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  • Martina Ashley

    Role


    Partner

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0277

    Email


    amenquiries

    About Martina


    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

    Role


    Partner

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0289

    Email


    amenquiries

    About Harry


    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.
  • Joanne Clayton

    Role


    Partner

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0297

    Email


    peenquiries

    About Joanne


    Joanne leads the Private Equity Practice and is a member of the Financial Services Practice. She advises clients across the sector on their needs within the investment team, IR and operating functions, with a particular specialisation in senior team leaders across new investment strategies and first time funds. She has worked extensively on the firm’s Social Mobility initiatives. Prior to joining Blackwood, Joanne worked at Freshminds focusing on placing strategy consultants. She read Modern History at St Andrews University and spent a year studying History and Political Science in the US.
  • Annie Doherty

    Role


    Partner

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0263

    Email


    amenquiries

    About Annie


    Annie co-leads the Investment Management Practice and is a member of the Financial Services Practice. In addition, she is a member of the Real Estate and Alternatives practices. She specialises in advising clients across alternative credit and equity, real estate, traditional fixed income, equity and multi-asset on their senior leadership needs and strategies. Her diverse client work across asset classes has included senior investment leadership roles as well as CIOs and distribution professionals. Prior to joining Blackwood, Annie worked at Saxton Bampfylde Hever. She read Sociology and Law at Durham University.
  • Jonathan Lee

    Role


    Partner

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 1804

    Email


    tmtenquiries

    About Jonathan


    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.
  • Amanda Smithson

    Role


    Partner

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0273

    Email


    assessmentenquiries

    About Amanda


    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

    Role


    Partner

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0255

    Email


    fslenquiries

    About Alan


    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.
  • Jay Angel

    Role


    Administration and Internal HR Officer

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0270

    Email


    adminenquiries

    About Jay


    Jay is an Administration and Internal HR Officer, and a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. Prior to joining Blackwood, Jay volunteered as an Administrator at an employment and training charity. He holds a City & Guilds NVQ in Business and Administration.
  • Liz Arvanitaki

    Role


    Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0286

    Email


    hcenquiries

    About Liz


    Liz is a member of the Industrial and Services, and Healthcare practices specialising in B2B and healthcare services. Prior to joining Blackwood, Liz spent ten years in Equity Sales at Societe Generale. She read Modern Languages at Bristol University.
  • Georgia Caddick

    Role


    Team Assistant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0290

    Email


    adminenquiries

    About Georgia


    Georgia is an Administrator in the Corporate Practice and a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. She read Theatre Design and Technology at Nottingham Trent University.

  • Isabella Clark

    Role


    Associate

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 1815

    Email


    rfsenquiries

    About Isabella


    Isabella is a member of the Retail Financial Services and FinTech practices. Prior to joining Blackwood, Isabella worked at Hammond Partners focussing on equities and corporate broking appointments. She read History of Art at York University.
  • Olivia Clayton

    Role


    Office Coordinator

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0250

    Email


    adminenquiries

    About Olivia


    Olivia is the Office Coordinator and a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. Prior to joining Blackwood, Olivia worked front of house in the hotel industry and as a volunteer at an orphanage in South East Asia. She read Sport Studies at Southampton Solent University.
  • Katharine Davenport

    Role


    Researcher

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 1811

    Email


    peenquiries

    About Katharine


    Katharine works on assignments across all practices. Prior to joining Blackwood, Katharine worked as an analyst at a business intelligence and risk consulting firm. She read Geography at Oxford University and then Development Studies at LSE.
  • Eleanor Davies

    Role


    Senior Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0258

    Email


    hcenquiries

    About Eleanor


    Eleanor leads the Healthcare Practice and is a member of the Industrial and Services Practice. She has extensive experience in the B2B services and multisite consumer health areas in particular, advising clients on adapting to the changing landscapes of customer need. Prior to joining Blackwood, Eleanor worked in research and editorial at an independent publishing house. She read Theology at Cambridge University.
  • Amanda Eklund

    Role


    Team Assistant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0283

    Email


    adminenquiries

    About Amanda


    Amanda is an Administrator in the Corporate Practice and a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. She read Law at Lund University.

  • Violet Farkas

    Role


    Associate

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 1800

    Email


    peenquiries

    About Violet


    Violet is a member of the Private Equity Practice with a particular focus on junior and mid-level appointments, development and retention. Prior to joining Blackwood, Violet read Chemistry at Oxford University.
  • Ellen Flanagan

    Role


    Team Assistant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 1814

    Email


    adminenquiries

    About Ellen


    Ellen is an Administrator in the Financial Services Practice and a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. She read Business Management at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.

  • Jennifer Goslett

    Role


    Associate

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0264

    Email


    fslenquiries

    About Jennifer


    Jennifer is a member of the Financial Officers Practice with expertise in divisional and regional finance directors as well as 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.
  • Grace Goss-Custard

    Role


    Researcher

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0256

    Email


    peenquiries

    About Grace


    Grace works on assignments across all practice areas. Prior to joining Blackwood, Grace worked at a specialist recruitment firm with a focus in the life sciences sector. She read Economics at the University of Birmingham.
  • Nick Gribbon

    Role


    Senior Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0252

    Email


    crlenquiries

    About Nick


    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.
  • Charlee Hawkins

    Role


    Researcher

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0257

    Email


    crlenquiries

    About Charlee


    Charlee works on assignments across all practices. Prior to joining Blackwood, Charlee worked at Walker Hamill focussing on finance appointments. She read Geography at Sussex University.
  • Joel Holford

    Role


    Associate

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0262

    Email


    amenquiries

    About Joel


    Joel is a member of the Financial Services Practice with a focus on investment management, including advising long-only funds, hedge funds, family offices and pension funds. Prior to joining Blackwood, he worked at a specialised executive search firm focussing on placing individuals into C-level strategy and business development roles within Europe. He read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Durham University.
  • Hope Hughes

    Role


    Researcher

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 1809

    Email


    crlenquiries

    About Hope


    Hope works on assignments across all practices. She read History and Politics at Exeter University.
  • Emily Kay

    Role


    Senior Team Assistant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0298

    Email


    adminenquiries

    About Emily


    Emily is a Senior Administrator in the Financial Services Practice and a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. She read Psychology at the University of Northumbria.
  • Anna Lewis

    Role


    Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0279

    Email


    crlenquiries

    About Anna


    Anna is a member of the Consumer Practice with a particular focus on the leisure, health, wellness and beauty sectors. She read Geography at St Andrews University.
  • Shaneen Makhani

    Role


    Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0251

    Email


    peenquiries

    About Shaneen


    Shaneen is a member of the Private Equity Practices with a particular focus on leading mid-level appointments. She is also a member of the Financial Services Practice advising clients and candidates on the cross over between all forms of investment. Prior to joining Blackwood, Shaneen worked for a disaster relief charity, focusing on fundraising. She read Politics and International Relations at Warwick University, and then spent a year studying Economic Globalisation and Development at SOAS, University of London.
  • Richard Marshall

    Role


    Senior Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0260

    Email


    bsenquiries

    About Richard


    Richard leads the Business Services Practice and is a member of the Industrial and Services, and Education practices. He has particular expertise in advising clients in education, professional services, BPO and specialty distribution. Prior to joining Blackwood, Richard worked at a specialist recruitment company focusing on placing strategy consultants into FTSE 100 corporate strategy functions. He read Geography with International Relations at Plymouth University.
  • Annabelle Massy-Collier

    Role


    Researcher

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0292

    Email


    bsenquiries

    About Annabelle


    Annabelle works on assignments across all practice areas. She read Classics at Bristol University.

  • Sebastian Miles

    Role


    Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0291

    Email


    amenquiries

    About Sebastian


    Sebastian is a member of the Alternatives Practice and the Financial Services Practice. Prior to joining Blackwood, Sebastian worked at a boutique recruitment firm with a focus on distressed and special situations investment strategies. He began his career in clinical and forensic science, and additionally spent time working in investor relations for biotechnology companies. He read Biochemistry at Bristol University.
  • Samuel Molina

    Role


    Associate

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0254

    Email


    indenquiries

    About Samuel


    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.
  • Imogen Moon

    Role


    Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 1801

    Email


    reenquiries

    About Imogen


    Imogen leads the Real Estate Practice and is a member of the Financial Services Practice. She advises clients across the real estate asset class with a focus on building investment teams. Prior to joining Blackwood, Imogen worked for a private equity fund in Oxford. She read English at Oxford University.
  • Katy Munro

    Role


    Researcher

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0269

    Email


    amenquiries

    About Katy


    Katy works on assignments across all practice areas. She read English Language and Literature at Oxford University.
  • Mutsa Mutiti

    Role


    Financial Controller

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0270

    Email


    adminenquiries

    About Mutsa


    Mutsa is the firm’s Financial Controller and a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. Prior to joining Blackwood, Mutsa worked in finance and capital projects at South Bank University and at Space Craft Architects. She is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and read Business Administration and Accounting at Solusi University.
  • Simon Norris

    Role


    Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 1808

    Email


    fslenquiries

    About Simon


    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.
  • Charlie Parker

    Role


    Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0299

    Email


    crlenquiries

    About Charlie


    Charlie leads the Digital Practice and is a member of the Consumer Practice and the Technology, Media and Communications Practice. She has particular expertise at all levels within the retail sector, including senior board appointments, marketing, buying and merchandising and multi-channel. She also specialises in advising retail and consumer facing clients on e.commerce and Digital strategies and growth. Prior to joining Blackwood, Charlie worked at JCA Group focusing on board level appointments. She read Ancient History at Bristol University.
  • John Pearson

    Role


    Programmer

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0259

    Email


    adminenquiries

    About John


    John works in the IT team and is a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. Prior to joining Blackwood, John worked at IPS Totalstaffing and AON Risk Services.
  • Lucia Ruck Keene

    Role


    Associate

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 1817

    Email


    fslenquiries

    About Lucia


    Lucia is a member of the Financial Services Practice with a focus on Investment Management. Prior to joining Blackwood she worked as a consultant at Kinnevik providing risk advisory services to its portfolio of digital consumer businesses, and prior to that at a strategic consultancy where she worked with a range of businesses investing in Sub-Saharan Africa. Lucia read English Literature at Edinburgh University.
  • Mike Rugg-Gunn

    Role


    Senior Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 1812

    Email


    assessmentenquiries

    About Mike


    Mike leads the Executive Assessment Practice. He specialises in the psychometric assessment of senior individuals and works more broadly in the areas of leadership development, talent management and corporate cultural change. Prior to joining Blackwood, he worked at Norman Broadbent within the Leadership Consulting team. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and holds a Masters and Doctorate in Occupational and Organisational Psychology from East London University.
  • Michela Ruggeri

    Role


    Senior Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0285

    Email


    ibenquiries

    About Michela


    Michela leads the Investment Banking Practice and is a member of the Financial Services Practice. She has a particular focus on building teams within investment banking boutiques as well as advising infrastructure clients. Prior to joining Blackwood, Michela worked at Heidrick & Struggles. She read Modern Languages at Cambridge University.
  • Camilla Runciman

    Role


    Associate

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0261

    Email


    ibenquiries

    About Camilla


    Camilla is a member of the Investment Banking and Financial Services practices. Prior to joining Blackwood, she worked at Russell Reynolds where she focused on Investment Banking appointments across Europe and America. She read English at Cambridge University.
  • Douglas Seaton

    Role


    Researcher

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0265

    Email


    fslenquiries

    About Douglas


    Douglas works on assignments across all practice areas. He read Economics & Politics at Bristol University and then China & Globalisation at King's College London.

  • Rhianna Sexton

    Role


    Team Assistant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0260

    Email


    adminenquiries

    About Rhianna


    Rhianna is an Administrator in the Financial Services Practice and a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. She read English Literature and Creative Writing at Westminster University and then Critical Methodologies at King’s College London.

  • Andrew Stevens

    Role


    Researcher

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0275

    Email


    tmtenquiries

    About Andrew


    Andrew works on assignments across all practice areas. He read Geography at Oxford University.

  • Will Terry

    Role


    Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0253

    Email


    amenquiries

    About Will


    Will is a member of the Alternatives Practice and the Financial Services Practice focussing on advising long-only funds, hedge funds, family offices and pension funds. He has particular expertise in equities. Prior to joining Blackwood, Will worked at a specialist executive search firm within the equities team. He read English Literature and Philosophy at Leeds University.
  • Chris Unwin

    Role


    Senior Consultant

    Location


    Manchester

    Phone


    +44 (0)161 241 3305

    Email


    fslenquiries

    About Chris


    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.
  • Terry Wells

    Role


    Chief Technology Officer

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0287

    Email


    adminenquiries

    About Terry


    Terry is Blackwood’s Chief Technology Officer and is a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. Prior to joining Blackwood, Terry worked at BAE Systems, ABN Amro and Lloyds Treasury as an independent consultant.
  • Lisa Wilkinson

    Role


    Chief Operating Officer

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0278

    Email


    adminenquiries

    About Lisa


    Lisa is Blackwood’s Chief Operating Officer and is a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. Prior to joining Blackwood, Lisa worked at Deutsche Bank. She read Business Finance and Economics at Natal University.
  • Ben Young

    Role


    Researcher

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0)20 7220 0266

    Email


    amenquiries

    About Ben


    Ben works on assignments across all practice areas. He read Experimental Psychology at Oxford University.