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.
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.
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 business through to large cap orgnisations. 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, Agile Transformation - Digital
Stuart joined Drax in 2018 and supports organisations, both PE backed and high growth, undergoing some form of transformational journey, hiring experts to shape, deliver and embed digital or business led transformation and growth for his clients. Prior to joining Drax, Stuart spent six years at a competitor where he helped build and led their Business Transformation and Change Practice. He has over 15 years’ experience within interim management and consulting, cross sector and function, and excels at building trusting, lasting partnerships, providing clients with agile transformation solutions, either on an individual, strategic change team or digital consulting basis.
With a degree in Law, Stuart is also a qualified solicitor, having trained with a top 50 full service global law firm, though he assures us he does not miss the overnights and weekend long working!.
When not at work, Stuart enjoys spending time with his wife and young son, typically on long country walks and usually, with a well-earned ale at the end.
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 responsible for developing Drax’s activities across Europe, with a particular focus on working with large cap private equity funds. 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.
Outside work, William is a keen tennis player and is passionate about exploring the best restaurants in London.
Education: BSc Economics, University of Bath
Director, Business Services
David has spent many years in executive search helping some of the fastest growing PE backed companies consolidate their market position through change, acquisition and growth by diversifying their portfolio of products and services and growing internationally. Almost half of David’s work has been in the USA & APAC, either with UK and US firms establishing themselves overseas or those seeking a foothold in Europe. David has placed CEOs, Board members and C Suite leaders across commercial, operations and product functions.
David works in Drax’s Business Services practice and has a particular interest in helping companies undergoing digital transformation. He also leads our Professional Services proposition.
Out of the office David enjoys spending time with his young family. He competes regularly in ultra marathon races, coaches Harlequins U9s Rugby and is generally happy doing most things outdoors.
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, Agile Transformation - HR & Operations
Nick recently joined our Agile Transformation Practice supporting our clients undergoing business change & transformation, he works closely with them throughout the deal lifecycle. He was previously a member of the deal origination team responsible for developing & managing our Chair network. Prior to joining Drax, Nick had carved a career within technology enabled marketing services where he worked in an international start up from out of the UK & Australia. Nick joined the company as a Researcher but quickly gravitated to developing his current role.
In his spare time, Nick is a keen sailor, enjoys rugby, skiing & trying to herd 3 young children.
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
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, Industrials
Rob is responsible for the appointment and delivery of Board level assignments across the B2B industrial manufacturing and engineering services sectors within the UK and internationally (including China & The Middle East) for Private Equity backed, high growth companies.
Rob has recently led the successful appointment of a CEO for an aerospace manufacturer, a Chairman for an energy services provider and a CEO for a manufacturing and services company.
When not working, Rob can be found entertaining small children, usually at a race track.
Education: BSc Sport Science, Brunel 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
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, CFO Practice
Chris joined Drax 12 years ago 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 to help them secure CFOs & other senior Finance talent.
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, 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, Consumer & Leisure
Jonathan joined Drax in 2015 as researcher & 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 consumer & leisure practice, working with both B2B & B2C businesses within the building products, logistics & distribution & consumer products industries.
When not at work, Jonathan enjoys a variety of sports including rugby & football & travelling in Europe.
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.
Associate Director, Europe
Chris joined Drax in 2019 to support the growth & expansion of our international practice & large cap Pre-deal offerings. Prior to this he served as a manager at a leading primary research firm in London, managing a portfolio of private equity client accounts in Scandinavia. Before moving to the US Chris played semi-professional football in Sweden. Chris studied finance & accounting in the US & holds an MBA from Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Principal, Technology & Technology Enabled
Anais joined Drax in 2018 to support the development of Drax’s TMT practice with a dual focus on European & US activities. She previously spent four years at a primary research firm working with hedge funds, private equity funds & management consultancies. Before moving to London, Anais lived in New York where she completed her undergraduate studies. Whilst there, she did an internship at Hillary Clinton’s Senate office & upon graduation she worked at a law firm in Boston. Anais speaks Greek, French & English fluently, basic Italian & beginner level Spanish.
In her free time Anais enjoys discovering quirky tech gadgets, poetry & classical music.
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 People & Marketing Officer
Jeremy joined Drax in March 2019 as our Chief People & Marketing Officer and is responsible for ongoing communication to our clients, portfolio companies & colleagues within the business.
Combining over twenty years’ experience of sales & marketing across B2C & B2B from large blue chip organisations to small start up & VC backed companies. Having sat on several company boards Jeremy intimately understands the complexity of the M&A process & especially the impact of successfully integrating workforces.
Outside of work Jeremy coaches U15 rugby which slightly terrifies him as all the players are now considerably bigger than him.
Chief Commercial Officer
Tom joined Drax in April 2019 as our Chief Commercial Officer and is 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 packed businesses on the management side, he is uniquely placed to provide a different perspective of what makes great leadership and high-performance teams succeed.