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A team you can trust with experience & insight

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.

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David Bushell

David Bushell

Managing Director, Business Services

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David Bushell

David Bushell

Managing Director, Business Services

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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

Mark Sherman

Mark Sherman

Managing Director, Consumer & Leisure

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Mark Sherman

Mark Sherman

Managing Director, Consumer & Leisure

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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.

Mathew Cuthbertson

Mathew Cuthbertson

Managing Director, Financial Services

+44 (0) 203 949 9558
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Mathew Cuthbertson

Mathew Cuthbertson

Managing Director, Financial Services

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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.

Ruby Sheera

Ruby Sheera

Managing Director, Technology & Technology Enabled

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Ruby Sheera

Ruby Sheera

Managing Director, Technology & Technology Enabled

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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.

Education

BSc Hons Mathematics, Statistics & Operational Research UMIST

Marcus Beale

Marcus Beale

Managing Director, Leadership

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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.

James Fassnidge

James Fassnidge

Managing Director, Pre Deal

+44 (0) 203 949 9548
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James Fassnidge

James Fassnidge

Managing Director, Pre Deal

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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.

Nigel Slater

Nigel Slater

Managing Director, Insight as a Service

+44 (0) 7825 197 406
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Nigel Slater

Nigel Slater

Managing Director, Insight as a Service

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Nigel joined Drax in June 2021 as the Managing Director responsible for our leadership insight services. Nigel is developing our proprietary insight and predictive leadership analytics for Private Equity.  To allow clients to quickly develop an understanding of what good leaders and teams look like in the different stages and contexts of private equity investments.  Ultimately to help predict, with confidence, how leadership teams deliver the value ambitions of investments.

Nigel understands how leadership and high performing teams determine value. Nigel has extensive experience working with executive leadership teams on major accounts and international digital transformations for Private Equity and listed businesses.  Nigel has built and led successful advisory businesses.  Most recently Nigel led a major UK Consulting business and the international development of proprietary digital solutions.

Outside of work, Nigel enjoys spending time with family and friends. He has a keen interest in reading, cooking and spectator sports to relax and is active in the local rugby community.

Education Nigel is a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Consultant, and holds a joint honours degree in Economics and Politics, Birmingham University.

Michael Klingler

Michael Klingler

Managing Director, Life Science & Healthcare

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Michael Klingler

Michael Klingler

Managing Director, Life Science & Healthcare

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Michael joined Drax in 2021 as Managing Director of Life Science & Healthcare, bringing more than 20 years of international executive search and leadership advisory experience within Life Sciences and Healthcare. Working in Europe, the US and Asia, he has an aptitude for skilful management of international consulting projects. In previous roles, he has been responsible for the strategic and international development of companies, and instrumental in setting up and leading North American and Asian operations. Over the last 20 years, he was successful in leading over 500 searches on C-level and Senior leadership positions across all functions as well as numerous leadership advisory projects.

Michael is married with three kids. Outside of work, he loves to play tennis and golf, as well as the piano, and enjoys travelling and spending time with his family.

Tom Cross

Tom Cross

Partner, Head of Leadership

+44 (0) 203 949 9546
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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 Fage

William Fage

Partner, Business Services

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William Fage

William Fage

Partner, Business Services

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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

Mark Tomley

Mark Tomley

Partner, CFO Practice

+44 (0) 203 949 9557
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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

Kate Trowbridge

Kate Trowbridge

Partner, Consumer & Leisure

+44 (0) 20 3949 9544
kt@draxexecutive.com
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Kate Trowbridge

Kate Trowbridge

Partner, Consumer & Leisure

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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

Euan Corbett

Euan Corbett

Partner, Financial Services

+44 (0) 203 949 9576
ec@draxexecutive.com
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Euan Corbett

Euan Corbett

Partner, Financial Services

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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

Adam Mahmood

Adam Mahmood

Partner, Business Services

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Adam joined Drax in 2021 to grow our coverage within infrastructure, real estate and sustainable technology markets. He recently spent three years at a high-growth search and leadership advisory firm, where he founded and grew their Cities Practice.

Over the years, Adam has developed an extensive track record across a range of market themes and asset classes, from Living and Science to the industrialisation of construction and the sector’s race to net zero. This has primarily involved advising investors, private equity firms, government bodies and listed companies on Chair, Non-Executive Director and C-suite appointments.

Outside of full-time work, Adam sat on a board committee of a national education provider. He is also a passionate cook and a fierce advocate of London’s food scene.

Samuel Robberts

Samuel Robberts

Director, Head of drxDATA

+44 (0) 203 949 9565
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Samuel Robberts

Samuel Robberts

Director, Head of drxDATA

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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.

Education

  • History MA, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University
  • History MA, UCL
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship MBA, Imperial
Jack Hird

Jack Hird

Director, CFO Practice

+44 (0) 203 949 9547
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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.

Daniel Yeates

Daniel Yeates

Director, Technology & Technology Enabled

+44 (0) 7929 480 441
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Daniel Yeates

Daniel Yeates

Director, Technology & Technology Enabled

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Daniel joined Drax in 2021 to drive the continued growth and success of the Technology & Technology Enabled practice. Daniel began his search career in 2006, partnering with PE backed and Corporate clients in the Global B2B and B2C Technology Sector, where he has delivered leadership mandates and consulting projects across 30 countries.

In the 15 years prior to joining Drax he has worked for a publicly listed global executive search and advisory firm, and two small to mid-size international executive search consultancies. Previous to this, he spent 2 years working for a boutique Financial Services recruitment consultancy, winning the ‘Professional Pensions UK Recruitment Consultancy of the Year Award’ in both years of his tenure.

Outside of work, Daniel can be seen exploring the land and sea of the Sussex coast in all weathers with his young family. He has a keen interest in history, fishing, and amateur mycology (mainly to provide ingredients for his love of cookery).

Matthew Friend

Matthew Friend

Director, Business Services

+44 (0) 7958 297 735
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Matthew works in the Business Services practice across the broad industrial sector, with a particular focus on the supply chain industry, placing board level appointments in PE backed and high growth businesses. He joined Drax in early 2021 from another search firm having spent the previous 18 years focused on Supply Chain and Operations  mandates across EMEA.

Outside of work Matthew has a passion for both triathlon and football. When he is not training he can be found watching his sons on the football pitch or with them watching Watford.

Andrew Abercrombie

Andrew Abercrombie

Director, Financial Services

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Andrew joins Drax, having spent 15 years working across Financial Services in particular with challenger and new entrant banks, specialist lenders, consumer finance, fintechs, payments and servicers for Public and Private Equity clients.  Andrew has appointed at Exec and Non-Executive Board and Senior Management across a wide range of functions.

Andrew brings his experience of financial services to help strengthen our existing relationships and continue the growth of the Financial Services team.

Outside of work Andrew is Dad to William and Charlotte and enjoys coaching his son’s U14 rugby team and watching Charlotte on the hockey pitch.

Education BEng (Hons), Aberdeen University.

Ryan Abbott

Ryan Abbott

Director, Business Services

+44 (0) 870 770 0252
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Ryan has joined Drax to support the development of our Life Science practice across both private equity and high growth companies. Coming from a Life Science recruitment background with a particular focus on the medical device sector Ryan has the industry knowledge to build new private equity relationships as well constantly striving to improve Drax’s existing relations. The Life Science sector at Drax incorporates biotech, diagnostics, medical devices & CRO/CDMO’s.

Having been born in South Africa and spending many years growing up in Dubai,  when the opportunity arises, Ryan tries to get away travelling and hacking his way around a golf course.

 

Kit Walker

Kit Walker

Director, Business Services

+44 (0) 203 949 9552
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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.

Education

  • BSc Geography, University of Birmingham
  • MSc Hydrology, University of Birmingham
Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones

Director, Technology & Technology Enabled

+44 (0) 203 949 9560
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Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones

Director, Technology & Technology Enabled

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Patrick is a 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.

Sebastian Twining

Sebastian Twining

Associate Director, Consumer & Leisure

+44 (0) 203 949 9568
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Sebastian Twining

Sebastian Twining

Associate Director, Consumer & Leisure

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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

Chris Tugwell

Chris Tugwell

Associate Director, Business Services

+44 (0) 203 949 9540
ct@draxexecutive.com
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Chris Tugwell

Chris Tugwell

Associate Director, Business Services

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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.

Alex Farrall

Alex Farrall

Associate Director, Financial Services

+44 (0) 203 949 9538
af@draxexecutive.com
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Alex Farrall

Alex Farrall

Associate Director, Financial Services

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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.

Zoe Duke

Zoe Duke

Associate Director, Consumer & Leisure

+44 (0) 7581 246 735
zoe.duke@draxexecutive.com
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Zoe Duke

Zoe Duke

Associate Director, Consumer & Leisure

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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.

Benedict Hughes

Benedict Hughes

Associate Director, Deal Advisory

+44 (0) 870 770 0252
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Benedict Hughes

Benedict Hughes

Associate Director, Deal Advisory

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Benedict joined Drax in 2021 to support the development of the deal advisory practice with large cap private equity clients. He previously spent three years working with Bain & Company, a global management consultancy. At Bain, he helped to launch a new service proposition to support Bain and their clients with External Advisors on high-impact cases – in particular, large cap private equity clients seeking Advisor support on deal processes. Earlier in his career, Benedict worked for a private equity focused executive search and advisory firm, where he worked on assignments such as identifying CEOs for portfolio companies and originating transaction targets for firms seeking to enter new markets.

Outside of work Benedict likes to spend time with his two young daughters – occasionally finding time to watch rugby when not required to read stories or being forced to play characters and sing songs from the works of Julia Donaldson.

Education: BSc Hons Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method, The London School of Economics

Max Staley

Max Staley

Associate Director, Consumer & Leisure

+44 (0) 870 770 0252
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Max Staley

Max Staley

Associate Director, Consumer & Leisure

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Max joined Drax in 2021 to support the delivery of assignments across the Consumer Practice. He has previous experience working within Executive Search at a global boutique search firm. Max worked across their broad functions and practices before specialising in Sports, Media and Entertainment, delivering C-Suite and Board level mandates across Europe, US and Asia.

Outside of work, Max is a keen sportsman and can be found in the summer months attempting to captain the Steak and Kidney Pudding Cricket Club. He also likes to go and watch his beloved rugby team Gloucester, although recent performances have been tough to watch.

Emilia Stenner

Emilia Stenner

Associate Director, Financial Services

+44 (0) 203 949 9543
es@draxexecutive.com
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Emilia Stenner

Emilia Stenner

Associate Director, Financial Services

+44 (0) 203 949 9543
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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).

Lara Belanyi

Lara Belanyi

Associate Director, CFO Practice

+44 (0) 7769 934 051
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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.

Jonathan Morgan

Jonathan Morgan

Associate Director, Business Services

+44 (0) 203 949 9549
jm@draxexecutive.com
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Jonathan Morgan

Jonathan Morgan

Associate Director, Business Services

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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.

Lucy O’Byrne

Lucy O’Byrne

Associate Director, CFO Practice

+44 (0) 7885 640 391
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Lucy O’Byrne

Lucy O’Byrne

Associate Director, CFO Practice

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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.

Anela Hasa

Anela Hasa

Consultant, Financial Services

+44 (0) 870 770 0252
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Anela joined Drax as a Consultant within the Financial Services team. She focuses on supporting delivery of assignments across various Private Equity backed firms within the Financial Services sector. Having studied law at university, her background primarily lies within legal recruitment.

Albanian by origin, Anela grew up between Albania and Scotland, where she spent her formative years. Outside of work, she enjoys getting involved in a variety of outdoor activities.

Jamie Walsh

Jamie Walsh

Consultant, Consumer & Leisure

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Jamie joined the Consumer Practice in 2021 after working for a boutique headhunting firm specialising in senior management and C-Suite roles in the hospitality sector across the EMEA, GCC and USA.

After completing a degree in Business and International Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University in 2014, Jamie spent five years working with a number of leading hospitality and lifestyle brands in London before pivoting to the world of Executive Search.

When not working, Jamie enjoys returning home to the Cotswolds as much as possible, as well as checking out London’s newest restaurant openings.

Johanna Vasse

Johanna Vasse

Consultant, Financial Services

+44 (0) 7487 814 950
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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

George Hayward

George Hayward

Consultant, Technology & Technology Enabled

+44 (0) 203 949 9587
gh@draxexecutive.com
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George Hayward

George Hayward

Consultant, Technology & Technology Enabled

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George joined Drax in 2019 as a researcher within the Technology & Tech-Enabled Practice. He has successfully delivered assignments for a number of private equity and venture capital backed businesses across a number of technology related sub-sectors including: Software, IT Services, IoT & Telecommunications. He has also successfully supported a variety of businesses develop their executive leadership teams across both the UK & US markets.

Outside of work, George is an avid follower of Rugby Union, NFL & F1, whilst keeping a watchful eye on the cricket and tennis; he does his best to keep playing rugby, tennis and golf throughout the year. He has a passion for travelling, encompassing backpacking, road trips and relaxation. He also has a strong interest for good coffee, quality cocktails and fine wine.

John Tibbits

John Tibbits

Consultant, CFO Practice

+44 (0) 7986 847 722
john.tibbits@draxexecutive.com
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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.

George Matthews

George Matthews

Consultant, Business Services

+44 (0) 203 949 9582
gm@draxexecutive.com
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George Matthews

George Matthews

Consultant, Business Services

+44 (0) 203 949 9582
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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.

Bertie Siggers

Bertie Siggers

Consultant, CFO Practice

+44 (0) 870 770 0252
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Bertie has joined Drax’s CFO practice after spending over three years in a 360 recruitment consultant role for a boutique business support agency. Bertie has been very successful building great relationships and placing candidates predominantly in the financial sector. She thrives in a fast-paced environment and naturally excels in an interactive role.

Prior to recruitment, Bertie worked for the Chairman of the Conservative Party, became a fully qualified ski instructor in Switzerland and has a degree in Archaeology from Newcastle University.

Outside of work, Bertie is a total outdoors enthusiast - horse riding is a long-term passion of hers, and more recently, tennis. She also enjoys learning about Japanese culture.

Nico Hayward

Nico Hayward

Consultant, CFO Practice

+44 (0) 870 770 0252
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Nico began his career working in product development for a small-scale food manufacturer undertaking data analysis and market research. As part of his role, Nico assisted in the introduction of the product into the consumer market and was involved in carrying out the sales and marketing. Nico has also worked for a large food and dairy company, and was involved in negotiating sales contracts for retailers around London.

Outside of work, Nico enjoys playing golf and tennis, cooking and keeping an active social life.

Graham Roadnight

Graham Roadnight

Chief Executive Officer

+44 (0) 203 949 9545
gr@draxexecutive.com
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Graham Roadnight

Graham Roadnight

Chief Executive Officer

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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).

Tom Cassidy

Tom Cassidy

Chief Operating Officer

+44 (0) 203 949 9571
tc@draxexecutive.com
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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.

Matthew Finnie

Matthew Finnie

Chief Technology Officer

+44 (0) 870 770 0252
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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.

Anish Chandaria

Anish Chandaria

Chief Financial Officer

+44 (0) 870 770 0252
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Anish joined Drax in May 2021 as the Chief Financial Officer. He has over 20 years’ experience spanning M&A, Corporate Finance, Due Diligence, Operational Finance and Audit/Accountancy. He strongly focuses on working with businesses through their Private Equity journeys, both pre and post investment. Whilst sector agnostic, over the past 8 years he has spent a considerable amount of time working with technology and technology enabled businesses.

Outside of work he likes spending time with his young family, generally travelling or exploring new places. He also enjoys all racquet sports and athletics, when time permits.

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We are growing our business and looking to expand our team.

At Drax, we value passion, strategic thinking, drive and an innovative mindset in every role.

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Why elephants?

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.