The Founders


It all Started When..

How We met

Michael Walker and James Davies founded Walker Davies together in 2015. Walker Davies provides hiring for scaleups and startups on a 'search basis' with a mission to severely disrupt hiring services for startups that 'recruitment' companies were providing. Michael was Head of Talent at a company that one of James's companies was conducting an assignment for. They spent five or so minutes talking about the business in hand and the rest of our meeting putting the world to rights..

Why We started Scaleup Works

Michael and James realised that they were eager to 'give back' and educate other startups and ultimately allow startup founders to have access to a massive body of knowledge and value. Michael and James were hosting events under the name of 'Walker Davies' but absolutely didn't want their audience to feel in anyway way 'sold to' and so they separated the brands which also allowed us to put together a dedicated team and really focus on delivering everything they both wish they had access to at various points, and so, a new venture, ScaleUp Works was born!

James and Michael want to bring together great people in the same room and connect startups and scaleups while providing a great opportunity to learn from successful entrepreneurs through events, networking, discussion and thought leadership as well as making introductions to investors and offering expert advice.

ScaleUp Works events are developing event by event and we are on a mission to make sure every founder of a startup or scaleup knows who ScaleUp Works is and where they can find us and what we can do for them.

About MichaeL WALKER:     @_MichaelSWalker

Michael is Co-Founder of ScaleUp Works and Co-Founder of Walker Davies. Michael was previously Head of Talent at Exponential-e and is a mentor for Angelscube. Michael previously consulted for BCG, JP Morgan and Mizuho. 

About James DAVIES:     @JAMESDAVIES00

James is Co-Founder at ScaleUp Works, Co-Founder at Walker Davies and CEO and Founder at Beyond Search. James is also a Non-Executive Director at Eventuzz and DuckFaceLDN. James also sits on the board for Young Enterprise in Central London having previously being a volunteer business advisor. Before entering the world of business when he founded Beyond Search, James was a VP at another executive search company having qualified as a barrister and pilot before that.