Neil Burns

Recruitment - Life Science, Informatics, Analytical Instrumentation and Automation Middle to Senior Management
Active in the organisation of international conferences and networks including The Paperless Lab and The Innovation Forum

Neil, along with Jonathan Cooper, co-founded george james ltd in 1999. Since this time Neil has successfully completed multiple recruitment projects across the life science, software and instrumentation industries. Projects cover Europe and range from senior field specialist to board level appointments. Neil is also involved in training, in particular one on one coaching programmes. Neil is a NED with the Innovation Forum.
Prior to this Neil spent 16 years in various sales. marketing and general management positions working with Packard Biosciences, Perkin Elmer Applied Biosystems and MDS Sciex. Experienced in capital equipment, consumables, reagents and services in the life science, general analytical and process markets. At Packard Biosciences Neil was responsible for all European direct and distributor operations  with revenues of >$100M and >150 employees. Neil has a degree in Medicinal Chemistry.


E-mail: neil.burns@georgejamesltd.co.uk

Mobile: +44 (0)7977 988000



Jayne McLaughlin

Recruitment and HR Services in the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Devices and Diagnostics markets
Active in the organisation of international conferences and networks in Personalized Medicine, Med Tech, The Paperless Lab and The Innovation Forum

Jayne joined george james ltd in 2005 .Jayne McLaughlin has a degree in Chemistry and an MBA. She has 8 years experience as a research scientist followed by 9 years in Pan European technical sales and marketing roles promoting high technology products to the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Food, Cosmetic, Chemical & Petrochemical market sectors.

Since 1993 Jayne has been a recruitment/ HR consultant where she has largely focussed on the life science and interrelated technology sectors.  Here Jayne has applied her broad scientific and business experience to successfully complete many international search assignments in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, diagnostics, instrumentation, fine chemicals and the contract research sectors.

The range of her assignments has covered all functions from Discovery Research through Development, Clinical, Regulatory Affairs, QA, Manufacturing, Business Development, Sales and Marketing, Human Resources, Director and non executive roles.

Jayne also supports other george james ltd services in market research to carry out benchmarking, salary surveys and attitude surveys. Jayne’s role in the HR consulting services also includes psychometrics, aptitude testing, assessment centres, personal coaching and supporting the retention strategies, career development, performance management, and succession planning evaluation and development services. Jayne operates in recruitment, HR services and coaching from first line management to board room appointments. Jayne’s knowledge of her sectors, deep experience and dedicated commitment adds real value to the service we deliver to our clients.


For the last 12 months Jayne has been an active member of The PM Connective  committee (www.pmconnective.org)  which has been established to identify the barriers holding back better outcomes in personalized medicine.


E-mail: jayne.mclaughlin@georgejamesltd.co.uk

Mobile: +44 (0)7977 192209
Chris Hancock

Recruitment - Life Sciences, specialising in Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, Medical Devices and Diagnostics markets
Active in the organisation of international conferences and networks including The Innovation Forum

Chris joined george james ltd in 2011 having spent 18 highly successful years in commercial roles within the pharmaceutical industry. His early success in growing strategically important accounts together with strong leadership and passion for personal growth, led him to develop into a highly effective leader of people. Pivotal to his success was the ability to effectively recruit and develop teams.


His later roles became more strategic, embracing sales director and marketing director positions. As sales director, Chris led a UK sales directorate of 250 people generating substantial growth across the portfolio, trebling sales over an eight year period.


He was a member of the leadership team whose priority was to enable the development and movement of people across the organisation. Consistent focus on creating a passionate, honest and innovative culture was one of the key reasons why since 2007, the organisation achieved four consecutive placings in the Sunday Times Best 100 companies, the highest ever achieved for a pharmaceutical company.


Chris has experience in European Marketing having led the European marketing function responsible for the life cycle management of key brands. Chris led several project teams comprising of business development, R&D, regulatory, legal, medical, marketing and sales effectiveness and communications. He was a member of the European Executive Committee whose function was to manage European operations, reporting to the Board.


E-mail: chris.hancock@georgejamesltd.co.uk

Mobile: +44 (0)7557 271465
Amarbalita Martin
Recruitment - Life Sciences, specialising in Genomics and Proteomics

"Marby" has worked with george james ltd since 2005 specialising in recruitment, initially providing research services identifying and networking with potential candidates. Since 2009 she has run her own recruitment projects specialising in the Life Science market.


Prior to this Marby was at Gyros AB, a start up company, as a senior European product specialist responsible for pre and post customer support across Europe. She was instrumental in coordinating technical interactions between several seed sites across Europe and Gyros R&D as well as implementations of customer training programmes and representing the company at technical meetings. Marby has also worked for Biacore and Bio-Rad Laboratories in both sales and support roles. Marby has a PhD in Protein Biochemistry from Warwick, from where she moved to Oxford Brookes to carry out Postdoctoral research.


E-mail: amarbalita.martin@georgejamesltd.co.uk

Mobile: +44 (0)777219011
 12081236167925jon3.jpg Jonathan Cooper 
Sales Training and Performance Coaching across all markets 

Jonathan, along with Neil Burns, co-founded george james ltd in 1999.  Jonathan heads up the training arm of the business and develops and delivers a wide range of successful sales and management focussed training programmes in scientific and technology markets.  In addition to delivering bespoke training solutions for individual clients Jonathan is also regularly involved in Performance Coaching programmes where he works on a one to one basis with Managers and Directors.

Prior to this Jonathan spent 14 years in various sales and marketing, field based and management roles initially with Perkin Elmer in the UK and subsequently with VG Instruments and Gas Measurement Instruments in Europe and North America gaining a great deal of experience in a range of markets including Pharmaceutical, Semiconductor, Nuclear, Water, Oil and Gas, Chemical and Academia for a wide range of instruments, reagents, consumables and services.   At Gas Measurement Instruments Jonathan was a board member responsible for global Sales and Marketing and with his fellow Directors successfully raised funding from the private equity and venture capital company 3i in a management buyout.  Jonathan has a degree in Chemistry.


E-mail: jonathan.cooper@georgejamesltd.co.uk

Mobile: +44 (0)7710 763253


Pru Layton


Sales Training and Performance Coaching across all markets


Pru joined george james ltd. in 2014 and works alongside Jonathan Cooper to deliver a range of sales and sales management focused training and coaching programmes in the scientific and technology market place.


Pru has gained more than 25 years' experience in Sales and Sales Management across a number of industry sectors, including Laboratory Instrumentation, Life Sciences, Healthcare and Manufacturing.

Throughout her management career, she has been recognised as being an excellent coach with the ability to get the very best out of both individual sales people and sales teams through clear, straightforward communication and effective application of the sales process and associated sales tools.

Graduating in Chemistry, Pru gained valuable laboratory experience at BDH, moving onto a number of sales roles, and her first sales management role at PerkinElmer. Her sales management career continued at Olympus Healthcare, ThermoFisher and most recently Linx Printing Technologies, a Danaher Company.


E-mail: pru.layton@georgejamesltd.co.uk

Mobile: +44 (0)7860 858178





Heather Anderson


Recruitment - Life Sciences, Instrumentation, Reagents, Services


Heather joined george james ltd in 2014 following a successful career spanning 21 years of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing and business development in the life science sector. Heather has success in sales of reagents, services and high value capital instrumentation


This experience was gained working for both established brand leaders such as Applied Biosystems, Boehringer Mannheim and smaller companies introducing new technologies including Biacore, Gyros, BioVeris, Aushon Biosystems and NanoString.


Heather has worked extensively across the European market selling to pharma/biotech, academia, research institutions and applied markets including forensics and biodefence.


Heather has a degree in Biochemistry and Physiology.


E-mail: heather.anderson@georgejamesltd.co.uk

Mobile: +44 (0)7824 884723

Andrew Burns

Investor, Non-Executive Director & Strategy Consultant

Andrew has operated as a Senior Executive, Board Director, Company Owner and a Business Consultant for the last 30 years. 

Andrew trained as a scientist and his early career was working for Associated Engineering a UK Headquartered, FTSE listed, global engineering group.  In the early 1990’s Andrew transitioned into the software industry, initially in Professional Services with The CMC Partnership Ltd before moving on to an International Business Development role for Cedardata Software, a FTSE listed company.  Andrew worked on assignments in North America, Europe and the Far East.  Andrew managed large consultancy teams, developed international networks, researched and developed new lines of business, raised funds and led acquisitions.  It was during this period that Andrew had first-hand experience of the transition from a privately-owned company to a public corporation through an IPO.


In 2002 Andrew founded JBA Consulting Limited. JBA worked with software companies to help them develop and implement Accelerated Growth and Internationalization strategies.

Andrew worked with companies of all sizes, both publicly quoted and privately owned, and across three continents, North America, Europe and Australasia.


In 2011 Andrew joined Drive Software Solutions as CEO and guided the company through a period of significant transition and growth.  Today Drive is one of the leading companies in the world in its chosen application area with clients in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia. Andrew is an Investor in Drive.


Andrew joined george james ltd in 2017 to lead the Consulting Business Unit.


Andrew is a non-executive director of a UK company that provides specialist renal software.


E-mail: andrew.burns@georgejamesltd.co.uk

Mobile: +44 (0)7740 486901
Alan Hulme

Consultant specialising in Corporate Development

Alan has worked with many international clients in US, UK, Germany, France, Nordic, Benelux. He has experience in Private equity financing, M&A and divestitures, Corporate partnering and International roll-out. His focus is on the global Life Sciences industry sector; biopharma, diagnostics (clinical and industrial), medical devices, tools, analytical technologies. He currently has Board membership including a Chairmans role and mezzanine activity between Board and executive management.

Alans previous employment history covers a 29 year commercial career. Starting from a technical background in Medical Microbiology and Clinical Pathology, he has worked with 5 US corporations (NYSE and NASDAQ), 2 European (including co-founding of venture backed start up) and held Senior executive/officer level positions (VP, CEO, Board). He has experience of international Operations, Marketing & Sales, and R&D. Alan has been located for extensive periods in the Far East, US (East Coast, West Coast and mid West) and in Europe - UK, Germany, France, Nordic

In the course of his commercial career he has incorporated eleven companies and created five international divisions in technology products/sectors serving on 13 Boards including Chairman role.

Alan is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, a member of the Institute of Directors and an affiliate to George James Ltd.

Mobile: +44 (0)7968 029332