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Group General Counsel & Company Secretary

Appreciate Group Plc are an AIM-listed fintech business headquartered in Liverpool, providing both high street shopping vouchers for consumers and tailored rewards and recognitions products for corporate customers. With revenues of over £100m and employing over 200 people, they are one of the leading financial services businesses in the region.

Having undergone a period of significant evolution in the organisations’ brand identity and change of leadership, an opening became vacant for a new General Counsel & Company Secretary. Requiring an experienced executive search partner, Appreciate Group appointed Sherrington Associates to deliver the search during the Winter of 2019.

Being located in Liverpool, the market for experienced legal directors in the financial services sector was limited in comparison to London’s financial heartland, yet there were a number of target candidates residing within the regional pool who were identified by Sherrington’s research team early in the process. To supplement the shortlist, candidates from outside the region were identified and approached, specifically working within the capital’s buoyant financial services sector.

After several weeks of desk research, Sherrington carried out in-person assessments with candidates, then a shortlist was presented to the client. The shortlist combined candidates with both senior-level legal experience within both fintech and financial services sectors, along with company secretarial capabilities. After a thorough selection process, organised through Sherrington, Gareth Griffiths was appointed to the role, bringing experience from his career in financial services with MBNA and Cox Automotive.

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