What do you do at Redgrave?
I joined Redgrave in 2017 to lead our Global FMCG practice, and the privilege of partnering with some of the best and most interesting food, drink, personal care, home care and wider consumer products businesses in the world.
What do you most enjoy about your job?
I have two: supporting the more junior members of the team develop and grow gives me great satisfaction; as does seeing the impact of a successful search on the career of the candidate and the performance of the client’s business.
What was your first job?
Unless you count being paid £50 to write my father’s anti-terrorism defence MBA, my first job was working behind the bar of a pub in Birmingham run by the Aston Villa firm.
What are you reading/listening to at the moment?
I’ve just finished 2022 Booker Prize winner, The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka. The language and premise is brilliant and it gives a fascinating insight into the modern history of Sri Lanka – something I knew very little about before reading this book.
Italian. My mother grew up on the Aventine Hill in Rome and Italian cuisine has always been a huge part of my family life. The best meal I have ever had in my life was up in the hills above the Amalfi coast in a beautiful village called Ravello.
What do you do when not at work?
I am a very keen sportsman and play rugby for my old boys team. I have also completed several long-distance challenges, including a marathon in Sierra Leone, raising more than £60,000 for Street Child. I am also passionately interested in Re-Wilding and in my spare time have done pro-bono work for Re-Wilding Europe.
What do you think makes Redgrave special?
It’s a corny phrase but I think that Redgrave really embodies the statement “big enough to matter, small enough to care”.
What is your proudest/best Redgrave moment?
Working with the family and board at Noble Foods to place their Group CEO Duncan Everett, along with other Board members. Seeing the huge impact any of my placements have makes me proud.
If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?
While I would love the ability to speak to animals, I think I would choose the ability to help people to see one other’s view. Empathy projection for want of a better term.
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