Grant Speed is Managing Director of the Interim Practice at Odgers Berndtson, incorporating Commercial Interim and Public Interim.
Grant began his career in the financial services sector before joining Michael Page in 1999. In ten years with Michael Page, he held management positions in the Sales, Marketing, Finance and Banking teams in both the UK and the USA. In addition, Grant was involved in launching Michael Page’s Recruitment Process Outsourcing division where he won and managed high value contracts with leading investment banks.
Prior to joining OdgersInterim Grant worked for Robert Half, with responsibility for the Greater London operation. He graduated from Manchester University with an honours degree in American Studies, spending his third year at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
- Central Government
The pressures on central government to deliver increased levels of public service, whilst dealing with cuts in public spending and reduced numbers of staff, are growing all the time. More than ever, as the focus is placed on departments and agencies, the ability to deliver within tight budgets and timescales is essential to ensure the value for money ethos is adhered to.
Successfully appointing senior individuals within charities and foundations requires specialist knowledge and a light touch particularly when bringing commercial values to the operation of an institution known better for its philanthropic aims, or perhaps its reputation in scientific research or academia.
The Consumer Interim Practice works very closely with colleagues in our Search and Select businesses, with excellent coverage across all areas of the industry. We work with organisations of all sizes within the fast moving consumer goods sector in its broadest sense across: Food and Beverages, Consumer Durables, Personal Care and Cosmetics, Sports Goods, Apparel, Household Goods, Luxury Brands, Textiles and Furnishings.
The education landscape is complex. As a rapidly changing and often high profile area, this market sector requires our constant attention if we are to make the most of changes in policy and structure to increase the volume and enhance the variety of work we win. Education is a diverse and expanding market with national and international coverage.
- Emergency Services
The Emergency Services in the UK span a complex and diverse group of businesses. These range from central government departments and their non-departmental public bodies, local authority funded teams, related charities like the RNLI or Crime Concern, Ground and Air Ambulance Trusts, as well as Fire and Police Authorities and their related Constabularies or Fire and Rescue Services.
- Energy, Manufacturing & Infrastructure
The depth of our interim executives’ experience in the Energy, Manufacturing & Infrastructure sectors is unmatched. As a consequence, we have become a trusted partner with companies seeking interim leadership and project delivery, both in the UK and internationally.
- Financial Services
The Financial Services Interim practice at Odgers offers wide experience in all sectors from investment and retail banking to asset management, hedge funds, insurance and consumer finance. Our clients range from small specialist firms to multi-nationals. We have the industry experience, market access and knowledge that are essential in this fast moving area.
The evolution of healthcare continues to provide challenges for organisations across the public and private spectrum. Both sectors need to increase their capacity to hire individuals who recognise the need to focus on delivery whilst adding value.
- Life Sciences
As life sciences continues to experience radical change in the competitive landscape; strong leadership talent is the differentiator.
- Local Government
Local Authorities are some of the largest, most complex organisations in the United Kingdom.With a client base that includes every community in the country, they provide a range of vital services that have a tremendous impact upon our everyday lives.
The Retail Interim Practice works very closely with colleagues in our Search and Select businesses, with coverage across all areas of the industry. The Practice covers UK and international retailing activity; our clients include traditional store multiples and department stores, multi-channel operations, on-line retailers, mail order and TV shopping channels.
- Social Housing
Social housing is an ever changing and increasingly complex sector. The models for social housing are as diverse as the communities they serve.
- Sports Business
In recent years interim management has been taken up by the sports business sector, which is seeing the benefits of using professional management skills and resources on an interim basis to deal with projects, expansion, development and improvement.
- Technology, Entertainment & Communications
The Support Services Interim Practice at Odgers offers a wealth of experience across all key markets. We can offer exceptional talent across all functional areas. If necessary we can help clients analyse and define a role to ensure that we present candidates who understand the culture of an organisation.
- Procurement & Supply Chain
Odgers Interim are leaders in interim procurement and interim supply chain appointments. As the demand for specialist procurement & supply chain expertise increases our practice recognises the need for an international network of interim managers.
- Board & CEO
As world-class organisations grapple with the global challenges of the 21st century, it is their leaders that define success.
- Corporate Communications
Chief executives are recognising the importance of strengthening and protecting corporate reputation and the vital role played by corporate communications in doing this.
- Financial Management
As the role of the finance function in corporate decision-making becomes ever-increasingly important, so the demands on finance leaders are rising.
- Human Resources
HR has become a commercial business partnering role; finding candidates who can make a genuine contribution to the organisation is paramount to a successful appointment.
- IT Management
Today's Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) play a vital role in the creation of the firm's strategic plan and in articulating how technology can enable business strategies.
The law plays an increasing role in business life today; corporate and practicing lawyers at the height of their profession are hard to attract.
- Sales & Marketing
Finding quality sales and marketing people who will really deliver for your organisation is all about uncovering what’s behind the personal pitch.