Burns Brightiff operates a flexible business model that enables us to provide a bespoke recruitment service for Associate to MD level (permanent and contract) in the following areas of functional expertise within FinTech and Banking industries.

Given our versatile operating model and ability to work internationally, we have worked on assignments across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.  We have excelled in forging excellent relationships with both business and HR clients, having successfully placed in excess of 150 permanent staff and 15 contractors since we established the business in 2012, with a very short client list with who we have earned ‘trusted advisor’ status.

By way of example, roles we have delivered on since 2012 include:


  • Managing Director, Target Operating Model Design
  • Managing Director, Head of Innovation, GTB (London)
  • Director, Working Capital Advisory
  • Director, Learning & Development
  • Director, Ringfencing Leads (Trade Finance & Cash Management)
  • VP, Marketing & Messaging Leads
  • Financial Crime, PEP Project



  • Chief Commercial Officer
  • VP, Head of EMEA Payments, KYC & AML Sales (London)
  • VP, Client Partner
  • MLRO, EMEA (London)
  • Director, Sales Lead, Cash Management & Liquidity (focus Intraday Liquidity Risk Management product)
  • Sales Director, Reconciliations (London)
  • Director, Business Consultant, Customer Success (London)
  • Director, Client Coverage Sales (London)
  • Supply Chain Finance Manager (London)
  • Credit Analyst
  • Operations Manager
  • Various additional roles worked on (many of which were paused on account of Covid) include:
    • VP, Head Capital Markets Sales
    • VP, General Manager & Product Lead for Leading POS business
    • EVP, Digital Product Lead
    • EVP, Global Head of Sales, Core Banking
    • CMO, Medium Sized FinTech
    • Enterprise Sales Director, Financial Crime & Fraud


  • Managing Director, Head of TPS Sales, Americas (New York)
  • Managing Director, Head of Central Banks, Sovereign & Supranational Agencies and Sovereign Wealth Funds (London)
  • Managing Director, Head of Payments & Cash Management Product Management (London)
  • Managing Director, Head of Corporate Cash Sales (London)
  • Managing Director, Head of Financial Institutions Product Management (London)
  • Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income
  • Global Head of FI and NBFI Trade Products (London)
  • Regional Head of Trade Finance Product, Asia Pacific (Singapore)
  • Executive Director, Investors, Custody (London)
  • Executive Director, Inbound Clients (London)
  • Director, Receivables, ABL & Corporate Asset Finance (London)
  • Director, Head of Liquidity Product (London)
  • Director, Structured Trade and Commodity Finance (Singapore)
  • Director, Head of Domestic Product (Edinburgh)
  • Director, Head of SEPA & Receivables (London)
  • Director, Head of Overdrafts Product (London)
  • Director, Head of Business Management, Direct Securities Services (London)
  • Director, Head of Liquidity Sales (London)
  • Director, Local Cash Management Sales, Corporate and Transaction Banking Europe (London)
  • Director, Head of Insurance, Transaction Banking FI (London)
  • Director, Head of Hedge Funds, Transaction Banking FI (London)
  • Director, Relationship Director, US Inbound, MNC (London)
  • Director, Relationship Director, Financial Institutions (New York & Frankfurt)
  • Director, COO, MNC Corporate Coverage, Europe (London)
  • Director, Relationship Director, Fund Managers & Transfer Agencies (London)
  • Director & VP, Cash & Trade Management Sales (London) – multiple
  • Director & VP, Cash & Trade Product Management (London) – multiple
  • Director, Head of Complex Implementations (London)
  • Director, Business Manager, PCM (London)
  • VP, Relationship Director, Asia Inbound, MNC (London)
  • AVP, Commodity Traders & Agribusiness Clients Coverage (Geneva)
  • AVP, Relationship Director, Corporate Coverage (France)
  • AVP, Structured Products, Private Banking (London)

Meet the Team

Ollie Burns

Ollie has been working in Executive Search since 2003, the significant majority of which he has specialised in Banking and more recently pivoting to FinTech. Before co-founding Burns Brightiff, Ollie managed the Banking team at Allemby Hunt having formerly worked at HB International, The Rose Partnership and Odgers Ray & Berndtson. He has a strong track record of placing mid to senior level candidates across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the US, including placements in more remote locations such as Pakistan and Nigeria. Before graduating, Ollie worked at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein within their fixed income sales team. He holds a degree in Politics from Southampton University.

Richie Brightiff

Prior to co-founding Burns Brightiff, Richie was the Head of the Corporate & Transaction Banking desk at Allemby Hunt. Richie has a breadth and depth of experience having been recruiting in the City since 1997. He initially started his career researching for the FX market, before refocusing on Global Transactional Banking and the Origination and Client Coverage market. Richie is mostly focused on FinTech clients since 2019.  Richie is extremely well networked and is a trusted advisor to both clients and candidates from AVP to MD, offering subject matter expertise and informed, unbiased consultation. Richie has a BA from Middlesex University.

Amber Burns

Amber joined Burns Brightiff Consulting as Office Manager in December 2013.  She has six years’ experience in PA and Office Management roles, primarily in the media industry, and has worked at the Racing Post and Daily Mail newspapers.

Amber was  born and educated in Spain and is a fluent Spanish speaker.  She has a 2:1 BA Honours degree in English from Exeter University.