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  • Martina Ashley

    Role


    Partner

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 0277

    Email


    amenquiries

    About Martina


    Martina is a Partner of Blackwood and advises institutional and alternative investment clients across all asset classes and functions. She conducts searches for senior leaders within investment, distribution and client relationship management, as well as advising on succession, compensation and retention. She has a particular expertise in moving and building teams. Prior to joining Blackwood, Martina worked at Goldman Sachs in London within 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) 207 220 0289

    Email


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    About Harry


    Harry is a Partner of Blackwood and advises on board searches and senior appointments across a variety of investment management clients with a particular focus on alternative investing. 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. 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) 207 220 0297

    Email


    peenquiries

    About Joanne


    Joanne leads Blackwood’s Private Equity Practice and advises clients across private equity on all their hiring needs from entry level positions to senior management roles, including deal, IR and operating partner functions. 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) 207 220 0263

    Email


    amenquiries

    About Annie


    Annie is a Partner of Blackwood and advises investment management clients across all asset classes with a particular focus on institutional clients and allocators (endowments, pension funds and family offices). She has a particular expertise in advising on the build out of alternative strategies within institutional firms as well as cross-border hiring and relocations. Prior to joining Blackwood, Annie worked at Saxton Bampfylde Hever and focussed on search within the Consumer and Education sectors. She read Sociology and Law at Durham University.
  • Amanda Smithson

    Role


    Partner

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 0273

    Email


    ibenquiries

    About Amanda


    Amanda is the Managing Partner of Blackwood. She advises on leadership development and assessment, 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) 207 220 0255

    Email


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    About Alan


    Alan is a Partner of Blackwood and works with both listed and private equity backed clients advising 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 and has over 15 years’ search experience. Alan began his career as a consultant in the Oil & Gas industry. He read Economics at Strathclyde University.
  • Jay Angel

    Role


    Internal HR Assistant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 0270

    Email


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    About Jay


    Jay is an Administration and Internal HR Assistant providing support to Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. Before 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) 207 220 0286

    Email


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    About Liz


    Liz works across assignments in the Healthcare Practice, and specialises in the B2B and healthcare services areas. Prior to joining Blackwood, Liz spent ten years in Equity Sales. She read Modern Languages at Bristol University.
  • Anastasia Belinskaya

    Role


    Senior Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 0284

    Email


    indenquiries

    About Anastasia


    Anastasia leads Blackwood’s Industrials Practice. She has extensive international experience and advises clients across industrial sectors including high precision engineering, automotive supply chain, manufacturing and capital goods, chemicals, building products and packaging. Prior to joining Blackwood, Anastasia worked at a global executive search firm, focusing on advising private equity backed industrial businesses. Anastasia started her career at UBS where she worked in M&A in London and Moscow, and as COO of the European industrials investment banking team. She read Physics at St Petersburg University.
  • Isabella Clark

    Role


    Researcher

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 1815

    Email


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    About Isabella


    Isabella works on assignments across all practice areas. Prior to 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) 207 220 0250

    Email


    adminenquiries

    About Olivia


    Olivia is the Office Coordinator and a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. Before Blackwood, Olivia worked as a Receptionist in Dorset. Prior to that, she was 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) 207 220 1811

    Email


    amenquiries

    About Katharine


    Katharine works on assignments across all practice areas. 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) 207 220 0258

    Email


    hcenquiries

    About Eleanor


    Eleanor leads Blackwood’s Healthcare Practice. She has advised listed, private equity backed and independent businesses, and has extensive experience in the B2B services and multisite consumer health areas in particular. Prior to joining Blackwood, Eleanor worked in research and editorial at an independent publishing house. She read Theology at Cambridge University.
  • Jane Fallis

    Role


    Researcher

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 0296

    Email


    fslenquiries

    About Jane


    Jane works on assignments across all practice areas. She read Law at Dundee University.
  • Violet Farkas

    Role


    Associate

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 1800

    Email


    peenquiries

    About Violet


    Violet works on assignments in the Private Equity and Investment Banking Practices with a particular focus on junior and mid-level appointments in private equity. Prior to joining Blackwood, Violet read Chemistry at Oxford University.
  • Jennifer Goslett

    Role


    Associate

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 0264

    Email


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    About Jennifer


    Jennifer works on assignments in the Financial Officers Practice. Prior to joining Blackwood, she worked at Korn Ferry focusing on CFO appointments. She read Spanish and Italian at St Andrews University.
  • Jessica Gosnell

    Role


    Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 20 7220 0268

    Email


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    About Jessica


    Jessica leads Blackwood’s Retail Financial Services Practice with a particular focus on FinTech and Insurance. She works with Private Equity funds offering a range of services from sourcing deal advisers to succession planning for their portfolio company’s management team. Alongside her sector coverage she has functional expertise in Investor Relations. Recent search and advisory work includes a CEO mandate for a PE backed mortgage broker, Commercial Director for a global insurance company and a mapping of Digital Non-Executive Directors for a FinTech company. Prior to joining Blackwood, Jessica worked at a boutique recruitment firm with a focus in the legal sector. She read History at Edinburgh University.
  • Grace Goss-Custard

    Role


    Researcher

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 0256

    Email


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    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) 207 220 0252

    Email


    crlenquiries

    About Nick


    Nick leads Blackwood’s Consumer and Leisure Practice and 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 particular focus on the consumer products sector in the UK and 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) 207 220 0257

    Email


    crlenquiries

    About Charlee


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

    Role


    Researcher

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 0262

    Email


    amenquiries

    About Joel


    Joel works on assignments across all practice areas. 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) 207 220 1809

    Email


    crlenquiries

    About Hope


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

    Role


    Senior Team Assistant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 0298

    Email


    amenquiries

    About Emily


    Emily is an Administrator in Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group, and works with the Asset Management team. She read Psychology at the University of Northumbria.
  • Jonathan Lee

    Role


    Senior Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 1804

    Email


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    About Jonathan


    Jonathan leads Blackwood’s TMT Practice and has worked extensively across media, entertainment and technology enablement. A particular focus is 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.
  • Anna Lewis

    Role


    Associate

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 0279

    Email


    crlenquiries

    About Anna


    Anna works on assignments in the Consumer and Leisure Practices. She read Geography at St Andrews University.
  • Shaneen Makhani

    Role


    Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 0251

    Email


    peenquiries

    About Shaneen


    Shaneen works on assignments in the Private Equity and Investment Banking Practices with a particular focus on leading mid-level appointments in private equity. 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


    Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 0260

    Email


    bsenquiries

    About Richard


    Richard leads Blackwood’s Business Services Practice and advises listed, private and private equity-backed businesses across the entirety of business services. He has particular expertise 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.
  • Sebastian Miles

    Role


    Associate

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 0291

    Email


    amenquiries

    About Sebastian


    Sebastian works on assignments in the Financial Services Practices. 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) 207 220 0254

    Email


    indenquiries

    About Samuel


    Sam works on assignments in the TMT Practice, with a particular focus on technology-enabled assets. His sub-sector coverage includes Media, Gaming, Travel Aggregation, Managed Services, Pureplay Internet, Publishing, Data Analytics and Consumer Technology. In addition, Sam has a functional specialism 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


    Associate

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 1801

    Email


    reenquiries

    About Imogen


    Imogen works on assignments in the Real Estate Practice. 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) 207 220 0269

    Email


    peenquiries

    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) 207 220 0270

    Email


    adminenquiries

    About Mutsa


    Mutsa is Blackwood’s Financial Controller. Before 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) 207 220 1808

    Email


    fslenquiries

    About Simon


    Simon works on assignments in the Financial Officers Practice. Prior to joining Blackwood, Simon worked for a specialist financial recruitment company. He 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) 207 220 0299

    Email


    crlenquiries

    About Charlie


    Charlie leads Blackwood’s Retail Practice and specialises in senior level board and functional appointments for private equity-backed, publicly-quoted and family-owned companies across retail and broader consumer facing businesses with a particular focus on Digital. Prior to joining Blackwood, Charlie worked at JCA Group focusing on board level appointments. She read Ancient History at Bristol University.
  • John Pearson

    Role


    IT Analyst

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 0259

    Email


    adminenquiries

    About John


    John works in the IT team. Before Blackwood, John worked at IPS Totalstaffing and AON Risk Services.
  • Meg Quinn

    Role


    Senior Team Assistant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 0283

    Email


    indenquiries

    About Meg


    Meg is an Administrator in Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group, and works with the Industrials and Consumer & Leisure teams.
  • Lucia Ruck Keene

    Role


    Associate

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 1817

    Email


    fslenquiries

    About Lucia


    Lucia works on assignments in the Financial Officers Practice. Prior to joining Blackwood she worked as a consultant, most recently at Kinnevik where she provided 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) 207 220 1812

    Email


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    About Mike


    Mike leads Blackwood’s 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. 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


    Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 0285

    Email


    ibenquiries

    About Michela


    Michela works on assignments across financial services, with a particular focus on investment banking, infrastructure and private equity. Prior to joining Blackwood, Michela worked at Heidrick & Struggles and has over 12 years’ industry experience. She read Modern Languages at Cambridge University.
  • Camilla Runciman

    Role


    Associate

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 0261

    Email


    ibenquiries

    About Camilla


    Camilla works on assignments in the Private Equity and Investment Banking 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.
  • Will Terry

    Role


    Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 0253

    Email


    amenquiries

    About Will


    Will works on assignments in the Investment Management Practice including 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


    Consultant

    Location


    Manchester

    Phone


    +44 (0) 161 241 3305

    Email


    fslenquiries

    About Chris


    Chris works on assignments in the Financial Officers Practice with a focus on advising private equity-backed businesses. He is also responsible for the firm’s activities in the North and Midlands, advising businesses on board level management changes. 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. Before 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) 207 220 0278

    Email


    adminenquiries

    About Lisa


    Lisa is Blackwood’s Chief Operating Officer and manages the Finance, Administration and IT Group. Before Blackwood, Lisa worked at Deutsche Bank. She read Business Finance and Economics at Natal University.