James Cowen


“The pace of technology change is faster than ever, requiring businesses in every sector to innovate.  Our dedicated Technology practice takes an expansive approach to technology leadership, encompassing the evolving Software and IT services sector as well as digital transformation across industry.”


James joined Ridgeway Partners as a Partner and leads the Technology and IT Services practice.  He specialises in placing board members, CEOs and senior leadership across quoted, private, family companies and partnership structures.  He also advises clients on strategy, technology and transformation leadership.

Previously James was a leading member of a European TMT industry practice, working on a range of international board and c-suite appointments for leading Tech, IT Service and Management Consultancy firms.

Prior to that, James was Managing Director at Accenture, where he led the UK High-Tech industry business.  This included developing the firm’s positioning as a strategic growth partner to disruptive, hyper-growth enterprise software organisations across Europe.

As an international management consultant, James has worked throughout Europe, the US, China and Japan, advising multi-national clients on post-merger integration, operating model and organisational transformation.

James holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.