A wealth of experience

Magellan was formed in 2019 as a global Asset Management Executive Search and Advisory business, with offices in Europe, Asia, and North America. Harnessing over 40 years of sector-specific experience, our capabilities span Executive Search, Strategic Advisory, and M&A operations. By leveraging our industry insight, we identify and resolve our clients’ fundamental business needs, improving efficiency, enhancing performance and supporting corporate growth.

Its origins trace back 19 years to Godliman Partners, where Magellan’s founders, James Smith and Edward Walton, worked as co-owners of the business prior to a company demerger in 2019, during which the Godliman business was dissolved.

During their time at Godliman, James and Edward helped build a global Asset Management Executive Search platform covering all asset classes across EMEA, Asia and North America. By combining this global capability with substantial research operations spanning the entire asset management market, Magellan offers clients market-leading advice and assistance on significant and complex hires, strategy, and M&A activities.

Meet the team

Strategic Partnerships

Magellan Advisory Partners, the global asset management executive search, advisory and M&A specialists, and Winterberg Partners, specialist providers to the German-Speaking market and Private Equity Industry, have formed a strategic partnership providing complimentary services in public and private markets across EMEA, North American and Asia.

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Meet the team

  • James Smith

    Partner

    James co-founded Magellan in 2019, where he is a Director leading the Search practice. Prior to this he spent 15 years at Godliman Partners, where he was a co-owner until the firm’s demerger in 2019. James studied Business Management at the University of Surrey.

  • Edward Walton

    Partner

    Edward co-founded Magellan in 2019, where he is a Director leading the global Advisory and M&A practices. Prior to this he spent 12 years at Godliman Partners, where he was a co-owner until the firm’s demerger in 2019. Edward studied Economics at Oxford Brookes University.

  • Millie Ratcliff

    Associate Consultant

    Millie is an Associate Consultant, focusing on Executive Search research and execution. She has worked across all major asset classes and functions and collaborates on Magellan’s Diversity Project. Millie has a first-class degree in Mathematics from the University of Surrey.

  • Prem Panesar

    Associate Consultant

    Prem is an Associate Consultant, focusing on Advisory and M&A operations. He leads all bespoke strategic projects including industry analysis, employee incentivisation, and compensation reviews. Prem studied History and International Relations at Coventry University.

  • Hannah Kempster

    Senior Researcher

    Hannah is a Senior Researcher, focusing on global distribution roles. She also leads Magellan’s internal diversity & inclusion initiative, highlighting the importance of cultural diversity in the workplace.

  • Georgiana Campbell

    Marketing Coordinator

    Georgiana is a Marketing Coordinator, focusing on maintaining market contact points and client-facing administration. Georgiana studied Public Relations at Macquarie University.

  • Alison Squire

    Communications & Marketing Manager

    Alison is a Communications Manager, focusing on business marketing and communications across Executive Search, Advisory, and M&A operations. Prior to this, she worked for the Metropolitan Police as an Analyst. Alison studied Sociology at the University of Surrey.

  • Flynn Delaney

    Research Associate

    Flynn is an Associate Researcher, focusing on Executive Search research and execution. He is currently reading Business Management at the University of Durham.

  • Kemal Ahmet

    Research Associate

    Kemal is an Associate Researcher, focusing on Executive Search research and execution. He is currently reading Business Management at the University of Surrey.

  • Jemma Rajyaguru

    Head of Data Integrity

    Jemma is Head of Data Integrity, focusing on knowledge management and systems maintenance. Jemma has over 10 years' experience working with CRM systems and data. Prior to Magellan, Jemma worked for Mental Health First Aid England as an Operational Administrator. Jemma has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and a Master’s in Marketing Communication from the University of Westminster.

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Years of experience

Our talented team combines a wealth of sector-specific experience and diverse expertise.

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Countries served

With offices located in London, New York & Hong Kong, we are well-placed to address your global needs.

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Client relationships

As a team, we have worked in partnership with over 50 clients during the past five years.

Strategically located across multiple continents.

With offices strategically located in London, New York & Hong Kong, our network is extensive, and means we are well-positioned to address your global needs.