A collection of insights, ideas and points of view, curated by our expert network.
Change is hard. In this paper, we look in detail how successful businesses approach their strategy, leadership and people to deliver change.
Pat is the Founder of S&S and created the “The Change Society” movement to shake up tired recruitment and consulting models.
Pat’s personal mission is to change the way the world engages with Interims and unite them globally through our proprietary “Teams as a Service” (TaaS) model. Pat believes interim teams can solve all business problems in today’s rapidly changing environment, which he has brought to life in his book, “the interim revolution” – How interim teams can transform your company”.
He has been placing interims for 15 years for companies of all shapes and sizes, has resourced over 50 successful transformations for the likes of Burberry, Argos and Sky and recently won Global Interim Recruiter of the Year by a major industry body. Father to Sullivan and Stanley and Husband to Helen, Pat enjoys a nice Pale Ale, fishing at a variety of locations around the world and is an avid Arsenal fan.
As EA to our CEO, Louise ensures the smooth running of Pat’s day to day life, enabling him to concentrate on his mission, whilst also supporting the management of the office more broadly. She has thirteen years of experience in back-office operations, inclusive of Human Resources, within the media, oil and property industry.
Outside of the office, Louise loves to ski and spend time down by the coast where she grew up. A keen traveller, she has spent extended periods of time in Central America as well as Canada and is always looking for the next adventure.
Kevin’s role as Chief Operating Officer is to complement Pat in his Chief Executive position driving the S&S vision, whilst building, implementing and operating a scalable and sustainable business, that supports the needs of our customers today and in the future.
Outside of work, when Kev is not spending time with his wife Helen and their three kids, you’ll find him playing a round of golf or fishing on a quiet lake. Kev also enjoys mountain biking, motorsports such as F1, baseball, rugby and is a big fan of Sci-Fi.
Adrian is a Transformation expert and Executive Coach. His career has always been focused on delivery – projects, programmes, transformations, agility, omnichannel and change management. He has worked across most departments of most industries (Life Sciences, Retail, Telco, Broadcast/Media and Financial Services). He therefore has a unique breadth of experience across business and IT that is hard to replicate, and valued highly by Executives.
Outside of work, Adrian has a passion for photography, clay pigeon shooting and motorbikes (3 hobbies not easily combined) – and raising 2 little people to be fully rounded global citizens.
“Solving problems is easy, knowing which problem to solve is brilliant.”
I thrive helping organisations identify the right problems to solve in order to help them overcome some of their most complex strategic challenges in growth, innovation/product & service management, turnaround, transformation, and post-merger integration.
Jacqueline is a consulting partner here at S&S, working mainly client-side with the likes of Mastercard, Three and BCG. An experienced Change and Transformation Lead across multiple industries, she specialises in strategy to execution, people and culture and being ChangeReady.
Jacqueline strongly believes that the only way to be sure of success in a world where 84% of transformations fail, is to have strong foundations in place – allowing organisations to navigate through the complexities of change and ultimately deliver sustainable value.
A Board-level change leader with an entrepreneurial style and strong commercial vision. Extensive, blue-chip cross-industry experience in coaching corporate leadership teams in developing strategic direction and implementing large-scale complex change.
Stuart covers three key areas for the business:
Leadership Alignment – Stuart works with Board level/Divisional leaders in unpicking and building greater alignment to strategic and transformation ambitions.
Higher Performing Teams – Stuart works with leaders in building trust, engaging in constructive conflict and aligning to deliver higher standards of performance.
Change Leadership – Stuart works with our clients in bridging behavioural science with the application of practical approaches to driving change.
The main focus of Stuart’s time away from S&S is my 2 and a half-year-old Darcey Eleanor! Weaved into the Williamson household with Lizzie and our Pomskie Georgie are doggie runs in the park, annual Olympic triathlon and plenty of home/restaurant foodie fun.
Vindy is an experienced business transformation practitioner and leader. Starting his career during the dawn of the Dot com era, he has worked with many large and complex organisations, across all industries, to adapt to the rapid evolution of information, technology, customer expectations, and employee needs.
As the world pivots to a digitally enabled future of work, Vindy leads our Business Agility practice and provides an invisible hand to leaders and their teams in helping them develop their culture and organisational muscle to be more resilient and responsive to change. He is passionate about unlocking value within customer organisations, and also growing our community of practitioners and thought leaders in this space by connecting ideas and people.In his time away from work, Vindy is helping Paulette prepare three awesome humans to make a positive contribution to society.
As a child of the 80’s that grew up on the A-Team and MacGyver, he has been known to enjoy his time off playing with nail guns and lengths of timber, constructing everything from garden rooms to potting benches.
Victoire is part of the consulting team here at Sullivan & Stanley, specialising in Strategic Communications and Marketing. Following two years working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Victoire is contributing to the growth of the S&S MENA hub.
Outside of work, Victoire enjoys the little pleasures of London life, sunny walks around the parks, live music and the city’s vibrant art scene.
Issy is a detail-oriented problem solver and wearer of many hats. As a business analyst, she supports Sullivan & Stanley’s work with a diverse client base, working both internally and client-facing with customer-centricity always at the fore.
With previous experience in digital transformation and software implementation, and she’s excited to bring an enthusiasm to learn and develop to the projects she supports in the future!
Issy can often be found with her head in a book, on a plane travelling to somewhere new, or taking care of her many, many plants.”
Jacob is a Teams Partner at S&S and is devoted to providing on-demand services to the CxO suite and partnering in transformation and innovation. Having spent his early years specialising in Strategy & Architecture, Jacob utilises his network of high-performance interims to feed into S&S’s fresh teams concept.
Away from work, when he’s not jet-setting overseas, Jacob can be found sampling foreign lagers and attending sporting events.
I have been very lucky to work with a number of amazing organisations to help them transform their businesses to be more customer-centric, digital and faster at delivery. Helping them improve the way work is delivered and build better products and services. When not working Matt can be found on the golf course, at a wedding in Ireland or dabbling in politics over an ale.
My role at S&S is to spearhead the expansion of the business into the wider regions of the UK outside of the capital, first off bringing the brand, our people, our tools, our IP and our industry-leading thought leadership and events programme to Manchester.
Steve is our talent expert here at S&S, working closely with everyone to help attract and develop brilliant people who are passionate about what we do and the value they can add.
Steve helps people learn and develop, become self-aware and enhance the skills and behaviours they need to achieve their goals sustainabily.
Mat is the vital connection between S&S and its clients, ensuring effective client engagement to identify and assure deliverables and outcomes. Building on S&S’ foundations of delivering continuous value, Mat ensures ongoing team orchestration with a laser focus on client value and outcomes. Mat brings over 20 years of experience in Professional Services, Consultancy and Delivery focussed on technology and business transformation.
Mat is married to Jen and has two young boys, Ollie and Jacob. They love to spend time being active outdoors; especially paddleboarding and rugby in Chelmsford, Essex where he is a coach from Chelmsford RFC minis. He is also a passionate music fan, playing the guitar and catching live music wherever possible.
Steve works in that key area between S&S and its clients, ensuring effective client engagement to identify and assure deliverables and outcomes. Building on S&S’ foundations of delivering continuous demonstrable value, Steve ensures ongoing team coordination with a keen focus on client value and building strong client relationships. Steve brings over 25 years of experience in client engagement and delivery, PMO and business operations, having worked across the private and public sectors, always with a focus on operational excellence, business transformation and client advocacy.
Steve is married to Jackie and has three children, Rob, Mattie and Sammy. Steve loves to spend time outdoors; refereeing both adult and youth football, sea fishing, clay pigeon shooting and walking or cycling around the local countryside where he lives in Surrey. As well as a passion for all things football, supporting West Ham United, Steve is also a keen Formula 1 fan.
As Associate Relationship Manager, my role is to create and drive value across The Change Society in the North of England and the regions, through bringing together the top 5% of interim talent to share and co-create thought leadership and value.
Further, whilst help build the regional capabilities of Associates, my role will see me collaborating with existing and future clients to service their needs with our Alumni of Change professionals.
As a Resource Manager, my role is to build long-term relationships with associates, guiding and providing them with full support throughout the entire vetting process and supporting them during their gigs with us.
I recently graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Business Psychology. I am passionate about building strong relationships, creating high performing teams and seeing people grow into their best selves.
Responsible for the resourcing and vetting of a wide variety of roles to grow the technical and non-technical capabilities of the associate network through organic searches and internal referrals.
With a key focus on customer experience, she also supports the relationship with the associates in the community from the onboarding through till the end of the engagement.
As Teams Associate Executive, Ashleigh’s role is to grow The Change Society in the North of England and the regions, through adding value and building strong relationships with associates. Ashleigh loves networking and going to events, whether that’s a football match or a festival, she enjoys sociable environments that allow her to form or build on existing relationships, something she loves bringing to her role at S&S.
As the Head of Marketing & Brand, Callum ensures the business strategy is aligned with our marketing content, maintains consistency of message across our channels and tells the stories that are uniquely S&S. He has essentially been our head storyteller since we started in 2016.
Callum also works closely with our customers on engaging their wider business with change and transformation utilising a variety of rich media methods. Yet another Australian occupying London, he previously worked for 7 years in a sports governing body in Melbourne, also within digital and content.
Away from Sullivan & Stanley HQ, Cal can be found on the basketball court, jetting over to Europe or heavily critiquing the best flat whites London has to offer. If you come to London Bridge, he’ll let you know where the best spots are.
As the Compliance Manager, Sonia ensures that there is accuracy and compliance in everything that we do. She has seven years of experience in back office operations within the recruitment industry and is well equipped to answer the day-to-day contracts and compliance queries from our Associates.
Outside of the office, Sonia can be found exploring London looking for the best brunch spots and discovering new restaurants. She also loves to travel and is often planning her next adventure abroad.
It is Amy’s role to provide operational support across all areas of the business. She ensures ongoing development of strategy through building processes, implementing business structure and supporting programmes of work.
Outside of the office when she is not immersing herself in a gripping series, Amy is usually out and about trying new food and taking in all that London has to offer.
It is Dan’s role to provide the clear and concise financial information required to drive great decisions in a fast-paced environment. He is implementing the strategy to ensure the company’s financial processes are fit for a rapidly growing and constantly developing organisation.
Outside of the office, Dan is an enthusiastic (but not very good) 5-a-side footballer, a fair-weather cyclist and an amateur gardener. When he gets the chance, he does love watching a spot of cabaret.
Commercially astute technical and digital transformation professional with considerable experience of Change Management, Business & Systems Analysis, working on large private and public sector IT, Business Change programmes