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ScaleX Consulting are ready to take your life sciences business to the next level with access to a range of specialist consultants.

Lee Ashworth, Head of People Operations

Lee Ashworth

Lee Ashworth is the founder of ScaleX Consulting, a business management and recruitment company. Lee grew up in South Africa and the UK and graduated from the University of Brighton. 

Before starting as a Specialist Recruiter for the life sciences industry, Lee spent six years working for Merck Sharpe and Dohme and Sanofi-Aventis as a Key Account Manager. In 2006, Lee transitioned into the recruitment industry, where he quickly built a name for himself as the ‘go-to’ person for service delivery and attracting talent within the market. Sixteen years on, Lee has worked with most of the major players within the life sciences market and startups/scaleups across the UK and Europe. 

Let Lee and his team properly-implemented a ‘people strategy which will help grow your business and take it to the next level. Lee advocates people-centric practices and is experienced in delivering in faced-paced, ambiguous environments.

When Lee is not supporting his team, he spends time with his family, standup paddleboarding or pushing himself at Crossfit. 


Maja Paciejewska, Business Consultant

Maja Paciejewska, Business Consultant

“My background spans biochemistry, genetics and stem cell research. 

Next to academic achievements, since 2011, I have been working in consultancy roles and leading my own companies. After 2015, I permanently moved from academia into the corporate world, where I smoothly transitioned from regional scientist and application specialist roles into strategic & operational marketing. I had the pleasure of working for a few of the big life sciences players such as Bio-Rad, Thermofisher Scientific, Eppendorf and Nikon Instruments in pan-European, EMEA and Global roles. 

My expertise lies in strategic marketing, market research, sales and matrix organizations. I have a strong passion for coaching people and teams. I believe that good teamwork (and team-building with the proper rewarding system), customer-centricity, sustainability, and transparent leadership are pillars of every company’s success. I enjoy nature and landscape photography, opera, and hiking at the weekends in my spare time.”


Rowan Gibson, Sales & Marketing Consultant

Rowan Gibson

Rowan has over 15 years of commercial experience in Life Sciences and Biotechnology. 

With a background in Molecular Virology and a passion for science and technology Rowan moved into sales with roles at leading companies Bio-Rad and Life Technologies. Management and executive leadership roles followed at Covaris and Fluidic Analytics, Congenica and Formulatrix before working in consultancy roles for start-up and scale up companies. 

Rowan has a deep understanding of the Genomics and Molecular markets, and has operated in the Proteomic analysis market, with more recent experience in Liquid handing and lab automation. 

Experienced and networked across academia, biotech, diagnostic and health-care sectors and with experience of Sales, Marketing, Market Analysis and coaching high performing teams, Rowan provides the expertise to help drive the next stage of your company’s growth.

He is here to support our clients within any stage of their life sciences business. 


Abbie Sorrell-Fleet, Digital Marketing Consultant

Abbie Sorrell-Fleet

With over 15 years Marketing experience, Abbie owns a Marketing agency based in Eastbourne, East Sussex. Following a successful career within a Global Marketing Executive role in a Corporate business, Abbie decided to branch out with the view to helping SME’s with their Digital Marketing aspirations.

For the past 5 years, Abbie has worked with a variety of clients handling their marketing on a daily basis from social media, email marketing, influencer outreach, paid ads and blog writing. Abbie’s expertise also lies within branding, content creation, graphic design and website design.

“It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that a business owner trusts you to handle their Digital Marketing, allowing them to re-focus their energy and desire into areas of their business that they thrive within”


Steve Smith, Sales and Marketing Consultant

Steve Smith

Steve is an IVD professional with over 40 years of experience across a broad landscape of the diagnostic industry.

His background spans laboratory automation sales, product support (mechanical and applications), distributor support and international marketing. 

Steve has been heavily involved in laboratory workflow, laboratory IT solutions and global product launches. He has worked for several global diagnostic companies including Olympus Diagnostics, Beckman Coulter and The Binding Site group, as well a LIMS provider. 

During his career he held senior marketing positions including a Global Marketing Manager position for 8 yrs working extremely closely with Customer Services, QARA , Global sales teams and distributors to bring new products to market.


Ryan Headlam, Head of Financial Accounting

Ryan Headlam

Ryan is a qualified accountant who takes a modern-day approach to accountancy but with all the traditional values of a corporate organisation. Good accounting and bookkeeping are the lifeblood of a successful business, and Ryan will be on hand to offer you advice and guidance about all aspects of your business, from balancing your books to meeting tax deadlines. Let us handle your accounting and bookkeeping, freeing you up to do what you do best with the day-to-day running of your business.


Arlene Jordon, Client & Candidate Engagement Manager

Arlene jordon

Arlene is an experienced Executive Assistant with experience in Recruitment Resourcing and Client Management since 2015. 

Responsible for establishing effective and ongoing client and candidate communications. Adept at analysing client requirements and maintaining productive relationships. Her strong organisational skills come in handy internally and externally, allowing ScaleX Consulting to run efficiently and ensuring client projects are executed successfully.

Arlene believes mindfulness in the workplace is key to success – a tenet she lives out through her interests in meditation, gardening, and singing. She spends most of her free time at home with her family.


Isabella Pierboni, Business Support Manager

Isabella is a consummate professional and is known for approaching all aspects of any job with a positive, hard-working mindset; and is passionate about helping find solutions to any challenges. She brings an extensive background in customer service from the restaurant industry. 

Isabella is well organised and can oversee and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Focused and detail-oriented with the drive and commitment, Isabella will support the ScaleX Team ensuring all projects are executed successfully.

Isabella is currently studying data science, and in her spare time, she enjoys walking her dog, reading, and embroidering.


Kate Lamb, Health and Safety Specialist 

Kate’s career in the Health and Safety industry began over 15 years ago.  

She has worked on projects within high-risk industries, including the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and major building sites across London. This experience in rail, construction, civils and utilities has equipped her with a skill set few consultants share, and it is that breadth of knowledge that sets Kate apart from her peers.

She has also worked within various other industries such as Biotech, Media, Fire and Security and the Housing sector, to name but a few. She has assisted many companies in obtaining not only high standards of Health and Safety but also helping them to achieve certification in international standards such as 9001, 14001 and 45001.

Kate is passionate about providing exceptional consultancy services to startups and scaleups, covering all aspects of Quality, Health, Safety, and Environmental. She listens, evaluates and responds quickly with a simple approach to compliance and accreditation.

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