Focus. Experience. Diligence.

Our firm

Litchfield is a specialist executive search firm conducting senior searches for Asset Management clients in the UK.

We have also completed searches in Germany, Switzerland, USA, UAE and Africa.

We have a successful track record advising clients considering entry into new, strategic markets or disciplines and in investment team moves.

We are recognized as an expert in insurance asset management in the UK & Europe and have extensive access across the sector.

Our clients return to us for their most important and challenging assignments because they trust our judgement and delivery, and value our ethics and integrity.

We are proud to promote diversity within the workplace and this has always been central to our search practice. We believe that hiring and promoting candidates from diverse backgrounds is essential to the effectiveness of our client organisations.


Our People


managing director

Philip Darling

Philip has worked in the executive search or recruitment industry since 1994. He brings a respected track record of completing senior level searches for a wide range of global investment management firms and specialist boutiques. He set up Litchfield in 2014.
He was formerly Managing Director of the UK Asset Management practice at Ferguson Partners in London. Prior to that he was Head of Asset Management at Stonehaven, a boutique firm established by the former Global Head of Financial Services from Heidrick & Struggles. He was responsible for all activity across the buy side and built a practice of 3 consultants from the firm’s launch in 2008.
He previously worked at the world's largest executive search firm, Korn/Ferry International for five years, latterly as a Partner in the London office. 
He has successfully completed senior-level assignments for CEOs, CIOs, Heads of Asset Classes, Directors of Research, Portfolio Managers, Senior Sector Analysts and Heads of Distribution. He has operated across Western, Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East on behalf of clients based in London, New York, Boston, Geneva, Zurich, Moscow and the GCC.
Philip studied French at Queen Mary College, University of London and also graduated from the Central School of Speech & Drama/Webber Douglas Academy.



associate consultant, assessment & organisational development

Karen Kwong

Karen combines very real experience on the Buy-Side with psychology based insights to assess and help individuals take their performance to higher levels and for organisations to be a greater success. The founder of Ren Organisational Consulting, she is trained in coaching psychology, organisational development and change, selection & assessment and workplace wellbeing.

Prior to her career in psychology and coaching Karen spent 14 years at M&G ultimately as Head of Central Dealing. Her own extensive experience in the asset management industry positions her uniquely to advise Buy-Side clients. In addition to her vast industry experience and her Masters in Organisational Psychology, Karen is an accredited user of MBTI, FIRO-B & FIRO B Team, Dimensions and Strengthscope.