About us

La Fosse Executive specialises in recruiting top leadership talent for companies going through high growth and transformative journeys.

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of our placements are within PE- or VC-backed portfolio companies

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global offices

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highest mid-market private company in the UK for international growth (IntTrack200, 2021)

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consecutive years as one of the top 100 ‘Best Companies to Work For’ in the UK

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specialist consultants

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companies worked with, many on multiple engagements

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PE events & conferences organised

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years of experience in private equity markets

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Our track record within private equity portfolio and high-growth businesses has made us experts at finding leaders who can drive change and create long-term value, no matter the situation.

We strive to build long-term relationships with both our clients and candidates, supporting them throughout their growth and providing additional advisory and deal & transaction support services wherever needed. We’re highly agile and quick to adapt to any scenario or requirement – our flexible approach ensures that we can match your pace to accompany you on your journey at every stage, from investment to growth and through to exit. We can’t wait to start sourcing the very best executive and interim talent to help you achieve your transformation goals.

About La Fosse

Our parent company La Fosse Associates is a talent services firm with a proven track record across some of the world’s fastest growing tech-enabled and PE/VC-backed businesses. Founded in 2007 as an executive search company, it has since grown 30% year on year, now operating globally at all levels on a permanent, contract, interim and executive search basis.

La Fosse’s offering also includes managed transformation and consultancy services through La Fosse Digital Outcomes, and junior talent solutions through futureproof, La Fosse’s diversity-led technology training company.

La Fosse was founded on the simple shared vision that treating people well is not just the right thing to do, it’s a better way to do business. Its core values of care, ambition and humility are shared across all brands within the group, and are the key to our unique market presence and rapid growth. On founding La Fosse Associates, Simon La Fosse dedicated 40% of the business to employees through a shared equity scheme. This means that every employee across the group is equally invested in its overall success – we don’t just work for La Fosse, we own it.

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Explore the La Fosse group brands:

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Recent searches

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Chief Risk Officer

Oaktree Capital. UK
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CMO

Inflexion. UK
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CEO

Beringea. UK
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CIO

Montagu. UK
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Operating Partner

UK
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Chief Product Officer

KKR. Norway
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CFO

Bioniq Capital. UK
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CTO

Inflexion. UK
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CIO

Vitruvian. UK
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NED

Anacap. UK
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Chair

Oaktree Capital. UK
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NED

Oaktree Capital. USA
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CEO

Arena Investors. USA
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COO

Dunedin. UK
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Operating Partner

Canada
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CTO

Phoenix Equity. UK
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CTO

UK
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CMO

Inflexion. UK
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Global Tax Director

Waypoint Capital. France
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European Sales Director

Venture Capital. Germany
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CFO

UK
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CFO

ICG. UK
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COO

Venture Capital. UK
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CIO

Astorg Partners. France
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CMO

Oaktree Capital. UK
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CIO

SK Capital. Switzerland
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CIO

BC Partners. USA
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Marketing Director

Phoenix Equity. UK
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HR Director

Livingbridge. UK
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Head of Technology

UK
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CIO

UK
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VP of Data Science

USA
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CFO

UK
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Chief Sales Officer

Zeev Ventures. USA
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CFO

UK
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Chief Product Officer

Inflexion. UK
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CEO

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CIO

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Operating Partner

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Chair

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CEO

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Operating Partner

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Global Tax Director

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European Sales Director

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COO

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CIO

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Head of Technology

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Meet the team

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Jack Denison

Director - Global Head of Executive Search and Interim Management

Jack Denison

Director - Global Head of Executive Search and Interim Management

Jack is the director and global head of executive search and interim management at La Fosse.  Jack leads our executive search and interim management teams, with offices in London, New York, and Los Angeles.  This includes our, private equity, CEO, CFO, CIO, CRO, CMO, CPO, NED, and chair practices. Jack advises clients across private equity funds and their portfolio CEOs on their executive needs. Jack graduated in Economics at Manchester University. Prior to joining La Fosse, Jack also completed the leadership graduate scheme at RBS before becoming an equities trader. Specialisms: Executive and Leadership, Private Equity.

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Chris Chandler

Head of Technology Practice - Executive Search

Chris Chandler

Head of Technology Practice - Executive Search

Chris is the Head of the executive search practice at La Fosse and is based in London. He advises and serves clients on board-level and ExCo hires. Having worked within technology for his entire career, Chris has a deep knowledge of the trends affecting digital and technology-led businesses. His clients range in scale and sector but are increasingly from growth-orientated firms backed by private equity or VC funding. Before partnering tech-led businesses in board and broader C-suite Searches, in his earlier career, Chris delivered COO, CIO, CTO, CDO, and CMO searches for large global corporates across the financial services, consumer goods, and tech/media/telco sectors.   Specialisms: Executive and Leadership, Executive Technology, Executive Digital, Data, and Product, Private Equity,

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Lise Ferrier

Head of Sales & Marketing Practice

Lise Ferrier

Head of Sales & Marketing Practice

Lise leads the sales and marketing executive Search practice at La Fosse in the UK and Europe. She focuses on placing executive and C-level individuals into a variety of commercial roles, from chief sales officers to chief growth officers, and across sectors including private equity.  Prior to La Fosse, Lise worked as a Business Development Manager at tado° - a tech IoT start-up focusing on smart heating products - and at Montagu private equity, where she focused on C-level portfolio talent management across Europe. She started her career as an executive search consultant, advising private equity clients on the recruitment of their CEOs, CFOs, and non-executive board members.   Lise holds a master’s degree in international management from UCD Michael Smurfit in Dublin, and a bachelor's degree in political sciences and economics from sciences in Po Strasbourg, France.  Specialisms: Executive and Leadership, Executive Sales and Marketing, Executive Digital, Data and Product, Digital, Product and Design, Private Equity, Sales & Marketing. 

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Olly Wakefield

Head of CFO Practice

Olly Wakefield

Head of CFO Practice

Olly is Head of the executive finance practice focussing on placing CFO’s and their leadership teams within private equity portfolio companies across Europe. Olly joined La Fosse following 8 years at Page Group leading three of their regional offices before joining Goodman Masson as Director for their banking and financial services division. Olly advises PE houses on finance leadership throughout the ownership cycle and is the account director for a number of La Fosse executive large and mid-cap accounts. Olly graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in History and Politics.   Specialisms: Executive and Leadership, Executive Finance, Private Equity, CFO, Senior Finance. 

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Tom Nunn

Head of Technology Practice - Interim Management

Tom Nunn

Head of Technology Practice - Interim Management

Tom specialises exclusively in technology leadership appointments (principally CIO, CTO, IT Director as well as at C-1, VP, and Director level) as part of the executive practice at La Fosse Associates and is based in London. Bringing a wealth of experience working with clients from start-ups to FTSE 50s across Europe, Tom works extensively with private equity throughout the deal lifecycle, from providing pre-deal technology advisors through to interim and permanent appointments with portfolio leadership. Tom graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2004 with a degree in business, previously working in management consultancy, as well as 9 years in the city as a shipbroker. Specialisms: Executive and Leadership, Executive Technology, Executive Business Change.

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Alistair Ross

Head of West Coast

Alistair Ross

Head of West Coast

Alistair Ross is Head of our US West Coast team, focused on building out operations for the company in Los Angeles. He works primarily with PE Funds and asset managers to source C-level leaders (and their underlying management teams) for their portfolio companies.    Prior to joining La Fosse, he spent over eight years with Business Talent Group (now Heidrick & Struggles), where he worked closely with senior executives within private equity, technology, CPG, financial services, and healthcare companies on key talent placements.     Alistair holds an MSc in marketing from the UCD Smurfit School of Business and a BA in economics and history from University College Cork.    Specialisms: Commercial (Growth/Sales/Marketing/eCommerce), Corporate Strategy, Finance, IT. 

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Alice Lesbaupin

Head of Research Practice

Alice Lesbaupin

Head of Research Practice

Alice has joined our Executive Search practice as the head of research, focusing on expanding our already established executive and interim divisions. She specialises in placing C-level executives into high-growth, private equity and venture capital backed organisations across a variety of sectors and geographies.  Before moving to La Fosse, Alice spent four years at Egon Zehnder as part of the executive search, private equity & venture capital team in London, where she was focusing on placing senior fund professionals. Previously, Alice worked at Russell Reynolds, where she covered the financial services and consumer sector from their São Paulo (Brazil) and San Francisco (US) offices. Prior to executive search, she accrued experience at managing consulting firms, as well as marketing and business intelligence at a consumer goods company. Alice graduated with a BSc in economics and has a master’s degree in business and marketing. She also speaks fluent English, Spanish and Portuguese.  Specialisms: Executive and Leadership, Private Equity. 

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Louis Rado

Head of Non-Executive Director & Chairman Practice

Louis Rado

Head of Non-Executive Director & Chairman Practice

Louis sits within the executive practice and leads our non-executive and chair practice, specialising in placing advisors, non-executive directors, and chairs into some of Europe’s highest growth businesses. Due to his pan-European focus, Louis has placed senior individuals within multiple geographies, and his clients range from seed-stage focused venture capital firms to the largest global private equity houses.  From an industry perspective, Louis is completely agnostic, however his track record is strongest within the technology, financial services, and SaaS sectors. Louis has 6 years of experience in executive search, and prior to La Fosse he worked at Barracuda Search (a boutique Retail-focused Search firm), and at Russell Publishing within the sales team.  Louis graduated with a 1st in Business Management from the University of Southampton, before travelling across South America for 5 months. He is a keen traveller, amateur music producer, and very much a social footballer, tennis player, and golfer.  Specialisms: Board, Executive and Leadership, Private Equity. 

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Tom Granger

Head of CEO and Advisory Practice

Tom Granger

Head of CEO and Advisory Practice

Tom leads the CEO & Advisory Executive Search practice at La Fosse, partnering with clients globally for crucial leadership hires. He is a private equity specialist, with a placement track record spanning both fund and portfolio sides. Tom offers search capability pre- and post-deal, accompanied by broader deal origination initiatives. Prior to La Fosse, Tom was a Principal at AlphaSkill, a deal-centric consulting and executive search firm serving an international private equity client base. Tom has a placement track record across Board and C-suite (Chair, CEO, CFO, CCO, COO) for PE portfolio businesses, both in the UK and internationally. Tom was a founding team member of AlphaSkill’s UK office.

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Anthony Mathiot

Senior Consultant - Executive Search

Anthony Mathiot

Senior Consultant - Executive Search

Anthony specialises in recruiting technology leaders (CIO, CTO, CDO) as part of the executive practice at La Fosse Associates, based in London. He has a keen interest in the trends affecting the executive market and sound knowledge of the challenges of how to future-proof technology and transition ageing IT systems.  Anthony has extensive experience in partnering with both small and mid-cap funds across UK & Europe for the past 5 years for boutique search firms, deploying executives into portfolio companies in both a permanent and interim capacity.  Anthony graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a degree in sport and exercise science after spending 3 years in the Royal Marines.    Specialisms: Executive and Leadership, Executive Technology, Executive Business Change, Executive Digital, Data, and Product.  

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Abi Bolton

Senior Consultant – Marketing

Abi Bolton

Senior Consultant – Marketing

Within La Fosse, I have taken ownership of a new vertical specialism and have moved to cover full end to end delivery of Marketing & Digital Marketing areas. I focus mainly on the Leadership spectrum including Executive, Director and Head of Marketing / Digital Levels including a wide range of marketing specialisms. We can also cover other areas of management and technical delivery within our team. Each of our consultants specialise in niche verticals which enables us to provide expert level service to our clients and candidates alike.  Abi attended Leeds Metropolitan University, where she completed an English Literature and Creative Writing degree and graduated in 2012 with a 2:1. After university, she worked in sales for a top tech industry firm, before deciding to make the career move into technology and digital recruitment.   Specialisms: Executive and Leadership, Marketing, Digital Marketing. 

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Drew Gamble

Senior Researcher

Drew Gamble

Senior Researcher

Drew specialises in recruiting key leaders for Venture and Private Equity-backed companies experiencing rapid growth or significant change as part of the Executive practice at La Fosse Associates.  He focuses primarily on North American companies and is based in Austin, TX. Drew has significant experience delivering human capital solutions across a range of functions and industries, with a particular focus on manufacturing, technology, healthcare, and life science. He has advised clients ranging from start-ups and non-profits to major PE firms and the Fortune 10. Drew graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Government and is also certified as a Project Management Professional.  He brings over 10 years of experience spanning management consulting, trade promotion marketing, B2B wireless telecom, and legal services. Specialisms: Executive and Leadership. 

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Oliver Babcock

Consultant, Executive Division – West Coast

Oliver Babcock

Consultant, Executive Division – West Coast

Oliver specialises in recruiting for PE- and VC-backed early-stage companies as part of the Executive Division at La Fosse Associates. Intimately familiar with hiring challenges for early-stage companies in new markets, he has experience advising a range of businesses in recruiting and hiring, from stealth start-ups and multinational corporations to international organisations and NGOs in Technology, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Energy, and Transportation. He is interested in emerging technologies such as Blockchain/Crypto, AR/VR, Electric Vehicles and Mobility, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and IoT. Prior to joining La Fosse, he worked in Government Research and Consulting for 7 years after obtaining his BA in International Relations, Political Science, and German from The University of Texas. Specialisms: Digital, Product and Design, Software Engineering, Change and Transformation, Executive and Leadership, Public Sector. 

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Marcus Willis

CFO and Senior Finance Specialist

Marcus Willis

CFO and Senior Finance Specialist

Marcus is a part of the Executive division at La Fosse Associates, specialising in interim CFO and Financial Director placements. Marcus works extensively with private equity houses across the UK and Europe to bring the strongest finance executives into their portfolio companies. Prior to joining La Fosse, Marcus attended Durham University then worked as a global consultant for just over a year.  Specialisms: Executive and Leadership, Finance, Private Equity.   

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Gareth Mason

Head of CFO Executive Search

Gareth Mason

Head of CFO Executive Search

Gareth leads our CFO executive search business. With 16 years of relevant experience across M&A and search, he has extensive experience of placing senior hires into both private equity-backed and listed businesses. With his focus being on permanent hires, Gareth has developed a deep understanding of his clients in order to place the right people for their next phase of growth.

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Will Setterfield

Consultant

Will Setterfield

Consultant

Will is a Senior Consultant in our North American business, focusing primarily on the East Coast. Will has worked with La Fosse in the UK for a number of years, and took the exciting opportunity of relocating to our New York office in 2022. Will is industry agnostic, with a broad network of Board to VP-level candidates in the tech, commercial (sales/marketing) and product domains. He specialises in working in the private equity sector and can bring forward candidates with relevant – often transformational – experience in these areas.

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Olivia Ogilvie

Senior Researcher

Olivia Ogilvie

Senior Researcher

Olivia works in our executive practice as a senior researcher and is based in London. She specialises in delivering business-critical leadership searches, placing C-level executives into fast-growth PE or VC-backed businesses across a wide variety of sectors and geographies.  Before joining La Fosse, she was part of the research team at Martin Tripp Associates where she focused on placing senior commercial leaders across the media, technology, information, and entertainment industries globally.   Prior to executive search, Olivia worked in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, and Edinburgh leading guest relations teams in the luxury hospitality sector.  Olivia holds a Master’s degree in professional language and intercultural studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Leeds.  Specialisms: Executive and Leadership, Private Equity. 

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Kate Robbins

Associate Researcher

Kate Robbins

Associate Researcher

Kate specialises in recruiting as part of the executive search. She delivers C-Level mandates across Europe with focus on private equity and venture capital backed, high growth businesses.   Kate graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in Psychology and previously worked as a researcher for a legal directory.   In her spare time you can find Kate exploring bars and restaurants in London, running, in the gym or painting.   Specialisms: Executive and Leadership.   

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Jemima Cooper

Associate Researcher

Jemima Cooper

Associate Researcher

Jemima specialises in recruiting search and resourcing as part of the executive search practice at La Fosse Associates and is based in London. She has a keen interest in the trends affecting the digital and technology sector, with particular knowledge of the challenges affecting hiring in this market. She has experience advising a range of businesses, from small start-ups to major organisations, with a particular focus on PE and VC-backed tech companies. Jemima graduated from Birmingham University with a first-class law degree.  Specialisms: Executive and Leadership. 

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Emmanuella Ejase-Tobrise

Associate Researcher

Emmanuella Ejase-Tobrise

Associate Researcher

Emmanuella specialises in sourcing senior-level executives, conducting market research and managing candidates through the search process. She works across the Executive Search practice on C-level and -1 positions. Emmanuella holds a Master’s degree in Global Affairs from King’s College London and a Bachelor’s degree in History and Sociology from the University of Manchester.

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Peter Bitman

Associate Researcher

Peter Bitman

Associate Researcher

Peter specialises in recruiting and resourcing as part of La Fosse Associates’ Executive Search practice. He delivers on C-level and leadership searches across a diverse range of sectors, with a focus on private equity and VC-backed, high-growth businesses. Peter graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in History before studying law as a post-graduate. In his spare time, Peter is often found reading, exploring London with friends, or planning the next visit to his family in Greece.

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Ruby Spires

PA to Jack Denison

Ruby Spires

PA to Jack Denison

Ruby is a part of the Executive team at La Fosse Associates, working as PA to Jack Denison. Ruby has over 5 years of experience in support roles, including HR coordinator, PA, and office support.  She studied at the University of Southampton and has recently completed her PRINCE2 project management course to help support Jack and the wider team with their various team projects.   Specialisms: Operations 

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Samuel Potter

Associate Director – Head of Change & Transformation Practice

Samuel Potter

Associate Director – Head of Change & Transformation Practice

Sam leads the change and transformation practice, which specialises in cross-functional, business-wide transformation and the team has been built with our clients in mind; to develop and maintain relationships with a selected community of professionals who are qualified industry experts at designing and delivering business transformation. Over the past 10 years Sam and the team have resourced over 60 transformation programmes, across a variety of businesses including Burberry, The AA, LEGO, John Lewis, WPP, British Red Cross, Marie Curie, Close Brothers, and Aon to name a few. Specialisms: business transformation, digital transformation, technology transformation, finance transformation, HR transformation. 

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Ryan Patel

Managing Consultant – Product and Digital

Ryan Patel

Managing Consultant – Product and Digital

Ryan heads up the Digital team at La Fosse, specialising within the digital space and focusing on the permanent market. Team delivery capability covers product, UX/UI design and marketing.  Specialisms: Executive Digital, Data and Product, Digital, Product and Design. 

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Ross Tanner

Head of Information Security Practice

Ross Tanner

Head of Information Security Practice

Ross began his time at La Fosse on our Sales team, operating initially at the CIO level before moving into the information security and risk space to build out our capabilities there. As a result, Ross now heads up one of the largest specialist information security practices in the UK, focusing primarily on CISO & CISO Advisor level positions across all markets.  In addition to his role, Ross also pioneered our pro bono CISO offering – an industry first providing charities and not-for-profits with free access to world-leading cyber security executives.  Specialisms: Executive Technology, Information Security.   

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Tim Clark

Senior Manager – Data

Tim Clark

Senior Manager – Data

Tim manages the Data, Robotics and Change practices at La Fosse, and is based in London. He focuses on data leadership hires and has a track record of working with a broad range of clients from high-growth tech start-ups/scale-ups to major multinational FTSE-listed businesses, spanning a range of sectors.   He has a keen interest in emerging technology trends, particularly within the areas of data science and AI, and understands the challenges companies face when looking to build out a capability in these areas.   Tim graduated from the University of the West of England in 2009 with a LLB in Law. Prior to joining La Fosse, Tim worked in the recruitment industry for over nine years in two large recruitment businesses.   Specialisms: Executive Digital, Data and Product, Data and Analytics. 

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Alejandro Cano

HR Practice Lead

Alejandro Cano

HR Practice Lead

Alejandro leads the European HR transformation practice. This division specialises in cross-functional, business-wide and HR transformation, and the team has been built with our clients in mind; to develop and maintain relationships with a selected community of professionals who are qualified industry experts at designing and delivering HR transformation agendas across Europe & The US. He has excellent knowledge of the strengths and challenges affecting hiring in these markets and has experience advising a range of businesses, from early-stage start-ups to international corporations and consolidated businesses. Alejandro has solid international experience and is also a qualified lawyer, with an educational background in Law and Political Science. He speaks 5 languages and is passionate about art, sports, space, and travel. Specialisms: Change and Transformation, HR, IT, Business Project, Business Programmes, Business Analysts.

What makes us different?

With 15+ years of recruitment experience under our belt, we are confident in our ability to provide a level of service that outshines even our most established competitors. We’re on a mission to make a step change in the industry, conducting our services with the utmost care and efficiency to ensure you get the results you need.

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We’re in it for the long term

Quick wins are always something to celebrate, but ultimately, they’re unfulfilling.

We’re looking to form long-term partnerships and accompany you on your growth journey, whether as a candidate or as a representative of one of our clients.

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We care about you

For a lot of search companies, success is measured by how quickly they can close the deal and get onto the next job. For us, it’s about so much more than margins.

We’re genuinely invested in you, and are able to be highly flexible, shaping our delivery to ensure you receive a bespoke service that sits perfectly in line with your needs and future growth goals.

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We have access to exclusive talent

We have 15 years of experience hiring at all levels across technology, digital and change, with a particular focus on high-growth PE portfolio companies.

This allows us unique access to candidates that aren’t on our competitors’ radars – up-and-coming leaders who have highly relevant experience in niche areas and are adept at working hands-on to grow teams and drive change.

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We work as a team

As co-owners, when one of our consultants wins, we all win together.

Our collaborative culture is a breath of fresh air in an industry that has traditionally been heavily focused on individual achievement. Our cross-specialism capability allows us to source industry recommendations from all levels.

What drives us?

Everything we do is underpinned by our core company values. This includes care, which we take very seriously. It is extremely important to us that everyone we interact with is met with an environment of openness, honesty, trust and respect. We are also committed to encouraging diversity and eliminating discrimination, both in our role as an employer and as a provider of services.

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