• “Altima have a great understanding of what is required in sourcing a CFO for a VC backed business.”

    Chris Tottman-Partner Notion Capital

  • “Altima are our go to CFO search firm. First class network, reach and knowledge.”

    Dan Hynes-Partner Atomico.

  • “Altima consistently provide high quality CFO candidates with an exceptional hire rate.”

    Mark Caroe-Partner Eden Ventures

  • “Altima understood what we were looking for and provided a thorough search to find us an outstanding CFO shortlist”

    Peter Kemp-Welch, Partner Piper Private Equity

  • “John did a great job for us in the search of a Group FD for our business. We saw nearly all the top guys in the space”

    Chris Lovell-CEO, Golley Slater

  • “We have made several Finance Director placements through Altima who have become our first port of call”

    Dennis Hall-Baird Capital Partners Europe

  • “Altima have considerable experience of working with VC, including understanding the needs of the stakeholders”

    Andy Philips, Founder Active Hotels.com, Entrepreneur in Residence INSEAD

  • “They do a great job of managing the process, candidates and us!”

    Mark Caroe-Partner-EdenVentures


What We Do

We are a London based, highly experienced, highly targeted search business that exclusively moves CFOs to VC backed and Private Equity owned organisations

Who We Are

We are a privately owned innovative, boutique search firm founded in 2000, on the  principles that only a deep domain knowledge gained from operating within one space can enable us to offer truly value added advisory services around Board composition and the hiring landscape for CFOs. We are anti-generalist, highly entrepreneurial and fleet of foot, reflecting the nature of the client base that we serve.

Our Team

Altima consists of a team of highly experienced individuals, each with an extensive successful track record of sourcing CFOs for high growth entrepreneurial organisations. We have all previously worked within large international search firms and collectively own Altima, ensuring the desire to consistently deliver exceptional results to our client and candidate base alike.

Our Markets

We are industry agnostic, the commonality that runs through our client base is that all of the businesses that we advise will be either VC backed, Private Equity owned or about to execute a transaction to attract external investment and require a CFO to lead them through this. We have successfully worked within technology, retail, marketing services and business services.

Sarah Kynaston

Sarah is a co-founder of Altima with John Watkins and has over 16 years experience of  moving senior finance executives to high growth, private equity backed businesses. Prior to founding Altima, Sarah was a director of a London based CFO search firm and is the only member of the team that actually trained to be an accountant!

Our Research Team

Altima has developed a first class in house research capability, with a highly experienced team, responsible for mapping the Venture and Private Equity markets, helping to identify exceptional CFOs for our clients and produce value add reports and commentary around such topics as CFO remuneration, average equity participation levels and industry specific deal flow.


Join Us

Altima is still growing and would love to here from both experienced headhunters and researchers that are interested in joining a progressive, mature and market leading business as we continue our journey.

John Watkins

Prior to originating Altima in 2000, John had spent three years as the CFO practice head of a London based Executive Search Firm. John founded Altima on the principles that in order to really offer a holistic advisory service to Companies and CFOs alike as opposed to merely a recruitment solution then you need an understanding and knowledge of the space akin to that of the individuals you’re advising.

These principles still underpin Altima today