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Who We Are

GrowthBuilders was founded to bring all the quality and experience from big business, faster and more flexibly to support start-ups and scale-ups. Our goal is to help build successful and lasting ventures, for the benefit of small and large enterprises.  

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Emily Steed

Emily has supported growth companies for over 18 years at PwC.  Understanding the importance of a personal, proactive and quality client service, she brings a commercial mindset to fuel your business' growth. As a qualified and practicing accountant at GrowthBuilders, Emily will be part of your management team, bringing insight to steer decisions. 

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Nigel Howlett

Serving 21 years as a PwC partner across Assurance, Deals and Head of Innovation, Nigel most recently set up the growth business practice at PwC. Nigel now brings that wealth of experience to GrowthBuilders to build & scale both early stage and well established organisations and advises on large company innovation.

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Tom Hoskin

Tom gained experience across different areas of PwC before focussing on building collaboration between scale-ups and corporates. As a qualified accountant, combined with time in management consulting and corporate innovation, Tom founded the PwC Scale programmes and has worked internationally to support over 400 growth businesses.

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Stephen Meager

Having learnt his trade in Asset & Wealth Management as a Chartered Accountant at PwC working with VC funds, Stephen then moved to the innovation and scale-up practice. Stephen has delivered everything from pitch coaching, through to designing a learning curriculum for growth and brings a wide network of specialists and expertise to GrowthBuilders.

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Max Heal

Max joined GrowthBuilders following five years at PwC working across Assurance and Consulting. A qualified Chartered Accountant with personal startup experience having co-founded a drinks brand, Max moved into PwC’s innovation practice supporting scale-ups with their growth ambitions and facilitating innovation for large corporations.

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Sarah Howlett

Sarah graduated from the University of Exeter and joined the GrowthBuilders team as Innovation Associate, working closely with disruptive technologies, building relationships with high-potential businesses in the innovation ecosystem and linking those to large corporate opportunities.

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Fanny Vingerhoets

Fanny has in-depth knowledge of SaaS sales and marketing having increased sales within a fast-growth tech scale-up. Fanny delivers that knowledge back to scale-ups as well as bringing large organisation innovation problem solving skills to the GrowthBuilders team. 

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Michael Walker

Michael brings prior experience from roles as Director of People & Talent (c.135 people) and Head of People at respective Series B scale-ups as well as Head of Talent Management at c.290 people telco & tech business that grew to 450+ on leaving. Michael's knowledge drives GrowthBuilders Talent, advising scale-ups how to recruit and structure for growth. 

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Josie Narramore

Josie is co-leading the latest iteration of the PwC Scale Retail programme, bringing new technology to a rapidly changing industry. Josie's forensics background means that the best scale-ups in the sector are brought through to the cohort, with no stone left unturned.

 
 
 

Join the team

We're growing fast. So if you want to be part of our journey then tell us more about yourself below. 

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James Walker

James brings a deals background to run the PwC Scale Enterprise (South East) programme working with disruptive tech around data, analytics, AI and organisational process to change the enterprise workplace.

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Freddie Thomas

Freddie leads the PwC Scale WealthTech programme and is looking to streamline and personalise the Asset & Wealth Management space by connecting solutions from the best scaling businesses into an industry ready for disruption.