Clare Johnston

Clare Johnston

Founder and co-CEO

Clare is the Founder and joint CEO of The Up Group, and member of the Board. She is one of Europe’s most seasoned talent advisors 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 been recognised as one of Tech City Insider’s “100 Most Influential People in Tech” and was presented the Athena Award at the 2015 NatWest everywoman Awards for female entrepreneurs. She has also appeared in Management Today’s influential “35 Women under 35”, as well as listed on‘s “Young Guns Class of 2012”.

Clare is an Advisor/Venture Partner at two VC funds: LocalGlobe and Keen Venture Partners, and a member of Neelie Kroes’ “Circle of Influencers”, which advises the Dutch government on the digital economy.

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.