My career began with the UK Ministry of Defence where I spent ten years, including a stint in The Rt. Hon. Alan Clarke MP’s Private Office, before joining the prestigious Civil Service Fast stream (which has a 2% pass rate) as the first internal appointee in a decade and despite not being a graduate.
I then moved into recruitment and joined Hamish Fulton and Associates, initially as a researcher and then as a consultant, working on a wide range of mainly equity focused UK and Japanese / Asian roles, from where I moved to Tokyo and helped establish Spencer Associates.
Eighteen months later the Asia Money magazine poll of head-hunters ranked Spencer Associates 5th overall in Japan, ahead of many of their much larger and better established rivals.
In 2004 I was headhunted to Hays Plc the UK’s largest dedicated HR Services and Recruitment provider and helped set up Hays Executive, a newly established Executive Search arm focused on global financial markets.
Finally, I joined NMG as Head of the Tokyo office in October 2005 and transferred to be the London based Managing Partner in 2007, growing the business from three offices to seven (New York, Boston, London, Zug, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore) and fifty Consultants.
Together with Richard Hoskin I founded Elbrus Partners in January 2013.
I am a Liveryman and was granted the Freedom of the City of London in 2012.