Who we are

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Founded 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 consistently one of the UK’s top five recruiters of interim executives**.

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.

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.

*SME News Southern Enterprise Awards 2020

**Institute of Interim Management (IIM) Survey 2021 and 2022.

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Our company time line:

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.

Holdsway cements its position for the second-year running as one of the UK’s top five interim management firms by the IIM.

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Our leadership team

In the Community

CREST Sustainable Business Awards: Celebrating Excellence in Sustainability 

Holdsway are founding sponsors of CREST, Surrey’s only business awards uniquely aimed at recognising and celebrating business sustainability. We believe the work of interim executives enables organisations to become more efficient, more innovative and more sustainable.  

The CREST Awards have captured the spirit of our time. They aim to inspire and motivate innovation to protect the environment and promote more sustainable working and lifestyle habits. 

Launched by the Woking News & Mail in association with the University of Surrey’s Centre for the Environment and Sustainability, an internationally acclaimed centre of excellence on sustainable development, they recognise, celebrate and encourage business sustainability. 

Following the hugely successful CREST21, the awards have become established in the business calendar. Preparation for CREST23 Awards is already underway and are due to take place at the WWF’s Living Planet Centre, in Woking, in October 2023.  

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Expert Game Changers

We connect companies to interims who accelerate change. We call them ‘expert game-changers’.

These are examples of interim executives available through our network.  Call Nick Diprose on 0203 053 4435, quoting a reference number. We can introduce you.  

Transformation Officer or CEO (1930331)
Expertise: operational improvement, efficiency improvement, as chief transformation officer or CEO.

General Counsel, Head of Legal (4405122)
Expertise: transformation of legal teams, functions and processes. Legal project support during M&A, refinancing, litigation and business change.

Commercial Director/Business Development Director (1930863)
Expertise: transformation of sales, marketing and business development functions, from strategic marketing to tactical sales leadership.

Communications Director (275368)
Expertise: crisis communications. Delivers results in High pressure situations.

Organisation Design, Capability Development & Change Lead (225826)
Expertise: target operating model development (TOM) and detailed organisation design (people/structure/process/governance).

Financial Controller (1675031)
Expertise: Chartered accountant from large, complex, multinational groups. Plc and PE reporting. Strong UK & US GAAP and IFRS.

Human Resources Director (1947640)
Expertise: specialist in employee relations and delivering business change projects in European manufacturing.

Chief Marketing Officer (1931343)
Expertise: implementation of digital marketing transformation, direct to consumer, brand and product management strategies.

Chief Financial Officer (223950)
Expertise: international experience in multi-site operations. Financial restructuring and transformation of underperforming businesses.

Chief Technology Officer (1931810)
Expertise: creation and transformation of global e-commerce, logistics, and content (SaaS) platforms. Technology-agnostic delivery of complex omni-channel software engineering solutions on and offshore.

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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.

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We’ve partnered with Shape New Ideas, experts in helping organisations innovate and drive change.

Before clients engage interims to implement and accelerate change, they often need help with insight and fresh thinking at the early stages of change programmes.

As the pace of change continues to accelerate and customers become more demanding, organisations need to put customer-centric solutions at the heart of a change programme.

The team at Shape help companies design new products, business models, services and customer experiences using the latest customer-centric and agile methods.

James Jesty of Shape has 30 years of expertise leading growth and innovation programmes.

Working with Shape, leaders will uncover fresh insights and unlock imaginative ideas which challenge the status quo and achieve competitive advantage to unlock growth.


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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