Karina Robinson is the Founding Principal of Robinson Hambro Ltd. The firm focuses on Board Search and provides chairman advisory services. It was part of the Advisory Group to Lord Davies’s Women on Boards, which launched a Code of Conduct for search firms aimed at increasing the participation of women.
In 2010, Karina co-led the Board Practice at boutique search firm Saxton Bampfylde, advising on non-executive selection across all sectors. She was Senior Editor of The Banker magazine for eight years and the International Herald Tribune’s banking columnist. Her eponymous Karina’s Kolumn interview with heads of state and CEO’s was syndicated in the IHT. Karina was formerly Political & Economic Correspondent at Bloomberg/TV and began her career at merchant bank Morgan Grenfell as the Spanish Equity Analyst. She was educated in Madrid, at the Hotchkiss School in the US and at the London School of Economics where she studied economics and international relations. She is fluent in four languages.
She is the former Chair of the London School of Economics Mentoring Committee and sits on the judging panel for Women in the City. She is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers, a Court Observer and a member of the City Affairs Committee. Additionally, she is a member of the Kilfinan Group which mentors CEOs of charities, a member of the jury of the Banco Santander Foundation Award for Hispanic-British Collaboration and Chairman of the Editorial Board of LID Publishing UK. Karina is also on the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Committee for Fiona Woolf, who will be Lord Mayor of the City of London in 2013/2014.
Rupert is the Non-Executive Founding Partner of Robinson Hambro Ltd. His distinguished City career includes the chairmanships of Hambros Bank, J O Hambro & Co and Hambro Magan. He was Chairman of Fenchurch Insurance Brokers and a number of other financial and industrial concerns. He used search consultants for all these positions. Besides having been Chairman or Director of public companies, he is an investor in a number of private ventures.
Alison is an Associate for Robinson Hambro Ltd. She has over 20 years experience in Marketing, PR and Office Management. Alison worked in marketing for ISL Marketing AG, which was responsible for organising sponsorships for the International Olympic Committee, based in Lausanne, Switzerland. On returning to the UK she continued to work in Marketing for an Internet Company.
In 2002 Alison joined a start-up Private Equity Company, Stirling Square Capital Partners LLP, now well established. She assisted the six founding partners in establishing the company and putting all the Administrative and Office procedures in place. Alison has a BA in Modern Languages for Business and speaks fluent French and German.
Depending on the client’s needs, we add to the assignment experienced freelance consultants and senior researchers who have on average over 20 years of experience in search with a number of well established firms. They will have worked on assignments for companies ranging from multinationals headquartered abroad to FTSE-100, FTSE-250, private equity, hedge funds, family offices, private companies and cooperatives.
We believe that our freedom to bring in targeted extra expertise allows us to deliver a more bespoke service to our clients. For our board searches in financial services we have called on senior researchers who have completed assignments in areas ranging from insurance to banking, while in an assignment for a major food producer, we brought in a senior researcher who had completed a number of assignments in the food sector.
As the researchers/consultants are freelance, they are generally able to access all companies. There are no conflicts and no companies which are out of bounds for a search – bar any former and present client of Robinson Hambro.