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Our Sherpas help you find your way

Like the guidance Tenzing Norgay gave Sir Edmund Hilary as he summited Everest, your dedicated Sherpa will support you as you climb and overcome your own Everest.

We start by recruiting highly commercial, top talent. Then we develop them in an in-depth induction and training programme and support them with one day per month of continuous professional development. Sherpas are coached by our Entrepreneurs Panel and a vibrant online Sherpa community enables them to share ideas and learnings so you get the best of a truly high performing team.

A Sherpa works directly for you, the CEO, at the heart of value creation to help you grow your business faster. Projects and priorities are decided on by you and your board – not us.

Real example projects include:

  • Reducing customer churn and improving customer experience
  • Improving channel partner management
  • Launching a new brand
  • Improving gross margin and quality control
  • Designing various employee equity schemes
  • Improving recovery and debt collection efficacy
  • Supporting a new product launch
  • Sharpening the pricing strategy and product offering
  • Building a business plan for international expansion
  • Revamping internal technology and systems
  • Developing new pricing and subscription models
  • Vendor selection and procurement for new finance system
Richard is doing an amazing job driving discipline and execution into our expansion projects - both acquisition evaluation, partnerships and special projects. He added value from his first week. He has come down the learning curve incredibly quickly. A great find and thanks for running a great programme.”

Andy Monshaw
Former CEO at Ticketer

For Sherpas, the two-year programme experience with Tenzing is an opportunity to accelerate your career in private equity. 

The programme suits ambitious individuals ready to take the next significant step in their career and capable of moving the needle in a business

During your time with the programme, you’ll benefit from:

  • The opportunity to join the management team of a fast-growing PE-backed company and lead significant change
  • Targeted training and development, designed around the core skills and competencies that will enable you to develop into an impactful PE-backed leader
  • Tailored professional development and coaching
  • A network of like-minded individuals who are not only peers in the programme with you but people you can call on

Become a Sherpa

Embark on a transformative career journey where you can drive significant impact in our portfolio and continue honing your skills as an impactful executive leader.

As a Sherpa, you’ll be a driving force, leading the expedition towards new heights of success. Much like scaling a peak, this role demands experienced and entrepreneurial operators, ready to navigate the complex terrain of business, supporting our CEOs and management teams as they conquer challenges and achieve substantial growth.

We’re looking for those who are not only driven by the thrill of the climb but also deeply passionate about leaving an indelible mark on the landscape of business. If you’re a results-oriented doer with a passion for business transformation, and our two-year career accelerator programme sounds interesting, we want to hear from you. 

We typically recruit Sherpas on a quarterly basis, reviewing applications shared via the link below on a rolling basis. 

“Bringing a quality person into our team to help with the myriad of projects that I can't get to, or my team can't get to, as CEO, has been one of the biggest advantages of dealing with Tenzing. It has helped me scale myself. A Sherpa is an asset that instantly gave me the reach I didn't have before.”

Robbie O'Brien
Founder of MetaCompliance

Meet the Sherpas

Highly commercial all-rounders, who we plug into your business to work by your side to help embed and execute new projects, and deliver strategic insights and recommendations, at your direction.

Sherpa at Saville Assessment
Ed supports Saville Assessment on strategic projects, working to grow the existing customer base while also looking at some exciting international acquisition opportunities.
Sherpa at Mahr EDV
Greg focuses on growing and scaling portfolio companies in the DACH region and is excited to be venturing out as the first “local” Sherpa based out of Germany.
Sherpa at Totara
Henry is our Sherpa at Totara where he is supporting the CEO on commercial projects and M&A activity.
Sherpa at MetaCompliance
Miles is assisting the leadership team with the integration of a recent acquisition, attaining the B-Corp certification and Board support, amongst other high-value projects.
Sherpa at Mandata
Clive works closely with Mandata’s Leadership Team across several strategic projects, including completing a strategic review of its marketplace product offering and supporting the Directors on executing on growth opportunities.
Sherpa at PSSG
Hillary works with Eric Dunmore, CEO at PSSG, to drive operational excellence.
Sherpa at CitNOW Group
Duncan works closely with the leadership team at CitNOW Group to support them with scaling their commercial function and operating model.

Sherpa Alumni

Chief Commercial Officer at Ticketer
Richard joined Ticketer as a Sherpa in September 2020, supporting the Leadership Team on strategic partnerships and M&A. He was promoted to the Exec Team as Chief Commerical Officer (UK) in October 2022.
Sherpa at Gravita
Simon joined Gravita as a Sherpa in April 2022, supporting the CEO with Finance Transformation. He was promoted to Group Head of Operations & Transformation in October 2023.
VP of International at MPLC
Clare graduated from the Sherpa Programme in April ’23 and is now VP of International at MPLC, where she’s driving the company’s goal of rapid, sustainable and profitable growth.
Chief Commercial Officer at activpayroll
Anna started as a Sherpa and, less than a year after joining the Programme, was promoted to Chief Commercial Officer at activpayroll, where she is responsible for sales and marketing.
Min graduated from the Sherpa Programme in ’23 and went on to set up and run a single Family Office for two successful entrepreneurs based in Berlin, where she gets to do everything from Investment Strategy to Operations.
Sherpa at MNI
Reuben graduated from the Sherpa Programme in March ’24 following a placement at MNI.
CFO at The Mothership
As a member of the founding team at The Mothership, Obi leads the finance function and plays a key role in M&A diligence and execution as well as fundraising. In November 2022, he was promoted to CFO.
Sherpa Alumni
Sayen graduated from the Sherpa Programme in ’23 and went on to an exciting growth-focused role at an Impact Fund. 
Rory joined MPLC as a Sherpa in Summer ’20 and became CEO in December ’21. He is leading the business through a period of change to improve efficiency, culture and drive growth.
Sherpa at activpayroll
Isreal graduated from the Sherpa Programme in September ’23, following placements at VIPR and activpayroll.
The Sherpa induction, monthly training, weekly mentoring, and day-to-day work supporting the CEO have made me challenge and question the frameworks I learned in business school. No amount of frameworks or textbook models will really grow a business; the Sherpa Programme has shown me that scaling a business requires you to continually question things, genuinely care for your customers and products, and ultimately it is your people that matter the most.”

Clive O'Sullivan
Sherpa at Mandata

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