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Board of Directors

The Institute of Interim Management is a not-for-profit organisation.
It is governed by a Management Board.

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Tony Evans CIIM (Chairman)

As an Interim management practitioner of 20 years standing at CEO level, Tony specialises in taking often complex organisations through transformational change: from turnaround to re-structuring, profitable growth and sale where appropriate (also taken a complex group into ‘soft landing’ administration). He applies his very broad experience of manufacturing and related service and logistics industries to deliver measurable high value added in each assignment; on an international and national basis.


Elisabetta Battistella MIIM

Certified Innovation Manager with several years of Interim management career, working with SMEs making their operations more efficient and streamlined; creating a path to ensure growth and development, despite the complexity of the situations. “My purpose is to assist companies in shaping their future: a better future with stronger drive and broader (strategic) foresight”. Strong believer in cultural & work sectors contamination; besides having extensive international experience and always been in love with the manufacturing world, enjoys industrial archaeology while exploring old sites, trying to bring more perspective from the past.

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Bruce Rayner MIIM

Bruce is an Interim Director, Non-Executive Director, Business Adviser and Turnaround Specialist. He has worked for multinationals, PLCs, FTSE, private, public and PE backed companies, charities, education, technology SMEs and start-up/early stage companies. Specialising in creating and building brands from scratch, Bruce delivers profitable growth, step-change in performance and business transformation, often deploying state of the art technical and digital solutions.

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Charles Stuart MIIM (Secretary)

Charles holds over 18 years experience as an independent, with 15 assignments as an Interim Manager, specialising in the Supply Chain Management space, most recently in Planning Transformation. With nearly 20 years working with Asian sources and partners, Charles has also worked on assignments based in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Hanoi as well as throughout UK and Europe. Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills are complemented by clear and logical thinking, a meticulous eye for detail and extensive MRP/ERP systems experience.

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Mike Thompson MIIM (Treasurer)

A hands on commercial accountant and MBA, also member (and former director) of the Association for Business Psychology. He has enjoyed over 20 years board-level Interim experience, working with multi-nationals, start-ups, and fast paced technology companies. An enthusiastic problem solver, delights in working alongside people in technology businesses, to bring clarity to financial reporting, eliminate waste, streamline systems and develop teams for ongoing financial excellence on leaving.

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Mark Walsh MIIM

After an international marketing and sales career with Unilever and ICI, Mark moved into the Life Sciences market with Applied Biosystems and thereafter joined KCI (now part of 3M) - a medical device business. During his tenure, KCI was bought by a VC backed group and went through the ‘normal’ transformations associated with VC ownership. Mark was tasked with leading many of these projects, initially as an employee and then in 2016 as an independent Interim. Mark’s Interim career has focussed on transformation assignments in the Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices market sectors.
In addition to his commitments to the IIM Mark enjoys running, going to the gym and is a school Governor.

Companion of the Institute of Interim Management (CIIM)

The Board of the Institute of Interim Management, as prescribed in the Memorandum and Articles of Association, may confer a special membership accolade to those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in support of the Institute and the wider Interim Management profession.
That accolade is the special membership category of ‘Companion of the Institute of Interim Management‘  – CIIM.

To date just 10 individuals have been conferred this position and we introduce them here:

Nigel Corby CIIM; Bill Penney CIIM and Torrie Smith CIIM (deceased) were all prominent members of the Interim Service Provider community and part of the Interim Management Association – a sub-group of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). Nigel founded Global Executives Ltd. (1997), Bill founded Ashton Penney Partnership (1994) and Torrie Smith who founded Scott Torrance as his last endeavour in 2004. These three people were instrumental in encouraging the development of an institute designed to support and develop the Interim management profession in the UK. They were involved from the initial idea through to the establishment of the organisation, providing encouragement and guidance during the very early period of the life of the IIM.

The remaining Companions have all held office within the IIM, but special mention should be given to Tom Brass CIIM (deceased) who was involved in the formation of the Institute in 2001 and is the only person to have held all three offices: Company Secretary, Treasurer and Chair. He served on the board from inception to his death in March 2022.

Early institute Chairs, John Wood CIIM and Paul Vousden CIIM, have also been acknowledged with this award as the IIM moved from concept, gained traction and moved on from being a section of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) at the point when this much larger organisation changed its articles and focus. This transition for the IIM meant that it became fully independent very early in its existence.

Taravat Taher-Zadeh CIIM is recognised for her contribution to establishing the expansion of the IIM, both regionally and internationally. She focussed the board on building a strategy beyond early day survival, established a growing market awareness and was tireless in her promotion of all things ‘Interim’.

Ad van de Rest CIIM held the position of Chair twice in his time with the board – once jointly and once individually. He is credited with the introduction of the IIM managed LinkedIn group, now called ‘The Voice of Interim Management’ which is approaching a 20,000 membership, expanding our on-line presence and developing the IIM’s Annual Market Survey. This has become the definitive view of the UK Interim market’s performance with thousands of responses each year. 

David Pugh CIIM held two offices – Treasurer and Company Secretary concurrently – for several years, taking us through some difficult periods and ensuring that we stayed on the straight and narrow from a governance perspective.

Finally, Tony Evans CIIM has been Chair previously and joint Chair (with Tom Brass CIIM) more recently. Tony is the current Chair and is the only person so far to have held this office three times. He has been a director of the IIM since the first election and has been involved with many board initiatives throughout that time. Throughout his tenure, he has led lobbying activity, making the case for regulation to be fair and not inflict ‘collateral damage’ from areas related but not directly connected to the purpose of the legislation.