Meet the Team

Philip Ellis
Founder & Managing Director
Philip is the Founder & Managing Director of Optima and leads end-to-end sell-side and buy-side transaction advisory work, and enjoys deeply embedded relationships with entrepreneurs, corporates and private equity investors in the human capital sector.
Value To Clients
  • More than 25 years of investment banking experience in the human capital sector
  • Excellent sell-side and buyside negotiation skills fine tuned over the decades
  • Highly versed in structuring very complex transactions
Philip has completed deals for UK and overseas plcs and PE owners of human capital businesses. In 2001, he founded and floated Staffing Ventures on AIM, initially to back recruitment start-ups. He exited in 2006 at a valuation of £56m. He is also a reputed judge of HR Tech and recruitment awards
Other things about Philip
  • Hereditary Freeman of the City of London
  • Member of the MCC
  • Loves travelling overseas