CHARLES WILLIAMS, PARTNER
Charles spent over 30 years as an investment banking adviser and is a qualified business coach.
With a career based on trust and integrity in the interests of the client, Charles has advised at Chairman, Chief Executive and Board level throughout his career. He is well used to dealing with boardroom issues and has extensive experience both mentoring and coaching senior individuals through difficult corporate issues and personal challenges in business.
As a Founder Managing Director of Hawkpoint Partners, Charles also brings long experience of management within a professional services firm. He has also directly experienced the impacts of corporate transactions, particularly as a member of the management committee during two changes of ownership.
Charles works with his clients to bring a greater overall awareness and understanding of the other stakeholders and individuals who affect them. Founded on his strong commercial experience, he seeks to test and challenge assumptions that may impact decisions to enhance the options available and to help achieve a client’s stated goals. Charles advocates the benefits to decision making and implementation, along with personal development, that a coaching approach can achieve.
Charles started his career at Rothschilds and then became a director of Hambro Magan, which became part of NatWest Markets. In 2000, he was part of a buy-out to create Hawkpoint Partners. He led the firm’s Financial Institutions Group for over 10 years, building it from scratch to become a well-recognised and respected franchise in Europe. Charles later became Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at Collins Stewart Hawkpoint and then Canaccord Genuity.
As a corporate financier, Charles advised many clients ranging from major global groups, listed companies and private equity houses through to founder owned private businesses on strategic options and complex transactions. In 2009 he advised the Government of Iceland on the successful restructuring of its banking system in the aftermath of the financial crisis.
He is a graduate of the Meyler Campbell accredited executive coaching programme and is qualified to conduct a range of business focused psychometric assessments. He has also completed the Thinking Partnership Course with Nancy Kline and undertaken the Advanced Management Programme at Insead Business School.
Charles is married to Rosie and has two young adult daughters. As a family they enjoy travelling, walking and playing mahjong. Charles can often be found by a river, the more remote the better, with a fly-rod in hand.
Charles volunteers as a mentor for the Kilfinan Group which supports Chief Executives of charities. A graduate of New College, Oxford, he is President of the college’s alumni society which includes coordinating a series of professional networks and providing career advice to current students.