Management Due Diligence

Providing the insights needed for future growth

We partner with both investors and corporate clients to deliver management and leadership assessment and referencing. Scrupulous work in these areas supports organisations’ due diligence at strategic points in their plans such as investment, acquisition, leadership development and succession planning.

Our service can be adapted to match individual clients’ requirements. We have designed it to give the clearest possible picture of the full range of factors influencing decision making. These include individual and collective management skills, motivations and key drivers, corporate culture, personality and, naturally, the ability and calibre of key people compared to the wider market.

In private equity you rely heavily on the drive, ambition, and capability of your management teams; on establishing high-performing Boards; and on true alignment of vision and reward.  FWB has been supporting Souter Investments for over 15 years, assisting both the firm and our investee companies. The management diligence, confidential referencing, and team assessment services provided by Adam and his team have proven invaluable to both us as investors, and the Chairs and CEOs we work with.

John Berthinussen

Managing Director, Souter Investments

Our global reach

FWB has recruited candidates in over 50 countries across the world, providing a truly global service. Some of our key placements are highlighted below.


Director of Operations


Given our comprehensive experience and track record within both the drinks and wider consumer good markets, Beam Suntory engaged FWB to identify a new Director of Operations to run its fully integrated distilling, bottling and distribution operation in Ireland. This newly created role was to assume responsibility for the development of all Irish whiskey production and the growth of the business unit for the Group. The search attracted a wide range of candidates in the UK, Irish and North American markets, with the successful candidate relocating to take up the post.

Head of India Operations


Having worked with Sky to recruit a number of key appointments throughout the UK within Customer, Sales, Digital and Operations, FWB were approached to carry out a global search for the appointment of the Head of Operations in India. The search included local, international relocation and remote based candidates with outsourced customer operations experience and a successful and diverse hire was made who has since been promoted into a new role within Sky.

Chief Scientific Officer


With a strong track record in both Life Sciences as well as the Not for Profit Sector FWB was appointed to conduct a global search across Galvmeds key locations in Kenya, India and Scotland to recruit their next Chief Scientific Officer. A truly international search, including many of the top life sciences and animal health and vaccinology organisations, resulted in a diverse shortlist of candidates from 7 different countries and a successful appointment in Kenya being made.


Texas, USA

Working closely with energy technology private equity firm, Energy Ventures, FWB were tasked with appointing a CEO to lead their portfolio company, Morphpackers, through a significant phase of growth and subsequent exit. Operating in a niche technical area, this search was a highly specialised, targeted process whereby the focus was on identifying and attracting a small pool of relevant candidates from the competitor landscape across the US. Our search resulted in a successful appointment being made in Houston, Texas.