Our Team

We're better connected.

We're a team of international businesspeople with many years' experience in private equity, C-suite recruitment, international corporate finance and international business. We are exceptionally well-connected with the right people at the right level.

We've collectively worked with more than 80 private-equity clients in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, and we've placed well over 400 top executives into exciting and challenging situations.

Meet the top team:

John Pearce
Founder & chief executive
Tim Harrison
Advisory Board Member

John began his career with Arthur Andersen and has since acquired over 20 years' experience placing the right individual into the right business. His exceptional industry contacts and gift for understanding contexts is evidenced by his top-biller status at each of his last two businesses. He has recruited for all board-level positions for international businesses in many different sectors, and is a regular commentator on the importance of the role of the CFO. For the last 6 years, John has worked extensively with private-equity investors and PE-backed businesses, as well as a for a number of FTSE 100- and FTSE 250-quoted businesses, notably in retail and business support services. John was previously managing director of Directorbank, where his team of 10 consultants served a portfolio of over 65 international PE clients.

Email: john.pearce@chiefofficersgroup.com

Tim is an experienced private-equity professional who spent 25 years with 3i after training initially with Arthur Andersen. He has extensive business turnaround and restructuring experience in a wide variety of manufacturing, retail and financial services businesses in the UK and Europe. As a senior partner at 3i, Tim was a managing director for Pan European Buyouts and a member of their management committee. He was instrumental in the development of 3i's internal chair, CEO and CFO network programme and became chairmain of two 3i portfolio businesses during 2010.

Email: tim.harrison@chiefofficersgroup.com

John Bloor
Associate - Interim Practice
Chris Ward
Advisory board member

John Bloor had a successful banking career before becoming an interim management provider in 2001. After leaving Barclays where he had been a Regional Director, he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers and developed the firm’s highly regarded TurnaroundPanel as a specialist interim management offering which subsequently became a much copied model in the professional services sector. John worked for the US consulting and advisory firm, FTI, before joining interim management providers Alium Partners in 2007.  At Alium he led the company’s Business Transformation, Finance and Financial Services practice areas.  John has placed interim executives in board, head of function and programme leadership roles in owner managed, private equity held and listed businesses in the UK and Europe across a wide range of industry sectors.

Email: johnb@chiefofficersgroup.com

Chris Ward has had 30 years' experience in corporate finance, during which time he has advised on many transactions and capital raisings in a wide variety of sectors and particularly in the private equity market. Chris was an equity partner of Deloitte in the UK from 1979 to 2008, when he relocated to Dubai, and held a number of roles at various times, including Head of Corporate Finance Advisory in the UK and Global Head of Corporate Finance Advisory. More recently, from September 2008 to May 2011, Chris established and ran the Financial Advisory Services practice of Deloitte in the Middle East, as the Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Corporate Finance Limited (DFCL), a company regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority. Chris served from 2007 to 2011 as a member of the Board of the Corporate Finance Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales ('ICAEW') and was the Faculty's Chairman from 2004 to 2008. Until his move to Dubai, Chris was a member of the Council of the ICAEW. In 2011, he received the award of 'Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Finance' from the ICAEW.

Email: chris.ward@chiefofficersgroup.com

Paul Bateman
Advisory board member

Paul has many years of international experience in the FMCG, retail and packaging businesses in operational roles and as a chairman. He was with Procter and Gamble for 26 years internationally and ran operations for P&G's European laundry and cleaning and global home care businesses. He joined the board of the Boots Group Plc where he was group operations director and chief executive of Boots Contract Manufacturing. He played a key role in restructuring the supply chain, IT and corporate communications for the group together with M&A and the eventual merger of the business with Alliance Unichem. He has since chaired a global packaging business and is currently executive chairman running GreenBottle, an innovative start up producing the world's first recyclable paper bottle. Paul has lived for 13 years overseas and has extensive business experience gained in Western Europe, the CEE, Turkey, Asia, and North and South America.

Email: paul.bateman@chiefofficersgroup.com