Keryn James

Chair, Opus Recruitment and Lane Clark & Peacock


I spent 29 years at ERM, the world’s largest independent sustainability consultancy, with 160 offices across 47 countries and five thousand employees. In 2021, I led the business through a fifth private equity transaction, selling from OMERS and AIMCo to KKR, at a valuation of USD$2.85 billion. I had also been materially involved in two prior ERM transactions. After almost 30 years at the firm and 5 years as CEO, I stepped down in 2022 and transitioned to a plural career involving a combination of Chair and non-exec roles across different ownership types.

I am currently Chair of Opus Recruitment (backed by Graphite since 2021) and Lane Clark & Peacock (backed by Charterhouse since 2021), a Non-Exec Board Member at Siemens and an Independent Board Manager for The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet.

I add value to PepTalks members in M&A, integrations, international growth, building key account management, brand, people, culture and engagement and ESG planning.

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