“Mike worked with the me and the Team at Survitec as Group Transformation Director responsible for coordinating and delivering the global change programme. Mike fitted into the team very well, gaining early respect and has a style which gained the confidence of the organisation.
Mike’s ability to project manage complex multi-site, international programmes was exceptional and made a significant difference to the business performance. I would highly recommend him to any organisation requiring a transformation professional.”
Brian Stringer, CEO Survitec Limited
“Mike Campbell joined BizSpace in February 2017 as the Group embarked upon a transformational journey following its acquisition by Värde Partners in mid-2015. Mike’s role as Programme Director was to bring structure and discipline to the definition, documentation and delivery of a number of projects which were at the heart of the 5 year Strategic Plan. Mike quickly assimilated the key components of the strategy and gained involvement with a new CRM project and a pricing optimisation project. Mike worked with the Head of IT, the CEO, CFO, Commercial Director and others to document the deliverables required for several projects, to set /monitor the RAG status, to agree timelines with various stakeholders and to facilitate the delivery of regular reports for the Management Board detailing progress.
Mike worked across many tiers of management in different functions to ensure the various projects were progressed in line with expected timescales. Mike demonstrated a natural style of engagement across the business, regardless of the seniority, interwoven with an evident and rigorous desire for structure and process. This facilitated clarity in the work undertaken.
During his tenure, Mike had involvement with many projects, including Pricing, Digital, CRM, Strategic Pillars, Annual Report development, acquisition integration and acquisition process improvement, amongst others. Mike led on the design and implementation of an effective acquisition integration process within the business. During his time at BizSpace Mike programme managed a total of eight acquisition integrations which involved the integration of HR, operations, sales, marketing, IT, property and finance functions. As part of Mike’s legacy BizSpace now has a fully proven and highly efficient acquisition integration process and capability which is now an key element in our growth strategy. In one acquisition integration project Mike was tasked with the successful delivery of a programme of critical property repair works to secure £700K p.a. of rental income from a large anchor tenant. The project was delivered on time and to budget, the customer signed off the works and moved in on the agreed date. The customer complimented Mike on his highly professional programme management and communication skills throughout the project – Paul Hooper, Finance Director, Reassured, Belvedere House, Basingstoke.
Mike was asked to become Chairman of the BizSpace Operating Board, the level of Management which reported into the members of the BizSpace Management Board. The BOB was established to run the day to day operational delivery of the business. Mike brought structure and process to this new Operating Board and the minutes and actions were used to brief the BizSpace Management Board.
Mike was an amiable, purposeful and highly structured Programme Management Director during the 15 months of his interim assignment. The Group moved forward considerably with Mike’s support and skills during this period of substantial change.”
Phil Dennis, Group CFO, BizSpace Limited
“I commissioned Mike Campbell as an Interim Transformational Change Director from November 2013 to April 2016 to help me in my role as the then MD of Capita’s Property & Infrastructure business. Mike’s broad management expertise and experience enabled me to place Mike in a variety of roles and functions across the business to drive change and improve performance.
Mike is a highly organised, analytical and capable individual that I could trust to deliver and manage sustainable improvements. He has the ability to create and deliver transformational change plans. After joining he very quickly became a respected member of the team. Mike is a people person who rapidly gains the trust, respect and confidence of others, and someone who can communicate effectively at all levels within an organisation. Above all Mike takes ownership and responsibility for the projects that he delivers and the people that he leads; he is someone that you can depend upon. Mike is able to address major issues “head on” with sensitivity but without procrastination. Mike’s skill set and experience is ideally placed for business turnarounds and performance improvement assignments. I would definitely commission Mike again if the situation arose.”
Simon Birchall (Personal Reference), Executive Director
Capita Property & Infrastructure
“I worked with Mike during my time as Finance Director for Capita Property and Infrastructure. Mike was employed during a time of change for the business, what he brought to the role was the ability to really understand the outputs that we required, and as a result develop structured plans to ensure success. Mike is very organised and can use his people skills to ensure that the wider teams are all working towards the same goals. Mike is analytical and has a head for numbers, making sense of trends and providing insight to the leadership team. He is also not afraid of taking the big decisions and having to have difficult conversations, which he dealt with very well given the need during his time with Capita. I would happily work with Mike again, and would recommend him to others.”
Paul Threader, Finance Director
Capita Property & Infrastructure
“Mike’s programme management and organisational skills have been a major help to the team. His efforts and patience turned the CPSRA steering group into a highly organised and effective machine.”
Sally Blackwell, Integration & Operations Readiness Director
Terminal 2, Heathrow Airport
“Since Mike joined the organisation the visibility and understanding of the risks and issues in all of the T2 operationalising critical path countdown projects has increased massively.”
Fiona Carleton, Head of Operational Delivery
Terminal 2, Heathrow Airport
“Mike programmed managed the security programme for the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow for me. He displayed a great attention to detail and quickly grasped all of the key issues operating within the complex airport environment. Mike has extremely broad experience and he adapts this well to differing business environments. I have no doubts that Mike can bring clear insight and intelligence to a wide range of programmes and businesses.”
Christopher Reid, Director
Airport Management Consulting Limited
“Mike Campbell was engaged by the directors of Futuresource Consulting as Interim CEO from 10th April 2012 to 26th May, 2013 to drive a fundamental review of the business and facilitate a major restructuring programme. Mike brought a very professional approach to all elements of the project, demonstrating best practice to the directors and others and engaging all interested parties in an inclusive manner at all stages. The result of Mike’s work was a leaner and fitter organisation structure, aligned with our strategy and fit for purpose, providing the platform for growth, increased profitability, more effective staff recruitment and client retention. We continue to see the benefit of these major changes today.
It is more than fair to say that Mike’s impact touched every aspect of our business, linking changes to objectives and actions in a coherent manner across the business. Mike handled delicate situations with great diplomacy and was always approachable and clear when the directors or others needed advice. Wishing to retain the benefit of Mike’s experience and knowledge, the directors asked him to take on the role of board advisor, a role which he continues to play today both at board meetings and on ‘ad hoc’ projects. I would not hesitate to recommend Mike Campbell as someone who can be trusted to address the most complex organisational problems and work with all parties to implement effective and long-lasting solutions.”
Andrew Snoad, Director
Futuresource Consulting Limited
“Mike has a vast amount of experience in international trade, particularly from the perspective of long term partnership and agency contracts. His input to B&M Longworth’s selection and management of overseas agents was critical during our first ventures into this mode of overseas business. B&M Longworth has a patented product which gives extensive benefits to polymer manufacturers around the globe, however, as a SME, we had great concerns about our ability to monitor and protect our IP. Mike was able to guide us, in partnership with our legal advisors, in the creation of suitable Licence Agreements for the use of this IP by our clients. He is also in the fortunate position of having worked extensively in the Far East and the Americas with a wide variety of clients in the both manufacturing and service industries.”
Alan Reid, Managing Director
B&M Longworth Limited
“Mike and I worked together for a year with one of our mutual clients – Futuresource Consulting. Mike led a huge programme of change in the company and re-focussed Futuresource completely in order to maximise the profitability and growth of the business including the implementation of a full scale restructure. Mike has a great approach and takes the time to understand the needs of the business and the contribution of every employee within it. I would recommend Mike to any organisation looking to make improvements to the running of the business, or to those simply looking for clear guidance and focus within the business.”
Caroline Miles MCIPD, MA, HR Consultant
HR Initiatives Limited
“I have worked with Mike now for over a year on a number of business development opportunities. His approach is excellent in that he takes time to understand the client’s needs and establishes an added value relationship very quickly. Mike is also great at thinking through the right solution and supporting the team in the delivery of that solution. I always feel very comfortable when I work with Mike as I know he will perform at his best.”
Stephen Hewett, Director
“Mike delivers great work, at the same time both thorough and compelling. He is totally professional and brings his outstanding experience to bear on any project. I would have no hesitation in working with him again or indeed recommending him.”
Brian Farrugia, Managing Partner
“Mike’s influence and leadership at SEEDA cannot be understated. His drive and energy was the catalyst to a full ‘route and branch’ change of our Investment strategy, taking a tired business model that was not fit for purpose in a recession, and turning it into a sector focussed programme that, despite SEEDA’s closure, has been embraced by our successors. I recruited Mike into SEEDA for two reasons – his technical skills and expertise (which are of the highest order) and his leadership traits. His drive and enthusiasm is infectious, and those who aspire for greater things know they are in capable hands. I cannot recommend Mike highly enough, and the greatest compliment I can pay him is that I look forward to working with him again in the future.”
Jonathan Tarttelin, Head of Central Operations
Provident Financial Group
“Mike brought focus and structure to the agency’s work in attracting high value foreign direct investment to the South East region. His approach to target fast growing businesses in industrial sectors which are particularly relevant to the region’s mix of companies delivered win-win value chains and increased flows of globally mobile capital into the South East. Mike also developed a sector & cluster strategy to deliver growth in targeted companies to become internationally competitive businesses. I very much enjoyed working with Mike and his team which provided me with excellent insights into business development and company relationship management. In his new venture I wish him every success and am sure that he will continue to add value to indigenous and international businesses.”
Arno Schmickler, Director