Financial Services

As career headhunters, we have a deep understanding of the entire recruitment cycle, from writing job descriptions and CV’s, through to interview preparation and training. Consultative, we inform clients on various market analytics (hiring, compensation and investment spend trends). We are human capital specialists with generalist Financial Services experience, across Banking, Consulting and Financial Technology.

By combining our networks and understanding our client’s needs and requirements, we can identify and engage with the A-rated talent in the market.  We have built our reputations on being able to attract, assess and ultimately present and deliver the A-players to our clients. Experience, intuition and knowing what drives and motivates talented candidates, help us circumnavigate the potential pitfalls that commonly arise in a recruitment process. By thinking several steps ahead, we can guide both clients and candidates through a relatively seamless a process, ensuring the best candidate for the job.

Leveraging our combined expertise, we cover the following areas:

  • Coverage & Relationship Management,
  • Product and Enterprise Sales,
  • Client Management & Pre-Sales,
  • Product Management,
  • Product Development,
  • Innovation and Digital,
  • Project Management,
  • Programme Management,
  • Structuring & Distribution,
  • Operations,
  • Change Management,
  • Strategy & Planning (COO’s),
  • Business Management,
  • Marketing & Communications,
  • Business Analysts,
  • Compliance and Risk (& MLRO),
  • Credit,
  • Channel Management,
  • Client Delivery,
  • Implementation.


  • Global: Through-out our careers we have placed candidates in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Lagos, Karachi, Dubai, Doha, Bahrain, Riyadh, Milan, Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna, Brussels, Oslo, Moscow, Toronto, New York, Miami, São Paolo and across the UK (London, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh & Glasgow).

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.