Management Team

Meet the management team that keep Broadbean running.

Kelly Robinson

Kelly Robinson

Position: Founder & Chief Executive

Connect: via Linkedin

Kelly first showcased his entrepreneurial spirit as a co-founder of a technical staffing firm in the United Kingdom. He then went on to launch Broadbean (2001) with the vision to post the world's online job adverts. He cultivated this idea along with a fantastic team (thank you) into a global business.

Kelly grew Broadbean by fostering a working environment characteristic of many young technology companies: one that allowed its people to thrive. In 2009, he brought Broadbean to the United States and recreated the type of environment, which had proven to be successful for him in the UK. He hand-selected the first of his crew in the US office based upon their ability to work collaboratively while taking ownership in wearing many hats. He believed that the culture he fostered would need to parallel the spirit of the existing Broadbean brand in order to produce great results.

A few years later, Broadbean Technology has created a strong global presence with offices in the US, Europe, and Australia with no intention of slowing down. Although its organisational culture has evolved with its growth, the company remains true to the core fundamentals of its inception: "Keep it light and fun while getting the job done!"

Dan Martin

Dan Martin

Position: Managing Director, EMEA

Connect: via Linkedin

Dan took the helm at Broadbean in September 2010. His previous jobs as Digital Business Development Director for DMGT, and his work with the various digital businesses in the portfolio, primed him well for his role at the Bean.

Career opportunities can come along unexpectedly and Dan would say that the timing of this particular opportunity was perfect. An exciting prospect with a business he knew well - just two of the motivations behind his decision to join the Bean team.

Dan believes strongly in maintaining a healthy work-life balance, and occasionally manages to achieve it. Golf is his biggest weakness, both in terms of his obsessive focus and lack of talent, but he is also interested in a wide variety of other sports. Increasingly, watching is becoming more common than playing, but he still hasn't given up hope that he will receive the call to don the red of Liverpool FC (but don't hold that against him!).


Stuart Passmore

Stuart Passmore

Position: Chief Operating & Financial Officer, EMEA

Connect: via Linkedin

Stuart began his Bean journey in February 2006. Stuart's calm presence, voice of reason and commercial acumen are invaluable, especially in a Broadbean four-ball.

Daily he juggles finance and operational activities for the entire EMEA region, maintaining a great sense of humour as he goes. When not leading the way operationally, Stuart falls back into his role as a devoted father of four, loves playing golf and watching football. He fondly sees Broadbean as having a stabilising influence on his rich and very full life.


Richard Essex

Richard Essex

Position: Sales Director - Corporate, EMEA

Connect: via Linkedin

Richard is officially our resident recruitment expert. With a CV that reads like the Who's Who of recruitment, Richard has seen, succeeded and got a lot of t-shirts. The best part however is that Richard can and does apply his extensive knowledge for the good of our corporate clients who recruit directly.

One of the longest serving beans (please don't read oldest!), Richard has been instrumental in shaping our technology, often re-writing the code to best match the needs of in-house recruiters.

Richard's life out of work is as important to him as his life within work. Recently a dad for the first time, Richard is working hard at maintaining a work-life, family-life, sleep balance!


Steve Barnhurst

Steve Barnhurst

Position: Sales Director - Agency, EMEA

Connect: via Linkedin

Steve joined as head of our agency sales team in 2013, after spending over 15 years in the recruitment sector. Having experienced recruitment from all angles - recruitment, training and operations - we're really pleased that Steve accepted the call to join the Bean team.

Steve genuinely loves meeting consultants and business owners, getting to know how their companies operate. His mission is to help them to enhance their effectiveness from the inside out - it's apparently much more than a software sale.

Our resident golf pro too, Steve is our secret weapon come the milder months. (Although, we are sure he would much rather be a secret agent or super hero...but that's all we can say about that!)


Claire Palmer

Claire Palmer

Position: Client Services Director, EMEA

Connect: via Linkedin

Claire joined Broadbean 2007 and so there's not much she doesn't know about our technology and the way we support our clients. At the heart of it all for Claire is excellent client service. She has always said that it's the reason she joined and the reason she continues to lead the Client Services team with a smile every day! (It's true, she is truly the happiest of all Beans!)

Outside of work Claire can be found watching rugby, or Star Wars, or occasionally, although she's the first to admit she shouldn't, she's a Karaoke star!


Clair Bush

Clair Bush

Position: Marketing Director, EMEA

Connect: via Linkedin

Clair is a career marketer with experience of all sides of recruitment - B2B & B2C. She would be the first to admit her borderline obsessive love for all things marketing. She is also a tad geeky - so a perfect fit at Broadbean!

One of our more outgoing personalities, Clair is a full cup kind of person - her opinion is that life is definitely too short to waste a drop. When she isn't busy coordinating events, parties, marketing and communications plans, she will be cooking up curry banquets or hanging out with family and friends.


Peter Sergeant

Position: Chief Technical Officer, EMEA

Connect: via Linkedin

Pete joined Broadbean in 2013 following a career with a number of technology and analytics businesses. The appeal was apparently our data-driven approach to recruiting and enthusiasm for building services that really make an impact.

It may sound cheesey, but Pete sees that we are absolutely focused on “how do we most help the client?” The developers really do have a deep sense of responsibility towards our clients. It’s great to be part of a business where this is the starting point for developing and building everything.

Pete brings over 12 years of very varied experience – from what makes software teams tick and a strong development background, to a specialty in bridging the gap between developers’ perspectives and commercial considerations. He’s also a huge geek and spends a large amount of his personal time contributing to open-source projects.