Meet the MD: Konrad Rutkowski of Evolution

Meet the MD: Konrad Rutkowski of Evolution

Konrad Rutkowski is the corporate finance director of Evolution Business and Tax Advisers, he talked to BQ about his career so far, the challenges he has faced, and his plans for the future.

Describe your role in no more than 100 words

I advise directors and shareholders on corporate transactions and deal with company disposals, acquisitions and fundraisings.   My role is to project manage the assignment from start to finish, sourcing opportunities, negotiating terms and delivering a successful outcome for my clients.


What is it the company does?

Evolution is the entrepreneur’s first choice for expert advice and game-changing business dexterity. We are a fresh and dynamic hybrid financial consultancy anchored in the delivery of flawless financial compliance, smart business acumen and an optimistic, entrepreneurial spirit that creates the desired rocket fuel for success for everyone who walks through our doors. We go out of our way to attract a killer team of brilliant entrepreneurial individuals each with a broad commercial perspective who make it their business to understand their client’s business inside out and to deliver intelligent solutions that are designed to deliver success.


Give us a brief timeline of your career so far – where did you start, how did you move on?

I qualified as an accountant in 2002 and started my corporate finance career in 2004 working within the West Midlands Corporate Finance Team for PKF.  I completed several acquisitions for a FTSE 250 listed client during my time there, including cross border transactions.  In 2007, I was approached by a corporate finance boutique in Birmingham and worked on numerous mid-market transactions (disposals and acquisitions) to a value of £25 million before launching Aspire Corporate Finance in 2011, based in Coventry. 

Aspire focussed mainly on disposals and private equity fundraising transactions to a value of £35 million and I accepted the role of Finance Director for one of my retained clients in 2014, after successfully raising growth capital for the Company.

Following a family relocation to the North East, I accepted the role at Evolution and started in December 2015, seeking to help businesses in the area with all of their corporate finance needs.


What do you believe makes a great leader?

The ability to motivate and lead by example, being prepared to listen to differing opinions, the courage to stand by your decisions once made even if they are not universally liked and being able to adapt to your audience and understand their requirements.


What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?

Having relocated to the area, I need to build up my contact network and relationships with lawyers, banks and funders.


How do you alleviate the stress that comes with your job?

Spending time with the family, long walks at the weekend with the dog and a workout at the gym (occasionally).  It is actually quite easy, I cannot remain solely pre-occupied with work matters once I walk through the door at home and get jumped on by my two young daughters! 


When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Initially I wanted to be a fireman and then I actually wanted to be a priest for a while... where did it all go wrong.


Any pet hates in the workplace? What do you do about then?

If people work hard and towards the same goal then I am generally relaxed and understand that everyone has their own ways of doing things.


Where do you see the company in five years time?

The company currently operates from two office locations in Wynyard and Newcastle and a third location in Leeds, coverage of the whole North East and Yorkshire market is an achievable ambition.


What advice would you give to an aspiring business leader?

Mistakes will happen.  You only learn by making them and do not be afraid to try new ideas.