Challenges to brand, pricing, distribution and consumer loyalty mean that companies in this sector must adapt rapidly, foreseeing disruption before it occurs. Adaptable leaders who can see and create value through innovation, engagement and bravery in taking strategic risk will drive success and ensure organisations stay effective and competitive in evolving marketplaces. We partner with boards to identify, develop and support these leaders.
PartnerMaria Hendersoncrlenquiries@blackwoodgroup.com+44 (0)20 7220 0282London
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.
Senior ConsultantNick Gribbonfopenquiries@blackwoodgroup.com+44 (0)20 7220 0252London
Nick leads the Financial Officers Practice and is also a member of the Consumer, Leisure and Travel Practice. He has extensive experience of supporting private equity portfolio and listed companies on a range of senior finance function appointments. Prior to joining Blackwood, Nick worked at Russell Reynolds Associates with a focus on consumer and financial officer search work 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.
ConsultantAnna Lewiscrlenquiries@blackwoodgroup.com+44 (0)20 7220 0279London
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.
ConsultantCharlie Parkercrlenquiries@blackwoodgroup.com+44 (0)20 7220 0299London
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.