We are a team of individuals with different backstories who share a passion for people, a drive to understand why individuals and teams succeed or fail, and a dislike for any language that infers the result was outside the influence of the leadership team, such as ‘luck’. In the past two decades, our team has grown in numbers, capability and experience, but maintained the same commitment to quality.
If you’re passionate about the value of leadership and are looking for a new role, then DRAX could be the place for you.
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Managing Partner, Consumer Practice
Kate joined Drax in 2018 to support the development of our consumer practice across both private equity and high growth companies. Her main focus is within the Retail and Branded Consumer Goods sectors, working across all cap sizes and with a Pan-European focus, supporting brands and funds both pre and post deal. She is also passionate about supporting Founder owned and primary investments as they navigate the world of private capital, and as such leads our Founder coverage. She previously spent three years working for an executive search and advisory firm specialising in private equity, having started her career in Investment Management. Kate graduated in 2011 with a Masters in English Literature from Balliol College, Oxford.
Outside of work, Kate's dedication to expanding her consumer knowledge across all subsectors knows no bounds, much to the detriment of her bank balance.
Associate Director, Consumer Practice
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.
Associate Director, Consumer Practice
Max joined DRAX in 2021 to support the delivery of assignments across the Consumer Practice and has now developed expertise within marketplace & online businesses. He has previous experience working within executive search at a global boutique search firm working across various practices before specialising in sports, media and entertainment. Max has a track record delivering c-suite and board level mandates across Europe, USA 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.
Operations Executive, Consumer Practice
Demi recently joined the Consumer Practice as an Operations Executive in April 2022, after working within the NHS for several years. During this time, most of her workload involved Operations, Procedure Improvements, Training and Data Analytics. Prior to this Demi studied Sociology and Social Sciences at Christ Church University.
Alongside her experience within the public sector, she also lived and worked in Sydney back in 2018 as part of a working holiday visa, where she joined a Recruitment Company for 6 months.
Outside of work, Demi loves socialising with friends, finding new board games to add to the ever-growing collection, and a more recent addition, discovering hidden independent coffee shops!
Director, Consumer Practice
Harriet joined Drax in 2021 and is a Director within the consumer practice. Previously, she led the hospitality, travel and leisure sectors as well as supporting the broader consumer Partners’ on delivery at a global boutique search firm. During her career, Harriet has developed an extensive network across the consumer industries and a strong track record in placing senior executives into both listed and private equity backed businesses on a global scale, with recent focuses on Asia and the US. Harriet also heads up DRAX's approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Harriet graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Politics.
In her spare time Harriet spends as much time as she can skiing in the Swiss Alps, and outside the season can frequently be found spectating sporting events, particularly horse racing and rugby.
Head of PACE,
As Head of PACE Leadership Behavioural Analytics at Drax, Julia plays a vital role in the analysis of leadership capabilities in relation to functional role and team fit. With her extensive knowledge of higher performance pedagogy, underpinned by her PhD on the learning and development of high-level classical musicians, and eighteen years of professional classical music performance, Julia’s knowledge of high performers is actively transferred into Private Equity, and continually evolving according to current, valid and trustworthy empirical findings.
Director, Consumer Practice
Sebastian has been a part of DRAX since 2014, starting as a researcher and contributing significantly to various searches in different sectors. He has primarily focused on the Consumer practice and played a key role in the practice’s development.
Currently, he leads the engagement efforts for both F&B businesses and those in the Travel & Leisure industry. Both of which are areas he is passionate about. Sebastian also assists funds and aligns management teams pre and post-deal.
Outside of work, he enjoys travelling, skiing, music gigs and watching and participating in sports whether that be rugby, tennis or golf.
Director, CFO Practice
Lucy joined Drax’s CFO practice in 2021, after spending two years at a specialist recruitment company, where she focused on CFOs in Private Equity, both mid- and large-cap, across all sectors. Prior to this, Lucy graduated with a First-Class degree from Leeds University and a Master's degree in Gender and Politics from UCL.
Outside of work, Lucy is a self-proclaimed restaurant connoisseur and enjoys doing a variety of gym classes from Boxing to Barre.
Managing Director, Tech and Tech Enabled Practice
Ruby leads on searches within PE backed and 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. 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.
Partner, Tech and Tech Enabled Practice
Patrick is a Partner 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 value creation strategies. Geographically, Patrick has worked across the Nordics, DACH and Benelux regions as well as with UK businesses. Previously, Patrick spent some time living in Zambia supporting social enterprises.
Outside of work, most sports appeal albeit his ability doesn't match his enthusiasm.
Associate Director, Tech and Tech Enabled Practice
Joining in 2019, George is an Associate Director 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. Prior to joining Drax, George spent a year living and working in Melbourne, Australia.
Outside of work George likes to play as many sports as time allows, and is a religious follower of the NFL and F1. He considers himself a coffee connoisseur and so is constantly on the hunt for the best local café.
Group Insights Manager, Insights
Alex joined The LCap Group in 2020 and works for the Insights team, specialising in the Leadership Dynamics product. Alex is currently the Insights Manager and oversee's the practice’s delivery. His primary focus includes supporting funds and management teams to make informed decisions by harnessing the power of Leadership Dynamics.
Alex graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BA in History and Ancient History. Outside of work, Alex enjoys playing rugby, football, lacrosse and spends most weeks watching West Ham.
Partner, Business Services & CFO Practice
Jack is a Partner in our Business Services Practice. He joined DRAX in 2009 as a Research Analyst with an early focus on the Private Equity space, and during his time in the business, Jack has worked with a wide range of private equity firms and portfolio companies to support with CFO appointments and senior finance hires. Jack leads on CFO mandates, both in the UK and Europe. From a sector perspective, Jack predominantly works with portfolio companies across business and support services, consumer services and manufacturing and industrials.
Jack spent his early life in the northwest close to the Lake District, then graduated from the University of Nottingham with a 2:1 Honours degree in Russian and Slavonic Studies.
Outside work, Jack is a keen runner, golfer, cricketer, and enjoys outdoor pursuits, reading and travelling when time permits.
Partner, CFO Practice
Mark leads Drax's CFO Practice, which 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.
Group Insights Manager, DRAX
Sandy is a Group Insights Manager in DRAX’s PACE team, where she analyses the behavioural capabilities of individuals and entire teams.
Prior to joining DRAX in 2021, Sandy graduated from the University of St Andrews where she studied Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. Her studies focused on group behaviour and the neurological drivers of motivation and reasoning, forming the root of her interest in leadership psychology and organisational behaviour.
Whilst completing her studies, Sandy worked as a Data Assistant for an IT services company in the US. Outside of work, Sandy is an avid tennis player and long-distance runner.
Associate Director, Financial and Professional Services Practice
Alex joined Drax as a Researcher in 2015 and has supported the development of our Financial Services & Professional 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, Trust Corporate Services & Fund Admin, Consulting, Accountancy, Legal Services and broader 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.
Director, Financial and Professional Services Practice
Andrew joined Drax in May 2021 having spent 15 years in Search working across Financial Services, in particular with challenger and new entrant banks, specialist lenders, consumer finance, FinTech's, 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. Andrew holds a BENG in Civil Engineeering from the Univeristy of Aberdeen.
Outside of work Andrew is Dad to William and Charlotte and enjoys coaching William's U15 rugby team and watching Charlotte on the hockey pitch.
Associate Director, Consumer Practice
Emilia joined DRAX in 2015 as a researcher & has successfully delivered assignments across a variety of private equity backed organisations. Emilia has worked across a range of sectors and functions and currently sits in the Consumer Practice supporting assignments both pre & post-deal. Emilia holds a BA in Classics from the University of Nottingham.
In her free time, Emilia enjoys watching and playing sport and seeing friends and family. When possible, she likes to spend time in the mountains (both winter and summer), Pilates and trying out new restaurants.
Leadership Dynamics Consultant, Financial Services Practice
Mete joined DRAX Executive as part of the company's Graduate Scheme in 2022 after completing a degree and a master's in law at the University of Exeter. He has since become the dedicated Leadership Dynamics consultant for the Financial Services practice, harnessing the power of our product suite in order to provide powerful insights to drive the leadership advisory process.
Outside of work, Mete enjoys visiting family in Turkey, as well as being an avid football and basketball fan.
Senior Partner, Financial and Professional Services Practice
Euan joined Drax in 2018 from another search firm where he spent the previous six years working exclusively with private equity funds. He’s been in the recruitment market since 2010. He is a Senior Partner focussing on the Financial Services & Professional Services markets, originating, and executing searches across Board and C-suite. Euan supports management teams and their private equity sponsors achieve their growth aspirations through impactful leadership change and analysis.
Euan graduated from Loughborough University in 2007. His young family keeps him occupied when not in the office, but he also enjoys most sports, more watching than playing now unfortunately.
Associate Director, Financial and Professional Services Practice
Since joining Drax's Financial Services team in 2022, Talia has successfully delivered mandates for private equity-backed businesses across the suite of FS, including wealth management, trust and corporate services, and broader people-centric organisations.
She began her career at a boutique executive search firm placing strategy consultants into large corporates and private equity, and prior to this graduated with a Psychology and Art History degree from the University of St Andrews.
In her spare time, Talia can be found keeping fit at the gym or running track.
Managing Director, Financial and Professional Services Practice
Mathew is the Managing Director responsible for our Financial Services & Professional Services practice. Mat joined Drax as a graduate in January 2009 and progressed through various roles before setting up the Financial Services practice in 2015. He has extensive experience in supporting investors and boards in building high performing leadership teams across a variety of sectors including Wealth Management, Insurance, FinTech, Payments, Specialty Finance, Trust Corporate Services & Fund Admin, Consulting, Accountancy, Legal Services and broader professional services. Mat graduated with a degree in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds in 2007.
Outside of work, Mat is married to a secondary school teacher, has two young daughters and is an avid Leeds United supporter. In his younger years, he was an average goalkeeper and a better poker player; having been ranked in the UK Top 20 and twice playing at the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas.
Associate Director, Financial and Professional Services Practice
Neil joined Drax to help grow the Financial and Professional Services practice, with a particular focus on private equity within the professional services market. Having spent 12 years within large scale and boutique consultancies, Neil has experience of running senior mandates across functional areas and acts as a trusted advisor to his clients. Neil brings market experience, rigour, and insight to help strengthen our existing relationships and continue the growth of the Financial Services and Professional Services practice.
When not working Neil enjoys spending time with his family, sampling new cuisines, and attempting to lower his golf handicap.
Marketing Executive, Marketing
Brenda joins DRAX as Marketing Executive, supporting the Marketing Director on various marketing initiatives across the business, including campaign planning, content creation, event planning, and social media & website management.
Brenda graduated from the University of Aston with an LLB in Law, and in her spare time enjoys painting, visiting art exhibitions and socialising with friends and family.
Director, Deal Advisory
Benedict joined Drax in 2021 to support the development of the Deal Advisory practice. He previously spent three years working with Bain & Company, a global management consultancy, where he helped to launch a new service proposition (the Bain Advisor Network) to support clients by aligning External Advisors to support on projects – in particular, large cap private equity clients seeking External Advisor support on deal processes during commercial due diligence. Earlier in his career, Benedict worked for a private equity focused executive search and advisory firm.
Associate Director, Deal Advisory
Upon finishing her Undergraduate degree at Durham University, Maddy attended Oxford University to complete a Master of Science in Latin American Studies. Following this, she began her career in executive search, supporting private equity clients at a large global expert network. Maddy joined Drax in 2022, where she works to drive impact and identify transaction opportunities within the Deal Advisory team.
Maddy speaks French and Spanish fluently, and is passionate about Latin American politics and history. Outside of work, she enjoys singing and performs frequently with renowned national choirs. You might also find her on stage in a London venue performing with a live band.
Managing Director, Deal Advisory
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.
Leadership Dynamics Associate Director, Deal Advisory
John joined Drax in 2020 and is currently an Associate Director for Leadership Dynamics. By harnessing the power of the Leadership Dynamics product suite, he provides powerful insights for private equity houses and portfolio businesses pre-and-post deal to help enable them to create and crystallise maximal value. He is heavily focused on supporting investors and portfolio businesses with off-market deal origination, which is powered by LCap's proprietary Transaction Propensity algorithm. He was previously a Consultant at a private equity focused executive search business. John has a First Class BA and MA in Political Science from the University of Birmingham and won multiple MA scholarships following his award-winning undergraduate dissertation.
Outside of work, John enjoys making music, going to the gym, and watching Aston Villa.
Partner, Deal Advisory
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.
Managing Director, Business Services Practice
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.
Outside of work, David has a passion for sports, in particular golf and rugby. David also enjoys spending time with his family
Associate Director, Healthcare and Education
Ella joined DRAX in 2022 after moving to the UK from Vancouver, Canada. After working in client service, marketing and account management in the travel and hospitality sector, Ella pivoted into executive search with a particular focus on the Healthcare & Education sector.
She is passionate about the study of human development and holds a degree (B.A.) in Human Geography and a Diploma in Marketing Management.
Partner, Business Services Practice
Adam leads our coverage across global business services, sustainability, industrials and infrastructure markets.
He was previously a Partner of a high-growth search and leadership advisory firm, where he launched a new division and strengthened the firm’s evolving IMPACT capability.
Adam has worked extensively with ambitious companies, private equity sponsors, institutional investors, governments and regulators. This has primarily involved board and executive committee appointments, as well as leadership succession and development exercises.
Consultant, Business Services Practice
Elliott joined Drax’s Business Services practice, to focus on leading the research and delivery of projects associated with the Healthcare and Life Sciences markets. Prior to Drax, Elliott came from a background working in contingent recruitment with his specialism focusing on building scientific teams of start-up and seed funded pharmaceutical, medical diagnostics and healthcare companies. In addition, he has assisted on a select number of mandates for senior positions of venture capital backed biotechnology companies.
Director, Business Services Practice
Toby joins Drax with nearly 20 years of experience spent in both recruitment and business consulting solutions, delivering to clients across the investment banking and wider financial services industries. During this time, he specialised in senior technology and change management hires, working across front-office trading environments and responding to impactful regulatory mandates.
Toby is now part of the Business Services division within Drax and will continue to drive activity across our established portfolio of clients in this space. A keen sportsman who enjoys golf and football predominantly, he lives in South London with his young family.
Associate Director, Business Services Practice
Nancy joined DRAX as a Consultant within the Business Services Practice, where she supports in a research and project execution capacity. Prior to DRAX, Nancy worked in the Expert Network Industry. She has a Bachelors in Modern Foreign Languages and a Masters in Translation Studies. She has also studied and worked in both France and Spain.
Outside of work, Nancy enjoys travelling, skiing and playing netball.
Director, Healthcare and Education
Since joining DRAX over six years ago, Kit has played a significant role in diversifying and developing the Business Services Practice. Currently, Kit leads DRAX’s Healthcare & Education Services practice, where he works with a variety of healthcare services, including NHS outsourcing & insourcing, clinical healthcare, medical consumables/products & devices, diagnostics, pharmaceutical services, private school groups, nurseries, and learning & training providers.
When not working, Kit can be found on the golf course, following Sheffield United home & away or spending time with his young family.
Director, Life Sciences
Josh brings over a decade of experience in leadership advisory and change services to DRAX, where he leads efforts in the Lifesciences practice. He partners with organizations across various market verticals, including pharmaceuticals, research, development, manufacturing, regulatory affairs, market access, medical devices and sector-specific technologies.
Based in our Manchester office and as a Cheshire native, Josh also serves as DRAX’s primary link to our ambitious and industrious northern-based clients.
Outside of work, Josh enjoys running, as well as coaching his son's football team.
Associate Director, Business Services Practice
Walker joined Drax in 2022, joining the Business Services division. He spent the previous 12 years in Technology & Transformation recruitment, operating in both the UK delivering across EMEA as well as in APAC. He has worked within large scale and boutique consultancies delivering highly specialised search capabilities to clients across all sectors.
Originally a Law Graduate from the University of Edinburgh, Walker moved into the IT recruitment space and leveraged this to support his love of travel worldwide (and following Scotland rugby on the always stressful journey to international stadia)
Associate Director, Life Sciences
Kieran joined Drax in 2023 as part of the Healthcare & Life Sciences practice, where he focuses on CFO and Corporate Development hires. He has 4 years of Recruitment experience and a vast network of contacts throughout Life Sciences and Healthcare across Europe. Prior to his recruitment experience, he studied Politics & Economics at Reading University. Outside of work Kieran enjoys boxing and supporting Liverpool FC.
Olly has been working in the Human Capital industry since 2008 and has joined DRAX Executive in an account management and relationship development role. Prior to joining DRAX, Olly spent 4 years leading the CEO and CFO Practices at a Private Equity Specialist Search Firm, executing senior mandates across the UK and Europe into private equity portfolio companies.
Learning and Development Executive, LCap
Susannah is a Learning and Development Executive for the LCap Group. She is a key member of the People function, embedding the learning and development agenda across the house of brands. Working with key stakeholders, Susannah is responsible for supporting our colleagues onboarding and continuous development to ensure all teams are empowered with relevant skills and training to optimise performance and career aspirations.
Susannah is also responsible for implementing a thorough internal upskilling agenda across the LCap Group and supports the embedding of Leadership Dynamics working practices. Susannah delivers powerful PACE and Leadership Dynamics training sessions to all internal teams to ensure expertise when delivering our products and platforms to private equity houses and portfolio businesses pre and post-deal.
Susannah read Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London and enjoyed being President of Royal Holloway Netball Club during her time at university.
Marketing Director, Marketing
Rana is a full-stack marketer with over ten years of expertise in digital marketing, social media, and brand management.
Rana has a diverse range of creative abilities and expertise in all aspects of digital marketing, including strategising and executing new approaches to increase traffic and positively promote brands. Advertising, product development, and innovation are all things that Rana is passionate about.
Chief Executive, DRAX
DRAX Executive's Chief Executive, Mark Sherman, has been with the company for over a decade. Mark has played a key role in developing the firm's track record and growth in the consumer market, building a highly talented team and an excellent track record and reputation across the private capital market. He has also been involved in supporting the development of the broader LCAP proposition, successfully leveraging our full capability to deliver impactful leadership solutions to clients.
Today, Mark leads the DRAX brand with a new company vision and culture to support the next phase of growth. This will be focused on putting our colleagues, candidates, and clients’ experience at the heart of the business and ensuring that we are supporting the development, learning and progression of our colleagues whilst building out a more structured, systematic approach to leveraging central functions to support our ongoing growth.
Mark is an invaluable asset to the DRAX brand, and his leadership will help to establish the company as a trusted leadership advisor for our clients and as a great place for individuals who want to develop their careers.
If you’re passionate about leadership capital and strategic consultancy and are looking for a new role, then DRAX could be the place for you. Visit our careers page to find out more.
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