Alice Fontana is a Managing Partner at Bohill Partners. Alice leads our coverage of German-speaking Europe, running searches and advisory projects for international and local businesses seeking DACH-focused professionals based locally or in London. She also runs many of our pan-European mandates.
She is very well networked in the European real asset investment market, particularly in Germany. Her years of advising clients at the highest level and leading senior searches across real assets and broader financial services give her an unrivalled ability to connect growing businesses with the best talent, wherever they might be.
Before she co-founded the firm with Emily Bohill in 2008, she specialised in both real estate and structured finance at Armstrong International, having started her career with Korn/Ferry International in Vienna. Alice graduated from the University of Vienna with a Master’s Degree in Psychology, subsequently obtaining a postgraduate degree in Clinical and Health Psychology. She is a native German speaker, and also speaks Italian and French.
Thomas Hughes is a Partner of the firm. At Bohill Partners, Thomas leads our UK-focused work, and has also managed pan-European assignments and made successful placements in Paris and in Stockholm. These span investment, asset management and business development, and he is also critical to our work in debt and real estate development.
Thomas worked in the real estate industry for several years before joining Bohill Partners, which has helped him build an excellent network with both investment firms and advisors, and has since developed a strong reputation for leading the successful delivery of searches across Europe.
Before he joined Bohill Partners in 2010, he spent six years at KPMG in the real estate group, and prior to that worked in business development for a listed financial services business. Thomas graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Geography and Geology.
Tania Azad is a Partner at Bohill Partners, where she focuses on client relationship management and assists with the origination and execution of executive search mandates on behalf of real estate investment, special situations and advisory firms. Recent mandates she has led include the Head of European Real Estate for a hedge fund, as well as a pan-European transactions role for a real estate private equity investor.
Tania joined Bohill Partners from Ferguson Partners where she was responsible for managing and executing assignments from the C-suite through to Vice President level, working with hedge funds, private equity funds, insurance firms and investment managers. These roles spanned both equity and debt, across acquisitions, asset management, development, fundraising/investor relations, finance and operations.
Prior to this, Tania worked for Sousou Partners, focusing on mid and senior level real estate hires for sovereign wealth funds and buy side firms. She graduated with a BA with Honours in English Literature from the University of Westminster in 2007.
John has 35 years experience in the Executive Search industry. In his last 2 positions he has helped to create and develop global business verticals within Heidrick & Struggles (2000-2010) and more latterly as an equity partner in Spencer Stuart (2010-2019). Prior to this he was a Main Board Director at Norman Broadbent International.
John has been involved in advising and hiring C suite leaders and Board Directors into a wide range of businesses spanning PE, Asset Management, Property Companies, Developers, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Family Offices, Corporates and Advisors.
John obtained an MBA from Edinburgh University
Andrew Mabbett is an Associate, supporting on searches in the UK and Continental Europe. At Bohill Partners, Andrew supports on assignments in the UK and across Europe. He has developed a particular specialism in capital raising roles, but also works on investment, asset management, and development mandates.
Andrew has quickly developed an excellent understanding of the real asset investment industry, and built strong relationships with candidates across a range of sectors.
Prior to joining Bohill Partners, he worked as a Researcher with BESA. Andrew graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA in History.
Fred joined Bohill Partners in 2019 as a Senior Associate. Fred is responsible for executing and supporting the Partners and advising clients on senior search mandates in the UK and Continental Europe. Fred specialises in senior capital raising and distribution (across retail and institutional channels), investment and development mandates, as well as more recently focusing on hospitality and senior living mandates from a real estate perspective.
Fred joined Bohill Partners from the Dore Partnership where he was responsible for managing and executing C-suite assignments for global traditional asset managers and real asset focused investment managers in Europe and the USA.
Prior to this, Fred worked for Hammond Partners and the Mulsanne Partnership, focusing on Europe equities hiring across cash equities, derivatives, algorithmic trading, quantitative research analytics and exchange traded funds. He started his career on the cash equities trading floor at JP Morgan and graduated with a BA with Honours in Geography from the University of Newcastle in 2007.
Jessica joined Bohill Partners in 2020. She is an Executive Assistant to Alice Fontana and Tania Azad and also provides support to the wider German team.
Born and raised in Germany, Jessica is bilingual and prior to joining Bohill Partners she worked as a Team Assistant/PA at Deutsche Telekom AG.
Jessica has a vocational degree in Business Administration and in her spare time she is studying how to code.
Lucy Walker is the Office Manager at Bohill Partners. At Bohill Partners, Lucy ensures that the office runs smoothly and efficiently, and manages our relationships with service providers. She also acts as an executive assistant to Emily Bohill and Alice Fontana.
Lucy is the first face that candidates see when they interview with Bohill Partners and her friendly and welcoming attitude always leaves a positive first impression. Behind the scenes, she is proactive and reliable, which is exactly what we need in an office manager.
Before she joined Bohill Partners in 2011, she spent five years at Egon Zehnder with the financial services team, and prior to that worked for Warburg Pincus within the LBO team.
Lucy graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in Law.
Chris White is a Consultant at Bohill Partners. At Bohill Partners, Chris gives advice and support to the research team on almost every search. He also leads much of our advisory and non-search work. Recent projects include advising a European business on how best to enter the UK market, and working with a pan-European fund manager to benchmark compensation from 20 senior roles across eight countries, targeting specific competitor firms.
Chris has worked with us for over six years, and has developed a broad and deep understanding of the market for real asset investment talent in the UK and Europe.
Before he joined Bohill Partners, Chris interned with Rockpools (a public sector focused executive search firm) and the British Property Federation, as well as teaching English as a Foreign Language. Chris studied International Relations at Durham University.
Amy Franklin is an Associate, assisting on searches in the UK and the DACH region. At Bohill Partners, Amy works closely with Alice Fontana on our assignments in German-speaking Europe, but she has also recently been involved in searches for capital raising and acquisitions positions in the UK.
Amy speaks German to a high level and enjoys using her language skills to build relationships with our German-speaking clients and candidates.
Prior to joining Bohill Partners, Amy completed a six-month internship at Bosch in Stuttgart, where she worked on international projects with colleagues in Europe and Asia. She read Modern Languages (German and Spanish) at Hertford College, Oxford, where she focused on German translation and modern literature.
Lucy Johnson is an Associate within Bohill Partners’ research team, supporting searches across the U.K. and continental Europe.
Having interned at the company, Lucy joined the team as a part-time consultant, juggling acting and stunt work around executive search, before taking a full-time role in January 2019. She has quickly built up her knowledge of real assets and has grown a strong network of candidates and contacts across multiple geographies and sectors.
At Bohill Partners, Lucy has worked on a range of mandates, with a focus on investment, asset management and development assignments.
Prior to joining the firm, Lucy was a stunt woman, actress and fencing coach, spending several months on the set of Vikings, doubling the leading lady. Lucy graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA in Acting. In her free time, she is an International Fencer on the Irish team and works as a coach developer with Muslim Girls Fence (Maslaha), bringing the sport to local communities across the UK.
Annabel is an Associate within the team and supports on searches across the UK and Europe.
Annabel joined Bohill Partners in 2018 and has quickly built a network within multiple sectors across Europe.
At Bohill Partners, Annabel has worked on mandates across investment, asset management and development, and has recently developed a particularly strong track record in the NPL market.
Annabel graduated from the University of Southampton with a BA in English.
In her free time, Annabel competes in show jumping, dressage and eventing and volunteers with her local Pony Club branch.
Michaela Kilian joined Bohill Partners in 2019 and is an Executive Assistant to Thomas Hughes. She works closely with the team to ensure that searches run efficiently. She also supports Lucy Walker on maintaining the smooth operation of the office.
Before joining Bohill Partners, Michaela worked for several years as a Legal Secretary in London. Michaela studied at Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, graduating with a BSc in Nutrition Science. She is a native German speaker and fluent in English.
Cicci Lilja joined Bohill Partners in 2019 as Head of Finance and Operations.
With an extensive background in accounting Cicci has held several positions as Head of Finance in both the UK and her native Sweden. She particularly enjoys working in small to medium companies where she can work closely with the directors and make a real impact.
Cicci has a degree in Finance from IHM Business School. She has also studied engineering and music and is an avid trumpet player and lindy hopper.