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We've been working with top flight executive interims for as long as anyone in the business and longer than most. So it's no surprise that we have opinions on matters. Follow our thinking here.


Everything you wanted to know about hiring an interim.

As management and business environments become increasingly uncertain and turbulent, there is a growing need for the contributions of interims to the continuity and long-term future of organisations.

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27TH AUGUST 2020

Holdsway’s research published in the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness

The identification and development of the 'Interim Assignment Cycle' and an understanding of the key competencies of successful interim executives are at the heart of this ground-breaking project undertaken by Holdsway in collaboration with Surrey Business School.

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22ND JULY 2020

The time for interim managers – and the organisation to help them make it work.

Holdsway founding partner Nick Diprose recently interviewed Derek Cribb, interim CEO of The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE). Derek outlines the vital role played by interim executives, particularly at this time of change and uncertainty; the competencies he sees in successful interims; and how IPSE membership is important for both interims and client organisations.

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9th JULY 2020

I have an assignment – what should I know?

You’ve marketed yourself well and you have an assignment. What do you need to establish before you start? The last of our three-part blog focuses on key aspects including setting clear expectations, defining the brief, daily rates, and managing the assignment itself.

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7TH JULY 2020

Institute of Interim Managers 2020 Survey Results – Holdsway surges up the rankings.

Holdsway goes from strength to strength and is now independently ranked as a Top 10 ‘Platinum’ provider of interims in the 2020 Institute of Interim Management survey out this week.

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30TH JUNE 2020

You are your own brand.

With a clear, well-written CV in place, you are ready to market yourself and build your network. In the second of three related blogs on setting yourself up as interim we focus on how you can create and build “Brand You”.

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25th June 2020

So you want to be an Interim? Create the perfect interim CV.

When setting yourself up as an interim executive you won’t have taken the decision lightly. But now you’ve decided on a career of benefiting others with your business experience, it’s time to set yourself up. In this first of three related blogs, we talk about CVs.

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11TH JUNE 2020

Could Interim Executives ride to the rescue of UK plc?

As John Wayne once said, courageous leadership was “…being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” In our latest blog we explain how unencumbered, unfazed, experienced and overqualified, interim executives are riding to the rescue of UK plc.

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14TH MAY 2020

Have your say in this year’s Institute of Interim Management survey.

Just over two weeks remaining to vote in the 2020 interim management survey

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4TH MAY 2020

Interim executives know how to navigate the uncharted

In times of crisis and uncertainty, interim executives have the experience and the courage to help businesses charter a course through the sea of unpredictability.

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4TH MAY 2020

2020 Annual Survey by the Institute of Interim Management now open

This is the perfect forum for Interim Managers and Executives to have their say about their preferred interim management providers and the impact of recent global events and national changes on their profession

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9TH APRIL 2020

Calm hands, experienced head: Interim executives are just what businesses need today

In times of uncertainty, crisis and change, the key competency of high levels of emotional intelligence is area in which top-notch interims excel.

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20TH MARCH 2020

Holdsway sponsoring local ‘Efficiency Champion’ business award

Holdsway continue to support the local community by sponsoring the the Efficiency Champion category in the inaugural Corporate Responsibility for the Environment and a Sustainable Tomorrow 2020 (CREST20) Sustainable Business Awards.

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25th February 2020

There won’t be blood in the interregnum if HSBC’s interim leader delivers

Interim executives must have the courage to make the big decisions necessary for long-term sustainability.  Being an interim executive is not being seen to do the ‘right thing’ – it’s doing the right thing.

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13th February 2020

The business of change remains the same after IR35

The proposition offered by interim executives is clear – it always has been. If it’s not change or transition, it’s not interim. Genuine interim executives are not, and never will be, employed and demand for them is not going away any time soon.

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7th February 2020

HMRC Delays IR35 to Services Provided on or After April 6th 2020

HMRC has briefly delayed IR35 in the private sector. It now only applies services provided on or after 6 April 2020.

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6th February 2020

IR35 Advice for Clients and Interim Executives

The Government confirmed that the off-payroll working rules (IR35) will be reformed from 6 April 2020. Interim executives and clients hiring their services should prepare now.

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10th January 2020

The Interim Assignment Cycle – An Antidote to IR35

The extension to the private sector of IR35 this April will focus the minds. Interim executives and the end-users of their services – client companies - will need to be clearer than ever about what constitutes an interim assignment. Given the current challenges and uncertainty businesses face, experience of managing change and leadership transition is in demand. Interim executives are experts in the rapid transfer of these much needed skills and experience.

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Should interim executives prepare for IR35?

In this insightful blog, Nick Diprose explains how IR35 is an opportunity for the interim executive market to be re-defined and an invitation for interim executives to to demonstrate their identity as independent experts who help businesses manage change, transition and uncertainty.

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Nick Diprose, founding partner of Holdsway presents at the British Academy of Management Conference 2019

Nick Diprose of Holdsway and Professor Steve Woods of Surrey Business School were at the British Academy of Management Conference 2019 at Aston Business School this week to present the paper they co-authored on interim management.

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A successful interim executive is more than just their CV

In his latest blog, Nick Diprose of Holdsway Interim Leadership tells us why interim executives are invaluable specialist-generalists in business, able to manage any change or transition situation.

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THURSDAY 11th JULY, 2019

Interim Executives are Expert Game Changers

Inspired by the game-changing expertise of Chris Robshaw of Harlequins RFC, Nick Diprose, founding partner of Holdsway, explains how experienced interims can help organisations rapidly and effectively change their business game.

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Competition winners from the Holdsway-sponsored Mayford Athletic Football Tournament

Holdsway founding partner, Nick Diprose, presents at Mayford Athletic FC’s end-of-season awards ceremony

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Hot off the press: IIM 2019 survey results

Holdsway is now a Platinum provider of interims in the Institute of Interim Managers survey released today.

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How is the market for interim executives changing?

Nick Diprose, founding partner of Holdsway, shares his years of experience and knowledge in the first in a series of not-to-be-missed videos produced in partnership with Not Actively Looking.

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Holdsway are the headline sponsors of Mayford Athletic Football Club’s 2019 summer tournament

Following the successful sponsorship of Elmgrove Colts FC for the last two years, Holdsway are now working with Mayford Athletic Football Club, a very successful local chartered football club that's championed grass-roots youth football for over 50 years!

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Elm Grove end-of-season sees a new signing

Fifteen men and their dog

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Elm Grove Colts play the SYL Under 18 Final

Another fantastic season for the Holdsway-sponsored local community football team who have ended the season top of the league.

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2019 Institute of Interim Management Survey: voting

The 10th annual IIM independent UK-wide survey is open from 1st-31st May for interims to vote for their preferred interim management provider.

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Webinar: How to succeed as an interim executive

There is one week left to hear this informative webinar produced by Nick Diprose, Founding Partner of Holdsway.

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Elmgrove Colts sponsorship by Holdsway continues for a second year

Continuing to build relationships within the community is important to the vision and values of Holdsway.

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Five tips to help clients get the best out of interim executives…

Read our latest blog to find out how you can optimise your relationship with your interim executive:

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Monday 2nd July, 2018

The 2018 Interim Management Survey results are out!

The eagerly-awaited results of the 2018 Interim Management Survey results were published today. These indicate that Holdsway is the leading gold service provider of interim executives in the United Kingdom!

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Thursday 3rd May, 2018

The 2018 Interim Management Survey

The annual Institute of Interim Management survey is now open, giving you the opportunity to vote for your preferred interim management providers!

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Monday 23rd April, 2018

Myth #5: Interim executives are just like management consultants.

In our latest blog, CEO and founder, Nick Diprose explains the key differences between management consultants and interim executives. Understanding the distinction between the two is critical for successful, sustainable and cost-effective change management.

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Thursday 8th March, 2018

Myth #4: Interim executives must have experience of our industry.

Continuing our popular series on misconceptions about Interims, this week's blog focuses on the false belief that an interim must have industry-specific experience. Nick Diprose, founder and CEO of Holdsway, outlines how breadth of experience in multiple sectors - a feature common in the CVs of the UK's most successful interims - brings originality and innovation into your business. In other words: being an interim executive takes all sorts!

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Thursday 15th February, 2018

Myth #3: Interim executives are too expensive.

In the third of our series of blogs regarding commonly-held misconceptions about Interims, Nick Diprose, founder and CEO of Holdsway, focuses on the perception that interims are expensive. Interims, with a wealth of experience and the capability to hit the ground running, represent incomparable value-for-money for challenging situations of change, crisis or transformation.

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Thursday 1st February, 2018

Myth #2: Immediate availability + some management experience = an interim.

In the second of his myth-busting series, Nick Diprose, founder and CEO of Holdsway, explains that not all 'interims' are equal. Genuine, senior-level interims are a rare breed, who provide experience and expertise in pressurised situations of crisis, change and transition.

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Tuesday 29th January, 2018

Selecting the right interim provider with 7 simple questions.

How do clients select the right interim management provider, when they need help managing change and transition in their organisations?

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Thursday 25th January, 2018

Myth #1: To get the best candidates, engage many interim providers.

In the first of a series of myth-busting, Holdsway Founder and CEO Nick Diprose explains the importance of developing unique interim-provider/client relationships as one of the best routes to engaging a successful interim.

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Friday 9th June 2017

Five Things You Should Know About Interim Executives

Interim managers and executives are experts in managing transition, change, uncertainty or crisis. They are suitably overqualified and used to being hired on an assignment basis to deliver. Here are five key things you should know about interim managers and executives.

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10th April 2017

Deloitte’s report underlines the need for proven interim executives.

Deloitte's report on contractors underlines the need to hire only proven, experienced interim executives when executing a change programme.

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Thursday 16th March 2017

The rise of the Headrenters. Experience is the difference.

The whole purpose of interim management is to facilitate the process of business change and to manage transition and crisis situations by importing specialist skills and experienced during the period. Or to put it more bluntly: bring in a heavyweight to shake things up and add a sense or urgency.

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27th September 2016

Engaging the right interim management firm in seven questions

Choosing the right interim management provider could ultimately make the difference between success and failure of a change situation. Hiring the right interim at the right time will provide crucial competitive difference for your business.

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14th March 2016

A successful interim is a mobile interim

The key to success in any interim assignment is to make sure an interim has the sensitivities and pragmatism to understand and turn cultural differences into business advantage.

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Friday 11th December 2016

You need something done? Ask an interim manager!

Interim management is the embodiment of what’s been called purpose-driven leadership. For true interim management is the deployment of a leader on an assignment basis to manage transition and accelerate change.

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Thursday 28th October 2015

The best interim managers are ‘rock stars’

Once hiring managers have identified top performers they should assess and profile them and then measure everyone else against them. Why change a successful formula? LinkedIn has launched the next generation of its recruiter product, designed for those executives who want to replicate standout or 'rock star' employees. But here's the rub. Finding the best talent is a contact sport.

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Wednesday 28th January 2015

What you should know about interim managers

Here are some plain-speaking answers to the questions clients and interim managers most frequently seem to ask. Interim management is one of the most transparent and direct ways to transfer knowledge, ideas and deliver business change. But there are some things you ought to know.

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Friday 21st November 2014

How much value do interim managers add?

How much value do interim managers add? Adding value is a key requirement of survival and success of an interim. I assess interim managers every day and each time my first questions are “Why were you hired?” and “What legacy did you leave in place?”

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