When looking for synergies between a chief executive and a chairman, the last thing an ambitious business needs is a ‘yes’ man or woman as chair. In the case of landscape business TCL, having two heads making decisions was always going to be better than one.
TCL is an estate management and landscape business, offering a range of outdoor services and consultancy to house builders, managing agents, local authorities, schools and heritage estates – across the UK.
Headquartered in Northampton, the business received a £10million investment from BGF in return for a minority stake.
After the investment, chief executive Simon Cashmore and BGF began looking for a non-executive chairman to help support TCL’s growth. They agreed TCL needed someone who was not afraid to make, the sometimes, tough strategic decisions needed to build a strong and profitable business.
Stuart Black’s ability to make insightful suggestions and push Simon Cashmore to achieve more ambitious business goals made the business veteran an ideal adviser.
Here, in The Telegraph’s Two’s Company series, Stuart and Simon discuss how they work together as chief executive and chairman, and the challenges they have overcome on the road to success: