Our Team

We're better connected.

We are a team of international business people 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 focus on working with private equity-backed businesses, AIM-listed businesses and organisations with rapid growth plans, often aligned to transactional activity.  We help to assemble and augment high calibre management teams by identifying new talent through successful and rigorous search methodology.

Outside of the core board roles of CEO, CFO, Chairman, COO and NED we are frequently asked to deliver senior management  appointments in other areas including:

•Human Resources 

•Digital & Technology (CTO)

•Sales and Marketing (CCO & CMO) 

•A full range of senior interim positions. 

To this end, we have joined forces with two highly-valued and experienced colleagues, Mike Hollin and John Bloor - Joint Managing Partners at EKIM Consulting with whom we have enjoyed a longstanding and successful relationship over a number of years. HR appointments and Digital & Technology (CTO) appointments are also delivered in collaboration with EKIM Consulting Partners, Manisha Aatkar and Bruce Mair 

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

Mike Hollin
Associate Director
John Bloor
Associate Director - Interim Practice

Mike is a highly experienced provider of exceptional talent to companies that vary from start-up to large multinationals.  He has over 16 years’ experience in the field of talent acquisition with the ability to work across sectors and functions.  He ran and grew a well-known executive recruitment business before developing EKIM and has a had had a longterm relationship with Chief Officers Group for a number of years. Mike has placed over 300 senior individuals in a variety of roles including CEO and the full C-suite, as well as turnaround, transformation and growth. In his previous career, he spent 26 years in the military serving both overseas and in the UK, latterly as an advisor to Government Ministers on thestrategic direction and performance of commercial assets.Mike’s particular practice areas Defence & Aerospace, Health, Retail, Board and Security. 

He was awarded the MBE by HM the Queen and is a Fellow of the IOD.

Email: mikeh@chiefofficersgroup.com

After a career in banking and financial services, John Bloor has been a talent finder for almost 20 years, starting at PwC where he built the firm’s highly regarded Turnaround Panel and went on to manage two large practice areas in a Top 10 interim agency. He has also led interim management practices in professional services and search firms as well as running his own talent business for 5 years. He now has a particular focus on finance and in-house internal legal functions as well as a full range of interim, crisis management and turnaround mandates. His key practice areas are Financial Services, Board, Finance and Turnaround & Restructuring.

Email: johnb@chiefofficersgroup.com

Chris Ward
Advisory board member
Paul Bateman
Advisory board member

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 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