William Drake is a Senior Advisor at Wren.
William has decades of experience sitting, as he puts it, “on the client’s side of the table”. A graduate of Pembroke College, Cambridge, he was a barrister and US attorney until 1979. He then joined the corporate finance department of Kleinwort Benson followed by 17 years at Granville plc, a leading investment bank in the growth company sector. In 2000 he co-founded, with Adam Wethered, Lord North Street (the award-winning private investment office), building the business up to and through its merger with Sandaire in 2014. He is currently Chairman of RFR, high value residential property experts, which advises private clients, family offices and their professional advisors.
Amongst other roles, he has advised public and private companies and the entrepreneurs behind them on business strategy, board structure and remuneration. He has been recognised by STEP, Spear’s and other professional associations as one of the leading figures in wealth management. He was a Presiding Judge for the STEP Private Client Awards 2012/13, was a member of the Development Committee of The Prince’s Teaching Institute and is a Director of The Colville Estate Limited.