Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with Spectral Edge on the search for a CEO, resulting in the appointment of Rhodri Thomas.
Bailey Fisher was engaged by image fusion technology leader Spectral Edge to manage the search for a CEO to drive the next stage of the company’s development.
Spun out of the University of East Anglia (UEA) Colour Lab, Spectral Edge aims to improve the viewing experience of images, videos and TV content by delivering the perfect picture for each individual viewer. This is achieved with patented image fusion technology which can combine visible and invisible information in real-time on consumer devices, to enhance detail, aid visual accessibility, and create ever more beautiful pictures.
Rhodri Thomas joins Spectral Edge from London-based predictive keyboard technology pioneer SwiftKey, which was acquired by Microsoft in April 2016. As Chief Commercial Officer of SwiftKey, Rhodri oversaw significant company growth and was responsible for all business development activities including relationships with major mobile platforms, other apps and technology partners, as well as establishing the company’s San Francisco Bay Area presence. Prior to SwiftKey Rhodri held a number of product management and business development roles at companies including Unisys, Convergys, Texperts and kgb.
Rhodri’s appointment followed Spectral Edge’s oversubscribed £1.5 million 2016 funding round.
The search was managed by Toby Young, Technology Partner at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with Aspall on the search for a Group FD, resulting in the appointment of Aaron Kelly.
Bailey Fisher was engaged by Aspall to manage the search for a Group FD to work closely with the CEO on the day to day running of the business.
Aspall is a family cyder-making business established in 1728 at Aspall Hall in Suffolk by Clement Chevallier. The Chevallier family still live and work among Clement’s orchards and today Aspall is run by the eighth generation of the family, producing a range of award winning apple juices, cyders and vinegars. Aspall’s produce is sold via the main supermarkets, in pubs and restaurants and directly through its website.
The successful candidate, Aaron Kelly, was previously Finance Director for the pub retail business at Greene King, where his team was responsible for 600 destination pubs in the Greene King portfolio. Prior to Greene King, Aaron’s background was with Tesco and Two Sisters.
The search was led by Andrew Moore, Partner at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.
Philippe Di Ruzza
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with Cycle Pharmaceuticals on the search for a Sales Director, resulting in the successful appointment of international healthcare executive Philippe Di Ruzza.
Cycle Pharmaceuticals is a Cambridge-based company innovating to improve drug access, availability, price and effectiveness for the benefit of modern health needs. Cycle Pharmaceuticals is committed to optimising orphan drugs and reintroducing them to market with improved efficiency. The company also focuses on repurposing drugs, discovering alternative uses and implementing the actions required to make them available for patients.
Claire Button PhD, Head of the Life Sciences and Digital Health Practice at Bailey Fisher Executive Search, was engaged to manage the search for an experienced Sales Director for Cycle Pharmaceuticals.
The successful individual, Philippe Di Ruzza, has 15 years’ international experience developed across Europe, Asia, USA and Africa, most recently as International Sales and Marketing Director for Merck Serono in France.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with Cytora on the search for a Chairman.
Cytora is an artificial intelligence start up, spun out of the University of Cambridge. The company focuses on capturing hidden economic insights that exist in online data.
Bailey Fisher was engaged to manage the search for a Chairman, resulting in the appointment of Richard Gibson, former Executive Chairman of SwitfKey, acquired by Microsoft in 2016.
Cytora recently announced £2.4m Series A funding in a round led by Parkwalk Advisors. Cambridge Enterprise, iLexIR and a high-profile group of angels also participated in the round.
The Chairman search was managed by Paul Bailey, Founding Partner and Head of the Chairman/NED Practice at Bailey Fisher.
Francisco van Zeller
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with FinTech company Netwealth on the search for a CMO.
Netwealth provides an online discretionary wealth management platform direct to the consumer market. Bailey Fisher Executive Search was mandated to identify and attract a Chief Marketing Officer to lead the online and offline marketing strategy for the business. The search resulted in the successful appointment of Francisco van Zeller.
Francisco brings to the role a wealth of experience in digital marketing and sales within both global corporates and venture-funded start-ups. His background comprises senior marketing roles across Europe and Asia, including for Samsung in both London and Seoul.
This assignment was managed by Joe Graziano, Technology Partner at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.
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, who will commence his role in April 2017.
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.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with Grapeshot on the search for a Finance Director, resulting in the successful appointment of Mark Ashworth.
Grapeshot is a software technology company using advanced Information Retrieval techniques pioneered at Cambridge University. Grapeshot uses advanced algorithms to assess the relative significance of keywords in pages and what users read. Dr Porter, Grapeshot founder and chief scientist, is considered one of the ‘founding fathers’ of probabilistic search and has worked at the cutting edge of information retrieval and search technology for over 30 years.
Andrew Moore, Finance & Operations Partner at Bailey Fisher was engaged to manage the search for a Finance Director for Grapeshot, resulting in the appointment of Mark Ashworth.
Mark Ashworth qualified with PwC and worked in the corporate finance team focusing on technology transactions in the Cambridge area before moving to Domino Printing and more latterly Germains Seed Technology, a subsidiary of FTSE 50 company, ABF plc. Mark is a strategic and commercial Finance Director with broad international business knowledge and significant experience in high-growth technology businesses and in leading change. He has created and developed strong control and reporting environments throughout his career, underpinned by excellent technical knowledge.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is an independent executive search firm specialising in technology, life sciences & healthcare. Founded in 1998, the company operates internationally from offices in Cambridge and London.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with Weatherbys to appoint Graham Ayres as Group FD. Graham was subsequently promoted into the Group MD role.
Established in 1770, Weatherbys is a family run group of companies providing a range of services to the horse racing industry. The Weatherbys diverse family of companies now comprises Weatherbys Ltd, Weatherbys Bank and the DNA Laboratory in Ireland, amongst others. The founding company, Weatherbys Ltd, is today primarily responsible for providing racing services to the BHA, along with racecard production, pedigree research, printing, publishing, marketing and ticketing services to a range of clients.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search was engaged to manage the search for a Group FD. Graham Ayres was appointed to develop the finance function to support future growth. With his background in publishing, Graham played a key part in the transformation from print to digital data.
The search was managed by Andrew Moore, Partner and Head of the Private Markets Practice at Bailey Fisher Executive Search. Andrew has subsequently assisted Weatherbys with a number of senior appointments.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted Frontier Smart Technologies Group Ltd with the search for a Non-Executive Director, resulting in the appointment of Martin Harriman.
Frontier (AIM: FST), is a pioneer in technologies for Digital Radio and Smart Audio devices.
Martin Harriman brings a wealth of experience managing and advising international technology businesses. He has held a number of senior roles at Telefónica S.A., the Spanish multinational telecommunications provider, including CEO of Telefónica Digital UK and subsequently Global Managing Director of Consumer Internet of Things & Digital Home, where he was responsible for the roll out of digital technologies into the home across Telefónica’s 24 country footprint. His earlier career also encompassed management roles at Ericsson, Marconi and BT.
Dr. Martin Knight, Chairman of Frontier, commented:
“We are delighted to appoint Martin to Frontier’s Board as a Non-Executive Director. His significant experience across the technology and digital home sectors will benefit the newly refocused and rebranded Group as we build on our position as an established leader in Digital Radio and look to develop the exciting opportunity in Smart Audio.”
Martin Harriman, new Non-Executive Director of Frontier, added:
“The digital home market is undergoing significant changes, creating exciting opportunities for Frontier. I look forward to working with the team to support its expansion in both new and existing markets.”
The search was led by Paul Bailey, Founding Partner of Bailey Fisher Executive Search.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with Medherant on the search for a Chair of the Board.
Medherant is a specialty pharma company creating a sustainable, next-generation transdermal drug delivery patch that creates value for patients, partners and investors. The company is a spin-out from the University of Warwick.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search was engaged by the investor to manage the search for a Chair to lead the Board and work alongside the CEO during a critical period in the company’s development.
The search resulted in the appointment of Ken Cunningham as Chair of the Board. Ken has over 25 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including leadership roles with SkyePharma plc, initially as COO and subsequently as CEO. He is currently Chair at Abzena and NED at Xention Pharma.
The search was led by Claire Button PhD, Director of Life Sciences & Digital Health at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.
CEO and R&D Director
Tim Sparey & Andrew Ratcliffe
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with early stage oncology therapeutics company, Novintum Bioscience, to appoint a CEO and R&D Director.
Claire Button PhD, Director of Life Science & Digital Health at Bailey Fisher Executive Search was engaged by Rising Tide, a US/Swiss fund, to manage the search for a CEO for Novintum Bioscience, one of their portfolio companies. The search resulted in the appointment of Tim Sparey, an experienced pharmaceutical professional with a background in blue chip, large and specialty pharma, as well as earlier stage biotech companies.
Following Tim’s appointment as CEO, Claire was re-engaged by Novintum Bioscience to lead the search for an experienced “drug hunter” as R&D Director, to work alongside the CSO as a senior executive leader in the organisation. The search resulted in the appointment of Andrew Ratcliffe, an internationally experienced and highly motivated R&D Director.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with PCME on the search for a General Manager, resulting in the appointment of Chris Shelley.
PCME Ltd is a leading specialist in the development, manufacture and supply of continuous particulate emission monitors for industrial processes worldwide. The company has received two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: one in 2007 for Innovation and the second in 2013 for International Trade.
Headquartered in the UK, PCME is part of the Environnement S.A Group with offices in China, Germany, India, Italy and USA together with distribution representing over 40 countries worldwide.
“Thank you Toby and team for your hugely important contribution to our senior level recruitment. You found us a number of high quality candidates and then helped us attract and appoint a Managing Director who met our requirements on skills and experience as well as having the attitude and culture to fit with and also lead our growing organisation.”
William Averdieck, Founder – PCME Ltd
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with Flyers Group plc on the search for a Group MD, resulting in the appointment of Pippa Bazalgette.
Flyers Group plc is a dynamic owner managed business with over 25 years’ experience in the children’s fashion industry and impressive growth to date. The group is a wholesale distributor of children’s clothing, including brands such as Converse, Lyle & Scott and Nike, to retailers both in the UK and internationally.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search was engaged to manage the search for an entrepreneurial individual with experience of leading growth. The successful applicant, Pippa Bazalgette, is an experienced and highly commercial individual with extensive expertise in retail and consumer goods and a track record of enabling businesses to grow profitably.
The search was managed by Andrew Moore, Partner and Head of the Private Markets Practice at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with SaaS company Abacus e-Media on the search for a Managing Director, resulting in the appointment of Al Bird.
Abacus e-Media provides sophisticated content management and audience measurement software to a selection of industries, including publishing, membership organisations and public sector. The company provides content owners with cloud-based, enterprise class technology and services that successfully translate digital strategy into digital business.
Abacus e-Media engaged Bailey Fisher Executive Search to manage the search for a Managing Director. The successful candidate, Al Bird, was formerly Consultancy Director then Managing Director at KnowledgePool, Europe’s leading managed learning services provider. Al led the business through rapid growth and successful private equity sale and integration into Capita Plc. Prior to KnowledgePool, Al was Business Development Director for Accenture’s HR & Learning BPO Services division, working with clients including Unilever, HSBC, BT and Sky.
This assignment was managed by Joe Graziano, Technology Partner at Bailey Fisher Executive Search. Joe specialises in SaaS executive search assignments, as well as EdTech, FinTech, digital media and digital health.
“We engaged Bailey Fisher to find a Managing Director for Abacus e-Media. As a software company transitioning from project work to a SaaS based platform, Bailey Fisher understood our positioning and requirements and set about our search with intelligent enthusiasm. Joe Graziano led the charge and we were very impressed with his skills throughout the entire process. His energy and communication were excellent and he guided (and managed) us from initial brief, through interviewing to shortlist and final selection. I would highly recommend both Bailey Fisher and Joe Graziano and would have no hesitation in using them again.” Martin Durham, Chairman, Abacus e-Media
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with Atlantic Healthcare plc on the search for a CFO, resulting in the appointment of Shrikesh Shah.
Atlantic Healthcare plc is a growing UK based international specialty pharmaceutical company focused on treatments for addressing unmet medical needs of patients with gastrointestinal (GI) disorders.
Atlantic Healthcare has its global HQ in Cambridge, UK and a commercial office in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
The search was managed by Andrew Moore, Partner and Head of the Finance Practice at Bailey Fisher.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with award winning flexible electronics company PragmatIC Printing Ltd on the search for a CFO, resulting in the successful appointment of Gordon Campbell.
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.
PragmatIC received major investment in 2015 led by Cambridge Innovation Capital and supported by ARM Holdings and existing share holders, to scale up its operations.
PragmatIC was awarded Start up of the Year Award at the Business Weekly Awards in March 2016.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search was engaged by PragmatIC to manage the search for a CFO. The search was led by Andrew Moore, Finance & Operations Partner at Bailey Fisher.
The successful candidate, Gordon Campbell has 20 years’ experience in the growth technology market, and has listed two businesses on public markets (AIM & NASDAQ). Gordon was most recently CFO at AIM-listed software company, Ubisense.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted OptiBiotix with the search for a Commercial Director, resulting in the successful appointment of Jim Laird.
OptiBiotix is an AIM-listed, high-growth biotech that has established a pipeline of microbiome modulators that can impact on lipid and cholesterol management, energy harvest and appetite suppression. Bailey Fisher Executive Search was engaged to manage the search for a Commercial Director. The search was managed by Claire Button, Director of Life Sciences at Bailey Fisher.
The successful candidate, Jim Laird, is a proven Commercial Director with a strong global reputation in the food industry. Jim has an excellent track record in delivering increased profits and building commercial partnerships within the food industry. Since being appointed to the Board of OptiBiotix as Commercial Director, Jim has demonstrably impacted on the continued success of OptiBiotix, reflected in increasing share price.
Francois de Bodinat
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted ZeroLight with the appointment of Francois de Bodinat as CMO.
ZeroLight is the world’s most advanced car configurator solution, creating engaging configurators using real-time 3D visualisation to drive a live, interactive scene of the car. Incorporated in 2014, ZeroLight lists Audi, Jaguar Land Rover, Pagani, IBM and Samsung amongst its clients and partners. ZeroLight was recently nominated for the Financial Times Boldness in Business Awards 2016, and has already picked up numerous awards for innovation.
To support rapid expansion, ZeroLight was looking to identify a CMO to take the message about the company’s game-changing technology to market. Bailey Fisher Executive Search was engaged to manage the search, resulting in the successful appointment of Francois de Bodinat.
Francois brings extensive experience of marketing, business development, product management and start up venture internationally, following leadership roles in Europe, Japan and the US. Immediately prior to joining ZeroLight Francois was Senior Marketing Manager at Amazon.
The search was managed by Toby Young, Technology Partner at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.
VP Sales EMEA
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted BIOVIA with the search for a VP Sales EMEA, resulting in the appointment of experienced France-based sales leader, Jean-Benoit Nonque.
BIOVIA, formerly known as Accelrys (NASDAQ:ACCL), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dassault Systèmes, and is considered the leading provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management software for industries and organisations that rely on scientific innovation to differentiate themselves.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search was engaged to manage the search for a VP Sales EMEA for BIOVIA, a key sales leadership role with significant influence upon BIOVIA’s growth strategy as part of the BIOVIA global management team.
The successful candidate, Jean-Benoit Nonque, is an experienced enterprise software sales leader, based in France. Jean-Benoit has 12+ years building, managing and growing worldwide sales teams and partnership programmes in the European technology market.
The search was led by Joe Graziano, Technology Partner at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with Bango plc on the search for a Senior VP Engineering.
Bango’s mobile payment platform is vital to the global growth in digital content sales. The giants of mobile choose the Bango Payment Platform to provide a delightful and immediate payment experience that maximizes sales of digital content.
With over 140 markets activated by the company’s partners, the Bango Payment Platform is established as the global standard for app stores to offer carrier billing. As the next billion consumers pick up their first smartphone, Bango technology will be there to unlock the universe of apps, video, games and other content that bring those smartphones to life. Global leaders plugging into Bango include Amazon, BlackBerry, Facebook, Google, Samsung, Microsoft and Mozilla.
Bailey Fisher was engaged to manage the search for a Senior VP Engineering. The search was managed by Joe Graziano, Technology Partner.
The successful candidate, Mark Rosten, brings 25 years’ experience of software development leadership in the European market.
VP Strategic Partnerships
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with u-blox on the search for a VP Strategic Partnerships.
u-blox is a global leader in wireless communications and positioning semiconductors and modules for the industrial, automotive and consumer markets. A lot of companies are developing and distributing chips and modules for wireless communication and positioning, but u‑blox is dedicated to do it in an excellent way and with the focus on the customers and their applications. The company invests heavily in R&D to provide the market with products and solutions for the Internet of Things.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search was engaged to manage the search for a VP Strategic Partnerships for u-blox. The search was managed by Joe Graziano, Technology Partner.
The successful candidate, Simon Glassman is a senior business and corporate development professional with 25 years’ international experience in blue chip technology companies. Prior to joining u-blox, Simon held senior roles at Nasdaq-listed Numerex, and TomTom.
BHR Group is an independent technology organisation providing engineering consultancy, industrial research and product development services based on its core expertise in fluids engineering. BHR Group develops innovative designs, processes and products for customers across many industrial sectors around the world.
Now a privately owned company, BHR Group grew out of the BHRA (British Hydromechanics Research Association), one of the founding Research Associations established by the UK government in the 1940s. The company’s vision is to be the global leader in fluid engineering research and consultancy in its targeted markets.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search was engaged to manage the search for BHR Group, resulting in the successful appointment of Brent Hudson. Brent brings extensive international experience at board level, most recently as CEO of Sagentia Group plc.
The search was managed by Toby Young, Technology Partner at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.
Business Development & Enterprise Support Director
Bailey Fisher Executive Search was pleased to support Norwich Research Park with the search for a Business Development & Enterprise Support Director, resulting in the successful appointment of Kenny Lang.
Norwich Research Park is a business community of research organisations with world-leading science credentials and over forty science and technology based businesses.
Norwich Research Park is a partnership between the University of East Anglia, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, four independent world-renowned research institutes namely the John Innes Centre, Institute of Food Research and The Genome Analysis Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory linked to the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.
Bailey Fisher was engaged by Norwich Research Park to manage the search for a Business Development & Enterprise Support Director to work closely with all groups involved in research, technology transfer and business development on the Park, build strategic relationships with and between these organisations and target organisations both nationally and internationally. The search was managed by Claire Button PhD, Head of the Life Science & Healthtech practice at Bailey Fisher.
The successful candidate, Kenny Lang, has many years’ experience in science commercialisation, creating economic growth & working with start ups, SMEs, universities and governments, including leadership team roles at the Centre of Excellence for the Life Sciences & Babraham Bioscience Technologies.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted GetMyFirstJob with the search for a Chairman, resulting in the successful appointment of Bill Thomas.
GetMyFirstJob was launched in 2010 to help improve the process of placing young people into apprenticeships for one of the UK’s largest training providers. The original concept developed to reflect the fact that this was an industry wide issue. Subsequent rapid organic growth was supported by an investment by Nesta Impact Investment in 2014. Nesta Impact Investment invests in organisations that create a positive social impact as well as delivering a financial return.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search was engaged by Nesta Impact Investment to identify a Chairman with proven entrepreneurial experience to help guide and mentor the team at GetMyFirstJob. The search was managed by Paul Bailey, Founding Partner at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.
The successful candidate, Bill Thomas, is an experienced international Advisor, Investor, Non-Executive Director and Board Member for high growth companies.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with Digital Assess on the search for a CTO.
Digital Assess is a leading provider of SaaS based assessment solutions that serve the education, e-learning and vocational sectors. The business provides its customers with one product made up of a set of dependable tools designed to capture and assess skills from a single location. The technology allows users to make judgements with ease and affords learners the chance to demonstrate every facet of applied knowledge. Digital Assess works with some of the world’s most trusted education brands to support and improve the whole learning process, including Cambridge Assessment, Oxford University Press, AQA, Pearson Education and the University of Edinburgh.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search was engaged to manage the search for a CTO for Digital Assess, to play an integral role in the company’s strategic direction, development and future growth. The search was managed by Joe Graziano, Technology Partner.
The successful candidate, Pete Kelly is an experienced CTO with a background leading technical teams in a high-growth environment.
In House Legal Counsel
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with Brady plc on the search for an In House Legal Counsel, resulting in the successful appointment of Rebecca O’Shea.
Brady plc is the largest European-headquartered provider of trading and risk management software to the global commodity, recycling and energy markets. Brady has 25 years’ expertise in the commodity markets with over 300 customers worldwide, who depend on Brady’s software solutions to deliver vital business transactions across their global operations. Brady clients include many of the world’s largest financial institutions, trading companies, miners, refiners and producers, tier one banks and a large number of London Metal Exchange (LME) Category 1 and 2 clearing members and many leading European energy generators, traders and consumers.
Bailey Fisher was retained to find Brady plc’s first In-house Legal Counsel to support the sales function in all legal and commercial matters and to provide general legal support to the CFO.
The search was managed by Andrew Moore, Finance & Operations Partner at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with Imperial Innovations on the search for a Principal, resulting in the successful appointment of Mario Branciforti.
Imperial Innovations is a technology commercialisation company, combining the activities of technology transfer, intellectual property licensing and protection, company incubation and investment.
Imperial Innovations is focused on commercialising the most promising UK academic research, across a broad range of technology sectors, sourced from the ‘golden triangle’ formed by Cambridge, Oxford and London.
Bailey Fisher was engaged to manage the search for a Principal. The search was led by Joe Graziano, Technology Partner at Bailey Fisher.
The successful candidate, Mario Branciforti, is a hands-on corporate development director and investor with a proven record of originating & leading transactions and driving growth strategies across SaaS, internet security and semiconductor markets. Mario has mentored at leading European accelerators: Seedcamp, Level 39 and Startupbootcamp; and is Co-founder of Angellab, a London-based syndicate of 30+ tech angel investors.
“Joe is a rarity, he found me through his extensive trusted tech network and took the time to go beyond title and roles to understand where my passion and strengths lie. No fill-the-box approach. Professional communication throughout the process.” Mario Branciforti, Principal, Imperial Innovations
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with Digital Assess to appoint EdTech and software entrepreneur Dan Sandhu as CEO.
Digital Assess is an innovative SaaS based EdTech company developing technology to facilitate project work, collaboration, evidence gathering and assessment. The technology is being deployed by some of the world’s most trusted education brands, including Cambridge Assessment, Oxford University Press, AQA, Pearson Education and the University of Edinburgh.
Bailey Fisher was engaged by the investor, IQ Capital, to work with Digital Assess on this assignment, resulting in the successful appointment of Dan Sandhu.
Dan Sandhu has a wealth of experience as a business founder, CEO and investor in the UK and internationally and has been involved in a number of UK and international EdTech businesses. Recently, Dan was named as one of the most influential EdTech leaders globally in Hot Topics Top 100 2015.
The CEO executive search assignment was managed by Paul Bailey, Founding Partner at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.
Head of Sales
Bailey Fisher is pleased to have worked with Bactest on the search for a Head of Sales, resulting in the appointment of Clive Chelsom-Pill.
Based in Cambridge, Bactest is a venture backed start-up whose cornerstone investor is the Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF). Bactest has filed numerous patents on its two product lines Speedy Breedy and Shepherd. The company was awarded the Telegraph Festival of Business SME of the Year Award 2014, and has been shortlisted for the Best Disruptive Technology Business Award at the UK Business Angels Association Awards.
Speedy Breedy was designed to meet the market need for a portable fast contamination test that did not require expert skills to interpret test results. Speedy Breedy uses sterilised culture vessels that come pre-filled with specific encapsulated media.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search was engaged to manage the search for a Head of Sales for Bactest, and the search was run by Toby Young, Technology Partner at Bailey Fisher.
The successful candidate, Clive Chelsom-Pill, is an entrepreneurial commercial business director, who was previously Worldwide VP, Commercial Operations & Distribution at CSR.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted Oxford Photovoltaics with the search for an IP Attorney, resulting in the appointment of Alan Chapman.
Oxford Photovoltaics is a spin-out from the University of Oxford which has exclusively licensed the rapidly growing portfolio of Intellectual Property developed by Professor Henry Snaith and his academic team of 20 scientists. Professor Snaith is leading an intensive and wide-ranging programme of research which is aimed at creating individual solar cells which are highly efficient and robust enough to have a lifetime of over 20 years. This research programme provides the building blocks for the Company’s product roadmap. Currently, the solar cell development programme is advancing rapidly with lab cell efficiency of more than 15%, with identified enhancements which should deliver close to 20% efficiency within the next 12 months.
The successful candidate, Alan Chapman is a UK and European qualified IP Attorney with 9 years’ professional experience in private practice and the defence industry.
This search was managed by Toby Young, Technology Partner at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.
Bailey Fisher is delighted to have worked with Metrasens Ltd on the search for a Non Executive Director, resulting in the successful appointment of US-based sensor technology expert, Bret Bader.
Metrasens is a VC and PE backed company specialising in developing, marketing, and installing medical devices that improve safety in hospitals. The company provides a ferromagnetic detection system that alerts staff to the presence of ferromagnetic objects before they are inadvertently taken into the MRI suite; and a device to locate metallic objects within a patient. Founded in 2005, Metrasens is based in Malvern, UK, with an office in the US.
The successful candidate, Bret Bader, is currently CEO of Owlstone, a US company developing and manufacturing proprietary chemical detection technology. Previously, he was General Manager and Vice President: The Americas at Smiths Detection, the world leading manufacturer of security screening sensors for the detection of explosives, narcotics, weapons and chemical and biological warfare agents.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted Grass Roots Group, the world’s leading provider of employee and customer engagement solutions, with the search for a CFO, resulting in the appointment of ex-BBC CFO, Zarin Patel. Zarin will act as CFO for the global Grass Roots Group, sit on the Group Board and on the Executive Leadership Team.
Zarin Patel was the longest-serving CFO at the BBC and brings a wealth of experience to Grass Roots. She joined the organisation in 1998 and held various roles prior to her nine years as CFO. She had overall responsibility for the BBC Finance & Business division, sat on the BBC’s Executive Board and was also a non-executive director of BBC Worldwide. Prior to her time with the BBC, she gained 15 years’ experience with KPMG, at a senior level, working with multi-national corporations across the industrial and commercial sectors. She was also an Independent Governor at The University of Arts, London.
Zarin is highly regarded as an innovator in her field and a creative thinker. With a reputation for transforming organisations, Grass Roots expects to benefit from her ability to balance needs for value, efficiencies and simple processes, whilst displaying imagination when it comes to investment opportunities and future-proofing the business in anticipation of rapid growth.
This appointment reinforces Grass Roots’ ability to attract the very best talent across the Group. Recent appointments in all divisions and in overseas offices underpin the company’s focus on attracting, retaining and developing the finest industry experts to ensure clients receive the best service and value.
Richard Bandell, Grass Roots CEO says: ‘I’m very pleased to confirm Zarin’s appointment – she is going to play an important role in the fast growth we anticipate here at Grass Roots. Her expertise, energy and creativity are undeniable and I know she will bring a host of innovative ideas to the organisation. She has a reputation for excellent leadership skills and I have no doubt that our financial teams around the world are going to be energised under her direction.’
Zarin is equally excited and looking forward to embarking on her new role, ‘I am delighted to be taking on this new challenge and to be joining the Grass Roots family. The company’s mission is to create value for clients by inspiring people to deliver outstanding results, and this is something I feel strongly about and can connect with. The organisation has an ambitious vision for growth, is passionate about customer and employee engagement and is a great place to work.’
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is delighted to have worked with Ubisense Group plc, an AIM-listed market leader in real time location intelligence solutions.
Toby Young, Partner at Bailey Fisher, was appointed to identify a Non-Executive Director to assist the board and global operational team with strategic insights and experience as the company accelerates growth into high value manufacturing markets.
The successful candidate, Ian Kershaw, brings extensive experience in the automotive sector. Ian is Managing Director of Ricardo Strategic Consulting, part of the global engineering and environmental consulting company, Ricardo plc.
Previously, Ian’s roles included Production Management at Rolls Royce and Bentley Motor Cars, Product Engineering at Perkins Engines and Performance Improvement Management at Arthur D Little.
“Toby conducted a faultless process.” Richard Green, Chief Executive Officer, Ubisense
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is delighted to have worked with Veeemotion on the search for a CTO, resulting in the successful appointment of Ave Wrigley.
Veeemotion is a brand new social video app that allows users to quickly capture and share video collections in the way they want from their hand-held device.
Bailey Fisher was engaged to manage the search for a CTO for Veeemotion, and the search was led by Joe Graziano, Technology Partner.
The successful candidate, Ave Wrigley, is an experienced CTO with over 20 years’ experience of running technology departments in digital video distribution, digital marketing, ecommerce solutions and mobile development. Ave has managed global teams in Europe, India and the US.
“I asked Joe to carry out a particularly challenging search to identify a ‘business critical’ C- Level Executive for me. Joe made sure he took time to get under the skin of the business, worked extremely hard, and was ‘on-hand’ at all times. His communication throughout the entire process was excellent, as was his understanding of my requirements. I would highly recommend Joe at Bailey Fisher, and would have no hesitation in using him again.”
Mike Grant, CEO, Veeemotion
Interim Operations Director
Bailey Fisher Executive Search was delighted to work with AIM-listed Horizon Discovery on the search for an Interim Operations Director, resulting in the successful appointment of Arthur Branney.
Horizon is a revenue-generating life science company supplying research tools to organisations engaged in genomics research and the development of personalized medicines. Horizon has a diverse and international customer base approaching 800 organisations, including major pharmaceutical, biotechnology and diagnostic companies as well as leading academic research centres. The company supplies its products and services into multiple markets, estimated to total in excess of £29 billion by 2015.
Following a highly successful AIM IPO in 2014, in which it raised £40m, Horizon Discovery is broadening its product portfolio and service offering, as well as expanding its global operations. As part of this expansion, Horizon Discovery retained Bailey Fisher to search for an experienced Interim Operations Director to make a significant contribution to the delivery of the company’s growth.
The successful candidate Arthur Branney has extensive international experience in the sector, with a background as Operations Director at GSK and previously with mid-sized pharmaceutical companies. During his tenure at Horizon as Interim Operations Director, Arthur has successfully implemented numerous changes to systems and programme management. Arthur says: “I have just finished a great assignment with Horizon Discovery as an Interim COO, placed by Bailey Fisher. The process from start to finish was run in a very professional way. Claire, my Bailey Fisher representative, was always on hand and supported me throughout the role. I found Bailey Fisher to be one of the best search firms I’ve had the pleasure of working with. The communication and engagement throughout the role were an example of how it should be done. My thanks to both Bailey Fisher and Claire for the opportunity of working with such a great company.”
Head of IT
Bailey Fisher Executive Search was delighted to work with Red Gate Software on the search for a Head of IT, resulting in the successful appointment of Tony Payne.
Founded in 1999, Red Gate Software produces ingeniously simple tools used by more than 500,000 IT professionals worldwide, and 91% of Fortune 100 companies. Red Gate is regularly chosen as one of The Sunday Times (UK) 100 best small companies to work for.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search was engaged to manage the search for a Head of IT to deliver technical capabilities and operational services that underpin Red Gate’s products, sales and software engineering. The search was managed by Joe Graziano, Technology Partner at Bailey Fisher.
“I thought that Joe and Bailey Fisher did a great job. You were thorough, supportive and professional throughout the process.”
Red Gate Software
Senior Investment Director
Bailey Fisher is pleased to have worked with Cambridge Innovation Capital, a new £50m investment fund, to appoint Victor Christou as Senior Investment Director.
Set up in 2013 to invest in high-growth technology companies, Cambridge Innovation Capital combines a strong relationship with the University of Cambridge with deep financial and industry links, and aims to invest its initial capital of £50 million in Cambridge companies throughout a three year period. The company strives to build leading businesses using a long term return strategy – removing the pressure to deliver the early exits associated with the traditional venture capital model.
Positioned within the dynamic Cambridge Cluster, CIC has a unique appreciation for world-leading scientific development. The company is committed to ensuring that their investment partners can build leading businesses from brilliant technologies – with the support of some of the most influential figures in the sector.
The successful candidate, Victor Christou has considerable experience on both sides of the investment table. In recent years he has focused his attention on technology investing. Immediately prior to CIC, Victor was at pan-European venture capital investors Wellington Partners, where he was a Venture Partner in the Tech Team. Before that Victor founded Opsys, an organic electronics business focusing on OLEDs and was a member of the team that sold Opsys to Cambridge Display Technology (now owned by Sumitomo Chemicals). Victor has a BSc and PhD in Chemistry from Imperial College, London and was a Sloan Fellow in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. In the early stages of his career, Victor was an academic at the University of California at Berkeley and then at the University of Oxford, where he was a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Junior Research Fellow at Balliol College. Victor was the Royal Society of Chemistry Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002.
VP Global Sales
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted Eagle, a bioinformatics software and services company propelling new opportunities in large scale omics data and its application to real world problems in health, wellness, food and environmental sectors, with the search for a Vice President of Global Sales.
Joe Graziano, Technology Partner at Bailey Fisher was retained to manage the search for this key new role, resulting in the successful appointment of Michael Reynolds.
Michael brings a wealth of sales and marketing experience to Eagle, along with a wide network of global contacts from a number of previous sales roles in the life science industry. Prior to Eagle, Michael was Director, EMEA Sales, at Pilgrim Software, and previous roles included Smart Analyst, APC Pharma and Etrials. A microbiologist by degree and a sales professional by choice, Michael has been working for major pharmaceutical companies or selling to life science and other organisations for more than 20 years.
Abel Ureta-Vidal, CEO of Eagle said: “Michael brings a wealth of sales and marketing experience, and will be pivotal in further building Eagle’s business.”
The appointment follows significant recent developments for Eagle, including a Small Business Research Initiative competition which will see the company further develop its technology for genomic data management and analysis. The competition was funded by the Department of Health, through the Small Business Research Initiative and managed by Genomics England. As a winner of the first phase, Eagle has received a share of the £1.6 million funding. This will be used to extend the capabilities of its existing technology platform, which has been developed to meet the demand for improved NGS technology in the healthcare sector.
Head of Group Marketing
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is delighted to have assisted Newmark Security plc with the search for a Head of Group Marketing, resulting in the successful appointment of Dale Kaszycki.
Newmark Security plc is a leading provider of electronic and physical security systems where the emphasis is on the safety and security of a company’s personnel and assets.
Operating through two separately established divisions, Electronic Security and Physical Security, the Group listed on AIM in 1997.
Bailey Fisher was engaged to manage the search for a Head of Group Marketing to spearhead the rebrand of the entire Newmark Security Group and lead a comprehensive marketing strategy.
The search was managed by Joe Graziano, Technology Partner at Bailey Fisher.
The successful applicant Dale Kaszycki is a qualified strategic marketing professional with a strong background in a complementary industry sector. Since his appointment, Dale has led the rebrand of the Newmark Security Group and implemented a comprehensive marketing strategy.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted Brady plc with the search for a CFO (Norway), based in Bergen, resulting in the successful appointment of Roar Jakobsen.
Brady is the largest European-headquartered provider of trading and risk management software to the global commodity, recycling and energy markets. Brady has 25 years’ expertise in the commodity markets with over 300 customers worldwide, who depend on Brady’s software solutions to deliver vital business transactions across their global operations. Brady clients include many of the world’s largest financial institutions, trading companies, miners, refiners and producers, tier one banks and a large number of London Metal Exchange (LME) Category 1 and 2 clearing members and many leading European energy generators, traders and consumers.
Bailey Fisher was engaged to manage the search for a CFO (Norway). The search was run by Andrew Moore, Finance & Operations Partner at Bailey Fisher.
Bailey Fisher is pleased to have assisted specialist biometrics company Warwick Warp with the search for a Chairman, resulting in the appointment of international serial entrepreneur and electronic transaction expert, Bruno Moreau.
Warwick Warp was founded as a spin-off from the University of Warwick. Its founders included Professor Roland Wilson from the Signal and Image Processing Research Group in the Department of Computer Science. Professor Wilson’s research group is acknowledged as one of the best of its kind in the UK and has earned international recognition.
Bruno Moreau joins Warwick Warp from ASK S.A, a world leader in the area of contactless transport cards and identity solutions such as biometric passports. Under Bruno’s leadership, ASK S.A grew to a 33m Euro turnover business, with 400 employees with its headquarters in France and five subsidiary companies worldwide. Prior to co-founding ASK S.A, Bruno was Director of a venture capital firm investing in a range of smart card technologies.
The search was managed by Paul Bailey, Founding Partner and Managing Director at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.