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We have extensive experience across sectors, geographies and roles

Our specialised teams advise clients across all their leadership needs, partnering closely across all stages of business growth and change to help optimal decision making.

  • Boards

    The most effective boards bring a diversity of thinking, experience and approach that creates a crucible for the most effective and robust decision making, inviting challenge and debate and eradicating group think. We advise boards on how to measure their effectiveness and help companies appoint and develop the optimal chair and non-executive directors.

    • Martina Ashley

      Partner

      Martina Ashley
      Martina Ashley
      +44 (0)20 7220 0277
      London

      Martina is a Partner and member of the Financial Service 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, and is also an Ambassador for The Diversity Project. 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

      Partner

      Harry Chetwood
      Harry Chetwood
      +44 (0)20 7220 0289
      London

      Harry is a Partner and Chair of the Financial Services Practice. He has particular expertise in advising clients on succession planning, strategic reviews and working with start-up groups 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. Harry is a Trustee of the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation and a member of the MCC Nominations Committee. He read Theology and Anthropology at Durham University.

    • Maria Henderson

      Partner

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

      Maria leads the Consumer, Retail & Leisure and Healthcare Practice.  She has extensive experience advising international clients in all sub-sectors, and having previously led a luxury practice, also advises a small number of clients in this area.  Maria was previously a Partner at The MBS Group where she created and led the Private Equity Practice and led the Fashion and Luxury practice.  Before that she was at Korn Ferry/Whitehead Mann and Skillcapital.  She read Latin American Literature & Politics at University College London.

    • 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.

    • Chris Unwin

      Associate Partner

      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.

    • Jessica Rowland

      Senior Associate

      Jessica Rowland
      Jessica Rowland
      +44 (0)20 7220 0272
      London

      Jessica is a member of the Consumer, Retail & Leisure Practice and works on assignments across the sector. Prior to joining Blackwood, Jessica worked at The MBS Group and Clarity, advising on senior appointments across the UK and internationally. She read Management at Warwick University.

  • Financial officers

    The CFO is one of the most often changed roles in companies experiencing high growth or transformation. We advise clients on how to assess how their finance function is guiding and facilitating their strategic ambitions. We build entire finance leadership teams equipped to act as the strategic advisers and partners to the board.

    • Chris Unwin

      Associate Partner

      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.

    • Jenny Goslett

      Principal

      Jenny Goslett
      Jenny Goslett
      +44 (0)20 7220 0264
      London

      Jenny is a member of the Financial Officers Practice with expertise in CFO, divisional, regional and specialist finance function roles. Prior to joining Blackwood, she worked at Korn Ferry focusing on CFO appointments. She read Spanish and Italian at St Andrews University.

    • Charlee Hawkins

      Senior Associate

      Charlee Hawkins
      Charlee Hawkins
      +44 (0)20 7220 0257
      London

      Charlee is a member of the Financial Officers Practice with expertise in CFO, divisional and regional finance roles. Prior to Blackwood she worked at Walker Hamill focusing on various finance function appointments. She read Geography at Sussex University.

  • Technology officers

    Technology continues to challenge and change every part of a business. Technology leadership is vital to ensure your business, whatever its sector, is equipped for the future. Working with some of the most technologically advanced companies and continually seeking the disruptors in any industry, we have developed deep expertise in building technology functions including CTOs, CDOs, CISOs, CIOs and Data & Analytics.

    • 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.

    • Imogen Carter

      Senior Associate

      Imogen Carter
      Imogen Carter
      +44(0)20 7220 0268
      London

      Imogen is a member of the Technology, Media and Communications Practice focusing on appointments in the digital consumer, media and entertainment sectors. Prior to joining Blackwood, she worked at a specialised recruitment firm placing strategy consultants into strategy, innovation and transformation roles with top-tier consultancies, corporates and private equity firms across Europe. Imogen read Classics at King’s College London and Law at BPP University.

    • Grace Goss-Custard

      Senior Associate

      Grace Goss-Custard
      Grace Goss-Custard
      +44 (0)20 7220 0256
      London

      Grace is a member of the Technology, Media and Communications Practice and works on assignments across the sector, with a focus on B2B software, IT services and healthcare technology. Prior to joining Blackwood, Grace worked at a specialist recruitment firm with a focus on the life sciences sector. She read Economics at Birmingham University.