Who we are

Our people

We are proud to have some of the best recognised talent in the market. Our consultants have current and hands-on experience working on both the demand and supply side of outsourcing and include experts in sourcing strategy, due diligence, transformation, change management, benefits realisation, risk management, regulation and compliance.

Our core strengths lie in having a deep understanding and practical experience of the complete transaction life cycle coupled with a drive for developing long lasting partnerships and delivering optimal results. Our yardstick for success is the success and satisfaction of our clients.

Our UK office and headquarters is situated in the City of London in the UK, and we also have regional offices in Benelux and the Nordics. Please don’t hesitate to contact any of our local teams who would be delighted to assist you.

Robert Morgan


Extensive experience gained in the City of London during the privatisation and deregulation in the late eighties and early nineties working with The London Stock Exchange, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Grenfell and others. Outsourcing was in its infancy but Robert was one of the first to recognise its transformational potential for businesses and government. He worked on the UK’s then largest deal with the DHSS followed by BP globally.

He established Europe’s premier outsourcing advisory Morgan Chambers plc in 1994 and went on to grow its influence into a truly global sourcing brand. Co-founder of Burnt Oak Partners in 2009 the company deploys unique approaches to halve the time for building businesses cases, speeds formal processes and decision making without any extra risk. Robert is responsible for marketing and business generation.

Email Robert at robert.morgan@burntoak-partners.com.

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Jean-Louis Bravard


Jean-Louis co-founded Burnt Oak Partners in 2009.  He holds an MBA from Cornell University and was a managing director at JP Morgan in Paris, New York, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.  Acting as CIO for the bank led him later to head banking and insurance globally for EDS (later HP).

His expertise in credit, market and operational risk led him to lead various innovation projects (at the bank) and companies as CEO & President in telecommunications and new media ventures.  Jean-Louis leads Burnt Oak’s activities in brokerage and M&A advisory and in his free time he is a member of the board of London & Partners, the official promotion organisation for London.

Email Jean-Louis at jlbravard@burntoak-partners.com.

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David Downs

Director, Strategic Consulting

David Downs

David joined Burnt Oak Partners in November 2011 as Director with primary responsibility for Strategic Consulting in the UK. He has had a long career in IT at organisations such as Pearl Assurance, EDS and Thomas Cook Group, where he was responsible for a number of strategic IT outsource relationships. David has been in sourcing consultancy since 2000 with Morgan Chambers, EquaTerra and KPMG.

David has delivered sourcing assignments across Europe and all major business sectors for numerous clients including Scottish Water, BG Group, National Australia Bank, LBG, The Law Society, Nordea Bank, T-Systems, and has deep experience in the Financial Services and Energy & Utilities sectors.

Email David at david.downs@burntoak-partners.com.

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Gary Morris

Director, Strategic Consulting


Gary joined Burnt Oak Partners in June 2012 as Director with primary responsibility for Strategic Consulting focusing on Applications sourcing. Gary is a skilled management consultant with over 25 years’ experience of outsourcing, working for vendors and management consultancies, the last sixteen years of which have been with Morgan Chambers, EquaTerra and KPMG.

Gary has worked on sourcing assignments globally (including Asia, USA, Australia and within Europe) for numerous clients, including AEGON, CFS, RBS, LBG/HBoS, Tesco Bank, Zurich, Clariant, BG Group, InBev and Unilever.

Email Gary at gary.morris@burntoak-partners.com

Patrick Otterström

Associate Partner

Patrick joined Burnt Oak Partners Nordic office as a Partner in November 2010. He holds an MBA Honors degree from George Mason School of Management (Finance) and a BA Honors degree from Wake Forest University (Economics).

Previous positions include; Partner, Global TMT Transactions at Evli Bank Plc; Director, Corporate Development and M&A at TeliaSonera; Manager, Corporate Finance at KPMG and various consulting positions with KPMG as well as Shearson Lehman in the United States and Europe.

Email Patrick at patrick.otterstrom@burntoak-partners.com.

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David Chan

External Advisory Board

David Chan

David has been a senior executive and a management consultant working across many sectors of industry including secondments to UK Central Government Departments. His wide career background covers several industry sectors including financial services, central and local government, media, new media and utilities. David delivered quantifiable business benefits in several board-level IT management positions including as a CIO.

David worked for several Blue-Chip organisations and has experience of large and small organisations in both the public and private sector including start-ups. David was one of the first board-level IT Directors in the UK with Provident Financial Plc. He has held senior line positions with the BBC, Razorfish, GMAC RFC and Coopers and Lybrand. As a management consultant he has worked with many clients including, the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Barclays, NTL, Microsoft Europe, Banco Medialano.

On the academic front David was the honorary Fellow in Information Management at Bradford University where he was also the Chairman of the MBA Alumni for a number of years. He co-authored a number of articles and invented an information management framework for labelling digital content that was licensed to over 700 broadcasting organisations.

David always had an interest in educating and developing the next generation of CIOs, he believes strongly that Information Leaders are under-represented in the UK National debate and that there needs to be stronger links between academia and business. The interdisciplinary focus of the City University of London Centre allows the development of the interdependent relationships that are needed.

Dáithi O’Ceallaigh

External Advisory Board

Dáithi O’Ceallaigh

Dáithi graduated from the University College, Dublin, with honours degrees in History and Irish language. His career started as a secondary school teacher, including three years as a volunteer in Africa. After that he served the Irish Republic’s Department of Foreign Affairs from 1973 to 2009.

His outstanding diplomatic career led him to Moscow (1975-1977) from where he first moved to London where he worked as a Press and Political Officer (till 1982). For the following five years he moved back to Dublin and Belfast when he focused on Northern Ireland until 1987 when he was named Consul General in New York.

He was promoted to Ambassador of Ireland in 1993 with responsibility for Finland and Estonia. He then headed the Administration Division and the Anglo-Irish Division back in Dublin before becoming the Irish Ambassador to London until 2007 during which time Great Britain and Ireland reached the “Good Friday Accord” to which he contributed. From 2007 until December 2009 Dáithi was promoted as the Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva where his most visible imprint was the 2008 signing of the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

From the beginning of 2010 Dáithi is the Director General of the Dublin based Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA).

Paul-Henri Lavocat

External Advisory Board

Paul-Henri Lavocat

A French national and a chemical engineer by background, Paul-Henri Lavocat has spent most of his career within the Royal Dutch Shell Group where he has been working on a variety of international assignments for more than 20 years. He has occupied such positions as Vice-President Manufacturing Europe and of late General Manager for Projects and Business Development in China (for petrochemicals).

Throughout his career he has gained extensive experience in reorganising and managing large scale manufacturing, developing and implementing global strategies, managing very large multi-company projects, venturing and managing ventures.

His first experience with Outsourcing dates back to the mid 80’s when he was instrumental in launching and operating outsourcing contracts for core maintenance in refineries and petrochemical sites. His experience kept growing and widening in many contracting fields and contracting strategies, e.g. engineering and construction contracts for $ multi-billion projects. He has gained a large experience in the development, implementation, launch and operation of a variety of IT systems, culminating with an extensive practice of business process reengineering leading into the development of a global ERM system.