Who we are

People are the single most important part of any organisation and KNiON was established to partner with organisations to execute lasting change through people-led performance improvement.

KNiON was founded by Ben Knight, with the ambition of bringing in the next generation of Executive Search and Leadership Consulting organisation; a business fit for a world of change and diversity that enables our partners to achieve results they did not think were possible

If you want to know more about us, or are interested in joining our growing team, then please get in touch.

Ben Knight

Founder and CEO

An expert in partnering with entreprenuers, and VC/PE-backed organisations, Ben established KNiON as he passionate about building the next generation of executive search firm in an industry prime for disruption; a business fit for a world of change and diversity that enables our partners to achieve results they did not think were possible.

Prior to establishing KNiON, Ben was a member of the Management team at Fortune Hill, leading the General Management, Commercial, Technology and HR Practices. More recently, he was part of the International Digital, Technology & Commerce Leadership team at Marlin Hawk, leading CxO searches and advisory projects for some of the world’s biggest brands.

Hobbies and Interests

Ben is a passionate sportsman and competed at county level in 4 different sports. Whilst finally accepting that he probably won’t make it pro, he continues to enjoy playing and watching a variety of sports. He is also passionate about the human mind and is an avid studier of pscyhology

Favourite Quote

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence” – Vince Lombardi

Joey Clabbon

Associate Consultant

Joey is responsible for successfully delivering on a range of executive searche projects for entrepreneurs, and VC & PE-backed organisations, with a aprtiuclar focus on Operational and commercial leadership roles

Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, Joey moved to the UK with his family at the age of 9 and went to school in Cheltenham, before graduating with a degree in History from the University of Swansea.

Hobbies and Interests

An all-round sportsman, he excelled in Rugby and played at County level. He is an avid Oxford United supporter and an advocate for all exercise and sport. You can find him either on the sporting field, or playing the guitar, covering an eclectic range of music, from Britpop, pop-rock, to soul, in his own time.

Favourite Quote

“The most important ability is availability.” – Bill Parcells

Zoe Nicole Adkin

Executive Assistant

Zoe is responsible for delivering the very best experience for both candidates and clients across our projects. She also plays a key role in supporting Ben to lead our finance, operations, HR, admin and marketing, playing a key role in supporting the business as we continue to grow.

Born and raised in Leicestershire, Zoe graduated from London Studio Centre, The University of the Arts London, before pursuing a career in Musical Theatre for 7 years. Zoe continued to train with the Royal Academy of Dance and has taught Classical Ballet and Pilates across the UK and Singapore.

Hobbies and Interests

Outside of her work with KNiON, Zoe can be found travelling, teaching, dancing, attending music gigs and keeping active with Reformer Pilates.

Favourite Quote

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun

Richard Collis

Board Member / Non Executive Director

An expert in corporate finance and working with entrepreneurs, Ricky’s knowledge and advice is invaluable as we scale KNiON over the coming years and usher in the next generation of executive search firm. Business Magazine’s Young Dealmaker of the Year 2021, he also provides deep expertise to us and our clients as we continue to work with many of the top Founders across Europe to build, scale, and exit their businesses.

Scott Dickson

Associate Consultant

As an Associate Consultant, I am focused on delivering Director to C-Level searches, supporting entrepreneurs and founders, Private Equity & Venture Capital backed organisations, and some of the world’s most recognisable brands, through periods of change, transformation, and growth.