We have an unrivalled reputation across the scaleup & VC communities. We’ve spent decades partnering with high-growth businesses and have helped shape the leadership teams at some of the most globally recognised unicorns. From seed to Series C, self-funded to publicly limited, both in times of growth and periods of consolidation, we have worked with a broad spectrum of game changing businesses.

Scaleups and tech-fuelled business choose us because we do things differently: our business has been built around the unique needs of ever-evolving, tech-fuelled scaleups and so, agility, transparency and collaboration sit at the heart of everything we do. Our business is built around relationships, not transactions, which is why our client partnerships usually start long before a job description is written and last way beyond a superstar joining a business.

Every business we partner with has a different need, so we work hard to ensure that we are able to work in whatever way is going to be most impactful. At our core, are four distinct services:

  • Executive Search: we partner seamlessly with you to track down the most gifted and in demand talent to help you fill business critical senior strategic roles
  • TeamBuilder: we help you hire your best teams, ensuring that your unique culture & diversity is reflected in every new face that joins the business
  • Consulting & Career Coaching: we provide strategic organisational design advice and industry leading assessment tools, as well as individual career coaching
  • Outplacement: We help you support employees to move on to new opportunities with confidence, minimising damage to your employer reputation and staff morale

Kelly Tzelepis

Talent Partner

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Kelly Tzelepis

Talent Partner

My 10%:

Process, Process, Process

My favourite ice cream:

Ferrero Rocher gelato please, yum!

My fave Deliveroo order:

Wagas (Praying they bring back my old fave, the chicken chilli men)

My most-Googled holiday destination:

Bora Bora (see you there Col!)

If I was a vegetable, I would be:

A carrot (rooted from the ground up, with strong morals and values)

Dream dinner party guests?

Ed Sheeran, Robert De Niro, David Attenborough, Michael McIntyre, Gordon Ramsay, Nelson Mandela, Angelina Jolie

Simon Gottschalk

Talent Partner

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Simon Gottschalk

Talent Partner

Mastermind specialist subject:

The pistes of Courchevel

Dream dinner party guests?

Dame Judi Dench, Bob Mortimer and Mel Giedroyc along with my wife and small group of my oldest and closest friends. Oh, and let’s have Barack Obama there too please… just because!

My fave Deliveroo order:

Sushi any time of day or night. Followed by… more sushi please!

Sophie Lovell-Smith

Talent Partner

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Sophie Lovell-Smith

Talent Partner

My catchphrase:

In the words of a well known sports brand….. Just do it!

My fave Spotify playlist:

Songs to sing in the Car – got to love a power ballad, just to embarrass the kids

Dream dinner party guests?

Without doubt Gino Di Campo – he’s bonkers, he can bring his friends Gordon Ramsay and Fred Sirieix too for extra laughs.

We are experts in Exec Search, specialising in supporting the scaleups and game changers of today and the superheroes of tomorrow. Whether you are a founding team of a disruptive scaleup, or trusted global brand reimagining your own world, we partner seamlessly to attract, acquire and retain the most gifted talent globally, enabling you to grow and flourish.

Driven by data and transparency, we craft detailed reports (or bite-sized chunks – if you prefer!), valuable market insights and access to our unrivalled network of Talent and our team of experts will work to identify, engage and nurture stand-out talent on your behalf. 

We created a different roadmap

We are the first to admit that traditionally the Exec Search process can be stale, slow, and somewhat frustrating. That’s why we decided to re-route the navigation and take a different path to hiring senior leaders; finding fast, agile and innovative solutions to a usually long and arduous process.

Our key focus is on tracking down the best talent to help you future-proof your business. To make this happen, we operate two search lanes: one our own Fast Track process to get to a consensus as quickly and efficiently as possible, the other covering traditional executive search techniques.

We thrive on the ever-evolving needs of growing businesses and will work with you in unison, shifting direction as needed, matching your pace and agility.

Roles hired

Colin Dale

Talent Partner

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Colin Dale

Talent Partner

My most-Googled holiday destination:

Bora Bora (see you there Kel!) and Vegas baby!

Mastermind specialist subject:

As office quizmaster hit me with your best questions! I never cease to surprise myself with my vast stash of useless knowledge #justcallmeMonkman

If I had to live in the past or the future:

An 80’s kid at heart I’d live in the past, doing the Rick and Roll to ‘never gonna give you up’, sporting a footballers perm with matching moustache, and sipping on Sodastreams… either that or the 15th Century, because I do love a good use of the word ‘Thus’

Daniella Angel

Talent Partner

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Daniella Angel

Talent Partner

My 10%:

Anything creative or innovate, I’m energised by ideas, making, breaking and painting. My house is filled with my own abstract Pollock-style pieces.

My most-Googled holiday destination:

French Polynesia or anywhere with a buttery biscuit base beach… in a constant state of Wanderlust and booking my next long haul trip.

Dream dinner party guests?

A science geek at heart it would have to be Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Graham Hancock, Elon Musk, Hugh Jackman, Louis Theroux, Charles Darwin, Brian Cox

TeamBuilder

We enjoy partnering with companies for the long term, not just for one project. We support our clients on their journey to becoming leaders in their field, injecting raw, unrivalled talented teams to fuel the growth of their business while being a consistent cheerleader and brand ambassador. We are industry agnostic, instead we have a change mindset and an ambition to build a world class team, from fast growth, PE and VC-backed start-ups to international tech businesses who need to scale rapidly.

We’re JDers, not recruiters: we’re People Experts, who know our industry inside out and are trusted to build the global teams of the world’s most successful businesses. With oodles of years of experience, our expertise, long-standing relationships and hard-won reputation make us the perfect partner for the talent you need to drive your business.

Roles hired

From Managers to Department heads, we have an exceptional track record of building high performing teams across the following functions:

  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • People & Talent
  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Product
  • Customer Experience

James Brook

Leadership Coach and Psychologist

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James Brook

Leadership Coach and Psychologist

James is an experienced business leader, entrepreneur, leadership coach and management consultant. Following an international career with several global brands where he held leadership positions, he founded and ran several businesses, including Strengthscope®, a global HR Tech platform, which he successfully grew over 12 years before selling his stake in the business.
James is passionate about helping leaders optimize their talents and seeing Tech disruptors and innovators succeed and thrive. Drawing on his expertise in leadership psychology, executive coaching, organizational change and talent management, he has helped numerous companies, including Commvault, Farfetch, Gilead, PhotoBox, Novo Nordisk, Oracle, Takeda and Yahoo! to achieve their goals.
James is a regular speaker on leadership, coaching and the psychology of success and positive organizations. He has authored several books and his articles have been published in various publications, including Fast Company, Financial Times, CEO, Director and Personnel Today.

Jo Dalton

Founder & CEO

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Jo Dalton

Founder & CEO

My catch phrase:

If it’s not a ‘Hell Yeh’, it’s a No

My favourite ice cream:

Rum and Raisin

My most-Googled holiday destination:

The David Sheldrick Elephant Santuary in Kenya and the Bistate Lodge in Rwanda to see the gorillas, they are top of the bucket list just need to actually book it!

If I had to pick to live in either the past or the future:

For anyone that knows me – Yes, its the future please :-)

Dream dinner party guests?

Ada Lovelace, Rudolph Nureyev, Mohammad Ali, David Attenborough, Lady Gaga, Joe Rogan, Ernest Shackleton and my lovely Mum

Consulting & Career Coaching

Whether it’s due to growth, restructuring, acquisition or innovation, we know that at both a corporate and individual level, ensuring you are able to navigate change, tackle problems and capitalize on new opportunities is vital. 

Combining our extensive expertise of shaping the leadership teams of tech-fuelled businesses, with the latest science and psychometric assessment tools, our consultants will help build a clear picture of a leader’s potential, strengths, performance risks and culture fit. 

We also work one-on-one with individuals who are themselves going through change: using practical, engaging and customized coaching, we work with talent to help them unlock their full potential, enabling them to add value, build resilience and become fit for the future.

Kelly Tzelepis

Talent Partner

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Kelly Tzelepis

Talent Partner

My 10%:

Process, Process, Process

My favourite ice cream:

Ferrero Rocher gelato please, yum!

My fave Deliveroo order:

Wagas (Praying they bring back my old fave, the chicken chilli men)

My most-Googled holiday destination:

Bora Bora (see you there Col!)

If I was a vegetable, I would be:

A carrot (rooted from the ground up, with strong morals and values)

Dream dinner party guests?

Ed Sheeran, Robert De Niro, David Attenborough, Michael McIntyre, Gordon Ramsay, Nelson Mandela, Angelina Jolie

Simon Gottschalk

Talent Partner

Read more

Simon Gottschalk

Talent Partner

Mastermind specialist subject:

The pistes of Courchevel

Dream dinner party guests?

Dame Judi Dench, Bob Mortimer and Mel Giedroyc along with my wife and small group of my oldest and closest friends. Oh, and let’s have Barack Obama there too please… just because!

My fave Deliveroo order:

Sushi any time of day or night. Followed by… more sushi please!

Sophie Lovell-Smith

Talent Partner

Read more

Sophie Lovell-Smith

Talent Partner

My catchphrase:

In the words of a well known sports brand….. Just do it!

My fave Spotify playlist:

Songs to sing in the Car – got to love a power ballad, just to embarrass the kids

Dream dinner party guests?

Without doubt Gino Di Campo – he’s bonkers, he can bring his friends Gordon Ramsay and Fred Sirieix too for extra laughs.

Colin Dale

Talent Partner

Read more

Colin Dale

Talent Partner

My most-Googled holiday destination:

Bora Bora (see you there Kel!) and Vegas baby!

Mastermind specialist subject:

As office quizmaster hit me with your best questions! I never cease to surprise myself with my vast stash of useless knowledge #justcallmeMonkman

If I had to live in the past or the future:

An 80’s kid at heart I’d live in the past, doing the Rick and Roll to ‘never gonna give you up’, sporting a footballers perm with matching moustache, and sipping on Sodastreams… either that or the 15th Century, because I do love a good use of the word ‘Thus’

Daniella Angel

Talent Partner

Read more

Daniella Angel

Talent Partner

My 10%:

Anything creative or innovate, I’m energised by ideas, making, breaking and painting. My house is filled with my own abstract Pollock-style pieces.

My most-Googled holiday destination:

French Polynesia or anywhere with a buttery biscuit base beach… in a constant state of Wanderlust and booking my next long haul trip.

Dream dinner party guests?

A science geek at heart it would have to be Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Graham Hancock, Elon Musk, Hugh Jackman, Louis Theroux, Charles Darwin, Brian Cox

Outplacement

When businesses need to down-scale, we believe it’s important that they provide outgoing employees with the support necessary to move on positively and with confidence to new opportunities. Investing in people, even when they are leaving the business is one of the strongest ways of showing that you can show you are a ‘people first’ business.

With decades of experience coaching candidates across their careers, with CV writing, interview preparation and network development, and our track record of partnering with fast-paced businesses we are extremely well-placed to provide outplacement support.