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Who we are

We’ve set up home in the tech community, to get you closer to the talent you want.

We’re immersed in the ever-changing technology landscape – to give you a direct route to the people you’re after. Our industry-leading events will help raise your profile within the tech community too, so you can always attract the best future talent.

We help all kinds of organisations launch, build teams and transform.

We work with a wide range of technology and data-driven organisations, all at different stages of growth. We’ve helped start-ups to launch, scale-ups to build teams, and big household names to transform their technology – so we’ve got the experience, agility and insights you’re looking for.

  • Immerse

  • Connect

  • Amplify

We’re right at the heart of the tech world.

We’re totally immersed in the tech community, and connected to a living, thriving network of technology talent. So we understand the technologies, challenges, trends and nuances of this ever-changing landscape.

Plus it means that for organisations, we know exactly where to find the people you’re looking for – or if you’re a candidate, the next career step that’s best for you.

It’s this expertise, experience and unrivalled inside-knowledge that we channel into getting it right, quickly. Because we know that’s exactly what you want us to do.

We're into relationships.

We know you want to hire fast without breaking culture – sometimes in big numbers. You also need to be sure you’re getting the best service possible, from specialists you trust.

We start by partnering closely with you, to understand exactly what you want. Whether that’s sourcing the finest tech talent, or connecting you with the best brands for the next stage of your career.

And the more we work with you, the better it all gets – and the more relationship success stories we build.

We can also become part of your talent team too – working in-house with you to help you build exceptional teams. For a monthly subscription, we’ll embed entirely into your organisation to help you scale up, and add some extra oomph to your hiring function.

We'll use insights to amplify your tech knowledge and brand.

Through our unique insight-led approach, we’ll help you stay several steps ahead all the time – with inside knowledge as your new superpower.

Our powerful, buzz-generating events let you network with the best, enhance your knowledge and amplify your brand – whether you’re an employer or tech a professional.

Expect too, frequent updates on the market landscape, talent analysis, trends, diversity and inclusion, plus employee salaries, packages and benefits. We’re data-driven, and share our findings regularly via thought-leading podcasts, blogs and reports.

Burns Sheehan by numbers

18

years of insightful sourcing and building trailblazing teams.

44

employees across our two offices in London & Manchester.

31

days is our average time to hire.

11

annual company ski trips taken without any (serious) breakages.

Our Team

Meet the team shaping the future of tech recruitment

Sean Burns

Co-Founder & CEO

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Jon Sheehan

Co-Founder & Head of CX

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Fleur Holland-Haque

Head of People

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Chris Spranklen

Managing Director

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Chris McGowan

Director - Manchester

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Joana Fedosenko

Director of Finance

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Zahraa Sultan

Internal Talent Partner

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Advisory board

Nick McKittrick

Nick co-founded Rightmove in 2000 and was responsible for building the business from its beginnings to the market leading technology platform it is today, serving as CTO, COO and CEO during his 17 years with the company.

Trevor Mather

With a background in technology and consulting, Trevor is the former CEO of Thoughtworks and AutoTrader. Trevor joined AutoTrader in 2013 and led the shift of business from it's transition to a printed magazine to a successful FTSE 100 digital company. In 2021 he became Chairman of Baltic Classifieds Group (BCG) which recently floated on the London Stock Exchange.

Neil Munn

Having started his career with Unilever, Neil has a strong history in marketing. In 2021 he stepped down from his position as Global CEO of the British advertising giant BBH, after a total of 15 years at the agency. Neil draws from his creative, branding and consultancy experience to deliver real impact to the business.

Want to join our team?

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04

Burns Sheehan was born.

It was set up by Sean Burns and Jon Sheehan (it took them ages to come up with the name) to offer a welcome alternative. To really shake up the recruitment landscape, with a pioneering spirit running alongside truly refreshing integrity.

06

Our first in-house project.

Jon worked on-site in partnership with Rightmove to set up their preferred supplier list, with incredible success. This was the start of a brilliant relationship with Rightmove which continues to this day.

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The start of our tech events programme.

We hosted our first tech event, ‘The Evolution of Agile’, in front of more than 250 people. This kicked off our world-class tech events programme, and we’ve since run more than 100.

This was also the year of our first annual team ski trip, but that’s for a whole other timeline…

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Our Advisory Board got some A-list entries.

  • Nick McKittrick, Co-Founder and former CEO of Rightmove
  • Trevor Mather, Former CEO of Autotrader and ThoughtWorks
  • Neil Munn, Former Global CEO of advertising agency BBH.

Jon and Sean both read the book ‘Good to Great’ by Jim Collins this year too – which would lay the foundations for our world class ambitions. A defining moment for the business.

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Hello Manchester.

In response to the incredible growth of the digital and technology industries in the north of England, we opened our Manchester office, led by Chris McGowan. Now it’s a buzzing team of 10, and still growing…

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Exciting new investment.

We received an investment from Advisory Board members Nick and Trevor, which opened up new opportunities for growth – and powered the next exciting chapter of our business.

20

A year of change.

Covid hit, and we quickly adapted to a new way of working – and we continue to embrace this flexible, hybrid style.

We also launched our first in a series of successful podcasts, The Start-Up Diaries’. The series features leaders from some of the UK’s most innovative and exciting start-ups – and is going from strength to strength.

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Looking to the future.

We launched our Futures Programme, a mentoring scheme to help inspire and accelerate the learning environment for the Future Leaders in the Technology community.

To get a bit meta, we also launched the shiny website you’re on right now.

And we’re growing! We really are the busiest we’ve ever been, and are hiring across all tech specialisms – so we’re looking for passionate and like-minded people to join us on our journey. Want to join us? Check out our open roles…