Leadership Specialists

Leadership expertise for private equity, portfolio companies & management teams

Pre & Post Deal

We offer our clients the smartest insights on their potential & current leadership teams to help drive maximum returns. Our insights are derived from Drax’s role as the leading executive recruiter for private equity invested companies, heavily supported by our proprietary data platform drxDigital.

We support our clients with access, insights & opportunities to deal advisors, leadership development, & management teams. In a results driven environment our passion is leadership.


Leadership teams within private equity backed company environments often don’t require any more motivation to succeed. Our support is grounded in practical actions that individuals & teams can own.

Our capabilities are a blend from the best of psychology with actual leadership experience within a PE backed company. Authenticity is core to the situations in which we support.



We believe upper quartile exits occur when leadership is equal to the opportunity. But these are dynamic factors both capable of significant challenge & chance.

An exit is a hard data point measuring the effectiveness of the leadership team; it also presents a unique occasion to work towards a shared tangible future objective.




FUND SPOTLIGHT: Steve Darrington, Phoenix Equity Partners

Steve Darrington is the CFO of Phoenix Equity Partners and has been in the role since 2001, when the private equity house was founded. He currently oversees the £420 million Phoenix Equity Partners 2016 fund which has so far made 12 investments, and the £450 million...

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Baird Capital invests in workplace technology firm Aura Futures

Private equity firm Baird Capital has invested in Aura Futures, which provides workspace technology solutions to mid to large-size enterprises. Aura is a consultancy and technology provider which specialises in workspace design, collaboration solutions, workflow and...

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YFM invests in commercial vehicle safety firm ISS

Private equity firm YFM has invested in Innovative Safety Systems (ISS), a commercial vehicle safety specialist. ISS is based in the West Midlands and was founded in 2009 by CEO Gavin Thoday. It creates products that improve safety for vehicle operatives, fleet...

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What do our clients say about us?

David Byrne

David Byrne


"Drax were extremely open and honest culminating in a highly successful and personally important career move."

David Byrne
Chris Hodges

Chris Hodges

Director, Caledonia Private Capital

"Rob and Ruby draw on personal experience in their chosen domains, are well networked, and take the time to understand the requirements of a search situation"

Chris Hodges
Scott Fletcher

Scott Fletcher

Group Chief Executive Office, Crawford Scientific Holdings Limited

"We were really pleased with the personal aspect of it and the fact that the people at Drax had actually been there and walked in our shoes"

Scott Fletcher


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