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Ana Maria is a highly accomplished executive search professional with over a decade of experience in partnering with financial services firms. She holds a 1st class degree in International Business and has a multicultural background with Croatian, Slovenian, British, and Italian roots.


Specialising in investment management, both in public and private markets, Ana Maria focuses on C-suite and senior distribution mandates across EMEA. Her client base includes top 20 global asset managers, established multi-asset UK and European investment firms, as well as global and European private markets specialists.


In 2022, she obtained the Talent Acquisition Certificate from the Academy to Innovate HR (AIHR), equipping her with essential skills for successful executive search recruitment in the digital era. This certification covered strategic talent acquisition, employer branding, seamless candidate experiences, and data-driven decision-making.


Passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion, Ana Maria actively works with organisations to attract and develop inclusive leaders, fostering diverse workplaces. Ana Maria co-authored Diversity Project's 'SMART Working Manifesto for Change and has been invited to contribute to several white papers and books, including 'Build Back Better’, ‘The Diversity Project’ and 'Inclusive Culture'. Ana Maria was a finalist for the ‘Role Model of the Year’ & ‘Contribution to Diversity’ at the Women in Investment Awards 2020 and was awarded ‘Diversity Project Champion’ in 2020.

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Board Advisor

Colin is a graduate from St Edmund Hall, Oxford with over 14 years' senior leadership experience in human capital. From 1994 to 2004 Colin, a qualified chartered accountant, worked in Ernst & Young’s London and Cape Town offices, advising entrepreneurial and high growth businesses on a range of strategic financial, M&A, public listings and routine matters, working closely with CEOs, CFOs and Non-Executive Directors throughout.

After advising the recruitment group Imprint on its IPO, Colin joined its board as CFO in 2004 and oversaw its growth from a £0.3m profit business to a 500-person group with turnover of £90m and profits of £12m, before its sale in 2008. In 2010, Colin co-founded The FISER Group and has been instrumental in its growth as a financial services specialist covering executive search, consultancy and contingent recruitment solutions.



Board Advisor

Emily holds a BSc in Psychology and has almost 20 years of experience in financial services human capital, most notably in retained assignments at senior level. Emily's background is in asset management with a particular focus on distribution and marketing both in the UK and Europe.

Emily is on the board for The FISER Group and as well as responsibility for group diversity and CSR activities, which includes a mentoring role in association with the Social Mobility Foundation, she acts in an advisory capacity to Ludgate Search.


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