Annie McGraw joined Investigo Executive’s Change and Transformation team in May 2021. As well as building out the business’s interim practice, she’s run a half marathon, completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge and hosted an exclusive dinner for chief operating officers. The Associate Partner reflects on an eventful first six months with Investigo, and how a high-performing, entrepreneurial environment has allowed her to thrive.
Why did you join Investigo Executive?
I was at my former company for eight years. It felt like quite a big jump but I wanted a new challenge and to experience a different type of recruitment business. When I was specifically asked by Investigo to come on board to help build out Interim Exec, my mind was made up.
As a result of Investigo’s rich history, reputation and scale, we’ve got multiple resources at our fingertips and different solutions we can offer our clients, such as Caraffi and Definia. Given I focus on interim roles and the marketplace is ever-evolving, it’s important to be able to offer consultancy solutions to clients. It’s something they definitely need. It’s not a start-up business – it’s tried and tested, so we’ve got many case studies to talk about, which gives us instant credibility. For my network in that interim space, it’s important for them to know we have that consultancy offering.
What have you found?
I feel like my values are aligned with Investigo’s values. Sport and fitness have always been a big part of my life. Before I even joined, the company encouraged me to take part in the Investigo half marathon for St Mungo’s, so I felt a big sense of belonging before I even joined. I won the women’s race and the company sent champagne to my house! Only a few weeks into joining the Change and Transformation team, we did the Three Peaks Challenge in Yorkshire, walking a marathon over two days. The charity side and the fitness side are important, and I felt imbedded in the culture of the company straight off the bat.
Everything here, the standard of professionalism and commerciality, is super on-point. From the get-go, I’ve been constantly raising my standards to match others around me, including from other teams.
What’s your specific role within the team?
I was brought on board to build out the Interim Executive Practice. I specialise in COOs and change and transformation roles. Instantly when I joined, I was given the freedom to host a COO dinner at the Ivy. I was encouraged to keep building on my network and the free reign is empowering.
You can be your authentic self here and add value in certain ways. You get training sessions in areas you want to develop so you can be an all-rounder. It’s not just a job – you get out of it what you put in. Your all-round character is valued here, not just sales targets and numbers. The company don’t hire in their own image.