Bailey Fisher is pleased to have assisted SatSense, a spin-out from the University of Leeds, with the search for a CEO, resulting in the appointment of David Blain.
SatSense makes innovative use of satellite data to map ground deformation for use in what is potentially a huge global market. The SatSense technology can precisely measure changes in ground movement to as little as 1mm per year and represents a step change in resolution and accuracy over anything that is currently in the market.
Following investment from NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance which is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, Unipart Rail and the University of Leeds, Bailey Fisher was engaged to search for a CEO to work with the founders to develop the commercial position of the company. The search was led by John Bridger, Technology Director at Bailey Fisher.
The search resulted in the appointment of David Blain, a commercial leader with strong software sales experience within SatSense’s target client-base.
Bailey Fisher is pleased to have assisted Undo, a pioneer in the development of new software execution record and replay technology, with the appointment of Barry Morris as its new CEO with immediate effect.
Barry will take over the role from co-founder Dr Greg Law, who has to date been performing a dual CEO/CTO role. Greg will now dedicate his time and focus to operating as Undo’s CTO, developing Undo’s technical capabilities in line with evolving customer demand.
Barry has swapped one Cambridge for another, moving from Cambridge, Massachusetts based NuoDB, to operate out of Undo’s Cambridge UK headquarters. A serial entrepreneur, Morris founded NuoDB in 2008 and most recently served as its Executive Chairman.
With over 25 years’ experience working in enterprise software and database systems, he is a prodigious company builder, scaling start-ups and publicly held companies alike. Morris, who was CEO of distributed service-oriented architecture (SOA) specialists IONA Technologies between 2000 and 2003, built the company up to $180m in revenues and a $2bn valuation.
Greg Law commented, “We have achieved our early stage goals. With the industry-changing technology we have built, the customers we have signed up and the funding we have secured, it is time to move to the next stage of the plan, with an A-player to lead the company in its high-growth phase.
“Despite a really strong short list of candidates, the result of a worldwide executive search, we were unanimous in our agreement about who the right person to lead the company should be, and that’s Barry.”
Barry Morris added, “Greg and the team at Undo have built incredible foundations for the company, with technology that was thought by many to be an impossibility, and an enviable customer list including IBM, SAP and Micro Focus. My focus will be on the next evolution of the company, as we strengthen our positioning in strategically important markets like the US and Europe.”
“There is a substantial opportunity for Undo right now. All businesses are becoming highly dependent on software reliability, and Undo uniquely delivers reliability solutions across the software lifecycle. The industry wave of investment in continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD) is part of a drive for software quality, but the absence of a modern software reliability platform remains a pervasive challenge in these environments. Undo is perfectly and uniquely positioned to address this challenge.”
Undo has grown rapidly in recent years, growing headcount to 40, with a world-class engineering team in Cambridge and an experienced enterprise sales organisation in San Francisco. In July, the company announced that it had secured $14 million in series B funding, and has to date, raised over $20 million in venture funding from leading venture capitalists.
Greg Law concluded, “We reached the size and complexity where it was impossible for one person to be both CEO and CTO. It’s a fantastic coup for the company to bring in someone with Barry’s international experience of putting innovative companies firmly on the map, raising finances, and building sustainable revenue streams.”
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted Congenica with the search for a CFO, resulting in the appointment of Wendy Britten.
Congenica, the global provider of clinical genomics interpretation software, has announced the appointment of Wendy Britten as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective 1st September, 2018.
Wendy will have overall control and responsibility for all financial aspects of the business and will play a key role in business development and fundraising activities.
A finance professional with experience in senior financial leadership roles, Wendy joins Congenica from AstraZeneca, where she headed up the Group Finance Business Performance team, working with the Senior Executive team. Prior to this, her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) started in Audit, progressing ultimately to Director of M&A in both London and New York. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Sheffield.
David Atkins, CEO of Congenica, said:
“I am delighted to welcome Wendy to Congenica. She joins our Senior Management team at a pivotal time in the Company’s development. She brings financial leadership and business development expertise, as we move forward commercially on the back of our successful series B financing last year. Her international experience will support our operational expansion in the UK and across Europe, China and the US.”
Dr Andy Richards, Chairman of Congenica, said:
“Mrs Britten’s ambitious and energetic outlook and considerable experience adds to our skills as Congenica continues its successful trajectory in the international genomics sector. Her appointment underlines our ambition to become a significant global player, providing a critical service that enables genomics to deliver on its promise in human healthcare.”
Led by CEO David Atkins the past year has seen significant advancements for Congenica, including a successful Series B funding round that raised USD $13.5M from leading China- and UK-based investors. Congenica’s gold-standard Sapientia™ clinical genomic analysis platform is currently routinely used by hundreds of clinicians as well as supporting several major projects globally – including Genomics England’s ground-breaking 100K Genomes Project and China’s national 100K wellness project.
Commenting on her appointment, Congenica’s new CFO Wendy Britten said:
“I am looking forward to the opportunities that joining the team at Congenica offers. With a strong commitment to positively impacting patient’s lives, Congenica is poised for substantial growth. The field of genomic medicine has the potential to revolutionise our approach to rare genetic disease diagnosis and management, as well as in other areas of personalised medicine.”
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with Sense Biodetection on the search for a Chairman, resulting in the appointment of Heiner Dreismann.
Sense Biodetection Limited (Sense) is an early stage, venture backed molecular diagnostics business, based in Oxford and Cambridge. Following an international search, Bailey Fisher sourced Heiner Dreismann, a leading light in molecular diagnostics, with 35 years’ experience leading high-growth businesses on a global basis. Heiner was previously President and CEO of Roche Molecular Systems, the world leader in molecular diagnostics.
During his tenure at Roche Molecular Systems, Heiner oversaw the substantial growth of the PCR business, with revenues doubling in five years. In his earlier career at Roche, Heiner led the integration office of the successful acquisition of Boehringer Mannheim into Roche Diagnostics, and went on to become Head of Global Business Development with responsibility for the entire diagnostics business.
Commenting on his appointment, Heiner said: “I am delighted to join Sense at this exciting stage in its development and to be in a position to help the company achieve its ambitious plans. Sense has a compelling proposition and a significant opportunity to transform the IVD field with a new class of molecular diagnostic product.”
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted Fourex, the World Money Exchange Self-Service solution, with the search for a CEO, resulting in the appointment of Anthony Rice.
Fourex serves customers across the UK at automated locations by providing currency exchange for 150 currencies in banknotes and coins, including domestic cash. Offering a first to the global market, Fourex is set to revolutionise the way in which consumers exchange money. Fourex kiosks are able to accept unsorted coins and notes, that are both in and out of circulation, from over 150 currencies at the same time, and pay out in either GBP, Euros or American Dollars in a fraction of a second.
The CEO search for Fourex was led by John Bridger, Technology Associate at Bailey Fisher, and resulted in the successful appointment of Anthony Rice. Anthony has extensive global experience within dynamic currency conversion, including global leadership roles within Travelex based in both the UK and US.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted Carbon Air with the search for a CEO, resulting in the appointment of Erwin Wolf.
Carbon Air is a growing, venture backed business based in Manchester. The company was spun out of the University of Salford in 2011 and specialises in research and development in acoustic materials, noise control, audio and air suspension.
Bailey Fisher was engaged to manage the search for a high-performing, commercially-minded CEO to bring the product portfolio to market and drive the company at an exciting stage of development.
The search resulted in the successful appointment of Erwin Wolf, an experienced business leader with a background driving growth within an international environment.
Global Finance Director
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd with the search for a Global Finance Director.
Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of smoke detectors, modules and notification devices. Established in 1980, Apollo has become one of the top five manufacturers in the world specialising in the design and manufacture of high quality detection products. Apollo Fire Detectors is part of the Apollo group of companies, which operates within the Infrastructure Safety sector of FTSE 100 Halma plc.
Bailey Fisher was engaged to manage the search for a high calibre finance leader with international experience. The search was led by Andrew Moore, Managing Director of Bailey Fisher Executive Search, and resulted in the successful appointment of Jennifer Rudder.
Jennifer is a highly experienced finance professional with a background in finance leadership within Europe and the US, most recently within a multi-million dollar international manufacturing company.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with CW (Cambridge Wireless), the technology membership organisation on the search for a CEO, resulting in the appointment of Simon Mead, who will take over on 1 November, following the exit of current leader, Bob Driver.
Simon currently manages the Incubation Centre at the University of Essex and has previously worked as CEO of the Eastern Enterprise Hub, delivering mentor-supported networking programmes to support SMEs and social enterprises. Through a career that has ranged from traditional media (Thames TV) to Cambridge start-up success (E*Trade UK), he is experienced in supporting organisations achieve their growth goals.
“Simon’s past experience and natural leadership skills will be of great value as he works alongside the CW Board to provide superlative value to the tech community.” Bob Driver
Executive Vice President – Human Resources
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted our client Ieso Digital Health with the search for a Executive Vice President – Human Resources.
Ieso Digital Health delivers one-to-one, clinically led online cognitive behavioural therapy for people dealing with mental health conditions. Ieso aligns with health policy, using technology to bridge the gap between physical and mental ill health. The company offers evidence-based psychological interventions to increase access, improve waiting times, optimise cost savings and achieve excellent performance outcomes using data-driven quality control. Ieso has operations in the UK and the US. The company recently raised $24m in funding led by European VC firms Draper Esprit and Touchstone Innovations; and was recognised as one of the UK’s Top 10 Disruptors in the 2017 Sunday Times Virgin Media Business Disruptors Fast Track.
Bailey Fisher was engaged by the Chairman of Ieso to manage the search for a high calibre, commercially astute HR leader with experience of working within both a high growth technology company operating in the UK and US; and a more corporate culture. The search was led by Iain Hopper, Bailey Fisher’s Director of Digital Health & Life Sciences.
The search resulted in the successful appointment of Jane Cooke. who brings extensive experience working in high-growth multinational companies across continents. Most recently Director of Organisational Development at Frontier Developments, Jane spent 10 years heading up HR for Abcam plc, setting up HR functions in the UK, US, Japan and China.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted our client, FFE, with the search for a Managing Director.
FFE is a UK based global design and manufacturing business, dedicated to supplying specialist detection products to the fire industry. FFE sits within the Infrastructure Safety sector of Halma plc, a FTSE 100 group of businesses making products that push the boundaries of science and technology.
Bailey Fisher was engaged to manage the search for a high calibre Managing Director for FFE. The search resulted in the appointment of Oliver Burstall. Oliver is a highly skilled and experienced business leader with a background in building technology, operations and commercial teams within businesses including Origami Energy; Milbank; Sentec and The Technology Partnership.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted Vertual with the search for a CEO, resulting in the appointment of Debra Leeves.
Vertual is a growing technology company, spun out of the University of Hull in 2007, to develop the commercial opportunities of VERT, a unique virtual reality training system for radiation therapy.
Bailey Fisher was mandated to find a high-performing commercially minded business leader to drive the company towards further revenue growth at an exciting time in its development.
The search resulted in the appointment of Debra Leeves, who brings 25 years’ international commercial experience in medical science and technology.
Head of Software Development
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted Apple with the search for a Head of Software Development.
Bailey Fisher was engaged to run a global search to identify an experienced individual with the combination of excellent technical and managerial skills, to take responsibility for managing and leading the team that owns the Siri product.
The search resulted in the appointment of Rob James, who brings experience of working with a range of customers globally, and leading teams to deliver technologies within extremely challenging time frames.
Global Support Director
Bailey Fisher Executive Search was pleased to work with Inca on the search for a Global Support Director, to strengthen its senior leadership team.
Inca is a market leading designer and manufacturer of industrial ink jet printers. Spun out from Cambridge University in 2000, Inca is now part of the Japanese SCREEN group of companies. In 2013, Inca was awarded the Queen’s Award for International Trade. Inca received two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in 2005, a rare feat for any company.
Bailey Fisher was engaged to manage the search for a Global Support Director. The search was led by Andrew Moore, Managing Director at Bailey Fisher, and resulted in the appointment of Gary Mitchell, an experienced SME and corporate leader within companies in the UK, Europe, US & APAC.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have led the search for a Sales Director for Cambrionix.
Founded in 2007, Cambrionix develops and supplies a range of highly-sophisticated electronic components and intelligent USB device management products to a variety of customers globally. Its technology can be applied to any environment where there is a need to synchronise data, manage and control updates and charge USB connected devices reliably and quickly. The company’s customers include hospitals, schools, consumer homes, and SME and large corporate organisations.
Bailey Fisher was engaged to lead the search for a dynamic and technically credible evangelist with extensive experience in a high-growth environment. The search was led by John Bridger, Technology Associate at Bailey Fisher.
The search resulted in the appointment of Andrew Matthews, who brings substantial international sales and business development success, delivering profitable growth within start-ups and multinationals.
Victoria Tyson, Managing Director of Cambrionix says “We engaged Bailey Fisher to lead the search for a dynamic and highly credible sales leader with extensive growth experience. John Bridger conducted a very professional search, keeping us well informed at every stage, providing in-depth research and presenting a high-calibre shortlist. We appointed an excellent candidate who is an ideal fit for our business. I would thoroughly recommend John and Bailey Fisher.”
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted Scientific Digital Imaging plc (SDI) with the search for a CFO, resulting in the appointment of Jon Abell.
SDI designs and manufactures scientific and technology products for use by the life science, healthcare, astronomy, consumer manufacturing and art conservation markets through the Synoptics brands (Syngene, Synbiosis and Synoptics Health), the Atik Cameras brand, the Opus Instruments brand (Osiris), Sentek, Astles Control Systems, Applied Thermal Control as well as the recently acquired, Quantum Scientific Imaging.
SDI continues to grow through its own technology advancements, as well as through pursuing strategic, complementary acquisitions.
Jon joined the Board in July 2018 and has over 35 years of business experience. Prior to joining SDI he was Divisional VP of Finance, Electronic Instruments Group at Ametek, Inc. where his principle duties included performance management, M&A, business controls and accounting for several scientific and industrial instrument businesses.
Jon started his career as a financial analyst and then management accountant for various industrial companies in the UK and Italy, before undertaking his MBA at Columbia Business School. Subsequently he held senior financial management roles in Germany, the Netherlands, USA and UK including at Philips Electronics and Broadcom Inc.
The search was led by Andrew Moore, Managing Director of Bailey Fisher.
Group R&D Director
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted Domino Printing Sciences plc with the search for a Group R&D Director. The search resulted in the successful appointment of Lutz Doehnert, who has relocated from Germany where he was Director of R&D for Miele.
Domino Printing Sciences plc is a British-based developer of commercial inkjet printing, thermal transfer printing, print and apply machines, digital printing presses and laser printing products. Founded in 1978, the company has established a global reputation for the continual development and manufacture of its printing technologies that set new industry standards in quality and reliability.
Bailey Fisher was engaged to undertake a global search within aligned and complementary technologies, to identify an experienced individual to lead R&D at Domino, ensuring the alignment of the R&D strategy with the corporate strategy. Lutz brings extensive experience of managing teams and R&D projects across multiple sites in Europe, US and Asia.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search was pleased to assist our client, Grant Instruments, with the search for an International Trade Non-Executive Director.
Grant Instruments is an independent privately owned company, well-established as a global leader in the manufacture and design of equipment for sample preparation, scientific analysis and data acquisition, providing solutions to international scientific and industrial markets.
Iain Hopper, Director of Digital Health & Life Sciences at Bailey Fisher was engaged to manage the search. The brief for the International Trade Non-Executive Director was to identify a seasoned board level executive with knowledge of the challenges presented to an international business; and the ability to support a strategy for further international growth.
The search resulted in the appointment of Mike Evans, who had previously led the growth and successful exit of Oxford Gene Technology to Sysmex, as CEO.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted Plextek with the search for a CFO, resulting in the successful appointment of Angus Hone.
Plextek offers unique solutions for today’s hardest engineering problems, in defence, healthcare, security and smart sensors. Customers range from start ups to some of Europe’s most prestigious engineering companies.
The search was managed by Andrew Moore, Partner at Bailey Fisher Executive Search and Head of the Finance Practice.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted our client, Inotec AMD, with the search for a CFO resulting in the appointment of Justine Brain.
Inotec AMD is a Cambridge based company that was formed specifically to introduce a new technology to wound care specialists and health care providers around the world. NATROX® Oxygen Wound Therapy was designed to promote faster and better healing in patients with wounds.
Bailey Fisher was engaged to manage the CFO search, which was led by Andrew Moore, Partner and Head of the Finance Practice.
The successful candidate, Justine Brain, brings 20 years’ experience within technology and biotechnology, encompassing high-growth SMEs to multinationals.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted GeoSpock with the search for a CEO, resulting in the appointment of Richard Baker.
Founder, Dr Steve Marsh, who has led the company from inception and built a world-class computer science team, will transition to the role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Steve will remain on the Board and will continue to lead research, development, and engineering and will provide strategic guidance for the company.
Richard brings extensive blue chip and start-up experience combined with proven leadership having held commercial senior executive and board roles in telecoms, technology, media, and financial services companies. Most recently, Richard was the co-founder and CEO of Cleartrade Exchange (CLTX), a fintech commodity futures exchange headquartered in Singapore, that was sold to the European Energy Exchange, part of Deutsche Börse Group, in 2016.
Steve Churchhouse, Chairman of GeoSpock said “Bailey Fisher supported our recent search for a new CEO for GeoSpock, a Cambridge start-up offering real-time extreme scale database and analytics solutions. We were seeking a commercially focused CEO with eBusiness track record to complement the skills of our tech founder. Bailey Fisher conducted a highly professional search, surfacing excellent candidates in a sellers’ market. Throughout the process I felt very well supported personally by Paul Bailey and I’m confident that we have hired one of the best candidates available.”
“We are delighted to welcome Richard to the company. We are confident that his leadership style and commercial experience will be invaluable assets to GeoSpock. Richard brings an interesting mix of strategic thinking, practical hands-on management experience and a firm handle on what is needed to scale commercial growth, driving adoption of GeoSpock technologies. I am very grateful to Steve for all he has done to lead GeoSpock, and equally pleased that Steve will be remaining on the Board as CTO.”
Steve Marsh, CTO commented: “It is a pleasure to welcome Richard to GeoSpock. I am looking forward to working closely with him and am excited about the next phase of the GeoSpock journey, as we strive to create a fun and intellectually engaging environment and attract the best talent to help the company grow. Our executive team now has the right blend of commercial, strategic, and technical leadership to reach its ambitions. This is an amazing time for the company.”
Richard Baker, CEO said: “I am incredibly impressed with what Dr Marsh has achieved to date and I am looking forward to working with Steve and his team to take the GeoSpock analytics technology to customers around the world. We live in a very dynamic and hyper-connected world. The data-driven economy is shaping many aspects of our daily lives from location-aware mobile advertising and interactive media services, through to hyper-connected Smart Cities. The ability to make real-time, action-orientated, insightful decisions in this new world will be the critical differentiator for many companies in the future. GeoSpock is at the heart of this exciting market transformation.”
Bailey Fisher is pleased to have worked with iconic music brand Orange Music to appoint Tim Ireland as Managing Director.
The role includes global responsibilities for the whole OMEC (Orange Music Electronic Company) group, with the mission to “drive the company forward in an ever-changing industry”.
Tim Ireland has over 15 years’ experience in audio in a variety of senior roles, including CEO of Meridian Audio and Head of Product Design at Bowers & Wilkins. He brings a wealth of global understanding and operational expertise to the role as well as a thorough understanding of the product. His credentials are supported by a successful commercial background, involving setting policy structure and implementing distribution channels and strategies globally, as well as securing lucrative business-to-business licensing contracts.
“I am looking forward to my role as managing director with a company with the heritage and reputation that Orange holds in the music industry,” said Tim. “My aim will be to grow the brand even further, ensuring we deliver the best service possible to our ever expanding customer base.”
Orange Founder and CEO Cliff Cooper commented: “On behalf of Orange Amplification it is with great pleasure that we can announce the appointment of Tim as our new MD. His experience, dedication and leadership were key points for our selection and we wish him the very best in his new appointment.”
The search was managed by Andrew Moore, Partner at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with TAB on the search for a Sales Director, resulting in the appointment of Craig Rowland.
TAB (previously Crowdsurfer) is the world’s most sophisticated marketplace finance intelligence. TAB interprets billions of financial data points from thousands of crowdfunding and P2P platforms globally, allowing clients to identify fresh opportunities and make better decisions.
Bailey Fisher was engaged by the board to manage the search for a first sales lead for the business, with familiarity in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment and experience selling to the aligned and complementary customer base.
Director of Market Development – Automotive
Bailey Fisher assisted loyal client u-blox with the search for a Director of Market Development – Automotive, resulting in the appointment of Saroj Panda.
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 was retained by u-blox to manage the search for a Director of Market Development with a focus on the automotive industry.
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.
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.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search was pleased to work with Inca Digital on the search for an HR Director.
Inca is an industry leading designer and manufacturer of industrial ink jet printers. Spun out from Cambridge University in 2000, Inca is now part of the Japanese SCREEN group of companies.
As part of its rapid expansion, an HR Director was sought to deliver a wider, more strategic focus to the business, providing support to the senior leadership team as it continues to grow through product development, international expansion and market penetration.
The search was managed by Andrew Moore, Partner at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.
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.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search assisted Aspall with a Group FD search, 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. 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. He led a team 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.
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.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted CyanConnode with the search for a Non-executive director, resulting in the appointment of Pete Hutton.
ARM executive committee stalwart Pete Hutton has taken the role with Cambridge CleanTech company CyanConnode – a global player in narrowband radio mesh networks.
During the period Pete spent with ARM from 2008 to 2016, revenues grew from £259 million to £1.234 billion, culminating in the acquisition by SoftBank of Japan for £24 bn cash last September.
Pete brings a wealth of practical experience in the IoT market, as well as strong relationships from C-Suite down with Asian, European and US technology companies.
During his time at ARM, Hutton served on the board of a number of worldwide subsidiaries and was extensively involved in running product groups across the company.
Pete Hutton said: “This is an ideal time for me to join the board of CyanConnode. The company has now secured multiple contracts in both developing and developed markets across the world. Based on my experience at ARM, I look forward to adding value in both migrating the business model from hardware/software to technology licence royalties/software as well as building out the portfolio of strategic partnerships.”
John Cronin, Executive Chairman of Cyan, added: “Pete’s wealth of experience from ARM and within the IoT sector – as well as in system and product design – will provide additional complementary skills to the Cyan board as the business continues to build momentum. His strong network of contacts will undoubtedly be of significant value as we continue to build out the commercial opportunity at CyanConnode through Tier 1 strategic partners.”
The search was led by Paul Bailey, Founding Partner of 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 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 Paul Bailey, Founding Partner 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.
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, Bailey Fisher 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 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.
“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. The energy and communication were excellent and they guided (and managed) us from initial brief, through interviewing to shortlist and final selection. I would highly recommend Bailey Fisher 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
“Bailey Fisher found me through their 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.
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.
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.
Bailey Fisher was engaged 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.
“Bailey Fisher conducted a faultless process.” Richard Green, Chief Executive Officer, Ubisense
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. Bailey Fisher were 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 Bailey Fisher for the opportunity of working with such a great company.”
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.
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 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.