Originally from Nottingham, Steve Bennett studied Chemistry at UMIST before joining Johnson Matthey where he spent 13 years in various Technical, Operations and Commercial management positions. After 2 years marketing oils and lubricants to the automotive and general industrial markets, he joined a US-owned private coatings company to spearhead their development of the Italian market and the growth of their UK and European sales.
Fluent in Italian, he lived in Italy for 2 years, successfully operating as Managing Director of a manufacturing business and has a proven record of business development within diverse industrial markets for both large international and privately-owned SMEâ€™s.
Following a conscious career move into executive search and after gaining experience with a leading Cheshire search firm, Steve formed TransitionPlus Ltd (TPL) to offer senior and board level recruitment and associated services with exemplary levels of service throughout the recruitment process to ensure success for clients and candidates.
Working with Macclesfield based Wickland Westcott (www.wickland-westcott.co.uk) since 2004; Steve operates with the fundamental belief that the recruitment process is more than the simple transition of an individual from an existing position into a new role in a different company. For the process to be successful, considerable attention and investment is needed both before and after the actual recruitment, to ensure that â€œfitâ€ and company culture is clearly understood and to offer the successful applicant the greatest possible chance of growing and developing into the new role.
Previously North West vice chair of the IoD and Chair of a number of regional membership organisations, Steve is a Fellow of the CIM and has considerable experience of working with science-based businesses in both the Private and Public sector. He understands the commercial and financial constraints of delivering exceptional performance from the current marketplace and has handled executive search assignments for both business leadership and a variety of senior functional positions.
Steve is married with two “adult kids” and has lived in Cheshire since 1988. He is actively involved in the community through both Round Table / 41 Club and various sporting organisations and is a Nottingham Forest season ticket holder.
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