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Recently appointed as Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Countess Elizabeth Howe recalls how TD Group came to the rescue in finding the perfect candidate for the role of CEO with Heart of Bucks Community Foundation.

Elizabeth, Chair of the foundation, says the Board’s chances immediately improved when TD Group became involved.

“We had used a recruitment agency in London which let us down considerably through lack of organisation – basic errors like even sending candidates to the wrong venue.

“We needed to start again, instead with someone who was familiar with the charitable sector and community foundations in particular, and we knew that Tony had experience with one in Milton Keynes.

“He visited us and spoke at length with five trustees and staff to get a clear understanding of the type of person we were after. He was very keen to find out about the skills and capabilities involved, and also the emotional ‘clicks’ – a person who would respond well in a county context.”

The Board, explains Elizabeth, was bowled over by TD Group’s plan of action.

“Quickly an extensive list of 12 possible candidates was sourced – a really fantastic line-up which we cut down to eight.

“The interview process was extremely well managed. Tony and his team helped in highlighting areas we should question each candidate’s undoubted strengths, whilst also allowing us to be independent. This again showed the importance of understanding the business they were recruiting for…

“They also advised, quite rightly, that the next step should be a final shortlist of just two or three.”

Ultimately, Henry Allmand was appointed as CEO and Elizabeth is delighted with the outcome.

“Henry has more than lived up to expectations. He is not daunted by the steep learning curve and we are thrilled with what he is achieving.

“Finding him, though, was thanks to TD Group who were professional, extremely helpful and very accessible. And, by thinking beyond the traditional format for a charity CEO, they managed to recruit for us someone who is proving their worth.”