Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with Frontier Developments plc on the search for a CFO, resulting in the appointment of Alex Bevis.
Frontier Developments plc is a software technology company focused on videogame development across a wide variety of genres and platforms with a proven track record of progressive development and innovation spanning several decades of rapid technological change. Frontier’s founder David Braben’s work in games started in 1982 when he co-authored the seminal game “Elite”. Having worked with a succession of top publishers, Frontier now self-publishes their own titles, developing high quality, innovative games of different genres across all major gaming formats.
Frontier now employs 260 staff in its Cambridge head office and listed on AIM in 2013.
The CFO search for Frontier Developments plc was managed by Andrew Moore, Partner at Head of the Finance Practice at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.
Agnes Babule is a highly experienced executive search professional with a track record across a wide range of sectors that reflect Bailey Fisher’s areas of focus: technology, life sciences, digital health and private markets. Specialising in senior executive level positions, Agnes works closely with clients ranging from high-potential early stage ventures through to large corporates. Agnes leverages over 15 years’ experience and a deep understanding of the challenges companies face in attracting outstanding talent, to assist clients in building impactful leadership teams.
A French national, Agnes is based in Paris, France. She has an impressive network across Europe, focusing on France, Belgium and Switzerland.
Agnes holds a finance degree from Universite Paris Dauphine (1988).
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with PragmatIC on the search for a VP Marketing, resulting in the successful appointment of Gillian Ewers.
PragmatIC is a world leader in ultra-low cost flexible electronics, enabling the potential for trillions of “smart objects” that can sense and communicate with their environment. Their unique technology platform enables integrated circuits thinner than a human hair to be embedded in any surface, introducing interactivity into a wide range of everyday items. At a fraction of the price of conventional silicon chips, PragmatIC’s products enable a vast range of new applications from intelligent packaging of fast-moving consumer goods, to wireless traceability of documents for security and identification.
PragmatIC is headquartered in Cambridge, England and has a production facility based at the National Centre for Printable Electronics in Sedgefield. Their growing customer base includes large multi-national customers across a number of sectors, including consumer goods, packaging, security printing, and mainstream electronics.
Having recently secured £18 million funding, PragmatIC engaged Bailey Fisher to identify an experienced marketing executive to help drive the commercial growth of the company at this exciting stage of development.
I became an Advisor to Bailey Fisher in 2017, focusing on Private Markets. I have known Bailey Fisher since the company was founded and was one of its first clients.
Having been educated at Cambridge University, I qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse, before working in the leisure industry and the private equity industry in London.
I broke my back in the mid-nineties in a racing accident and relocated to Suffolk. In 1997 I joined N W Brown & Co, initially working in corporate finance before becoming a Co-founder of The Cambridge Gateway Fund, an early stage technology fund. I left The Cambridge Gateway Fund in 2005, and have since designed, raised and managed niche alternative tax efficient investments in bloodstock, racing, jewellery and fine wine. I am a Trustee of the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust and The Wavertree Trust; a Director of Newmarket Racecourse and a member of the Jockey Club.
My role as Non-Executive Director of Bailey Fisher follows a 40-year career at Deloitte, most recently as Head of the Entrepreneurial Business Team in Cambridge. Having joined Deloitte in 1975, I was promoted to Partner in 1984 and Senior Partner seven years later. I stepped down as Senior Partner of the Cambridge office in 2007 to concentrate on growing the Entrepreneurial Business Team, working closely with a range of high-growth technology and life science ventures.
I hold other Non-executive positions with a Cambridge Life Sciences consulting firm and a regional law firm. I am Chairman of the Cambridge Music Festival; a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for The Cambridge Arts Theatre; and a Trustee of two other arts related charities. I also sit on the Advisory Committee of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
I co-founded Bailey Fisher in 1998 and spent 20 years driving the business alongside co-founder Paul Bailey, before a successful MBO exit in 2018. I continue to be involved in the business as a Non-Executive Director.
As a passionate advocate of diversity and equality in business, in 2008 I founded Women 4 Technology, a business networking forum for 1,500 international entrepreneurs, investors and leaders. Launched in Cambridge, Women 4 Technology expanded to London in 2009 and Manchester in 2018.
Since 2015 I’ve worked with Silicon Valley Comes to the UK to co-ordinate a series of high-profile Cambridge events for entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders. I am a mentor on the Techstars Barclays Accelerator and a Business Special Interest Group Champion for Cambridge Wireless. I am proud to have been selected as one of the 25 Most Influential Business People in the Cambridge Technology Cluster.
Throughout my career I’ve helped build leadership teams for entrepreneurial businesses across the UK, working in Cambridge, London, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Middlesbrough. Early in my career I founded a recruitment business which I built to a successful exit, and worked as Head of Finance for an early stage software company, having trained with a Top 10 Manchester accountancy firm.
I co-founded Bailey Fisher in 1998 and led the business as Managing Director for 20 years, building boards and management teams for innovative companies across the European technology market, before taking on the role of Executive Chair following a successful exit in 2018.
In 2019, I joined both Cambridge Enterprise and Martlet as Entrepreneur in Residence, helping founders develop their business propositions and commercialise their technologies. Previously, I held advisory roles with NESTA Impact Investments and New Wave Ventures, was a member of the steering committee for the ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator, on the board of Cambridge Ahead and co-founded the Perse School Enterprise Conference.
I was proud to be selected in the 2016 Maserati 100 list of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs, mentors and advisors supporting the next generation of business talent, and to be named as one of the ‘Most Influential Business People’ in Cambridge in 2017.
I joined Bailey Fisher in 2016 as Office Manager, working closely with all members of the team to ensure the smooth running of internal operations. I’ve since also taken on responsibility for credit control, and become more involved in the organisation of our Leadership Series, co-ordinating many of our events for executives and investors across the technology sector.
I’ve specialised in Office Management and Project Management within the Cambridge cluster for over 20 years, including 9 years in the Cambridge office of EY (formerly Ernst & Young), supporting the Managing Partner, Audit & Tax Partners and the Life Sciences Team. Most recently before joining Bailey Fisher I managed the office and supported the executive team and US-based President of a venture backed technology company headquartered in Cambridge.
I oversee all marketing, events and PR activity at Bailey Fisher, including co-ordinating our Leadership Series of events for entrepreneurs, investors and influencers across the technology sector. I joined Bailey Fisher in 2007 as Marketing Manager, before being promoted to Director of Marketing & Events in 2010. Previously I spent 7 years running all events and marketing activity for an international classical music agency, and 2 years as a consultant working with clients in the arts and media sectors.
During my time at Bailey Fisher I’ve interviewed experts from across the technology sector for articles in the business press, and co-ordinated almost 100 events, which have been featured in WIRED, The Guardian and Huffington Post.
Following a management buyout in 2018, I took on the role of Director of Research & Operations, having previously led the research team at Bailey Fisher for 4 years. I now oversee all operational aspects of the business, as well as heading up the research function, providing in-depth market intelligence and analysis across a broad range of technologies, sectors and markets. My specialism is Life Sciences and Health Technology, with a particular focus on growth companies at the convergence of Technology and Health.
Before joining Bailey Fisher in 2014, I worked as an in-house recruiter for large corporates, across a variety of technical sectors. I focused on pharmaceuticals at MedImmune; biotech at Illumina and software at Autonomy and HP.