Ciphr appoints David Burns as chief technology officer

UK HR SaaS provider Ciphr has hired former Wejo and HP Enterprise Services executive David Burns as its new CTO

As the company’s first ever CTO, Burns will oversee Ciphr’s product development and management, leading all technical activities, including development, internal IT, deployment, technical support, and implementation.

Bringing over 30 years’ experience across the wider tech sector, Burns joins from connected vehicle data startup Wejo, where he served as chief technology officer.

Prior to this, he held CTO positions at Key Travel; Yell, CGI (Logica); and HP Enterprise Services.

Burns is the third senior appointment for Ciphr in 2022, following a strong year of growth for the business.

“I’m delighted to join Ciphr as its first ever chief technology officer and work with such a talented team,” said Burns.

“The business has added a lot of functionality to its HCM platform over the past few years, including payroll, talent, and learning, to ensure it can deliver on the increasingly complex requirements of today’s HR and people teams. I’m looking forward to leading Ciphr’s technology strategy to develop and enhance user experience and help our customers get the most from their Ciphr products.”

Chris Berry, founder and CEO of Ciphr, commented: “We are delighted to welcome David to Ciphr and the group’s executive team. He’s an internationally experienced CTO with a career across a range of different service sectors and business models, including listed company and private-equity scenarios, and brings with him a wealth of invaluable skills and experience.

“He’s ideally suited for this newly created role and will be instrumental in ensuring that Ciphr continues to offer an industry-leading user experience across our products as we grow the business.”

About Ciphr

A specialist provider of cloud-based HR, payroll, recruitment and learning software, the Ciphr group offers three people management solutions — Ciphr, Digits LMS and Payroll Business Solutions — globally across the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Backed by ECI Partners, the organisation looks to help HR teams to streamline processes across the entire employee lifecycle, allowing for more time to be spent working strategically — an especially vital endeavour given a common shift to hybrid and remote working since the pandemic.


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