Ian Tomlinson-Roe


Office Location: London

Phone: +44 20 70754000

Ian is a partner who possesses a unique blend of consulting and line management experience. He has spent the past 20 years in either line or advisory roles working at the highest levels of organizations and government. His breadth of experience covers many sectors, including financial services, oil and gas, mining, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, defence, technology, and sport.

Ian has functional knowledge and leadership capabilities encompassing most, if not all, aspects of an organization, which allows him a platform to influence and provide direction at the board level. He combines strategic thought processes with strong implementation skills. He is a trusted advisor to many organizations and high-profile individuals.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Ian was a senior partner at PwC, where he led the workforce transformation solution and the firm’s people and organization public sector consulting activity. He most recently designed and led the UK’s largest defence sector transformation which realized multi- £bn savings.

Before joining PwC, Ian held executive committee responsibility for people, marketing, and communications at the Dutch insurer AEGON.

Ian’s early career was in financial services culminating in various executive roles covering strategy, retail and corporate banking, operations, and human resources. Shortly after the RBS acquisition of NatWest, Ian joined KPMG, where as a partner he led the design and launch of KPMG’s financial services human resource consulting practice.


Ian studied the history of art at Wolfson College, Cambridge and has an MBA from City University, London.