People Driving Returns

Executive search and talent advisory for private equity

People Driving Returns

Executive search and talent advisory for private equity

People Driving Returns

Executive search and talent advisory for private equity

Argo Navis is a boutique executive search and talent advisory business. We specialise in supporting private equity funds, other alternatives managers, their investee companies and their advisors. We have a lengthy track record in delivering key executive hires and wider talent consulting, based on cumulative years of experience advising professionals, funds and deals as well as in wider practical leadership and team optimisation.

We look for the most effective ways to support our clients, whether as a traditional third party advisor, an in-house partner or as an extra set of eyes. We work with our clients both bilaterally and sometimes in association with corporate partners.


Executive search and talent advisory boutique

Supporting Clients

Executive Search

Investment & Value Creation professionals

Fundraisers & IR

Portfolio Company Leadership

Team, Culture & Individual Assessment

Leadership team analysis

Team effectiveness evaluation

Optimisation support

Talent Diligence

Supporting a search process

Pre-deal leadership analysis

Fundraising leadership referencing

Bespoke Projects

Referencing support

Hiring process design

Benchmarking projects

Flexible Partners

Traditional search mandates

In-house part-time partnerships

Wider talent consulting engagements


Argo Navis is led by Toby Ellison who brings more than ten years of consulting experience from a wide range of angles around the private equity industry.

Initially, he worked in private fund placement and mergers and acquisitions at Deloitte and since then has specialised in executive search at two leading London boutiques. His track record spans investment, value creation, and investor relations professionals, their advisors and the leaders of the companies they invest in. His first career was at sea in the Royal Navy, leading teams, people and operations, after which he completed an MBA at Cass Business School, London.

At the heart of our consultancy, we value most:

Giving open and honest and advice

Maintaining mutually supportive, unconflicted relationships

Managing efficient and rigorous processes


Behind Our Name

The ‘Argo’ was the ship (Navis), in ancient Greek mythology, for which Jason selected and recruited his intrepid crew, who became known as The Argonauts.   These pioneers sailed The Argo, in their quest for the golden fleece.

“People Driving Returns” points to Argo Navis Ltd’s objective to support our clients across the people agenda, in their own quests to generate financial and social returns for their stakeholders.



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