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Martin Flood

CRO – retired

Blue Prism retained Ascension to develop and build the senior management, sales, alliance and solution consulting teams across EMEA with special focus on the UK, France, Germany and Sweden. The initial contract was extended due to their continued success and the partnership is still going strong 2.5 years later. They deserve the strong reputation they have in the market.


Peter Walker


As I change roles within Blue Prism, I feel compelled to write a commendation with a huge thank-you for the excellent work Ascension has done, successfully building out the presales function at Blue Prism.
They helped me so far to source numerous new recruits and I have been delighted with every single one. The team does an excellent job of understanding the company at large – its culture, messaging and strategy – and the subsequent attraction and preparation of candidates for interview. They clearly enjoy their work and bring a lift to what is otherwise a tedious exercise for a hiring manager.


Graeme Clark

SVP EMEA – Enterprise Accounts

Neil and the team at Ascension have worked with us for over two years across UK and Europe, and have been very successful in building out our senior sales function. They have sourced over 40 new sales hires and I have been delighted with the results. Ascension have understood our brief, culture and messaging and have done an excellent job of attracting the best candidates for interview. Neil is a strong negotiator and has been instrumental is closing out candidates that may have got away. Ascension has been a real pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend them to any software house needing to deliver against extremely aggressive growth plans, or needing to build out a leadership team in EMEA.


Martin Jervis

Former VP & MD at Blackbaud Europe

Ascension are focused, challenging and meticulous in their assignment preparation and execution of senior level search. They listened, reacted and re-defined the need, then worked hand in hand with my line managers to build European teams. My experience has been consistently positive, culminating in getting the best talent identified and hired.

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Duncan Keene

UK MD at Contentsquare

Kate and the team have been critical in helping me build the ContentSquare team/business in the UK.
A great team that provides a diligent personal approach in a super competitive martech space.

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David Kress

Former EVP Global Sales at Prelert

I’ve worked with Ascension to fill multiple positions for different roles across several companies. Each search was approached with the same level of professionalism, focus and dedication as the previous. The team operates with high levels of integrity and a commitment to success, and have consistently delivered solid results.


Brian Mort


The Ascension team fully understand the Blue Prism culture and strategy and have been instrumental in attracting a high calibre of candidates for each brief. A core strength for Blue Prism is their speed of execution, quality shortlists, candidate preparation and coordination of the interview process, which was especially critical during each ramp-up phase.


Mike Laurenson

SVP Global Alliances and Channel

AES’ understanding of the partner eco-system and insight into each market has been key to attracting relevant candidates across EMEA. During each hiring process they stay in close touch, giving regular market feedback and picking up quickly on any possible adjustments to the brief. As a client you can feel they are a close-knit team and hence highly effective.


Danny Arthur

Director, Worldwide Business Development at Blue Prism

I’ve been working with Ascension Executive Search for the last 12 months while building out a team of 14 business development representatives. I was hired to build a brand new team from scratch and it would not have been possible without the outstanding support of AES. My timeline was very tight, we started the search in mid-September and needed to have everyone hired by January. AES were not daunted by this timeline, instead they embraced it and I’m pleased to say that we hit the January deadline!

I cannot recommend AES highly enough and will certainly use them again in the future.


David Gray

SVP of Global Sales at Birst

Ascension assisted us to secure our key early hires in our international business, both in the UK and Asia Pacific. They wholly understood our requirements and delivered high-calibre and well-briefed candidates for each role, from which we then successfully hired. I was impressed with their speed of delivery and professionalism throughout the process and will continue to use them to help us build out our business.

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Stephen Kelly

Former CEO of The Sage Group, Microfocus and Chordiant

The term ‘search partner’ is often loosely bandied about but is appropriate when describing Ascension. I’ve worked with them over 18 years as CEO, Board Director and as an Investor and in each case they advised well on approaching the market, applying an appropriate search process and leveraging their knowledge network to achieve the best result and land top talent.


David Woodcock

SVP Worldwide Sales at Imperva

I’ve worked with Ascension over many years; the team’s industry knowledge and contacts in the market are first-rate. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.

Ross Hinchcliffe

Former VP EMEA at Cloudera

I particularly value Ascension’s solid market knowledge and research capabilities, which have helped me build strong teams across Europe both at TeaLeaf and Cloudera. In a fast-paced and demanding industry they continue to deliver exceptional people who understand the high expectations of leading US software pre-IPOs.


John Blackman


Ascension has been an invaluable partner in assisting us to build our executive and non-executive board. We worked together to evaluate and agree exactly what JHC needed and how the opportunity should be presented to the market. The shortlisted candidates Ascension delivered were a remarkable fit to the brief and for our organisation.

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Clients we have worked with

Blue Prism
Content Square
Content Square
App Dynamics
App Dynamics
Service Max
App Dynamics
Mind gym
The Advisory Board Company
Azul Systems
BMC Software
Mark Logic
Surf Control
Mercury Interactive
 Micro Strategy
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