Rebecca Thorpe succeeds Ben Blackett-Ord as CEO of Bovill

17 March 2022 2 min. read
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Regulatory consultancy Bovill has appointed Rebecca Thorpe as its new Chief Executive Officer. Thorpe has been with the firm for more than 16 years.

Bovill is an international, highly specialised consultancy, with offices in London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Chicago and New York. The firm helps clients in the financial services industry with their regulatory matters, from design and implementation to compliance and reporting.

With pandemic, geo-political and technological pressures disrupting the financial services space, many of the firm’s clients will be tasked with navigating sweeping changes in the coming months.

Rebecca Thorpe and Ben Blackett-Ord - Bovill

As Bovill looks to support companies through this next chapter in their history, Thorpe will take on her new role from the 1st of July 2022.

Bovill’s outgoing CEO Ben Blackett-Ord said of the news, “The last 20 years in the financial services sector have been exciting, challenging and fascinating. I am proud of the work that we as a group have done and the clients we have served.”

Blackett-Ord founded Bovill in 1999, and has led the company ever since. However, the firm’s majority shareholder was keen to stress that one of Bovill’s key philosophies “from the beginning” has been about nurturing talent. The internal promotion of his successor is the final manifestation of that culture, with Blackett-Ord noting he was “thrilled that Rebecca, who I have worked with for over 15 years and has been a core asset for Bovill, will now be taking the helm.”

Since launching Bovill, Blackett-Ord has helped grow it from a specialist start-up consultancy to a global business with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, the US and the EU. Following the handover, he will support Thorpe in his new role as Executive Chairman.

Thorpe has been a consultant for over 20 years, having started her career with Deloitte. She joined Bovill in 2006, has since risen to hold senior roles across its international offerings. She has helped to build from scratch and subsequently manage two successful Bovill offices in Asia, and she currently oversees the Hong Kong and Singapore practices.

She has plenty of experience with UK markets too, though. Thorpe also sits on the firm’s global board, and line manages the fraud and financial crime and global capital markets practices which are mainly UK-based. She will relocate to London when she assumes her new role.

Speaking on her new challenge, Thorpe remarked, “I have witnessed and been part of Bovill’s development and have always been passionate about pushing the growth of the business in new and exciting areas… A big part of Bovill’s culture is supporting and nurturing talent and I will continue to drive this when I become CEO.”