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Meet the team behind Engine B

Meet the people on our leadership team and on our board. We all work together to accelerate current and next-generation professional services practices and to support firms in advancing their own digital growth.


The Engine B leadership team

Donne Burrows is Engine B's Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer.

An accomplished business transformation programme leader, Donne has over 20 years experience in both professional services and industry roles. Donne spent 14 years at KPMG working in a variety of client-facing and strategic internal roles focusing on large scale operational transformation and laterally the impact of AI and digital on the professional services industry. Donne co-founded Engine B in response to the burning platform for change within professional services.

Shamus Rae is Engine B's Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to the birth of Engine B, Shamus spent 13 years at KPMG as a Partner and Head of Innovation. His work concentrated on new and disruptive technologies and their impact on the Professional Services industry. Shamus is committed to revolutionising the way companies work and his people-focused values are paving the way for a new generation of responsible leadership. A dedicated change-maker and highly respected industry voice, Shamus is now exclusively focused on leveraging AI and data to transform organisations.

David Heard is Engine B's Chief Technology Officer.

David is leading Engine B’s tech team and is responsible for the technical execution of the Engine B platform. An experienced Chief Technology Officer with over 20 years in Information Technology, driving innovation and architecting large scale technology transformations, David specialises in bringing Data Science and Software Engineering disciplines together to build robust enterprise solutions.

Our board

Sharron Gunn is Executive Director for Members, Commercial and Shared Services at ICAEW and a board member for Engine B

In 2001 Sharron joined the ICAEW and was appointed Executive Director a decade later. She is responsible for ICAEW’s commercial arm, member strategy, product development, digital strategy and UK and International regions, leading a department of more than 200 staff members. Sharron is ICAEW’s gender diversity lead and has developed a wide range of programmes for women in the accountancy profession, notably the ICAEW Women in Leadership programme and is involved with the National Black Women’s Network, supporting BME women in small businesses.

Michael Izza is the CEO at ICAEW and Non-Executive Director for Engine B

CEO at Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales since 2006, Michael’s leadership at ICAEW is helping its members enable a world of sustainable economies. Michael chairs Chartered Accountants Worldwide and is a board member of the Capitals Coalition. Regularly meeting ministers, policy-makers and regulators from around the world, Michael is a frequent media commentator on economic and business issues and has a particular interest in technology and the SDGs.

Sarah Gentleman is a Non-Executive Director and Board Advisor for Engine B 

Sarah is a PLC board director and advisor to multiple FinTech companies. She has a background in strategic consulting at McKinsey, finance and early stage growth companies including Head of Strategic Development at Egg and MD and CFO at a challenger telecommunications company. Sarah is currently on the board at Rathbones PLC, where she chairs the Remuneration Committee.

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