John Gaughan

John Gaughan



I have over 22 years’ experience within the recruitment industry, personally being involved in the placement of thousands of sales professionals within the Technology and Digital Sales sectors with some of the hottest technology companies in the world.

As CEO of Finlay James I am responsible for the day to day running of the business across each of our five locations: Manchester, Birmingham, St Albans, London, and will be spearheading the growth of FJ from our new San Francisco office from January 2018.

I am proud to be the joint owner of Finlay James, alongside Sara Gaughan who is FJ's Chief People Officer, and also my wife. (Not sure which role is more difficult for her!)

Finlay James was established in July 2003 and continues to be one of the fastest growing specialist sales recruiters in the UK. With growth expected in the region of 20% this year we are also delighted to now have a presence in the US; which we anticipate will bolster our growth plans.

I pride myself on having the ability and experience to develop and mentor recruiters to ensure that they can rapidly progress their career in the short to medium term and with the help of The Recruitment Network and APSCo, we offer first class industry-leading training to people at all levels.

My main goal is to be a global market leader within the Technology and Digital Sales space however to ensure that we all also have a good deal of fun along the way.