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Consultant search

Partners

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lisa Wilkinson
    Lisa Wilkinson Partner and Chief Operating Officer
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • James Barker
    James Barker Principal
    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.

  • Jenny Goslett
    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.

  • 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.

  • Alice Owen
    Alice Owen Principal
    Alice Owen
    Alice Owen
    +44 (0)20 7220 0281
    London

    Alice is a member of the Executive Assessment Practice. She specialises in leadership assessment and development for Financial Services clients. She also supports the Corporate assessment team. Prior to Blackwood she worked at Man GLG for 10 years in the UK Equities team as an Analyst and then Portfolio Manager. She is an accredited Executive Coach and is qualified with the British Psychological Society in psychometrics. She read History of Art at Edinburgh 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Charlee Hawkins
    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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • Annabelle Massy-Collier
    Annabelle Massy-Collier Senior Associate
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kathryn Bonner
    Kathryn Bonner Associate
    Kathryn Bonner
    Kathryn Bonner
    +44 (0)20 7220 0265
    London

    Kathryn works on assignments across all practice areas. She read History at Cambridge University.

  • Archie Brown
    Archie Brown Associate
    Archie Brown
    Archie Brown
    +44 (0)20 7220 1803
    London

    Archie works on assignments across all practice areas. He read War Studies and History at King’s College London and then Contemporary Chinese Studies at Oxford University.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ben Gnauck
    Ben Gnauck Associate
    Ben Gnauck
    Ben Gnauck
    +44 (0)20 7220 0286
    London

    Ben is a Researcher working on assignments across all practice areas. Prior to joining Blackwood, Ben worked in public policy research and risk intelligence analysis. He read Modern European Studies at Nottingham University and then spent a year studying Economics and Politics at Bristol 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.

  • Malachi Harley
    Malachi Harley Associate
    Malachi Harley
    Malachi Harley
    +44 (0)20 7220 0274
    London

    Malachi is an Associate working on assignments across all practice areas. He read Business Economic and Finance at Loughborough 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Victoria Ogunleye
    Victoria Ogunleye Associate
    Victoria Ogunleye
    Victoria Ogunleye
    +44 (0)20 7220 0293
    London

    Victoria is an Associate working on assignments across all practice areas. She read History at York University.

  • 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.

  • 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 experience: Prior to joining Blackwood, Jay volunteered as an Administrator at an employment and training charity.

    Education: He holds a City & Guilds NVQ in Business and Administration.

  • Lauren Chitty
    Lauren Chitty Senior Executive Assistant
    Lauren Chitty
    Lauren Chitty
    +44 (0)20 7220 1807
    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.

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

    Olivia is the Office Manager 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 Senior Executive 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.

  • 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.

  • Rosie Leslie
    Rosie Leslie Executive Assistant
    Rosie Leslie
    Rosie Leslie
    +44 (0)20 7220 1805
    London

    Rosie is an Administrator in the Executive Assessment team and is a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration, and IT Group. She read Psychology at City, University of London.

  • Becky Lyken
    Becky Lyken Executive Assistant
    Becky Lyken
    Becky Lyken
    +44 (0)20 7220 0254
    London

    Becky is an Administrator in the Financial Services Practice and a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. Prior to joining Blackwood, Becky worked as a Primary School Teacher for six years in schools across London. She studied Primary Education, Age 5-11 at Brighton 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.

  • 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.

  • Issy Petts
    Issy Petts Executive Assistant
    Issy Petts
    Issy Petts
    +44 (0)20 7220 1808
    London

    Issy is an Administrator in the Financial Services Practice and is also a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. Prior to joining Blackwood, she worked as a Team Assistant at Rothschild.

  • 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.

  • Olivia Whitely
    Olivia Whitely Executive Assistant
    Olivia Whitely
    Olivia Whitely
    +44 (0)20 7220 1818
    London

    Olivia is an Administrator in the Financial Services Practice and a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. Prior to joining Blackwood, Olivia worked as an Executive Assistant for 10 years, supporting the C-Suite, in a range of different industries, including Private Healthcare, Internet Engineering and Real Estate.

  • Andrea Woods
    Andrea Woods Executive Assistant
    Andrea Woods
    Andrea Woods
    +44 (0)20 7220 0258
    London

    Andrea is an Administrator in the Financial Services Practice and a member of Blackwood’s Finance, Administration and IT Group. She read Spanish with European Economics and Politics at Aston 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.