Support your personal and professional development

For any enquiries about our mentorship can help you career development please reach out to for an informal discussion

Our mentors are located in the United States, Europe and APAC. They are Senior Executives from the experienced C-Suite Community – their mentoring sessions can be booked as a series of 3 or 6, at a time that suits you.

If you are ready to take your next career move and would like support from our experienced C-suite mentors, get in touch.

Laura Ahto

Former COO, Asset Services and Digital
BNY Mellon


Supporting the development of colleagues and teams, and seeing them evolve personally and professionally, has been the most satisfying aspect of Laura’s career. A core responsibility of good leaders is to give to and get from people the best which both have to offer, leading to better outcomes for all.

Global culture, international business and leadership, strategic change, operations, business management, regulatory affairs and governance, boards, and board committees, are areas in which she has developed strong expertise. She has always enjoyed bringing these experiences together and creating great outcomes for stakeholders including colleagues, clients, service providers, regulators.

Laura has been especially proud to support the development of women, through multiple channels: as Branch Manager in Frankfurt, establishing BNYM’s Women’s Initiative Network there; as CEO of BNY Mellon’s European Bank, initiating the Belgian Women in Finance organization.

Sara Benjamin

Fractional CCO
Pivots Consulting Limited


Sara has built extensive mentoring and revenue generation experience throughout a varied Financial Services (Morgan Stanley, BNP-P, UBS and ING Bank N.V.), Fractional CCO (Founder) and Real Estate Development (Co-Founder) career.

She is well-versed in the wide range of knowledge required to produce significant commercial impact alongside key stakeholders. This regularly ranges from the strategising, negotiation and mediation aspects through to the various governance structures necessary to ensure sustainable revenue growth.

Sara is a strong believer in team empathy, continual learning and empowering others to succeed. High EQ levels and always listening with curiosity to fuel productivity are a decided passion.

Simon Cleary

Former Global COO
Standard Chartered


Simon is a Singapore-based Leadership Coach focused on working with high performing individuals, typically c-suite. Simon has a wealth of experience, having worked for global banks for 40 years in London, Luxembourg and Singapore. His roles have covered a broad range of responsibilities, including as Head of Business, Head of Global Products, Global Strategy Head and Country Head for some of the industry’s most respected firms. For the last 7 years of Simon’s banking career he was the Global COO for Standard Chartered’s Financing and Securities Services business based out of Singapore, where he has lived with his wife and (now) 18 year old son for the past 13 years.

Simon’s coaching philosophy employs empathy and pragmatism in utilising that experience. His approach is focused on a belief that an individual’s performance in any task is equal to their potential minus any interference. Simon works without judgement to help leaders, including COOs, to identify what is getting in their way and impacting their ability to perform at their optimal level, (ie. their interference), and works with them to create conscious strategies to clear those blockages towards peak performance – effortless high performance consistently, systematically and on-demand.

Lucy Izzard

TD Securities Europe


Lucy became Chief Operating Officer for TD Securities in June 2021. She is responsible for all Operational functions performed in the region and services leveraged from core centres of excellence supporting the European franchise. Prior to this she led TD Securities’ Global Operations and Business Services in Europe.

 She is highly committed and client-oriented, with a strong track record of building, managing, and motivating local and global teams across diverse businesses and product areas. Lucy is passionate about all aspects of diversity and inclusion and is the Executive Sponsor of TD’s LGBTQ+ group in Europe. Lucy was recently named in the top 10 of Involve’s global list of OUTstanding Executive Allies for her culture-defining work in this area. She is an active mentor within the organisation and has a keen focus on career empowerment, stakeholder management and how to manage career progression discussions.  

 Prior to joining TD, Lucy spent over 13 years with Goldman Sachs International and Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

 Lucy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and was called to the Bar in 2004.

David Ornstein

Former COO
Barclays Investment Bank


David Ornstein is currently acting as consultant and advisor to growth companies in various markets.  He was formerly at Barclays, where he held a number of roles in the Investment Bank, including as COO for Markets.

During his time at Barclays David also had a number of other responsibilities including chairing the global regulatory change effort, leading cross-business functions (Strategic Investments, Market Structure, Front Office Risk and Controls, Trade Capture Utility), and several new business initiatives.  He joined Barclays in London in 2004.

David began his career in the financial industry in 1994 at Bankers Trust in New York. David holds a BS from the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Norm Parton

Former COO Global Credit


Norm Parton is an independent consultant with extensive experience in financial services, specifically investment banking and asset management at top tier firms. Norm has been recognized as a leader who sets high standards, can influence proper outcomes and creates a culture that helps organizations thrive.

In his most recent role, Norm was the Chief Operating Officer for the Global Credit business within the Alternatives division at BlackRock. As a member of the four person management team, he was responsible for all non-investment activities, including business strategy and development, budgets, financial analysis and human capital strategy. Among his many accomplishments at BlackRock, Norm was the business lead for the post-acquisition integration of Tennenbaum Capital Partners, a $9 billion AuM West Coast private credit manager.

Prior to BlackRock, Norm spent 21 years at Credit Suisse, including five years at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) prior to the merger. Norm held a variety of roles including COO for the Global Credit business for over ten years, Americas regional COO for Fixed Income and Chief of Staff for the Global Markets division. In his earlier career in investment banking Norm held various business management roles at Bankers Trust and E.F. Hutton. Prior to his career in financial services Norm was a senior accountant with Berdon LLP, where he received his C.P.A. license.

Ursula Schliessler

NED and former CAO Global Asset Management
Legg Mason


Ursula has senior executive experience in asset management and wealth management, having worked at Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Legg Mason. Prior to assuming her
current iNED and Trustee positions, Ursula was Chief Administrative Officer of Legg Mason until July 2019 and the Executive Sponsor of Legg Mason’s LGBTQ Employee Resource Group and Legg Mason’s Global CSR Network.

Her executive experience included leading global teams across multiple functional areas and spans product development and management, sales strategy, business process design and implementation, change/project management and overseeing risk, operations, technology and data.

Throughout her career, Ursula has mentored individuals from within her teams but also participated in mentoring programmes. Sharing her experiences and helping others
achieve their goals and objectives has always been a priority, especially as Ursula had the benefit of having mentors who helped her develop and realise her potential and operate effectively across multiple functional areas within global organisations.