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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, 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.

    • Claudia Marcelletti

      Claudia Marcelletti

      Senior Associate

      Claudia Marcelletti
      Claudia Marcelletti
      +44 (0)20 7220 0812
      London

      Claudia is a member of the Consumer, Retail & Leisure Practice and works on assignments across the sector. Prior to joining Blackwood, Claudia worked at The Walt Disney Company and The MBS Group, advising on senior appointments across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She read Political Science and Communications at Luiss Guido Carli University and then International Marketing at King’s College London.

    • Jessica Rowland

      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.

  • 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 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.

    • Richard Marshall

      Richard Marshall

      Associate Partner

      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.

    • Amanda Smithson

      Amanda Smithson

      Managing 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.

    • Martina Ashley

      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

      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.

    • Joanne Clayton

      Joanne Clayton

      Partner

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

      Joanne is a Partner and member of the Financial Service Practice. She advises clients across private equity and broader private markets 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 is a Partner and member of the Financial Services Practice. She specialises in advising clients across the liquidity spectrum 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.

    • Nigel Lloyd

      Nigel Lloyd

      Associate Partner

      Nigel Lloyd
      Nigel Lloyd
      +44 (0)20 7220 0284
      London

      Nigel is a member of the Private Equity and Investment Banking Practices. He focuses on recruiting senior Investment Banking professionals across M&A, sector coverage and Leveraged Finance. Within Private Equity he specialises in Investor Relations appointments. Prior to joining Blackwood, Nigel gained over a decade’s experience of search with a global executive search firm as a member of the Financial Services practice. He began his career in Investment Banking with Close Brothers (now DC Advisory), executing both M&A and Restructuring mandates. He read English Literature at University College London.

    • Shaneen Makhani

      Shaneen Makhani

      Associate Partner

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

      Shaneen is a member of the Private Equity Practice 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.

    • Imogen Moon

      Imogen Moon

      Associate Partner

      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 real estate and asset backed strategies with a focus on building investment teams across the capital structure. She has expertise in conducting cross border searches and advises on hiring diverse candidates. She sits on the board of the Academy of Real Assets, a charity promoting access to the industry for young people from all socio-economic backgrounds. Prior to joining Blackwood, Imogen worked for a growth capital fund. She read English at Oxford University.

    • Michela Ruggeri

      Michela Ruggeri

      Associate Partner

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

      Michela leads the Investment Banking and Infrastructure Practices 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 funds. Prior to joining Blackwood, Michela worked at Heidrick & Struggles. She read Modern Languages at Cambridge University.

    • Will Terry

      Will Terry

      Associate Partner

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

      Will is a member of 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.

    • Joel Holford

      Joel Holford

      Principal

      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.

    • Lucia Ruck Keene

      Lucia Ruck Keene

      Principal

      Lucia Ruck Keene
      Lucia Ruck Keene
      +44 (0)20 7220 1817
      London

      Lucia is a member of the Financial Services Practice. She leads assignments for a variety of investment clients across public and private markets. She has a particular expertise in responsible investment and has her CFA Level 4 Certificate in ESG Investing. Prior to joining Blackwood, Lucia worked as a consultant, most recently at Kinnevik, where she provided risk advisory services to its portfolio of digital consumer businesses. She read English Literature at Edinburgh University.

    • Alexandra Anton

      Alexandra Anton

      Senior Associate

      Alexandra Anton
      Alexandra Anton
      +44 (0)20 7220 0252
      London

      Alexandra is a member of the Financial Services Practice with a focus on investment banking, infrastructure and real estate private equity. Prior to joining Blackwood, she spent five years at Freshminds where she managed junior hiring programmes for boutique M&A advisory firms. She read Law at King's College London.

    • Anneka Ghedia

      Anneka Ghedia

      Senior Associate

      Anneka Ghedia
      Anneka Ghedia
      +44 (0)20 7220 0288
      London

      Anneka is a member of the Financial Services Practice with a focus on investment management, including assignments across long-only funds, hedge funds and credit funds. Prior to joining Blackwood, Anneka worked at a specialist search firm placing investment professionals across credit strategies. She read Accounting and Finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    • Matthew Festus

      Matthew Festus

      Associate

      Matthew Festus
      Matthew Festus
      +44 (0)20 7220 0276
      London

      Matthew works on assignments across all practice areas. He read Philosophy at Edinburgh University.

    • Lati Gutta

      Lati Gutta

      Associate

      Lati Gutta
      Lati Gutta
      +44 (0)20 7220 0255
      London

      Lati works on assignments across all practice areas. She read Human, Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University.

    • Isabella Imi

      Isabella Imi

      Associate

      Isabella Imi
      Isabella Imi
      +44 (0)20 7220 0295
      London

      Isabella is an Associate working on assignments across all practice areas. She read Modern Languages at Oxford University.

    • Emma Lanigan

      Emma Lanigan

      Associate

      Emma Lanigan
      Emma Lanigan
      +44 (0)20 7220 0280
      London

      Emma works on assignments across all practice areas. She read Politics and International Relations at Bath University.

  • 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.

    • Maria Henderson

      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.

    • Jessica Rowland

      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.

  • 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

      Associate Partner

      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

      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.

    • Katharine Davenport

      Katharine Davenport

      Senior Associate

      Katharine Davenport
      Katharine Davenport
      +44 (0)20 7220 1811
      London

      Katharine is a member of the Corporate team and works on assignments across all practice areas, with a particular focus on Business Services. Prior to joining Blackwood, Katharine worked as an analyst at a business intelligence and risk consulting firm. She read Geography at Oxford University and then Development Studies at LSE.

    • Kirsty Millar

      Kirsty Millar

      Associate

      Kirsty Millar
      Kirsty Millar
      +44 (0)20 7220 0271
      London

      Kirsty is an Associate working on assignments across all practice areas. She read Physiology and Sports Science at Glasgow University.

    • Patrick Hayes

      Patrick Hayes

      Associate

      Patrick Hayes
      Patrick Hayes
      +44 (0)20 7220 1809
      London

      Patrick works on assignments across all practice areas. He read English and History at Nottingham University.

    • Lizzie Rawcliffe

      Lizzie Rawcliffe

      Executive Assistant

      Lizzie Rawcliffe
      Lizzie Rawcliffe
      +44 (0)20 7110 0267
      London

      Lizzie is an Administrator in the Corporate Practice and a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. She read Psychology at Northumbria University.

  • Leadership advisory

      

    • Amanda Smithson

      Amanda Smithson

      Managing 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.

  • Real assets

      

    • Martina Ashley

      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.

    • Nigel Lloyd

      Nigel Lloyd

      Associate Partner

      Nigel Lloyd
      Nigel Lloyd
      +44 (0)20 7220 0284
      London

      Nigel is a member of the Private Equity and Investment Banking Practices. He focuses on recruiting senior Investment Banking professionals across M&A, sector coverage and Leveraged Finance. Within Private Equity he specialises in Investor Relations appointments. Prior to joining Blackwood, Nigel gained over a decade’s experience of search with a global executive search firm as a member of the Financial Services practice. He began his career in Investment Banking with Close Brothers (now DC Advisory), executing both M&A and Restructuring mandates. He read English Literature at University College London.

    • Imogen Moon

      Imogen Moon

      Associate Partner

      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 real estate and asset backed strategies with a focus on building investment teams across the capital structure. She has expertise in conducting cross border searches and advises on hiring diverse candidates. She sits on the board of the Academy of Real Assets, a charity promoting access to the industry for young people from all socio-economic backgrounds. Prior to joining Blackwood, Imogen worked for a growth capital fund. She read English at Oxford University.

    • Michela Ruggeri

      Michela Ruggeri

      Associate Partner

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

      Michela leads the Investment Banking and Infrastructure Practices 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 funds. Prior to joining Blackwood, Michela worked at Heidrick & Struggles. She read Modern Languages at Cambridge University.

    • Alexandra Anton

      Alexandra Anton

      Senior Associate

      Alexandra Anton
      Alexandra Anton
      +44 (0)20 7220 0252
      London

      Alexandra is a member of the Financial Services Practice with a focus on investment banking, infrastructure and real estate private equity. Prior to joining Blackwood, she spent five years at Freshminds where she managed junior hiring programmes for boutique M&A advisory firms. She read Law at King's College London.

  • Tech

    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.

    • Grace Goss-Custard

      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.

    • Andrew Stevens

      Andrew Stevens

      Senior Associate

      Andrew Stevens
      Andrew Stevens
      +44 (0)20 7220 0275
      London

      Andrew works on assignments across all practice areas. He read Geography at Oxford University.

    • Tamta Gagoshidze

      Tamta Gagoshidze

      Associate

      Tamta Gagoshidze
      Tamta Gagoshidze
      +44 (0)20 7220 1813
      London

      Tamta works on assignments across all practice areas. She read Business Management at Cardiff University.

    • Aleks Milligan

      Aleks Milligan

      Associate

      Aleks Milligan
      Aleks Milligan
      +44 (0)20 7220 0261
      London

      Aleks works on assignments across all practice areas. He read International Relations at King’s College London.

    • Thomas Roberts

      Thomas Roberts

      Associate

      Thomas Roberts
      Thomas Roberts
      +44 (0)20 7220 0279
      London

      Thomas is an Associate working on assignments across all practise areas. He read History, and then spent a year studying Business Management, both at Glasgow University.

    • Molly Stooke

      Molly Stooke

      Associate

      Molly Stooke
      Molly Stooke
      +44 (0)20 7220 0296
      London

      Molly is an Associate working on assignments across all practice areas. Prior to joining Blackwood, Molly worked in the events industry organising supercar rallies. She read Journalism at Portsmouth University.

    • Hannah Johnston

      Hannah Johnston

      Senior Executive Assistant

      Hannah Johnston
      Hannah Johnston
      +44 (0)20 7220 1816
      London

      Hannah is an Administrator in the Corporate Practice and a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. She read Criminology and Sociology at Surrey University.