Who we are

Our people are our greatest asset. You will work with a standout team who combine their network and diversity of thought, with the knowledge of the Founders Forum ecosystem, to bring you the best solution.

Our team

Richard Segal

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Ric has spent his entire career helping to build leadership teams for some of the world's most successful ventures and have helped amazing people to fulfil their ambitions and potential.
Recently he's worked with some of the fastest growing consumer companies globally, including; Allbirds, Reformation, Harry's, Nextdoor, Away, Pangaia, Voi, DoorDash and many more.
He also partners with the most successful Venture Capital and PE backed companies such as Andreesen & Horowitz, Sequoia, Index, Advent International, Bain Capital and Hellman & Friedman, to help them hire impactful leadership talent into their portfolio companies, such as InPost, Hermes & WorldPay.

Earlier in his career he placed senior talent at Skype and Zong before their eBay and PayPal acquisitions respectively, as well as making the first hires in Europe for the likes of Admob (now Google), Makerstudios (now Disney) and Wayfair ($10bn IPO).

Lizzie Segal

Co-Founder & Partner

Lizzie is Co-Founder of Founders Keepers. Prior to FK she spent some years in executive search and recruitment roles, focusing predominantly on Finance & Investment roles, and earlier in her career as Management Accountant for a large restaurant chain. Lizzie now oversees the day to day operations of Founders Keepers across business operations and finance, internal hiring and managing special projects.

Hannah French

Partner

Hannah is Partner at Founders Keepers, where she helps fast-growth tech companies to build their senior management teams. She has spent her entire career working in executive search for high-growth companies globally, across tech sectors including SaaS, big data, ecommerce, fintech, medtech, and proptech. Hannah is passionate about helping her clients to hire executives who will make a long-term positive impact on the company’s growth. She also enjoys mentoring early stage companies on how to plan for hiring as they scale.

Stephen Rosenthal

Partner

Stephen advises a broad range of clients across the venture capital, private equity and listed spectrum on key senior hires. More generalist than specialist, Stephen’s areas of focus include Product, Data, Commercial, Marketing and Communications mandates.

Joining FK from The MBS Group, where he led the Digital and Technology Practice, Stephen’s earlier career saw him spend more than a decade within technology and governmental communications, including six years with Google.

He established the Campus London project, the UK’s largest early-stage incubator hub, developing a deep knowledge of the global technology startup community.

Sim Lamb

Partner

Sim has worked in search and recruitment for over a decade and today helps start ups, scale ups and innovative business leaders build out their leadership teams. Sim specialises in HR, People and Talent, and has passionate belief, as well as deep insight, into the value that these leaders bring. 

Lucy Broer

Director

Lucy joined Founders Keepers in September 2019 from JCA Group (now part of Heidrick & Struggles) where she spent five years finding CEOs, Chairs, Non-Executive Directors and other C-Suite Executives for FTSE 100 & 250 businesses. She worked predominantly across Consumer and Retail, and latterly was responsible for heading up the JCA Research team. Alongside her Director role at Founders Keepers, where she works mainly on NED, CEO, COO, and CHRO appointments for scale-up businesses, Lucy heads up Learning & Development for the team. She has an MA from the University of St Andrews and is a mother to two children.

Katriona Windsor

Director

Katriona specialises in senior level hires in the marketing, commercial and growth space. She brings over 15 years experience working with the world's most ambitious and innovative businesses, be that those that are VC or PE backed, to listed or private.

Clients have ranged from exciting, scale up businesses such as carwow, infogrid and Finisterre, to large institutions such as Burberry, Google and Sky.

Katriona has a deep interest in consumer-facing businesses, those that sit at the intersection of creativity and technology, and those that are moving through digital growth and /or transformation. She has a particular passion in how digital is changing consumer behaviour and the impact that this has on a business' talent needs.

Dominique Askew

Principal

Dominique focuses on building senior management teams for fast-growth, international tech companies. Prior to joining Founders Keepers she worked on Executive Committee and Non-executive Director assignments for global blue chip, FTSE 100 & 250, AIM businesses and private equivalents. After a BA at Durham University, Dominique qualified as a solicitor with “magic-circle” law firm, Allen & Overy before joining JCA Group (now Heidrick & Struggles) in 2013, and in 2019 joining Founders Keepers.

Jessamy Vero

Principal

Jessamy joined Founders Keepers in 2021 from the TMT Practice at Egon Zehnder.

She specialises in advising clients in the Consumer Digital, Media and Technology space on Board, CEO and C-suite hires. Jessamy brings experience working with a range of clients from FTSE 100, global blue chip organisations to high growth PE and VC backed businesses. She is passionate about unlocking potential in businesses by finding transformative and purpose - driven talent. 

Jessamy started her career in the New Delhi, India office of Odgers Berndtson. She graduated with a BA from Durham University before completing a Masters in International Marketing and Business from Newcastle Business School.

Daniel Finer

Principal

Daniel joined Founders Keepers in January 2022 to lead CTO and VP Engineering searches for start-ups, scale-ups, and PE-backed businesses across Europe. Previously at Marlin Hawk, Daniel led executive search and talent consulting projects for Financial Services clients, hiring C-Suite Executives into the following functional areas; CTO, CIO, CDO (Digital & Data), Product, and Engineering. Daniel graduated with a Bachelors Degree in International Relations, obtained at the University of Leeds.

Alicia Allen

Principal

Alicia joined Founders Keepers originally in 2021 in a freelance capacity and has since returned to our team on a permanent basis. Previously at The MBS Group, Alicia specialised in the consumer space at Board - level across retail, leisure, hospitality on a global scale conducting searches on behalf of PE backed, privately owned and FTSE 100 clients. Her range of cross functional experience spans commercial, marketing, technology & engineering, digital, data and general management. Prior to this, she worked at a boutique executive search firm also specialising in the consumer space. Alicia entered Executive Search after five years working in Communications, having graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in Art History.

Alice Garber

Principal

Alice joined the Founders Keepers team in 2019 from Arkesden Partners, a Financial Services search firm where as a Consultant she led on appointments within leading Private Equity funds worldwide. Previous to this Alice started her career working in outplacement assisting senior directors in career transition, after gaining a Psychology degree from Northumbria University.

At Founders Keepers, Alice is passionate about delivering on notable hires in order to drive growth and innovation amongst the most disruptive companies. Whilst she is a generalist, she has a broad specialism and interest emerging across financial, commercial and operational hires.

Alexander Dial

Head of Strategy

Alex joined Founders Keepers as a graduate from Oxford University.

Over his time at Founders Keepers, he has worked with a number of early stage start-ups in emerging sectors and is passionate about helping truly innovative businesses. Following 3 years in the London office, Alex moved to Berlin to establish the German team for Founders Keepers where he is currently based. He is skilled at identifying the best and most diverse digital talent to disrupt and transform teams, across a wide range of sectors, with a specialism in DeepTech and works on a variety of strategic and commercial topics for the business.

Rea Loizides

Senior Associate

Rea is part of our People and Talent practice, helping innovative founders and organisations with finding their People leaders. Prior to this, Rea was working for an international executive search firm  where she was primarily focused on hiring Partner and Senior level executives in the Business and Professional Services sector. Rea studied Law at the University of Hertfordshire and obtained her MA in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College London.

Daria Koren

Senior Associate

Daria joined Founders Keepers in 2022 from consumer specialist executive search firm The MBS Group, where she focused on senior appointments across the fashion, luxury and lifestyle sectors. Prior to this, she obtained her degree in Modern Languages at the University of Cambridge. She is fluent in Spanish, Italian, Croatian and Catalan, and has spent time living and working in Rome and Barcelona. 

Evi Symeou

Associate

Evi joined Founders Keepers in 2022 after working as a structural engineer at Eckersley O’Callaghan. Prior to this, she obtained her integrated Master’s degree at the University of Leeds, completing her third year at the University of Western Australia, Perth. She is passionate about tech and innovation, with a particular interest in FinTech, BioTech, sustainability, and impact. In addition, she loves to travel and is currently learning Spanish.

Evie Tomkins

Associate

Evie joined Founders Keepers in 2022 from EY where she was a Consultant in their Financial Services Consulting practice. Prior to this, she graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in Economics and Geography. Aside from work, Evie is an animal lover and has recently signed up to be a volunteer for a charity that walks dogs for the elderly.

Daniel Giles

Associate

Daniel joined Founders Keepers early in 2022. He graduated with a degree in Psychology and spent the following year completing an internship within an international Diversity and Inclusion team at a global law firm.

Outside of work, Daniel is a keen health and wellbeing enthusiast and can often be found in the gym or staying active outdoors (weather permitting!).

Hannah Burt

Analyst

Hannah joined Founders Keepers in 2022 after completing her MA in Political Economy, from the Berlin School of Economics and Law. Prior to moving to Berlin, she gained experience working in a variety of roles internationally; including in Barcelona, Houston, and Edinburgh. Outside of work Hannah stays active through a variety of sports and completed her first half-marathon in 2021. In addition, she keeps herself busy perfecting her German and French language skills. 

Anna Aldridge

People & Ops Manager

Originally from London, Anna was brought up in Southern Spain and is a fluent Spanish speaker. When she returned to the UK in 2015, she began her career in office support and administration. Prior to joining Founders Keepers, Anna gained extensive experience in the recruitment industry, as well as having the opportunity to work as a Team Assistant in the private office of a high-profile and consequential politician. Since joining FK in 2018, Anna's role has naturally evolved with her strengths and interests, and she now manages our scheduling processes, and people operations across onboarding, HR policies, employee engagement amongst other things.

Shauna Wentzel

Executive Assistant

Shauna joined Founders Keepers in 2021 from a leading specialist Executive Search firm where she was responsible for the smooth running of the office and providing support to the Managing Directors and Partners. Prior to this she worked for one of the top management consulting firms as Senior Operations Specialist for their Canary Wharf Office.
Before to moving to London in 2009, Shauna graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree - specialising in Marketing and Management from the University of South Africa.

Georgia Khong

Executive Assistant

Georgia joined Founders Keepers in 2022 as an Executive Assistant. Originally having studied Nutrition at King’s College London, she started her career in the not-for-profit industry where she supported and implemented large-scale campaigns, including Jamie Oliver’s Sugar Tax. Georgia joined from Imperial College London where she further developed her organisation and project coordination skills. With a conscientious approach to work and a real desire to have an impact, she is excited to support the Founders Keepers team on their ambitious journey.

Sophie Heywood

Search Coordinator

Joining Founders Keepers in early 2022, Sophie comes to us from a career in the Arts. She gained a degree in Vocal Studies and Opera from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, during which she was fortunate enough to perform as part of the London Symphony Orchestra Discovery and tour with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Following her graduation, she started her career managing in some of the most prestigious classical arts venues in London.

Khulood Al Ibrahim

Marketing Associate

Khulood is based in Berlin and handles all things marketing for FK. She brings in past experience in executive search coupled with a love for community management, content, client relations, and BD. Outside of work, she's an amateur writer and an avid consumer of good movies.

Advisory board

Brent Hoberman

Board Member

Brent is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Founders Factory (corporate-backed venture studio and accelerator), Founders Forum (global community of founders, corporates and tech leaders), and firstminute capital (2017: $100m seed fund with a global remit, backed by Atomico, Tencent and over 30 unicorn founders). Previously, Brent co-founded lastminute.com in 1998, was CEO from its inception, and sold it in 2005 to Sabre for $1.1bn. Technology businesses Brent has co-founded have raised over $750m and included Karakuri and made.com.

Brent was awarded a CBE in the 2015 New Year's Honour's List for services to entrepreneurship.

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