CEO INTERVIEW: A sure sign of confidence for Norman Broadbent

Norman Broadbent (LON: NBB) CEO Michael Brennan joins DirectorsTalk to discuss how significant shareholders Judith MacKenzie of Downing Capital, Jon Moulton, and Pierce Casey increased stakes in the company. Michael explains how this came about and who the investors are.

Norman Broadbent plc is quoted on AIM. With a 40-year heritage, the Company is a leading London listed Professional Services firm, offering a diversified portfolio of integrated Leadership Acquisition & Advisory Services (Board & Leadership Search, Senior Interim Management, Research & Insight, Leadership Consulting & Assessment, and executive level Talent Solutions)

The new investments have seen Downing LLP increase its stake to 27%, while Jon Moulton’s investment vehicle’s interest rose to 17%, and Pierce Casey’s, to 12%.

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Norman Broadbent has done ‘all the heavy lifting …’

Our CEO, Mike Brennan, talks business journalist, Andrew Scott, through Norman Broadbent Group’s 2018 results. With Norman Broadbent cutting its losses by half, and 2018 revenues hitting their highest level in over 10 years, Mike Brennan says the results are “evidence of continued positive momentum”, that the “strategy of diversification is working” and “we have done all the heavy lifting, it’s now all about scale.”

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Norman Broadbent CEO, Mike Brennan, ‘shocked and honoured’ with CEO Today Magazine award

Our CEO, Mike Brennan, was “shocked and honoured” when told of his CEO Today Magazine award. In an interview with Proactive London’s Andrew Scott, Mike said news that he’d been selected as a winner and recipient of the CEO Today Magazine’s 2019 European Business Award came completely out of the blue. In the interview Mike praised the Norman Broadbent team saying: “This is a huge recognition for the team who have shown considerable commitment during the transformation of the business. To be recognised in this way validates all we are doing”



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Norman Broadbent Chief Executive recognised by CEO Today magazine in 2019 European Business Awards

CEO Today Magazine today announced that Mike Brennan, Group Chief Executive Officer of leading Professional Services firm, Norman Broadbent Group Plc, has been selected as a winner and recipient of their 2019 European Business Award.

The CEO Today Magazine European Business Awards scheme recognises, identifies, and honours respected companies and their C-level executives operating within Europe today. Each year, Researchers at CEO Today determine the eligibility of award contenders based on achievements such as growth in revenues, turnaround and transformation success, innovation, the development of new products/services, and the successful introduction of a new business model or strategy.

Other recipients this year included CEOs from companies such as Total SA, AXA, Deutsche Telekom AG, Shell, Ericsson, UBS, Roche, Glencore, and Centrica.

Mike Brennan, CEO of Norman Broadbent, said:

“The award is a huge recognition for our team who have shown considerable commitment during the successful transformation of the Norman Broadbent Group. It is an honour to lead this hard-working, inspirational group of people. They have shown themselves to be innovative, resilient and highly professional. This award is not just for me, it is for all of us.” 

About Norman Broadbent Group Plc:

Norman Broadbent Group plc is a leading Professional Services firm focusing on Talent Acquisition & Advisory Services. Since its formation nearly 40 years ago and now Stock Exchange listed, the Norman Broadbent Group has developed a portfolio of complementary professional services. These centre on Board & Leadership/Executive Search, Senior Interim Management, Research & Insight, Leadership Consulting & Assessment, and executive level Talent Solutions.

In its most recent trading update for the year ended 31 December 2018, Norman Broadbent Group posted record revenues showing top-line growth of +42%.

For further information please contact:

Mike Brennan

Chief Executive Officer

Norman Broadbent Group plc


T: 020 7484 0000




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Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusivity

Dear Mike,

I am writing to thank you for your continued support and commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion as signatories to the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Executive Search Firms (the Code).

BEIS has kept a register of all those signed up to the Code and is actively monitoring each Firm’s progress on demonstrating their commitment to signalling diversity and inclusion issues on their website in compliance with section 10 of the Code.

Our monitoring has shown that Norman Broadbent is excelling at this endeavour. We believe that it is important to demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, and thus it is vital to actively show action and progress. Your website and related marketing literature stand as testament to your agreement with this sentiment.

BEIS would like to congratulate your Firm and thank you for your work in signalling and signposting your progress and the achievements you have made in furthering diversity and inclusion in the recruitment of senior leaders at Board, Executive and Direct Report level.

Kind regards,



Jack Queenan
The Hampton-Alexander and Sir John Parker
Tel: 020 7215 5840
1 Victoria Street, Floor 1, Victoria 2 |

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