Marketing Manchester is the agency charged with promoting the city on a national and international stage. It aims to develop the Manchester city-region into a leading leisure, learning and business destination for domestic and international visitors, enhance the national and international reputation of the city-region and promote sustainable economic development and growth. It is the Centre of Excellence for Marketing, Communications and Tourism for the Manchester Growth Company (MGC). As such, it is responsible for the marketing and communications activity for the MGC which also comprises: Economic Solutions Ltd (the parent company) - delivering over £60M of skills, employment and recruitment services to employers and individuals; MIDAS - the city’s inward investment agency; and New Economy - the economic think tank. The Group acts as a key delivery vehicle for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the Local Enterprise partnership (LEP).
Following a competitive process held by Manchester Airports Group (Marketing Manchester’s key stakeholder), Warren Partners were chosen to conduct an international search and selection exercise for the next Chairman of the organisation.
“This is a high profile role requiring strong ambassadorial qualities and an individual who would be equally comfortable operating and influencing at regional, national and international levels.”
This was/is a high profile role requiring strong ambassadorial qualities and an individual who would be equally comfortable operating and influencing at regional, national and international levels. Outstanding international credentials where sought, gained through senior level experience within major corporate organisations and/or inward investment enterprises where innovation had driven success. A strong track record of developing businesses in international markets was essential. As Chairman of Marketing Manchester, the appointee would be required to attend board meetings of the Greater Manchester LEP in an ex-officio capacity.
A strong shortlist of five candidates was presented comprising high profile figures from both private and public sectors (including three Plc Main Board level executives). Iwan Griffiths, the North West Chairman of leading professional services firm PwC, was appointed chairman; Iwan had previously held leadership roles in South Korea and Japan.
Collette Roche, (then) HR Director for Manchester Airports Group, who was involved in the recruitment process, said: “Marketing Manchester plays a vital role in promoting the city and all it has to offer on an international scale. Manchester is a brand recognised around the world and that’s important as we look to develop our business and tourism links as a European city of standing. Iwan and his team will play a vital role in developing that brand even further and ensuring we see even more visitors coming to our region.”
Our team operates across a broad range of sectors, with a depth of market expertise in the major sectors listed below:
Business Services covers a wide and diverse range of industries; here at Warren Partners our executive recruitment team focuses their expertise on partnering with clients who specialise in outsourcing, business process management and integrated support service provision.
Warren Partners’ Energy and Utilities team has experience of working with FTSE 100 organisations through to Private Equity backed start-ups to find the very best talent both within the sector and across complementary markets.
Our expertise in executive and non-executive director recruitment and delivering Board Review services within the retail financial services sector extends across retail banking, with a particular depth of experience in working with challenger banks and mutuals, to general and life insurance, asset and wealth management.
The industrial executive search team at Warren Partners truly understands the mix of skills, both professional and behavioural, that leaders need in order to thrive. Indeed our team thrives on recruiting the very best talent in the sector, to meet the needs of our industrial clients.
Our ability to access the very best talent for this complex and socially aware sector, has led to a particularly strong track record for delivering executive and non-executive recruitment and board review to membership and not for profit based organisations.
We have a long track record of working with leading UK and international retailers, FMCG and e-commerce companies in addition to serving the global travel, leisure and sport sectors. Our team thrives on identifying, staying connected to and accessing the very best talent for our clients.
At Warren Partners, we understand how to win the highly competitive war for talent in this dynamic market; moving swiftly to identify and attract talented and gifted executive and non-executive directors.
We work in partnership with our transport and infrastructure clients, offering leadership counsel to help shape and deliver executive recruitment, as well as board reviews and specific coaching needs.