Co-Founder & Partner
Ric is Co-Founder of Founders Keepers, with over 15 years’ experience making key hires for some of the highest growth, digital companies in Europe and the US. Ric’s earlier career included finding and appointing senior talent for Skype and Zong before their eBay and PayPal acquisitions respectively. He has worked with leading US venture capital firms to bring their portfolios to Europe including Admob (now Google), Makerstudios (now Disney) and Wayfair (now $10bn IPO). Ric has made the first C-Level appointments for a host of Europe’s most successful start-ups including Moneyfarm, BabylonHealth, GetYourGuide and Deliveroo. He’s also advised Private Equity firms and global corporates to identify and secure talent to lead their digital transformations, including for WorldPay, Advent International and HSBC.
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 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 joined Founders Keepers from a consumer focused executive search firm, where he led the Technology and Digital practice. He advises startups, scaleups and globally listed businesses, as well as companies looking to implement digital transformation, across executive and non-executive roles.
Stephen entered executive search after more than a decade within governmental and technology 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 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 has over ten years’ experience in executive search. After completing an MA at St Andrews University, Lucy worked for boutique firms Moloney Search and The Cornell Partnership before joining JCA Group in 2012 (now part of Heidrick & Struggles). At JCA Group, she focused on finding CEOs, Chairmen, 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.
Katriona has spent over 14 years in executive search. She joined Founders Keepers from a consumer led, marketing and communications specialist search firm, where she focused on placing leadership talent into FTSE 100 businesses. Katriona is driven by helping both people and businesses to find that 'right fit'.
Dominique has over five years’ experience in executive search. During this time she has focused 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.
Advisor, DACH & CEE Region
Frederick joined Founders Keepers in 2021 and is leading business development in the DACH and CEE Region. He is strategic leader of international technology, software/ SAAS, fintech and media organizations with a proven ability to start businesses from scratch, build multinational organisations in growth industries and create high performing teams that deliver results. He has an extensive and trusted business network and is fluent/conversational in five languages.
Alexander joined Founders Keepers as a graduate from Oxford University. During his studies he lived in Russia, Brazil and Colombia where he managed to hone his significant linguistic skills. At Founders Keepers, he is passionate about helping innovative businesses. He is skilled at identifying the best and most diverse digital talent to disrupt and transform teams, across a wide range of sectors, with specialism in emerging technologies.
Alice joined the Founders Keepers team from a Financial Services search firm, where she focused on mid level appointments within leading Private Equity funds worldwide and across sectors. Previous to this Alice started her career working in outplacement assisting senior directors in career transition, after gaining a Psychology degree from Northumbria University.
Rea has joined from executive search firm H.I Executive Consulting, where she was primarily focused on hiring Partner and Senior level executives in the Business and Professional Services sector. Prior to this Rea studied Law at the University of Hertfordshire and obtained her MA in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College London.
Leigh joined the Founders Keepers team from executive search firm Leathwaite, where she focused on senior Human Resources appointments across the Financial Services sector. Prior to this, Leigh worked at a start-up recruitment firm helping to grow the international practice across the USA. Leigh graduated from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School with a MSc. International Business and holds a BSc. Business and Law degree from Dublin Institute of Technology.
Saahir joined Founders Keepers as an Associate, from a Financial Services company where he helped advance growth and innovation for UK businesses. He graduated with an MSci in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham with a study year abroad at the University of Melbourne.
Outside of work Saahir is an avid sports fan and has particularly excelled in cricket where he represented the University of Birmingham and Warwickshire County Cricket Club until the age of 18.
Sumaira has joined Founders Keepers as a Knowledge Analyst. Her focus will predominantly be on companies and the digital landscape, supporting both execution and business development. Sumaira recently graduated from the London School of Economics with a Law degree. Prior to joining, Sumaira worked as a Sales Associate at Harrods.
Originally from London, Anna was bought up in Southern Spain. She began her career in office support and administration in 2015. 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. Anna enjoys utilising her organisations, people and language skills to support the Founders Keepers team in everything from diary management to planning events. Anna is also working towards completing her degree part-time.
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.
Head of Marketing
To Michael, content is king, and he believes it to be the cornerstone of any successful engagement strategy. Michael has played a key role in creating and promoting content-led marketing strategies in several organisations, including developer platform Ably and executive search firm The MBS Group. As a result, his editorial portfolio features a diverse set of topics ranging from the behavior of Asian consumers to future avenues of growth in Edtech.
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 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 $750 million and include Karakuri and made.com.
Brent was awarded a CBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honour’s List for services to entrepreneurship.