Laurence is a highly experienced finance and business executive. Focusing on strategy, finance, technology and risk with wide experience of all operational areas. Since leaving his most recent full-time role as the first CFO for Baker Mckenzie’s EMEA+ region during a period of significant structural, technological and services change he has developed a portfolio of strategic consulting and executive mentoring and coaching.
His mentoring and coaching practice is built around his commitment to working with people in ways that are collaborative, supportive, analytic and grounded, and around his belief that giving people space to tell their story creates new degrees of freedom and new options for them.
Laurence’s background is as the Global CFO of a Magic Circle Law Firm, Freshfields (£1.4b turnover). If ever someone knew what it’s like to be at the top of a dynamic commercial enterprise it’s Laurence.
He is a member of the Ministry of Justice Audit Committee, Audit Chair at the Small Business Commissioner, part of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Audit Chair of ESCP Europe Business School.
He is a seasoned Non-Executive Director having been from 2008 – 2015 the Senior Independent Director, Whistleblowing Director, Chair of the Audit Committee and Joint Chair of the Performance Committee of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.
Laurence is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has a BA in Economics from the University of York. He is a trained Transformational Narrative Coach.