Derek Klyhn

Derek is a founding Partner of PSFI and specialises in the areas of strategy, profit enhancement, business development and strategic marketing.  

He has worked with over 40 firms including Magic Circle and Silver Circle law firms, the Big Four and mid-tier accounting firms, major international consulting firms and indigenous national firms in the UK and Europe. 

Experience and credentials

Derek has developed several innovative interventions that help partners and leaders of professional services firms be more effective in achieving their goals.  

  • A unique, pragmatic and effective approach that increases partners’ and associates’ understanding of how profitability can be increased by their actions
  • An exclusive approach that helps partners and others better understand strategy in law firms and the market context in which strategy is developed and executed.
  • The deployment of a professional services microworld simulation to help people experience and understand the challenges of managing a professional services firm
  • A conversation approach along with bespoke artefacts to help partners and others engage in broader commercial conversations with clients and prospects

Derek has also published various evidenced based papers and articles including: 

  • Leadership at its Strongest: What Successful Managing Partners Do
  • Developing Great Managing Partners
  • The Role of Chairmen in Challenging Times
  • Boards in Challenging Times: The Chief Executive’s Perspective

Derek spent the first 15 years of his career at Ernst & Young as a fee-earning accountant before becoming EY’s Director of Planning and Research. He has also held roles as Marketing and Business Development Director for fast growth entrepreneurial businesses at EY, and Marketing Director at Mazars, the international accounting and advisory firm. 

In addition to being a Chartered Accountant, Derek has an MBA with distinction from London Business School. 

+44 (0) 7901 515188

derek.klyhn@psfi.org