Upscale Partners / Appointments  / Case Study: Chief Operations Officer

Case Study: Chief Operations Officer


Indra Renewable Technologies, one of the UK’s fastest growing electric vehicle charging manufacturers, spun out of OVO Energy in 2021.  It now has support from investors including the Clean Growth Fund and Gulf Oil.



The business is scaling rapidly to meet the ever-increasing demand for its offering, amidst the exponential growth of the EV market.  To facilitate this, Indra required a highly experienced COO to develop a resilient manufacturing and supply chain strategy, and lead the ramp-up in production in line with forecasted demand and business growth objectives.



Having previously worked with the newly appointed CEO, we were asked to support Indra on this key appointment and conducted an in-depth search, targeting exceptional operational leaders from electronics manufacturing companies.

Our shortlist comprised a range of candidates from leading consumer electronics firms.  Each individual had successfully led scale-ups; establishing new geographical regions, bringing new products to market, and/or rapidly growing SMEs.

The appointed candidate was James Falla, who brings a wealth of experience in scaling manufacturing and engineering operations for large international organisations (such as GKN and TRW).  More recently, as COO of Ceres Power, he supported the scale up of operations to mass production, growing the market valuation from £10m to over £1bn.



“I have worked with Georgina multiple times.  She commits early in the process to understand your company, the role and what a successful candidate will need to bring to your party.  Georgina challenges you to think very clearly about your needs up front, provides constant feedback and communication throughout the process and, therefore, when the shortlist arrives, it always hits the mark!  Working with Georgina is a pleasure, always fun and enjoyable, and maximises the chance of a successful process”

 Ady Moores, CEO, Indra Renewable Technologies Limited


For more information on our work in climate tech and sustainability, please download our presentation

If you’d like to discuss any of your own talent challenges, please get in touch