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Executive Sales

Vancouver, BC, Canada
October 21, 2019

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Emma Colahan


Experienced recruiter and previous business owner, with over 20 years’ experience recruiting and managing businesses in the Engineering Sector, specialising in Fire & Security, Building Services and Construction, both in the UK and Australia. I have set up 2 recruitment businesses; in Sydney and London (operational for 10+) and have also had 7 years employed both in corporate and boutique agencies. New Business Sales is an integral part of Recruitment, particularly when establishing a business in a new country, which I have achieved single handed.

I am now looking for an exciting and challenging role, in any sector that will challenge me.

Business development and account management are strengths of mine, particularly in new business.


Aston Executive – Director – Start Up – Feb 19 - Present

Co-Founder of Executive Search and contingency recruitment business in Construction and IT.

Holtby Turner Executive Search Practice Leader – Construction & Infrastructure

May 18 – February 2019

Holtby Turner are specialists in Real Estate & Construction, based in London, I head up the Construction & Infrastructure practice. Winning and delivering assignments from CEO level on a retained basis to Tier 1 and mid-size contractors. Over achieved targets set by 200% to date.

Aston Consulting Director Australia and UK

August 2012 to 2018

New business start-up, I established Aston Consulting, initially in Sydney Australia, then London UK. Aston provides recruitment services to global, national and SME's in the Fire & Security, Building Services and Oil & Gas sectors. Working with Engineers, Project Managers, Sales and Design, up to Senior Management level roles, we provide a bespoke service to clients across Australia and the UK.

Vantage Recruitment Senior Recruiter Engineering - Sydney Australia

September 2011 to August 2012

Vantage Recruitment was a Financial Services recruitment company, I was employed to add an engineering sector to their business. I was top biller for 80% of my time there.

Austcorp Executive Recruiter – Fire & Security - Sydney Australia

Jan 2010-September 2010

I was employed to start a desk from scratch in the Fire & Security sector. I made 104 AUD in my first quarter, from new clients I had bought to the business. I went to number 2 on the board of 25 and remained there for most of my tenure there.

ERS Ltd Director - London, UK

April 2002 to November 2010

Founded Engineering Recruitment Solutions, providing recruitment placement services to the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Sector specialising in Fire & Security and Building Services. Covering the UK.

Working with Global and National companies, on major projects such as Wembley and The Emirates Stadium.

This business employed 3 members of staff. As the Director, I remained hands on, focused on New Business Development and maintaining existing relationships with long term clients.

Technical Resources Sales Manager – UK

September 2000 to March 2002

Technical Resources was a one-man operation when I joined, I was hired to grow the business, by developing major accounts and finding new business, which is my forte. As well as bringing many successful accounts to the company, I also grew the team to 5 consultants during my time there.

CSG (Corporate Services Group) Senior Recruiter from Trainee - London UK

October 1996 to August 2000

Started my career as a trainee in the Permanent team, covering Engineering. This company was a large corporate, the Technical Division of Blue Arrow. I was extensively trained at corporate level, on new business sales and account management, as well as Recruitment Skills. I progressed from Trainee to Senior Recruiter during my time there, and was offered a management role, but declined, due to moving on to a start-up.


Microsoft Office (10+ years), Bullhorn CRM (5 years), Bond International CRM (10+ years), New Business Development (10+ years), Account Management (10+ years), Client Relationship Management (10+ years)


Polo (Playing), Skiing (Qualified Instructor), Politics, Cooking, Rugby (Watching!), Networking.

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