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Ifte Ahmed, Interim Finance Director – Various Companies

"“I’ve known Martin and Jeremy for many years. They have contacted me before but I’ve never been available. However they approached me about an interim CFO role in a private equity-backed business and the timing was absolutely right. It was the first of three placements I’ve accepted through Mallory Partners, in succession.

“For the first role, I had a good brief from Martin and met the client initially on a confidential basis. I was then invited to the client’s head office where I met the incumbent and shortly afterwards I took on the role, staying for nine months.

“They are good at staying in contact and so knew when the time was right to approach me about another interim CFO role for another Sovereign Capital-backed healthcare business. Initially predicted to be a two to three month role, I stayed for seven months, after which Martin approached me about a role in a mobile telecoms business. I had a good, concise brief from Martin, one meeting with the client and private equity investor and I started the following week.

“Mallory Partners’ network within the private equity market is extremely strong and I’ve gone on to use them as a client too. When I need assistance, I ask them to find someone.

“It’s all about the quality of the candidates and a swift process to produce a good shortlist. Some head hunters are a bit scattergun and you might get 20-30 CVs. Mallory Partners listen to the brief and I generally get no more than half a dozen candidate profiles from which we interview 3-4 - all of them capable of doing the role. The process with Mallory Partners is much smoother and quicker. Whether you’re recruiting for someone for three months or three years, the quality still matters and Mallory Partners are good at sourcing candidates that genuinely fit the brief.”

Ifte Ahmed, Interim Finance Director - Various Companies