March Consultants
Executive search and talent advisory for Alternative Investment firms and their Portfolio Companies

Meet our team

We’re an experienced and highly effective unit of six individuals, each with an average of 20 years’ experience. So, you will always be dealing with an experienced individual who will be personally involved throughout your entire search process. 

Our backgrounds span boutique international executive search firms as well as running HR departments of global organisations. This diversity of experience means we each bring a unique perspective to solving your search challenge. Yet collectively we all share our core values of ‘courage, curiosity, brilliance’ which guide us in everything we do.

Our backgrounds span boutique international executive search firms as well as running HR departments of global organisations.

Charles Peck

Charles Peck
Co-Founder & MD

Charles leads the Investment Professionals practice at March Consultants. He co-founded the firm in 2017.
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Mark Maynard

Mark Maynard
Co-Founder & MD

Mark leads the Operational Leaders practice at March Consultants. He co-founded the firm in 2017.
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Alex Ford

Alex Ford
Search Director

Alex is responsible for creating detailed search strategies which will successfully identify hard-to-access talent
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Jen Simkins

Jen Simkins
Head of Advisory

Jen is a highly experienced HR professional with a particular focus on talent management.
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Simon Bowden

Simon Bowden
Search Director

Simon is instrumental in helping private equity and multinational clients find high-performing C-suite executives for their corporate functions
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Alison

Alison Ashton
PA to the joint MDs

Alison has 29 years’ experience as a PA – both within HR departments and for Executive Search firms.
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Charles Peck
Co-Founder & MD

At a glance

Charles is driven by two things: delivering a positive outcome for his clients and helping to make a positive difference to peoples’ lives. His tenacity and curiosity combined with a natural ability to spot opportunities, enable him to discover talented individuals who are typically hard to access in the market. 

Key responsibilities

Charles leads the Investment Professionals practice at March Consultants. Highly organised, with a close attention to detail, he is also responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the firm. Charles combines his experience in executive search with his enviable book of senior industry contacts to introduce exceptional leaders who are unquestionably the right fit.

Specialist areas of expertise

Leadership across – 

  • Investment Directors
  • Operating Partners
  • Investor Relations
  • CFO
  • COO

Previous experience

Charles began his career in high-end fine art and antiques with a respected London dealer before moving into executive search. He then spent 11 years with Taybridge Associates where he set up and led the research function and was also co-lead on all global business development activities. Charles co-founded March Consultants in 2017. 

Qualifications

BA in Fine Art Valuation 

Three favourite things 

Loves live sport, holidays with his family and eating out at restaurants.  

Mark Maynard
Co-Founder & MD

At a glance

Mark takes a consultative and advisory approach to all his executive search processes. His astute understanding of the market, together with his resolute tenacity and his exceptional networking skills, enable him to discover talented leaders who are the perfect cultural fit. He is driven by helping clients accelerate their business performance.

Key responsibilities

Mark leads the Operational Leaders practice, where he combines his skill in building long-standing partnerships with his approachable and open nature to deliver a high-level client relationship management. Mark draws on his 20 years’ experience in executive search to provide all his clients with sound advice coupled with astute business thinking.

Specialist areas of expertise

Operational Leaders across –

  • Finance
  • Operations
  • HR
  • Data
  • Legal
  • Compliance
  • Tax
  • Technology

Previous experience

Before setting up March Consultants in 2017, Mark spent 10 years with the boutique search firm, Taybridge Associates, where he focused on placing senior corporate function specialists into investment banks. After building and running the European desk, he then moved to Hong Kong where he opened their Asia office. Prior to this, he gained valuable experience working for two London-based global recruitment firms.

Qualifications

BA Hons in Business Studies, Portsmouth University

Three favourite things

Loves the outdoors, listening to music and going on mini adventures with his family.

Mark Maynard
“By really getting to know my clients and candidates, I’m able to understand exactly what drives them. And that means I can add far greater value.”

Alex Ford
Search Director

At a glance

A natural collaborator and team player, Alex relishes the intellectual demands of challenging, hard-to-fill search mandates. With her innate ability to think creatively and her meticulous approach to candidate research, Alex provides both clients and candidates alike with an exceptional level of service.

Key responsibilities

Alex is responsible for creating detailed search strategies which will successfully identify hard-to-access talent. She supports our Partners and Consultants by applying these strategies to building initial long lists of candidates who display all the required skills and expertise. She then approaches these candidates, undertakes rigorous assessments and creates short lists of outstanding individuals – each of whom who she knows will be an ideal fit.

Specialist areas of expertise

  • Finance
  • Operations
  • HR
  • Data
  • Compliance
  • Technology

Previous experience

With experience spanning 24 years, Alex has spent her whole career in executive search. In that time, she has been a junior partner for a global search firm and has set up and run another firm’s New York office. She has also helped to establish a successful boutique search firm, where she was responsible for launching and promoting its market insight product.

Qualifications

BA Hons History, Royal Holloway, University of London

Three favourite things

Loves horse riding, running and Pilates.

Alex Ford
“Enjoy what you do, show a passion for what you do and clients will see that translates to successful delivery.”

Jen Simkins
Head of Advisory

At a glance

Jen is a highly experienced HR professional with a particular focus on talent management. She brings a wealth of knowledge in the specialist areas of leadership development and performance management. With her positive attitude and supportive nature, Jen’s approach is to build lasting collaborative partnerships with our clients.

Key responsibilities

As Head of our Advisory division, Jen gives expert guidance on a range of C-suite issues, from future proofing people strategies to benchmarking functions, accelerating performance and developing leaders. She also runs our ‘Leaders in Investing’ initiative, curating the latest market insights for our clients as well as organising invaluable Roundtable discussions.

Specialist areas of expertise

  • Talent management
  • Team development
  • Performance management
  • Leadership development

Previous experience

Jen joined March Consultants in 2019, after spending 10 years as HR Business Partner at investment firm, Triton. Prior to this, she worked in HR at Constellation Energy and in a client services role for JP Morgan. She has an international focus, having worked with teams from the USA, China, Germany, Scandinavia and Spain.

Qualifications

BA Business Management, Exeter University
MA Personnel and Development, Westminster University
Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
Certified A and B Assessor for Psychometric Assessments
Trained in Hogan and SHL assessments
Certificate in Coaching, Henley Business School

Three favourite things

Fan of music and dancing; enjoys sunrises and sunsets; loves indulging in water therapy.

Jen Simkins

I am passionate about encouraging the sharing of knowledge across sectors which accelerates industry performance.”

Simon Bowden
Search Director

At a glance

With his extensive experience in executive search across the UK, Europe and the USA, Simon is highly skilled at finding senior leaders who will drive transformation in a client’s business. Both clients and candidates alike value his combination of transparent communication, complete integrity and keen eye for detail.

Key responsibilities

Simon is instrumental in helping private equity and multinational clients find high-performing C-suite executives for their corporate functions. Much of his success lies in his laser focus on gaining a thorough understanding of a client’s story and articulating it with enthusiasm in the market.

Specialist areas of expertise

Operational Leaders across:

  • Finance
  • HR
  • Legal
  • Compliance
  • Tax

Previous experience

Simon went into recruitment straight after university and has 25 years’ experience of C-suite executive search. During this time, he has worked with a number of search firms, including Taybridge Associates. In 2009 he founded his own search firm, which recruited primarily in the USA and Europe. He ran this for nine years before joining March Consultants in 2018. As a result, Simon has an enviable knowledge of the market and a vast network of valuable contacts.

Qualifications

LLB in European Law, Lancaster University
European Competition Law, Lausanne University and Nancy University
Fluent French speaker with a good working knowledge of Spanish and German

Three favourite things

Visiting France and the English West Country; playing cricket; preparing (and consuming) food to a high level of mastery.

Simon Bowden
Securing the best solution for clients relies on my ability to effectively evaluate the nuances of their requirement and then to work positively and tirelessly in pursuit of the right outcome.”

Alison Ashton
PA to the joint MDs

At a glance

Alison has 29 years’ experience as a PA – both within HR departments and for Executive Search firms. Calm, reliable and with a thorough eye for detail, Alison ensures the day-to-day running of March Consultants is as smooth as clockwork. Her strengths lie in her natural ability to communicate clearly and her strong desire to be a diligent team player.

Key responsibilities

As the firm’s diary and admin wizard, Alison is in charge of managing all client and candidate appointments. Among her other responsibilities are CV and document presentation, invoices and expenses, and database management.

Previous experience

Alison left her home in rural Australia in 1998 and moved to London where she met her husband and settled into UK life having two, now teenage, children. Her PA career spans working in HR for Australian Paper as well as for a number of executive search firms in the UK. She has worked for March Consultants since 2018.

Three favourite things

Listening to a wide range of music, cooking up a storm, and watching cheesy sitcoms with her family.

Alison

“My approach is friendly, straightforward and helpful. I always aim to be someone who both clients and colleagues can rely on.”