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Neil Owen

Group Managing Director

Neil started his recruitment career in 1998, focussed predominantly on the Financial Services industry for Robert Half International. His 20-year career there saw him take on several senior roles including Managing Director for London, Global Practice Director for Financial Services, and UK Director for Technology.

In 2018 Neil moved to a start-up business where he successfully launched and grew their London offering across Financial Services, Technology, and Human Resources.

Neil joined the Danos Group in July 2022 as our new Group Managing Director.  He is responsible for delivering our strategic growth objectives, while working with our global teams to continue to offer our industry leading recruitment solutions to the markets we serve.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff.

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Denis Spearman

Managing Director, Head of Compliance & Financial Crime, EMEA

(Executive & Permanent)

Denis joined Danos Associates in February 2010 before becoming a partner in 2014. Denis has successfully placed compliance candidates at all levels across financial services both in UK and Internationally.

He commenced his compliance recruitment career at an AIM listed recruitment firm in 2005. Starting as a researcher he quickly progressed to heading up the team and establishing himself as one of the leading recruiters in the compliance industry.

Denis is a marketing graduate from the Dublin Institute of technology.

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Mark Moorby

Managing Director, Head of Risk (EMEA) & Head of Asia

(Executive & Permanent)

Mark has been with Danos Associates since April 2012. He started his recruitment career working in London with Audit Professionals part of Hydrogen group in 2004.

He took the opportunity to relocate to Hong Kong in 2006 to join Robert half and helped establish their Hong Kong office and Financial Services desk.

Moving across to Ambition in 2009 Mark grew two successful specialist banking teams in Compliance, Risk and Audit and Operations and place mid to senior level candidates in Regulatory and Control roles across a range of Investment Banks, Asset Managers and Insurance firms.

Mark’s early career was as a Financial Adviser having graduated from The University of the West of England Bristol with a Bachelors in Spanish and Business Systems.

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Tom Harvey

Associate Director, Head of Research

Tom joined the Danos Group in September 2021 to head up the Danos Group Research function, supporting all three divisions of the business. Prior to joining, he was a director at specialist Risk & Compliance agency that focused on mid to senior level placements within Financial Services, having joined as a graduate in 2011.

Tom graduated from the University of London with a BA in Philosophy and completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at The College of Law.

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Jennifer Paterson

Global Head of Marketing

Jennifer is a CIM professional with more than 20 years’ experience. She graduated from Kingston University in 1996 with a BA Hons Degree in Business Administration specialising in Marketing, and went on to achieve the Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). 

She has worked for leading organisations within the healthcare, science and technology sectors, creating and delivering integrated marketing strategies that have driven financial performance and connected businesses with their customers and stakeholder, as well as holding senior leadership roles that have significantly influenced at Board level.  

Jennifer joined the Danos Group in 2019, as the Global Head of Marketing to support our continued growth.     

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Veronika Vlahova

Head of Finance

Veronika is a FCCA qualified professional accountant with 14 years of experience in both SME and corporate environments, particularly in the recruitment industry, including financial and management reporting, working capital management, financial planning, financial modelling, re-financing to support growth, assisting in opening overseas offices and hive-up of companies.

Veronika joined the Danos Group in 2021, as the Head of Finance she is responsible for running the Danos Group finance functions for our EMEA, the Americas and Asia Pacific regions.

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Fern Egan

Global Head of Administration

Fern joined the Operations Team at Danos Associates in September 2018 as Office Administrator, two years later she was promoted to Global Head of Administration based in London.

After finishing her studies in July 2017, she began her career in the Legal Sector as an Administrator and Receptionist.

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Netti Clark

Office Assistant

Netti joined the Danos Group London operations team in 2022 as Office Assistant. In her global role, she works closely with the Fern Egan the Global Head of Administration.

In 2021 Netti graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA Theology degree.

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Subijit Barua

Accounts Assistant

Subijit joined the Global Operations Team at the Danos Group in 2022. In his role as Accounts Assistant Subijit works closely with Veronika Vlahova the Head of Finance, and the wider operations team.

He completed his Master’s Degree in Accounting from University of Westminster, and then started his career as an Accountant in 2008.  For over 14 years Subijit has worked in Accounts and Payroll departments within the recruitment industry.

Subijit loves travelling and playing the keyboard piano in his spare time.

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Denis Spearman

Managing Director, Head of Compliance & Financial Crime, EMEA

(Executive & Permanent)

Denis joined Danos Associates in February 2010 before becoming a partner in 2014. Denis has successfully placed compliance candidates at all levels across financial services both in UK and Internationally.

He commenced his compliance recruitment career at an AIM listed recruitment firm in 2005. Starting as a researcher he quickly progressed to heading up the team and establishing himself as one of the leading recruiters in the compliance industry.

Denis is a marketing graduate from the Dublin Institute of technology.

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Edward Wacher

Director, Head of Buy-Side Compliance

(Executive & Permanent)

Edward joined Danos Associates in February 2015 having started his recruitment career in 2007 at a boutique compliance specialist in the city where he covered Asset Management (including Hedge Funds & Private Equity) and Investment Banking focusing on mid to senior level appointments. After six years he moved to build a compliance function at a Legal search business.

Edward graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc in Geography.

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Gurjit Purewal

Head of Consulting Solutions

(Consulting)

Gurjit joined the Danos Group in 2021 to lead our offshore consulting services as part of the Danos Consulting division. He is a very accomplished Compliance and Financial Crime professional, with a financial services background spanning more than 25 years. Gurjit holds both broad and deep expertise of the regulatory landscape – he will use this knowledge to support our EMEA consulting solutions business.

Formerly a Head of Compliance, as well as being the registered Compliance Officer (SMF16, CF10) and an MLRO (CF11), he has led large compliance teams and programs.  He has designed and executed compliance risk assessments and monitoring plans, implemented policies and procedures, established compliance manuals including delivering applicable and effective training.

Gurjit has undertaken and managed a wide range of regulatory engagements for numerous regulated firms across various industry sectors.  Because of his extensive experience, he has a detailed knowledge and understanding of the FCA, JFSC and GFSC requirements, along with the ability to apply this knowledge to a wide range of different firms, and to advise them on the best resources and consulting solutions they need to deal with their regulatory challenges.

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Isabel Anchebe

Associate Director, Head of Compliance, Europe

(Executive & Permanent)

Isabel joined Danos Associates in December 2019, having started her recruitment career in 2017 at a global recruitment organisation, where she specialised in Compliance roles across Europe.

She quickly progressed, and has an established track record in Europe having successfully placed a number of Senior Compliance professionals across the buy and sell side.

Isabel graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.

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Bradley Handelaar

Associate Director, Head of Interim Compliance

(Interim & Consultancy)

Bradley started his recruitment career in 2016 and joined the Danos Group in early 2019.

He is a specialist in Compliance, Financial Crime, Risk and Legal interim recruitment. He sources and places contract professionals into short or fixed term assignments across the Financial Services and Public sectors.  Bradley also project manages our secondment projects providing monthly updates and health checks to clients and secondees.

Bradley graduated with a degree in Real Estate from Birmingham City University.

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Claire Singer

Senior Consultant, Compliance

(Permanent)

Claire joined Danos Associates in May 2017 having started her recruitment career in 2008 at Robert Walters where she worked for 5 years before moving to other leading financial services recruitment firms.

She is an experienced Headhunter with an established track record in Compliance and Financial Crime Compliance within Investment Banking, Corporate Banking, Asset Management firms and Brokerage.

Claire graduated with a First-Class Honours in Fine Art from Southampton University and holds a master’s degree in Media and Business from Oxford Brooks University.

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Lascelles Reid-Barlow

Consultant, Interim Compliance

Lascelles joined the Danos Group in 2021 as a Recruitment specialising in Interim Compliance and Financial Crime. Previously he has worked as an Investment Banking Recruitment Consultant with a particular focus in renewable energy and infrastructure, working alongside Private Equity funds, Advisories and Banks. He focused on senior level hires ranging from associates to Partners and Managing Directors.

Lascelles studied Law LLB and volunteers in his spare time with a charity helping people obtain access to justice. He has a keen interest in business, finance and politics, while enjoying watching F1, football and documentaries.

 

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Aleksandrs Seksts

Researcher

Aleksandrs joined the Danos Group in 2022 as a specialist Compliance and Financial Crime headhunter and researcher working across the UK Financial Services.

Aleksandrs graduated from University of Hull with First-Class Honours in 2020, where he studied International Business. In his free time, Aleksandrs enjoys staying active, reading books, and following sports (especially ice hockey).

 

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Thomas Wade

Researcher

Thomas joined the Danos Group in 2022 as a specialist Compliance and Financial Crime researcher.

He graduated from De Montfort University in 2022 where he studied History.

In his spare time Thomas enjoys watching and taking part in a wide range of sports; he especially likes playing football and following the Premier League.

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Kimberley Huisman

Researcher

Kimberley joined the Danos Group in June 2022 as a specialist Compliance and Financial Crime researcher.

She graduated from Buckinghamshire New University in 2021 where she studied Music Business.

In her spare time Kimberley enjoys listening to music, ballet and following basketball.

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Harry Storey

Researcher

Harry joined the Danos Group in 2022 as a Researcher specialising in regulatory Compliance across the Financial Services industry.

In 2021 Harry was awarded his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from King’s College London, the following year he graduated with an MSc in China & Globalisation.

In his spare time, Harry enjoys running, reading, and watching films.

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Georgie Ashby

Researcher

Georgie joined the Danos Group in 2022 as a Compliance and Financial Crime Researcher.

In 2021, she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychosocial Studies from Birkbeck University.

In her spare time, Georgie enjoys cooking, reading, and watching films.

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Nicole Poole

Researcher

Nicole joined the Danos Group in 2022 as a Researcher specialising in Interim Compliance, Risk and Financial Crime.

She graduated from Swansea University in 2022 where she studied Sport and Exercise Science.

In her spare time Nicole enjoys playing and watching sport, mainly hockey and football. As well as going to the gym, cooking, and watching live music.

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Denis Spearman

Managing Director, Head of Compliance & Financial Crime, EMEA

(Executive & Permanent)

Denis joined Danos Associates in February 2010 before becoming a partner in 2014. Denis has successfully placed compliance candidates at all levels across financial services both in UK and Internationally.

He commenced his compliance recruitment career at an AIM listed recruitment firm in 2005. Starting as a researcher he quickly progressed to heading up the team and establishing himself as one of the leading recruiters in the compliance industry.

Denis is a marketing graduate from the Dublin Institute of technology.

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Edward Wacher

Director, Head of Buy-Side Compliance

(Executive & Permanent)

Edward joined Danos Associates in February 2015 having started his recruitment career in 2007 at a boutique compliance specialist in the city where he covered Asset Management (including Hedge Funds & Private Equity) and Investment Banking focusing on mid to senior level appointments. After six years he moved to build a compliance function at a Legal search business.

Edward graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc in Geography.

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Gurjit Purewal

Head of Consulting Solutions

(Consulting)

Gurjit joined the Danos Group in 2021 to lead our offshore consulting services as part of the Danos Consulting division. He is a very accomplished Compliance and Financial Crime professional, with a financial services background spanning more than 25 years. Gurjit holds both broad and deep expertise of the regulatory landscape – he will use this knowledge to support our EMEA consulting solutions business.

Formerly a Head of Compliance, as well as being the registered Compliance Officer (SMF16, CF10) and an MLRO (CF11), he has led large compliance teams and programs.  He has designed and executed compliance risk assessments and monitoring plans, implemented policies and procedures, established compliance manuals including delivering applicable and effective training.

Gurjit has undertaken and managed a wide range of regulatory engagements for numerous regulated firms across various industry sectors.  Because of his extensive experience, he has a detailed knowledge and understanding of the FCA, JFSC and GFSC requirements, along with the ability to apply this knowledge to a wide range of different firms, and to advise them on the best resources and consulting solutions they need to deal with their regulatory challenges.

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Isabel Anchebe

Associate Director, Head of Compliance, Europe

(Executive & Permanent)

Isabel joined Danos Associates in December 2019, having started her recruitment career in 2017 at a global recruitment organisation, where she specialised in Compliance roles across Europe.

She quickly progressed, and has an established track record in Europe having successfully placed a number of Senior Compliance professionals across the buy and sell side.

Isabel graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.

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Bradley Handelaar

Associate Director, Head of Interim Compliance

(Interim & Consultancy)

Bradley started his recruitment career in 2016 and joined the Danos Group in early 2019.

He is a specialist in Compliance, Financial Crime, Risk and Legal interim recruitment. He sources and places contract professionals into short or fixed term assignments across the Financial Services and Public sectors.  Bradley also project manages our secondment projects providing monthly updates and health checks to clients and secondees.

Bradley graduated with a degree in Real Estate from Birmingham City University.

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Claire Singer

Senior Consultant, Compliance

(Permanent)

Claire joined Danos Associates in May 2017 having started her recruitment career in 2008 at Robert Walters where she worked for 5 years before moving to other leading financial services recruitment firms.

She is an experienced Headhunter with an established track record in Compliance and Financial Crime Compliance within Investment Banking, Corporate Banking, Asset Management firms and Brokerage.

Claire graduated with a First-Class Honours in Fine Art from Southampton University and holds a master’s degree in Media and Business from Oxford Brooks University.

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Lascelles Reid-Barlow

Consultant, Interim Compliance

Lascelles joined the Danos Group in 2021 as a Recruitment specialising in Interim Compliance and Financial Crime. Previously he has worked as an Investment Banking Recruitment Consultant with a particular focus in renewable energy and infrastructure, working alongside Private Equity funds, Advisories and Banks. He focused on senior level hires ranging from associates to Partners and Managing Directors.

Lascelles studied Law LLB and volunteers in his spare time with a charity helping people obtain access to justice. He has a keen interest in business, finance and politics, while enjoying watching F1, football and documentaries.

 

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Aleksandrs Seksts

Researcher

Aleksandrs joined the Danos Group in 2022 as a specialist Compliance and Financial Crime headhunter and researcher working across the UK Financial Services.

Aleksandrs graduated from University of Hull with First-Class Honours in 2020, where he studied International Business. In his free time, Aleksandrs enjoys staying active, reading books, and following sports (especially ice hockey).

 

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Thomas Wade

Researcher

Thomas joined the Danos Group in 2022 as a specialist Compliance and Financial Crime researcher.

He graduated from De Montfort University in 2022 where he studied History.

In his spare time Thomas enjoys watching and taking part in a wide range of sports; he especially likes playing football and following the Premier League.

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Kimberley Huisman

Researcher

Kimberley joined the Danos Group in June 2022 as a specialist Compliance and Financial Crime researcher.

She graduated from Buckinghamshire New University in 2021 where she studied Music Business.

In her spare time Kimberley enjoys listening to music, ballet and following basketball.

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Harry Storey

Researcher

Harry joined the Danos Group in 2022 as a Researcher specialising in regulatory Compliance across the Financial Services industry.

In 2021 Harry was awarded his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from King’s College London, the following year he graduated with an MSc in China & Globalisation.

In his spare time, Harry enjoys running, reading, and watching films.

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Georgie Ashby

Researcher

Georgie joined the Danos Group in 2022 as a Compliance and Financial Crime Researcher.

In 2021, she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychosocial Studies from Birkbeck University.

In her spare time, Georgie enjoys cooking, reading, and watching films.

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Nicole Poole

Researcher

Nicole joined the Danos Group in 2022 as a Researcher specialising in Interim Compliance, Risk and Financial Crime.

She graduated from Swansea University in 2022 where she studied Sport and Exercise Science.

In her spare time Nicole enjoys playing and watching sport, mainly hockey and football. As well as going to the gym, cooking, and watching live music.

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Maame Eshun

Associate Director, Head of Legal, Financial Services

(Executive & Permanent)

Maame joined Danos Associates in early 2018, in 2019 she was promoted to Senior Associate and is responsible for the running of our EMEA In-House Legal Division.

She started her legal recruitment career in January 2016 specialising in the financial services sector and successfully placed high calibre legal professionals with leading investment banks, broker-dealers, credit rating agencies and private banks.

Maame graduated from the University of Oxford, Keble College with a degree in Chemistry.

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Chris Simmonds

Consultant, Legal

(Permanent & Interim)

Chris joined the Danos Group in January 2022 as an Associate recruiter specialising in Legal. Previously he worked as a Solicitor and has over seven years’ legal experience dealing with Human Rights, and Landlord and Tenant matters.

He studied Law at the University of South Wales where he was awarded his Bachelor of Laws degree and was President of the Law and Mooting Society. He later went onto Cardiff University where he completed the Bar Professional Training Course.

Chris is a keen sports fan who enjoys rugby and football. In his spare time he is learning to code computer programmes.

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Mark Waters

Deputy Head of Research

(Permanent & Interim)

Mark joined the Danos Group in August 2020. Since joining the workforce, he has gained experience in the Legal, Risk and Compliance industries, developing significant expertise in areas such as, Compliance, Risk, Private Practice, and In-House Legal. Currently Mark focuses on search and interim recruitment opportunities within Legal.

Mark’s background working for Chambers has given him detailed UK and US Legal market knowledge. Mark graduated from the University of Manchester with a First-Class Honours, Bachelor’s Degree in Politics with Modern History.

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Peter Umesi

Director, Head of Risk Analytics, EMEA

(Executive & Permanent)

Peter has a proven track record in leading cross-sector projects across EMEA. He is a specialist in Model Risk Management and Internal Audit and has delivered on mandates for leading Management Consulting Firms, Financial Services Institutions and Global Conglomerates.

He leads the Risk Division across Europe with a team focused on Credit and Market topics such as Model Development and Validation, Stress Testing and FRTB.

Peter graduated from Brunel University with a degree in Politics.

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Harry Vidler

Associate Director, Head of Cyber

(Executive & Permanent)

Harry is a seasoned executive recruiting professional with extensive experience building and growing world-leading information and cyber security functions.

A highly recommended headhunter who takes a consultative approach by partnering himself with his clients to understand their pain points and hiring needs. By immersing himself in the company he identifies the issues and the needs to ultimately connect his clients with the very best talent, whether they are active or inactive in the security market.

Harry prides himself on delivering hiring projects to create the perfect security function, by solving complex hiring problems, finding niche skill sets and transitioning talent seamlessly into businesses.

Harry graduated from the University of Essex with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biomedical Science. He enjoys participating in sport including Rugby, Cricket, and Athletics. He is an active Diversity, Equity & Inclusion ally, having founded the platform ‘Diversity within Cyber’.

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Bradley Handelaar

Associate Director, Head of Interim Compliance

(Interim & Consultancy)

Bradley started his recruitment career in 2016 and joined the Danos Group in early 2019.

He is a specialist in Compliance, Financial Crime, Risk and Legal interim recruitment. He sources and places contract professionals into short or fixed term assignments across the Financial Services and Public sectors.  Bradley also project manages our secondment projects providing monthly updates and health checks to clients and secondees.

Bradley graduated with a degree in Real Estate from Birmingham City University.

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Alex Bayne-Powell

Senior Consultant, Head of ESG

(Executive & Permanent)

An accomplished Risk head-hunter, focusing on placing senior Risk & Governance professionals into the Financial Services and Consulting industries. Expertise includes Climate Risk, Enterprise Risk and Credit Risk, which spans both buy and sell-side as well as finance functions of corporate institutions.

Over 10 years’ experience covering Risk Management (1st, 2nd & 3rd lines of defence).  Alex now focuses searches across Investment Banking, Retail Banking, Asset Management, Advisory and Consulting.

Specialities Include: Operational Risk, Market Risk, Credit Risk, Enterprise Risk, ESG Risk, Climate Risk, and Corporate Governance.

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Harry Vidler

Associate Director, Head of Cyber

(Executive & Permanent)

Harry is a seasoned executive recruiting professional with extensive experience building and growing world-leading information and cyber security functions.

A highly recommended headhunter who takes a consultative approach by partnering himself with his clients to understand their pain points and hiring needs. By immersing himself in the company he identifies the issues and the needs to ultimately connect his clients with the very best talent, whether they are active or inactive in the security market.

Harry prides himself on delivering hiring projects to create the perfect security function, by solving complex hiring problems, finding niche skill sets and transitioning talent seamlessly into businesses.

Harry graduated from the University of Essex with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biomedical Science. He enjoys participating in sport including Rugby, Cricket, and Athletics. He is an active Diversity, Equity & Inclusion ally, having founded the platform ‘Diversity within Cyber’.

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Alex Bayne-Powell

Senior Consultant, Head of ESG

(Executive & Permanent)

An accomplished Risk head-hunter, focusing on placing senior Risk & Governance professionals into the Financial Services and Consulting industries. Expertise includes Climate Risk, Enterprise Risk and Credit Risk, which spans both buy and sell-side as well as finance functions of corporate institutions.

Over 10 years’ experience covering Risk Management (1st, 2nd & 3rd lines of defence).  Alex now focuses searches across Investment Banking, Retail Banking, Asset Management, Advisory and Consulting.

Specialities Include: Operational Risk, Market Risk, Credit Risk, Enterprise Risk, ESG Risk, Climate Risk, and Corporate Governance.