Interim Recruitment

Are you looking for an interim senior manager or board-level person? Then look no further! Norrie Johnston Recruitment is a leading interim management agency.

Headed by Norrie Johnston, whose earlier career involved working with companies as wide ranging as Babcock, Thames Water and Ricardo International Plc, Norrie has also personally delivered numerous major interim director projects for clients such as IMI, Westinghouse, IBM, Tunstall, London Electricity and

As a Recruitment Director, Norrie has successfully filled hundreds of senior interim briefs, working with organisations large and small, both in the UK and overseas.

“Norrie is one of the most experienced managers in the interim management industry, having been involved in its growth and influencing its direction from its very beginnings in the UK. His knowledge of the interim industry is deep seated and extensive.” Richard Donkin, Author and Journalist, writing in the Financial Times.

Our interim management team team is headed by experienced senior business people – executive recruiters who have had a corporate career. Norrie is supported by Rex Cridland, who has successfully recruited numerous senior interim manager’s and executives for a large number of blue-chips including companies such as Virgin Atlantic, American Express, GSK, Nestle, Legal & General and many SME businesses during his 25-year career in recruitment.  Rex works alongside Phil Hagen, formerly an interim sales director specialising in senior sales roles and Graham Oates who was a senior partner at KPMG for 14 years and has successfully recruited interim executives for Veon, CIEL, Legerity, Envigo and British Transport Police Authority to name a few.

No matter how specialist the role, or urgent the need, our team will be able to help – and fast!

  • Any senior role, any sector, anywhere in the world
  • We have multiple candidate acquisition channels to ensure rapid success
  • 99% success rate with sole agency briefs
  • Candidate shortlist in 2-4 days
  • No candidates put forward that haven’t been interviewed

To get started, all we need is a draft project brief including key tasks/deliverables, timescales and an outline of the ideal candidate profile. It is vital that we understand the business issues, what needs fixing and the key tasks.

Urgent interim requirement? Need to speak to someone to discuss your brief?

Please contact Norrie Johnston on +44(0)7802 261532 or email:

IR35 changes for the private sector have been postponed until April 2021. However, IR35 is not a concern as all of our contracts, both client side and candidate side are REC model form contracts which are designed specifically for use outside of IR35.

Useful links:

IR35 – REC Guide for Employers

IR35 – REC Guide for Contractors

If you’re new to interim management, then the following resources will help you:

Why Interim Management is So Popular How to Ensure Your Interim Director Delivers Interim Manager vs Permanent Employee: How the Costs Compare How to Choose an Interim Agency – 12 Top Tips

"I have been associated with Norrie and the NJR team over an extended number of years, companies and geographies. Whether you need a specialist functional executive or a managing director for a short term turnaround, I would recommend you give NJR a call. Norrie and his team have consistently delivered great people and been responsive to my geographic, technical and project specific needs. Good and straightforward people to do business with."

Mark Selway, Former Chief Executive IMI Plc
Read Our Case Study

"It has been a pleasure to work with Norrie Johnston and his team. As ever they have demonstrated great professionalism in all aspects of client search, recruitment and placement. The individual service to clients and candidates, alike, is a hall mark of their desire and success in engendering confidence, adding value and saving time to what can be a long drawn out process of finding suitable candidates and assisting with career transitioning."

Terry Scuoler CBE, Former Chief Executive EEF

"Norrie’s firm always provides top quality candidates, often at short notice, in a very professional and client- focused manner. He is a pleasure to work with."

Chris Rickard, Group Finance Director The Weir Group

"NJR have been outstanding. They truly went the extra mile to assemble a shortlist at short notice, working weekends to interview candidates speedily and arrange meetings on a Sunday. The resultant shortlist was of exceptional quality, any one of the five would have been appointable into the role. I would use NJR again without hesitation."

Stuart Brocklehurst, Chief Executive Applegate Marketplace Ltd

"I just wanted to say thank you for your input, support and advice during our first Interim appointment.

The advice pre-Christmas was excellent, your first candidate was spot-on and of course we are excited now at having our Interim join our team.

You’ve helped to make this process very straight-forward and uncomplicated and I will have no hesitation in recommending your services to others in the future.

Thanks again."

Mark Wynn, Managing Director Avonline Plc

"Insurethebox is a market leader which needs to react with speed and agility to maintain its market position. To support this Insurethebox requires our business partners to be able to respond promptly with expertise, skill and well-rounded solutions. Rex at NJR has consistently met the brief set, and has delivered."

Andy Haynes, COO Insurethebox
Read Our Insurethebox Case Study

"I have used Norrie's firm on several occasions to find talented experienced senior interim managers to assist with serious business challenges at short notice. Each time I have been very impressed by the calibre of people offered, the speed with which they were available and the excellent results they delivered."

Stuart Rolland, Managing Director, Smart Metering British Gas

"Norrie is one of the most experienced managers in the interim management industry, having been involved in its growth and influencing its direction from its very beginnings in the UK. His knowledge of the interim industry is deep seated and extensive. "

Richard Donkin, Author and Journalist Financial Times (and other publications)

Interim Recruitment Team

Norrie Johnston

Norrie Johnston


One of the UK’s leading recruitment authorities and an industrial specialist, Norrie has found senior interim executives for an array of international businesses. Norrie knows what it is like to be both client side and an interim. Before setting up his first recruitment agency in 2000 he worked as an interim sales and marketing director for global engineering, technology and industrial businesses, such as:

Rex Cridland

Rex Cridland

Managing Director

Rex has successfully recruited senior interim executives for blue chip companies around the world. With over 25 years’ recruitment experience, Rex has worked at the highest level with global recruitment consultancies, major online recruitment firms, exciting start-ups and global search and selection specialists, finding interim talent for the likes of:

Phil Hagen

Phil Hagen


Phil knows what clients looking to hire interim directors and executives really need. Before his career in recruitment, Phil worked for many years as a senior and director-level executive working in international businesses within the telecoms, IT and ICT sectors, including:


, John Lewis


, Shiseido






, Veon


, Microsoft


, G4S


, Blevins


, Toyota


, Legal & General


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