Andrew Peters


Independent Agent


The feeling behind the wheel of a 1955 MK1 Consul, Lenny McLean – AKA The Guv’nor, AKA “the hardest man in Britain”— doing me a favor, and how I got the nickname Rocker.


He’ll run the table at billiards before you even get a shot. Hit three bullseyes with three darts. Every once in a while you meet a guy whose aim is always true. Meet Andrew Peters of Hertfordshire, UK, a graduate of Kent and Keele Universities and the renowned Merchant Taylors’ School. Andy grew up under the auspices of his greatest inspiration – Auntie Lorraine, who helped architect the railways of Colombia in the ‘50s. From her he learned about vision and daring, and when a London financial tech sales colleague suggested Japan as his next port of call, he saw his fate, jumped…and hit the Tokyo pavement in his stride. His first move was from developing apps to recruitment, and it wasn’t long before he was running his own highly successful executive search business. Fast forward fourteen years and Andy is crushing it solo, without the slightest interest in rejoining the corporate world. And then he found us. “Here I enjoy a new sense of purpose,” he says. “The Agency is a high integrity company that balances freedom and independence with teamwork and collaboration. I’m not having to be an all-in-one accountant, website developer, office manager, marketeer and salesperson anymore. Just recruiting.” With all the admin heat off him, these days Andy gets to spend more time being a family man with two beautiful kids and finding new sushi/tonkatsu restaurants. Catch him for drinks after hours at the Tokyo American Club’s Traders Bar, but don’t worry about bringing your A game. No pool tables or dartboards there.

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Values: A message to our awesome tribe

Years from now, you may not remember the particulars of deals you closed at Zensho (or what the returns were). You will remember your colleagues and how it felt to work with them. The imprint you left on the world.

We invited you to join our tribe because you impressed us as someone who shares values intrinsic to our culture. But just to ensure we’re totally on the same page, here they are, spelled out in black and white and trimmed in our corporate colors.

Freedom is Zensho’s central pillar. Beyond the mere state of being free, for us the word carries with it a sense of obligation: “Freedom to…” What follows should define you as a person. Of course, to provide your business community with amazing service, but also to engage and give back to the world. And that’s where Autonomy comes in. Unlike the general implications of self-rule, ours leads not to detachment but to a broad and radical sense of interconnectivity. One that enables each of us to commune with others in infinite ways. Together, these two values empower you like nothing else on earth, and they’re here waiting for you.

So, what do we ask in return?

Transparency means not only having open books, but being one yourself. No secrets or ulterior agendas. It is to share personal and industry information without seeking to leverage it for profit or motivate others in any way. Its cousin, Clarity, is about including precision and context in the communication process. At Zensho, we always try to anticipate the details a fellow partner might need and supply them up front.

Which leads us to…

Collaboration. That is, to cooperate meaningfully. Because only through recognizing individual strengths can we thrive as a whole. For us, collaboration requires presence as we listen and respond, evolving toward a collective goal represented by the name of our charity initiative: Ayni (reciprocity). This can’t exist without Collegiality. How we care for each other and the tribe as a whole, share both opportunity and responsibility with open hearts – that’s what empowers us to excel as a firm.

With these six in place, our seventh value happens all by itself.

Harmony. When your environment manifests balance between all people and things – even forces that oppose each other – life just flows. Living completely becomes a state of being. After all, that’s the very meaning of Zensho.