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Tucker Stone Newsletter – Summer 2019

Tucker Stone Newsletter – Summer 2019


Hugo Tucker
Joint MD & Founder

The first half of 2019 has been fantastic for Tucker Stone. Our clients have squared up to Brexit uncertainty and pressed on with strengthening their HR functions. It’s no secret that a robust, commercial people function is crucial in the good and hard times and preparing for both is key to a successful future. We have maintained our strong partnerships with corporate accounts and developed our Private Equity channels, recruiting directly for them as well as their portfolio businesses. Our international work is also on the increase with key placements in HR, OD and Resourcing across Europe.

Interim work is on the rise and now makes up nearly 40% of our placements – an eyebrow raiser has been the temp-to-perm option at Director level. The Interim provides the audit and needs analysis and is then retained as the permanent solution – particularly relevant post-investment for the PE community.

At least half of the Searches we have fulfilled this year have been HR Director positions, with the remainder being across the Centres of Excellence. Functionally speaking the key difference between the end of 2018 and current activity has been the huge increase in Learning, Leadership and Talent Acquisition positions. This ‘development and growth’ focus reflects a positive and bullish marketplace that really understands workforce planning is the key differentiator.

D&I remains a crucial focus in everything we do. We are pleased to say that we have developed the D&I space as a specialism and have been recently involved in successful searches for D&I Leads in professional services and the media sectors. As a relatively modern specialism, the space is refreshingly undefined and the conversations we have with candidates committed to the cause are some of our most interesting. From an internal process perspective, our clients are now rightly asking for D&I data behind who we are approaching and submitting on Shortlists. Being mindful and monitoring diversity at the ‘approach’ stage of a Search is a part of a long term solution for most businesses and we are proud to be a part of that.

Each newsletter we ask our Partners in the wider HR Community to provide commentary and expert opinion in their field and in this issue we are delighted to welcome:

Kim Atherton
Chief People Officer, OVO Energy / CEO & Co-Founder Just3Things

An Occupational Psychologist, Kim joined OVO 5 years ago, overseeing the rapid scaling from 100 – 2,000 employees and the recent conformation of the company as a UK Unicorn. After developing technology internally to enable new ways of working, she span Just3Things out as a separate business in 2019.

The Reality of Organisational Transformation

“A now well-cited statistic from the Deloitte Human Capital Survey (2017) reveals that although leadership in nearly every business sector are clear on the fact that they must transform their organisations in order to compete in today’s economy (over 80% reporting 1 ) – very few (less than 13%) are clear on how to even begin to embark on that journey. Whether your business is undertaking a re-org, a digital transformation, or a new innovation programme, chances are you’re grappling with the painful details of cultural change and the resulting political fallout amongst your employee base.”

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Asif Sadiq MBE
Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, The Telegraph

Asif Sadiq MBE was placed as Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at The Telegraph, by Tucker Stone in November 2018. He was formerly the Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY Financial Services and previously the Head of the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Unit for the City of London Police.

Why I don’t believe in the Robin Hood style of Diversity!

“We all remember the story of Robin Hood, right? Generations have grown up with a heroic idea of robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. Robin Hood’s hawk-eyed archery and fierce swordplay makes him popular, and his social conscience endearing. His modus operandi was taking from the rich and giving to the poor and somehow, we loved this as it seemed like a win for the people who needed it the most.”

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Both these articles can be found on the Forum section of our website along with other contributions from the team and our network.

Our Interim business has grown significantly in the last 12 months and capitalising on that success we have hired a new Director to build and shape our interim practice who will be joining in September. They are extremely well known and networked in the HR interim market and we can’t wait for them to start. 

In June, we were delighted to sponsor our very own Matt Wallis and his wife Dianne as they completed the 26.2 mile marathon walk from Brighton to Eastbourne (finishing up and over the gruelling Seven Sisters and Beachy Head!)  Despite a few running repairs on feet and nearly getting blown off course by 50 mph winds, they completed it in good time and more importantly raised over £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, a cause very close to their hearts.  He has now officially stopped limping!

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Tucker Stone is a boutique EMEA HR & Change Executive Search firm. 

We have an enviable reputation, built up over the last 10 years, for providing a personalised service of the highest quality. We believe HR leadership is becoming the single most important business differentiator in a digital world. We successfully deliver for a broad cross- section of organisations, from FTSE 50s to start-ups, on a permanent and interim basis. We will find both the HR Executives, and also the critical specialists who complete any HR leadership team.

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