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.
Managing Director, 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
Managing Director, Consumer & Leisure
Mark joined Drax over nine years ago & leads assignments across all sectors within both PE backed and high growth companies. Over the last six 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.
Managing Director, 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.
Managing Director, 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
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 has represented his country in two disciplines. He now enjoys taking part in long-distance endurance events. Recent races have included TWAC2019 (rowing solo across the Atlantic), Marathon Des Sable, Ironman World Championships, English Channel Swim, and Ultratrail De Mont Blanc.
Managing Director, 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 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!
Partner, Business Services
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
Partner, CFO Practice
Mark leads Drax’s CFO Practice. Drax’s CFO practice is one of the market leading practices for Private Equity CFOs in the UK, and constitutes circa 30% of the firms recruitment fee revenue per annum. Mark has successfully delivered numerous CFO searches across a range of sectors for PE backed portfolio companies across Europe and is a trusted advisor to a number of Private Equity Houses. He is also responsible for building relationships within the CFO and broader community to support and coach their own personal career development.
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
Partner and Head of Interim
Rutesh is Head of Interim at Drax. With a focus on Finance and Technology transformation, he works with clients across all sectors within private equity houses and their portfolio companies as well as corporate clients within the FTSE 100 / 250.
Rutesh joined Drax after previously spending 15 years as a Director for a multinational global recruitment firm where he built and led various practices and then 6 years as a Partner for a boutique search firm, placing interim executives across all sectors.
Outside of work, as well as spending time with his young family, he enjoys playing golf, tennis and cricket.
Partner, Consumer & Leisure
Annabel joined Drax in 2021 as a Partner to support the Consumer Practice with Board level appointments in PE backed and high growth businesses. She has previously worked for a number of executive search and human capital advisory businesses focusing on developing long-term client relationships and ensuring successful appointments in the UK, across Europe and in North America. She strongly focuses on engagement with people and adding value at all stages of a search process. In her early career Annabel began by training to become a Chartered Accountant with PwC and subsequently moved to commercial roles in Mars Chocolate before embarking on headhunting in Consumer over 10 years ago.
Outside of work Annabel loves skiing and generally keeping fit - running to balance the food & wine intake and being outdoors whatever the weather. She has a keen interest in Theatre, the Arts and live music.
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.
Kuljeet joins Drax as Director of Marketing. She brings with her a wealth of experience in both B2B and B2C marketing and events, supporting business growth and revenue generation. She has worked for global firms within technology, investment, professional services and real estate; playing a pivotal role strategising and executing innovative go-to-market plans, identifying and seizing opportunities within the competitive landscape to strategically build and position brands as key industry players. Her international experience spans EMEA, the US & Asia Pacific.
When not at work, Kuljeet loves to explore and participate in adventurous activities, whether it’s Thai boxing, quad biking, or spontaneous trips abroad. A creative at heart, you’ll also find her roaming art galleries for inspiration or being hands on with arts and crafts.
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.
Director, CFO Practice
Jack is a Director in our CFO Practice. Having joined Drax as a Research Analyst with an early focus on the Private Equity space, 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. Jack leads on senior CFO mandates, both in the UK and Europe. He also manages Drax’s Interim Finance focus, and works with our clients across all sectors, pre and post-deal in both turnaround and growth situations.
When not at work, Jack can be found on the golf course trying to keep his handicap down. A keen skier, cyclist and slow runner, he also tries to fit these in along with spending time with family and friends.
Education BA Hons Russian & Slavonic studies, Nottingham University.
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.
Associate Director, Financial Services
Alex joined Drax as a Researcher 5 years ago and has supported the development of our Financial Services practice from its earliest stages. He has successfully delivered pre & post deal assignments for high growth PE backed businesses across various sub-sectors including; Insurance, Asset & Wealth management, Lending & Specialty Finance, Fintech and Professional Services.
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.
Associate Director, Consumer & Leisure
Zoe joins Drax to support with delivery across the Consumer Practice. Zoe has worked for publicly listed, family and private/PE backed companies based in both the UK and EMEA, delivering on senior Executive search and C-suite projects, across several functional disciplines. Zoe holds ten years of experience in the global consumer, retail & lifestyle industry, working with a mix of luxury, fashion, consumer goods and hospitality clients.
In her spare time, Zoe can usually be found being creative, whether this be through her love of crafting, tending to her new found hobby of gardening or testing her culinary skills.
Associate Director, 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).
Associate Director, 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 private equity and listed environments. Upon joining Drax in 2016, Kit has helped to develop the Business Services Practice with a specific focus on Board level appointments across Healthcare & Education, working across Social Care, NHS Outsourcing, Pharma Services, Clinical Healthcare, Private School Groups and Learning & Training providers.
When not working, Kit can be found on the golf course or following Sheffield United home & away.
Associate Director, Technology & Technology Enabled
Patrick is an Associate Director 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.
Associate Director, CFO Practice
Lara joined the CFO practice at Drax in 2020, bringing with her a multi-disciplinary background. She started her career in management consulting at KPMG, where she also qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant. Thereafter, she transitioned into executive search with a top 5 global firm, leveraging her background to focus on CFO search, predominantly for private equity portfolio companies.
Most recently, she has been working for a family owned business in the construction sector, working across business development, finance and operations.
When not at work, Lara is an avid skier, mediocre tennis player and leisurely runner.
Associate Director, 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, CFO Practice
Joe joined the CFO Practice at Drax in 2018 to support the effective delivery of our CFO search capability. Over the last two years Joe has worked closely with Mark Tomley to support the recruitment of CFOs across Business Services, Technology, and Financial Services sectors. Joe has also had notable success appointing ascending Private Equity CFOs and their No.2s by leveraging drxDATA’s proprietary identification and evaluation capabilities.
Consultant, Consumer & Leisure
Grace joined Drax in 2018 as a Researcher within the Consumer & Retail Practice, and has since moved into a Consultant role. She has successfully delivered assignments for a number of PE backed and listed businesses across a number of Consumer-related sub-sectors including FMCG, Food & Beverage, Branded Consumer Products, Multi-Channel Retail and others. Prior to joining Drax, Grace spent two years in Executive Search with a focus in the Financial Services space.
Outside of work Grace enjoys travelling, sports (enduring member of the Drax Netball team), and walking in her (native) Shropshire Hills.
Consultant, Financial Services
Johanna joined Drax in November 2020 as a Consultant for the Financial Services practice where she will support the team with the research and the delivery of assignments across various Private Equity backed firms. Her experience mainly lies within Business Support recruitment, assisting Consultants with recruitment deliveries as well as managing the operational and strategic sides of the business.
After completing her Business Management Degree, and prior to relocating to London, Johanna worked as a Yachting Stewardess onboard Superyachts for 3 years - a very unusual and rewarding experience which taught her resilience and adaptability.
Johanna is passionate about sports – she was a competitive swimmer for many years, internationally representing the Monaco swimming team, where she is originally from. Her main hobbies are cycling, travelling and when the weather allows it, paragliding.
Education Business Management Degree at Nice University, France
Consultant, CFO Practice
Lucy joined Drax’s CFO practice after spending two years at a specialist recruitment company, where she focused on CFOs in Private Equity, both mid- and large-cap. Lucy has worked on mandates across a range of sectors and built up a strong clientele of UK mid-cap PE portfolio businesses.
Prior to this, Lucy graduated with a First-Class degree from Leeds University and a Master's degree in Gender and Politics from UCL. Lucy also leads on Drax’s approach to Diversity and Inclusion.
Outside of work, Lucy enjoys an active social life and is a keen cook. She also enjoys keeping fit and participates in gym classes from boxing to barre.
Consultant, CFO Practice
John joined Drax's CFO practice from a boutique search firm where he focused on supporting senior mandates across accountancy and finance and corporate development/ M&A. He has successfully supported mandates across a wide range of sectors with a focus on UK mid-market private equity portfolio businesses.
Before this, he completed a First Class Bachelors and Masters degree from the University of Birmingham, where he received numerous awards and scholarship funds from the University for his academic accolades.
In his spare time John enjoys spending time training in the gym. After focusing on powerlifting during his time at University, he has since made the transition to bodybuilding and follows the sport closely outside of the gym. As well as this, he composes and plays music and is a big Aston Villa FC fan.
Consultant, Business Services
George started his career as an economic consultant working with property developers. Since moving to Drax George has supported businesses of varying sizes, from small cap to large cap. He sits within our business services practice, primarily working with those firms in the support services or industrials sector, helping them to develop their executive leadership teams.
Outside of work George enjoys cooking, visiting good restaurants and following football.
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 there's 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 Technology Officer
Matthew is a commercially minded technology executive with over 30 years operational and executive experience in the use of technology to transform industries. Matthew has broad range of in-depth expertise across different sectors from hardware, software and service provider industries, developed through the early application of Internet and Enterprise networking to the development of cloud-based platforms and enterprise digital transformation.
We are growing our business and looking to expand our team.
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