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We have placed some of the most experienced and effective interim leaders and managers working today, thanks to our expertise and experience.

Nick Diprose, Founding Partner, Holdsway

Nick Diprose is an experienced provider of senior-level interim executives and interim managers throughout the UK and Europe.

Above all, he’s an enthusiastic advocate for interim management as the engine for spreading innovation, new thinking and best practice across industries.

In 2007 he was hired by Martin Wood, founder of pioneering interim firm BIE which had been spun out from PA Consulting. Mentored by the industry-leading team of Martin, Julia Candlish and Stuart Cain, Nick became widely known as an expert in the field of senior-level interim management. In 2008 Nick succeeded Martin as head of BIE, re-launching the brand and confirming its position as market leader, rated no.1 by the Institute of Interim Management (IIM) at the time.

Nick founded Holdsway in 2013 as a provider of experienced interim executives of all disciplines for clients facing all kinds of planned and unplanned change. Whilst many competitors now ‘silo’ themselves by function or sectors Holdsway was set up to build on the market-leading service levels of the original BIE model. Interviewed when he set the firm up in 2013 Nick said,

“Clients shouldn’t have to go to different providers just because change is happening in different parts of their business. You can’t predict which part of your business will change next. Many experienced interims will be able to manage change and transition regardless of where it is in the business – these are the real interim managers!”

“In the five years since Holdsway was founded, we’ve been making some noise in the interim management business! In 2016, we were voted one of the UK’s fastest-rising interim management firms. In 2018, Holdsway has been ranked the UK’s leading Gold Service provider of interims, based on quality of service*.” 

A fluent French speaker with a BSc (Hons) in International Business and French from Aston University and Rouen Business School, Nick began his career with FTSE-100 steel-maker British Steel plc in commercial roles. For 20 years since then he has set-up, built and run successful executive recruitment and interim management firms. He led former market-leader BIE Interim Executive from 2008 until launching Holdsway in 2013.

Nick spends his leisure time as a Harlequins RFC season ticket holder, with his two teenage children supporting their sports teams, clubs, activities and collecting them from parties. He also enjoys road-cycling and running and, in 2013 and 2015, together with his brothers cycled the Prudential London-Surrey 100 for Diabetes UK.  In September 2016 a Holdsway team successfully completed the London Duathlon in Richmond Park also for Diabetes UK.

You can contact Nick on 0203 053 4438 or nick.diprose@holdsway.co.uk.

Institute of Interim Management (IIM) annual survey 2018*.

Mary Murphy joined Holdsway in September 2016 and is Partner in charge of candidate management, marketing and social media.

After completing a BA (Hons) in Economics and French from the University of Kent, Canterbury and a Licence in Economics from the University of Grenoble, Mary trained and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant working at British Airways plc, Arcadia Group plc and Spectris plc. Twelve years industry experience also included four years based in New York working for Park Avenue Healthcare Management overseeing finance and management information systems.

After having a family, Mary moved into a different field: primary education. After obtaining qualified teacher status and taking on responsibility for leading Mathematics teaching and learning in an expanding primary school, Mary was first promoted to Middle School leader and then Assistant Head of Lower School. In this latter role, Mary led on assessment for the whole school and was responsible for the operational management of the Lower School, including staff and the quality of teaching and learning.

Currently, Mary is studying for a Masters in Psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cycling and travelling.

You can contact Mary on 0203 053 4438 or mary.murphy@holdsway.co.uk

"Companies need to be able to rely on interim management firms whom they trust."

Richard Lambert, former Director-General, CBI

"Nick Diprose has placed me a handful of times in ten years - two of those were the best interim management roles I’ve ever done. You know that when Nick calls, he thinks you’re the best available for an interim assignment. He never wastes my time or the client’s with long lists of candidates – this comes with vast experience of the best interim talent in the market today. "

Dave Wormald, experienced interim finance director

"I am connecting you with Nick, who set me off on my interim management career - I have a lot to be thankful for."

Interim CFO, who successfully packaged and sold a broadcast company in his first assignment
For clients
Call us on: +44(0)20 3053 4438
Register interest: clients@holdsway.co.uk
For interims
Call us on: +44(0)20 3053 4438
Email your CV to: interims@holdsway.co.uk