Will Dawkins, based in London, leads the UK Board Practice. He focuses on the appointments of chairmen, nonexecutive directors and chief executives in a range of industries, including finance, technology, manufacturing, business services, media and consumer goods. He also undertakes board evaluations and works in the UK and internationally.

Professional background

  • Prior to entering executive search, he worked for 23 years in a variety of posts for The Financial Times.
  • He spent 12 years as a foreign correspondent, with four-year postings in Tokyo, as bureau chief covering Japanese business, politics and industry; Paris, reporting on industry and technology; and Brussels, covering European Union trade, competition and industry policy.
  • He was deputy managing editor, foreign editor and later publishing editor of The Financial Times.

Will earned a master’s degree in English literature from Trinity College, Cambridge and attended the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD. He speaks basic French and some Japanese. Outside the world of search, he chairs the Evelyn Trust, a £20m medical research grant giving charity based in his home town of Cambridge. He is a former trustee and former chairman of the Oxford & Cambridge Rowing Association, the body that oversees the Oxford & Cambridge boat race.

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