People

Our teams have many decades of combined experience advising the industries in which we specialize. Prior to their consulting careers, many held senior executive positions and led global functions in leading institutions. They regularly write and publish research papers and articles. And many are regularly invited to chair and speak at industry conferences.

We are supported by an experienced Advisory Board which is an invaluable source of additional insight and judgement on which to draw for the highly complex issues our teams are regularly asked to consider.

Together our teams have successfully delivered projects in over 24 countries from our international offices in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

James Edsberg

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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Henry Weston Davies

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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Silvia Velásquez

Silvia Velásquez has over 16 years’ experience working with professional and business services firms in Latin America and Europe. She specialises in the development and successful roll-out of Market Strategy and Client Relationship Development. Prior to joining Gulland Padfield, Silvia was Marketing Director for 4 years at the international firm, prietocarrizosa, one of Latin America’s leading professional advisors.

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James Phillips

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.

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Harriet Creamer
Advisory Board

Harriet Creamer has over twenty five years experience of working in legal services sector, both as a client lawyer and in management. Harriet trained, practised and became a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer, where – having become the City of London’s first PSL - she headed up their knowledge management function, developing and managing knowledge services across their worldwide network of offices.

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John McLaren
Chairman

John McLaren has over 20 years of 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. 

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John Dore

John Dore has over twenty-year’s experience working with major banking groups on their market strategy. He was Global Head of Marketing and Communications for HSBC Private Banking and Head of Marketing for the Commercial Banking division at HSBC in the UK. Previously he undertook senior roles with Barclays, Herbert Smith, EY and Arthur Andersen.

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Douglas R. Johnson

Doug Johnson has over 20 years’ experience as a strategy consultant to the financial and professional services sectors. He has a strong record of success working with firms to achieve and exceed their revenue and profitability goals.

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Tom Price
Advisory Board

Tom Price works with Wealth and Asset Management firms to advise them on their structural, compliance, regulatory and operational challenges. He is a former Chief Operating Officer at one of Europe’s leading Family Offices. Prior to that he was commercial and legal advisor to UK and European financial institutions and funds, specialising in asset management and transaction structuring.

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Peter Schuh
Advisory Board

Peter advises leading financial institutions, professional services companies and investors on strategic and operational business challenges. He has over 17 years’ consulting and project management experience in leading complex assignments for European and global businesses often with a transformational impact relating to their market and client strategy. His current focus is on client strategy, product strategy and market entry strategies for players in Asset Management, Capital Markets and Corporate Banking.

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David Maude

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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Irina Bugaeva

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.

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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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Charlotte McDougall

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

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.

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