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Building a trusting relationship creates the most productive environment for clients to explore the opportunities and challenges of their workplace. To release potential and improve performance by testing the status quo and finding new ways to develop leadership skills is rewarding for all. To share the oasis where clients can stretch the vision or think the unthinkable is a privilege.
Ian served articles and a further three years with KPMG before moving into the Financial Services Industry both as a practitioner and increasingly as senior management. He remained predominantly City-based although with international responsibilities and experience both in the Far East and the Channel Islands.
Five years with Panmure Gordon were followed by a founding directorship at Schroder Securities and then Jardines where he became CEO of the UK Investment Management Business. His achievements there included strategic acquisitions, a complete reorganisation of the business environment and the successful disposal and integration of the group into new ownership with the inevitable cultural challenges. Change management has been a particular feature of Ian’s career with responsibilities for start-ups, mergers, acquisitions and disposals. He has found that challenging situations can rapidly develop leaders and managers and, when handled well the best results are achieved and experienced gained. The confidential sounding board of coaching has proved most beneficial.
Having enjoyed the benefits as a CEO of having a coach and finding a growing interest in developing his own colleagues Ian decided to become an executive coach himself. Ian has worked with a cross-section of organisations and senior executives. He brings a wealth of practical management experience and finds tremendous satisfaction in sounding board discussions.
Married with three sons and a daughter, Ian enjoys sport, is endeavouring to reduce his golf handicap, and likes to find time to relax, walking the cliffs in Cornwall and the hills in Scotland.
Ian works with Board members, high potential managers and partners in professional practice firms. He finds tremendous satisfaction in bringing fresh insight to the well established, developing leadership skills with the aspiring and establishing a clear programme of action with the newly appointed.
Education, Qualifications, Professional Positions
FCA – Fellow Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
FSA – previously FSA registered and regulated
Trustee of the Whiteley Homes Trust
Member of the Tearfund F&A Committee
Director of Cygnet Business Developments
Academy of Executive Coaching
Selected Client Companies
Pictet Asset Management Limited
Providence Equity Partners
St James’s Place plc
The Abbeyfield Society
Towerbrook Capital Partners
Arcus Infrastructure Partners LLP
British Horseracing Authority
Eaton Vance Management (Int’l) Ltd
Engelhart Commodities Trading Partners
Hayfin Capital Management