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  • Harry Chetwood

    Role


    Partner

    Location


    London

    Phone


    +44 (0) 207 220 0289

    Email


    amenquiries

    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.
  • 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


    fslenquiries

    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.
  • 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.