Headquartered in London, England, and with offices in Luxembourg and Zürich, we are a well-established financial services consulting, advisory and professional services group with a 30 year track record in delivering:
We ask probing questions, no assumptions. We listen, think and reflect on what we learn and discover. And then we react to our clients’ needs by tailoring bespoke solutions; leading and guiding you through the complex, unpredictable and often risky world of commercial growth. This includes understanding your business strategic objectives and then providing skilful, timely and expert advice and support that delivers relevant, tangible value-adding results.
Our involvement maximises your chance of success and minimises your risk.
We do not offer solutions until we have fully understood your requirements. We always ask ‘why?’ before delving into the ‘what’ or the ‘how’.
Our core mission is to support our clients’ growth journey, thereby developing long-term and deep relationships, while providing a level of expertise and service that challenges the norm, provoking insightful innovation and disruptive, focused thought leadership.
So, you may be thinking, what makes Plutus different? We are adaptable, agile and skilled at managing ambiguity well. We’re extremely well-connected. We become your trusted partner. Above all, we have a definite sense of true north; we’re ethical, experienced, strategic and smart. Simply, we’re a safe pair of hands, and we’ll support you to get the job done.
Our global network of astute specialists is supported by strategic partnerships and alliances; a team of people who rapidly understand issues and provide realistic, effective and efficient solutions.
OUR PURPOSE, VISION AND MISSION
Plutus is a consultancy like no other; we are people driven, all with a shared vision to create positive outcomes for our clients, partners, and ecosystems alike.
Each of us is united by collaboratively dreaming big while keeping our feet planted firmly on the ground. We’re energized equally by the extraordinary as the seemingly mundane – finding nuggets of inspiration in sometimes routine places. And our shared curiosity means we look beyond for insights and ideas.
Our gritty determination to really know our clients is the springboard from which we build long-term trusted relationships that endure. We develop commercially astute solutions that propel tactical and strategic growth, blending cultures and changing behaviours, creating synergies and quantifiable success.
Continually challenging today to reinvent a better tomorrow.
To become a global, thought leadership consultancy, providing resources and skills that precisely match client need and surpass expectation.
Our core mission is to support our clients’ growth journey. We are all about enabling and empowering organisations to be successful by providing flexible, bespoke business support offerings that boost profitability and add tangible value through innovative insight and expertise.
We want to be known for being innovative, collaborative, and transparent so that we can be a source of inspiring leadership, whilst building connected teams.
We like to be known as organized, inspirational, influential; so that our services help our industry colleagues and eco-systems, learn, and grow.
Together – we will listen and learn, before leading.
We aim to continually develop platforms that allows all to achieve the best in their lives, creating a more equal workplace by providing guidance, mentorship, and tactical strategies through our collective thought.
We commit to being known as the learning organisation, treating our clients and partners alike – promoting diversity and inclusion in our thinking, whilst making good clients our reference points in delivering our services.
An organisation is only as good as the people that are part of it – we see success as a measure of being your authentic self, recognising your strengths and weaknesses, building on challenging the norm and creating pathways of discovery and determination.
About John Martin, founder and CEO
The foundation for John’s success is a combination of his incredible customer focus, extensive global finance experience and strategic expertise. He is a visionary business strategist, board level advisor and interim director with 30 years’ global experience. He has an outstanding record of driving shareholder return for multinational finance houses, strategic and operational lead of large-scale corporate development, business transformation that drives bottom-line growth, proposition and innovation, cost reduction, and enterprise risk management. Here’s a little about what he does to support clients:
- Thought-leader and advisor to boards and CxOs of the world’s largest financial services institutions
- Guides and influences strategic design and operational execution of the most business-critical and disruptive M&A, integration, divestment, regulatory and strategic initiatives of the last 28 years
- Leads delivery of the banking industry’s largest and most transformative change portfolios and programmes
- Assures delivery of high-profile, complex mega-programmes which fundamentally shift business models, organisational design, products, services and offerings of global banks
- Maximises programme investment and benefits; expertly mobilises and coordinates people, technology and operational resource on a global scale, ensuring tangible, sustainable value add
- Expertly controls budgets
- Provides consistent, concise and focused leadership to multidisciplinary teams across geographies.
“I created Plutus as a consolidation of my portfolio of consulting services, namely Southern Advisory Limited and ThirtyFive Consulting Limited, through which I provided professional expertise based on my three principles of operation: passion, pride and purpose.
I am a chartered accountant, consultant and programme director with over 27 years’ strategic and operational leadership experience across the UK, EMEA, US and Asia-Pacific regions. I lead programmes, and multi-million M&A and integration projects, to deadline and budget.
Adding value and commercial benefit is my promise to clients. I am regularly called upon by boards, C-suite executives and senior leaders from banking, financial services, retail, fmcg, apparel, oil, media and telecoms as well as government and the London Olympic team to advise, develop and contribute.”
What others say
Finance Transformation Process Consultant
Banking Risk and Regulatory Change Manager
“John has leadership skills and determination to overcome hurdles, and to do so in a collaborative manner, and has a strong drive for mentoring which is always helpful. John delivers change programmes in a structured manner and supports any C-suite levels in a way that inspires confidence. A great guy to know.”
Team Coach and Facilitator
Senior Technical Advisor
“Plutus’ extensive experience of delivering high-profile large-scale business transformations for financial services clients enables the application of in-depth understanding of the end-to-end deal life cycle (pre/post) and factors influencing the execution of integration and transformation from Day 1 and beyond skilfully and effectively.”
Interim Chief People Officer
John’s structured and well-organised approach, astuteness and ability to identify a solution is outstanding, and brought out by his clearly evident excellent communication and people skills. Plutus’ knowledge of the financial services sector – within banking, investment and portfolio management – is manifested in the high profile programmes successfully delivered with commendable results. I would highly recommend John to any future organisation requiring a true professional that requires credible and tangible support in the finance, risk, regulatory and compliance sectors.
“John is a true and skilled strategic and M&A professional, admired by his colleagues, with excellent people skills and ability to get things done, whilst keeping us focused and aligned to key objectives. I admire his resourcefulness when presented with a problem. A team player who uniquely demonstrates how to manage resources and ensures an enduring motivation at all levels – persuading others to think laterally and with purpose. He offers those in his network a great deal of support and his charismatic approach pulls individuals together in order to achieve the end goal. I highly recommend him to lead change, M&A, divestment or business transformation programmes that require expertise in these areas. network a great deal of support and his charismatic approach pulls individuals together in order to achieve the end goal.
Financial Services Professional
“I worked with John when he was the Finance Programme Lead for Consumer Banking Division’s integration and merger of Lloyds TSB and HBOS banking groups. He was knowledgeable and financially astute with an excellent understanding of the complex and sensitive issues surrounding this multi-million pound programme.
His experience, innovative approach and strong interpersonal skills were a significant contributor to the success of this complex merger/acquisition. John’s excellent stakeholder management skills ensured positive results and prevented any significant risk to the continuity of banking and reporting operations, post integration. “
“I highly recommend John to lead change, M&A, divestment or business transformation programmes that require expertise in these areas. network a great deal of support and his charismatic approach pulls individuals together in order to achieve the end goal. I highly recommend him to lead change, M&A, divestment or business transformation programmes that require expertise in these areas. John is a true and skilled strategic and M&A professional, admired by his colleagues, with excellent people skills and ability to get things done, whilst keeping us focused and aligned to key objectives. I admire his resourcefulness when presented with a problem. A team player who uniquely demonstrates how to manage resources and ensures an enduring motivation at all levels – persuading others to think laterally and with purpose. He offers those in his network a great deal of support and his charismatic approach pulls individuals together in order to achieve the end goal. I highly recommend him to lead change, M&A, divestment or business transformation programmes that require expertise in these areas.
Our Track Record
We work with some outstanding organisations. Large or small, national or global, whatever their sector, they all share our commitment to doing better business.
Here are a few Plutus (and Chief Executive Officer John Martin) highlights.