GMG Europe Profiles

  • Don Harrington, Partner, GMG Europe, Head of Capital Markets Practice

    Don Harrington has been in financial services since 1972. Until 1982 he worked as an IT developer in banking and at the Stock Exchange. He led a number of major projects at the Stock Exchange, Morgan Grenfell, and Barings, and was a contributor to the Taurus/Crest initiative.

    In 1993 he joined Barclays to develop and lead an investment administration business for their custody division. In 1996 he transferred with the business to Morgan Stanley and, after leading the EMU initiative for the Morgan Stanley Trust Company, he led the operations and controller support groups for the Equity Financing and Delta 1 businesses. During this period Don was a participant in market developments such as the Equilend initiative in Stock Lending.

    In 2006 he joined Citi and was Global Head of Operations for the Prime Finance business. In 2007 Don assumed the role of Head of Securities Operations (EMEA) for all cash securities for Citigroup Global Markets and led a number of major re-engineering and outsourcing initiatives.

    Since joining Gartland and Mellina Group Don has led a number of major industry level consulting engagements as well as leading the marketing of some of GMG Partner products.

    He has been a Board Director of SIFMA/ESSF. He is a Member of the Chartered Securities Institute (MCSI); a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and a Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS).


  • Cathy Hampson, Managing Director, GMG Europe, European Regulatory and Compliance Practice Lead

    Cathy Hampson has over twenty years of experience in financial services; investment banking, asset management, and insurance. Cathy has designed, project-managed and implemented Compliance and Risk departments and systems in companies such as AIG, Morgan Stanley, Barclays Global Investors, Chase Manhattan, Mars and the London Stock Exchange. She is skilled in change management, with expertise in the process changes required as well as the human resource behavioural changes required. Cathy is trained in the ‘Agile’ delivery method, and is trained in Robotic Process Automation (RPA).

    Cathy has an in-depth knowledge of Key Risk Indicator programs and runs workshops for key conference providers. She has headed Risk departments globally and headed Firm Reporting across global platforms. Cathy’s diverse roles in Compliance, Risk, Securities Lending Trading, Operations, IT, Finance, and Project Management provide an understanding of a company’s overall operations as well as the behavioural aspects of inter-departmental differences. Her interests in psychology, risk and coaching led to the publication of her book ‘An Introduction to Behavioural Risk’ (Risk Books 2015) and she is currently engaged in co-writing a second Operational Risk book.

    Cathy graduated with first-class honours in Fuel and Energy Engineering/Management Studies from Leeds University, holds an Executive MBA from the London Business School, is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, a Professional Member of the Institute of Operational Risk and a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.


  • Nigel Sansom, Managing Director

    Nigel Sansom is a Managing Director at Gartland and Mellina and is responsible for the development of strategic solutions for businesses in the Financial, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Diagnostics and Life Sciences sectors. Originally trained in molecular pathology, Nigel has consulting experience in commercialisation, technological & IP due diligence, valuation & pricing, process re-engineering and Robotic Process Automation (RPA). With over twenty years of pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare experience, Nigel has held senior level roles at Astra Zeneca, Novartis, Intergen Inc., and the NHS.

    Nigel was a member of the core team that set up the NHS National Innovation Centre in the United Kingdom; an organisation with national and international reach that facilitated technological change in health services. Whilst there Nigel introduced a process for the valuation of intangible assets, using Real Options and Monte Carlo simulation. With a global network comprising C-suite executives in finance, government, academia, and industry, Nigel advises FTSE250 and AIM-listed organisations in the UK and is a mentor to numerous biotechnology SMEs.

    Nigel holds an Honours degree and a PhD from the University of Aberdeen, and an MBA from Henley Management College where he majored in Strategic Finance.


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