Lorne Forsyth became Chairman of Elliott & Thompson at the beginning of 2009 and is responsible for the strategic development of the company. He commenced his career in the retail sector before undertaking an MBA at INSEAD. He joined Schroders corporate finance division in 1985 before moving to Morgan Grenfell (subsequently acquired by Deutsche Bank) where he developed expertise in the automotive and engineering industries, becoming head of the automotive sector practice in corporate finance. In 1997 he moved to HSBC as global head of the automotive and engineering sectors. In 2003 he joined Barchester, the strategic and corporate finance advisory group, where he was a partner and director until 2010. During his career he has been involved in advising a number of prominent multinational companies and has also worked with a selection of private equity firms and privately owned unlisted companies.