Fergus joins JPES following a 22-year tenure at global communications firm FTI Consulting, where he was a Senior Managing Director and led the Private Capital team. He brings 30 years’ experience in corporate, marketing communications and issues management, with particular expertise working in private equity. Over the course of career, Fergus has advised clients on over 50 major transactions across Europe ranging in size from over €1bn to under €100m. Well versed in working with blue-chip companies as well as private capital firms and portfolio businesses, he also has significant expertise in crisis management and public affairs.

In 2022, he founded Fergus Wheeler Consulting to provide strategic communications advice to private capital firms and family offices, as well as their investors and advisors.

In his new role as an Advisory Board Member, Fergus will advise JPES on a range of corporate and commercial considerations within the marketing communications sector, working with the firm’s management team to expand its footprint both in terms of sector diversification and product innovation.

Julian Samways, Founder and Managing Director of JPES Partners, said: “Having spent over 30 years at the forefront of the investment communications space, Fergus brings unparalleled insight and experience from a global consultancy perspective which we believe will be crucial as JPES Partners seeks to build on a strong recent period of growth. We believe his expertise in private equity in particular will be especially beneficial to our clients seeking to grow their presence through offering reals assets-based investment solutions.”

Fergus Wheeler commented: “JPES has developed an outstanding reputation for successfully aiding clients’ business development through sophisticated, insightful communications programmes. I look forward to working with the management team to build on the strong growth the firm has experienced over the last two years and supplementing their insights and knowledge for the benefit of clients.”