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Executive search for scaleups

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Scale up with Upscale

Combining 40+ years of talent expertise, Upscale Partners is an executive search firm specialising in building exceptional leadership teams for innovative scaleups.


We appoint key leadership roles, from the Boardroom to Functional Heads, that enable our clients to achieve vital scaleup objectives, such as:

  • Expand overseas

  • Commercialise tech

  • Ramp-up production

  • Drive revenue growth

  • Accelerate scale-up

  • Close funding rounds

  • Deliver exits

  • Maximise shareholder value

Our services

Executive search

Rare leadership talent with the experience and track record to make your vision and ambitions a reality.

Non-executive search

Board appointments with the knowledge, network, and profile to unlock your growth objectives.

Salary benchmarking

Data & insights for effective compensation strategies to attract, retain, and motivate talent.

High-impact hires

We appoint key leadership roles from the Boardroom to Functional Heads. Our hires have delivered huge things for our clients, enabling them to:

Expand into international markets
Commercialise technology

Maximise shareholder value
Drive revenue growth
Ramp-up production
Accelerate scale-up
Close funding rounds
Deliver exits

Case studies

A team built for success

Building a high-performance leadership team enabled an Oxford University spin-out to achieve a successful exit to Mercedes-Benz


Accelerating growth in the USA

Hiring a US-based Chief Commercial Officer accelerated growth in North America for this Series B tech company


“Upscale Partners have been intrinsic to YASA’s scale-up journey.
I have been impressed by their service level, expertise, and ability to find and attract the very best.”

Graeme Cook
Managing Director, YASA

Our methodology

Our precise methodology, combined with deep expertise in the unique challenges of scaling a business, ensures that our clients make the right hires at the right time, and avoid losing vital momentum or missing key growth objectives.

1. Consult + Brief

We help you define the role/requirement and craft the proposition, maximising its appeal to the talent you want to attract.

2. Investigate + Identify

Market deep-dive, uncovering all potential candidates, giving you access to the widest possible talent pool.

3. Engage + Evaluate

From initial approach through to face-to-face interview, we build candidate interest in your opportunity.

4. Select + Shortlist

After rigorous assessment, we present you with the most exceptional candidates.

5. Offer + Hire

We support you throughout your interview process, advising on offer negotiations, through to successful appointment.


Get to know your partners

Emma Brown

Emma has worked in executive search for 20+ years, helping trailblazing companies make key hires around the globe.


Having seen a loved one directly benefit from cancer treatment on a groundbreaking clinical trial, she understands the importance of innovation and ensuring technologies that have the capacity to improve our way of life reach the widest possible market. Emma is, therefore, committed to helping her clients secure world-class talent, giving them the best possible chance of success.

Georgina Worden

Georgina has been helping fast-growth technology companies to build their leadership teams for almost two decades.


Now, with two young children, she is more dedicated than ever to supporting pioneering businesses with the potential to truly change the world for the better. With a passion for sustainability, Georgina uses her expertise, experience, and unwavering commitment to enable her clients to attract and appoint the exceptional talent required to meet the most vital of challenges.

Download report

Download the C-Suite Compensation Report

Get crucial insights into the C-suite compensation landscape with this FREE report from one of the leading executive search firms for scaleups.
Explore the latest salary data and benchmarks, combined with key findings on the influence of funding stage & valuation, the highest-paying sectors & regions, the gender pay gap, plus shifts in attitudes, priorities, and more.

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Work with us

Our clients have a clear vision of the business they want to build, and know they need to hire the right talent to get them there.

If you are an ambitious scaleup with a strong technology proposition and the funding to drive growth, then we are ready to make that happen. Our specialist knowledge, tailored service and global reach will enable you to find the people who share your vision and possess the talent and experience to make it a reality.

Partner with us and see how our tailored search process will deliver you those rare, proven business leaders that will meet your ambitions and take your scaleup to the next level.

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