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David Winterburn launches executive search company

David Winterburn has launched a senior level and executive search and selection business that will specialise in business critical appointments throughout the UK.


Winterburn brings more than 26 years of recruitment experience to his new venture, known as Burns Tempest, including the past 17 years, which has been gained working in retained executive search. From its offices in Leeds and London, Burns Tempest will fill roles that typically pay an annual salary of between £50,000 and £500,000.


Winterburn previously founded Leeds-based Harrison Winterburn Associates, before he was approached to establish executive search company 4c in Belfast. 


Winterburn commented, “After spending more than two years doing a weekly commute to Belfast, I feel the time is right to return to Yorkshire and there is a gap in the market for a best of breed, executive search company that can give every client a completely bespoke service. 


“It’s no secret that the most successful companies employ the best people and this is where an exceptional executive search firm can really make a difference. My ethos has always focussed on taking a pro-active and research led approach to target senior candidates and business leaders who might not be even considering a career move, but it’s about much more than simply identifying people with relevant experience. I have a great track record of being able to find leaders, who will innovate and make a positive difference in an organisation, and this is what Burns Tempest will become renowned for.”


Winterburn was previously chairman of both the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and the Association of Executive Recruiters and is a past president of the European Confederation of Search and Selection Associations. In addition, he recently completed a maximum six-year term on the National Council of the Institute of Directors.



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