Who we are

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Founded in 2013 by Nick Diprose, an expert in interim management, Holdsway was awarded ‘Best Interim Recruiter in the South of England’* in 2020. Based in Woking in Surrey, Holdsway has also risen rapidly through the nationwide rankings and is now one of the UK’s top five recruiters of interim executives**.

Although many of our competitors are larger than us, we decided that size is less important than the quality of the relationships you build. Our size also makes us agile, able to tailor our service, and be highly responsive to clients when they need to hire an interim. Our personalised service is deliberate. When you’re are managing change, turnaround, uncertainty or crisis you need to know reliable and experienced help is at hand – fast.

Our experience and insight set us apart. Over time we’ve met, assessed, and placed some of the most talented interim executives working today. Our leadership team of Nick and Mary are globally published authors on the subject of interim management. They know what a great interim looks like, but also how to structure a successful interim assignment.

We’re driven by values such as service, relationships, and responsiveness because to us, interim management is nothing at all if not focused on helping others with the benefit of experience.

*SME News Southern Enterprise Awards 2020

**Institute of Interim Management (IIM) Survey 2021.

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Mentored by interim management pioneers Martin Wood, Julia Candlish and Stuart Cain, Nick Diprose succeeded Martin to run BIE, the UK’s market leader at the time.

Nick founded Holdsway, offering clients a network of known and proven interim executives, experienced in helping clients manage all kinds of change and transition situations.  The combination of candid, straightforward service, and industry-leading insight has seen the firm’s rapid rise to be one of the UK’s interim firms to watch.

Holdsway ranked one of the UK’s fastest-rising interim management firms in the Institute of Interim Management (IIM) national survey.

Holdsway ranked as the UK’s leading ‘Gold Service’ (UK top 30) interim management firm by the IIM.

Holdsway ranked as a ‘Platinum’ (UK top 15) interim management firm by the IIM, confirming the company’s fast rise to the top-tier of the UK interim management industry.

Holdsway ranked as one of the UK’s top ten interim management firms by the IIM.

Holdsway ranked as one of the UK’s top five interim management firms by the IIM.

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Our leadership team

In the Community

Mayford Athletic Football Club

Holdsway continue to be proud sponsors of community youth sport in Surrey. In 2019 they announced a new partnership as headline sponsor of Woking’s Mayford Athletic Football Club summer tournament and also sponsorship of the Under 12 Rebels and Renegades teams.

Mayford Athletic is one of Woking’s leading FA chartered football clubs and has been providing high-quality football coaching to boys and girls from U5 to U15 for over 50 years.  Young players at Mayford are encouraged to develop physical skills alongside their self-esteem, self-confidence and integrity whilst having fun too!  The club emphasises respect, teamwork, sportsmanship and kindness.

We love Mayford’s long-term commitment to helping young people develop skills, team-work and experience

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Expert Game Changers

Inspired by the ‘game-changing’ work of interim executives and the match-winning influence of sporting leaders such as Harlequins and England Rugby Captain, Chris Robshaw we asked brand experts Thinkfarm to develop a new brand message.

‘Expert Game Changers’ was created for the 2019 Mayford Athletic Football Club tournament and to sponsor their U12 squad. Our striking new design also emphasises the important role interims have to play in leading change. Their courage, persistence and team skills enable interim executives to ‘hold sway’, delivering great change leadership.

See how the original Holdsway brand came about: www.thinkfarm.co.uk/

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Our partnerships

Nick Diprose has known David Goldstone since they worked together at recruiter Harrison Willis in 1996.

David Goldstone Associates offers: executive search to identify and place the right permanent candidate, executive coaching and development to ensure they transition into the role effectively and perform at their best and team effectiveness and group dynamics to strengthen the leadership of the organisation.


The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) protects and informs independent professionals, including interim managers, in the UK and provides representation at Government level.

Through insightful, hard-hitting research and effective policy campaigns, they work to create a better environment for the self-employed to run their businesses and ultimately, ensure the economy remains one of the most flexible in the world.


Holdsway manages GDPR-compliant relationships with its interim and client communities through the innovative cloud platform Not Actively Looking (NAL).

Whilst connecting executives with leading firms such as Holdsway, NAL also helps senior executives manage their career, offering exclusive content, webinars, peer-to-peer networking events and coaching.

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