Understanding the individual and collective strength of their existing leadership team is vital for Boards and Chief Executives. We work with clients to build on their existing management development programmes by providing an external market perspective on key individuals, succession pipelines and overall teams. Our work is characterised by its clear, actionable insights and recommendations.


Our assessments have helped in a range of contexts including:

  • Succession Planning
  • Benchstrength Evaluation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Management/Team Development

We tailor our approach to the needs of the situation, working closely with the Board, CEO and HR Director as appropriate to understand the objectives of the exercise, the business’s strategic priorities and existing management evaluation processes and frameworks.

At the core of our assessments is an in-depth interview where we explore the candidate’s career history and performance record (‘the what’) as well as examining their leadership style and managerial and functional capabilities (‘the how’).

We often gain further colour and insight through discussions with internal and external referees. In addition, we can administer and interpret a broad range of psychometric tests where these are desired by the client.


Our reports are simply and clearly written without jargon or pseudo-scientific graphs. We describe both the strengths and development needs of the candidates, giving our perspective on how they stack up for particular roles against world-class external benchmarks and suggest development needs and possible career moves.

In addition, we can produce an overview assessment of the overall management population that we have reviewed, highlighting areas where the benchstrength is good and pinpointing key gaps to close, as well as providing some ideas for enhancing the management development processes. Finally, we hold detailed feedback sessions with each candidate and help them create concrete personal development plans.