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Clare started her career working in the investment industry before moving into recruitment. She leads Ocean’s Middle Office & Investment Operations recruitment specialisation and is responsible for the service delivery to our key client organisations. Clare believes firmly in seeing beyond identity characteristics and empowering people with opportunity to reach their true potential. Whilst her priority is to always find the right person for the role she does not accept that people should be defined by the scenario they may find themselves in but by the skills they possess and the potential they have within.
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Matt holds a BA (Hons) degree in History and is an experienced recruitment and inclusion consultant. He is responsible for developing and creating The Ocean Partnership's core business lines and is a proponent of teams with cognitive diversity. He constantly seeks ways to challenge bias and micro inequities in the workplace and believes that everyone should be given an opportunity regardless of their background. Empowerment is therefore a key competent of his DNA. Matt is also the Founder, Managing Director of LGBT Great – an initiative to role model and attract 1000 LGBT+ people for the investments sector in 5 years.
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Aisling holds a BA (Hons) in History with Contemporary Chinese Studies from the University of Nottingham. She has over ten years experience running Finance & Accounting functions within the recruitment and services industry and is responsible for the operation of the company’s Finance & Accounts function. Aisling is a ‘Returner’ (a return to work parent) and is a big believer in flexible working and the benefits that this can bring to both the individual and organisation. She is passionate about Ocean’s promotion of women within the workplace and our mission to achieve an inclusive investments industry.
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Peter joins The Ocean Partnership with over 20 years’ experience as a Diversity and Inclusion specialist working across Public, Private and Voluntary Sectors. Throughout his career Peter has worked with senior business leaders across all sectors in formulating and executing innovative and customised diversity strategies and providing advice to individuals and groups. Peter has also acted as a Public Speaker, an Independent Hate Crime Ambassador, an Accredited Peer Assessor for Local Government as well as being a Primary School Governor. Peter is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion and will bring a fresh perspective to the industry.
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James holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Business Management and joined Ocean to build our Sales, Marketing & Distribution recruitment specialisation. He is also responsible for generating ideas of innovation and assessing the ways in which technology can be infused within the recruitment process. James is an ambassador for diversity & inclusion and workplace equality and responsible for project managing our events calendar.
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Craig worked within Middle Office and Investment Operations at two leading global investment banks before moving in to recruitment in 2004. Throughout his recruitment career Craig has worked exclusively within the Asset Management industry and has got extensive knowledge of the sector. Craig joins Ocean as an Associate Director to support our Asset Management clients across a wide range of functions, utilising his buy-side knowledge. He joins with the responsibility of developing Oceans client relationships across the investments industry.
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Simon holds a BA (Hons) Information Technology with Mathematics from the University of Exeter and joins Ocean as an Associate Director to work on the Technology, Change and Transformation recruitment team. Simon started working within Financial Services recruitment in 2010 and has always specialised in placing technology, and change individuals within the Investments Industry.
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Khalid holds a BA (Hons) Media & Cultural Studies and leads Ocean’s Regulatory, Risk & Compliance practice. Khalid previously worked in banking at Barclays and then as a Fundraiser for Listen UK before moving into recruitment in 2013. Khalid is of Portuguese Arabic origin and has spent time living and working in the UAE. He joined Ocean to develop the compliance offering and to work with a range of Investment Management organisations.
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Rasa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Business Administration and is CIPD qualified having achieved a Level 5 Diploma in Human Resource Management and Employment Law. She joins The Ocean Partnership with over five years’ experience in the recruitment industry supporting the operations, finance and compliance function. Rasa will be working closely with Aisling in our Accounts and Finance function.
Chris is a Chartered Tax Advisor qualifying in practice at BDO LLP in London specialising in Private Client Tax. In 2007 Chris moved to establish a family office looking after the various assets, tax and financial affairs of the family. In addition he sat on the Board of The Office Group which has secured major investment from Blackstone Private Equity. He also has various other interests within private businesses.
Michael is a Qualified ACCA and trained at Wilkins Kennedy LLP. In 2004 he joined a reputable and leading Asset Management organisation where he is an Executive Director. Michael is responsible for Ocean’s corporate governance and chief financial office.
“I was the first in my family to leave the North West and I aspire for the City to recruit more people from different social-economic backgrounds”.
“Companies should recruit people based on their potential and cognitive make up and not just based on what university they went to and where they have worked”.
“When Matt and Clare approached me I believed in their vision straight away. Their approach to the industry and the ethos of The Ocean Partnership is well aligned to help the investments industry improve its reputation and achieve equality for all”.
“I joined Ocean because of the vision to help the investments sector change and because of the company’s commitment to doing things differently”.
“Inclusion starts with each individual taking responsibility for understanding what it means and taking action. Here at Ocean, we take Diversity & Inclusion as being our default position in all we do and building that critical mass that will shift the inclusion agenda further each day”.
“I am delighted to be working for a company that truly embraces the benefit mature people can bring and the value of different cultures and backgrounds”.
“Ocean operates a flat management culture which enables everyone to have a voice. We all have a business management responsibility in which we own and set the strategy for”.
“Every day I make the tea and help with admin but I also run the company”.
“Matt & Clare have believed in me since day one. Not only am I a return to work Mum, I also work flexibility which means more than just working from home. I work during pockets around the clock to complement the demands of family life. This enables me to get done more than I ever would otherwise!”
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