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Private Equity Talent Solutions



We understand that strong financial performance is simply an output of good management and talented human capital. People are the key to making the right investments, to growing portfolio businesses – and to getting the best possible return at the exit date you desire.

Often, we are tasked with replacing or energising the existing management team within a portfolio company or with helping an existing team prepare the business for sale. This has seen us identify and place strong leaders for the positions of CEO, CFO or COO. Increasingly, we are also being asked for access to our mentor, NED, advisory and CIO networks.

Our expertise lies in connecting high-calibre interim talent to every stage of the investment lifecycle and offering intelligence-led solutions to enhance ROI. Whatever the challenge you face or objective you need to achieve, we can connect with you high-performing professionals who can enable success.


Total Talent Performance™


Total Talent Performance™ is our integrated offering with a single-minded focus – helping private equity businesses like yours enhance ROI through people. It integrates best-in-class services in assessment, leadership development, interim leadership and executive recruitment, to create robust, rounded, intelligence-led solutions.

Why Total? Because we can deploy its services through the whole deal lifecycle. You can engage us from start to end – or just at the stages when you want value-creating support. Through an ongoing partnership, we can pre-empt your needs and plan strategically to deliver your goals, up to and including exit.

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Our experience


We have been helping clients in the private equity space since 2003 and have established ourselves as a talent solutions provider that really understands the needs of the industry.

The focus of our work has become increasingly international in recent years, as London has become the focal point for large and medium sized private equity houses operating across mainland Europe and beyond into the Middle East and Far East.

As such, we have built an excellent network with international reach offering a combination of a pool of executive talent who have previously been deployed in ex-pat roles, through to partners in country to extend our network and capability.

Interim management consultancy

Our typical mandate over the years has been to identify strong interim leaders for the positions of CEO, CFO or COO. Many requests we receive are to replace or energise the existing management team within a portfolio company or to help an existing team prepare the business for sale.

We can help you with:

  • Specialist expertise hired on a project basis to help prepare for sale
  • Leadership and business acumen for helping distressed businesses requiring turnaround
  • Hired expertise on a short-term basis for leadership support, new perspectives and ideas
  • Programme management and delivery of a major restructure
  • Expertise to support business planning during a further merger or acquisition


Executive search & selection

Our extensive candidate network means we’re well placed to find high-calibre candidates when you’re looking to recruit a permanent c-suite or senior leadership professional. Wickland Westcott, our executive search business, delivers retained executive-level assignments both internationally and domestically, centring on the recruitment of CEOs, MDs and general managers along with other senior leadership professionals.

Across assignments, we provide up-to-date marketplace insight, making clear recommendations on when to recruit within niche sectors and when to bring in fresh skills and perspective from outside.

Our high-quality, holistic service combines the capability of our highly experienced executive recruitment consultants with in-depth psychometric/personality assessments delivered by qualified occupational psychologists. Our search and selection methodology will ensure a cultural fit and alignment to values and organisational purpose, which is particularly important at a senior level.

Why Wickland Westcott?

  • Over 40 years’ experience in executive search and leadership consultancy
  • Placed over 2,000 senior leaders across industry sectors
  • 99% customer satisfaction
  • 98% candidate satisfaction over the last 5 years
  • Assignment completion rate of 96%
  • 95% of candidates placed are still in their role after a year

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