Founded nearly 15 years ago, our firm has changed a lot over the years.
From our origins working in Finance, Regulatory, and Risk transformation in Banking and Capital Markets, to more recently building our Fintech consulting practice – we have always been driven by a restless energy to do things better. As a firm, we spent time during the COVID pandemic in 2020 refreshing our own strategic focus on where we’re going, and how we help our clients navigate the challenges to lead the way into the next normal. This work has sharpened our focus and transformed how we organise ourselves to deliver for our clients.
Firstly, it was long overdue. We wanted to reflect the diversity of our people and the work that we do, as we build the consulting firm of the future.
Our people come from varied backgrounds around the globe. We have delivered projects across three continents, and our firm has multiple consulting practices – each with a different specialist focus within the Financial Services industry. United by our exacting standards, we are a team of thinkers, fixers, and finishers with a shared commitment to excellence.
Capturing this spirit in our brand refresh was anything but straightforward. The ask? Rip up the rule book and build a future-first consulting brand for the next normal – rooted in the diversity of our people, our thought to execution mentality in delivery, and the breadth of our work in the industry.
With both consultancy help, and a string of pitches that didn’t quite hit, the mark; it was a note to an old friend – Matt Kandela, CEO of New York brand agency Dear Future, that ultimately yielded what we were looking for. In Dear Future we found a firm that shares our obsession with quality, is obsessed with asking ‘what next?’, and constantly reimagines things for the future (the clue just might be in the name… !).
We think of the signs and symbols that drive the visual impact of our brand as representing and celebrating both the differences in who we are as individuals, but also the cohesion in how we operate as a team. For centuries, humans have used symbols to communicate directions – from ancient Australian aboriginal art, where symbols outlined key landmarks in navigating the wilderness, to enabling crews to navigate treacherous seas successfully.
Visually bold, diverse, and intentionally playful, our new brand embodies our key behaviors as a firm:
I admit, my personal favourite has always been make it fun…
We are more excited than ever before about the future of the Financial Services industry, and have made significant investments in building diverse capability. This diversity is reflected in the work that we do today – ranging from building global crypto asset exchanges, transforming legacy Banking technology, and designing data-centric business models.
Our refreshed brand aligns with our future first focus, as we continue partnering with ambitious leaders to lead the charge innovating in the industry, and build the next normal. More broadly, we continue to invest in key strategic priorities to build the consulting firm of the future; including increasing gender diversity in the industry, reaching net zero carbon emissions*, and expanding graduate opportunities as we invest in the next generation of consulting talent.
If you would like to find out more about the firm and how we partner to drive strategic transformation and growth, please do get in touch.
*We plan to share a framework to reach net zero later this year, to accelerate the process for other firms.
Spotlight on Women: Olive Farrell
At Valentia Partners we focus on making our workplace a more diverse and inclusive environment for everyone. Operating in a male dominated industry, we wanted to shine a spotlight on our women and enable them to tell their stories of success and what inspired them to pursue a role in Management Consulting. Below you can read more about Olive’s experience.
Meet our people: Donal Campion
Donal is a hands-on transformation specialist who has led strategic business and technology change in Financial Institutions of all sizes, working across Europe and North America. In his 18+ year career, he has also designed and led large enterprise change and delivery functions. He spent a decade living in Canada, braving the cold and exploring life in the Great White North, before returning to Ireland in 2019.
Don’t Call Me ‘Crypto’
Digital assets hold a significant yet uncertain place in the future of finance and they are worthy of the controversy they attract. Yet, vague language and sweeping generalisations have become commonplace amongst commentators - decreasing comprehension and stifling discourse.
Meet our people: Viviana Morariu
Leading mission critical projects in Wealth & Asset Management, Banking, and Capital Markets, Viviana's experience includes leading global transformation programmes impacting 60+ countries, front-to-back re-platforming of businesses, and acquisition integration design.
Collaboration with The Girls’ Network
Valentia Partners is delighted to announce that the firm has entered into a partnership with The Girls’ Network.
Meet our people: Neil Woodger
Neil Woodger joined Valentia Partners as an Executive Director in 2021, transitioning to consulting following a 30+ year global career in Banking and Capital Markets.
Banking priorities in 2021: Cost Cutting
Valentia Partners on LinkedIn: As Covid 19, Brexit and low interest rates continue to cast a shadow over economic prospects, one of the common themes across many of Valentia’s financial services clients in the last quarter of this year is how to cut costs in 2021 without cutting service.
Our partnership with the University of Strathclyde Business School
Valentia Partners are proud to partner with the University of Strathclyde Business School, understanding the importance and value of bringing through the next generation of consultants.
Capital markets and green financing
The move towards a more sustainable financial system.
Deduction at source lending
Valentia Partners supported a group of Fintech founders in the development and go-to market strategy of a payroll lending platform (salary backed finance).
Transformation Experiences - Valentia vs. McKinsey Survey
Valentia Partners on LinkedIn: At Valentia, we spend all our time helping to transform our banking and fintech clients’ businesses. So, when McKinsey published a technology transformation survey on 11th March, we read it with interest.
Popularity vs Profitability – 3 challenger bank trends for 2021
Valentia Partners on LinkedIn: Challenger Banks proliferate, with digital-only challengers (or Neobanks) attracting huge numbers of customers through low-cost innovative features, whilst simultaneously struggling to turn those numbers into profits.
Go to work to play, and other thoughts for a post-COVID mentality
Valentia Partners on LinkedIn: Here are some musings from the past year and a few thoughts to take into this one.
4 strategic priorities to enable the workplace of the future
Valentia Partners on LinkedIn: Rethinking how we create and inhabit space in a digitally-connected world.