Connecting Transformational Leaders and Talent With High Impact Companies

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Executive Search

Hiring Done Differently

We set up ActedX to take an advisory first approach to succeed in hiring leadership and critical team talent.To do so, it’s vital to understand:

  • The business mechanics

  • It’s mission, objectives and values

  • What a great profile looks like in light of the businesses specific needs, culture, and direction

We find transformational talent and leaders for high growth start-ups and established SMEs.


  • Retained Executive Search for the C-suite, Non-Executives, and Directors

  • Scale-Up team build-outs

  • Leadership assessment


  • Technology - tech & tech-enabled services

  • Consumer - e-commerce, retail, travel & leisure, sport

  • Professional Services - financial, insurance, consulting & private equity


  • Owner-led businesses

  • VC-backed start-ups

  • Private Equity and Family Office Portfolios


  • UK, Europe, USA, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Singapore

Example Scenarios

  • C-suite and senior team build out for funded or growing scale-up

  • New CEO to allow founder to move into a non-exec role

  • New C-suite team in preparation for sale

  • Operating board director hires to facilitate company growth

  • New Sales Director to focus on growth

  • Board Advisor hires to act as founder intellectual sounding board, advise on strategy and GTM approaches

  • HR Director hire to put talent and hiring frameworks in place

  • Senior hires to help integrate companies post acquisition, or facilitate acquisitions

  • Board Advisor hires to open up new markets or help with a fundraise

Frequently Asked Questions

What Services do you offer?

We do retained executive search (C-suite, Non-Executives, and Directors), scale-up team build-outs, and leadership assessment.

Who do you work with?

We work with start-up, SME and scale-up business. We work directly with owners, intermediaries, and investors. We work in tech-enabled services (health, education, social care, professional services, e-commerce) that make a positive impact.

How do you work?

We take an advisory first approach to understand your business mechanics; mission, objectives and values; and role profile relative to your unique situation. We have a fast multi-step research, scorecard and report process to narrow down profiles. We attend interviews with you, acting as your advisor right-hand throughout the process.

How do you charge?

We charge based a % of the final salary. This is segmented into a retainer fee, shortlist fee, and final placement fee.

Do you offer a guarantee?

Yes. We offer 6 months.

Do you have proof of results?

Yes - 100's of successful projects. See our track record and testimonials.

How can I work with you?

Book a meeting and let's discuss your unique resuirements.

Meet The Team

Joe Thomsett | Director

Joe Thomsett is a respected business advisor and headhunter. Originally a Chartered Accountant, Joe turned around Contacta Systems, grew the Supper Club Entrepreneur's Form, and exited an Edtech Start-up to UCAS. He has spent the last several years hiring leadership teams as a Partner at a reputable search firm, before founding ActedX.

Ania Thomsett | Director

Ania is a seasoned researcher and project manager. She built her competency running the finance and projects functions (including internal hiring) for Adaptive Financial Consulting, Euro Car Parts, and a reputable oil and gas consultancy boutique. Ania looks after our research team as well as the company administrative functions.

Alex Lockey | Advisor

Alex is a pioneer in building lean, tech-enabled consultancy businesses. He is the founder of Bolt Search and Bolt Jobs, and has built a stellar reputation within the Education Sector. Alex advises on company strategy, technology and systems, candidate attraction methods, as well as contributing to complex client mandates.



Track Record Snapshot

  • CEO for £250m market cap AIM listed professional services group; prior to 9-figure exit

  • Board (CMO, COO) and Operating Board Hires (HRD, Engineering Director), deal and owner advisory, for £55m ee benefits company, prior to 9-figure PE backed MBO

  • 2 x Non-Execs for fast growing Digital L&D Provider, prior to 8-figure EV fundraise

  • COO for £10m Professional Services Company

  • Chair for £9m E-Bikes startup, post funding, with exit plan in mind

  • Managing Director and Finance Director hires for fast-growing PSHE Edtech SME

  • Management team overhaul for a luxury furniture e-comm start-up, as part of a highly successful change plan. Hires included Managing Director, Operations Director, Marketing Director, E-commerce Manager, and Board Advisor

How To Hire The Next Leader For Your Business

Hiring the right leadership is just about the most important factor in determining the success of your business.It sounds extreme. It’s not.There are no bad teams, only bad leaders.If your SME or scale-up hires the wrong leaders, a good situation can turn bad pretty fast. And a bad situation can turn disastrous.Yet no one gives you the playbook to hire more effectively. No one tells you what to do to ensure you’re making the right hire.

So we did if for you. We wrote a 14 page guide, teaching you the exact steps needed to make your next leadership hire.

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