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Building deep tech disruptors and innovators – from semiconductors to rocket ships

From the lab to commercial scale-up, we help build the executive teams and Boards of some of the most exciting deep tech companies

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An exciting industry with a unique set of challenges

Deep Tech firms are in an exciting place, developing pioneering technology, disrupting industries, and often experiencing rapid growth. Yet moving from a seed-funded start-up to a maturing business seeking sustainable long-term growth puts intense pressure on your leadership team. You have to satisfy investors, grow your customer base and continue to innovate.

We have over 20 years’ experience of supporting companies from inception, spinning out from Research Institutions and Universities, through their journey to commercial scale-up. We work with organisations to build the blend of skills and experience across their Board and Executive team to maximise their success as they make this transition.

Recent placements

VP Operations

Chief Financial Officer | VP People | Head of Supply Chain & Procurement

Chief Financial Officer | VP Marketing | Director of Software – Poland | Global Head of Insurance Sales | VP Software | VP Financial Operations

SVP Corporate Marketing | Chief Operating Officer

Chief Executive Officer | General Manager Asia Sales

Director of Product and Applications

Chief Composites Engineer | VP Marketing | Chief Financial Officer

Advisor – Europe | Advisor – Asia | VP Operations – Asia | Chief Engineer – Asia

Chief Commercial Offier

Managing Director

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Technology Officer

Supply Chain Director

General Manager

Chief Technology Officer | Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

A talent partner with specialist Deep Tech knowledge

From talent mapping and benchmarking to executive search and long-term support, we have the experience, the passion, and the talent network you need to build your executive team. Our consultants are based in Shanghai, Singapore, London, and Los Angeles. Not only does this give us access to a truly global talent pool; it also means we can help you enter new geographies as part of your growth strategy.

Our client list includes start-ups and scale-ups in the fields of robotics, autonomy, upstream and downstream space tech, EV batteries and battery chemistry, photonics, semiconductors, nanomaterials, sensor tech, energy and industrial IT.

“Our first Executive Search with SH Gillamor Stephens was to hire a GM China Sales. Paul Gillespie, Managing Director – Deep Tech, was able to introduce us to his Shanghai team where Yen Pin Ng, Managing Director – Asia, was able to lead a local search and hire a first-class candidate for us. We then looked to hire a scale-up CEO and Paul Gillespie and Yen Pin completed an executive search into both the Asian and European markets generating a strong shortlist of candidates. We were able to hire an excellent first choice candidate, Jody Paulus, who has now started as CEO. It has been a pleasure to work with Paul, Yen Pin and the team resulting in two excellent hires. They were able to demonstrate the impact that local teams in local markets can have on the quality of shortlisted candidates.”

Mikko Suonenlahti, Chairperson


Current opportunities:

Chief Financial Officer – Deep Tech Scale-up

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Senior Director, EV Propulsion – Global Automotive OEM

VP Operations

Head of Product Solutions

COO – First of a Kind Nuclear Fusion Business

Chief Financial Officer Opportunity – Micro-LED Display Technology Company, Raising Huge Series-B Round

Head of Structures

Chief Revenue Officer – AI Data Analytics Scale-up

VP Corporate Marketing

VP, Product

NED Opportunity – Series-C Funded, B2B Technology Scale-Up

Chief People Officer Opportunity – Series-C Funded, B2B Technology Scale-Up

NED Opportunity – Series-A Funded, Micro-LED Display Technology Company

Chief Financial Officer – Deep Tech Scale Up

Chief Operating Officer Opportunity – Series-A Funded, Micro-LED Display Technology Company

Diversity & Inclusion: finding the best candidate for the role

At Sheffield Haworth, every talent engagement includes a focus on diversity and inclusion. You need the best person for the role, and our approach helps to mitigate selection bias and emphasises the value of diversity of thought. When you need the best talent, we help you find it – whatever their background.

Insights from industry leaders across the Scottish Space Tech sector

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Stuart Mills, co-founder and CEO of STAR-Dundee
Peter Young CEO of GSI and co-founder of the Scottish Space Leadership Council

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Managing Director

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Oliver Smith

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