About us

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Who we are

We're Maven by name and Mavens by nature.
An authority in executive search and talent advisory transforming businesses for our partners worldwide.

In whichever territory we're working, partnership is paramount to us. It's an approach that's built our reputation as a trusted adviser to some of the world’s leading institutions across investment management, investment banking and global markets.

Our point of difference? The ability to bring brilliance to the table through exceptional research, outstanding talent and unparalleled insights.

Our background

We delivered Maven's first successful search in 2007. Since then, we've helped our clients elevate and evolve their businesses in all corners of the global financial landscape.


We've got every base covered. From international banking institutions and boutiques to fintech ventures and commodity trading houses.

Proven in the field

We've delivered over 800 executive searches across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific.

These range from whole-firm acquisitions, global team moves and multi-year divisional build-outs to targeted talent acquisitions across the seniority stack. We take pride in our delivery, in the detail and depth of our market analyses, and in the unrivalled breadth of our combined global network.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion. It’s in our DNA.

At Maven a total commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the core of who we are.

Every aspect of our search methodology upholds and promotes the highest standards of inclusivity and representation ensuring that each hiring process is anchored by a commitment to these values

 

Meet some of our team

Mavens who make things happen

Charles Buchan

Consultant
Paul Barker

Partner
Ivy Panesar

Operations Manager
Rizwaan Ahmed

Partner
Lara Pysden

Consultant
Angus Gorrie

Associate
Gaurav Sethi

Managing Partner & Founder
Will Hannaford

Managing Partner & CEO
Wendy Martin

Partner
Isa Blanco-Bush

Product Specialist
Chinello Nwakwesi

Associate
Chloe Mustaki

Associate
Lara Pysden

Lara Pysden

Consultant

Lara joined Maven as an Associate in 2019 and since then she has led and executed several senior searches for a variety of sectors across the Global Investment Banking business. She is now a key member of Maven’s Investment Banking business, leading searches with our biggest institutional clients.


Passionate about our planet and social equality, Lara also leads Sustainability and Social Impact at Maven, driving our commitment to sustainable business development as well as building our CSR initiatives. Pre-Maven, she was an independent consultant working across high profile awards shows and corporate functions.


Lara attained a first-class BA in Geography from The University of Oxford, where she rowed for the Oxford University Women’s Boat Club. Active across music, when she's not song writing, playing guitar or DJ'ing out of hours, Lara also spends her time supporting charities, including Awards for Young Musicians.

Will Hannaford

Will Hannaford

Managing Partner & CEO

Will joined Maven in February 2019 to help to drive the next stage of its growth – from global specialist financial services executive search firm to multi-industry talent solutions provider. His energy and positive outlook owe as much to winning a past battle with cancer, as to his lifelong love of cycling.

Will co-manages the firm with Gaurav globally and his personal areas of expertise span Global Markets, Investment Management, Investment Banking and Technology. Prior to joining Maven, he was a Partner and Global COO at Hogarth Davies Lloyd for 12 years, having started his career in a multinational recruitment company.

A craft beer aficionado and diehard Liverpool fan, Will studied Maths and Philosophy at King’s College London.

Wendy Martin

Wendy Martin

Partner

Wendy joined Maven as a Partner in August 2021 from Caldwell Partners, where she was a member of the global Financial Services & Private Equity Practice. Prior to that, Wendy co-founded an executive search firm and ran the Equities Practice there. As well as being a keen runner, horse rider, cyclist and dog-walker, she boasts 20 years’ experience in executive search, conducting high level searches for a range of clients across Financial Services.

Wendy began her career broking UK equities to European clients for a major European Investment Bank and moved into executive search in 1998, setting up the Equities practice for a London boutique, before co-founding her own firm in 2013.

She read Modern Languages at the University of Bristol and speaks German and French, having fallen in love with France after spending a year living there in her 20s.

Rizwaan Ahmed

Rizwaan Ahmed

Partner

Since joining Maven in 2011 Rizwaan has played an important role in driving the firm's growth across investment banking, global markets and private equity. He now spends most of his time developing some of our key relationships across Investment Banking with a particular focus on the Americas and Europe.

Rizwaan holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management & Economics from Queen Mary University of London. A one-time international cricketer and keen traveller, with a special affection for holidays in Antalya, he is a big sports fan, as well as a devoted father.

Angus Gorrie

Angus Gorrie

Associate

Having reluctantly dropped his childhood ambition to play centre half for Arsenal, Angus joined Maven in 2018. Since then, he's been focused primarily on Investment Banking, but has also spent time in Private Equity and Quantitative Finance across Europe, Asia and the Americas. He has also been involved in an overhaul of Maven's data management as well as a full refresh of its branding. Pre-Maven, Angus worked in contract recruitment in Birmingham.

An enthusiastic techie and budding chef with a penchant for holidays in the Hamptons, Angus obtained a BSc (Hons) degree in Marketing from Aston University.

Chinello Nwakwesi

Chinello Nwakwesi

Associate

Chinello joined Maven in 2020, with a primary focus on the Investment Banking space in both EMEA and the Americas. Prior to Maven, Chinello started her career at a boutique recruitment firm, successfully executing a wide variety of mandates across Financial Services and Law.

Originally from Toronto, Chinello earned her BA (Hons) in Law and Business at Carleton University in Canada before crossing the pond to study for the LLB at City University in London. Away from work, Chinello loves sport and can often be found hunkering down to watch the Big Game – whether it's basketball or gridiron.

Charles Buchan

Charles Buchan

Consultant

Charles joined Maven in 2017 and is a key member of the Investment Management and Global Markets team, covering portfolio management, trading and sales roles on both the buy and sell side. He is a consultant and has successfully executed searches in the UK, Continental Europe, North America and Asia.

Charles studied Economics at City University London where he was also a member of the Rugby 1st XV. He’s also passionate about basketball and getting to Kitzbühel to ski as often as he is able to.

Paul Barker

Paul Barker

Partner

A snowboarding devotee and all-round sports fan, Paul has been a Partner with Maven since joining in 2015. He focuses on origination across Global Markets and Investment Management and supports business development throughout the entire firm. Paul has worked in executive search since 2005 and has a global track record in sales and trading, structuring and solutions, capital markets and investment management.

Paul started his career in London for a FTSE-listed international recruitment firm covering credit and rates markets, before moving to Hong Kong in 2007 to set up the APAC Global Markets practice. He subsequently moved to a niche APAC Investment Banking search boutique covering Asia M&A, Capital Markets, and Fixed Income Sales & Structuring. His career then took him to one of Asia’s most respected fixed income executive search firms, where he spent four years in Hong Kong before moving to New York in 2013.

Dedicated to his family, Spurs and golf (in that order), Paul holds a BA (Hons) in Information Systems from Nottingham Business School.

Ivy Panesar

Ivy Panesar

Operations Manager

Ivy joined Maven in January 2019 as assistant to Gaurav Sethi and Will Hannaford, with the added mandate of streamlining global operational processes. Prior to joining Maven, she was Executive Assistant at a global executive search firm, driving the European Women’s Employee Resource Group initiative, and being named Financial Services EA of the Year. Ivy has also spearheaded operations at a renowned media agency, and was a studio manager at a leading digital design studio.

Passionate about efficiency, wellbeing and organisation, as well as being a mum, Ivy is Maven's only staff member to know the location of every stationery item in the office. She completed A-Levels in Adelaide – and gained a top 20 hit in the Australian singles charts – before relocating to the UK in 2000.

Chloe Mustaki

Chloe Mustaki

Associate

Chloe joined Maven in January 2020 and, since then, has developed her knowledge in all key areas of the business: Investment Management, Global Markets and Banking.

Chloe’s focus to date has been in Investment Banking across the Americas and EMEA. Pre-Maven, she completed a London-based internship with Arbolus, an expert network platform. A gruelling 18 month knee-injury rehab incurred while on international duty for the Ireland Women’s football team, has given her a whole new appreciation for overcoming challenges.

Chloe studied International Commerce and went on to do the CEMS Master’s degree in International Management at University College Dublin. Passionate about diversity and inclusion, she is bilingual in French and English.

Gaurav Sethi

Gaurav Sethi

Managing Partner & Founder

Gaurav founded Maven in 2007 with no sense whatsoever of the financial crisis to come. Since then, despite this lack of clairvoyance, he's driven the growth of a business that began with one small office in London into a global executive search firm with an established presence in London, New York and Hong Kong.

Gaurav has led searches across the Investment Banking, Investment Management and Global Markets businesses and now focuses on Maven's most senior mandates and relationships. Before founding Maven, he ran the Asia-Pacific practice for a large multi-national search firm.

Prior to the start of his professional life, Gaurav spent several years in academia, earning two Master’s degrees from the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge.

When not working, Gaurav can be found diving into a new hobby, which could be anything from golf to Mandarin – though he has now resolved to enjoy the latter vicariously through his children instead.

Isa Blanco-Bush

Isa Blanco-Bush

Product Specialist

Isa joined Maven in 2018 and has worked on a variety of senior executive level assignments across Global Markets, Investment Management and Investment Banking. She now spends most of her time working on some of the firm’s highest profile strategic projects across Investment Management and Investment Banking with particular specialisms in Private Credit, M&A and Capital Markets. Although based in London, Isa splits her time between the Americas and EMEA.

Isa earned a Bachelor's degree in History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas from The University of Warwick – having decided it was for her when, aged just 11, she made a tour of its campus with her brother. Proficient in Spanish, Isa loves UFC, NBA and always likes to wow an audience with her mum's legendary carrot cake recipe.

Our guiding principles

These are the guiding principles that underpin everything we do.

01

Diversity

We're diverse, inclusive and equitable. Differences are what make us strong and underpin brilliant results.

02

Integrity

Our principles come first. We take a long-term approach to building our business — the depth of our client relationships is testament to its success.

03

Affinity

Our partnerships thrive because we prioritise building meaningful relationships. We're wholly collaborative.

04

Knowledge

Our decades of experience have woven a vast global network. High quality information and timely market intelligence are behind everything we do.

05

Discretion

Dealing with sensitive information is at the core of our business — a responsibility we take very seriously. Our partners can be confident in complete confidentiality.

06

Ambition

Our passion is fuelled by our partners' success. We're committed to identifying transformational solutions for every project — driving and facilitating our mutual growth.

07

Precision

We're obsessive about detail — taking an intensely diligent approach to research. Our data analytics empowers strategic decision making.

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