Lunch: How to Hire a World Class Senior Team

In Person
February 20, 2024
Business Growth

“People are not your most important asset. The right people are”.

Jim Collins author of Good to Great


Having a strong senior leadership team can be game-changing for founders. It can help drive growth, make your business more attractive to future buyers and allow you to work on the business rather than in it. Having such a team in place is also essential if you eventually want to take a step back. But this doesn’t just happen by accident.

During this Lunch our speakers will be fellow Helm member Bernard Howard and his co-founder Bridie Cunningham from Executive Search and Recruitment Consultancy Portman Scott. They will explore the necessary steps you need to take to build the best senior team you can.

This Lunch will cover:

  • Who are the right people to drive your business forward and how do you get the right people onto the leadership team?
  • The importance of having the right people in the right seats.
  • How can you make sure that candidates share your core values and have the right cultural fit to thrive in their new role
  • How to get a leadership team aligned to drive the business forward.

Meet the speakers:

Bernard Howard
Bernard started his career working in the City of London. While recruiting for his own team, he discovered online recruitment, and in 2000 created and self-funded which quickly became the UK’s leading legal recruitment website. followed before both sites were sold to Trinity Mirror in 2007.

Bernard founded Portman Scott in 2012 with Bridie Cunningham. He has been a guest lecturer at London Business School and Cranfield School of Management and was educated at Oxford and Stanford Universities,

Bridie Cunningham

Bridie began her career on a graduate training scheme with retailing giant Marks and Spencer. During a 15-year career in the company she had a number of senior sales and operational roles, both in the UK and overseas. She then moved to Carphone Warehouse where she was Head of UK Retail Productivity and was a member of the team that helped the business enter the FTSE 100. After running her own fashion business, Bridie became fascinated by the role that timely and efficient recruitment could play in a company’s success and founded Portman Scott with Bernard in 2012.

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