William Drake co-founded Owl Private Office in 2016, after selling Lord North Street, a multi-family office, to Sandaire, and becoming a Vice Chairman. William co-established Lord North Street private investment office in 2000 to provide conflict-free investment advice to very wealthy families, in most cases looking after their clients’ entire financial wealth and investing it across the full spectrum of geographies and asset classes.
William advises public and private companies and their owners on a wide range of matters, including board structure, business strategy and remuneration. He is Chairman of RFR Property Limited and is a member of the Investment Sub-Committee at the University of Essex. William is a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI).
A graduate of Pembroke College, Cambridge, William practised until 1979 as a barrister and US attorney before working for Kleinwort Benson in the investment and corporate finance business, followed by 17 years at Granville plc. In March 2020 William retired from Owl Private Office.