What we do

Capacity building

We have unrivalled experience of working at the most senior levels in regulatory agencies, government departments and international organisations. Our people have successfully designed regulatory regimes and established public bodies to deliver them effectively. We help our clients to put in place efficient regulatory and policy-focused organisations that operate on the basis of the best governance and management systems. And we help companies face the challenges and complexities of regulatory and policy change, as in the case of Brexit.

High performing public bodies need independence, authority and expertise to be able to deliver high quality output and demonstrate value for money. We help our clients to develop effective regulatory frameworks, articulate coherent strategies, design governance and management systems to deliver impactful results and build effective senior teams.

Catherine Davies

Capacity building team

Ed Richards Managing Partner London, UK
Ed Richards Managing Partner

Ed Richards is a founder and Managing Partner of Flint. Ed advises clients who face competition, regulatory and policy challenges. He leads client teams working on issues in a wide range of network industries including across the digital and tech sectors.

Before founding Flint, Ed spent more than eight years as the Chief Executive of Ofcom, the UK’s telecoms regulator. During this time, he worked closely with the European Commission and was Vice Chair of the Body of the European Regulators. Previously, Ed was an adviser in 10 Downing St, and headed the BBC’s corporate strategy team. After leaving Ofcom, Ed led an independent review into financial services representation, which led to the integration of six financial services associations in the UK.

Sir Simon Fraser Managing Partner London, UK
Sir Simon Fraser Managing Partner

Sir Simon Fraser is a founder and Managing Partner of Flint. He supports clients managing complex European and international policy issues. Simon leads our teams helping clients respond to the challenges of Brexit. He is a respected policy commentator and adviser of senior corporate leaders.

From 2010 to 2015 Simon was the Head of the UK Foreign Office and Diplomatic Service. He has also led the UK Department for Business. Prior to that he was Chief of Staff to the European Trade Commissioner in Brussels, and Director General for European Policy at the Foreign Office. Simon is Deputy Chairman of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London.

David Wright Partner Madrid, Spain
David Wright Partner

David leads Flint’s financial services practice, providing advice on international policy and regulatory developments for financial services clients.

David was previously the Secretary General of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and worked for 34 years in the European Commission. He played a leading role in the integration of European capital markets. David also represented the European Commission and IOSCO at the Financial Stability Board, led the EU–US Financial Markets Regulatory dialogue and has extensive international regulatory experience. David is the current chair of EUROFI.

Andrew Jackson Partner London, UK
Andrew Jackson Partner

Andrew joined Flint in September 2017 to build our Leadership and Organisational Change practice. He works with clients across a range of sectors. He brings 30 years’ experience at senior levels in government, the EU and the private sector.

Previously Andrew was a Director at Stanton Marris and a Partner at Towers Perrin/Kinsley Lord. He started his career in the UK Civil Service, where he worked for two Home Secretaries and in Margaret Thatcher’s office.

Chris Fonteijn Partner Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Chris Fonteijn Partner

Based in the Netherlands, Chris provides strategic advice to clients on their dealings with governments and independent government agencies.

Prior to joining Flint, Chris was the first Chair of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), the Dutch competition regulator. Previously, Chris was chairman of the former Netherlands Competition Authority and the former Independent Post and Telecommunications Authority of the Netherlands, and was instrumental in their transformation into the ACM. Chris is Vice-Chair of the International Competition Network and is a former Chair of BEREC, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications. He began his career as a lawyer, working in the Middle East and specialising in energy and utilities.

Thomas Matussek Senior Adviser Berlin, Germany
Thomas Matussek Senior Adviser

Thomas joined Flint in May 2016 as our representative in Berlin. He advises companies in sectors ranging from tech and media to manufacturing on German political, legislative and regulatory developments.

Previously Thomas was a senior diplomat, serving as German Ambassador to the UK, the UN and India. He also headed Deutsche Bank’s public policy representation in Berlin, and was the Managing Director of the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, the International Forum of Deutsche Bank.

Claus Grube Senior Adviser Copenhagen, Denmark
Claus Grube Senior Adviser

Claus joined Flint as Senior Adviser in September 2017 as our business link to the Nordic-Baltic region, based in Copenhagen. He advises clients in the tech, transport, financial services and life sciences sectors on European policy and political issues.

Claus has previously held very senior foreign affairs roles in the Danish government, including Under-Secretary for European Affairs, Permanent Representative to the EU, Permanent-Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador to the UK. He has a background in business and law.