What can be done to ensure commitment translates to action? We spoke to several senior ethnic minority professionals with experience working in leading City firms to find out why businesses need to step outside of their comfort zone to guarantee results when it comes to diverse hiring.
With levels of attrition in the energy sector at an all time high and staff switching jobs at an accelerating pace, we share some actions that firms can take to ensure they have an effective plan in place.
“Don’t let anybody tell you you’re different.” When Kasase Kabwe was at the airport, flying away to boarding school in Britain at the age of 13, this is what his father said to him.
Who are we
Falcon Brook is an executive search consultancy operating across Energy, Commodities, Investment and Wealth Management.
We can say with confidence that we are unlike any other search firm operating in our markets.
Our personal approach and commitment to our community sets us apart.
We help organisations create a more sustainable future for diverse and underrepresented talent.
Our long-term relationships with clients and candidates are built on trust, integrity and delivery. It’s never about a quick win for us, and our track record of repeat business demonstrates that.
Why partner with us
Our service focuses on people not profit. Human connection is paramount to all that we do and our business is built around the community we support.
We work quickly, discreetly and effectively with boards and management and are consulted as trusted experts to advise on talent strategy and growth opportunities.
Our candidates trust our judgement and value our passion and enthusiasm for the brands we partner with.
We operate globally, bringing local expertise to the geographies in which we work through active ongoing communication with our network.
We go where our clients go. We deliver talent where our clients need it or where we identify a market entrance opportunity for them.
Our reputation is unchallenged.
Founder & CEO
Market coverage: Global Energy & Commodities, Front Office and Commercial Support functions
How I add value: extensive global track record and market reach; long standing relationships with C-suite and exec leaders; trusted to support clients and candidates throughout their careers; open, transparent, honest; a genuine passion for the industry and its people
Market coverage: Energy & Commodities Trading; Origination & Analytics; Commercial Leadership; New Markets, Geographies or Products
How I add value: provide the highest level of service delivery; very well networked globally; creativity; accountability; market reach; attention to detail; and technical knowledge
Market coverage: Traders, Originators, Portfolio Managers, Analysts, Structurers, Operations and Schedulers, Charterers including Head of and Managers across LNG, Gas and Power
How I add value: integrity; results driven; listening to both client and candidate; consultative; tenacious; I invest time and effort in industry relationships and networks
Market coverage: Equities, Fixed Income/Credit, Direct Lending and Alternatives for Boutique, Sovereign Wealth, Insurance, Traditional, and Private Wealth Investors globally
How I add value: a trusted advisor to C-suite and senior investment teams globally, identifying, sourcing and retaining key diverse talent. Delivering business critical and succession planning projects
Market coverage: Middle Office/Risk, Data Scientists, Quant Analysts/Structurers, Originators, Algorithmic/Systematic Traders, IT/Developers
How I add value: considered to be the FB Ninja, I produce candidates for niche roles and locations with speed and precision
Market coverage: Commodities, Data
How I add value: Providing process solutions, administrative and data management support and ensuring the highest level of accuracy
Head of Operations
Market coverage: HR, Finance, GDPR Data Officer, Compliance
How I add value: proactive, detail-orientated, transparency and above all else integrity
Industry experience: Private Equity, Finance, Manufacturing, Education, Health, Government and the Charity sector
How I add value: Executive coach and consultant; academic background in economics, psychology and neuroscience. Part of the Treasury’s first ever Diversity team, bringing a unique insight into the benefits of diversity at work
Industry experience: Industrial, transport, professional services, FMCG, food, pharma, luxury, recruitment, financial and property
How I add value: Corporate PR and communications consultant, passionate about creating content for companies who commit to putting D&I at the heart of their brand and have a recruitment strategy to reflect this
Industry experience: Government, FMCG, Asset Management (Diversity Project), Executive Search
How I add value: Senior communications professional specialising in internal and change communications, strategic comms support, copywriting and editing, channel strategy and project management
Market coverage: Diversity and Inclusion consultancy, Investment teams, Heads of Distribution, ExCo including COOs, CTOs and CIOs across asset class
How I add value: working in true partnership with organisations, focusing on the D&I challenge and delivering results with authenticity
Industry experience: Financial services, Private Banking, Asset Management and Management Consultancy
How I add value: Delivering global business and regulatory change. Proud to have helped create the JP Morgan EMEA Black Leadership Forum to support the business in addressing systemic challenges in the recruitment and retention of BAME candidates
Dr Kamel Hothi OBE
Industry experience: Ranked in the top 100 most inﬂuential black, Asian and minority ethnic leaders in the UK. Awarded an OBE for services to promoting diversity in banking
How I add value: Formed the BAME and Women’s network, Asian Strategy and cultural training initiatives for Lloyds Banking Group. Advisor/Trustee on boards including Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, Alzheimer’s Society, NED on TLC Lions
Industry experience: Financial Services, spanning Asset Management, Investment Banking and Insurance
How I add value: In-house executive talent acquisition, delivering strategic resourcing support while developing and launching initiatives to proactively source diverse talent. Instigated and successfully delivered the first M&G Career Returner Programme in 2019
Industry experience: HR Director, Board Advisor and Head of Talent with over 20 years’ experience in fund management and capital markets
How I add value: Board Advisor and Head of Talent for UNIMO Group, offering world helpers a way to fund sustainable companies and support not-for-profit cause. Chair of NOCN Group, international educational charity and awarding organisation
Industry experience: Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Mentor with over 20 years in supporting new mothers and families through parenthood
How I add value: Supporting employees and employers during the pre/ postnatal journey so that employers can retain their experienced female talent and women can confidently take their maternity leave, enjoy the beginnings of motherhood and return to work
What we do
With our in-depth knowledge and network across Energy, Commodities, Investment and Wealth Management, we partner with clients to meet their needs through:
- Full end to end executive search
- Market mapping
- Diversity mapping and coaching
- Confidential succession planning
- Competitor analysis
- Compensation research
- New market insight and intelligence
- Executive coaching
- Onboarding and integration of senior talent and teams
- Advice on corporate benefits, relocation and immigration
Projects completed to date
Years combined experience
Completion rate on executive search mandates
Team build outs
Global Head and C-Suite hires
of our business is repeat business
Energy & Commodities
- Leadership: CXO, Board, Management
- Trading: Prop, Asset, Flow, Quant/Algo
- Origination: Structured, Up-/Downstream
- Sales & Marketing: Physical, Derivatives
- Stucturer: Quant, Financial, Physical
- Analysis: Quant, Economic, Fundamental
Diversity & Inclusion
- Metrics: data and diversity mapping
- Executive search benchmarking
- Pay gap reporting
- Quantitative feedback: internal and external
- Competitor evaluation
- Board coaching
- Cultural communication business coaching
Investment & Wealth Management
- Leadership: COO, CMO, CIO, & CEO
- Investment: Portfolio Managers, Strategists & Analysts
- Distribution: Global and Regional Heads
- Quant: Portfolio Managers, Analysts and Traders
- Technology: CTO, Chief Data Officer & Data Science
Our global reach
We have offices in London and Singapore and a global network of clients and candidates.
To date, we have completed mandates across 23 countries including Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe.
Our clients mean everything to us. We are proud to act as their brand ambassadors and enjoy the long-term relationships we have established built on our successes.
“In my vast experience of working with search firms, Falcon Brook is by far the best recruiter in the market, due to my trust in the team who have proven over the years that their skill of listening and understanding what I want exceeds everyone else. They are empathetic to and genuinely understand my goals and challenges. They are extremely well connected, with a strong track record, but above all the depth of trust and relationship that I haven’t seen anywhere else.
Global Head of LNG Trading
“My experience working with Falcon Brook demonstrates that they have a strong idea how to match clients and candidates’ interest.
Their feeling for culture, skills, timing and strategies really makes a difference.
Head of Short Term Flex Trading
“They are a pleasure to work with, demonstrating dedication, professionalism, energy and integrity – I would highly recommend them.“
Global Head of HR
“The Falcon Brook team has the strongest network of industry contacts within the market out of its recruitment peers. They are always aware of who and what is going on and have been integral to my business, having placed nine members of my team.
“Falcon Brook gets results in a fast and effective way. They work with great enthusiasm and dedication on every role. Having a long-term working relationship with the team greatly contributes to our success, because they have an excellent understanding of our team values and bring these across to candidates in an accurate and honest way. They have exceeded our expectations.
Managing Director and Board Member
“Falcon Brook’s passion for for connecting females and driving the initiative of a more diverse front office is heartfelt.
Senior Gas Trader
Our AVID Leaders programme works with AVID (Authentic, Vulnerable, Inclusive and Diverse) leaders to change the way organizations approach diversity and inclusion.
We are committed to helping companies and individuals adapt to create a more sustainable future for diverse and underrepresented talent.
We help our clients align purpose and profit by building teams with a broad range of perspectives and experience, so that they can see the positive benefits of fresh thinking and new solutions and the impact this has on performance and culture.
We provide meaningful data on the size of the talent pool, honest and unfiltered feedback from your own employees, clients and candidates and executive coaching to help senior executives develop empathy and passion to do better for their employees.
Our support is backed up with expert advice and guidance from our AVID Leaders, a group of high profile influencers and distinguished coaches who work with our network of senior executives to give them access to those voices they wouldn’t ordinarily hear.
The aim of this programme is to engage senior leaders in a conversation and to help firms hire more individuals from under-represented groups by connecting you with the diverse talent that does exist.