People

Our Partners and their teams have first hand experience advising the three industries in which we specialize. Many held senior executive positions in the leading institutions before they joined the firm. Our clients benefit from the empathy our partners have with the challenges of executive management.

Our consultants are selected for the skills in a range of disciplines and deployed to suit the needs of our client assignments. Most projects will require a combination of strong analysis, senior level facilitation, expert interviews, client data analysis and market strategy as well as strong presentation and communication skills.

James Edsberg
Senior Partner

James Edsberg works with the management of some of the world’s leading financial institutions and professional and business services firms to help them identify and exploit domestic and global growth opportunities. He implements and leads client-centric strategy programs in operations, market positioning, business planning, client relationship management and business development on a global basis.

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Michael Parker 
Chairman

Mike Parker brings extensive senior management experience from his time as Managing Director in the Saatchi Group, one of the world’s largest business services and communications groups. He was responsible for the positioning of many global brands over a 40 year career in business and marketing strategy. He continues to advise management teams of global professional services firms on business development, client centric communications and reputation strategies.

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John McLaren
Partner, Advisory Board

John McLaren has over 20 years' experience working with and advising CEOs and Boards of leading companies in business services, digital media, industrials and financial services.  He specialises in transformation and change and is a recognised authority in the development and execution of effective global communications strategies, thought leadership programmes and in international brand management. Read more

Gurpreet Garcha
Partner

Gurpreet Garcha advises some of the world’s leading financial and professional services firms. She specialises in market entry, strategy and transformation projects - helping firms align their operations, client relationship management and business development to the current and future needs of their clients.

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Henry Weston Davies
Partner

Henry Weston Davies leads global projects for clients in the financial services and professional and business services sectors. He specialises in formulating and implementing client centric strategies in operations, market positioning, business planning, client relationship management and business development.

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James Phillips
Partner

James Phillips leads strategy projects with both alternative and traditional asset management firms on a variety of investment research, capital raising strategy and brand marketing assignments. He advises portfolio managers on their marketing strategy and fund product collateral, identifies the universe of investors appropriate for their investment strategies, and prepares them for investment and operational due diligence meetings with prospective investors.Read more

Irina Bugaeva
Partner

Irina Bugaeva is an experienced strategy and corporate development professional with consulting background and focus on Financial Services industry. She joined Gulland Padfield from the Corporate Strategy Division of Banco Santander where she specialized for the last 7 years in market entry strategies, growth through corporate acquisitions, and the structuring of joint ventures and partnerships.Read more

David Maude
Partner

David Maude is one of the most recognized and respected consultants in the Wealth Management and Private Banking industry. He has over 20 years’ experience in the Financial Services sector. He works at Board level and with business units on strategy development and execution, operational improvement and business performance. His clients include many of the leading universal, private and investment banks, family offices, asset managers, private equity firms and portfolio companies as well as hedge funds.

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Tom Price
Advisory Board

Tom Price is Chief Operating Officer at one of Europe’s leading Wealth Management firms.  He has an extensive commercial and legal background in financial services, specialising in asset management and financial transaction structuring.  Tom has held the position of Chairman of a listed fund. Read more

Charlotte McDougall
Partner

Charlotte McDougall works with major global and City institutions and private clients. She advises CEOs, CFOs, COOs and Managing Partners on business development, leadership skills, client relationship skills and audience strategy. She has worked with individuals and teams from J.P. Morgan, J.P. Morgan Cazenove, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Alchemy, Carrousel Capital, Unilever, KPMG, UBS, and Clifford Chance.

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Claudia Goodman
Partner

Claudia Goodman is a partner at Gulland Padfield. Claudia advises global clients on brand strategy, future trends, new market opportunities, competitor analysis and client behaviour. She works with Private Equity and Business services clients. She leads Commercial due diligence projects and manages the Gulland Padfield research institute.Read more

Warren Riddell
Advisory Board

Warren Riddell advises major international professional service firms and engineering groups on new market entry strategies. He has particular knowledge of the Asia Pacific markets and helps US and European firms understand and identify opportunities across the AsiaPac region. He is currently principal of Beaton Capital and of the Beaton Investment Fund. 

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