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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 BSc (Hons), founding partner – business development and candidate relationships, established Holdsway in 2013.

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 built and ran successful executive recruitment and interim management firms.

In 2008, after a year of mentoring by interim management pioneers Martin Wood, Julia Candlish and Stuart Cain, Nick succeeded Martin as head of BIE, the UK’s market leader at the time.

Nick founded Holdsway in 2013 to give clients access to a network of proven, experienced interim executives, ready to help clients manage all kinds of business change or management transition. Today, Holdsway is ranked by the Institute of Interim Management (IIM) as the UK’s number one ‘gold standard’ interim management firm.

A Harlequins RFC season ticket holder and follower of Bath Rugby, Nick also enjoys running and road-cycling and has twice participated in the Prudential London-Surrey 100 for Diabetes UK in memory of his brother Peter. After successful completion of the London Duathlon in Richmond Park, Nick is setting his sights on sprint triathlons!  He is also an avid photographer, artist, guitar-player and artisan bread-maker.

“Great to see you have truly established your brand!” (Martin Wood, pioneer of the UK’s interim management industry).

Contact details: 0203 053 4438 or nick.diprose@holdsway.co.uk.

Mary Murphy, MSc (Psychology), partner -candidate communication, marketing and social media, joined Autumn 2016.

With a BA (Hons) in Economics and French (University of Kent, Canterbury), a Licence in Economics (University of Grenoble), and a fluent French-speaker, Mary qualified as an ACMA, working at British Airways plc, Arcadia Group plc and Spectris plc. Twelve years’ industry experience, included four years in New York working for Park Avenue Healthcare Management overseeing finance and management information systems.

Mary retrained as a teacher, responsible for leading Mathematics at a successful, expanding primary school.   Following promotion to senior leadership, Mary led on whole school assessment and was responsible for the operational management of the Lower School. She currently also has a pastoral role at a local state primary school.

In her spare time, she is studying psychotherapy, counselling and child development, runs, cycles, travels, plays the piano and squeezes in a bit of pilates.

Contact details: 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