Rawlinson Partners


Established in 2005, Rawlinson Partners coordinates the business and charitable activities of Iain Rawlinson and his network.

The organisation embraces three core themes:

Leadership, Advocacy and Innovation.

Iain is an experienced Chair and Board Director, Charity Trustee and Strategy Adviser, specialising in the leadership of Boards of listed and private companies in a growth or development phase.

Iain began his career in investment banking with Lazard Brothers and Robert Fleming, where he built up a leading Southern African investment banking team. On the sale of Robert Fleming to JP Morgan he was appointed to establish Fleming Family & Partners, where he was a founding partner and COO from 2000 to 2003. He went on to hold several senior posts within FF&P before establishing his own office in 2005.

He has since undertaken a range of business and charitable roles alongside his consulting acivities including as NED and Chair of the Audit and Remuneration Committees at Dana Petroleum PLC and, after a successful period advising the shareholders, as Chair of The Monarch Group, leading its transformation and preparing the Group for its eventual sale. He was NED at The Parkmead Group PLC, and at the Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Trust. 

He is currently NED at Eurasia Mining PLC, and was appointed Chair of Global Philanthropic, an adviser on philanthropic capital flows, in January 2021. He co-founded Vico Partners, the strategy and communications adviser, in 2017, and returned to private practice in Rawlinson Partners in 2023 to focus on his Board and leadership roles, advisory appointments, and new investments.

Iain’s philanthropic activities began in 1991 as a founder member of the London International Piano Competition and continued with his appointment as a Trustee and Chair of Tusk Trust; as Chair of the International Boatbuilding Training College in Portsmouth; and as a Governor and Chair of Governors at Walhampton School. He also volunteered with the Centre for Social Innovation at the Cambridge Judge Business School.

Iain was educated at Birkenhead School, the University of Cambridge and the Inns of Court School of Law.  He is also a qualified mediator through the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution in London (CEDR).

He has two children and lives in the New Forest. His other interests include writing, music, aviation, the sea, Scotland and Africa.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.