Finance & Operations

In certain discipline areas, demonstrating an understanding of the nuances of a market where career trajectories are constantly changing is vital. That is plainly illustrated throughout the Finance & Operations sector of Financial Services, and in particular in Asset Management.


With over 20 years’ experience placing industry leaders throughout the Insurance business, the Hanover Search Group gives a competitive advantage to clients looking to get ahead of a fast-moving market. As well as assisting in the build-out of a number of influential teams in Finance & Operations, we have worked to senior mandates encompassing roles such as Chief Financial Officers, Finance Directors along with Divisional Heads of Financial Planning.


Combining our experience and market reach makes us uniquely positioned to provide the advice and solutions that consistently deliver outstanding individuals.



As the Americas CEO for Hanover, James is a member of the Hanover Search Group Board and driving our international expansion. Having taken a lead in Hanover’s growth into new markets across Europe, Asia, Africa and the US for the past decade, James is responsible for US based operations and growth strategy. James also works directly with Hanover’s major clients running C-Suite executive search assignments within Financial Services.

Stuart Paterson

Stuart is a Managing Partner at Hanover Search Group and leads the Private Equity and Venture Capital Search practice. He brings with him a great deal of experience within recruitment and has been very successful placing people at all levels up to and including Partner / C – Suite. During his career, he has built an impressive network and is very relationship driven. Stuart has been successful in delivering mandates with specific diversity and inclusion criteria and champions the positive effects that it can have on a search process and the culture within his clients.

Gareth Rees

Gareth joined Hanover in 2019 as a Managing Partner to lead a team of SMEs focused on Operations, Finance, Risk & Compliance. He is responsible for Infrastructure retained search and senior hire mandates. Gareth has over 17 years’ experience placing senior Infrastructure leaders across Banking, Asset and Wealth Management and Insurance industries delivering requirements for COO, CRO, CIO, CTO, CFO, Chief Information (& Cyber) Security Officer, Chief Data Officer, Head of Data & Analytics, Head of Infrastructure and Digital Transformation leaders. Gareth delivers mandates from our London office across Europe and Asia.

Recently completed mandates

Chief Finance Officer
European Asset Manager
Finance Director
US Asset Manager
Chief Operating Officer
UK Asset Manager