity Match Company. Karena has also held Non-executive director positions at UK athletics, Middlesex Sports Foundation and the University of Cambridge. Specialisations: Sporting legal and Governance Business transformation Charity diligence

Policy and procedure Corporate governance

Dave Coward Dave Coward is a Management Consultant in the field of Estates & Facilities Management. He has over twenty-five years’ experience of supporting public and third sector organisations across a diverse range of activities. He has gained demonstrable experience in organisational, managerial and operational analysis, development and change. He delivered practical, measurable and sustainable improvements in performance and productivity in the field of Estates & Facilities Management. Dave is noted for his extensive experience of working with and supporting Estates & Facilities operations for public and education sector organisations. For the last decade he has predominately worked within in the Higher Education sector and has provided consultancy services to over 20 universities during this time, carrying out a wide range of organisational, performance and VfM reviews as well as undertaking advisory and interim management roles. Notably Dave has supported

University College London Estates Division through a number of change programmes over a 10 year period. He has also led reviews of estates operations at the Universities of Surrey, Kent, Birmingham and Edinburgh and more recently has embarked on a consultant role to lead the organisational change process for a Facilities department of a London-based HEI. Specialisations: Estates & Facilities Management advisory and consultancy assignments Organisational, performance and VfM reviews of Estates and Facilities operations Project Management of strategy development and implementation – estates and facilities function(s)

Organisational change Interim management Participation on interview panels

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Our Interim Executives

Melanie Loizou

Melanie has over twenty years experience of the Higher Education sector, with the majority of time spent in director level roles. Her areas of specialism include commercial operations (catering, accommodation, conferencing, sport and retail) and hard and soft facilities management. Mel has a proven track record of turning around under-performing teams and increasing performance and financial stability through staff engagement and people -led initiatives. She understands the challenges of working in HE and enjoys working with clients who want to bring about transformational change and deliver exceptional service.

Specialisations: Executive coaching People strategy & culture change Strategy development and implementation Development of commercial and customer service operations NED participation Interim management

David Izett

David is a Chartered Surveyor with nearly 40 years in the property industry, working in the UK and abroad.

Between 2000 and 2014, he has held several senior executive positions at Colliers International (CEO - UK, Spain and Eire; Chairman Colliers EMEA; Board member Colliers Global) and Cushman & Wakefield (Key Client partner - EMEA; COO Russia). At Colliers, he led the acquisition of 11 organisations, large and small. Prior to his Colliers and Cushman years, David founded a boutique property firm.

Today, David holds a number of NED/Consultant appointments.

Specialisations: Interim management

Participation on interview panels Strategy development consultancy Mergers and acquisitions consultancy Organisational development reviews NED participation Mentoring

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Kim Frost

Kim is an experienced HR professional, with an extensive track record within the public sector.

His latest post (encompassing 15 years), was as the Human Resources Director, at one of London’s most prestigious Universities. He has also held the position of Chair (2014- 2016), of the ‘Universities Human Resources Association’, the professional body representing HR Directors in UK Universities.

Specialisations: Cultural & Transformational change Disciplinary & Grievance investigation Talent Management – recruitment campaigns and incorporating Inclusion needs HR Departmental overview and review Coaching & Mentoring

Dr Emma Fieldhouse

Dr Emma Fieldhouse is a sustainability practitioner, working mainly in the Higher Education sector over the last decade. She has held senior level Environmental and Sustainability roles, with the University of Birmingham, London Southbank University, Kings College London and the University of Leicester. Over her 20 year career she has led award-winning teams, improved Green League scores, developed sustainability strategy and driven down carbon emissions. Her specialism is engagement and effective communications – you need people on board to deliver any successful sustainability initiative and Emma never fails to deliver.

Specialisations: Team building and management Carbon management and partnerships Sustainability strategy (governance, compliance, business casing, bench-marking) Waste review and performance enhancement Fun and effective carbon literacy Engagement with every stakeholder group

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Our Interim Executives

Peter Best

Peter is a former Board Director of one of the leading global real estate fund and investment management businesses (M&G Real Estate). He has experience in all key areas of UK property asset management, especially in commercial leases and professional work. His 36-year business career included leading major change management initiatives such as critical IT and outsourcing projects. Peter was also Head of Regent Street Management Direct at JLL, leading it through a period of significant change for The Crown Estate.

Specialisations: Participation on interview panels Strategic business advisory including change management Organisational development reviews Mentoring Commercial leasing policy advice Participation as a non-Executive Director

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Russell Whitaker

Russell Whitaker is a Chartered Surveyor, Engineer, specialist in ‘Front- End’ Project Management, author on the client role in construction and project risk specialist.

An experienced estates senior executive with nine years experience of managing his own property consultancy. Russell has offered strategic property advice to Southbank Arts Centre, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and Royal Automobile Club as well as the education sector on a wide range of client issues from estates development, business cases, service and operational strategies and property issue resolution.

Specialisations: ‘Front-end’ Client Corporate Risk Management for Construction Projects Interim Executive/Director of Property in Capital Development, Facilities, or Operations (Public/Private sector) Strategy Development Consultancy Operational Development

Mentoring/Technical authorship Participation on Interview Panels

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The MRG Team

Ben Duffill Deputy Managing Director Email:

Specialising solely in recruitment management consultancy at middle to senior and executive management level, Ben has successfully planned and executed recruitment campaigns across the higher education, scientific research, local and central government, NHS, public landmark attractions, charity and social housing sectors.

Ben has developed a strong track record of working with organi- sations from the above sectors over the last 10 years and since joining MRG in 2008 have managed over 300 successful recruitment campaigns in these areas. He places a particular emphasis on iden- tifying ‘industry leading’ professionals from both the private and public sectors and work to engage and attract these individuals into education, science and public sector property leadership roles.

Ben has been a member of the MRG Management Team since 2011, a Board Director since 2014 and was appointed Deputy Managing Director from 2017.

Michael Hewlett Director Email:

Michael joined MRG in early 2008 to launch a public sector division specialising within Estates and Facilities Management.

He personally delivers Senior Management / Director level campaigns across all aspects of Operational FM including Campus Services, Maintenance & Engineering, Sustainability and Student Residences.

After graduating from the University of Leicester in 1997, Michael joined an international recruitment consultancy managing the ‘non-profit’ teams and has spent his entire career within estates & facilities management.

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Matthew Evans Director Email:

Matthew leads MRG’s Real Estate Advisory and Project and Cost Management business units, working with a range of organisations in order to provide tailored recruitment solutions and aligned services.

Having joined MRG in 2013 he has successfully grown both the Real Estate Advisory and Project and Cost Management teams.

He graduated from The University of Reading and started his recruitment career as a Researcher within an executive search company progressing to the Head of Real Estate Practice. In 2009 he joined a Real Estate and Construction search business as a Principal before joining MRG. Matthew predominately operates at a senior level working with a number of organisations to make key strategic hires across the property industry. Being trained in a number of human capital tools, Matt is our resident expert in the use of Thomas International, and their Psychometric Assessment Tools.

Paul France Business Sector Director Email:

Paul is the Business Sector Director, overseeing our Freelance & Interim Business.

This includes our new Timesheet portal, and other Business process initiatives, such as our Interim Executives offering and Electronic signature system.

Since graduating, he has over 25 years recruitment experience,

all in Construction, Property & the Built Environment.

He is adept at senior level and executive recruitment, as well as large scale and volume campaigns.

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