Interim Management
Highly Experienced Professionals


The Grichan Whitestone Partnership specialises in Interim Management, sourcing interim managers who are hand-picked from our network of global contacts or from our dedicated in-house research function.

This sourcing process is successful because we work collegially to understand or clients’ strategic objectives, ‘the mission’; this ensures we recommend the best available candidates. Unlike the majority of other Interim Management firms, we have ISO9001 accredited (encrypted cloud-based) systems and processes which are designed to produce a shortlist of candidates at pace.

We, by design have always been agile, infrastructure-light, and flexible; allowing our team to enjoy a great quality of life whilst travelling whenever and wherever they need in order to build strong and personal relationships with our interims, to understand their areas of expertise, and relate them successfully to our clients. 

If you are looking to hire an Interim Manager, many of whom will not be in the active market, our team have the expertise, processes, and network to help you find them. 

Whether you are reacting to market conditions, have short-term pain, looking to benefit from a leaner operating base, need to procure specialist skills or have leadership role in transition, our approach has been tried, evaluated, and refined in order to access the best talent, and indeed promote the best candidate experience we and our clients’ need to give in today’s candidate-centric world.

They possess the skillset to diagnose the problem, develop a roadmap, and take you and your business on that particular success journey. 


One of the most common reason people use us for an Interim Manager is to fill a critical structural role in their organisation whilst our search business carries out a dedicated search. 

That being said, we also have a stellar track record of placing Interim Managers into structured, project based, outcome orientated roles focusing on one or more of the below transformative agendas.  Our Interim Managers possess the skillset to diagnose the problem, develop a roadmap, and take you and your business on that particular success journey. 

  • Crisis Management/distress
  • Large or vital projects
  • Adoption of new technology or legislation
  • Relocation
  • Post-acquisition integration
  • Leadership development


People hire People.  

Successful hires however, hires where candidates thrive over several years, achieve targets, develop strategy, and elevate their employers’ businesses and brands to higher levels, are the product of careful assessment. 

The Grichan Whitestone Partnership will work with you to source talent from the widest possible pool, on merit alone, using open-source intelligence tools and psychometric testing to locate and objectively filter candidates.

Adopting this approach, and with specific regard to the ongoing advancement of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, sees us working together with our clients to achieve greater depth of representation for all among boards and senior management teams.

Our suite of psychometric assessment tools are configurable across levels of seniority and indeed one-hundred and fifty job types.  The reports are used in our interviews and have been found by client hiring managers to be both accessible and meaningful in preparing them to interview candidates themselves.  Our staff are trained to interpret these reports to assess whether an individual’s ‘nature’ or ‘approach’ will be a good match to the organisation and role they are being considered for.

Our staff, being drawn from business careers of their own, have carried out many of the roles our candidates have.  They therefore know what questions to ask; where to probe and challenge around achievements written down in CV’s.  We subsequently write concise, meaningful, outcome orientated interview notes.

Many of our clients mandate our staff take part in their hiring manager interview process.  When we do this, we are there to ensure the right questions are asked and that the questions are answered or indeed that candidates’ remarks are clearly understood.  If all goes well, we sit there silently; however, interviewing and being interviewed is a skill in and of itself, therefore by being present we can ensure the very best outcomes are achieved. 

If synergy between hiring manager and candidate is not the outcome, owing to our presence, we do not need to have it explained to us why a successful outcome has not been reached and can subsequently, and quickly, effect reparatory action in selecting alternate candidates for interview.

Finally, feedback to candidates is key.  Win or lose people deserve to be appraised of their performance and indeed progression, or not, within a process.  We ensure timely communication is practised and have found that a candidate that wasn’t quite right today can be the perfect fit for another role or indeed become a client of the future. 

There is no greater compliment or descriptor of a quality Grichan Whitestone search, if we happen to gain a client from a candidate that has not progressed to offer.


Robert Smith
Managing Partner
Interim Management
& Business Consulting

As the founder of The Whitestone Partnership, Rob is one of the co-founding Partners of The Grichan Whitestone Partnership.

Rob leads on the Interim Management and Business Consulting functions.

Prior to founding The Whitestone Partnership, Rob was a director at one of the UK’s leading Interim Service Providers, leading their Infrastructure, Business and Support Services practice and has featured in the IIM’s top 20 Consultants.

With a career spanning over 20 years, Rob’s skillset lies in developing strong relationships through his consultative, straight talking approach delivering solutions-focussed recruitment solutions.

With a stellar network of experienced executives, turnaround specialist and business consultants Rob has a genuine passion for the sector and is well placed to offer a full suite of executive recruitment solutions.

Rob lives in Yorkshire, with his wife, two children and Labrador. Outside of work, he’s an (over) enthusiastic junior football coach, mediocre (at best) golfer and (very) occasional cyclist. 

Landline: 0113 512 1500
Mobile: 07341 558 262


Roles Typical to Interim Management include:

  • Interim Transformation Director
  • Interim Managing Director
  • Interim PMO
  • Interim Bid Director
  • Interim Mobilisation Director

I’ve known Robert for many years and have in that time both recruited through him and also taken advice and support from him as an interim exec consultant. In whatever capacity it has been Robert has in-depth and relevant knowledge of his sectors, he does have a dynamic & direct approach to action but mainly he is passionate and driven in what he does. Simply put, I trust Robert to do what he’s says he’s going to do, to have balanced objectives and to have the best interest for all parties at the heart of what he does.

Interim Programme Director and Client