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About us 2019-08-21T12:23:49+00:00

Managing Director: James Cowley

Having gained invaluable commercial experience early on in his career working in the US for a British manufacturing company, James began his recruitment career at PSD Group, at that point in time a FTSE-listed organisation. He then honed his executive search skills working in the technology practice at Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY), the world’s largest executive search and talent consultancy.

Armed with deep tech market and search process knowledge but looking to do something more entrepreneurial, James then joined an ASX-listed HR services provider to help to build a presence in Europe in the technology arena. In 2012 James joined a startup executive search firm as the ‘2nd man in’ to focus on the VC/PE-backed tech landscape; he has since helped a significant number of startups to mature into scaleups and a handful of scaleups to achieve successful exits.

James founded Quartermaster Digital in 2019 in order to better support technology entrepreneurs in scaling their companies.

Operations Manager: Isabel Lear

Isabel Lear is both a professional services industry veteran and a well-known entrepreneur in the Cotswolds. She began her career at KPMG in London supporting a variety of practice leaders. She then supported the managing partner at a top tier law firm over many years. Alongside aiding James in growing Quartermaster Digital, Isabel runs her own cosmetics business.

Our Research Team

Meticulous research and detailed market intelligence underpin each and every successful search assignment. Our team is comprised of associates who have worked for at least one of the top five global executive search consultancies and are therefore ‘classically trained’, but, critically, are individuals who have had both feet in the tech space for years and ‘think startup’.