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News 11th June 2020 2 minutes read
Green Park, one of Europe’s fastest growing Executive Search and Interim Management consultancies, has announced the appointment of Will Gerrand to their executive committee and board, in the role of Chief Financial Officer.
Green Park is the only recruitment agency to rank on this years’ Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 league table, achieving sales of £90.1 million in its last financial year. With 18 years’ experience in recruitment, Will has held several senior international finance roles, bringing a wealth of sector knowledge, strategic insight and financial leadership to Green Park’s Board in his role as Chief Financial Officer.
As Green Park’s Chief Financial Officer, Will takes responsibility for all aspects of Green Park’s finance department and will be integral to the continued strategic growth of the firm. He has significant experience of driving profitable growth (locally and internationally), acquisitions, business turnarounds, working capital management and fund raising, in addition to continually improving management information systems and processes.
Will’s career spans Corporate (Listed), Owner Managed, Private Equity and Investor backed environments and is experienced in the management of large multi-functional finance teams, as well as 'hands on' small entrepreneurial environments. He joins Green Park from executive search firm Norman Broadbent PLC where he held the position of Group Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer.
Will’s appointment follows further changes to the Leadership Team and Board structure, with the recent promotion of three of the firm’s senior leaders: Board member Jo Sweetland to Managing Director of all private Sector business; Kai Adams to Managing Partner and Head of Public & Voluntary Sector Search; and David Needham to Managing Partner and Head of Public Sector Interim and People Solutions divisions.
These changes are part of Green Park’s strategic drive to streamline its management structures, following a three-year period of rapid growth in revenue and headcount, and to strengthen its positioning by creating space for senior fee earners to engage entrepreneurially with their market, forging new pathways in anticipation of post-covid market growth.
Raj Tulsiani, CEO of Green Park, commented: “In Will we have secured a very experienced and valuable member of the Green Park leadership team, who will assist with our continuing aggressive growth strategy and compliment the talents of the existing management team. I look forward to working together to execute our strategy, strengthen our market position and sharpen our focus on Diversity and Inclusion, whilst investing for growth.
I’m also delighted that three of our stalwarts have taken on greater responsibility and more senior internal roles. Their passion, loyalty and ability to challenge the status quo helps Green Park to remain a challenger brand, committed to making a difference and adding value to our customers by providing a wider choice.”
Will Gerrand stated: “I have enjoyed getting to know the Board during the recruitment process. The group has a very strong professional Board, a clear and ambitious strategy and a strong team. I'm delighted to be appointed and be part of the next stage of their exciting future.”