Leadership Series: Talent & growth

July 27, 2019

Our Tech Practice lead, Toby Young hosted discussion for CEOs & investors with talent experts including FiveAI’s Michelle Coventry.

Toby welcomed Michelle Coventry, VP People at FiveAI and Talent Adviser at Kindred Capital, who kicked off a fascinating discussion on how to build a team. Discussion focused on the importance of engaging all members of your team in the hiring process. It is vital that they recognise the importance of their role in the process, and are given training on how to interview.

Much of the hiring agenda inevitably stems from the CEO, particularly in a start-up, but the importance of having a senior individual in the business from an early stage to focus on hiring can’t be overstated.

Hiring is only the first step in growing and nurturing a successful team, and talk turned to the importance of talent retention and development, and the role that company culture plays in this.

Recently there has been a step change in how talent acquisition and retention is viewed in the sector. Previously often written off as just the concern of HR, there is now recognition that it is integral to the success of the business. In Toby’s view “You should be giving the hiring of talent as much importance as raising money, if not more so.”

Thank you to Michelle for her insight and to our event partners, Zickie Lim at Mills & Reeve and Paul Naylor at Grant Thornton.

The event took place in London as part of Bailey Fisher’s Leadership Series for entrepreneurs, investors and influencers across the growth technology market.

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