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about us

Founded by two senior banking professionals, Perigon operates on the strong belief (built from lived experience) that companies must build sustainability / ESG considerations into the core of their strategy and operating model to thrive over the medium and long term.

We are a small (but growing) and tight-knit team that blends different 'real world' business experience to shape the innovative yet pragmatic solutions that we build with clients. 

Emma Tottenham Perigon Co-Founder & Partner

Emma Walford
(previously Tottenham)
Founding Partner

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Emma has a breadth of sustainability, communications and strategy expertise, developed most recently as Group Corporate Communications and Sustainability Director for one of the UK’s largest banks. She has deep experience of establishing a comprehensive ESG strategy, operating model and communications agenda from scratch in a highly regulated environment and embedding it across a FTSE250 organisation and its stakeholders. She is well versed in designing and implementing strategic plans and ESG initiatives at an enterprise and business unit level, and developing and executing the supporting strategic narrative through media relations, public affairs and internal communications. Prior to founding Perigon Partners, Emma was a member of the Executive Leadership Team for a FTSE250 company and Board Director for a large UK digital fundraising platform. Emma has a first class honours degree in Physics from the University of St Andrews and is a Chartered Accountant.

Nick Walford Co-founder and Partner

Nick Walford

Founding Partner

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Nick has over 25 years of financial services experience, including 15 years focusing on corporate development, establishing and leading teams in the definition and implementation of organic and inorganic strategic plans. He has held Head of Strategy roles at FTSE100 and FTSE250 companies, leading strategic and financial planning, and in disciplines such as enterprise, partnership, cost and digital strategy development. Nick also has significant experience in M&A strategy evolution and execution, and led the team throughout CYBG's £1.6bn acquisition of Virgin Money in 2018 to create the UK’s 6th largest bank. His early career at JPMorgan was in equity and equity derivative markets. Nick has held a range of NED roles on UK financial services Boards, has an MBA from The Australian Graduate School of Management in Sydney and a degree in Geography from Newcastle University.

Laura McNeil Sustainability Consultant

Laura McNeil

Sustainability Consultant

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Laura has a range of sustainability, strategy and transformational business change experience, developed most recently as a Sustainability Manager for a large UK bank. With a passion for creating inclusive and sustainable organisations, Laura has worked within the many components of ESG – often operating cross-functionally to successfully embed ESG strategy. She has led the charge on organisations’ approach to human rights management and is experienced in integrating ESG within annual reporting and other disclosures. Previously a Leadership Graduate for a FTSE250 company, Laura has a varied set of skills that have seen her lead in disciplines such as cost reduction, strategic and operating model development, data analysis, management information creation, product development and customer acquisition. She has prior experience managing international clients’ portfolios from trading execution to settlement within equity derivative markets at a FTSE100 company. Laura is accredited in Commercial Lending and has an Honours degree in Law with Business from the University of Stirling. She continues to give back to the University by supporting students keen to explore non-practising careers.

our values

The Perigon Values are the litmus test for everything we do, from how we assess the fit of people we ask to join us to how we ensure that client interactions and deliverables meet the high Perigon standard.

On holiday in Florence (Firenze), Tuscany, Italy, where there was a lot of street art and

do good, 

be good,

feel good

Authentic goodness is what we seek to achieve in our work (no greenwashing!), in how we act towards others and in how we treat ourselves.

everyone

makes

the tea

When something needs doing, we all roll our sleeves up. If there’s debate or challenge, everyone has a voice. Nobody is too big or too small to pitch in equally.

flock together (whatever your feather)

We work in collaboration with our clients and with each other. The broader the range of perspectives and experience, the better. No-one left out, no-one left behind.

stay

curious

We never stop learning – about the evolving field of sustainability, about (and from) our clients and each other, and from the mistakes we make.

with feet

on the

ground,

look up

Our subject matter requires us to look over multiple horizons, think expansively and innovate. But none of that is any use if we don’t turn it into pragmatic action today.

our impact

Clearly measuring and reporting impact in a way that’s integrated with a business’s overall strategy and financials is (we believe) the way forward, particularly for purpose-led organisations. 

Access our impact reports below, covering our first two years of business. 

our allegiances

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Perigon is a certified B Corporation TM. 

B Corp Certification means that a company has been verified as meeting B Lab’s high standards for social and environmental impact, that it has made a legal commitment to stakeholder governance, and that it is demonstrating accountability and transparency by disclosing this record of performance in a public B Corp profile.

B Corp Certification does not mean that a company is perfect, nor that it has achieved its highest impact. It does show that it is part of a global community of business working collectively for economic systems change, and that in order to stay committed to this work it must meet rising standards for social and environmental performance.

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Perigon is a proud member of the SME Climate Hub, a global initiative that empowers small to medium sized companies to take climate action and build more resilient businesses. Through the SME Climate Hub, we commit to lowering our impact on the environment through authentic action, halving our emissions by 2030. In making the commitment, we have joined the United Nations Race to Zero campaign.

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Perigon is an organisational member of the IFRS Sustainability Alliance,  a global membership programme for sustainability standards, integrated reporting and integrated thinking. This provides us with insights, access to educational content and peer-to-peer networking, all of which support our ability to help clients navigate and succeed with new sustainability reporting standards. 

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We are proud supporters of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We have aligned Perigon's own strategy to the Goals and have supported a number of clients to do so too. Rather than the generic alignment you sometimes see, we are highly focused on driving specific, targeted outcomes in key areas of need for Perigon and for our clients. 

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It is incredibly important for small businesses' cash flow management that they are paid promptly for the work they do. That's why we are proud signatories to the Prompt Payment Code

Nature is reaching a point of no return, which is why Perigon is an SBTN Corporate Engagement Program participant, pledging alignment with SBTN’s goals and vision and contributing feedback and end-user insights to the development of SBTN methods and tools.

our partners

We are proud to work with a selective set of partner organisations.  Each of them offers market-leading, specialist skills that are a complement to Perigon’s services.

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Delta Capita (the Financial Services division of Prytek) is a global consulting, services and technology provider.

 

Delta Capita has a unique combination of experience in Financial Services and technology innovation capability.

 

Headquartered in London with offices around the world, we work with the world’s top financial institutions to help them comply with regulations, simplify operations, reduce costs and innovate their business models and leverage leading fintechs.

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Bridgeforce is a financial services consulting firm specializing in all aspects of lending, risk management and payments in the consumer banking industry.

Our consultants have real-world experience in client-side roles and bring meaningful insights and practical solutions from Bridgeforce’s 22-year track record of more than 800 successful client engagements.

Our primary clients include top-10 global banks, regional banks, credit unions, fintechs and private equity firms. Whether it’s mergers and acquisitions, complex IT integrations, navigating the shifting sands of regulatory compliance or optimising the engine room of their operations, our clients trust us to solve their biggest challenges. We are not a big box firm. Our entrepreneurial and agile approach means that we respond to every new project with a highly engaged team who bring the right skills to meet our clients’ unique needs. We pride ourselves on building collaborative working relationships with client teams to get the job done, and our 95% re-engagement rate is a testament to the quality of our people and the effectiveness of our tried and tested approach.

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LÙTH Associates are successful, experienced ex-senior executives, now leveraging our ‘multi-lens - collective capability’ to support both ambitious companies and Private Equity firms with trusted independent advice, Non-Executive Director ‘NED on Demand’ support and business coaching with context services. 

 

Our aim is to deliver value, inspiration and assurance.

join us

Do you share our values and passion for unlocking the power of business to enrich people, planet and prosperity? If so, we are constantly looking at how we evolve and expand our team and we would love to hear from you. 

"Supporting Emma and Nick in bringing their vision to life is a lot of fun and is also stretching and challenging me professionally. Gaining exposure to a variety of new sectors has been a welcome, but steep, learning curve and the mixture of autonomy and support from the founders has been great."

- Laura McNeil, Sustainable Strategy Consultant, Perigon

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