Nexec Leaders, the leading provider of executive search & talent development solutions, is running a series of roadshow events in New Zealand & Australia to educate & connect scaling technology companies on scale-ups market entry & scaling up into the UK & European markets.
The events will take place in Auckland, Wellington, Melbourne & Sydney during May and we will be hosting over 150 company founders & CEO’s in these cities.
Managing Director Peter Gillingwater commented “We have historically assisted a number of great technology companies from the ANZ region and now is the time to start a more formalised programme in coordination with NZTE, Austrade, UKDIT and London & Partners. We recognise the quality of companies looking to expand internationally is high but the experience within many executive teams is lacking when it comes to scaling into Europe. We aim to rectify this issue and we will prepare and support many dozens of companies in our programme. Details will be revealed soon around a new Landing Pad initiative in London currently under development.”
Nexec Leaders, the leading provider of executive search & talent development solutions, was delighted to attend and champion the recent Mayor of London Market Visit to Europe alongside London & Partners and Tech London Advocates.
Joining the final engagement of the Mayor of London’s European cities tour promoting #LondonIsOpen Managing Director Peter Gillingwater and Director Sarah Luxford supported a series of panel debates and discussions about the opportunities and challenges facing tech companies in both cities.
As an official mentor for the Mayor’s International Business Programme, Peter Gillingwater commented “This trip underlines the importance and need for collaboration amongst key cities to drive further business opportunities and innovation in the tech sector, together. This has been an opportunity continuing to celebrate the strength of London’s digital ecosystem worldwide of which I am proud to support.”
This trip comes at a time when Nexec Leaders are launching an end to end tailored solution looking at both talent and practical needs for companies looking to go global via London.
On March 9th 2017 at Here East, Sarah Luxford in her role as Co-founder of Tech London Advocates Women in Tech, hosted a room of 350 movers and shakers in Tech in an energetic and interactive working group titled “Tomorrow’s Tech Success: Shattering uniformity & embracing change” designed to drive change in the diversity agenda.
Reflecting the scale of tech’s diversity problem, half (49.2 per cent) of London’s technology sector believes the industry is actively biased against women. This is according to research conducted by Tech London Advocates, an independent network of more than 4,300 tech experts, leaders and professionals in the capital – of which Nexec Leaders co-drives the WomenInTech working group.
As the geopolitical, economic, social and technological aspects of our world continue to evolve rapidly, leaders now more than ever depend on their workforce for agility and speed of responsiveness to competitive forces.
Creating an environment that encourages transparency, trust, creativity and a willingness to take risks can only truly be achieved by prioritising diversity. Shattering uniformity and being cognizant of how ‘difference’ fits in allows organisations to stay relevant to customers and drive innovation.
Guests heard an inspiring keynote from The Rt Hon Matt Hancock Minister of State for Digital and Culture and participated in a lively transformational workshop led by Co-Founder Nikki Watkins. A VIP panel then followed led by Sarah which included insights from corporates and digital start-ups amongst whom including leading figures from Facebook, BAE Systems & BrainLabs sharing insights into how they have broken down barriers and reaped the benefits of an inclusive workplace.
Sarah Luxford comments “Diversity translates into profits. Companies that are more gender and ethnically diverse perform better financially. Most leaders recognise this fact yet this is not translating into systematic change linking talent attraction, development & retention. Change is hard. That’s why we have created a ‘how to’ – a clear outline of questions individuals, teams and businesses should be asking of themselves whilst providing clear actions they can implement to stride forward. Things have to change. They can’t afford not to.’
On the morning of Monday 20th June 2016, at the start of LONDON TECH WEEK, TLA WOMENINTECH hosted an exclusive VIP Market Open Ceremony and Panel Event at the London Stock Exchange to set the tone of advocating for inclusivity and affect meaningful change in London’s thriving tech ecosystem.
The amazing line-up included a warm welcome from Nexec Leaders Sarah Luxford & Nikki Watkins who are the TLA WOMEN IN TECH co-founders. The inspiring Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE, followed by a fabulous Diversity Keynote from Baroness Oona King gave the 120 delegates some great insights to the past and future for diversity. Delegates were then called to participate in an incredibly well received Executive Workshop on Unconcious Bias led by leading Diversity Coach, Nikki Watkins.
The workshop was followed by two provocative and lively Panel Sessions moderated by industry experts Shivvy Jarvis and Susanne Chishti. The panel explored hot topics like ‘What will it take for us ALL to advocate for inclusivity?’ and ‘What challenges do female founders & CEOs in technology face when raising all forms of capital? Are VC’s/PE/Corporate better than banks and what lessons can be shared on getting funded?’
Nexec Leaders CEO Peter Gillingwater interviewed in this video.
Tech London Advocates WomeninTech supported by Nexec Leaders & Co-Founded by Nexec Director Sarah Luxford, descend on London City Hall’s Living Room for their final working group of the year focusing on the insights and tips to pave our way to the Boardroom.
In the last few years we have seen a shift with business no longer asking why women’s representation is so important but how they can make gender diversity a reality. This is a positive step forward, however the reality is that progress in women’s representation at executive level remains woeful. A recent report by Cranfield showed that women’s representation at Executive Committee level in the FTSE 100 was 19.4% of Exec roles, similarly look at the number of female CEO’ within the FTSE100 – a grand total of 7.
If we are to see sustained gender diversity at the top of business then more must be done to ensure women progress through the executive pipeline – something of which Nexec Leaders takes very seriously as a duty to the tech industry.
That is why On Monday 5th December, Tech London Advocates WomeninTech supported by Nexec Leaders & Co-Founded by Nexec Director Sarah Luxford, descended on City Hall’s Living Room for their final working group of the year focusing on the insights and tips to pave our way to the Boardroom.
The Deputy Mayor for Business, Rajesh Agrawal, warmly kicked off the evening welcoming guests and providing insight into CityHall’s own gender equality initiatives whilst making it clear Diversity is key on the Mayor’s agenda for London. We then jumped into a lively panel of reflections & recommended actions, hosted by the Queen of Startups, Bindi Karia, joined by Anne de Kerckhove (CEO, IronGroup), Martina King (CEO, Featurespace), Rory Stirling (Partner, BGF Ventures), Susanne Given (Chair, Made.com) and Leanne Taylor (UKI Board, SAP).
An executive development session then followed led by Nikki Watkins homing in on Executive Presence, how we walk, talk and interact to align with ‘our brand’.
MD of Peter Gillingwater comments “The executive talent pipeline is something all companies should be consistently reviewing whilst implementing actions & procedures to support a diverse workforce. Nexec Leaders are proud to support TLA Women in Tech and offer talent solutions from executive search to talent development that compliments the TLA WomeninTech mission.”
So, as we drive through 2017, What Impact Do You Want To Make?
Nexec Leaders mentor tech students towards career succes at an event held by Croydon Tech City.
“I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn”- Albert Einstein.
As international headhunters, Nexec Leaders help build and shape some of the fastest high growth tech companies in the industry – and we know to help our clients maintain their competitive edge, talent is essential.
A variety of reports over the last year has signalled there is a problem with a decline of young people not choosing to study STEM subjects and as such do not look at careers in IT. Without the right careers guidance there is a danger of the tech industry in the UK being damaged and further technical roles being outsourced outside of the UK.
As advocates for the industry we agree that change is needed. That is why Nexec Leaders were delighted to support and participate at an event of Croydon Tech City (CTC) to encourage and inspire students to consider a future career in tech on Wednesday 7th October.
Croydon is London’s fastest growing tech cluster and the team at CTC have created a ‘Future Tech City’ programme to support and connect ICT teachers of the 96 schools in the borough. Wednesday’s event saw 180 students aged 14-17yrs arrive at Croydon College where they heard from industry professionals including Dotmailers CTO & founder Simon Bird, CEO of KarismaKidz Erika Berndshaw, Founder of LoafApp Han-Son Lee and then followed by further panel interviews and networking.
Nexec’s MD Peter Gillingwater commented “Rarely do we get the chance to mentor and support the future of tech in this way and I am convinced that many of the kids went away inspired by what they heard and saw. CTC is leading the way in these types of initiatives in the UK and we support and applaud their great ideas”.
Claire Marriott, Director, commented that for Nexec Leaders partnering on initiatives that bring Industry, government and tertiary sectors together is core to their goal of driving the gender diversity agenda forward to ultimately support the growth of the Tech Industry.
Nexec Leaders were proud to support Soozey Johnstone one of Australia’s most experienced and respected business and team advisors and our APAC Talent Development Advisor in the launch of her first book, ‘I Am The Problem’ during London Technology week.
We were delighted to invite Dame Judith Mayhew to host the launch of the book which brilliantly reveals the roadblocks that hold teams back – roadblocks of character, team dynamics, or missing skills – and the roadblocks in ourselves.