Leadership & private equity are the only two ingredients we have from which to cook up a storm. With so few ingredients there is no hiding place.
We ensure our clients have access to the right leaders, we provide leaders & investors with the right evidential insights & we are agile in the services we offer; pre deal, post deal & in flight.
Drax are the most focussed leadership experts supporting the private equity sector.
Partner, Business Services
David leads searches in private equity & debt funds across EMEA and the US and is responsible for delivering searches in high growth & large cap businesses. He is also a member of the Drax Board focused on the client experience and developing our capabilities. David delivers Chair, Non Executive and CEO appointments and recently undertook a global search across health services that captured a short list of candidates from three continents.
When not working and family life permits, David can be found on a golf course, in a restaurant or skiing.
Education BA Hons Geography, Loughborough University
Partner, Pre Deal
James is responsible for Drax’s engagement with Private Equity and proposition development. Having led the focus within Private Equity for over a decade, James has led and supported a number of significant Private Equity transactions from early stage high growth through to large cap businesses by bringing alongside the executive teams of Chair, CEO and CFO throughout Europe and the US. His experience and knowledge within Private Equity and associated advisors is extensive.
When not working, James enjoys a variety of interests including horseracing, great outdoors and archaeology. James can also often be found in the restaurants of both West London and Edinburgh, socialising with friends and family.
Education BA Hons Archaeology & Anthropology Durham University.
Partner, Consumer & Leisure
Mark joined Drax eight years ago & leads assignments across all sectors within both PE backed and high growth companies. Over the last five years, Mark has focused on developing our presence within consumer and leisure.
The recent assignments Mark has led have been wide ranging Board and Operational Board hires across the value chain from early stage, private equity & high growth through to large cap businesses. The work includes searches in travel and leisure, consumer goods, consumer services, food and drink and multi-channel retail. Increasingly, this involves pan-European work including Germany, Nordics, France, Netherlands and the US. Mark has also supported a number of private equity funds on a pre-deal basis to help them in the due diligence phase.
When not working, Mark has a keen interest in fitness, travelling, sport and has recently taken up golf.
Partner, Financial Services
Mat leads on search assignments including pre & post deal support for early stage venture backed businesses through to large cap organisations. For the last four years, he has focused on building our Financial Services practice supporting private equity firms and management teams across insurance, asset & wealth management, lending & specialty finance, fintech and professional services.
Outside of work, Mat enjoys spending time with his young daughter, skiing and watching Leeds United.
In his younger years, Mat has been ranked as a top 20 poker player in the UK and has played at the World Series twice.
Partner, Technology & Technology Enabled
Ruby leads on searches within PE backed & high growth Technology & Tech-Enabled businesses. Recently Ruby has undertaken multiple searches on behalf of our clients to maximise the opportunity that digitisation presents to their businesses across a variety of different sectors from both the B2B and B2C environments.
She has lived & worked outside of the UK for over 3 years, throughout the dot.com and technology bubble era & has conducted board level assignments throughout Europe, Australia and the US. Ruby leads on diversity within leadership across the company and has been both an early adopter and instrumental in introducing Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In initiative to the UK.
Outside work, and when family life permits, Ruby can be found enjoying the great outdoors, diving or skiing.
BSc Hons Mathematics, Statistics & Operational Research UMIST
Partner and Head of Leadership
Tom is Head of our Leadership practice, which combines Drax’s proprietary data tools with an empirical psychological approach to help clients solve leadership questions in any given scenario and achieve exceptional returns. Tom is a performance psychologist who has worked for over a decade in FTSE Top 100 businesses and in elite sport. He draws on his experience as a global executive coach, consultant and an Olympic and professional sports psychologist to enable his clients to deliver more aware, impactful and consistent versions of themselves.
Tom is a British Psychological Society (BPS) Associate Fellow and Chartered Psychologist and a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the United Kingdom.
When not working Tom is often entertaining his three children. He has a passion for travelling, having been to over 40 countries, goes to the gym and attempts to have a social life!
William is focused on the broad industrials sector, with a particular focus on working on pan-European assignments. His particular focus is pre-deal and board searches. He joined Drax after spending three years with Skillcapital where he worked on a wide variety of search assignments for private equity-backed businesses within the European industrial and services sector. Previously, William was an investment banker for 16 years, including ten years based in Paris. He worked for global banks Citigroup, BNP Paribas and Royal Bank of Canada, where he advised both corporate and private equity clients on numerous M&A transactions and capital raisings.
A fluent French speaker, William enjoys tennis, travel and fine dining.
Education: BSc Economics, University of Bath
Partner, CTO Practice and drxDATA
Annemarie joins Drax from an eclectic background of advisory, analytics, executive search and digital transformation roles. She spent the first part of her career in management and strategy consulting to global defence and intelligence programs. After nearly eight years of consulting, she changed careers and joined the executive search industry with a focus on technology. She found a genuine passion working with and for great technologists and streamlined her focus to the private equity industry, where she helped a variety of different portfolio companies transform and deliver successful exits through new technology and digital leadership. At Drax and drxDATA, her role is to combine her knowledge of executive search, technology transformation, and consulting to drive the adoption and expansion of the many software programs currently in development.
Annemarie is married – to a CTO, no less – so she rarely escapes her ‘day job’. When she does, she spends it with her three young children, ideally outside.
Education MSc London School of Economics, History of International Relations
Director, CFO Practice
Mark is responsible for developing our CFO Practice. Mark has delivered numerous CFO searches across a range of sectors for private equity backed portfolio companies across Europe. He is also responsible for building relationships with the CFO community to understand how Drax can support their own personal career as well as strengthening their finance teams. Mark recently undertook an assignment in which he appointed a CFO to take a PE owned organisation to a main market listing. The business was subsequently oversubscribed and exceeded expectations.
When not working, Mark enjoys playing and watching a variety of sports, predominantly football and cricket (opening the batting for the Drax 1st XI).
Education BA Hons Ancient History, University of Exeter
Director, Business Services
Seb is a Director at Drax, joining in 2016 with a focus on developing our pre-deal support practice & now leads Support Services coverage as part of the Business Services Practice. Seb began his professional career with a London based VC/fund manager which invested in early stage technology & life science assets, before joining Deloitte’s London office.
When not working & family life permits, Seb can be found in an auction house or enjoying the UK countryside.
Education BA Hons Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham
Director, Head of drxDATA
Sam leads Drax’s proprietary Data capability, drxDATA, which underpins the work we undertake across the firm. drxDATA leverages data on the Private Equity Marketplace in order to successfully predict the value of leaders in any given business environment. He is responsible for the suite of products we deliver into the marketplace, further innovation & integration & maximising the value our clients receive from the services we deliver as a firm.
Outside of work, Sam enjoys cycling & rowing recreationally. He also has a strong interest in politics & history.
Associate Director, Financial Services
Euan joined Drax in 2018 from another search firm where he spent the previous seven years working exclusively with private equity funds. He focuses on the Financial Services market which incorporates insurance, asset & wealth management, specialty finance & fintech. Euan works on building new private equity relationships as well constantly striving to improve those existing relations to ensure Drax remains a core value provider to Sponsors as well as Management teams.
Out of the office, Euan still plays hockey although this may be coming to an end shortly (he says that every season), & is constantly striving to decrease his golf handicap, which is easier said than done. He has already made his debut for the Drax cricket team, hitting the winning runs in the process.
Education Retail & Business Management, Loughborough University
Director, Technology & Technology Enabled
Laurence is driving the development of our Technology & Tech-Enabled Practice. He joined Drax after three years at NP Group, a Technology Consultancy, where he led their Digital Practice delivering searches for PE-backed SaaS and Technology businesses across a diverse range of sectors. He previously had an industry career in advertising and communications at Clear Channel and JC Decaux, leading client engagement across the UK and Europe.
Outside work, as well as spending time with his young family, he enjoys playing golf, cricket and has a passion for F1 and Liverpool FC.
Associate Director, Agile Transformation - Finance & Interim CFO
Jack leads our Finance Transformation and Interim CFO Practice, responsible for supporting our clients’ short and medium term resource requirements against their specific business challenges and opportunities. He works with our clients across all sectors, pre and post-deal in both turnaround and growth situations. Jack joined Drax as a Research Analyst, and during his time in the business has worked with a wide range of private equity firms and portfolio companies to support with senior Finance hires.
Away from work, Jack has a variety of sporting interests, including cricket (and is Captain of the Drax XI), skiing and golf. He also likes to read and travel when time allows.
Education BA Hons Russian & Slavonic studies, Nottingham University.
Associate Director, Consumer & Leisure
Kate joined Drax in 2018 to support the development of our consumer practice across both private equity and high growth companies. She previously spent three years working for an executive search and advisory firm specialising in private equity. As part of the global consumer team, she worked on multiple international assignments, helping clients to research markets, originate transactions, and identify leadership teams for private equity-backed companies across all cap sizes. Earlier in her career, Kate worked for a boutique investment management fund where she was responsible for portfolio decision making and stock selection as an Assistant Fund Manager, and led research and analysis as a consumer sector specialist.
Outside work Kate’s continued dedication to deepening her knowledge and understanding of the retail sector knows no limits (within budget!).
Education MA Hons English Oxford University
Associate Director, Consumer & Leisure
Sebastian joined Drax in 2014 as a researcher and supported the delivery of assignments for high growth businesses and those backed by private equity across a number of sectors. More recently he has supported the development of the consumer practice with board level appointments spearheading Drax’s engagement with Travel, Leisure and Hospitality businesses, something that he is personally passionate about.
Whilst not at work, Sebastian enjoys skiing - always making at least one trip a year. He enjoys travelling, seeing new places and cultures. For the time that he is in the UK, Sebastian enjoys the theatre and watching sport.
Education: BA History, University of Bristol
Associate Director, Business Services
Chris joined Drax in 2007 as a graduate in the role of researcher. Throughout his career at Drax he has delivered numerous board & operational board level searches across all sectors. His current focus is working with private equity backed businesses within the Business Services sector with a particular focus on white collar services and outsourcing.
When not working, Chris enjoys spending his weekends with his young daughter & has a keen interest in playing & watching a variety of sports, including football, golf, squash & tennis.
Consultant, Agile Transformation - Digital
Alex joined Drax as a Researcher 4 years ago. For the first 3 years he supported the development of our Financial Services practice. In 2019, Alex moved over to our Agile Transformation Practice where, as a Consultant, he works with an expert network to help drive shareholder value for our clients, both PE backed (pre & post deal), & listed, by delivery of their business critical transformational and growth agendas.
When not working Alex can be found out on or by the water, he is an avid sailor & has competed at various European & World Championships.
Consultant, Financial Services
Emilia joined Drax in 2015 as a researcher & has successfully delivered assignments across a variety of private equity backed organisations. More recently she has focused on Financial Services assignments both pre & post deal, across insurance, fintech & wealth management.
Outside of work, Emilia enjoys skiing, watching & playing various sports (she captains the acclaimed Drax Mixed Netball Team)
Consultant, CFO Practice
Harry joined Drax in 2019 & is a member of the CFO Practice. He was previously in senior interim finance recruitment within the Private Equity Sector & has six years’ experience in this space. Prior to moving into recruitment, Harry spent four years as a Project Manager & then Business Development Manager at a Swiss construction business. Harry is a keen sportsman & particularly enjoys playing hockey, golf & all racket sports. His participation in sport has however been side-lined recently due to having two children under the age of three.
Consultant, Business Services
Jonathan joined Drax in 2015 as researcher and has successfully delivered assignments across a number of sectors within both private equity backed & listed businesses. Over the last two years Jonathan has helped develop our business services practice, working with businesses within the building materials, asset rental and logistics & distribution industries.
When not at work, Jonathan enjoys a variety of sports including rugby & football and travelling.
Consultant, Business Services
After deciding that using his Masters Degree was significantly overrated Kit made the transition into executive search. Since then Kit has successfully delivered multiple assignments across a range of sectors within PE & Plc environments. Over the past few years at Drax Kit has helped develop the business services practice with a specific focus on Board level appointments across Healthcare & Education.
When not working, Kit can be found on the golf course or following Sheffield United home & away.
Consultant, Technology & Technology Enabled
Patrick is a Consultant within the Technology & Tech-Enabled practice. He joined Drax in 2017 and has delivered assignments across a variety of private equity-backed organisations, encompassing pre and post-deal mandates. This has involved supporting a breadth of leadership teams and associated investment theses, whether internationalisation, alternative value creation stream. Geographically, Patrick has worked across the Nordics and Benelux regions as well as with UK businesses looking to expand into the US.
Outside of work, Patrick enjoys playing golf and keeping fit through endurance running. He enjoys most sport and is an ardent Leeds United fan.
Chief Executive Officer
I spend my time understanding the different challenges our clients face throughout the life cycle of a deal and identifying areas where I believe we as a company can make a positive contribution. The deal life cycle within private equity creates a binary scorecard where theirs a start, finish and ultimately result. It’s a great backdrop to work within as it provides a constant readout as to the impact we are able to make to our clients, allowing opportunity for us to improve.
Ultimately I love what we do and remain excited by the prospect that the new capabilities we are developing will have for the leadership teams of private equity backed businesses.
When not working I accept the challenge, as every parent does, of entwining family life with my own interests in conservation & cricket and a willing participant in picking up one or two more, (lacrosse and netball).
Chief Operating Officer
Tom joined Drax in April 2019, and is the Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the continued growth, success and evolution of the business.
As part of his role, he is the Executive sponsor of both our Leadership and drxDATA practices ensuring that they are supporting our clients’ demands of delivering leadership excellence. Having had a successful track record in several PE and VC backed businesses on the management side, he is uniquely placed to provide a different perspective of what makes great leadership and high-performance teams succeed.
Chief Commercial Officer, drxDATA
Amir joined Drax in 2020 from Thomas International, where he was the CEO. He has a track record of success spanning 20+ years, progressing to senior executive levels within an SME focused family owned business (transformation program and Management Buy-In with Private Equity across 5 year period), The Coca-Cola Company and an international telecommunications player. Amir brings to Drax a combination of strong operational and commercial and financial acumen, and has a deep knowledge of market drivers to align business models, technology, products, pricing and brands with consumer demand, whilst driving high sales margins and EBITDA.
Amir is fairly sporty and has a love for football and shooting with regular attempts to play golf (but not very well), he is also a second Dan black belt in a Korean martial art.
Managing Director, Leadership
Marcus joined Drax in 2020 from a large global search firm where he ran the CFO practice for the UK regions for 12 years, specialising in Large Cap appointments (PLC and PE). He has nearly 30 years senior search and leadership experience gained across complex global businesses both listed and private. Prior to this, Marcus had a career in M&A with KPMG and then Cable and Wireless. Marcus’ role at Drax is to oversee the Drax Leadership Model and also to manage our business in the Midlands and North.
Marcus is a competitive athlete and enjoys long-distance endurance events. Recent races have included TWAC2019 (rowing solo across the Atlantic), Marathon Des Sable, and Ultratrail De Mont Blanc.
We believe that leadership in management teams ultimately follows that of the natural world. Elephants, who are among the most intelligent animals we share the planet with, have a highly developed & sophisticated leadership structure honed through thousands of years of evolution.
They are majestic, powerful & nurturing of their extended families not unlike the majority of growing organisations. Unfortunately they are hugely threatened & Drax is proud to support Save the Elephants as one of its nominated charities.