We are a life crisis consultancy dedicated to supporting senior-level employees by providing expert-level consulting via a team of former attorneys who have a wealth of experience working for and with business owners, leaders, and high-net-worth individuals.
Founder & CEO
Katie is a former family attorney, certified coach and the founder, CEO and lead consultant at Apiary. Prior to launching Apiary in 2017, Katie practised as a family lawyer at the prestigious firm of Payne Hicks Beach in London, one of the United Kingdom's leading family law firms. Katie has a BA in History from Trinity College Dublin.
Katie currently lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
Chief Commercial Officer & Head of Business Development
Liz is responsible for leading sales strategy, marketing, and strategic partnerships as well as supporting the overall business strategy. Prior to Apiary, Liz spent almost 7 years at Thomsons Online Benefits, a global leading employee benefits technology company, owned by Mercer. There, Liz held various roles including leading global sales efforts for their enterprise clients and managing global strategic partnerships. Liz also spent several years leading business development and marketing for a brokerage firm in Chicago.
Liz holds a bachelor’s degree in sales and business marketing from Western Michigan University and lives in Cincinnati with her husband and two children.
Investor / Advisor
Michael Spencer is one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs. Michael founded Intercapital in 1986, a specialist financial derivatives broking firm. In 1998, Intercapital merged with EXCO and in 1999, with Garban plc to form ICAP. ICAP grew to become part of the FTSE 100 Index in 2006. In 2016, ICAP sold its global hybrid voice broking and associated information business and the remaining ICAP businesses formed NEX Group plc, with Michael as Chief Executive. In 2018, CME Group acquired NEX in a transaction that created a leading, client-centric, global markets company.
Michael is also Chairman of IPGL, his private investment company, that invests in entrepreneurial companies at an early stage of their development, providing important funding to support their growth. In recent years IPGL has made investments in a range of exciting companies across different sectors and geographies, including in Apiary Consulting in March 2020.
Michael is a Director of Bordeaux Index Ltd, Chairman of The Conservative Party Foundation and Chairman of the CPS. Michael was named the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 and in April 2011, ICAP won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category, Britain's most coveted business prize.
Investor / Advisor
President of GGB NY Brokerage for five years from 1994, CEO of ICAP Americas for 15 years from 1999, responsible for 1,800 employees and for growing ICAP Americas revenues from $250 to $800 + million in revenues. His executive roles also included member Global Management and Risk Committees, Chaired the Americas Operating Committee, member Global Intellectual Property, and Technology Governance Committees, and was a founding director of The Green Exchange. Rhoten spearheaded ICAP's expansion into R&D products, including factoring, longevity, logistics, media & film rights, and IP brokerage, patents in particular. Mr. Rhoten has been an active participant on several industry committees, including the US Federal Reserve Bank Foreign Exchange Committee, the Chilean Products Exchange & the Boards of Cross-Asset Software, CABEI, Datatec Peru, SIF Mexico, Datatec Colombia and Ecuador.
Upon retiring from ICAP PLC in 2013, he purchased & assumed Chairman roll in ICAP IP global patent brokerage, CoFounded Otra Capital Venture Debt Fund, a founding member of LES Patent Standards Committee, FFCV Mentorship Committee, Spiral Sun Healthy Food Fund Advisor, founding member Korean IP Angels Fund, Advisor Sinai Eating Disorder Clinic, Advisor Liquineq BlockChain, Board Directorships of Gain Capital & IPGL Investments and Apiary Consulting.