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Transport

Leadership & talent solutions for better business outcomes

The transport sector is a sector in the UK is never far from the public eye. Most people use it every day. Rail, road and air travel disruption usually ends up being big news – this, along with the increasing regulatory scrutiny, cost-squeezes, ageing fleet and of course, the impact of the pandemic, investment and Brexit, makes the transport industry a particularly tough one to navigate.

That said, tough trading conditions tend to respond well to the adoption of technology and innovation. With this, issues like sustainability and access to services are possible to address with the latest innovations in digital, big data, analytics and smart ticketing – as are challenges around customer satisfaction and public perception.

Helping you deliver better outcomes

We deliver a wide range of mandates ranging from executive search and functional leadership assignments, business transformation and interim management for programme management and change. We play a vital role in unlocking the potential of our clients’ growth plans as well helping them through times of major change.

Our sector specialist consultants build strong relationships with board executives and influential leaders in transport to understand the issues the market faces.

We take an outcomes-driven, consultative approach in providing best-in-class talent to our clients’ complex challenges.

Our experience

Our experience in the transport sector spans all modes of transport. We've been involved in major motorway maintenance projects, where service provision had deteriorated. We've placed senior board-level executives in permanent roles and interim leaders into multiple Train Operating Companies (TOCs) as both gap-fill executives and end of contract demobilisation specialists.

The world of the buses has been very strong for us too, having worked across a broad range of bus providers from large regional concessions, to rural routes, TfL red buses and specialist patient transfer contracts.

Executive search & selection

Our extensive candidate network means we're well placed to find high-calibre senior candidates when you're looking to recruit a permanent executive. Our executive search service delivers retained executive-level assignments both internationally and domestically, centring on the recruitment of CEOs, MDs, c-suite appointments and general managers along with other senior leadership professionals.

Our high-quality, holistic service combines the capability of our highly experienced executive recruitment consultants with in-depth psychometric/personality assessments delivered by qualified occupational psychologists. Our search and selection methodology will ensure a cultural fit and alignment to values and organisational purpose, which is particularly important at a senior level.

Typical executive search assignments

  • Board and leadership
  • Digital, change and transformation
  • Commercial
  • Finance
  • Human resources 
  • Information technology
  • Marketingand sales 
  • Operations
  • Programme management
  • Risk, governance and compliance

Interim management advisory

Our experience in the transport sector has exposed us to some fascinating change and transformation programmes over the years. We’ve provided interim solutions for a range of business challenges, providing financial specialists to assist transport companies in disposing of non-core assets, and management of under-performing outsourced providers.

Our expert consultants will help you to define the problem, shape the solution and deliver the best outcome through our network of interim managers.

Key benefits of interim managers

  • Hiring of expertise on a short-term basis to offer consultancy for due diligence of a new investment opportunity
  • Experience leadership for building and onboarding new start-up teams and operations
  • Programme management and specialist expertise to support the management and delivery of an end-to-end merger or acquisition
  • Critical expertise and cost-effective option to support under-performing business units that require diagnostics and change management
  • Specialist expertise to deliver new software programme integrations and roll outs
  • Programme management expertise for transformation of existing service lines
  • Critical resource to fill an unforeseen gap in the senior management team

Example roles

  • Interim CFO
  • Interim CTO
  • Interim commercial director
  • Interim operations/procurement director
  • Interim CEO/MD
  • Interim finance director
  • Interim customer experience director
  • Interim fleet director
  • Interim strategic adviser

Get ready for IR35

With changes to the IR35 legislation hitting the private sector in April 2021, now is the time to ensure you're fully prepared so that the changes are implemented smoothly. Learn more about our IR35 compliance managed service.

Other services

  • Board effectiveness review
  • Leadership assessment
  • Executive coaching & development
  • Succession planning
  • Project recruitment

Meet the team

Claire Carter

Director

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Jerome Bull

Director

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Keith Butler 840X530

Keith Butler

Executive search consultant

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