Our People

  • John Pritchard

    John Pritchard
    Executive Chairman, HMS

    After graduating in Law from Cambridge University, John trained with Allen & Overy before moving to Salomon Brothers. He founded Piper Pritchard and HMS in 1992 as a specialist legal and banking search consultancy. John also holds the position of Chairman of the Alumni Advisory Board, the Steering Committee and Nominations Committee of Cambridge University. As a former Olympic rower John was a director of the British Olympic Association prior to the 2012 London Games.

  • Stephen Ferguson

    Stephen Ferguson
    Managing Director, Finlay Gardener Professional Services

    After starting his career with Deloitte, Stephen has spent the majority of his 17 years in executive search covering Professional and Financial Services. From hiring partners through to providing detailed market insight, Stephen has become a trusted advisor to the leadership of a number of leading European organisations.

  • Paul Strangeway

    Paul Strangeway
    Managing Director, Finlay Gardener TMT

    Prior to working in the executive search Paul had an outstanding career in the IT Industry, with the likes of BAE Systems and CSC. Paul’s 14 year search experience includes recruiting mid to senior IT Management roles and building teams and managing talent pools, such as the Inside Sales team of a leading telecoms provider.

  • Emma Walton

    Emma Walton
    Regional CEO, Finlay Gardener Bristol

    Emma has over 20 years’ experience sourcing talent globally from Management to Board level, across multiple industries. She has been involved in executive search and selection, interim management sourcing, talent mapping and market research. Emma has worked at several of Europe’s leading recruitment businesses covering procurement, sales, marketing and digital, and transformation leaders.

  • David Rolles

    David Rolles
    Director, Piper Pritchard

    David advises law firms on the hire of individual partners, as well as building new practice areas and offices, and has brokered many significant team moves. He has completed projects across most international markets. His long standing clients include global, international and national firms, and boutique specialists.

  • Gary Senior

    Gary Senior
    Managing Director, Helix Insight Services

    Gary leads the strategic consulting practice. Prior to joining Helix Gary was a partner at a major global law firm, where he held senior leadership positions, including Chair of EMEA and Managing Partner.

    In addition to strategic consulting, he is available to coach and mentor partners in leadership positions in law firms and other professional services practices.

    The strategic consulting services provided include (i) development and implementation of strategy; (ii) advice on partner remuneration systems; (iii) partner performance; (iv) practice area reviews; (v) growth , including new office openings; (vi) mergers; and, (vii) integration of how a firm operates, including post-merger.

    Through Helix Insight we are able to provide detailed analyses of markets, talent, competition and potential new locations, either in combination with our consulting services or as a stand-alone product.