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Working Free is a young company that has developed its model over a number of years.  Its Founders, Directors and Delivery Partners have long term personal experience of independent working.  They also have specific professional experience in those technical sectors applicable to the MasterClasses that they present.

We have comprehensive Agreements with our Delivery Partners.  Part of this are measures to promote excellent Presentation and to ensure the quality of our Material and Content is of the highest order.  It has taken quite some time to create what could be a unique Learning Management System and our core IP is about nurturing and growing this impressive resource.

  • Charles Russam
    Charles Russam
    Managing Director

  • Peter Barnett
    Peter Barnett
    Chief Operating Officer

Working Free Ltd is a company registered in England and Wales. Registered number: 9347992. Registered Office: c/o Hillier Hopkins LLP, 45 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5JG

“Better Comes Next” is our collaborative and inclusive management mission.

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Charles Russam
Managing Director

Charles Russam is the Founder and Associate Director of www.Russam-GMS.co.uk  which he chaired from 1982 until 2014. Russam GMS is the longest established Interim Management Provider in the UK and has a complementary and growing Search Practice which includes a specialist Practice for NED Search and also the Not for Profit/ Charity Sector and also has an international capability through www.WILgroup.net.

Charles founded the Interim Management Association in 1987 – www.InterimManagement.uk.com .

He also set up www.DevonshireHouseNetwork.co.uk , the successor organisation to the Devonshire House Management Club.  DHN is a people-focused membership club for Director-level professionals in leadership roles who have an instinctive focus on the human side of enterprise. DHN Members have a serious interest in all aspects of people at work and how people can flourish within whatever and wherever the work environment and context may be. Please see www.DevonshireHouseNetwork.co.uk

“In a sense, this website is a bit of a personal odyssey in that, after the past thirty five years in the Interim Management business, I am still having weekly conversations with senior executives looking to do Interim Management – or something similar – and not knowing where to start – or where the start actually is. So – writing it all down for the benefit of all others planning or embarking on a later-life, independently working lifestyle  – and collaborating with anyone with anything useful to say – seemed a sensible thing to do!”


Peter Barnett
Chief Operating Officer

Peter worked his way up in the corporate world working for companies including Cornhill Insurance and GE Capital before moving into the private sector becoming the Business development Director of Frosts (Landscaping & Garden Centre Group). This was a very successful phase and provided the springboard to enable Peter to start his own consultancy in 2009.

Since then Peter has worked with over 60 businesses advising on Business Development and Strategy including launching new businesses and brands. He has gained valuable experiences that helps him to understand the challenges in moving from a senior role to becoming successful as an independent.


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