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We have extensive experience across sectors, geographies and roles

Our specialised teams advise clients across all their leadership needs, partnering closely across all stages of business growth and change to help optimal decision making.

  • Boards

    The most effective boards bring a diversity of thinking, experience and approach that creates a crucible for the most effective and robust decision making, inviting challenge and debate and eradicating group think. We advise boards on how to measure their effectiveness and help companies appoint and develop the optimal chair and non-executive directors.

    • Martina Ashley

      Partner

      Martina Ashley
      Martina Ashley
      +44 (0)20 7220 0277
      London

      Martina co-leads the Investment Management Practice and is a member of the Financial Services Practice. In addition, she is a member of the firm’s Alternatives and Board practices and co-leads the FinTech practice. She has a particular expertise in moving and building teams and defining the strategy and execution of building new routes to market. She has worked extensively on the firm’s Diversity initiatives. Prior to joining Blackwood, Martina worked at Goldman Sachs in the Equities Division, covering institutional accounts across Europe. She read Politics and Philosophy at Bristol University.

    • Harry Chetwood

      Partner

      Harry Chetwood
      Harry Chetwood
      +44 (0)20 7220 0289
      London

      Harry leads the Alternatives Practice and is a member of the Financial Services Practice. In addition, he heads the Retail Financial Services Practice and is a member of the firm’s Education and Board practices. He has a particular expertise in team lift-outs and acquisition reviews, and has advised and worked closely with start-up investment firms ahead of launch. He also serves as a Special Adviser within the educational world. Prior to joining Blackwood, Harry worked within search focusing on investment management and corporate finance. He started his career as an Assistant Fund Manager at Smith & Williamson Investment Management. He read Theology and Anthropology at Durham University.

    • Amanda Smithson

      Partner

      Amanda Smithson
      Amanda Smithson
      +44 (0)20 7220 0273
      London

      Amanda is the Managing Partner and a member of the Investment Banking, Private Equity, Board and Executive Assessment practices. She advises on leadership development, team effectiveness and senior appointments across investment banking, private equity and the boardroom. Prior to Blackwood, Amanda worked at Morgan Stanley; she spent ten years in Mergers & Acquisitions in London and New York before becoming COO of the Investment Banking Division EMEA. She is a certified professional executive coach, Meyler Campbell Mastered, AC and WABC accredited and qualified with the British Psychological Society in psychometrics, including Hogan, FIRO-B, NEO PI-R, Wave, G-LJI, LJI, Implicitly®, TKI and MBTI®. She read English and then Law at Cambridge University.

    • Alan Stewart

      Partner

      Alan Stewart
      Alan Stewart
      +44 (0)20 7220 0255
      London

      Alan leads the Financial Officers Practice and is a member of the Board Practice. He advises both listed and private equity backed clients on CEO, CFO and Chair appointments and succession planning. He has extensive experience in senior level finance function appointments in particular. Prior to joining Blackwood, Alan worked at Heidrick & Struggles in the CFO Practice. Alan began his career as a consultant in the Oil & Gas industry. He read Economics at Strathclyde University.

    • Chris Unwin

      Senior Consultant

      Chris Unwin
      Chris Unwin
      +44 (0)161 241 3305
      Manchester

      Chris heads Blackwood’s Manchester Office. He is also a member of the Financial Officers and Board practices. He is responsible for the firm’s activities in the North and Midlands, advising businesses on board level succession, management changes and leadership effectiveness. He read French and German at Oxford University.

  • Financial officers

    The CFO is one of the most often changed roles in companies experiencing high growth or transformation. We advise clients on how to assess how their finance function is guiding and facilitating their strategic ambitions. We build entire finance leadership teams equipped to act as the strategic advisers and partners to the board.

    • Nick Gribbon

      Senior Consultant

      Nick Gribbon
      Nick Gribbon
      +44 (0)20 7220 0252
      London

      Nick leads the Leisure and Travel Practice and is a member of the Consumer and Financial Officers practices. He has extensive experience across CPG, food and beverages, and the restaurant sector in particular. Prior to joining Blackwood, Nick worked at Russell Reynolds Associates with a focus on the consumer products sector across Europe. He began his search career at Heidrick & Struggles, initially based in London before transferring to the firm’s Mexico City office. He read Modern Languages at Bristol University.

    • Simon Norris

      Consultant

      Simon Norris
      Simon Norris
      +44 (0)20 7220 1808
      London

      Simon is a member of the Financial Officers Practice and advises clients on board and divisional appointments as well as specialty finance functions within funds and investment vehicles. Prior to joining Blackwood, Simon worked for a specialist financial recruitment company and began his career at PwC in Audit and Business Recovery. He read Accounting and Finance at Sheffield University.

    • Jennifer Goslett

      Associate

      Jennifer Goslett
      Jennifer Goslett
      +44 (0)20 7220 0264
      London

      Jennifer is a member of the Financial Officers Practice with expertise in CFO, divisional, regional and specialist finance function roles. Prior to joining Blackwood, she worked at Korn Ferry focusing on CFO appointments. She read Spanish and Italian at St Andrews University.

  • Technology officers

    Technology continues to challenge and change every part of a business. Technology leadership is vital to ensure your business, whatever its sector, is equipped for the future. Working with some of the most technologically advanced companies and continually seeking the disruptors in any industry, we have developed deep expertise in building technology functions including CTOs, CDOs, CISOs, CIOs and Data & Analytics.

    • Jonathan Lee

      Partner

      Jonathan Lee
      Jonathan Lee
      +44 (0)20 7220 1804
      London

      Jonathan leads the Technology, Media and Communications Practice and is a member of the Technology Officers Practice, and co-lead of the FinTech Practice. He has worked extensively across media, entertainment and technology enablement with a particular focus on the digital optimisation of businesses. Prior to joining Blackwood, Jonathan worked at The Zygos Partnership focusing on media and at Russell Reynolds Associates within the TMT team. He read Sports Science at Durham University.

    • Samuel Molina

      Associate

      Samuel Molina
      Samuel Molina
      +44 (0)20 7220 0254
      London

      Sam is a member of the Technology, Media and Communications Practice and of the Technology Officers Practice in which he has a particular expertise. He is also a member of the FinTech Practice. He advises clients on senior technology hires, including CIO, CTO, CISO, as well as Directors of Data, R&D, Business Intelligence, Architecture, and Enterprise Software. He read History at Cambridge University.