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We are a truly unique search firm, focusing exclusively on the governance and controls functions in the financial services industry - we work with investment and wealth managers, banks and insurance companies. Our network, knowledge and expertise across compliance, risk, audit and finance are unrivalled as we have focused on these areas alone for three decades.

See below for a closer look at these core specialist areas.

Compliance & Financial Crime

 

We have an in-depth understanding of the field of compliance, along with a vast network, as it has been the backbone of our company since we were founded. Using our experience and relationships with those in senior levels, we have access to the best available talent. There is a pressing need for leaders who can foster close collaboration between compliance and the wider business.They must be able to communicate effectively but robustly with a sophisticated group of stakeholders, both internally and externally.

In today’s modern regulatory environment, our clients realise that this function is an essential component of organisational health, stewardship and success.While the talent pool for individuals who can blend leadership competencies with a thorough understanding of regulation, systems and processes is limited, we have the ability to successfully attract these individuals.

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Risk & Information
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Successful risk professionals must possess a broad and creative commercial acumen, allowing them to work effectively with board and senior management teams. We understand that they must also possess the skill to influence, challenge and build rapport at the most senior of levels, and the ability to communicate effectively.

We work with our clients to identify, attract and secure risk professionals who see risk as part of the business, and who can help embed it into the culture of our clients’ organisations. Our work spans the successful engagement of CROs, Heads of Operational Risk, Heads of Market Risk, Heads of Financial Risk, Directors of Enterprise Risk, and senior managers.

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Audit

Our audit network across financial services is exceptionally broad and we have a wealth of experience in placing successful candidates in this field. The call for experienced individuals has become great, especially in the wake of severe incidences of controls failures in the financial industry. Internal audit functions have needed to develop and we have seen them go from being isolated activities to becoming prominent components of all major companies’ governance frameworks.

When searching for senior auditors we understand that the core skills required include subject matter expertise, audit process expertise and influencing skills that can be expressed effectively and taken seriously.

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Finance

Today senior finance professionals must be able to work closely with Chief Executives and Boards to serve and guide their businesses far beyond traditional expectations of responsibility. We have long specialised in the finance space, recruiting CFOs and senior controllers into a variety of financial services environments. Our success is based on our strong network and also having a real understanding of the current issues which impact on the financial services industry.

Like other governance and controls functions we have witnessed finance evolve in recent years in line with changing market conditions. Financial accountants are trusted to interpret complex international rules and to maintain the integrity of statutory reporting processes, and in many cases to FTSE100 standards. Management accountants have developed into deeply embedded business partners,leveraging emerging technology to produce and present richly insightful data to guide business decision-making. Meanwhile, finance change programmes are frequent, widespread and often very large in scale, so the modern finance professional requires a combination of finance expertise and substantial programme management experience.

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Non-Executive Directors

Our Non-Executive Search practice is led by Mike Gostick who works closely with our company Co-Heads on every assignment to ensure a world-class service is provided around these critical appointments. Mike has extensive experience when it comes to understanding the needs of organisations seeking talented individuals to carry out demanding roles.

We help our clients to find the most effective Non-Executives in the market.Our firm is uniquely well-positioned in this challenging area as our legacy and network, long-standing relationships and reputation gives us access to some of the most senior and talented Non-Executives in the industry.

We recognise the pressure placed on Boards by the external audience and shareholders is at an all-time high. The ability to appoint the best people to those same Boards is of fundamental importance, both to the existing Board members and to the health of the business as a whole.

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Search Services

Through our extensive network, knowledge and expertise we are able to place the most talented individuals within the financial services industry. We provide a range of search services based on our clients’ needs.

Full executive search at global, regional and functional leadership levels

  • From research, screening, reporting, introductions and interviews, through to offer negotiation, placement, and post-placement advisory services - we guarantee a comprehensive and refined service.

Search at mid-senior levels

  • Using search methodologies and our huge network, we can help you find that rare operational management resource with a particular combination of attributes, where non-retained methods have been unsuccessful.

Executive search process components

  • Where our internal talent acquisition clients require focused expertise to support their work, we are able to assist with longlisting, shortlisting, candidate assessment, interview coordination and executive remuneration advisory services. Just pick the element you need and we will contribute accordingly.