Consistently exceeding expectations for more than 18 years.
Our goal is to be the best scale-up specialist in the B2B sector, and to pioneer a new hybrid model that fuses an operational scale-up platform with private equity investment.
We have a track record of consistently helping to scale up companies at an accelerated rate, with improved quality and more robust performance.
Our intent is to help build great businesses and deliver world-class returns to founders, managers, co-investors and our own fund investors.
Meet The Team
Michael Allen - Investment Director
Michael graduated from Kings College London with a first class honours. He is a chartered accountant and investment professional of 10 years. Before joining ScaleUp, Michael spent 5 years with PwC in their Corporate Finance division.
Yaqoob Alvi - Finance and Commercial Director
Yaqoob graduated from McGill with a degree in Finance. He then qualified as a chartered accountant at Deloitte before working in investment banking at Credit Suisse London. His subsequent experience was in Venture Capital at 14W Venture Partners, before joining ScaleUp.
Jamie Arnold - Talent Director
Jamie is responsible for ScaleUp's talent acquisition and leadership development function. Jamie graduated with a first class honours from the University of Exeter in 2016, following this he spent 4 years with Skill Capital, a private equity-focused executive search firm.
Louis Blaxill - Change Executive
After graduating from Exeter with first class honours in Economics and Politics, Louis joined Baringa Partners where he specialised in delivering strategic transformational change.
Niall Casson - Origination Manager
Graduating with a first class honours in Business Management, Niall is responsible for ScaleUp Capital's deal origination and brand management. His role involves building new relationships with exciting businesses.
Frank Hyman - Managing Director
After graduating in PPE from Oxford University, Frank started out in consultancy with Bridgewater and then Capgemini, before taking on operational and MD roles at Electrocomponents and Autocue. Joining ScaleUp in 2013, Frank has led new investments and the further development and rollouts of our Scaler Programme.
Joe Jarman - Strategy Director
Joe works on value creation with our portfolio companies, helping them deliver on our shared growth ambitions. After graduating with a First Class MEng from Bristol, Joe worked for L.E.K. Consulting before holding roles in strategy, operations and general management at an array of tech start-ups.
Henry Macpherson - Investment Manager
After graduating from Newcastle University with a BSc, Henry spent time working in a SaaS startup in both operational and business development roles. After which he moved to Killik and Co working as an Investment Manager. Henry is primarily responsible for ScaleUp Capital’s fundraising activities.
Simon Philips - CEO
Simon spent 11 years building and then selling two digital businesses before setting up ScaleUp Capital in 2003, previous to this he graduated with a first class degree in engineering from Cambridge University and started his career at Bain & Company. He has gone on to develop an enviable track record as an investor and scale-up specialist in the digital sector.
David Sparrow - Investment Director
David is primarily responsible for deal origination and execution at ScaleUp. He started he career at Deloitte, where he qualified as a chartered accountant. His subsequent experience was across investment and operations at Bloc Ventures and M&A advisory at Equiteq.
Nishul Shah - Portfolio Director
Nishul graduated from London School of Economics with a degree in Business, Mathematics and Statistics. His prior experience includes Investment Banking at Barclays Capital and Consulting roles with EY and Deloitte. Nishul has held numerous Private Equity portfolio operating roles with Aurelius Investments and more recently, took on a director position in a food tech start-up.
Karen Steadman - Team Support
Karen joined ScaleUp Capital in August 2015 and has previous experience in marketing and events. Karen supports the senior team and is involved in projects across the company portfolio.
Nathalie Thébault - Investment Director
Nathalie leads sourcing and execution in the DACH region as well as other core European markets. Having studied Politics and Economics at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Nürnberg, she went on to work at Munich Private Equity Partners followed by Clearsight Investments before joining ScaleUp Capital.
Mikkel Tolnaes - Strategy Director
Mikkel focuses on identifying and unlocking strategic growth opportunities for our portfolio companies. His experience comes from his senior position at L.E.K. Consulting and from being an early employee at a start-up. Mikkel holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge and B.Sc. in Finance.
William Wellesley - Managing Director
William graduated from Oxford with a degree in PPE. He then qualified as a chartered accountant before working in investment banking at Schroders. He has held a number of senior roles including COO of St. James’s Place Capital, Joint MD of Molton Brown Group in the period up to its sale to Kao Corporation, Group COO of GEMS Education and CEO of Book People.
Victoria Wiesener - Portfolio Director
Victoria graduated with a degree in International Business with Languages before moving into Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley and then Private Equity with Apax Partners. She has since held senior operational roles across various industries, including most recently CFO of a high-growth B2B SaaS business that was sold to Zoopla. Victoria is also a qualified CIMA accountant.
ScaleUp partners with DotVector, an exciting strategy consulting and data science specialist in the digital sector.
Our scaler portfolio regularly engages DotVector to help explore and assess market opportunities, help develop their scale-up strategies or to turn their data into actionable insights.
Become a ScaleUp Capital Leader
We often back existing CEOs and management teams, but there are occasions where we need to add new leaders to the C-suite.
It’s great to work with a proven CEO, but we are also always on the lookout for emerging, high-potential leaders. These individuals are earlier in their professional careers but are super-bright, driven, commercial, and ambitious, with backgrounds often in strategy consulting.
If you fit this bill and want to move from consultancy into entrepreneurial management, then please do get in touch