CFO

Bailey Fisher is pleased to be assisting our client with the search for a CFO.

Our client is a clean tech business, based in London.

If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Danielle Grant.

Bailey Fisher is pleased to be assisting our client with the search for a VP Hardware.

Our client is a growing technology company.

If you are interested in this opportunity please contact John Bridger, Director – Technology.

Bailey Fisher is pleased to be assisting our client with the search for a Global Sales Manager (Scientific).

Our client is seeking an experienced sales leader with a track record selling Life Sciences instruments via distributors and OEMs. This is an internationally focused role.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Iain Hopper, Director of Health Technology & Life Sciences.

Bailey Fisher is pleased to be assisting our client, a drug discovery & development company, with the search for an FD.

Our client is seeking to appoint a highly motivated FD to manage finance and help prepare the company for IPO.

If this opportunity is of interest, please contact Iain Hopper, Director of Health Technology & Life Sciences.

Bailey Fisher’s Managing Director, Andrew Moore and Head of Technology Practice, Toby Young were pleased to welcome 15 Board members for the latest in Bailey Fisher’s series of Chair Dinners, with backgrounds from within early stage and scale up tech, private equity and PLC boardrooms across the UK and globally.

Lively discussion focused on the importance of governance; strategic advice; Board dynamics; the differences between UK & US; balancing interests of strong executive teams vs investors and ensuring a diversity of thought. The most effective Boards appear to have a structure that ensures governance and fiduciary responsibility supported by Advisory Boards; can demonstrate trust and support of the management team and have a clear path to success.

The Chair Dinner is organised and hosted by Bailey Fisher in partnership with Silicon Valley Bank and Taylor Vinters.

Bailey Fisher & Women 4 Technology are partnering with the University of Cambridge on a unique in-depth study seeking to understand the composite factors shaping successful Founders and C-suite leaders across the UK technology sector.  The initial phase of the research, which is now complete, focused on female Founders and C-suite executives, resulting in novel insights to be published later this year.

The second phase of the research has now launched, focusing on male Founders & C-level executives.  Bailey Fisher & Women 4 Technology are inviting participation from technology Founders and C-level execs across the UK via an online questionnaire.  Involvement is completely anonymous and the questionnaire takes fewer than 9 minutes to complete.

Using advanced analytics, the research looks at a broad range of factors such as cognitive flexibility, risk tolerance, impulsivity, demographics, role models and work flexibility, amongst others. The research has been split into two phases to remove gender bias in the wording and types of questions.  Involvement in the research is completely anonymous and the University of Cambridge and affiliated staff will not have access to individual email addresses or any other identifiable information.

If you have any questions regarding the survey or the study, please feel free to contact the University of Cambridge team at mrv22@cam.ac.uk.

Should you wish to contact Bailey Fisher, please email Toby Young, Head of Technology Practice on toby@baileyfisher.com or Women 4 Technology, email Ann Fisher, CEO on ann@baileyfisher.com

As part of our Leadership Series, Iain Hopper (Director of Life Sciences & Health Technology) & Toby Young (Head of Technology Practice) welcomed C-suite executives from across Technology and Life Sciences to dinner and discussion exploring China business opportunities.

Toby was pleased to welcome as guest speakers at the Technology Leadership Dinner, Ting Zhang of Crayfish International; Rick Hao of IQ Capital Partners & Henk Koopmans of Huawei Technologies R&D UK. At the Life Sciences event, hosted by Iain, guests enjoyed hearing from David Atkins in relation to Congenica’s partnership with Digital China Health; Billy Boyle on Owlstone Medical’s recently announced expansion into China; and Yunming Shao from TUS Park, who provided great insight.

Common themes emerged across both events for UK companies looking to conduct business with China:

  • Due to cultural, language and relationship development differences, in-country partnerships or a localised team/freelance workers are absolutely vital for business success in China;
  • Collaborate with long-term relationships in mind and seek mutually beneficial partnerships;
  • Don’t go it alone; organised events such as investor roadshows make life much easier
  • In China, WeChat is embraced as a far less formal and cumbersome form of communication than email, and often expedites processes and negotiations significantly;
  • The focus between the UK and China used to be very one dimensional. UK would sell to China and outsource there. Now China’s tech is catching up & there is currently a huge push in China for innovation. Historically this has been focused on B2C but is now targeting the B2B space. The government has put in a 5-year plan for AI development;
  • 48% of global equity funding in AI has come from Chinese money. With new US policies limiting this, there will be a greater focus on UK/Europe;
  • The market is dominated by Baidu, Alibaba & Tencent (BAT). They drive investment and set trends;
  • Average time from start-up to unicorn is 4 years;
  • IP protection is far more robust that people typically perceive – this is driven by China’s own need to progress their own technologies;
  • Collectively the UK should be proactive in shaping China’s appetite and recognise that a passive approach will be interpreted as indifference;
  • Don’t be fooled by the apparent large sums of VC money on offer from China – credible investors with experience are what matters and currently this represents a trickle;
  • Common misconceptions can put people off seeking to work with China, however with the right partnerships and guidance, business is no more challenging than any other international market.

Attendance at Leadership Series events is by invitation for C-suite executives from innovative growth businesses.  For more information on future events please contact Helen Poole – Head of Marketing & Events at Bailey Fisher.

In recognition of International Womens Day 2019, Bailey Fisher Executive Search is delighted to report that 48% of our senior leadership placements over the past 6 months have been women.

The recent placements include Chair, CEO, CFO, FD and senior operational roles for growth businesses across Technology and Health Technology, covering AI, cyber security, virtual reality, diagnostics and digital health.   Clients at which female executives have taken up roles during the past 6 months range from University spin-outs, through VC-backed to AIM listed & FTSE 100 businesses, all sharing a focus on growth.

Headquartered in Cambridge, with offices in London and a European Business Partner based in Paris, Bailey Fisher specialises in finding and hiring people who fundamentally impact the success of their businesses.  We do this by working closely with our clients to gain a deep understanding of their challenges and ambitions.

In 2008, Bailey Fisher founded Women 4 Technology, a network of over 1500 business leaders across technology and health technology with quarterly business focused events.  Women 4 Technology launched in Cambridge, before expanding to London in 2009 and Manchester in 2018.

Bailey Fisher and Women 4 Technology are currently collaborating with the University of Cambridge on unique research into composite factors influencing the success of Founders and C-level executives.  The research originally focused on female tech Founders & CEOs, with novel insights to be published later this year. The next phase of the research focuses on male Founders & CEOs.  The research is conducted via an online survey. If you are interested in contributing to the research please contact Toby Young, Head of Technology Practice at Bailey Fisher or Ann Fisher, CEO of Women 4 Technology.

 

Andrew Moore hosted a Leadership Dinner at the Jockey Club Rooms, focusing on preparing a family firm for acquisition.

The guest speaker, Barry Chevallier Guild of Aspall, shared the story of how he and his brother built on the legacy of an 8th generation family business leading to a sale to Molson Coors.

Barry talked about taking the reins of the historic cyder-making business, founded by Clement Chevallier in 1728.  Whilst he and his brother faced challenges inheriting a 30-person family firm, Barry noted that taking on a larger business would have been far more challenging without the experience and know-how.  Talking about preparing the business for acquisition, Barry focused on:

  • The importance of having a strong brand that differentiates you
  • Building a great team
  • Selling at the right time to the right corporate

The Private Markets Dinner was attended by founders and leaders of privately owned and family firms including Pinkster Gin, HÜGGE, Heathpatch, Mick George Ltd, Nationwide Produce Ltd, Hoare & Co, The Chesterford Group and Sydney Hart Ltd.  The dinner was hosted by Bailey Fisher in partnership with Farrer & Co and PwC.

The next Private Markets Dinner will take place in the summer.  Attendance is by invitation for leaders of private and family firms. If you are interested in finding out more about future dinners, please contact Andrew Moore, Managing Director at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.

Bailey Fisher Executive Search is an independent executive search firm operating globally to find and hire people who fundamentally impact the success of their businesses, working in partnership with our clients to understand their challenges and ambitions.