Who we are

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Holdsway is an innovative and award-winning market leader in interim management.

We excel at selecting interim executives who help your business accelerate change and manage transition.

We are one of the UK’s highest-rated* interim firms because of our personalised, straightforward and responsive service.

Our ground-breaking research on interim management gives us the edge over our competitors:  we really understand what a good interim looks like and how your organisation can benefit from their expertise.

We believe in the positive influence of interim executives on the economy and society.  They are catalysts for rapid and effective business change.

*Institute of Interim Management (IIM) Survey 2020.

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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.

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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

Holdsway has been placing interim executives across Europe with its Paris-based strategic partner MPI Executive since 2013.

MPI Executive is one of France’s leading providers of interim, project and transition management solutions (‘management de transition’). MPI work with clients across all business segments, from SMEs to large international groups, including the public sector as well as private equity funds.


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.


RSM are a leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services. They have around 3,800 partners and staff in the UK and access to more than 43,000 people in 120 countries. They want to understand the businesses they support and do this by bringing together their expert local and global knowledge and resources.


Brookson Legal are founding members of the FCSA, an organisation representing the temporary labour market, and have almost 20 years of experience of providing IR35 advice.  They advise hirers, agencies and contractors on the law and carry out thousands of employment status assessments each year.  They have represented the flexible working supply chain at HMRC IR35 forums and sit on the IR35 Panel.


Holdsway is a specialist interim management firm and a leading firm in this market. However, our network does ask us for search and permanent recruitment services and we are pleased to recommend them to our partner firm David Goldstone Executive Search. David has known Nick since first working together at recruiter Harrison Willis in 1996. David Goldstone Executive Search offers clients a highly engaged partnership-based recruitment service. They undertake senior level search assignments cross sector, function and geography for a broad range of clients. Their vast network has been built over 25 years.

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