April 30, 2019 – London-based executive search firm Wilton & Bain has expanded with the addition of Tim Baker as a partner and leader of the firm’s global people and culture practice.
“As we continue to grow our business globally the people and culture practice plays an important part in our success,” said Lisa Peacock-Edwards, managing partner. “With Tim joining we can be a true partner and advisor to existing and future CHROs as they look to drive change and growth within their businesses. Tim’s track record is exciting as it continues to build on our vision of thought leadership, market insights and advisory practices in Europe and the Americas.”
Mr. Baker most recently served as a consultant in the HR practice at Odgers Berndtson. He worked with companies across the FTSE 250 and Fortune 500 as well as private-equity backed businesses across the U.K. Partnering with these organizations, he led searches for HR directors, heads of talent, organizational development and recruitment, HRIS and HR shared services. Before that, he was with Frazer Jones, where he held the position of manager, commerce and industry division. Earlier in his career, he was an HR recruitment consultant with Wade Macdonald.
“I am delighted to be joining Wilton & Bain at an exciting point in the growth of the business,” said Mr. Baker. “With a track record of working in partnership with organizations that are going through growth, change and transformation, Wilton & Bain have brought insight and experience to some of the world’s most prominent businesses. In addition to technology, data and digital transformation, organizations also recognize that having the right people and culture drives commercial results and competitive advantage.”
“Greater scrutiny is being placed on organizations in areas such as executive compensation and the gender pay gap and having the right chief people officer is critical in navigating these important issues,” he said. “Wilton & Bain have a network of seasoned leaders but also focus on emerging talent, an area I am passionate about as it is future-focused and helps organizations drive better diversity.”
“I am delighted that Tim has decided to join Wilton & Bain,” said David Heron, CEO of the Wilton & Bain Group. “We first met over five years ago and have watched his career with interest. We have taken our time to find the right person to lead our people and culture practice and Tim brings all the qualities we look for in our partners.”
“First and foremost, he is a great guy, with great values,” he said. “Secondly, his reputation and track record speak for themselves. Working alongside Chloe Watts in our interim business, we are excited about what he can build on our platform.”
Founded in 2001 by Jeremy Mobbs and Ben Latreuille, Wilton & Bain provides executive search, interim management/consulting and technology resourcing services to the technology, professional services and converging digital markets. With offices in London, San Francisco, New York and Frankfurt, the firm has an expertise in technology to focus on digital transformation for clients across TMT, retail, consumer, financial services, insurance and utilities.
Wilton & Bain recently joined leading companies from a range of sectors and industries in signing the Inclusive Culture Pledge, an initiative managed by the EW Group, a diversity consultancy. Throughout 2019, the search firm will receive specialist support in the following areas: gender pay gap, inclusive leadership, inclusive recruitment, cultural intelligence, measuring success and accessible communications.
“Joining the Cultural Pledge is a public commitment that we take diversity and inclusion seriously and that we understand the need to provide our employees with a safe, fair and supportive place to work,” said Clare Elliott, group head of marketing and business operations at Wilton & Bain, who is leading the initiatives. “We’re looking forward to the events provided as part of the pledge, which will build our internal capacity and ensure we work at the cutting edge of diversity and inclusion. This is an initiative that we believe will benefit our staff, customers and stakeholders.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media