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  • 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.
  • Jessica Gosnell

    Role


    Consultant

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 20 7220 0268

    Email


    rfsenquiries

    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.