Consistently exceeding expectations for more than 18 years.
Our goal is to be the best scale-up specialist in the digital 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 scaling up companies at an accelerated rate, with improved quality and more robust performance.
Our intent is to build great businesses and deliver world-class returns to founders, managers, co-investors and our own fund investors.
Meet The Team
Simon Philips - CEO
After graduating with a first class degree in engineering from Cambridge University and starting his career at Bain & Company, Simon spent 11 years building and then selling two digital businesses before setting up ScaleUp Capital in 2003, he has gone on to develop an enviable track record as an investor and scale-up specialist in the digital sector.
Frank Hyman - COO
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.
Michael Allen - Investment Director
Michael graduated from Kings College London with a first class honours in 2008. He is responsible for ScaleUp Capital's deal origination and execution. He is a chartered accountant and investment professional of 10 years. Before joining ScaleUp Capital, Michael spent 5 years with PwC in their Corporate Finance division.
David Sparrow - Investment Director
David is primarily responsible for deal origination and execution at ScaleUp Capital. 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, where he worked primarily with technology services businesses.
Michael Panagopoulos - Strategy Director
Michael focuses on strategic analysis and detailed examination of new markets to understand where growth opportunities lie. His strategic experience comes from his senior roles at L.E.K. and EY Parthenon. Previous to this Michael completed an M.B.A following his studies at Cornell University.
Kirstyn Lowry-Corry - Finance Director
Kirstyn is an experienced portfolio manager and fully qualified chartered accountant. After studying Finance and Economics and the University of Durham, Kirstyn moved into senior positions at Montagu Private Equity and Saffery Champness, before joining ScaleUp Capital in the first half of 2020.
James Craig - Change Director
James is responsible for supporting the senior leadership teams in our portfolio companies through the successful implementation of the Scaler Programme. Before joining ScaleUp Capital, James was a management consultant at Baringa Partners and Accenture, previous to this he studied at the University of Nottingham before completing his MSc in Management at Imperial College London.
Jamie Arnold - Talent Manager
Jamie is responsible for ScaleUp Capital'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 before joining ScaleUp Capital in 2020.
Niall Casson - Marketing & Origination Manager
Graduating with a first class honours in Business Management and Marketing, Niall is responsible for ScaleUp Capital's deal origination and brand management. His role involves building new relationships with exciting businesses. His background sits within financial services and technology.
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.
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