Livingston James retained by The Denholm Group to appoint Chief Financial Officer

*Please note this opportunity is now closed to further applications. Should you be interested in similar roles and wish to have an exploratory discussion, please contact Mark Lewis at [email protected]


Founded in 1866, The Denholm Group is a fifth-generation family business. To ensure the continued strength of the Group, each generation has carefully considered the longer-term view of the future.  That is why today, The Denholm Group has purposefully evolved into four divisions: Shipping, Logistics, Seafoods and Industrial Services. Through this structure, The Denholm Group is able to manage its risk by having a number of different businesses influenced by various differing factors.  Each division originates from shipping or maritime-related services and has developed and expanded its products and services to meet the ever-evolving market influences and customer requirements. This approach benefits all stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, partners, suppliers and the local communities in which we work.

Today, The Denholm Group has c.£500m of turnover per year and employs over 1,650 people (excluding Anglo Eastern employees and crew).

The Denholm Group has been through a period of generational change with the appointment of Ben MacLehose as CEO and Simon Preston as CFO in January 2021. Following the recent internal promotion of Simon Preston to COO, the business is now looking for an experienced and capable CFO to step into the role. Reporting to the CEO, this individual will sit alongside Ben and Simon as Executives on the Board, alongside six Non-Executive Directors.

The focus for The Denholm Group going forward will be on growth – both organic and inorganic, possibly adding more divisions in time. As such, the business requires a CFO capable of performing the role as it stands today but also growing into the future role requirement as the business scales in size and complexity.

This role requires a seasoned CFO who has a proven track record of success in similar roles and a firm understanding of the dynamics of working for a global group business. Candidates must be able to demonstrate experience of working in multi-faceted and complex organisations, requiring both high level strategic advice and hands-on delivery of projects in equal measure.

Having strong strategic dexterity and commercial thinking will be crucial, as will building the trust of key stakeholders both within and outside the business. An engaging individual, capable of inspiring direct reports and engendering confidence from the Board and wider stakeholder community is required.

A highly attractive financial package is available to the successful individual and will be commensurate with the background and experience required for the role. This includes a market leading basic salary, in conjunction with a highly incentivising executive bonus scheme with additional LTIP.

To have a confidential discussion about this opportunity and review the full position profile, please contact Mark Lewis at Livingston James on [email protected].

Position Profile – Denholm Group – CFO

The Denholm Group is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity.

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