Company background

Sedex is a technology company providing data, insights and professional services to improve sustainability in supply chains.

Sedex’s platform, tools and services make it simpler for businesses to manage sustainability risks, improve ESG performance, source responsibly and meet their sustainable supply chain goals.  

Sedex has nearly 20 years of expertise and provides supply chain assessment solutions for all businesses, including SMETA, their world-leading site-level audit. Headquartered in London with offices in Australia, the US, Chile, China, India and Japan, Sedex works with a community of 75,000 businesses across 35 sectors globally, including some of the world’s most recognisable brands.

The brief

To drive further growth in its own business and supply chain sustainability more widely, Sedex has developed a clear and ambitious strategy and is making significant investment in its technology to deliver its goals.

To support this drive, Directorbank’s James Searby was appointed to recruit a deeply experienced CTO with a proven track record in technology and data operations and delivering product programmes.

The CTO will establish and deliver the technology vision for the company. They will be well versed in current technology trends, and their strong commercial acumen and ability to scale successful teams will help them innovate, create and deliver exciting solutions to help the business grow and meet its strategic targets.

The process

With support from our Head of Research, Faye Middleton, James conducted a full executive search process to utilise Directorbank’s network and numerous information tools, as well as fresh research into the ESG sector. Ultimately, Ross Heritage was successfully appointed to the role.


Ross is an established leader in technology and product with a successful track record of delivering technology transformation in high growth businesses, typically under private equity ownership. He brings demonstrable experience of building and motivating multi-disciplinary agile development teams, delivering robust and sustainable tech platforms, and establishing and delivering client focused product strategies that result in increased business value.

His career spans financial, medical, consumer and media fields and includes Chief Technology Officer roles at Pharmaspectra and Acuris, plus technology roles at the BBC.