Our Team

Experts in building senior leadership teams

Our consultants, ranging from digital industry veterans to young high-flyers, share a passion for helping innovative businesses flourish, and an unwavering commitment to client service.


Board, CEO, Finance & HR Practice

Clare Johnston - CEO & Founder   Clare is the Founder and CEO of The Up Group, and member of the Board. She is one of Europe’s most seasoned talent advisers in digital, and has helped to build the senior management teams and Boards of many of Europe’s most disruptive and transformational businesses.  Clare has an extensive global network and founded the Digital Masters series of events, regularly bringing together Europe’s most exciting investors, entrepreneurs as well as senior executives from high-growth start-ups through to listed global corporates.  Having self-funded and grown The Up Group from the ground up, Clare has received various industry awards and recognition including: EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 (Scaleup, London and South East); Investor Allstars Service Provider of the Year 2016; First Women Awards, Entrepreneur of the Year 2016; NatWest Everywoman Award 2015; Management Today’s ’35 Women Under 35’ 2012 and startup.co.uk‘s “Young Guns Class of 2012”.  Clare is a regular speaker in the European digital scene, having participated at WACL, Oxford University, Cass University, SLUSH, NOAH, Future Fifty events and presented at multiple Private Equity portfolio days. Clare is also an advisor to Keen Venture Partners.  Prior to founding The Up Group, Clare was a Management Consultant for Detica, an international technology consultancy, as well as being co-Managing Director of an executive search firm. She graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Management Sciences from The University of Warwick.

Clare Johnston - CEO & Founder

Clare is the Founder and CEO of The Up Group, and member of the Board. She is one of Europe’s most seasoned talent advisers in digital, and has helped to build the senior management teams and Boards of many of Europe’s most disruptive and transformational businesses.

Clare has an extensive global network and founded the Digital Masters series of events, regularly bringing together Europe’s most exciting investors, entrepreneurs as well as senior executives from high-growth start-ups through to listed global corporates.

Having self-funded and grown The Up Group from the ground up, Clare has received various industry awards and recognition including: EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 (Scaleup, London and South East); Investor Allstars Service Provider of the Year 2016; First Women Awards, Entrepreneur of the Year 2016; NatWest Everywoman Award 2015; Management Today’s ’35 Women Under 35’ 2012 and startup.co.uk‘s “Young Guns Class of 2012”.

Clare is a regular speaker in the European digital scene, having participated at WACL, Oxford University, Cass University, SLUSH, NOAH, Future Fifty events and presented at multiple Private Equity portfolio days. Clare is also an advisor to Keen Venture Partners.

Prior to founding The Up Group, Clare was a Management Consultant for Detica, an international technology consultancy, as well as being co-Managing Director of an executive search firm. She graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Management Sciences from The University of Warwick.

Lucy Wood - Associate   Lucy is an associate in the Board and CEO practice.  Lucy started her career in Italy working for a documentary director making films for National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. On returning to England she worked in the literary department of a well respected talent agency looking after high profile writers and directors.  She read Classics and Oriental Studies at Oxford University and speaks Italian.

Lucy Wood - Associate

Lucy is an associate in the Board and CEO practice.

Lucy started her career in Italy working for a documentary director making films for National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. On returning to England she worked in the literary department of a well respected talent agency looking after high profile writers and directors.

She read Classics and Oriental Studies at Oxford University and speaks Italian.

Laura McKenzie – Director   Laura is a Director with the Up Group, where she focuses on Board, CEO and CFO roles.  Before joining the Up Group, Laura led Board and Executive Searches for high growth consumer and technology businesses at Russell Reynolds in Australia, where she lived for 14 years. She is an experienced technology investor having previously spent eight years in venture capital, with Starfish Ventures and Scale Investors. As co-founder and inaugural CEO of Scale, Laura focused on investing in female focused founders. She is passionate about empowering women, and spent three years investing in microfinance with Opportunity International in India, the Philippines and East Africa. Laura established her early career in valuation and strategy with PwC in London and is a Fellow of the ICEAW.  Laura holds an MA Hons from the University of Cambridge where she studied Natural Sciences and Management Studies and an MSc in Development Finance from the University of London. Laura is a qualified yoga teacher and has competed in endurance events. She was recognised in 2006 as an AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence.  As co-founder and inaugural CEO of Scale, Laura focused on investing in female founders

Laura McKenzie – Director

Laura is a Director with the Up Group, where she focuses on Board, CEO and CFO roles.

Before joining the Up Group, Laura led Board and Executive Searches for high growth consumer and technology businesses at Russell Reynolds in Australia, where she lived for 14 years. She is an experienced technology investor having previously spent eight years in venture capital, with Starfish Ventures and Scale Investors. As co-founder and inaugural CEO of Scale, Laura focused on investing in female focused founders. She is passionate about empowering women, and spent three years investing in microfinance with Opportunity International in India, the Philippines and East Africa. Laura established her early career in valuation and strategy with PwC in London and is a Fellow of the ICEAW.

Laura holds an MA Hons from the University of Cambridge where she studied Natural Sciences and Management Studies and an MSc in Development Finance from the University of London. Laura is a qualified yoga teacher and has competed in endurance events. She was recognised in 2006 as an AFR/Westpac 100 Women of Influence.

As co-founder and inaugural CEO of Scale, Laura focused on investing in female founders

Sarah Pipkin - Senior Consultant   Sarah is a Senior Consultant with the Up Group, specialising in CEO and Board roles.  She is responsible for executive placements in both listed and private equity-backed businesses.  Prior to The Up Group, Sarah spent five years with Spencer Stuart in C-level executive search, following six years at a boutique search firm in Texas and Scotland. Sarah moved to London in 2008 as Research Manager at Eastern Hemisphere, focused on executive-level search and training and development. Her international search work has encompassed the Americas, Europe, West and North Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. With Spencer Stuart, Sarah covered the energy, chemicals, manufacturing, transportation, and construction and building materials spaces. Prior to her career in search, Sarah worked at a law firm prosecuting the Enron and Dynegy cases.  Sarah graduated from Vassar College in New York with a degree in English Literature and Composition.

Sarah Pipkin - Senior Consultant

Sarah is a Senior Consultant with the Up Group, specialising in CEO and Board roles.

She is responsible for executive placements in both listed and private equity-backed businesses.

Prior to The Up Group, Sarah spent five years with Spencer Stuart in C-level executive search, following six years at a boutique search firm in Texas and Scotland. Sarah moved to London in 2008 as Research Manager at Eastern Hemisphere, focused on executive-level search and training and development. Her international search work has encompassed the Americas, Europe, West and North Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. With Spencer Stuart, Sarah covered the energy, chemicals, manufacturing, transportation, and construction and building materials spaces. Prior to her career in search, Sarah worked at a law firm prosecuting the Enron and Dynegy cases.

Sarah graduated from Vassar College in New York with a degree in English Literature and Composition.

Danielle Ward - Senior Consultant   Danielle is a Consultant at The Up group, working across executive and non-executive appointments.  Prior to Joining Up, Danielle spent 5 years at Holker Watkin, a boutique search firm specialised in headhunting top-tier strategic talent, where she was part of the Senior Team. There she worked with leading European PE funds and their portfolio companies as well as FTSE and global corporates to place strategy consulting alumni into strategic and operational leadership roles.

Danielle Ward - Senior Consultant

Danielle is a Consultant at The Up group, working across executive and non-executive appointments.

Prior to Joining Up, Danielle spent 5 years at Holker Watkin, a boutique search firm specialised in headhunting top-tier strategic talent, where she was part of the Senior Team. There she worked with leading European PE funds and their portfolio companies as well as FTSE and global corporates to place strategy consulting alumni into strategic and operational leadership roles.


Marketing, Commercial & General Management Practice

James Burrows - Director   James is a Director at The Up Group.  James spent the initial phases of his career working in multi-national ad agencies such as J. Walter-Thompson, Publicis and Y&R, fuelling his love of brands and business in general. It also spawned his passion for all things digital and technology.  In 2000, James left the offline advertising world to become co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer for Espotting Media, which in five years became Europe’s largest pay-per-click company with over 220 employees in eight countries across Europe, and delivering over 1 billion clicks per month to over 90,000 advertisers and media agency clients. Espotting raised over $18m in funding over the period to aggressively accelerate its growth – from seed and angel, through to VC – and eventually sold to a US-based competitor in 2005 for just under $200m.  Since then, James has either led or been part of the management team for a variety of both early stage and also more mature, PE-backed businesses, all of whom were going through rapid growth – in roles ranging from CEO and CCO, to Director of Business Development and SVP Client Development, with companies such as Research Now, High50, and Golog – both in Europe and USA.  James has received a number of awards in his career, including ‘Faces To Watch’ from Campaign Magazine, and also being listed in The Sunday Times’ ‘Top 40 Under 40’ in the UK Media & Advertising industry; but his proudest achievement is being a father to his two children, Petra and Josh.  James was educated at Harrow School, and gained a BA Hons in Marketing & Communications from Bristol.

James Burrows - Director

James is a Director at The Up Group.

James spent the initial phases of his career working in multi-national ad agencies such as J. Walter-Thompson, Publicis and Y&R, fuelling his love of brands and business in general. It also spawned his passion for all things digital and technology.

In 2000, James left the offline advertising world to become co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer for Espotting Media, which in five years became Europe’s largest pay-per-click company with over 220 employees in eight countries across Europe, and delivering over 1 billion clicks per month to over 90,000 advertisers and media agency clients. Espotting raised over $18m in funding over the period to aggressively accelerate its growth – from seed and angel, through to VC – and eventually sold to a US-based competitor in 2005 for just under $200m.

Since then, James has either led or been part of the management team for a variety of both early stage and also more mature, PE-backed businesses, all of whom were going through rapid growth – in roles ranging from CEO and CCO, to Director of Business Development and SVP Client Development, with companies such as Research Now, High50, and Golog – both in Europe and USA.

James has received a number of awards in his career, including ‘Faces To Watch’ from Campaign Magazine, and also being listed in The Sunday Times’ ‘Top 40 Under 40’ in the UK Media & Advertising industry; but his proudest achievement is being a father to his two children, Petra and Josh.

James was educated at Harrow School, and gained a BA Hons in Marketing & Communications from Bristol.

Anca Condrea - Director   Anca is a Director specialising in searches in the consumer and retail sectors, across all functions, in particular in the private equity ecosystem.  Previously, Anca has led the European consumer and retail practice of Heads, a boutique global executive search firm, with a focus on the luxury space, as well as customer-centricity and digital transformation for a range of private equity-backed and corporate clients.  Prior to her experience in executive search, Anca was a strategy consultant at Marakon in London. In the earlier stages of her career, Anca has held advisory and leadership roles in intellectual property law and innovation management, both in private practice and for one of the world’s largest suppliers of packaging solutions (Canada and France).  Anca holds a B. Eng. in Computer Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Anca Condrea - Director

Anca is a Director specialising in searches in the consumer and retail sectors, across all functions, in particular in the private equity ecosystem.

Previously, Anca has led the European consumer and retail practice of Heads, a boutique global executive search firm, with a focus on the luxury space, as well as customer-centricity and digital transformation for a range of private equity-backed and corporate clients.

Prior to her experience in executive search, Anca was a strategy consultant at Marakon in London. In the earlier stages of her career, Anca has held advisory and leadership roles in intellectual property law and innovation management, both in private practice and for one of the world’s largest suppliers of packaging solutions (Canada and France).

Anca holds a B. Eng. in Computer Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Stephanie de Wangen - Director   Stephanie is a Director of The Up Group, and leads Board and Senior Management team searches globally for our corporate clients.  She graduated with a Bachelor degree in Political Science from Trinity College in the US and has additional diplomas from Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and Middlebury College in the US. Stephanie has dual American and French citizenship, is a native English, French and Spanish speaker and is proficient in Russian.  Stephanie’s early career was spent working for online companies: Excite, AOL and Amazon. At Excite, she managed large online sponsorship accounts throughout Europe. As Senior Business Development Manager for AOL Europe, she secured online partnerships with traditional and online companies. While with Amazon, Stephanie managed the UK Online Marketing Group and later assumed responsibility for the Online Account Management Team of Amazon UK, France, and Germany.  Stephanie’s search experience was gained with Korn/Ferry International, where she was a Senior Associate in the European Global Technology Markets Practice. Based initially in the firms Moscow office, she worked on assignments in a variety of industries. She later relocated to the London office as a member of the Technology Practice, focused largely on the Internet industry.  Stephanie then became a Director with CT Partners, a global executive search firm, as a member of the firm’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice. She has worked with corporate as well as start-up clients, identifying leadership to fill CEO, CFO, COO, and other general management roles across the UK, Europe and USA.

Stephanie de Wangen - Director

Stephanie is a Director of The Up Group, and leads Board and Senior Management team searches globally for our corporate clients.

She graduated with a Bachelor degree in Political Science from Trinity College in the US and has additional diplomas from Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and Middlebury College in the US. Stephanie has dual American and French citizenship, is a native English, French and Spanish speaker and is proficient in Russian.

Stephanie’s early career was spent working for online companies: Excite, AOL and Amazon. At Excite, she managed large online sponsorship accounts throughout Europe. As Senior Business Development Manager for AOL Europe, she secured online partnerships with traditional and online companies. While with Amazon, Stephanie managed the UK Online Marketing Group and later assumed responsibility for the Online Account Management Team of Amazon UK, France, and Germany.

Stephanie’s search experience was gained with Korn/Ferry International, where she was a Senior Associate in the European Global Technology Markets Practice. Based initially in the firms Moscow office, she worked on assignments in a variety of industries. She later relocated to the London office as a member of the Technology Practice, focused largely on the Internet industry.

Stephanie then became a Director with CT Partners, a global executive search firm, as a member of the firm’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice. She has worked with corporate as well as start-up clients, identifying leadership to fill CEO, CFO, COO, and other general management roles across the UK, Europe and USA.

Claire Hogg - Director   Claire is a Director, focusing on Business Development, Marketing, Strategy and General Management roles.  She has worked with a broad range of clients across the Consumer, Media and Online sectors. She also works with a number of UK and European Venture Capital & Private Equity firms on both investment and portfolio roles.  She trained in Executive Search in a boutique firm focused on commercial high flyers in the consumer, retail and technology sectors. She predominantly worked with Blue Chip FTSE 250 clients and led searches across Marketing, Strategy, Operations and Business Development.  Claire graduated from the University of Cambridge with an Upper Second Class Honours degree in French and German, which she speaks fluently.

Claire Hogg - Director

Claire is a Director, focusing on Business Development, Marketing, Strategy and General Management roles.

She has worked with a broad range of clients across the Consumer, Media and Online sectors. She also works with a number of UK and European Venture Capital & Private Equity firms on both investment and portfolio roles.

She trained in Executive Search in a boutique firm focused on commercial high flyers in the consumer, retail and technology sectors. She predominantly worked with Blue Chip FTSE 250 clients and led searches across Marketing, Strategy, Operations and Business Development.

Claire graduated from the University of Cambridge with an Upper Second Class Honours degree in French and German, which she speaks fluently.

Lucy O’Brien – Senior Consultant   Lucy is a Senior Consultant with the Up Group, and sits within the Commercial Practice leading Board and Senior Management Team searches.  Previously in-house leading executive search on a pan-European and international basis for the likes of Facebook, Vodafone and Nestlé, her experience spans a range of sectors and disciplines with consumer, media, technology and online being the most pre-eminent of these. She previously spent five years with Korn Ferry, leading c-level executive search across the breadth of the retail, consumer and industrial sectors, and during her tenure there supported a number of consumer-facing businesses with their on-going digital transformations. Lucy established her early career with a boutique search firm where she managed a number of Senior Management team builds across the retail sector.  Lucy’s experience additionally spans the broader talent acquisition, training and development arenas and, alongside executive search, she has been involved in helping organisations to consider their diversity and inclusion goals. At Facebook most recently, she was heavily involved in leading their inclusive hiring strategies at a leadership level.  Lucy graduated from Royal Holloway University with a B.A (Hons) Degree in French. She is Savilles A and B and Swift Aptitude certified and Clarity 4D accredited.

Lucy O’Brien – Senior Consultant

Lucy is a Senior Consultant with the Up Group, and sits within the Commercial Practice leading Board and Senior Management Team searches.

Previously in-house leading executive search on a pan-European and international basis for the likes of Facebook, Vodafone and Nestlé, her experience spans a range of sectors and disciplines with consumer, media, technology and online being the most pre-eminent of these. She previously spent five years with Korn Ferry, leading c-level executive search across the breadth of the retail, consumer and industrial sectors, and during her tenure there supported a number of consumer-facing businesses with their on-going digital transformations. Lucy established her early career with a boutique search firm where she managed a number of Senior Management team builds across the retail sector.

Lucy’s experience additionally spans the broader talent acquisition, training and development arenas and, alongside executive search, she has been involved in helping organisations to consider their diversity and inclusion goals. At Facebook most recently, she was heavily involved in leading their inclusive hiring strategies at a leadership level.

Lucy graduated from Royal Holloway University with a B.A (Hons) Degree in French. She is Savilles A and B and Swift Aptitude certified and Clarity 4D accredited.

Ross Johnston - Senior Consultant   Ross is a Senior Consultant focusing on senior commercial placements globally for corporate clients.  Prior to joining Up, Ross lived and worked across the US and UK as the first employee at a boutique search firm focused on helping FTSE 100 and Fortune 250 organisations transform and embrace emerging trends in marketing, data, and channel management, working with clients such as AT&T, Samsung, M&S, Burberry, & Volkswagen. Prior to this, he worked at Marlin Hawk, a fast-growth global leadership advisory and search firm focused on the Consumer & Technology space.  Ross graduated with Honors from James Madison University in Virginia having received a sports scholarship, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Ross Johnston - Senior Consultant

Ross is a Senior Consultant focusing on senior commercial placements globally for corporate clients.

Prior to joining Up, Ross lived and worked across the US and UK as the first employee at a boutique search firm focused on helping FTSE 100 and Fortune 250 organisations transform and embrace emerging trends in marketing, data, and channel management, working with clients such as AT&T, Samsung, M&S, Burberry, & Volkswagen. Prior to this, he worked at Marlin Hawk, a fast-growth global leadership advisory and search firm focused on the Consumer & Technology space.

Ross graduated with Honors from James Madison University in Virginia having received a sports scholarship, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Thomas Andrews - Senior Associate

Thomas Andrews - Senior Associate

Alexa Farrell - Associate   Alexa Farrell is an Associate at The Up Group and sits with the Commercial Practice. She focuses predominantly on commercial, marketing and GM roles with clients across the growth curve, experiencing growth and transformation and has a particular interest in the consumer / luxury fashion space.  Whilst her unorthodox search process may cause anxiety for her Directors and clients alike, she is well-known for bringing creative flair with her ‘left-field’ candidate suggestions.  Alexa holds a BA in Geography from the University of Exeter.

Alexa Farrell - Associate

Alexa Farrell is an Associate at The Up Group and sits with the Commercial Practice. She focuses predominantly on commercial, marketing and GM roles with clients across the growth curve, experiencing growth and transformation and has a particular interest in the consumer / luxury fashion space.

Whilst her unorthodox search process may cause anxiety for her Directors and clients alike, she is well-known for bringing creative flair with her ‘left-field’ candidate suggestions.

Alexa holds a BA in Geography from the University of Exeter.

Charlotte Woodward - Associate   Charlotte is an Associate at The Up Group and sits with the Commercial Practice. She focuses predominantly on commercial, marketing and GM roles across the digital landscape. She also maintains an interest in data.  Charlotte joined The Up Group in 2017, after graduating from Durham University Business School with an MSc in Management (Human Resource Management). Prior to this she obtained a BA in Music, also from Durham University.

Charlotte Woodward - Associate

Charlotte is an Associate at The Up Group and sits with the Commercial Practice. She focuses predominantly on commercial, marketing and GM roles across the digital landscape. She also maintains an interest in data.

Charlotte joined The Up Group in 2017, after graduating from Durham University Business School with an MSc in Management (Human Resource Management). Prior to this she obtained a BA in Music, also from Durham University.

 
 
 

Technology, Product & Data Practice

Pete Alexander - Director   Pete is a Director specialising in Product and Technology searches, with a focus on VC- and PE- backed growth companies.  After graduation, he and a colleague founded a start-up company in the online gaming industry. Despite initial success in attracting a number of strong industry partnerships, the business struggled to secure the funding required to scale and Pete moved to London to embark on a career in executive search with a company called Skillcapital.  Pete spent five years working for Skillcapital, which focused on placed board-level management into private equity-backed businesses across Europe. During his time with the company, Pete worked with a range of UK and international clients, placing executive and non-executive senior management into businesses across the consumer space, most notably within the leisure, FMCG, multi-channel retail and latterly eCommerce sectors.  He joined The Up Group as Consultant in March 2011, adding to a strong team of six people at that point in time. Since joining, Pete has worked with a range of clients from start-up and growth companies (RetailMeNot, Klarna, MOO.com, Mind Candy, DueDil, Just Eat, Skyscanner, Zipcar) through to international corporates (Facebook, Guardian Media Group, Electronic Arts). Today, he leads the majority of Up’s senior product and technology searches, but also retains an active interest in the venture capital and private equity space, working with a number of firms across the European market.

Pete Alexander - Director

Pete is a Director specialising in Product and Technology searches, with a focus on VC- and PE- backed growth companies.

After graduation, he and a colleague founded a start-up company in the online gaming industry. Despite initial success in attracting a number of strong industry partnerships, the business struggled to secure the funding required to scale and Pete moved to London to embark on a career in executive search with a company called Skillcapital.

Pete spent five years working for Skillcapital, which focused on placed board-level management into private equity-backed businesses across Europe. During his time with the company, Pete worked with a range of UK and international clients, placing executive and non-executive senior management into businesses across the consumer space, most notably within the leisure, FMCG, multi-channel retail and latterly eCommerce sectors.

He joined The Up Group as Consultant in March 2011, adding to a strong team of six people at that point in time. Since joining, Pete has worked with a range of clients from start-up and growth companies (RetailMeNot, Klarna, MOO.com, Mind Candy, DueDil, Just Eat, Skyscanner, Zipcar) through to international corporates (Facebook, Guardian Media Group, Electronic Arts). Today, he leads the majority of Up’s senior product and technology searches, but also retains an active interest in the venture capital and private equity space, working with a number of firms across the European market.

Andrew Duncan - Director   Andrew is a Director specialising in CxO and VP-level searches for high-growth internet, financial services, and B2B software companies in the Venture Capital and Private Equity ecosystems.  He trained in Executive Search with Kindred Partners, a boutique American firm focused on helping ambitious Founders and Boards to build and scale teams at early-stage and pre-IPO businesses in San Francisco and New York.  Prior to joining Kindred, Andrew worked in strategy consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton. He graduated  Phi Beta Kappa  with a BA and MA from the University of Virginia, where he was also an Echols Scholar.

Andrew Duncan - Director

Andrew is a Director specialising in CxO and VP-level searches for high-growth internet, financial services, and B2B software companies in the Venture Capital and Private Equity ecosystems.

He trained in Executive Search with Kindred Partners, a boutique American firm focused on helping ambitious Founders and Boards to build and scale teams at early-stage and pre-IPO businesses in San Francisco and New York.

Prior to joining Kindred, Andrew worked in strategy consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA and MA from the University of Virginia, where he was also an Echols Scholar.

Lydia Shepherd - Director   Lydia is a Director at The Up Group, working across all functions talent to disrupt and transform established businesses in the FTSE 100-250/Fortune 500.  Prior to joining The Up Group, Lydia spent two years building a recruitment start-up, growing and operationalising their UK business. During her tenure, Lydia supported a variety of predominantly retail/consumer-facing businesses both listed and PE-backed through their ongoing digital transformation.  Lydia spent the bulk of her early career at established executive search PLC Norman Broadbent where she led the firm's CIO practice, delivering senior technology leadership roles for companies including Bupa, Tesco, Asda, MoneySuperMarket, Mitie and Telefónica O2.  Alongside executive search, Lydia is involved in helping organisations create the most diverse, creative and high-performing technology teams. She has researched and written several white papers concerning gender balance within the technology sector.

Lydia Shepherd - Director

Lydia is a Director at The Up Group, working across all functions talent to disrupt and transform established businesses in the FTSE 100-250/Fortune 500.

Prior to joining The Up Group, Lydia spent two years building a recruitment start-up, growing and operationalising their UK business. During her tenure, Lydia supported a variety of predominantly retail/consumer-facing businesses both listed and PE-backed through their ongoing digital transformation.

Lydia spent the bulk of her early career at established executive search PLC Norman Broadbent where she led the firm's CIO practice, delivering senior technology leadership roles for companies including Bupa, Tesco, Asda, MoneySuperMarket, Mitie and Telefónica O2.

Alongside executive search, Lydia is involved in helping organisations create the most diverse, creative and high-performing technology teams. She has researched and written several white papers concerning gender balance within the technology sector.

Eon de Quelen - Consultant   Eon is a Consultant at The Up Group. Eon sits in the Product & Technology and Commercial Practice Groups and works with clients ranging from high growth VC / PE backed companies to FTSE 100-250 companies undertaking digital transformations.  Prior to joining The Up Group, Eon was legal counsel at Balderton Capital, the European technology focused VC fund. At Balderton, Eon was responsible for advising on the fund's early-stage investments into technology and internet companies and managing the fund’s portfolio of c.100 companies. Prior to Balderton, Eon was a corporate lawyer at two US corporate law firms where he advised clients in the VC and PE ecosystems, with a particular focus on the technology and life sciences sectors.  Eon graduated with a MA (Hons) in French and Politics from the University of Edinburgh. Eon also holds the Certificat d’Etudes Politiques from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques in France as well as a Legal Practice Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Law from BBP in London.  Eon has dual French and South African citizenship, is a native English, French and Afrikaans speaker and is proficient in Spanish.

Eon de Quelen - Consultant

Eon is a Consultant at The Up Group. Eon sits in the Product & Technology and Commercial Practice Groups and works with clients ranging from high growth VC / PE backed companies to FTSE 100-250 companies undertaking digital transformations.

Prior to joining The Up Group, Eon was legal counsel at Balderton Capital, the European technology focused VC fund. At Balderton, Eon was responsible for advising on the fund's early-stage investments into technology and internet companies and managing the fund’s portfolio of c.100 companies. Prior to Balderton, Eon was a corporate lawyer at two US corporate law firms where he advised clients in the VC and PE ecosystems, with a particular focus on the technology and life sciences sectors.

Eon graduated with a MA (Hons) in French and Politics from the University of Edinburgh. Eon also holds the Certificat d’Etudes Politiques from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques in France as well as a Legal Practice Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Law from BBP in London.

Eon has dual French and South African citizenship, is a native English, French and Afrikaans speaker and is proficient in Spanish.

Sarah Noyce - Consultant   Sarah is a Consultant at The Up Group. Sarah sits in the Technology, Product & Data Practice.  Sarah joined The Up Group in 2014, after graduating from Oxford University with a First Class Masters in French and European Enlightenment, after completing her BA in Modern Foreign Languages, also at Oxford University.  Sarah is fluent in German and French.

Sarah Noyce - Consultant

Sarah is a Consultant at The Up Group. Sarah sits in the Technology, Product & Data Practice.

Sarah joined The Up Group in 2014, after graduating from Oxford University with a First Class Masters in French and European Enlightenment, after completing her BA in Modern Foreign Languages, also at Oxford University.

Sarah is fluent in German and French.

Frankie Greenwell - Senior Associate   Frankie is a Senior Associate at the Up Group working primarily in the technology, product and data science ecosystems. He works with companies across the growth curve including FTSE & NYSE listed businesses as well as with leading VC & PE funds and their portfolios.  Prior to joining The Up Group Frankie was heavily involved in the start-up ecosystem working for a number of series A backed businesses to hire technical and leadership positions.  Frankie’s early experience was gained at Cornwallis Elt where he worked across the financial services market hiring predominantly in change & technology. During his tenure there he helped to build and lead the Insurance team.

Frankie Greenwell - Senior Associate

Frankie is a Senior Associate at the Up Group working primarily in the technology, product and data science ecosystems. He works with companies across the growth curve including FTSE & NYSE listed businesses as well as with leading VC & PE funds and their portfolios.

Prior to joining The Up Group Frankie was heavily involved in the start-up ecosystem working for a number of series A backed businesses to hire technical and leadership positions.

Frankie’s early experience was gained at Cornwallis Elt where he worked across the financial services market hiring predominantly in change & technology. During his tenure there he helped to build and lead the Insurance team.

Wilf Howard - Senior Associate

Wilf Howard - Senior Associate

Ricky Isaacs - Senior Associate   Ricky works in our Product, Technology & Data Practice where he focuses primarily on VP and CxO roles.  Prior to joining Up, Ricky spent over four years at contingent recruitment firm Harvey Nash where he worked in the permanent technology infrastructure team within the Finance and Banking Practice.   Ricky graduated with a B.A. in American Studies from the University of East Anglia.

Ricky Isaacs - Senior Associate

Ricky works in our Product, Technology & Data Practice where he focuses primarily on VP and CxO roles.

Prior to joining Up, Ricky spent over four years at contingent recruitment firm Harvey Nash where he worked in the permanent technology infrastructure team within the Finance and Banking Practice.

Ricky graduated with a B.A. in American Studies from the University of East Anglia.


Finance & Operations Team

Oliver Weeks - Chief Operating Officer

Oliver Weeks - Chief Operating Officer

Jed Butcher - Chief Financial Officer   Jed is CFO of The Up Group, and member of the Board.  He joined the company in 2017 from Target Group, a Financial Services BPO and software house formally backed by Pollen Street Capital, where Jed was Corporate Development Director and most recently Finance Director.  Prior to this, Jed worked with mid-market businesses across a range of sectors as part of the Deloitte Corporate Finance team.  Jed is a Chartered Accountant and has a BSc in Accounting and Management from the Cardiff University Business School.

Jed Butcher - Chief Financial Officer

Jed is CFO of The Up Group, and member of the Board.

He joined the company in 2017 from Target Group, a Financial Services BPO and software house formally backed by Pollen Street Capital, where Jed was Corporate Development Director and most recently Finance Director.

Prior to this, Jed worked with mid-market businesses across a range of sectors as part of the Deloitte Corporate Finance team.

Jed is a Chartered Accountant and has a BSc in Accounting and Management from the Cardiff University Business School.

Koby Dankwah - Financial Controller   Leading the Finance team, Koby is responsible for the financial operations including; financial reporting, budgeting, treasury management and maintaining systems of internal controls, in accordance with legislative requirements and organisational policies and strategies. Koby has extensive experience ranging from FTSE100 companies to privately owned businesses.  Prior to The Up Group, Koby had previously held a variety of senior financial management roles with Globe Business Media Group and Kantar TNS (WPP plc). Prior to moving into industry and commerce, Koby was an auditor with Ernst & Young.  A Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Koby holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from the University of Hertfordshire.

Koby Dankwah - Financial Controller

Leading the Finance team, Koby is responsible for the financial operations including; financial reporting, budgeting, treasury management and maintaining systems of internal controls, in accordance with legislative requirements and organisational policies and strategies. Koby has extensive experience ranging from FTSE100 companies to privately owned businesses.

Prior to The Up Group, Koby had previously held a variety of senior financial management roles with Globe Business Media Group and Kantar TNS (WPP plc). Prior to moving into industry and commerce, Koby was an auditor with Ernst & Young.

A Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Koby holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from the University of Hertfordshire.

Max McKendrick - Finance & Operations Manager   As part of the Finance team, Max is responsible for managing the day-to-day financial operations within the company, preparing monthly and annual reports for Board members, and supporting the development of long-term strategies.  Prior to The Up Group, Max worked for a number of years as the Finance Manager for a start-up business operating in the retail sector.  Max is a member of CIMA and holds a BA (Hons) is Business Management from Oxford Brookes University.

Max McKendrick - Finance & Operations Manager

As part of the Finance team, Max is responsible for managing the day-to-day financial operations within the company, preparing monthly and annual reports for Board members, and supporting the development of long-term strategies.

Prior to The Up Group, Max worked for a number of years as the Finance Manager for a start-up business operating in the retail sector.

Max is a member of CIMA and holds a BA (Hons) is Business Management from Oxford Brookes University.


Network Development & Insights Team

Amy Smale - Events Executive   As the Events Executive for the Up Group, Amy supports the Digital Masters Events programme, dealing with the logistics and planning of the networking events.  On entering the industry, Amy worked for a number of caterers, creating and delivering a vast range of events in iconic London venues. Before joining the company, she spent 18 months in Sydney, Australia furthering her expertise in an events agency, building on project management and organising multi-day conferences.  Amy graduated with a First Class Honours BA (Hons) in Events Management from the University of Gloucestershire.

Amy Smale - Events Executive

As the Events Executive for the Up Group, Amy supports the Digital Masters Events programme, dealing with the logistics and planning of the networking events.

On entering the industry, Amy worked for a number of caterers, creating and delivering a vast range of events in iconic London venues. Before joining the company, she spent 18 months in Sydney, Australia furthering her expertise in an events agency, building on project management and organising multi-day conferences.

Amy graduated with a First Class Honours BA (Hons) in Events Management from the University of Gloucestershire.

James O’Connor - Growth & Insight Analyst

James O’Connor - Growth & Insight Analyst

Ben Norton - Growth & Insight Analyst

Ben Norton - Growth & Insight Analyst

 

People & Support Team

 

Business Psychologist

Victoria Welham - HR Manager   Victoria is an HR Generalist and leads the People Team. She is responsible for talent and the HR function; this includes advising the group on HR policy and best practice, recruitment and selection, learning and development, onboarding, employee engagement and the performance management..  Prior to joining the Up Group, Victoria established an executive search company which focused on emerging and high growth markets within financial services. Before that, she spent six years working in global and boutique executive search firms.  Victoria graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Psychology and Coaching Sciences from Bournemouth University. Victoria is a qualified Associate CIPD and will complete her postgraduate qualification in January 2020.

Victoria Welham - HR Manager

Victoria is an HR Generalist and leads the People Team. She is responsible for talent and the HR function; this includes advising the group on HR policy and best practice, recruitment and selection, learning and development, onboarding, employee engagement and the performance management..

Prior to joining the Up Group, Victoria established an executive search company which focused on emerging and high growth markets within financial services. Before that, she spent six years working in global and boutique executive search firms.

Victoria graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Psychology and Coaching Sciences from Bournemouth University. Victoria is a qualified Associate CIPD and will complete her postgraduate qualification in January 2020.

 
Caroline Laidlaw - Laidlaw Associates   Caroline is a chartered psychologist specialising in assessment for selection and development. She uses cognitive ability and personality tests, in combination with in-depth interviews to understand current capability, gaps, derailers, cultural-fit and to gain an insight into future potential. Her approach can be applied to identifying the right hire, developing current incumbents and succession planning.  Prior to setting up Laidlaw Associates in 2006, Caroline spent four years as a consultant at KPMG. Since then she has spent 16 years, working cross-sector and function, assessing around 1500 executives from over 40 countries.  After gaining an Ma (hons) in Psychology from Edinburgh University in 2001, she completed an MSc in Occupational Psychology at London Guildhall University.

Caroline Laidlaw - Laidlaw Associates

Caroline is a chartered psychologist specialising in assessment for selection and development. She uses cognitive ability and personality tests, in combination with in-depth interviews to understand current capability, gaps, derailers, cultural-fit and to gain an insight into future potential. Her approach can be applied to identifying the right hire, developing current incumbents and succession planning.

Prior to setting up Laidlaw Associates in 2006, Caroline spent four years as a consultant at KPMG. Since then she has spent 16 years, working cross-sector and function, assessing around 1500 executives from over 40 countries.

After gaining an Ma (hons) in Psychology from Edinburgh University in 2001, she completed an MSc in Occupational Psychology at London Guildhall University.