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Charlie Clifton

Senior Managing Director

Charlie Clifton

Charlie focuses on the financial services sector, advising retail and commercial banks, private banks and wealth management firms, and financial technology companies. In addition to advising on board and executive appointments, Charlie leads the firm’s Risk and Compliance practice, managing chief risk officer, chair of risk committee, and other second line leadership appointments. Prior to joining Ridgeway, Charlie worked for a publicly quoted, global search firm. Charlie thrives when partnering with clients to provide a high touch, personalised service. His approach is one of thorough research coupled with building strong and lasting relationships. Charlie holds a BA in Politics from Newcastle University and is currently studying for an MBA. He is a mentor on the Women in Banking and Finance (WIBF) programme. Outside of work, Charlie is a mentor to young people at The Prince’s Trust. 

What is the single most important challenge facing clients today and how can we help?

I think how businesses respond to a rapidly changing world, the pace of which has been intensified by the pandemic, is the key challenge facing clients. I would break this down into four principal societal and business areas, namely technology and digital transformation; diversity, equity and inclusion; climate risk and the broader ESG agenda; and adapting to operating in a post pandemic world.   

How have clients’ expectations/priorities changed during your time here?

We have seen an increased appetite in the desire to attract forward looking, progressive talent who will genuinely challenge and change the way things have historically been done. This can relate to a number of areas such as a company’s digital transformation, its future strategy, or reshaping its corporate purpose and culture. This is leading to more diverse shortlists, both in terms of gender and ethnicity, but also in relation to identifying individuals from different product areas, geographies and backgrounds.  Seeking talent globally is a fundamental aspect of every assignment. 

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