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Consultant search

Partners

  • 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 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 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 the Private Equity 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 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.

  • 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 off 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lisa Wilkinson
    Lisa Wilkinson Partner
    Lisa Wilkinson
    Lisa Wilkinson
    +44 (0)20 7220 0278
    London

    Lisa is Blackwood’s Chief Operating Officer and is a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. Prior to joining Blackwood, Lisa worked at Deutsche Bank. She read Business Finance and Economics at Natal University.

  • Nick Gribbon
    Nick Gribbon Senior Consultant
    Nick Gribbon
    Nick Gribbon
    +44 (0)20 7220 0252
    London

    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.

  • Shaneen Makhani
    Shaneen Makhani Senior Consultant
    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.

  • 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.

  • Charlie Parker
    Charlie Parker Senior 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.

  • Michela Ruggeri
    Michela Ruggeri Senior Consultant
    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.

  • Mike Rugg-Gunn
    Mike Rugg-Gunn Senior Advisor
    Mike Rugg-Gunn
    Mike Rugg-Gunn
    +44 (0)20 7220 0270
    London

    Mike is a Senior Adviser to Blackwood within the Executive Assessment Practice. He specialises in the psychometric assessment of senior individuals and works more broadly in the areas of leadership development, talent management and corporate cultural change. Prior to joining Blackwood, he worked at Norman Broadbent within the Leadership Consulting team. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and holds a Masters and Doctorate in Occupational and Organisational Psychology from East London University.

  • Will Terry
    Will Terry Senior 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.

  • 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.

  • James Barker
    James Barker Consultant
    James Barker
    James Barker
    +44 (0)20 7220 0290
    London

    James is a member of the Executive Assessment Practice. He specialises in leadership assessments and executive coaching, supporting business leaders with decisions as part of Board or Senior Leadership restructuring or development, M&A due diligence, succession planning or culture change processes. James has extensive international experience working with clients across a diverse range of sectors. He is certified in a variety of psychometric assessment tools, has partnered clients to develop and implement a range of leadership and functional competency frameworks and is a valued executive coach. He read Sociology at Durham University and has an MBA from Warwick Business School.

  • Chloe Duckworth
    Chloe Duckworth Consultant
    Chloe Duckworth
    Chloe Duckworth
    +44 (0)20 7220 0295
    London

    Chloe works on assignments in the Real Estate Practice and is a member of the Financial Services Practice. She assists with the origination and execution of all real estate mandates throughout the risk spectrum and across acquisitions and asset management roles. Prior to joining Blackwood, she spent 8 years at a boutique search firm focused on real estate. She read Journalism, English & History at London Metropolitan University.

  • Violet Farkas
    Violet Farkas Consultant
    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. She read Chemistry at Oxford University.

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

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

  • Nigel Lloyd
    Nigel Lloyd Consultant
    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.

  • 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. He has particular expertise in credit, incorporating both corporate and asset-backed functions. Prior to 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.

  • Samuel Molina
    Samuel Molina Consultant
    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.

  • 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 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. Prior to joining Blackwood, Imogen worked for a growth capital fund. She read English at Oxford University.

  • Simon Norris
    Simon Norris Consultant
    Simon Norris
    Simon Norris
    +44 (0)20 7220 1808
    London

    Simon is a member of the Financial Officers Practice and advises clients on board and divisional appointments as well as specialty finance functions within funds and investment vehicles. Prior to joining Blackwood, Simon worked for a specialist financial recruitment company and began his career at PwC in Audit and Business Recovery. He read Accounting and Finance at Sheffield University.

  • Nick Roche
    Nick Roche Consultant
    Nick Roche
    Nick Roche
    +44 (0)20 7220 1810
    London

    Nick is a member of the Financial Officers Practice and advises publicly listed and private equity backed clients on board level CFO appointments. Additionally, he assists Group CFOs to build best-in-class teams, including Divisional and Regional Finance Directors, Group Financial Controllers, Tax, Treasury and other finance roles within the corporate function. Prior to joining Blackwood, Nick worked at Korn Ferry and Egon Zehnder focusing on CFO appointments. He read Economics & Social Policy at Sheffield University and then International Trade & Development at Manchester University.

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

    Lucia is a member of the Financial Services Practice with a focus on Investment Management. Prior to joining Blackwood she worked as a consultant at Kinnevik providing risk advisory services to its portfolio of digital consumer businesses, and prior to that at a strategic consultancy where she worked with a range of businesses investing in Sub-Saharan Africa. She read English Literature at Edinburgh University.

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

    Imogen is a member of the Corporate team and works on assignments across all practice areas. Prior to joining Blackwood, she worked at a specialised interim talent firm placing consultants onto strategy, innovation and transformation projects with top-tier consultancies, corporates and private equity firms across Europe. She read Classics at King’s College London and Law at BPP University.

  • Katharine Davenport
    Katharine Davenport 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.

  • Sophia de Rosnay
    Sophia de Rosnay Associate
    Sophia de Rosnay
    Sophia de Rosnay
    +44 (0)20 7220 0271
    London

    Sophia works on assignments across all practice areas. Prior to joining Blackwood, she worked at Armstrong International focusing on financial services appointments in private debt, real estate and equities. Sophia read Spanish and Russian at Bristol University, and is a native French speaker.

  • Jennifer Goslett
    Jennifer Goslett Associate
    Jennifer Goslett
    Jennifer Goslett
    +44 (0)20 7220 0264
    London

    Jennifer 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.

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

    Grace is a member of the Healthcare Practice and works on assignments in the B2B services, multisite consumer health and life sciences sectors. Prior to joining Blackwood, Grace worked at a specialist recruitment firm with a focus on the life sciences sector. She read Economics at the University of Birmingham.

  • Charlee Hawkins
    Charlee Hawkins 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.

  • 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.

  • Hope Hughes
    Hope Hughes Associate
    Hope Hughes
    Hope Hughes
    +44 (0)20 7220 1809
    London

    Hope works on assignments across all practices. She read History and Politics at Exeter University.

  • Katy Munro
    Katy Munro Associate
    Katy Munro
    Katy Munro
    +44 (0)20 7220 0269
    London

    Katy works on assignments across all practice areas. She read English Language and Literature at Oxford University.

  • Elizabeth Halling
    Elizabeth Halling Researcher
    Elizabeth Halling
    Elizabeth Halling
    +44 (0)20 7220 0293
    London

    Elizabeth works on assignments across all practice areas. She read Social Policy with Quantitative Research Methods at Bristol University.

  • Amelia Jones
    Amelia Jones Researcher
    Amelia Jones
    Amelia Jones
    +44 (0)20 7220 0286
    London

    Amelia works on assignments across all practice areas. She read History and Philosophy at Durham University and then received her Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP University.

  • Erato Kallitsa
    Erato Kallitsa Researcher
    Erato Kallitsa
    Erato Kallitsa
    +44 (0)20 7220 1815
    London

    Erato works on assignments across all practice areas. She read Law at Bristol University.

  • Annabelle Massy-Collier
    Annabelle Massy-Collier Researcher
    Annabelle Massy-Collier
    Annabelle Massy-Collier
    +44 (0)20 7220 0292
    London

    Annabelle works on assignments across all practice areas. She read Classics at Bristol University.

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

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

  • Jay Angel
    Jay Angel Administration and Internal HR Officer
    Jay Angel
    Jay Angel
    +44 (0)20 7220 0270
    London

    Jay is an Administration and Internal HR Officer, and a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. Prior to joining Blackwood, Jay volunteered as an Administrator at an employment and training charity. He holds a City & Guilds NVQ in Business and Administration.

  • Olivia Clayton
    Olivia Clayton Office Coordinator
    Olivia Clayton
    Olivia Clayton
    +44 (0)20 7220 0250
    London

    Olivia is the Office Coordinator and a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. Prior to joining Blackwood, Olivia worked front of house in the hotel industry and as a volunteer at an orphanage in South East Asia. She read Sport Studies at Southampton Solent University.

  • Amanda Eklund
    Amanda Eklund Team Assistant
    Amanda Eklund
    Amanda Eklund
    +44 (0)20 7220 0283
    London

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

  • Ellen Flanagan
    Ellen Flanagan Team Assistant
    Ellen Flanagan
    Ellen Flanagan
    +44 (0)20 7220 1814
    London

    Ellen is an Administrator in the Financial Services Practice and a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. She read Business Management at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.

  • Hannah Johnston
    Hannah Johnston Team 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.

  • Mutsa Mutiti
    Mutsa Mutiti Financial Controller
    Mutsa Mutiti
    Mutsa Mutiti
    +44 (0)20 7220 0294
    London

    Mutsa is the firm’s Financial Controller and a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. Prior to joining Blackwood, Mutsa worked in finance and capital projects at South Bank University and at Space Craft Architects. She is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and read Business Administration and Accounting at Solusi University.

  • Lauren Chitty
    Lauren Chitty Team Assistant
    Lauren Chitty
    Lauren Chitty
    +44 (0)20 7220 0296
    London

    Lauren is an Administrator in the Corporate Practice and a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. She read English and Management with Industrial Experience at Exeter University.

  • John Pearson
    John Pearson IT Analyst
    John Pearson
    John Pearson
    +44 (0)207 220 0259
    London

    John works in the IT team and is a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. Prior to joining Blackwood, John worked at IPS Totalstaffing and AON Risk Services.

  • Rhianna Sexton
    Rhianna Sexton Team Assistant
    Rhianna Sexton
    Rhianna Sexton
    +44 (0)20 7220 0276
    London

    Rhianna is an Administrator in the Financial Services Practice and a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. She read English Literature and Creative Writing at Westminster University and then Critical Methodologies at King’s College London.

  • Terry Wells
    Terry Wells Chief Technology Officer
    Terry Wells
    Terry Wells
    +44 (0)207 220 0287
    London

    Terry is Blackwood’s Chief Technology Officer and is a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. Prior to joining Blackwood, Terry worked at BAE Systems, ABN Amro and Lloyds Treasury as an independent consultant.