Hakluyt & Company

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Holdingham Group Limited
Private limited company
IndustryManagement consultancy
PredecessorHakluyt & Company Limited
Founded1995; 25 years ago (1995)
FoundersChristopher James, Mike Reynolds
Key people
Varun Chandra, Managing Partner
Paul Deighton, Chairman
Revenue£59.1 million (2018)
£12.1 million (2018)

Hakluyt & Company is a British strategic intelligence and advisory firm, and since 2011 has been a trading name of the renamed company Holdingham Group Limited.[1] The company is headquartered in London and has subsidiary offices in New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Mumbai and Sydney.[2]

Hakluyt avoids publicity, but is regarded as having a reputation for discretion and effectiveness among its client base.[3] Hakluyt was founded by former officials of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).[4][5] It attracted controversy in 2001 when Hakluyt was alleged in the Sunday Times to have employed staff to infiltrate environmental groups when working for BP and Royal Dutch Shell.[6][7]

Holdingham Group is chaired by Paul Deighton, and the other members of the board include managing partner Varun Chandra, Les Fagen and Jean Tomlin.[8]

Corporate governance[edit]

Hakluyt's international advisory board comprises senior figures with backgrounds in business and government. It is chaired by Niall FitzGerald, KBE, former CEO and chairman of Unilever, and its current members are:[9]

Australian High Commissioner to the UK Alexander Downer had been on the advisory board of the firm from 2008-2014.[10]


  1. ^ "Holdingham Group Limited". Companies House. Company No. 03481321. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Hakluyt & Company Limited". Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  3. ^ "From guard dogs and fences to business intelligence". Financial Times. 27 June 2007. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  4. ^ Sharon Lafraniere, John F. Burns (11 April 2012). "Briton's Wanderings Led Him to Heart of a Chinese Scandal". Washington Post. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  5. ^ Stephen Robinson (30 March 2012). "MI6, a death in China and the very secretive Mayfair company full of spooks". Evening Standard. London. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  6. ^ Chittenden, Maurice; Rufford, Nicholas. "MI6 'Firm' Spied on Green Groups". The Sunday Times. Archived from the original on 27 June 2001. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  7. ^ "UK worry over Aussie spy link". NewsComAu. 2016-01-18. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  8. ^ "Holdingham Group Limited". Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Holdingham Group Limited". Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  10. ^ "UK worry over Aussie spy link". NewsComAu. 2016-01-18. Retrieved 2019-06-18.

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