Agnes Babule is a highly experienced executive search professional with a track record across a wide range of sectors that reflect Bailey Fisher’s areas of focus: technology, life sciences, digital health and private markets. Specialising in senior executive level positions, Agnes works closely with clients ranging from high-potential early stage ventures through to large corporates. Agnes leverages over 15 years’ experience and a deep understanding of the challenges companies face in attracting outstanding talent, to assist clients in building impactful leadership teams.
A French national, Agnes is based in Paris, France. She has an impressive network across Europe, focusing on France, Belgium and Switzerland.
Agnes holds a finance degree from Universite Paris Dauphine (1988).
I became an Advisor to Bailey Fisher in 2017, focusing on Private Markets. I have known Bailey Fisher since the company was founded and was one of its first clients.
Having been educated at Cambridge University, I qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse, before working in the leisure industry and the private equity industry in London.
I broke my back in the mid-nineties in a racing accident and relocated to Suffolk. In 1997 I joined N W Brown & Co, initially working in corporate finance before becoming a Co-founder of The Cambridge Gateway Fund, an early stage technology fund. I left The Cambridge Gateway Fund in 2005, and have since designed, raised and managed niche alternative tax efficient investments in bloodstock, racing, jewellery and fine wine. I am a Trustee of the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust and The Wavertree Trust; a Director of Newmarket Racecourse and a member of the Jockey Club.
My role as Non-Executive Chair of Bailey Fisher follows a 40-year career at Deloitte, most recently as Head of the Entrepreneurial Business Team in Cambridge. Having joined Deloitte in 1975, I was promoted to Partner in 1984 and Senior Partner seven years later. I stepped down as Senior Partner of the Cambridge office in 2007 to concentrate on growing the Entrepreneurial Business Team, working closely with a range of high-growth technology and life science ventures.
I hold other Non-executive positions with a Cambridge Life Sciences consulting firm and a regional law firm. I am Chairman of the Cambridge Music Festival; a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for The Cambridge Arts Theatre; and a Trustee of two other arts related charities. I also sit on the Advisory Committee of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
I co-founded Bailey Fisher in 1998 and spent 20 years driving the business alongside co-founder Paul Bailey, before a successful MBO exit in 2018. I continue to be involved in the business as a Non-Executive Director.
As a passionate advocate of diversity and equality in business, in 2008 I founded Women 4 Technology, a business networking forum for 1,500 international entrepreneurs, investors and leaders. Launched in Cambridge, Women 4 Technology expanded to London in 2009 and Manchester in 2018.
Since 2015 I’ve worked with Silicon Valley Comes to the UK to co-ordinate a series of high-profile Cambridge events for entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders. I am a mentor on the Techstars Barclays Accelerator and in 2019 was appointed to the Board of Cambridge Wireless having previously been a Business Special Interest Group Champion. I am proud to have been selected as one of the 25 Most Influential Business People in the Cambridge Technology Cluster.
Throughout my career I’ve helped build leadership teams for entrepreneurial businesses across the UK, working in Cambridge, London, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Middlesbrough. Early in my career I founded a recruitment business which I built to a successful exit, and worked as Head of Finance for an early stage software company, having trained with a Top 10 Manchester accountancy firm.
I co-founded Bailey Fisher in 1998 and led the business as Managing Director for 20 years, building boards and management teams for innovative companies across the European technology market, before taking on an advisory board role following a successful exit in 2018.
In 2019, I joined both Cambridge Enterprise and Martlet as Entrepreneur in Residence, helping founders develop their business propositions and commercialise their technologies. Previously, I held advisory roles with NESTA Impact Investments and New Wave Ventures, was a member of the steering committee for the ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator, on the board of Cambridge Ahead and co-founded the Perse School Enterprise Conference.
I was proud to be selected in the 2016 Maserati 100 list of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs, mentors and advisors supporting the next generation of business talent, and to be named as one of the ‘Most Influential Business People’ in Cambridge in 2017.
I joined Bailey Fisher in 2016 as Office Manager, working closely with all members of the team to ensure the smooth running of internal operations. I’ve since also taken on responsibility for credit control, and become more involved in the organisation of our Leadership Series, co-ordinating many of our events for executives and investors across the technology sector.
I’ve specialised in Office Management and Project Management within the Cambridge cluster for over 20 years, including 9 years in the Cambridge office of EY (formerly Ernst & Young), supporting the Managing Partner, Audit & Tax Partners and the Life Sciences Team. Most recently before joining Bailey Fisher I managed the office and supported the executive team and US-based President of a venture backed technology company headquartered in Cambridge.
I oversee all marketing, events and PR activity at Bailey Fisher, including co-ordinating our Leadership Series of events for entrepreneurs, investors and influencers across the technology sector. I joined Bailey Fisher in 2007 as Marketing Manager, before being promoted to Director of Marketing & Events in 2010. Previously I spent 7 years running all events and marketing activity for an international classical music agency, and 2 years as a consultant working with clients in the arts and media sectors.
During my time at Bailey Fisher I’ve interviewed experts from across the technology sector for articles in the business press, and co-ordinated almost 100 events, which have been featured in WIRED, The Guardian and Huffington Post.
Following a management buyout in 2018, I took on the role of Director of Research & Operations, having previously led the research team at Bailey Fisher for 4 years. I now oversee all operational aspects of the business, as well as heading up the research function, providing in-depth market intelligence and analysis across a broad range of technologies, sectors and markets. My specialism is Life Sciences and Health Technology, with a particular focus on growth companies at the convergence of Technology and Health.
Before joining Bailey Fisher in 2014, I worked as an in-house recruiter for large corporates, across a variety of technical sectors. I focused on pharmaceuticals at MedImmune; biotech at Illumina and software at Autonomy and HP.
I run global searches for growth technology companies, specialising in working with Deep Tech businesses at the forefront of AI and Machine Learning. My particular area of focus is on Seed and Series A businesses looking to appoint commercially minded leaders to drive growth. Typically, I hire for CEO, other C-suite and VP level roles.
I joined Bailey Fisher in 2016 as a Technology Researcher, before being promoted to Associate. Following a succession buyout, I became a member of the management team and the youngest Director in the firm’s 20-year history. Having specialised recently in Research across a range of technologies, markets and investments, I have a deep understanding of the technology sector and candidate market globally.
Before joining Bailey Fisher I spent 4 years in executive search and senior recruitment focusing on IT & Communications across the UK and European markets.
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I work with growth-focused businesses at all stages. Typically, my clients are ambitious businesses looking to make key finance or operational appointments to assist in achieving their growth potential. Turnover ranges from pre-revenue to £500m. I partner with clients across the UK, with a focus on Cambridge, London and East Anglia. Searches include CFO, FD, Head of Finance, Finance Manager, Financial Controller, FP&A Manager. I also support my CFO clients in building their operations & leadership teams with key hires such as Head of HR, Head of Legal, Sales Director and MD.
I joined Bailey Fisher in 2018, following 7 years’ in senior finance recruitment for clients from SMEs to multi-nationals. Previously, I managed the senior finance practice in Cambridge for a FTSE 250 specialist recruitment company, hiring across the Eastern region, focusing on Cambridge and Peterborough. At the start of my career I was based in Reading, recruiting across the Thames Valley and Northern Home Counties.
I’m pleased to draw on my network to bring together CFOs of growth focused businesses for a series of dinners that I co-host as part of our Leadership Series in Cambridge and London.