The organisation now covers a wide range of areas in the Testing, Inspection & Compliance (TIC) market - such as food, soil, water and pharmaceutical. 6 Group was selected to identify and acquire every new board member for the business.

There was a total of five required hires at Board-level, including:

Managing Director

The client was looking to appoint a Managing Director who could increase the growth to 30% year on year and someone who could play an intrinsic role in strategic decisions on how they grow the business, be it organically or through acquisitions.

HR Director

Having been formed from individual businesses, the client felt they would benefit from a coordinated and seamless HR strategy including harmonised pay awards, employee engagement and retention, recruitment, and a structured learning & development programme.


The other three positions were all specialist and technical leadership roles and - although all positions were considered critical to the company's continued growth - the client made clear that the above two were of the highest priority in the first instance. The predominant driver behind the client's decision was the prospective Managing Director and HR Director should be involved in the appointment of the new Board to ensure a seamless cultural fit between all leaders and strong alignment of goals.

From the outset, 6 Group's aims were to gain extensive insight into the client's candidate market - e.g. their current role, location, demographic and availability.

Following the initial market mapping exercise, we would then utilise our executive search methodology to identify, engage and acquire the very best executive candidates for the roles.

Week 1:

Following a full briefing with key stakeholders to fully understand
the role requirements, the client's culture and agree on competencies, a candidate briefing document was prepared and approved - the search began.

Week 2-7:

The search continued with competency-based interviews taking place and reports compiled for each candidate. We also held regular review meetings with the client. Preparation of the shortlist began close of Week 7.

Week 7+:

Shortlist was presented to the client and assessments were scheduled. After a review meeting to discuss findings, we made offers to successful candidates and gave detailed feedback to those unsuccessful.

The Successful Candidates

Managing Director

With over 25 years’ experience in the delivery of technical and scientific solutions; 14 of which were held on board positions - 6 Group had identified, engaged and acquired a well-suited and sought-after leader for the client's business.

HR Director

Bringing 18 years' industry expertise and a wealth of knowledge to the client's business, the appointment was also MSc-qualified in Strategic HR and held significant experience in a HR leadership position with the client's largest competitor.

With the two new board members inducted and positive feedback attained from the client organisation’s CEO, the recently appointed Managing Director and HR Director outlined their plans for the remaining board members - with 6 Group leading the Executive Search project.

The other three technical leadership appointments made were:

  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Commercial Officer
  • VP Operations