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Sketch of Ian Roberts

Ian Roberts


Our senior consultant and company director, Ian Roberts, is an independent, results-driven entrepreneur and project consultant with a strong track record in business analysis, working mainly within the finance and retail sectors. Ian demonstrates excellent analytical skills, successfully integrating strong business acumen with sound technical awareness.

Ian has over 20 years of business change experience to draw on, providing the assurance of working with an experienced individual.

Sketch of Ciaran O’Shea

Ciaran O’Shea

Senior Business Development Manager

Ciarán graduated in Business and Marketing Management from the University of Salford.

His experience includes leading Project Management teams on a global portfolio of pharmaceutical projects from start-up through to close for a major contract research organisation.

He has several years' experience in the recruitment and retention of volunteers; managed the global volunteer website and oversaw the introduction of social media as a recruitment and retention tool as consumer demand shifted from printed media to online channels. His contribution saw him recognised within the top 1% of the company's 12000+ employees worldwide.

Ciarán has delivered excellent results developing short and long-term business and marketing strategies for a portfolio of clients.

Sketch of David Heathcote

David Heathcote

Business Development Manager

David focuses on high level business development for Steadcross and our clients. He is a skilful relationship builder and relishes the strategic challenge of opening doors for our clients to access high quality opportunities.

David’s long-term strategic campaign for a local manufacturing company is increasing their market share in a target sector, whilst generating 40% of the company’s turnover on 2015. For other SME businesses, he has reconnected them with past clients to win valuable new business, whilst managing campaigns to generate new leads. He has built relationships for clients with potential customers ranging from local authorities and small businesses through to global organisations such as Aviva and Barclays.

His portfolio includes companies in manufacturing, technology, professional services and the creative sector, and has experience engaging the public sector and politicians on behalf of his clients.

Sketch of Mick Shiraz

Mick Shirazi

Business Development Manager

Mick is a highly experienced sales and business development professional with over 10 years’ experience in international sales, training and management roles. His sector experience includes manufacturing, pharmacy, real estate, events & exhibitions, graphic design through to global language services.

Mick’s key results include cultivating successful partnerships with major prospects that resulted in £500k revenue in two years and developing new business for a client with leading international corporations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). As a consummate entrepreneur, Mick is part owner of an innovative and refreshing new online estate agency, Be Street Smart, that has the interests of those moving home at heart.

Mick quickly grasps the detailed value proposition of a portfolio of accounts and represents our small business clients in a way they never thought possible.