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What is Interim Management?

It has long been accepted that speed rather than size is the key factor in business success. Agility and responsiveness are key to business success and survival.

Interims are experts in their field and can give key change projects immediate impetus. They increase the strength and depth of the senior management team to support change, provide expert project direction and momentum, rather than the business trying to manipulate the skills of existing employees to fit project needs. In addition, interims are usually available within days as opposed to weeks or months and carry none of the long commitment required in hiring a permanent employee.

Unlike consultants, who tend to offer expert advice interims consult, plan, advise, implement and embed the lessons before concluding their assignments. They operate outside any company politics, which might impede project success and offer no threat to incumbents. They offer a fresh and unbiased view, constantly assessing the business benefit rather than personal gain.


Typically interims will be brought in for key programmes and projects including:-

They cover a wide range of senior executive disciplines including:-


The interim community in the North is growing; you can find interims in the following ways:


An interim does not attract any of the long-term costs and commitment associated with permanent employees, such as NI, holiday & sickness pay or other benefits. Expect to pay an agreed daily rate to a limited company, which includes all necessary insurances.

Typical rates are around £600-£900/day, but can start as low as £400 and rise  to over £2,000.

The increased speed at which an interim led project runs means that the ROI is typically substantially greater than in-house projects where lack of experience, internal politics and pressure of BAU all tend to hamper progress.


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Featured Interims

David  McBride


David McBride is an experienced MSP/Prince 2 qualified   consultant and Programme / Portfolio Manager, offering 15-plus years in   leadership, direction and control of full-lifecycle Business Change and IT   Transformation Programmes within FTSE 100 clients Europe-wide. 

He has successfully   performed key leadership roles on some of the UK and Europe’s largest   business and IT transformation programmes within Financial Services, Banking,   Consultancy (Big Four), Insurance, working on Compliance/Regulatory (Basel II/III),   Merger & Acquisitions, Data Management and Migration, Global Payments and   Divestment (De-merger) and   Marketing/E-Commerce initiatives, delivering into client operations,   against budgets of £56m plus. 

He provides the political intelligence and flexibility required to build effective relationships across the organisation, reporting into C-level management in commercially complex environments.  Led   multiple workstream teams on and off shore. Sighted on wider organisational   objectives, has negotiated and managed the procurement of services and suppliers, delivering complex,   time-boxed programmes to budget and quality, fulfilling operational excellence.

Tracy  Shuff


I am a co-founder of InterimsNorth and have a passion for interim management. I have worked with interims for over 18 years and by interims I mean change agents who make fundamental improvements to the organisation they work with. Having worked as a provider for a long time I now use my expertise in interim management in a number of different ways. 


I coach career interims both in securing their next assignment but also during assignments to ensure their success. 

I also coach individuals considering a career in interim management to help explain the realities of being an interim and decide its suitability as a career option. 

I help develop a marketing strategy, identifying an individual's value proposition and best routes to market, as well as providing advice on the mechanics such as setting up a limited company.


I run workshops for the Institute of Interim Management and for Penna aimed at individuals considering a career as an interim. Topics include the pros and cons of a career as an interim, how to market yourself and the mechanics of setting up as an interim. 


I place interims in a variety of organisations in the public and private sector, both directly and via partnership arrangement

Please feel free to contact me if you need an interim, are a career interim needing guidance or want to know more about what the world of an interim is like.