About us

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Headquartered in London, England, and with offices in Luxembourg, we are a well-established financial services consulting, advisory and professional services group with a 30 year track record in delivering:
 

Our approach

We listen, we learn, we lead.

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 service.

Please get in touch with us to find out more about our unique, personal and client-centric way of working.

OUR PURPOSE, VISION AND MISSION

Our purpose
Plutus is a consultancy like no other; owner driven and owner managed. Gritty determination to really know our clients is the springboard from which we build long-term trusted relationships that endure. We develop commercially-astute ideas that propel tactical and strategic growth, blending cultures and changing behaviours, creating synergies and success.

OUR VISION
To become a global, thought leadership consultancy, providing resources and skills that precisely match client need and surpass expectation.

OUR MISSION
Our core mission is to support our clients’ growth journey. We are all about enabling and empowering organisations to be successful by providing a flexible, bespoke business offering that boost profitability and add tangible value through innovative insight and expertise.

Our Founder

About John Martin, our 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.”

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John Martin, CEO of Plutus Consulting Group
We listen, we learn, we lead.

What others say

Finance Transformation Process Consultant

“John’s dynamic leadership and stakeholder management skills were a major contributor to the success of this programme, ensuring delivery to budget and on time. A skilful strategist, he would be a significant asset to any complex and challenging programme required within the financial services sector. “

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.”

Board Trustee

“John is an impressive senior executive with that rare ability to keep a team focused and on track whilst allowing for open debate and dialogue.”

Team Coach and Facilitator

“John is a highly skilled consultant in financial services. He has in-depth understanding of banking services and expertise in M&A. His people and resource management skills are outstanding, bringing the ‘gravitas’ to provide service and support to FS sector clients. I admire his ability to provide clear, concise directions using his unique communication skills. “

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.”

Chair

“John is a highly skilled and trusted programme director. He is incredibly diligent and professional in his approach, and provides very clear direction when solving a wide range of challenges. He has extensive financial services knowledge working with major banking clients which, together with his trusted approach, makes him a valuable asset to work with. “

Interim Chief People Officer

“John is an exceptional and skilled financial services and banking professional who has a proven ability to lead, manage and deliver complex programmes of change in challenging circumstances. An astute global business leader with excellent problem-solving skills, together with significant experience in the financial sector, makes him a valuable asset to any organisation seeking consulting, programme management or advisory support. I would recommend him without any hesitation, as a critical and hands-on resource to deliver tangible and effective results.”

Director

“John has the hallmarks of an accomplished management consultant: a wealth of leadership skill, strong interpretative approach, extensive expertise in shaping narratives (both buy-side and sell-side) and outlining a vision. As an individual and team player his outstanding qualities are his energy, enthusiasm and his deep sense of duty in helping others to achieve key goals. He thrives on collaboration, building understanding and is not short of praise for others. I have found him to be excellent at providing guidance and thoughtful feedback.”

Programme Manager

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.

Director

“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. “

Director

“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.

Mergers and acquisitions

Sustainable / ESG investment

Regulation and Compliance

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