Barry Byrne

Barry leads our HR recruitment practice offering executive search, interim management, and search and selection services.

He has over 15 years’ experience building high calibre HR teams across multiple sectors with a particular focus on the financial and professional services sectors in the UK and continental Europe. He has a long track record in guiding clients towards high achieving HR generalists and specialists and has a particular interest in tracking high potential talent and future HR leaders.

Prior to joining Aretai in 2011 he was a Managing Consultant at Digby Morgan for six years. During his time at Digby Morgan he advised a diverse range of cross-sector clients on senior HR appointments and built a strong reputation in the commercial property and alternative investment sectors. He started his HR recruitment career at the Zarak Group in 2004.

He is currently embarking on a history degree with The Open University, is a keen cyclist and golfer and enjoys winter scrambling in Snowdonia.

Our team


Dealing with Aretai - and with Barry in particular - is a pleasure. Barry mixes the ability to listen, understand and play-back his clients’ recruiting needs, and then to seek out excellent candidates with intelligence and good humour. He is always the first port of call.

Mark Ellis, Head of HR, CDC Group