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As the lines between industries blur, Blackwood brings experience in each and understanding of the whole

As a single collaborative team, we combine our consultants' industry knowledge and expertise to deliver the most creative and holistic advice and solutions.

  • Consumer

    Innovation is of paramount importance in the sector: companies must constantly reevaluate their relationships with today's increasingly influential consumer and deal with market challenges in the form of economic pressures, new routes to market and disruptors.

    • Maria Henderson

      Maria Henderson

      Partner

      Maria Henderson
      Maria Henderson
      +44 (0)20 7220 0282
      London

      Maria leads the Consumer Practice. She has extensive experience advising international clients in all sub-sectors with a particular depth in the fashion and luxury goods sector and in helping rapidly growing founder-led businesses and transitions of ownership. Maria was previously a Partner at The MBS Group where she created and led the Private Equity Practice. Before that she was at Korn Ferry/Whitehead Mann and Skillcapital. Maria read Latin American Literature & Politics at University College London.

    • Nick Gribbon

      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.

    • Anna Lewis

      Anna Lewis

      Consultant

      Anna Lewis
      Anna Lewis
      +44 (0)20 7220 0279
      London

      Anna is a member of the Consumer Practice with a particular focus on the leisure, health, wellness and beauty sectors. Anna also leads our work within Corporate Development and Strategy. She read Geography at St Andrews University.

    • Charlie Parker

      Charlie Parker

      Consultant

      Charlie Parker
      Charlie Parker
      +44 (0)20 7220 0299
      London

      Charlie leads the Retail and Digital Practices 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.

  • Education

    The growing influence of technology in education and the availability of massive open online classrooms means education is at an inflexion point and must adapt to a major shift in how it is both accessed and evaluated. This necessitates resilient and flexible leaders who can embrace innovation and work effectively amid uncertainty.

    • Harry Chetwood

      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.

    • Richard Marshall

      Richard Marshall

      Senior Consultant

      Richard Marshall
      Richard Marshall
      +44 (0)20 7220 0260
      London

      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.

  • Financial services

    Unprecedented levels of change are shaping the future of the industry. Sophisticated digital tools and AI are creating both opportunities and threats to traditional structures. A focus on “alpha” generating products has blurred the once distinct sub-sectors and asset classes as investment firms strive to ensure they have the product range in place to best manage their clients’ assets.

    The need to have a holistic view of financial services has never been greater. We have a culture driven by collaboration. We leverage internal expertise which crosses the breadth of the financial services industry, enabling us to partner with senior leaders to define future investment strategies and help create market-leading teams.

    • Martina Ashley

      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

      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.

    • Joanne Clayton

      Joanne Clayton

      Partner

      Joanne Clayton
      Joanne Clayton
      +44 (0)20 7220 0297
      London

      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

      Annie Doherty

      Partner

      Annie Doherty
      Annie Doherty
      +44 (0)20 7220 0263
      London

      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.

    • Amanda Smithson

      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.

    • Michela Ruggeri

      Michela Ruggeri

      Senior Consultant

      Michela Ruggeri
      Michela Ruggeri
      +44 (0)20 7220 0285
      London

      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.

    • Shaneen Makhani

      Shaneen Makhani

      Consultant

      Shaneen Makhani
      Shaneen Makhani
      +44 (0)20 7220 0251
      London

      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.

    • Sebastian Miles

      Sebastian Miles

      Consultant

      Sebastian Miles
      Sebastian Miles
      +44 (0)20 7220 0291
      London

      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 and then Analytical Toxicology at Barts and the London School of Medicine.

    • Imogen Moon

      Imogen Moon

      Consultant

      Imogen Moon
      Imogen Moon
      +44 (0)20 7220 1801
      London

      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.

    • Will Terry

      Will Terry

      Consultant

      Will Terry
      Will Terry
      +44 (0)20 7220 0253
      London

      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.

    • Violet Farkas

      Violet Farkas

      Associate

      Violet Farkas
      Violet Farkas
      +44 (0)20 7220 1800
      London

      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.

    • Joel Holford

      Joel Holford

      Associate

      Joel Holford
      Joel Holford
      +44 (0)20 7220 0262
      London

      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.

    • Camilla Runciman

      Camilla Runciman

      Associate

      Camilla Runciman
      Camilla Runciman
      +44 (0)20 7220 0261
      London

      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 and studied the Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP Law School.

  • Healthcare

    The healthcare industry today faces a variety of challenges: increasing competition, constant technological innovation, government health services across the globe stretched by an expanding and ageing population and brand challenges posed by consumer access to data. The lines between consumer businesses, science, technology and service companies continue to blur and leaders must be developed from across industries and geographies with the ability to catalyse and empower change.

    • Eleanor Davies

      Eleanor Davies

      Senior Consultant

      Eleanor Davies
      Eleanor Davies
      +44 (0)20 7220 0258
      London

      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.

    • Liz Arvanitaki

      Liz Arvanitaki

      Consultant

      Liz Arvanitaki
      Liz Arvanitaki
      +44 (0)20 7220 0286
      London

      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.

  • Industrial and services

    Connecting these industries, allows us to focus on every aspect of the delivery of product and service to the business customer. Combining operational excellence with higher quality, faster and more effective service throughout the business process will determine the winners across this sector.

    • Richard Marshall

      Richard Marshall

      Senior Consultant

      Richard Marshall
      Richard Marshall
      +44 (0)20 7220 0260
      London

      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.

    • Chris Unwin

      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.

    • Liz Arvanitaki

      Liz Arvanitaki

      Consultant

      Liz Arvanitaki
      Liz Arvanitaki
      +44 (0)20 7220 0286
      London

      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.

    • Isabella Clark

      Isabella Clark

      Associate

      Isabella Clark
      Isabella Clark
      +44 (0)20 7220 1815
      London

      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.

  • Technology, media and telecommunications

    Whenever technology changes how something is done, there is a need to change the human capabilities, approaches and responses around it. We work with our clients to help them respond to the ever-changing landscape within this sector, to challenge received wisdom and bring fresh thinking both from and to other industries. Agility and adaptability have never been more valuable.

    • Jonathan Lee

      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.

    • Charlie Parker

      Charlie Parker

      Consultant

      Charlie Parker
      Charlie Parker
      +44 (0)20 7220 0299
      London

      Charlie leads the Retail and Digital Practices 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.

    • Samuel Molina

      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.