McLean Partnership

Case Studies | Interim – Programme Director


The McLean Partnership was retained by a membership funded client organisation in the Transport and Infrastructure sector with a primary duty to ensure that common themes around safety, strategy and technology innovation were shared and invested in by and to the broader membership.  In particular, the Innovation Directorate, which was responsible for driving industry response around research, development and the problem solving of themes common to the industry.

An interim Programme Director was required to review the commercial, management and governance foundations of the Innovation Directorate as well as to take control of the portfolio in order and design and implement processes and procedures capable of dealing with a range of issues that were being experienced.


The brief was to identify someone from an industrial background who could review the commercial arrangements, had real strength in reviewing financial procedures and understood the technical complexities of the law around the funding models.  We introduced a Commercial Programme Director, with an early career in the RAF as a mechanical engineer, but whom had gone on to study Law and then to a long career as a Contracts and Commercial Director across the aviation, defence and industrial sectors.   He was able to quickly determine that the Portfolio had a deficit of financial control and inexperienced management which was affecting the Portfolio’s ability to deliver against requirements in a compliant manner.


The management was restructured and the interim programme director took responsibility for the directorate in the short term, taking the finance team back to basics and rebuilding the financial reporting from the ground up, restructuring the department, recruiting new talent where necessary and skilling up the whole team around appropriate governance and controls.   Retained for 18 months, he recruited his replacement and left the business in a significantly improved position,, particularly with the stakeholders and members.

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