We are the leading comprehensive concierge services and advocacy program for employees experiencing major life events. Our team of experts have legal backgrounds and understand the complexities and challenges associated with life events and how they may impact performance and engagement. We save people time and money while mitigating talent and corporate risk to businesses.
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.
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.
Director, North America Experts
Sara is Apiary’s lead expert in the US. As a former family lawyer, she has always been focused on helping her clients navigate difficult life events and providing them with strategic guidance and tactical and practical assistance. Sara brings this same attitude to her work as an Apiary expert. In addition to her vast knowledge and experience in matrimonial and family law, Sara has assisted in estate planning and been trained in probate and estate administration. Sara lives outside New York City with her family.
Director, UK & Europe Experts and Operations
Emily is our Head of UK and Europe Operations. Before joining Apiary, Emily spent 15 years as a lawyer, specialising in family law at a prestigious firm in London where she advised on a myriad of complex family issues. In her professional life, Emily felt limited in the support that she was able to provide to her clients and recognised how many of them would benefit from a service such as Apiary; ultimately joining the company to ensure that more people would receive support in times of crisis. Emily enjoys endurance sport and lives in London with her young family.