Clive Bennett & Associates


  • MA in Psychology and Philosophy from Oxford University
  • MBA from Cranfield School of Management (Winner of A.T.Kearney prize and runner-up for Odger's prize).
  • Diploma in Translation from the Chartered Institute of Linguists


  • Managing Partner, Clive Bennett & Associates 1999-
  • European Executive Director, MGI Worldwide (part time) 2010-
  • Joint founding Partner of Ad Capita Executive Search. Executive search, strategic HR consulting and executive coaching. (2001 to 2010)
  • Managing Director of MacAndrews Portugal, now subsidiary of global shipping group CMA-CGM, then of British shipping group, Andrew Weir Shipping (1988 to 1997)
  • Senior official of the UK House of Commons, including 2 years in charge of the Environment Select Committee (1979-1987)


  • Fluent English, Portuguese and French. Reasonable Spanish. Very basic German.

Other activities

  • Board Member, British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce (6 years)
  • Board Member and Executive Committee, Portuguese Shipping Agents' Association (5 years).
  • Guest university lecturer in international business culture, strategy and general management skills
  • Author of various academic papers, studies of comparative international management culture, as well as numerous newspaper and magazine articles (see Ideas).
  • Qualified translator and Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (London).
  • Portuguese President of the Cranfield Management Association
  • Member of Oxford Business Alumni.

Clive Bennett & Associates

  • Clive started his own executive coaching, training and consulting business in 1999. In 2006 he bought out 50% of one of Portugal's most respected head-hunting firms, Ad Capita Executive Search, which he had originally co-founded in 2001. At Ad Capita, as well as running many successful, top-level executive search assignments, he continued his executive coaching and consulting activities, concentrating more and more in this area as the Portuguese recruitment market tightened. On leaving Ad Capita in 2010, he re-launched Clive Bennett & Associates. He works with key partners in Portugal, the UK, Belgium and Germany offering complementary competences in training, research, accounting, legal and judicial, as well as several sector specific advisors.
  • Incorporated in Lisbon, Portugal in 2010 as Clive Bennett, Unipessoal, Lda.


  • Lives mainly in Lisbon, Portugal, where he has been based with his family since 1987. British nationality.