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
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.
Jamie Arnold - Talent Manager
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 - 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.
James Craig - Change Director
James is responsible for supporting our portfolio through the implementation of our Scaler Programme. Before joining ScaleUp, James was a consultant at Baringa and Accenture, previous to this he studied his MSc in Management at Imperial College London.
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.
Astrid Olsson - Team Support
Astrid joined ScaleUp Capital in 2022 after leaving the hospitality industry. As office manager she takes care of guests and is responsible for keeping the office running smoothly and overseeing administrative support.
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.
Tej Shah - Finance Director
Tej studied Maths and Computer Science at the University of Manchester. After graduating he qualified as a chartered accountant at PKF. More recently, Tej held senior positions at Puma Investments and Accel, before joining ScaleUp Capital.
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.
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.
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 - Investment 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.
After Oxford and Mckinsey, Bob grew four SaaS and information businesses in Sales Director and CEO roles – three to successful exits including the £95m PE-backed buyout of Capital Economics Ltd. He is now a non-exec director and adviser helping B2B SMEs to scale up, including our portfolio companies and potential investments.
Peter is a former CFO/CCO with 30 years as a board member in rapid growth businesses in the UK, US and Europe such as DeLonghi America Inc, Clean Air Power Plc and ByBox. His experience includes leading successful IPO's and PE exits, as well as refinancing and fundraising. He now supports businesses to manage strategy, growth and transactions.
Ed is a member of the House of Lords and sits on the Communications and Digital Committee. He is also an adviser to a number of technology companies. Ed was the Member of Parliament for Wantage between 2005-2019. During that time he was the UK’s longest-serving Minister for Culture and Technology.
Ian is a Chartered Accountant and has experience as CFO/ Finance Director of high-growth businesses including Skype, Space Ape Games, Lumeon, NewVoiceMedia, LoopMe and Phone.com. He is now part-time CFO to a small portfolio of growing companies.
Clair is a former CMO with 20 years of experience in high growth businesses both in the UK and globally. Winner of Marketing Week launch of the year, and the recipient of many industry accolades, Clair specialises in scaling B2B SaaS businesses quickly and effectively whilst driving equity value.
After graduating with an MSc in Management Science at Edinburgh University Rob joined Accenture where he worked for Prudential, ClearStream and the London Stock Exchange. He architected and managed the rebuild of the Rightmove platform before its IPO and worked as Development and Delivery Director at Monitise. Rob now uses his experience to support several scaleups as CTO.
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