Hakluyt & Company

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Holdingham Group Limited
Private limited company
IndustryManagement consultancy
PredecessorHakluyt & Company Limited
FoundersChristopher James, Mike Reynolds
United Kingdom
Key people
Paul Schreier, Managing Director
Paul Deighton, Chairman
Revenue£44.7 million (2015)
£11.4 million (2015)

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] Pelorus Research is another trading activity of Holdingham Group, started in 2011, providing research to investment managers.[2] The company is headquartered in London and has subsidiary offices in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and Sydney.[3]

Hakluyt avoids publicity, but is regarded as having a reputation for discretion and effectiveness among its client base.[4] Hakluyt was founded by former officials of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).[5][6] 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.[7]

Holdingham Group is chaired by Paul Deighton, and the other members of the board include managing director Paul Schreier, Robert Webb QC and Matthew Williams.[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]

  • Professor Sir Roy Anderson — Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and former Rector, Imperial College London
  • M. S. Banga — Partner at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and former Chairman and Managing Director, Hindustan Unilever
  • Keith Craig — Former Managing Director, Holdingham Group Limited
  • Amaury de Seze — Vice Chairman, Power Corporation of Canada
  • Sir Christopher Gent — Former Chairman, GlaxoSmithKline and former CEO, Vodafone
  • Dr Jurgen Grossmann — Founder and Shareholder, Georgsmarienhutte Holding GmbH
  • Irene Lee — Chairman, Hysan Development Co. Limited
  • Sir Iain Lobban — Former Director, UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)
  • Minoru (Ben) Makihara, KBE — Former President and Chairman, Mitsubishi Corporation
  • Trevor Manuel — Former Minister of Finance, South Africa
  • Akio Mimura — Chairman, Tokyo and Japan Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • Lubna Olayan — CEO and Deputy Chairperson, Olayan Financing Company
  • Sir John Rose — Former CEO, Rolls-Royce
  • Andreas Sohmen-Pao — Chairman, BW Group
  • Ambassador Louis Susman — Former US Ambassador to the UK
  • Ratan Tata, GBE — Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons


  1. ^ "Holdingham Group Limited". Companies House. Company No. 03481321. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Pelorus Research - About Us". Pelorus Research. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Hakluyt & Company Limited". Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  4. ^ "From guard dogs and fences to business intelligence". Financial Times. 27 June 2007. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Maurice Chittenden, Nicholas Rufford (17 June 2001). "MI6 'Firm' Spied on Green Groups". Sunday Times. Archived from the original on unknown. Check date values in: |archivedate= (help)
  8. ^ "Holdingham Group Limited". Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Holdingham Group Limited". Retrieved 8 January 2018.

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