Sullivan & Stanley Announces CEO Transition: Jason Byrne to lead as Pat Lynes shifts focus to innovation

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Sullivan & Stanley, the award-winning specialist change consultancy, is proud to announce a significant transition in its leadership. Pat Lynes, the esteemed CEO and Founder of Sullivan & Stanley, will be stepping away from the CEO role to focus on innovation and visionary efforts within the company. Concurrently, the consultancy is thrilled to introduce Jason Byrne as the new CEO, effective 9th October 2023.

With his exceptional track record in purpose-driven leadership and extensive experience in driving transformative change, Jason Byrne embodies the qualities that align with Sullivan & Stanley’s core values and aspirations. As a seasoned leader, Jason was previously Partner and Executive Director at consulting firm, Moorhouse. His expertise spans a multitude of sectors and disciplines, including corporate strategy, people-centric leadership, sustainability and digital transformation. His commitment to nurturing inclusive environments and empowering teams resonates strongly with the company’s mission to revolutionise the future of work.

“I am honoured to join the dynamic team at Sullivan & Stanley,” said Jason Byrne. “The company’s reputation for driving accelerated outcomes and facilitating successful transformations is truly impressive. I am excited to build upon this legacy and continue working closely with our clients to navigate the challenges of change in an ever-evolving business landscape.”

Pat Lynes, the visionary founder of Sullivan & Stanley, will remain involved in the company’s journey as the Founder. His role will transition towards focusing on innovation, driving new ideas and fostering growth opportunities that will further propel the consultancy’s impact in the industry.

“I am immensely proud of what we’ve achieved at Sullivan & Stanley over the past seven years, going from a team of two to over 140 with an annual revenue of over £30m,” said Pat Lynes. “As I shift my focus to innovation and ideation, I have complete confidence in Jason’s ability to lead the company forward. His passion for transformative change and commitment to people-centred leadership make him the ideal CEO to continue our mission and ensure that S&S continues to put our clients and their customers at the heart of our business.”

This strategic transition represents a new chapter for Sullivan & Stanley, enhancing its ability to help senior executives deliver accelerated outcomes and transform, fast – and achieve its ultimate goal of revolutionising the future of work.


About Pat Lynes

Pat Lynes is an award-winning entrepreneur and Founder of Sullivan & Stanley (S&S), a change consultancy that helps organisations bridge the gap between investment and value realisation. Before founding S&S, Pat worked in the IT and change knowledge worker recruitment game for over 15 years, being recognised as Global Interim Recruiter of the Year in 2015. He has successfully delivered over 100 transformation teams for the likes of Three Mobile, Shell Energy, Burberry and WH Smith.

Pat is a pioneer of the executive gig economy prior to ‘The Great Resignation’, and he shares his experience and expertise in the best-selling book, The Interim Revolution, that helps anyone wanting to work in a dramatically different way, as a disrupted executive.

He is married with two boys, Sullivan and Stanley, whom his company is named after. He loves fishing for big sharks in Cornwall and is an avid Arsenal fan.

About Jason Byrne

Jason Byrne is a business leader renowned for his expertise in driving dynamic transformations and translating strategic visions into tangible successes. With an exceptional background in people-centric leadership, he champions empowerment, collaboration, and a focus on the customer, to bring clarity amidst complexity.

Jason’s extensive experience spans significant business growth, strategic refinement, innovation, and leading transformative initiatives. His leadership capability encompasses people-centric transitions, integration efforts, capital projects, and digital transformations, geared towards optimising customer experiences, sustainability, and commercial outcomes.

Jason brings an outstanding reputation built at Deloitte and then Moorhouse, taking the latter from start-up to c.330+ people. He has shaped and led the growth of all aspects of professional services firms, from sales and delivery through to people performance, strategy and change. He brings board level credibility and relationships from across FTSE organisations and government from over 20 years of proven execution of strategy into action.

Jason Byrne is committed to nurturing inclusive spaces where high ambition combines with values-driven collaboration that enables individuals to exceed expectations and achieve more together.