Icebreaker are an Award Winning Operating Partner to Enable Leaders to Achieve: Seemingly Impossible Results; Transform Capability and Create Enduring Profits

Tom is an executive with enormous drive & energy and is enthusiastic to get the right result. Hard working and job focussed, Tom is an excellent asset. Tony Murphy Partner London Harrisons
Tom increased divisional profit at Huntleigh Healthcare by 10% in 6 1/2 months” “Tom very quickly understood the culture. He identified the critical areas of the PE acquisition. The majority of this plan did not change”. Ian Jones Managing Director Huntleigh Healthcare
Tom combines a quiet low key persona with a most tenacious commercially driven process. In hrs he picks up all the key elements of a business issue and feeds back and detailed action plan that with his personality breeds real confidence in his ability to transform a challenging business situation. Great guy and fun to trust and work with in any high level management. John Webster VC & Portfolio Chairman
I would recommend Tom to any business needing a rapid and intelligent diagnosis of its strategic position and immediate energy and clarity to help management implement turnaround solutions. He brings clarity and focus and they encourage direct and concise communication within the management team. He provides vital pressure for progress along with quality input and the valuable opportunity to sound ideas out. He was instrumental in the introduction of clear and relevant KPIs together with a crisp weekly format for reviewing which means that the function of our Senior Management Team has improved substantially”. Paul Cunningham MD Aspace
” Tom is an entrepreneurial executive who has an excellent track record in delivering creative solutions. He has led the development of a unique team approach to interim that provides outstanding return on investment. I warmly recommend Tom to all. Sean Clancy Baxters Food CPO
. Tom came into the Safran Aerospace at a critical time when significant change, support and direction were needed. Tom meticulously guided the team, working within his revised management structure that started to quickly deliver results, which took the whole team by surprise. Tom achieved a more capable, competent and confident team Paul Gardner, Executive Safran Aerospace Group
Winner Management Today / CBI award; “Trend Controls as Pickering says has its cake and is eating it.” Dr. Szwejczewski Cranfield University
“In 4 days of due diligence with the icebreaker team at Birkbys Plastics we gained credibility with the vehicle manufacturers armed with the root cause, sound analysis and a recovery plan “UK VC MD
. Tom is an energetic and engaging executive with a cooperative and can do approach. He was able to provide leadership to the team and I always found him to be challenging yet professional. Tom leads with huge drive and energy. He is able to provide a unique perspective across the whole gamut of professional services and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. If there is ever a situation that requires energy, insight and action, then Tom is the man. I would recommend Tom without hesitation. Karl Zierold Director Trend Control Systems
” Tom led the Safran Aerospace customer facing team to improve customer satisfaction from 55 – 76%, and program delivery from an unknown to 85%. “it’s been great working with you. You’ve certainly brought a new dynamic” “Tom quickly got to grips with the real issues facing the engineering team and the wider issues facing its interaction with the rest of the business. He worked with energy and enthusiasm to restructure the team and give them direction, motivation and create the platform for the team to deliver.” Safran Sales Director
“I think the “icebreaker program” has considerable application to Turnaround scenario’s having now experienced the course first hand.” Tyrone Courtman (UK President TMA)
“In an incredibly short period the icebreaker program imparted, not just mechanistic knowledge, but deep understanding these tools will make me a significantly more effective leader who is extracting the highest possible performances from my team.” Alistair Greenfield former ARM Holdings Marketing Director

Sector Experience:

We operate in environments where delivering financial results and creating cash is an imperative. Results are achieved within time frames that new customers often think are impossible. This is the capability we have developed. This is what we provide for our clients.

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We have refined insight and refined intuitive capabilities that have been cut from the most challenging and varied scenarios:

  • • diversity of our sector and scenario experience
  • • refined intuition enabling us to anticipate the challenge around the corner by distilling discontinuities and reading signals
  • • breadth of experience enables us to know what action to take
  • • how to adjust action to the challenge and recognise the scenario
  • • courage to change and abandon the past if required
  • • leadership to handle uncertain, complex, and volatile markets
  • • skills to create highly motivated engineering teams
  • • breadth of functional skill to transform profits
  • • growth mindset to transform thinking
  • • ability to influence and lead complex global matrix structures
  • • business model to breed ideas, innovate and stay ahead

We bring together these refreshing capabilities to create a seamless solution with fun and energy: to realise Business Transformation:

  • Identifying the Core business,
  • Business planning,
  • Simple Financial Management,
  • Operational Excellence,
  • Commercial, Sales and Marketing Excellence,
  • Interim management
  • Recovery and leadership in insolvency scenarios
  • Cash Management and creation,
  • Crisis Management, turnaround, growth, realignment and start up
  • Leadership Development,
  • Executive Coaching,
  • People Development and Change Management Strategy,
  • Strategy Implementation,
  • Business transformation

We know how to Transform capability “on the job” and craft the detailed route to get from a-b

We are enterprise leaders: we uniquely put the companies interests before our own. You can count on us.

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Professionals flexibly on hand create “the perfect CV”

We open up Endless Profit Possibilities: a vital addition to your team; available as you require. As Intrepreneurs we are leaders willing to take risks and exercise initiative, to take advantage of market opportunities by planning, organizing, and employing resources, by innovating new or improving existing products and associated services. No two pieces of work we complete for our customers will ever look the same as we continually evolve the change management model we deploy.

Seemingly Impossible Results: are not by chance

Each one of the icebreaker team has our own purpose. We listen to our customers and integrate their requests to improve what we do on a regular basis. We have spent 8 years pioneering and honing our approach to transforming and hone business capability.

We are 100% comfortable in the toughest most distressed environments

Our unique approach delivers something different

  • As entrepreneurs we are leaders willing to take risk and exercise initiative. We provide you with the courage to take advantage of market opportunities by planning, organizing, employing resources, innovating, improving existing products and associated services.

  • We deliberately allocate resources to exploit opportunities in order to maximize the financial return.

  • The leading edge approach Tom pioneered with John Webster (CEO of CEOGB) delivers enduring value during implementation and transforms leadership and business capability.

  • We bring a specific resourceful mindset resulting in entrepreneurial initiatives, e.g. in the form of realising results faster, at less cost to create agile well engaged high performing businesses capable of maintaining higher margins and businesses that are ultimately worth a lot more money.

  • Tom Pickering is CEO: not afraid of making tough calls; who works with the business and the owners interests in mind.

  • At any point in time we have access and can draw on the proven icebreaker executive network to extend our capability and capacity

  • Our specialist expertise in the engineering and technology sector, is applied with energy, people and management development expertise to re-energise, increase customer value and margins, resolve succession issues and achieve operations excellence

  • Icebreakerexeutive is an EIS approved investment vehicle authorised to issue EIS certificates for appropriate work

    Tom as CEO willing to take responsibility for risk and to deal with uncertainty and has the network to fund businesses, and take equity positions too.

 

What Else? We are also passionate about generating cash, and what we do and that comes free of charge!

 

 

Whats important to us? It’s all about people, the people we provide bring passion, a love for your people and a focus to develop your people.

 

Winner Management Today / CBI Awards

“Trend Controls as Pickering says has its cake and is eating it.” Dr. Szwejczewski Cranfield University

 

Lucas Automotive 8 years of leading and pioneering change in the most demanding Automotive environments

Launched Kodak digital into EMEA and set up the Lexar EMEA supply chain to serve the EMEA Retail supply base

Delivered 6 major programs with Arjo Huntleigh since 2006

Birkby Plastics Provided the expert support for the VC to complete the due diligence into the financial performance and implement the corrective actions

Safran SA. Transformed the engineering team capability to enable them to launch completely new products and create an though leading engineering academy

UK Multi Retail Turnaround profit and performance to establish the scalable business platform in 2012

Where does our credibility come from? We are operators. Its vital in our view that we know what good looks like, run the operations we change and create so if its wrong it comes back in our face like a boomerang. Its called responsibility and accountability and we love both. We have led the companies to achieve award winning levels of performance and Global awards for our pioneering approach to address the most challenging scenarios

Testimonials:

“I think the “icebreaker program” has considerable application to Turnaround scenario’s having now experienced the course first hand.”

Tyrone Courtman (UK President TMA)

“In an incredibly short period the icebreaker program imparted, not just mechanistic knowledge, but deep understanding these tools will make me a significantly more effective leader who is extracting the highest possible performances from my team.”

Alistair Greenfield former ARM Holdings Marketing Director

Check out what our customer are saying about us!

Tony Murphy Partner London Harrisons

Tom is an executive with enormous drive & energy and is enthusiastic to get the right result. Hard working and job focused, Tom is an excellent asset

Tom increased divisional profit at Huntleigh Healthcare by 10% in 6 1/2 months” “Tom very quickly understood the culture. He identified the critical areas of the PE acquisition. The majority of this plan did not change”
Ian Jones Managing Director Huntleigh Healthcare , Huntleigh Healhcare
I would recommend Tom to any business needing a rapid and intelligent diagnosis of its strategic position and immediate energy and clarity to help management implement turnaround solutions. He brings clarity and focus and they encourage direct and concise communication within the management team. He provides vital pressure for progress along with quality input and the valuable opportunity to sound ideas out. He was instrumental in the introduction of clear and relevant KPIs together with a crisp weekly format for reviewing which means that the function of our Senior Management Team has improved substantially”.
Paul Cunningham MD Aspace, Aspace
Let me say something. Tom combines a quiet low key persona with a most tenacious commercially driven process. In hrs he picks up all the key elements of a business issue and feeds back and detailed action plan that with his personality breeds real confidence in his ability to transform a challenging business situation. Great guy and fun to trust and work with in any high level management
John Webster VC & Portfolio Chairman, Avada Theme
Thank you for your very professional and prompt response. I went to look for answers to my own questions and quickly realized that Tom came into the Safran Aerospace at a critical time when significant change, support and direction were needed. Tom meticulously guided the team, working within his revised management structure that started to quickly deliver results, which took the whole team by surprise. Tom achieved a more capable, competent and confident team
Paul Gardner Engineering Manager, Safran Aerospace
Tom is an energetic and engaging executive with a cooperative and can do approach. He was able to provide leadership to the team and I always found him to be challenging yet professional. Tom leads with huge drive and energy. He is able to provide a unique perspective across the whole gamut of professional services and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. If there is ever a situation that requires energy, insight and action, then Tom is the man. I would recommend Tom without hesitation
Karl Zierold MD Trend Controls, Trend Controls