New CEO appointed to AIM listed Maestrano Group

Image result for maestrano logoWorking with the Chairman, Nexec Leaders located and facilitated the hire of Andrew Pearson as Deputy CEO, effective September 2018.


Maestrano is an Australian open cloud business integration platform with cross-app data synchronization.

Ian Buddery, Chairman of the Board, said:

“Andrew’s global execution experience will add significant value to the management team as Maestrano accelerates growth. The board anticipates that Andrew will apply the proven lessons from his experience with organisations such as Cloudpay and Intralinks to our very similar business model.”

Nexec supports Avanti Plc with appointment of Procurement Director

Image result for avanti plc logoNexec Leaders worked with the executive team at Avanti to locate and appoint Nick Taft, as Director of Procurement and Supply Chain in May 2018.

Avanti Communications Group plc is a UK based satellite operator, selling wholesale satellite broadband and satellite connectivity services to Internet Service Providers, Mobile Network Operators, Enterprises, Governments and other satellite operators.

Nexec Leaders appoints a new Head of Talent Solutions

Nexec Leaders is very pleased to announce the addition of Zoe Spicer to the team as Head of Talent Solutions.

Zoe will lead the Executive Coaching team and will be focused on helping Nexec clients with strategic HR issues & challenges around organisation design & HR effectiveness.


Nexec Leaders relocates to Huckletree, Finsbury Square

Nexec Leaders has moved its headquarters to the shared working space, Huckletree, in the heart of London’s technology and financial centre.

The move sees Nexec join a diverse ecosystem of scaling tech companies and corporates of which it will be an active member, providing hiring and talent development advice for the growing member organisations.

Nexec Leaders roadshow to New Zealand & Australia to develop scale-ups market entry into the UK & Europe

Nexec Leaders roadshow to New Zealand & Australia to develop scale-ups market entry into the UK & Europe

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.”

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Director of Nexec Leaders Sarah Luxford awarded for her active role supporting the entrepreneurial community in the UK.

Sarah Luxford, Director at Nexec Leaders, made the Top 25 of the 2017 Smith & Williamson Power 100. The Smith & Williamson Power 100 shines a spotlight on often unsung heroes who play an active role in supporting the entrepreneurial community in the UK.

From start-ups to scale-ups, it includes those who help shape policy, champion, mentor, support and promote entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. Sarah was recognised for her support in driving gender equality in tech in addition to co-creating the fastest growing tech cluster in Greater London, Croydon Tech City.

A celebration was held where Sarah was invited to take part in a VIP Panel alongside Founder of YO! Sushi Simon Woodroffe, CEO of New Entrepreneur Foundation Neeta Patel, The Start Up Coach Carl Reader and Founder of Social Chain Steven Bartlett.

“I’m humbled and thrilled to be amongst a list of so many figures I personally admire and have been an inspiration to me. Innovation & Entrepreneurship is at the heart of all business origin and I’m delighted to play a role whether supporting introductions or talent management and development”.

Nexec Leaders supports the Mayor of London’s Trade Mission to Madrid to Support Growth Strategy in Europe

Nexec Leaders supports the Mayor of London Trade Mission to Madrid to Support Growth Strategy in Europe

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.

Sarah Luxford drives change promoting Inclusivity at Here East with Tech London Advocates Women in Tech

Sarah Luxford drives change promoting Inclusivity at Here East with Tech London Advocates Women in Tech & Tech London Advocates industry event

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.’


Tech London Advocates reveals survey findings on Gender Diversity in London Tech Firms

Linking Stats to Diversity Hires: Sarah Luxford comments on the Tech London Advocates #DiversityinTech Report

Gender Diversity at London Tech Firms Still Has Room for Improvement. What’s worse: some managers don’t think increasing diversity will improve their company’s growth. When it comes to diversity, tech firms in London still have a long way to go.

An organization called Tech London Advocates found that the U.K. tech industry—like that in the U.S.—still has work to do to make its workforce represent the population as a whole.

The survey found that “huge swaths of the population” including women, young people and minorities are underrepresented in tech. Nearly a third of the tech firms surveyed were between 50% and 75% female. But about 40% of the 263 companies surveyed have a workforce that is between 25% and 50% female. Another 18% of the firms said their offices were 25% or less female, and 2% had no women at all. (Four percent were all women and the rest weren’t sure of their gender breakdown.)

Perhaps most concerning is that the majority of tech execs in London realize that their firms don’t have a diverse workforce, but a full 46% of them don’t think increasing diversity would improve their company’s growth.

“The irony is, London is one of the most diverse capitals in the world,” said Russ Shaw, the founder of Tech London Advocates, an independent network of tech experts, leaders and innovators. “A lot of the tech companies are predominantly male dominated because technology and engineering tend to be male-dominated industries.” The good news is, the last five years have seen a renewed focus on the issue, though more needs to be done, Shaw added.

A lack of diversity in tech isn’t confined to London, of course. Apple’s latest diversity report, released in August, showed that 62% of global employees at the manager level and above are male, the same proportion as last year. Likewise, Alphabet’s Google recently reported it increased the number of black, Latino and female employees in the U.S. but has yet to meet its intention of having its workforce mirror the population. And just 27% of Facebook’s senior workforce is made up of women.

It is a global issue, said Sarah Luxford, an executive head hunter who founded TLA’s Women in Tech group to promote diversity. The problem, she added, is that business execs still don’t understand the benefits of having a diverse workforce. As evidence of the positive impact, she points to the findings of a recent McKinsey report that showed for every 10% increase in gender diversity on the senior executive team at U.K. companies, earnings before interest and taxes rose by 3.5%.

To combat the problem, Tech London Advocates suggests businesses create an inclusive culture, incorporate diversity into its recruitment strategies, and support mentoring programs. But Maggie Philbin, founder and CEO of the nonprofit Teen Tech, noted that making companies more diverse can be easier said than done.

Philbin, whose organization hosts events to help young people understand the opportunities in tech, suggests a two-pronged approach. She would like to see tech execs serve on the board of schools so they can become involved in the education process. In addition, she plans to host a series of events—such as one in January at Emirates Stadium in London—to get kids in London excited about science and tech by offering them a day of challenges and experiments.

“The U.K. has been a nation of innovators,” she said. “But that won’t be sustainable without the companies becoming diverse to be able to accommodate 50% of the potential talent base. This report is a massive wake-up call.”

Read the full article by Laura Cohn via FORTUNE

Nexec Leaders Director Sarah Luxford was interviewed live on Sky News during London Technology Week on the diversity challenges and opportunities in the UK.

Nexec Director Sarah Luxford interviewed on SKY News on UK Tech diversity scene

Nexec Leaders Director Sarah Luxford was interviewed live on Sky News during London Technology Week on the diversity challenges and opportunities in the UK.



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