About Us

Who are we and what do we do?

Magnus Walker & Partners is a boutique provider of technology and change management resources to the financial services industry. Approximately two thirds of our work is placing executive interims and one third, placement of permanent candidates via search.

Who are our clients?

Our clients are investment banks, retail banks, fund managers, insurance companies, market infrastructures (exchanges etc) and because of our bias in change management, the management consultancies and vendors to these industries are also our clients.

Why use an Interim?

  • No conflict of interest. Interims are not a 'slave to two masters' - they work for and are accountable to you and have no conflicting objectives to expand revenue, spot further opportunities, bring in more consulting colleagues etc.
  • Cost effective. As mentioned earlier, working with an executive interim means that your company provides governance and oversight, and delivery responsibility is retained. The actual individual can often be the same person a consultancy would provide, though the costs are significantly lower. The choice is yours.
  • Focused on your objective. Independent interims (as opposed to management consultancies) benefit from not having to be mindful of political capital spend - if necessary they can ruffle a few feathers in order to get your objectives achieved.

Why use Magnus Walker & Partners?

  • Our knowledge and our networks. Our clients often use us as an alternative to management consultancy or systems integrators, because all of our Partners are ex-industry practitioners and our interims are 'tried and tested'.
  • Competitive. Where the governance, oversight and outsourced delivery risk is not required, our charges are more akin to factory gate prices, with a small resourcing margin added.
  • Quality. The executive interims however, are commonly exactly the same individuals who otherwise contract via the aforementioned management consultancies, making the quality of output of each solution, near identical.
  • Track record. Talk is cheap in executive resourcing, we have excellent references and testimonials on our web site www.magnuswalker.com

Who are MW&P Interims?

Our interims range from CEOs, Heads of Business, Programme & Project Managers and implementation specialist etc., all with at least one (and often many) successful interim assignment completed and referenced.

If you need an interim to take you forward, or even get you started, then contact us now. 020 7194 7700 or email us here.

Our objective is to provide qualified, experienced resources to you at the best possible rates.

We have the industry knowledge and are structured to keep the cost to a minimum.


Magnus Walker & Partners is in the people business – so on the right we pay homage to some of our great British icons.

James Bond

James Bond, code name 007, is a fictional character created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve novels and two short story collections.

Did you know? Fleming also endowed Bond with many of his own traits, including sharing the same golf handicap, the taste for scrambled eggs and using the same brand of toiletries.

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“David is extremely knowledgeable with an open and approachable attitude to business. On project he is extremely committed with a determination to succeed.” Sarah Wilson, Founder & Chief Executive, Manifest   “I have worked with David on various initiatives and I can fully recommend him. David has an in-depth knowledge of both the funds and securities industries and this coupled with his forward thinking and "get it done" attitude is a recipe for success.” Divisional Director, Novasecur   “We have been working with Johnny during last eight years in different organisations. I cannot classify our relationship as just a client relationship because Johnny always handles business as trusted long term partner. His key strengths are; ability to listen requirements, always be honest and provide reliable and accurate responses.” Savas Tuzunalper, Director Commerzbank. “Having known Johnny for quite a few years now he is extremely knowledgeable and effective. He has always been someone I have relied upon for advice and assistance.” Dan Condon, SVP, Dresdner Kleinwort Investment Bank.   “I worked with David in the Wholesale and Investment Banking team at Staffware. Early in his tenure, he closed a significant deal with a major Bank which demonstrated his ability to close, negotiate the finer points of contracts, and maximise potential benefit for both parties. He has proven to be a high-level solution sales person who is also well adapted to relationship management. Director, Credit Suisse   “David's extensive domain knowledge, ability to see both the big picture and the specific detail, all round deal making ability, contact base, honesty, integrity and the fact that he is a lovely chap makes him an ideal candidate to either make business, build business or just do business with. Change Programme Manager, JP Morgan   “David's extensive domain knowledge, ability to see both the big picture and the specific detail, all round deal making ability, contact base, honesty, integrity and the fact that he is a lovely chap makes him an ideal candidate to either make business, build business or just do business with. Change Programme Manager, JP Morgan   “Johnny is a well networked search executive with significant experience in finding and delivering high quality people to demanding clients. He has a deep understanding of his clients interests and actively “goes the extra mile”.” Vikas Krishan, Managing Director-Strategic Deals Group, Logica.   “David is a first class account manager and relationship builder who led many successful assignments whilst I worked with him.” Sector Leader, Deloitte   “If you are looking for a recruiter to either provide you with human resources or to represent you to organisations, you need not look further. I have worked with Johnny on several occasions and have always experienced his integrity, quality of work and overall understanding of business and people needs, to be of the highest level. Over the years I have been in contact with many recruiters, but I have yet to meet one that comes even close to Johnny’s standards. Especially his ability to prioritize his clients’ long-term satisfaction over any short-term targets makes him stand out. I would recommend him to anyone without hesitation.” Chris Heeringa, Head of Electronic Trading & Risk, Director of Liquidity Services, SunGard.   “Johnny has a deep knowledge of the industry and always talks intelligently about industry developments and requirements. He is professional, helpful and flexible.” Karen Bond, Associate Director, Navigant Consulting.   “I have known David for many years, an excellent strategy man and consistently successful; David will challenge the norm in order to better the team or service provided, thereby improving performance. I look forward to another round of his incisive banter!” Business Development Director, Sungard Continuity Services   “I worked with David on a number of projects which we successfully closed and delivered. David is a true professional and a great guy to work with.”Principal Funds Consultant, Etheios   Johnny always provides a first class service. He’s got great ability and an almost uncanny knack of being able to match the right person with the right job. He’s armed with in depth knowledge of technology arena and an appreciation of the issues that companies face when looking to hire senior resource. For interim or permanent staff you won’t regret utilising his skill and expertise.” Ron Clarke, CEO, AnyInterMessage.   “Johnny is an extremely capable and enthusiastic worker. He has a remarkable ability to listen, assimilate information and identify the key requirements for his clients. A professional fellow who it is a pleasure to do work with.” Graham Knight, Management Consultant, Fauchier Partners.   “If there is one person who knows how to navigate complex multi national organisations it must be Johnny Walker. A true professional with abundant integrity, which is a rare attribute to find in this day and age. I have no hesitation in recommending Johnny.” Al Danino, Commercial Director, ACE Software Solutions.   “David helped me to develop a market approach to the Business Process Outsourcing in financial services - his sector knowledge was unsurpassed.” Director, DST International   “David has a strong understanding of the financial services market, sells professionally, has a fierce commitment to deliver complex projects and is commercially adept. He's also a good bloke and a lot of fun socially” Director, DClear   “Johnny Walker is one of the few recruiters I have enjoyed working with, when he helped me with my own job search. Johnny took the time to meet and discuss my needs in depth, and was always there to take my calls and provide honest feedback. I would certainly recommend Johnny to my peers.” Alan Tanaman, Owner, 80c Ltd   “Brilliant and creative networker at the highest level with deep understanding (and contacts) of the personnel and business requirements within the securities arena. Ability to communicate at the highest level with both employers and candidates. Have experience of Johnny’s professionalism from both candidate and hiring party perspective.” Edward Glyn, Director-Funds, SWIFT.   “Johnny is a personable, trusted adviser and highly professional executor of search programs. I recommend his services unreservedly.” Andrew Muir, Market Reform Group, SWIFT.   “Johnny is a rare breed in this business; he makes the effort to fully understand the market place he represents and makes sure he matches candidates to roles & the respective company cultures with a scientific precision that NASA would be proud of. An outstanding talent with the integrity to match.” Charles Robson, Director-Broker Dealers, SWIFT.   “Lisa was a great asset to our team. Her interpersonal skills and diligence brought much needed clarity and took us forward in the way we needed. I would very happily ask her to take on future business analysis roles.” Steve Leegood – Director - BRYOK   “John is one of those professionals where, as a client, you quickly get to a sense of partnership. Straight talking, no flannel and a passion for delivery. Recommend John unreservedly” Michael King, Regional Director, UK, Ireland & Nordics, SWIFT   “Lisa is very customer focused, she is extremely knowledgeable in her field and is always willing to help. Over the years I have known her, she has never yet left me anything but thoroughly impressed by her professionalism, communication and people skills and above all integrity in thought & deed.” Charles Robson, Global Account Director, Traiana
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