Meet the Leadership Team

It takes a diverse set of skills, industry knowledge, personalities and points of view to build a thriving organisation like Campion Willcocks.

We are powered by our people: experienced, passionate practitioners just bursting with interest, expertise, and the right kind of thinking and practice to keep driving our high esteem and solid industry reputation.

Mark Campion, Executive Chairman

Mark CampionMark joined Campion Willcocks in 1988. He became Managing Director in 1994, and Executive Chairman in 2013. He was previously an independent consultant with a diverse client portfolio. Instigating many key client relationships, he has been instrumental in shaping Campion Willcocks.

Today Mark works at senior executive and board level, nurturing relationships through change management issues. Mark is proud of his reputation, ‘obsession for perfection’.

His tireless work to understand every client’s current and aspirational culture and performance ensures an exacting talent match – from specialist consulting teams, interim managers to business change and transformation professionals.

Mark immerses himself in knowledge leadership and sharing, and coaching on people and process change.

His passions are work, family and rugby. A non-executive Director of the RPA (Rugby Players’ Association) since 2003, he helps shape strategy, goals and success. He is also Trustee of Restart, the RPA Benevolent Fund. Of all his roles, Mark cites playing ‘touchline Dad’ as the most nerve-wracking.

Mark is Vice Chairman of FTF (fund raising committee for Fields in Trust) a FRIEND of the Mary Rose Trust and supporter of the Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

His determination to exceed client expectation is the hallmark of our success.

Watch a video of Mark Campion talk about his experiences, the culture and success of the company.

Richard Clifford, Managing Director

Richard Clifford

Richard joined Campion Willcocks in 2004 as Client Director for our relationship with Barclays. By 2007 he was leading all our Retail Banking relationships and invited to join the board in 2009. His appointment to Managing Director took effect from 1 November 2013.

Richard’s career in recruitment spans 15 years and includes a spell with Robinson Keane. He earned a BA (Hons) in European Business at Loughborough University.

Richard’s notable strengths are managing client relationships, business development, business strategy and planning. He particularly enjoys helping clients to deliver their change agendas, and developing talent here at Campion Willcocks.

Career highlights include well-earned accolades of 'Highest Performing Client Director' at Campion Willcocks and 'Highest Performing Consultant and Manager' at Robinson Keane. Richard's expertise and true insight into our clients' business gives him the edge on matching the right candidates to even the most diverse needs.

Beyond the workplace, Richard can be found indulging his passion for sports: football, rugby, ski-ing and triathlon.

Gordon Kilpatrick, Managing Partner

Gordon Kilpatrick

Gordon joined Campion Willcocks in April 2015, as Managing Partner, CW Consulting.

As one of the finance industry's foremost consultants for front and back office transformation, he brings with him a wealth of expertise.

His prior roles encompass global and board level experience, as Director of Change and Transformation for major financial organisations including Citibank, Barclays and Ernst & Young.  

Gordon's unique breadth of knowledge spans many areas of the regulatory and financial services industry, and experience of working with a number of key integration partners (SAP, IBM, Accenture and Oracle).

He also possesses solid consulting expertise. This includes working on strategic projects with McKinsey, BCG, IMB, SAP, Oracle and Accenture. He has also helped to shape multiple partnerships and outsourced relationships with on and offshore third parties and vendors.  When not engaged in commercial success, he is equally at home on the rugby pitch where he has played for London Irish and in South Africa for Pirates Rugby club in Johannesburg.

A keen advocate of quality and putting the customer first, Gordon firmly believes it is these strong values that forge his alignment with Campion Willcocks.

Charlie Lazenby, Managing Partner

Charlie Lazenby

Charlie joined the company as Managing Partner, Managed Services in 2015. An Operations Director with many years’ experience in large financial services institutions, Charlie built his reputation by successfully delivering projects against fixed regulatory deadlines. He is responsible for all aspects of Campion Willcocks’ Managed Services division for UK and overseas clients, retaining oversight and accountability for every engagement supported by an established management team.

His service line focuses on deploying self-sufficient skilled teams of varying sizes from an integrated pool of experienced resource to solve Financial Crime and Anti-Money Laundering requirements in Financial Services. The team's specialism is rapid project mobilisation and deployment on client sites for emergency AML issues, alongside designing and implementing tactical solutions and providing business-as-usual operations support. The wider delivery team is cross-skilled in a range of disciplines, with a continuous up-skilling programme aligned with evolving financial crime regulation and legislation. A critical strength of the Managed Services division is ensuring resources maintain operational readiness for rapid deployment across the globe, combining technical capability with flexible capacity.

Charlie’s previous role, from 2009, was setting up and managing the 150-strong bespoke Tactical Support Unit that assisted Group Operations teams at Lloyds Banking Group in managing regulatory requirements. Prior to this, he was a Management Consultant with KPMG's forensic practice in London. A graduate in Law from Durham University and currently mid-way through an Executive MBA at Oxford University, Charlie's interests outside work include skiing, rugby, golf and horse-racing.

Neil Jowitt, Operations Director & Company Secretary

Neil Jowitt

Neil joined Campion Willcocks in 2004 as Operations Director. He has been a driving force behind marketing strategies, new business development, performance management and regulatory systems.

Neil's work has transformed many areas of the business. The proof lies within a host of successful projects bearing his name, including designing our product portfolio, and the successful launch of a new product.

Prior to Campion Willcocks, Neil was Head of Sales for the UK's biggest mobile phone retailer. He was the brain behind a business improvement strategy that boosted productivity ten-fold and sales by over 250%, saving the company over £1 million.

He spent 23 years before then as Senior Manager at NatWest Bank. There, Neil was instrumental in business improvement and turnaround solutions.

He has built a truly diverse commercial portfolio.

Neil earned his BA (Hons) degree in Financial Services and became an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB).

When not shaping commercial success, he is inspired by family, motor sport, basketball and cooking.

Neil cites his prime motivator as ‘business transformation - the art of the impossible!’

David Campion, Founder

David Campion

David founded Campion Willcocks in 1968. His entrepreneurial spirit and strong family business ethic are woven into our fabric.

David’s instinctive strategy for the business was to tap into a trend of the Wilson era - driving productivity to reduce expenditure. It soon paid off. The business soared and Campion Willcocks became a leader in the provision of skilled management executives with manufacturing backgrounds.

David’s strong business sense to ‘follow the trends and avoid the fads’ has seen him champion the upward progress of the business through financial changes over many years.

Campion Willcocks has successfully driven on to its 50th anniversary. It’s an achievement David can be proud of. Only 5% of companies achieve such longevity.

Today, David is Chairman, an interested and valued stakeholder, and positive presence at board and strategy meetings.

His other passions include ocean cruising, swimming and tennis. Travels have taken him worldwide to Australia, New Zealand, the Maldives, Mauritius, and beyond.

David Roberts, non-executive Director

David Roberts

David Roberts joined Campion Willcocks in January 2010. He brings a wealth of expertise after some 30 years in the financial industry, much of it in senior management roles with many of the world's leading players.

David was from 2010 until May 2014, Deputy Chairman of Lloyds Banking Group and Chairman of the Board Risk Committee. Prior to that role he was a non-executive Director of the BAA PLC and non-executive Director of Absa Group Ltd, one of South Africa's largest financial services groups. He was Chairman and Chief Executive of BAWAG P.S.K. AG, the second largest Retail Bank in Austria. He joined Barclays PLC in 1983 and held many chief roles including: Chief Executive, International Retail and Commercial Banking, CEO Private Clients International and International Retail and Commercial Banking, CEO, Personal Financial Services at Barclays and CEO Business Banking, charged with all Barclays SME business across Europe and the UK.

David is a keen sportsman. A former Welsh International athlete, he remains a keen sports enthusiast with golf being his most recent passion.

It all began with a degree in Mathematics from Birmingham University, and an MBA from Henley College.

Today; David has been Chairman of Nationwide Building Society since July 2015, having joining the Board of the Society in September 2014. He is also Vice Chairman of NHS England. He is a member of the Strategy Board for Henley Business School, a Governor of Dr. Challoners Grammar School in Amersham, and of course, non-executive Director at Campion Willcocks. He says of his role here, "I enjoy contributing to the company's future development at a time of great change in the financial services industry.”

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