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Paul Bailey

Founding Partner

Paul was named in the 2016 Maserati 100 list of Britain’s most successful philanthropists, investors, mentors, advisors and ascending entrepreneurs, who are today supporting the next generation of up and coming business talent.

Paul co-founded Bailey Fisher Executive Search in 1998 and is responsible for executing Chairman/NED & CXO searches across the technology sector. With 20 years’ experience in technology executive search conducting board level searches, Paul focuses on strategic roles, with a particular emphasis on high-growth, VC or Private Equity backed technology ventures.

Paul is currently a Non Executive Director of NESTA Impact Investments.  He is a member of the steering committee for the ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator and a member of the Board of Cambridge Ahead, a business and academic member group dedicated to promoting the successful long term growth of Cambridge and the region.  Previously, Paul was an advisor to New Wave ventures, a privately owned fund investing in companies with significant growth potential.

Paul hosts Bailey Fisher’s series of Chairman Dinners with a focus on thought leadership for Chairmen/NEDs & investors in the technology sector. The events are chaired by Simon Calver, Head of Business Growth Fund’s £200m venture fund for European technology, and former CEO of LOVEFiLM. Recent discussion topics have included Can the UK technology sector take on California and Growing Global.



"The two things that impressed me most about working with Paul were: His tenacity. We started to work together on a recruitment for an early stage company after a previous exercise had stalled (through no fault of Paul's) and he willingly kept at the task and produced more good candidates. His management of the process. He was always very well organised, all the administrative arrangements worked perfectly, he made the appropriate calls, and although I have a lot of experience in recruiting, he was someone whose advice I found welcome on several occasions."
Tom Brown, Chairman, Eight19